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The Pack is back… Or are they? Packers 36 Rams 17

September 27, 2009 2 comments

The Green Bay Packers defeated the St. Louis Rams this past Sunday, Sept. 27
The final score was Green Bay 36 – St. Louis 17

There won’t be any celebrations with toasted ravioli in good old Missouri this week.
Instead we will be celebrating here in Wisconsin with cheese platters and beer soaked bratwurst.

A few former and some current Green Bay players, recognize anyone?

A few former and some current Green Bay players, recognize anyone?

That was a much better performance this week in all three phases of the game by the Packers. The offense, defense and special teams all contributed solid efforts in the win. If there could be any criticism this week, it would still fall on the offensive line, which once again had Aaron Rodgers running for his life, especially in the first half.

The injury to QB Mark Bulger of the Rams in the first half of the game may have had something to do with how well the Green Bay defense played, but Kyle Boller stepped in for the Rams and played well for them. The former Ravens QB had two touchdown passes, while Green Bay LB Brandon Chillar was torched twice for a pair of scores. Without the touchdown passes, the Rams may have been held to a meager 3 points by the pack.

Let’s not sugar-coat it though – the Rams are a bad team and Green Bay won a game that everybody expected them to. Who knows, the Rams could even be this years’ Lions. As it stands now, the Rams have the longest losing streak in the NFL – 13 games – thanks to the Lions finally winning one (were you as shocked as I was?). If there was any doubt that the Packers should have won the game, you must be a Rams fan. Oh wait…I keep forgetting… the Rams have no fans.

At some point the Packers offensive Line will have to show up if the green and gold want to win some close games. Look for Jared Allen of the Vikings to dominate Green Bay’s weak O-line next week. Sad but true. It’s time for a showdown when the Packers take on the Minnesota Vikings at the metro dome. It’s Brett Favre vs. Aaron Rodgers episode one. There hasn’t been this much excitement about something since Luke Skywalker took on Darth Vader in Star Wars. You can figure out who you think is Luke and who is Vader in this analogy… nfl_favre_rodgers_580It should be FAN-tastic.

This week’s Winners:

Player of the Game: Donald Driver – did you see the helmet catch?
If not here it is:
Play of the Game: Johnny Jolly intercepting a tipped pass in the first half.
Needs Work: Once again, the Packers offensive line has just been mediocre, and they need to get that fixed.

This week’s Losers:
The entire Rams defense. Too bad guys… Runner up: Brandon Chillar in pass coverage

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Familiar Loss, Different Theme – Bengals 31 Packers 24

September 21, 2009 Leave a comment

Familiar Loss, Different Theme

A shot of fans at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, WI

A shot of fans at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, WI

The Green Bay Packers lost a close game this past Sunday, Sept. 20. It was what some would even call a heartbreaker. They suffered the loss at the hands of the Cincinnati Bengals. This was a game that the Packers were expected to win. Unfortunately, they fell just short.

As the coaches say, they just did not execute. Unlike last season, it was not the defense that let the Packers down late in the game. It was the offense. Aaron Rodgers and the Packers offense seemed to be out of sync all day long. There were far too many penalties, dropped passes, and missed blocks by the Packers’ offensive unit. This is an alarming trend considering how well the offense played just a year ago. Last season, the Packers offense was one of the top-ranked units in the NFL. It was the defense that continually let the team down late in games. This time around, it was an offense that just couldn’t seem to put together a scoring drive when it counted. As time ran out, the offense had a false start and Aaron Rodgers could do nothing more than argue with the referees.

If it wasn’t for Charles Woodson, who seemed to be on fire, the game might not have even been close. Woodson had two interceptions, one of which he returned 22 yards for a touchdown. He also led the team in tackles, recording 10. The defense played well when it counted, but it couldn’t keep the high-powered passing attack of Bengals Quarterback Carson Palmer out of the end zone. Due to the hard running of Cedric Benson, the Packers had a long day trying to defend against all of the Bengals’ offensive weapons.

In the end, the suspect Bengals defense did just enough to win the game, while the Packers offense failed to score any points when it really needed them, in crunch time. Let’s hope next weeks’ game against the St. Louis Rams ends up with a better result for the Green Bay Packers. Go Pack!