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Packers @ Eagles Postgame

Vick had his chances to finish off the Pack

I’d like to throw two “thank-you’s” out to the Eagles this week.  To Michael Vick- thanks for thinking you’re a passing quarterback on 3rd and goal.  To Andy Reid- thanks for thinking Vick can run between the tackles on 4th and 1.  What was that?  We have seven on the line, five of which are inside their ends and they don’t get Vick in space?  He gashed us for more than a half and you run that play???  Again, thank you.

I’d also like to throw out an apology.  In my season preview, I questioned our offensive line and compared Mark Tauscher to an 80-year old man.  I’d like to apologize to all 80-year old men.  You all have much quicker feet than either of our tackles.  Paint dries faster than Tauscher and Clifton.

Any road win in the NFL is gold.  Add to it an NFC team you haven’t beaten in their hometown since 1962, and there should be little complaining.

One last thing…I also mentioned in the season preview how Brandon Jackson would eventually be asked to be a 1st and 2nd down back.  I hate being right.

 KEYS TO THE GAME (from my preview)

I think Kolb had the same look in his eyes as the impala

1) Our defense- It was all-world until Vick was forced into action.  Even though Vick moved the chains, the Packers still had 5 sacks, three of which were on Vick.  McCoy only had seven carries and they limited DeSean Jackson to four touches on offense for 30 yards.  Woodson was Woodson and Matthews was better than last year.  Holy crap!  His first sack, Matthews looked like a cheetah pouncing on an impala.

2) Special teams- Kudos to the Packers’ special teams Sunday.  That was one of the top ST performances in recent memory.  Across the board: returns, especially KO returns, were solid.  Coverage was solid.  On punts, we had four punts and Jackson only managed two returns for 11 yards.  Very nice.  And besides the kick-off out of bounds, Mason Crosby was huge.  We’ll re-visit him later.  Now do it all again this week and prove it wasn’t a fluke.

3) Offensive dominance- Perhaps the greatest part of Sunday was that the offense was, in their own eyes, terrible and yet we put 27 points on the board.  Rodgers was off most of the day.  Grant goes down.  Finley found out that teams are going to be forced to double-team him or Rodgers is going to target him EVERY TIME.  I see vast improvement Sunday.

4) Andy Reid’s gameplan- Wow, the Eagles sucked in the first half.  They were setting all kinds of records…in futility.  They couldn’t get Jackson the ball and Kolb looked like a scared, confused rookie.  Vick saved them and created a huge problem in the process.  Glad I’m not an Eagles fan.

Kudos to Crosby: my play of the game


I’m going with Crosby’s 56 yard field goal to end the 1st half.  Not only did it put the Pack up two scores going into the half and put all the momentum in Green Bay’s favor, but how many of you thought there was any chance that was going through as they were lining up?  Come on, 5% of you?  Too high?  Huge play. 


Clay Matthews- I guess Allen Iverson is right.  We’re talking about practice.  7 tackles, 2 sacks, 2 TFL, and 1 FF.  He looked quicker than last year.  His dropped interception could cost him the NFL Defensive Player of the Week, but wow, how can I pick anyone else.


September 14, 2010 Posted by | Packers | , , , | Leave a comment

What’s up with Bucky?

Do the Badgers suck?  Well…in the pages of this blog, you know my preseason opinion was clearly no.  I still feel there are the second best team in the big ten and when the dust settles they’ll play in the BCS series.   The better question is what is going on with this team?

  1.  Schedule: Michigan is a good example of a team that can ascend through a competitive schedule.  UConn has been a developing program, they opened the big house with some renovations and then they play their historic rival, all while introducing America to the current Heisman frontrunner.  Wisconsin on the other hand, opens with a home game 2000 miles away at like 1:00 in the morning in front of a small TV audience on the Versus channel which I didn’t even know existed.  They began the game by punching UNLV in the face and then malaise seemed to settle in, they seemed bored and began this disturbing trend of turning it over inside the five.  They return to Camp Randall for a early morning game with San Jose State.  Only thing most diehards could tell you about SJSU is that Packer James Jones came from that school.  No rivalry, no history, a game of little interest, that saw empty seats at Camp Randall.  Result?  Badgers punch SJSU in the face early, fumble inside their five trying to score and then go into a haze for the next 30 minutes.  Bottom line remains, this team won’t have freakish turnovers all year…but they probably will have the ability to punch other teams in the mouth early and hopefully more often.  This team seems to play to the level of their opponent—we’ll see how they fare when a more formidable opponent emerges.  Their schedule early did them no favors.
  2. Turnovers: enough said.  All ROTQ readers know you can’t turnover the football anywhere and be successful…turning it over where UW has is completely unacceptable.
  3. Injuries: we haven’t seen the whole UW roster on the field at the same time.  Injuries to key players, namely guys like Chris Borland and Mike Taylor haven’t helped. 


Prognosis: I think Peter Konz was right earlier this week when he noted that this type of performance will certainly get their attention and the attention of the coaching staff.  These foolish mistakes will be corrected, the waning attention span will be stop and we’ll see the type of team we expect this Saturday.  I expect ASU to present some intriguing challenges, namely to the secondary…but again this is a PAC-10 team where the defenses are not particularly rugged.  UW has always fared well against strong PAC-10 teams, yet alone one in a rebuilding mode.  I expect them to really establish their identity in advance of their home tilt with mighty Austin Peay and the forthcoming road trip to MSU and then the big one…hosting OSU.  You’ll read it here.  This team will be undefeated going into Iowa.

September 14, 2010 Posted by | General | | Leave a comment