The Packers 30-20 win over the Lions yesterday kept the home field winning streak alive as well as the Packers NFC North title reign. With this win the Packers locked up #2 seed and a first round bye that was much needed to help Rodgers injured calf get time to heal. Speaking of which how many of you thought the Packers were doomed soon as Aaron went down right before the half and needed to be carted off to the locker room for evaluation? I know my heart dropped.
Not too much to rant about with a win but I for one think McCarthy’s play-calling in the red zone is hurting this team, And when they could not get in the end-zone on 3 plays he needs to take the sure points, This is two weeks in a row now he has tried and failed and in a close game calls like that could be the difference in a win or loss.
Even though Hyde had a TD on a punt return the special teams play is just horrible and Slocum has not been able to correct the problems all year, Its time for a change at years end.
My biggest rant would have to be B. Jones, WHY does Capers/McCarthy keep playing this guy?
He had 0 tackles 0 pass defenses the whole game! The only thing he did was get a foul for hitting the QB in the head that gave the Lions a first down that led to 7 points! This man should have been in the unemployment line a long time ago plain and simple!
How about this QB? Is he one tough cookie or what? Aaron showed his ability to play through pain this game and still perform at a high level. I hate to say it but maybe being hurt actually helped to win this game. “Why?” you might ask? The reason being is he was less mobile and his game plan changed to pound the ball more with Lacy/Starks for one but the main thing that caught my attention was he stood in the shot gun and hit short quick passes across the middle to his weapons like R. Rodgers/Cobb and Nelson (Who by the way is the first receiver to break 1500 yards in one season for the Pack with 98 catches for 1519 yards) This is the same type of passes Brady and the Pats used to defeat the Lions defense earlier. When a defense can get a good pass rush with their front 4 like the Lions/Seattle these types of passes can work very well.
Lets talk about defense! Just 8 games ago right before the bye week everyone was wanting Capers head on the blocks including myself but I am big enough to admit when I’m wrong and that’s exactly what I will do. Since Capers made the move of Matthews inside and put Barrington along side him the run defense has done a 180, He has finally put together the right schemes for the right personnel that makes this defense look like a super bowl contender.
Ok, we now have 2 weeks to wait until we can watch our beloved team play again I for one will be hoping Detroit beats Dallas next week so they have to go to Seattle then the Packers will get either Carolina or Arizona and I don’t care which one because I think they beat which ever but if Dallas wins then The Pack plays them and while I think they can win it would be a much tougher game since Dallas is a hot team right now going into the post season. Best case scenario would be Detroit wins out as does the Pack then they play the NFC title game against the Lions at home once again and put a 2nd butt whoopin on them to send them home crying once again
Let me know what scenarios you would like to see happen.
Go Pack Go!