A 4 second video that sums up a 3 hour and 45 minute unmitigated disaster yesterday. Honestly I should post that video and be done with it. I also tried to think of a pithy headline like "Sent Packing" or "Packed on Ice" but I think what I went with was about as accurate as it gets. And you can blame injuries all you want, lord knows I blame them everyday. I had strep throat in 3rd grade and I still use that as an excuse for shortcomings today. Oh I was supposed to be on location on Saturday and totally missed it? Whatever man I had to be on penicillin for like 5 days when I was 10. Lay off me! But the bottom line is that the players that were on the field yesterday, the Andrew Quarless's, and Brandon Jackson's, and Brady Poppinga's SHOULD have beaten Washington. They might not be good enough to beat the Jets and Vikings of the world, but they could beat the Redskins. So using injuries as an excuse is like me in elementary school middle school high school now: lame.
- Let's get the positive out of the way; Desmond Bishop. Dude's been aching to crack the starting lineup and stopping just short of saying he's better than Hawk or Barnett when asked about it. Yesterday he got his shot. 13 tackles and a sack. I'd say that qualifies as 'seizing an opportunity.'
- Everyone pissing and moaning about the Packers not getting Marshawn Lynch can pump their brakes a bit. You're telling me he can do better than 10 carries for 115 yards? Yeah he got 71 on one carry blah blah blah. That leaves him with 44 yards on 9 carries; 4.8 yards per carry. How about we give the backs we have a chance before analyzing what we should have gotten. Also, that math was a total guess.
- If Fox hadn't shown a picture of Greg Jennings on the sideline at the end of the game I wouldn't have known he was at the game.
- Charlie Peprah is the best job insurance Atari Bigby could buy.
- Aaron Rodgers sounds like he got a concussion on the helmet to helmet hit he took at the end of the game. If only there were some type of rule in the NFL where we could avoid these types of injuries...Seriously that's the second time this has happened to Rodgers including the end of the Arizona game with no call. Do they win the game if it's called? Not the way they were playing, but now it's not only going to cost us this game, but will more than likely force the Pack to do something they haven't had to do since 1992: Start a backup QB. If the NFL doesn't look at these hits I'll be forced to.....write....a politely worded letter asking for an explanation. Yeah.
- I have NO issue with going for it on 4th and 1 at the goaline. I have a HUGE issue with throwing a fade route to your backup tight end. If that's the play call it's time to kick a 19 yard field goal. Personally I would have gone for both the touchdown and the field goal. But that's just me.
With all that said while I don't believe in using the injury card for this game, I'll admit it's going to be tough this week when you're staring down the barrel of a game minus Al Harris, Atari Bigby, Ryan Grant, Mark Tauscher, Morgan Burnett, Nick Barnett, Jermichael Finley, Clay Matthews, and Aaron Rodgers. Like yeah good teams overcome injuries but we've got a damn Pro Bowl roster on the injury report. Even so, people need to stop with calling out Thompson to make trades. What are we going to do? Trade every pick for the next 3 years to replace every marquee player that goes down? And other teams are just going to give us quality starters? If you ask me Thompson's time would be better spent trying to find some first aid sprays or mushrooms to get his team healthy again. Works on Nintendo. And if we can't trust Nintendo what can we trust?
PS: Type in 'groin shots' on youtube's search if you're depressed about the game. I defy you not to feel better.