Well I'd say Andrew Luck ended the Packers' field trip to Indy pretty damn quick yesterday. I mean how about the beginning of this season huh? Beat down by San Fran at home opening weekend, have a replacement ref job us in Seattle and give away an 18 point halftime lead on the road to a team that was 2-14 last year. And staying on the road in Houston next week against possibly the best team in the NFL. I guess the good news is that the schedule gets a little lighter after that? Like we are definitely in the middle of our toughest stretch while the Bears and Vikings are playing teams like the Jaguars and Titans who may be employing replacement players at some point. We play those teams later in the year and that's where we'll make up games. Hell the way our schedule works it would be like a game of Street Figher where you face M Bison round 1 and progress down to Dhalsim as the final guy. So there's plenty of time to get back in the mix for the NFC North. But we can't afford to let anymore double digit leads slip away. Like even John Axford and K-Rod were disgusted by that blown save.
Couple of things; I like Mike McCarthy as much as the next person, but my man, we've got to mix in a run once in a while in the 2nd half. I'm not saying take a knee up by 18, I'm saying don't throw the ball 2342432 times in a row when you're up by 2 or 3 scores. Like I get it, we're a passing team and Benson went down, but it was pretty obivous that the Colts were hitting 'Engage 8' Madden-style over and over again because they knew we were passing. Just blitz and sit in zone coverage. And while Green didn't have a great day in Benson's stead, he did break off a 41 yarder and, GASP, we scored a touchdown on that drive!
Beyond that though I'd say the only other complaint is the coverage on Reggie Wayne. Now don't get me wrong, Reggie Wayne has been one of the most underrated wide receivers of the last 2 decades. Just puts up numbers year after year after year. But going into that game, you have to know that Wayne is options A, B and C for a rookie quarterback. So why are we defending him man on man with everyone BUT Tramon Williams? Like the way we defended him yesterday it was almost like we were daring Luck to throw it to him. Single coverage on Wayne with your 3rd or 4th best corner is like throwing Ryan Braun an 85 mph fastball middle-middle. Makes no sense. Just a lay up drill of a day for 8-7.
So 2-3 headed for probably our most difficult game of the year next Sunday night on the road. Again, we're only two games back in the division and have only played one division game. The Bears are a legit threat. The Vikings have about as much a chance of hanging on as an advertisement does of being viewed in it's entirety when the 'skip ad' button appears. Oh and order of importance of injuries goes Benson, Raji, Finley. Benson is obviously critical to our offensive attack (2005 Jon just threw up), Raji is the anchor on that D-Line and Finley I could honestly care less about. Guy's hands are like having a 12th defender on the field. Guy's got all the talent in the world and Bubba Franks is still the best #88 to play tight end for us.
PS: Got to feel a little good for the Colts and Chuck Pagano. Doesn't is seem like the Packers play in these types of high emotion games a lot. Remember when Walter Payton passed away and that week a crappy Bears team came to Lambeau and beat us. No? Well here you go!
Love the Ray Rhodes siting in that clip. I'm shocked the Packers haven't hired someone to scour the internet to delete all knowledge that that year existed. The Packers treat the Ray Rhodes era like Fight Club and rightfully so.
Double PS: Pat Summeral making Joe Buck look like Gus Johnson with his call of a game winning blocked kick.