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Lions tame the Packers playoff hopes in Detroit, and A-Rod goes down with another concussion. Lions 7 – Packers 3

December 13, 2010 1 comment

By J. Larsen

Well that was one soggy biscuit of a game, wasn’t it? You can bet the Lions fans are out in full force celebrating right now with their Coney dogs, Coney Island chili and Coney island chili-cheese dogs. I bet those bas-tads even use some of our Wisconsin Cheddar cheese to sweeten their doggies up…

But speaking of things that aren’t so sweet right now, how about the Green Bay Packers offense. It was pathetic in this game, folks. Lack of a running game, no pass protection and terrible O-line play all contributed to the Packers only being able to field a single field goal on the day. That wasn’t the only factor, though. Of course there were two costly turnovers.

Now, I enjoy apple turnovers as much as the next guy, but the football kind leave a sour taste in my mouth. I hated the interception that bounced out of Greg Jennings’ hands and right to a Lions’ defender. And I HATED even more the Matt Flynn interception in the end zone. That could’ve been seven points either time for our boys. But instead it turned out to be zero. Proof that you can’t win in the NFL if you turn the ball over.

But do you know what I hated most of all? The play calling. It was atrocious, especially at the end of the game. You absolutely, unequivocally, without a shadow of a doubt, DO NOT call a bomb to the end zone on 4th and 1 with time running out. Not when your backup QB is in and he has struggled all game. Seriously, Mike McCarthy, what is wrong with you? Please, Mr. McCarthy, try coaching your way out of a soggy paper bag. But don’t worry, I won’t hold my breath, because this could take forever.

Other errors by McCarthy were made as well. He should have challenged the play that might have been a Jennings catch for a touchdown. It was close enough that it was worth a review. He should have called more running back and wide receiver screens to offset the Lions (somehow) incredible pass rush. And he never should have called a running play with under two minutes left in the game, not to mention the last idiot call and fourth and 1. If you need only one yard to save the game, maybe just try to get ONE YARD! Arrgggghhhhh!!!!!!!!!  Ok, it’s okay. I feel much better now.

I bet Aaron Rodgers might not be feeling so hot after suffering his second concussion of this season and being held out of the rest of the game on Sunday. He is not going to have a very long NFL career if he doesn’t learn how to protect himself. Come on Rodgers, learn how to slide! I don’t want to be screaming Flynn to Win(!) at my TV every week. The Packers are going to need Mr. Rodgers neighborhood if they stand any chance at all of making the playoffs. His status for next week’s game is still uncertain.

If you’re  feeling down like me, then pick yourself up with some of these delicious treats, great for a desert on game day. The Packers aren’t out of the playoff hunt yet, but their window is closing. I will be hoping for some help from other teams who can beat the Bears, as well as the Pack to try and close out strong with some wins. The defense is still playing great right now. Let’s just pray they can get the offense going.

The Packers still  have three games left to try and make a playoff push. Next week they play the Patriots in New England and will be the underdogs away from home. The Pats just CRUSHED the Bears, so I will be hoping that this could be one of those let-down games for them after a big win. Still even if the Packers and the Bears both lose next week, I believe Green Bay will have a fighting chance to make the playoffs. I would love nothing more than to watch the Bears have a late-season meltdown. Wouldn’t you? That’s what I thought.

Happy Holidays everyone, and hey – Happy Reading and Happy Eating!! Thanks for supporting my blog.

Washington gets the win and Aaron Rodgers gets a concussion as the Pack fall in OT. Redskins 16 – Packers 13.

October 11, 2010 Leave a comment

Well well well, that was one buzzkill of a game for Packers Nation. This could mean that our boys in the Green and Gold are in some serious trouble, folks. Now, I never want to blame a win or a loss on injuries or officiating but those two factors may have had something to do with the Packers late game collapse as they lost on an overtime Field Goal to the Washington Native Americans or American Indians against abuse or whatever you think they should be called. (If you’ve never read about the controversy over this NFL team’s offensive name, do so here and then decide for yourself.)

