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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.

Packers fall on late field goal in HOT-lanta. Falcons 20 – Packers 17.

November 29, 2010 3 comments

Michael "The Burner" Turner

Tough day for the Packers today, they played a good game but came up just short.

 

If there was one play that turned the tide of the game in the Falcons’ favor, it would have to be the fumble in the end zone by the Packers. At that point, it looked like the Packers were going to take control of the game, but instead they gave Atlanta the ball and it led to a huge momentum swing.

For me the difference in the game was the running backs. The Packers could get nothing going at all on the ground, and their running backs even had negative yards rushing. It is going to be a problem when your quarterback is the leading rusher on the team. On the flip side, Micheal “the burner” Turner was solid for the Falcons, gaining over 100 yards on the ground and helping the Falcons control the clock.

The Packers didn’t have that luxury and so they had to rely on the legs and the arm of Aaron Rodgers. I thought he played an excellent game, minus the goal-line fumble.

The running backs for the Packers had a terrible game, and the Packers o-line just didn’t open up many holes for them. Give credit to Atlanta’s defense for that, they completely shut down the run and made the Packers offense one-dimensional.I still felt like the Packers were the better team on the field, but obviously the ball just didn’t bounce their way very many times in this game.

The Packers defense played well and they shut down one of the premiere receivers in the NFL today – “Hot” Roddy White. I am going to say that is mostly thanks to Charles Woodson. The only thing that the defense could have done better was to stop the run, but it is nearly impossible to stop Michael Turner, he is some kind of freak of nature.

The only other thing the defense could have done was force a turnover, but Atlanta’s offense is very effective at not turning the ball over and making the most of their opportunities.

For me, the plays of the game were both made by Aaron Rodgers on 4th down – the escape and the shovel pass for a key first down on the last drive and also the extension of a play until he could fire the ball to Jordy “White Lightning” Nelson in the endzone for the touchdown to tie the game. That was just an incredible job by Rodgers escaping the rush and waiting until someone could finally get open. That late touchdown of course tied the game at 17.

You know what happened next, of course, a face-mask penalty on the ensuing kickoff and some good throws by Matt Ryan led to the game-winning field goal for Atlanta with close to no time left on the clock. The packers had one chance at the Hail Mary, but they came up short. Final score 20-17 in a real barn-burner. You can’t say it wasn’t exciting, though.

Speaking of burners, I’ve decided to call this Michael Turner’s Burner Burger. Don’t Burn your mouth off! Eat this and feel better about the Pack’s loss. Of course they play San Fransisco next week and I will be looking for them to bounce back in a big way. Those sourdough-heads don’t stand a chance.

Happy reading, happy eating and GO PACK GO!!!

Packers drop another heartbreaker in OT as they lose to the ‘Fins. Dolphins 23 – Packers 20.

October 18, 2010 Leave a comment

I can tell you exactly what was the difference in this game: pass rush. The Packers put almost no pressure on Dolphins QB Chad Henne Sunday and they paid the price for it. Without their top pass-rusher and play-maker Clay Matthews the Packers Defense could barely sniff a sack. By contrast, Miami’s Cameron Wake seemed to be all over the field, sacking Aaron Rodgers at will and chasing him up and down the field.

Remember that shoelace tackle of Rodgers in overtime? Yeah, that was Wake. Apparently he is the Dolphins best kept secret because the Pack had no answer for him in this game. No matter who lined up against Wake, whether it was Chad Clifton or Bryan Bulaga, the Packers just could not stop him from getting good pressure on Aaron Rodgers.

If the Packers had any semblance of a running game or some better blocking, then maybe we wouldn’t have to all collectively hold our breath every time Rodgers takes a hard hit, because we all know a decent running game or some better pass blocking would help Rodgers unleash his inner beast.

I want to give credit to the Packers Defense for playing hard and hanging around all game despite getting dominated in the time of possession battle and missing some key players on defense. Man, they really missed Clay Matthews on defense today, you can tell that the Packers just aren’t the same team without him in there. I also think that they missed some of the big plays usually created by MLB Nick Barnett. Desmond Bishop did a pretty decent job filling in for Barnett though, so give him some credit.

Usually I want to complain about the defense after a loss, but I was actually surprised by how well they held  up, especially after Brandon Marshall seemed unstoppable. It was nothing the Packers’ D did wrong, that guy is just a beast. So I kept yelling at my TV: Put Woodson on him!! I wonder how many of us were thinking that until Tramon Williams came up with that nice interception in the first half. He jumped a quick curl by Marshall and just took that one away from him – a great play, but it still couldn’t put the Packers D over the top.

What really disappointed today was actually the Packers offense. They still haven’t found any answer for having such a poor running game and that is allowing opposing defenses to just sit back and play the pass. And since we aren’t the Colts, we can’t allow that to happen. I was very frustrated by the poor pass protection today in addition the lack of a running game, as usual. When the Packers got the ball in overtime, they should have been able to put the ‘Fins away. Instead, Aaron Rodgers had guys chasing him all over the place and couldn’t complete a pass. C’mon man!

So to recap: another disappointing loss, and pretty much the same story as last week. The Packers now fall to 3-3 and second place in the NFC North Division. They have a critical match-up next Sunday night against the Favre-led  Minnesota Vikings and I fully expect them to bounce back with a win. It will be a great game. You can watch it on NBC @ 7 p.m.central time.

Now for the food: I guess we’ve gotta go with some tuna this week, in honor of losing to those Miami snorkelers. Finheads. Pinheads. Tuna. Insult of your choice. Anyway, here it is: seared ahi tuna. I had this for the first time on my honeymoon and it was pretty good. That’s my official review. Of course, Rachel Ray wasn’t the one who prepared it, but it was still good. Maybe it just lacked a bit more sultry-ness? I don’t know, that was supposed to be a Rachel Ray joke but maybe it didn’t go over. Just like the Packers didn’t go over the ‘Fins. Oh well, it’s a long season. So I raise my glass to you in the hopes that next week will be better.

Happy reading, happier eating! – JL

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!