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Greg C.

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  1. Packers & Vikings Postgame

    In Graham's defense, I don't think there is any tight end in the league who could block Danielle Hunter one-on-one in open space. That was either a poorly designed play or Rodgers held onto the ball too long. Graham does not look good in the passing game, though, and I think it may be time to start running Robert Tonyan out there in his place.
  2. Packers & Vikings Postgame

    I agree with most of that. Not sure why you have such harsh words for Tramon and Trevor Davis, though. I didn't see Tramon give up any big plays today, while his teammates gave up plenty. And I'm not sure if Trevor Davis has even had a chance to return a kickoff or punt yet, and he hasn't fumbled or anything.
  3. Packers & Vikings Postgame

    That's the second time in a row he's thrown the game away in Green Bay, but the refs didn't bail him out this time.
  4. It didn't look that bad on the replay, so I am hoping it's not a break or one of those nasty high ankle sprains. Obviously it's not good that he was down for a long time, and they carted him off.
  5. Not quite. They virtually closed out the game with a couple of first downs on that last drive. So often, teams in those situations go three-and-out. But yes, EXCEPT for that last drive, they were awful for a long time. I'm sure the offense was better statistically than it was against the Bears, but this was a less impressive performance.
  6. The problem with "letting them play" is that the players are going to adjust by making more contact with each other, and then you're right back where you started. I do think that the refs have been way too quick with the defensive PI whistles for a long time now, so at least they are evening things out by calling PI more on the offensive players now.
  7. Packers & Bears Postgame

    Based on his performance before getting injured last season, I think he could be a legitimate #2 receiver, and I'm not going to give up on him after he got shut out in one game. If MVS passes him up, that's a good thing considering that MVS has more big play potential and more upside, but I don't see Allison falling any farther than #3 in the depth chart this year.
  8. Packers & Bears Postgame

    I thought he would mostly be just a short yardage and goal line TE, but LaFleur ran him out there quite a lot, and he didn't look like a complete slug or anything. I'm skeptical about whether this is really the best thing to do, but I'm open to the idea.
  9. Tony Brown started in place of Kevin King, and Brown did give up some plays, so he will get less playing time if King stays healthy. I think Josh Jackson and Ka'dar Hollman are a long way from being reliable backups at this point, and Chandon Sullivan is probably ahead of Hollman and maybe Jackson too. After Brown, there may be a big dip in competence, at least in the short term. I would rather not get too deep into the CB rotation for awhile.
  10. Packers & Bears Postgame

    Good stuff. He has such long arms! I wish they would have ended the clip with his game-clinching sack, though.
  11. Packers & Bears Postgame

    Aaron Rodgers' stats against the Bears: 18 for 30 (60%), 1 TD , 0 INT, 6.8 yards per attempt, 91.4 QB rating. By today's standards, that's an average performance, but I'll take a statistically average performance against that kind of pressure, with no running game, in the debut game of a new offense. Back in the 70s, when defense reigned and stats were not worshipped like they are now, QBs like Staubach, Bradshaw, and Greise would be praised for that kind of performance in a winning effort. Obviously Rodgers was far from perfect and needs to clean some things up, but he deserves kudos for his performance, and I do think he looked better than he did for most of last season. Although the defense was primarily responsible for winning the game, one way to look at it is that both defenses played about equally well and the Packers won the game because their QB played better than the Bears' QB. Rodgers was still a difference-maker, even with a performance that was subpar for him.
  12. Packers & Bears Postgame

    Speaking of "odd," I also noticed that the Packer DBs did not give the receivers an 11-yard cushion on 3rd and 10, like we're so used to seeing them do. What's up with that?
  13. Packers & Bears Postgame

    I read where LaFleur gave credit to "Gutey and is crew" for bringing in all of that defensive talent. It was also good to see Aaron Rodgers celebrating the win with Mike Pettine, who looked very much at home on the sideline.
  14. Packers & Bears Postgame

    I was typing my post as yours came through, so you beat me to it. I agree that it was big for Rodgers to avoid turnovers, and it is not something to be taken for granted, especially against such a good defense.
  15. Packers & Bears Postgame

    I'm a little surprised at the negative assessments of Aaron Rodgers' performance. I thought he played well. He was under a ton of pressure but stayed calm and appeared to stick with the game plan. He did not bolt from the pocket as early or as often as he did in the past few years. He had no running game but was able to grind out a win with some key throws for first downs against the best defense in the league. I was expecting the offense to struggle but was not expecting the defense to be AWESOME. I actually looked forward to them coming onto the field, and by the end of the game I was pretty confident in their ability to slam the door on the Bears. Except for a few minor lapses in this game, they contested everything.
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