I never like games where pass interference or defensive holding calls turn the tides or the game in favor of a team. I thought that there were two bad calls in overtime – one holding penalty called on Poppinga, and the PI called on Woodson. Everybody knows that Woodson is an extremely savvy veteran player and he did nothing to deserve that call. That’s the shitty thing about the NFL, sometimes the Refs can help decide the game. Of course, I wouldn’t be bitching about the game if the Packers had won or gotten questionable calls in their favor, but that’s just the way it goes sometimes in today’s NFL.

Donovan McFavre, er I mean, McNabb, looked like the washed up soup salesman that we all know he is during the game – especially in the first half. But, in the immortal words of Dennis Green – We had ’em, and we let ’em off the hook. Even a broken clock can tell the right time twice a day, and in this case it was McNabb’s Favre-ing of an injury decimated Packers’ defense. By which, I mean, he made some miraculously lucky throws when he had to. I’d like to say that his talents won the game, but I guess Fourth-and-26 is just too fresh in my memory and we all know that McNabb is garbage, anyone who watched the game could see how many times he failed to hit some wide-open receivers. I can’t believe we lost to that soup-chucking giant-headed goon again… (end of rant.)

Anyway, after holding the ‘Skins offense to a pathetic showing and only 3 points in the first half, Clay Matthews‘ hamstring tightened up as the Pack’s defense loosened up in the second half. Washington’s stellar defense also started to lock in on Aaron Rodgers and they took advantage of the fact that Green Bay was either afraid to or couldn’t run the ball at all near the end of the game.

I also was disappointed with coach Mike McCarthy‘s call to go for it on fourth-and-goal so early in the game (second quarter). A chip-shot field goal there for an even bigger lead might have changed the outcome of the game. Plus, it usually frustrates an opponent when you can put any points on the board while already leading – it also could have been a factor in taking the crowd out of the game too. It is especially frustrating when you consider that the Pack only lost this game by three.

I never liked coaches making decisions like going for it in the first half when their team is already leading, there is just way too much football left to play. An easy field goal at that point would have put the Packers up 10-0. Instead they drove the ball 85 yards and came away with nothing. Not good, McBumbles. I mean… McCarthy.

Adding to the list of our (packers fans’) woes is the fact that Aaron Rodgers took a hard hit and may have sustained a concussion on his last throw of the game, when he got rocked as he threw that interception to Laron Landry. Because concussions have become a huge league concern, this could be an even bigger concern for all Pack fans – Rodgers could be held out of the next game if he doesn’t check out OK with the medical staff. Jay Cutler of the Bears had a similar knock to the head last week, and he was held out of a game as a medical precaution. I don’t know about you, but I don’t love the Packers chances next week without Rodgers commanding the offense.

The blow to Rodgers’ head wasn’t the only thing that might derail the Packer’s playoff hopes. Injuries to starting linebacker Nick Barnett (wrist), starting safety Morgan Burnett (ACL) , OLB Clay Matthews (hamstring), TE’s Jermichael Finley (knee) and Donald Lee (shoulder) , DE Ryan Pickett (ankle) and yes, dare I say, Al Harris (PUP) have really hurt the Pack’s chances of making a deep playoff run.

Both Barnett and Burnett suffered injuries last week and both are likely out for the rest of the season. It remains to be seen how serious the injuries are to the other players on the team. For that we will have to wait for the injury report, which comes out Tuesday. Harris could return to action as early as next week, which would be a huge lift to an underwhelming Packers’ secondary.

Ahhh well, at least we can take comfort in the food that rules the fall – that classic food of all foods to warm your insides and then sizzle your outsides on the way out, of course I mean some homemade chili. Tis’ the season, people. I was going to give you my own hand-crafted recipe but then I realized I probably shouldn’t reveal any ancient family secrets on the Web. So you’ll all just have to settle for second best and try cooking up what you find here. Remember to top that off with some udderly fantastic Wisconsin CHEDDAR. What could be better, right?

Happy eating and thanks for reading!!

Next week the Packers take on the Miami Dolphins at home. I’m too full to make a prediction, so shoot me your own here or on Facebook. Best of luck, and Go Pack!