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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.

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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