The bye week is a good time to reminisce about our great Packer past. Today, I was thinking about
the great transition that took place on September 20, 1992. On that day Don Majkowski went out of the game and Brett Favre stepped in. And I haven’t thought of “The Majik Man” much since.
But Majkowski doesn’t get enough credit. Anybody remember “The Cardiac Pack”? How exciting it was to have a chance…to have the possibility to be a playoff team? Remember how precious wins were? The NFL is a tough place to win, and the Packers were getting it done if only by field goals…or even extra points. Remember when the Packers finally beat the Bears after getting trounced for all those years?
And then, it all changed. Continue reading
The Packers’ October momentum was put to a halt in Week 8 as a desperate Saints team delivered at home in prime time. Despite the frustration of falling one game back to the Lions in the division, the loss was the most ‘acceptable’ of any Packers loss this season. The Packers were missing three starters on defense and were facing a New Orleans club that was in the closest must-win situation that a team could be during the month of October.
Without Morgan Burnett, Sam Shields and Datone Jones, the Green Bay defense actually fared well during the first half, allowing 16 points but forcing zero punts. In the second half, things got out of hand quickly, which was mostly due to the defense’s inability to stop the run. Just as has been the case all season, the absence of nose tackle B.J. Raji allowed the opposing offense to pick up yards on early downs and establish a tempo. Inexcusable were the many missed tackles and continued poor play from the inside linebacker spot.
Well, the Packers go into the bye with a chance to get healthy while just a game behind the Lions…with the tie breaker looming at the end of the season. And there is a LOT of football to be played in the meantime which could mean the Lions drop a game in between. But there are three things that worry me about this Packers team going into the second half of this season. Continue reading
As hard as it is to see the Detroit Lions on top of the division, they are the team that has stormed back from behind to win close games when it mattered. The Packers have one such game under their belt but with the loss to the Saints, the Lions go a game up.
But the Packers have opportunities ahead of them with their toughest second-half opponents having to come to Lambeau as the weather declines. The Eagles, Patriots, Falcons, and finally the Lions all have to travel to Green Bay down the stretch. The final game of the season could once again be loaded with meaning as final seeding is decided in the playoffs. Continue reading
I’m about as disheartened about the loss to the Saints as anyone, but Aaron told us all to relax. So, I’m going to relax and talk about one thing I really liked about the game against the Saints. (Yes, there was some good stuff to talk about.) Continue reading