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Pack's Comeback Win Comes in the Nick of Time (out)

Posted September 15th, 2014 @ 01:09am

If they're all going to be like this, I'm going to need to stock up on Prilosic. Yes, the Packers dug themselves out of a 21-3 hole, but if not for a very fortuitous time out call, who knows how this crazy game might have ended.

Thank goodness for Marty Mornhinweg. After helping Brett Favre and the Pack capture Super Bowl XXXI, he continued to help the Pack during his disastrous two year stint as Lions coach. But never has he been more helpful than he was on this Sunday. When he frantically asked Rex Ryan to call timeout before the big fourth down play, the side judge blew his whistle, nullifying what would have been the game-tying play and giving the Packers defense a much needed, if undeserved mulligan.

So where do we start? On the Pack's first play, which Rodgers fumbled after not cleanly receiving the snap? On the defense's first quarter ineptitude where they couldn't get off the field on third down? On the Pack's inability to match the Jets with touchdowns early, settling for three field goals to answer the Jets three touchdowns?

Or should we pick things up on the last drive of the first half, when Rodgers and company executed a pitch perfect 97 yard drive that cut the lead to 21-16 at the half, providing momentum as they headed into the locker room?

At that point we started to believe the team was settling down from its disastrous start, which included an inexplicable challenge by McCarthy on a sideline catch by Eric Decker, which was completely, obviously a catch (and a great one, at that).

The Packers should ultimately be credited for getting their act together and keeping the team in the game. The run defense was vastly improved, holding the two headed team of Chris Johnson and Chris Ivory to 64 yards on 25 carries. And after allowing the Jets to convert five of its first six first downs, they stiffened in the second half, holding Geno Smith and company to just 2-8 on third downs the rest of the way.

Meanwhile, Jordy Nelson was brilliant and the team needed nearly every one of his career high 209 yards to secure the win. Randall Cobb's numbers were more ordinary, but he found paydirt twice. It was also nice to see rookie Davante Adams contribute with five catches--including a couple of key third down receptions. Rodgers is developing some trust with his young receiver. He has yet to develop that with his tight ends--Andrew Quarless caught one pass for eight yards. Let's hope Brandon Bostick is ready to go as the Pack heads into a key stretch with three straight division games.

It was too close for comfort and there was a lot not to like, but the Packers didn't panic, settled down on both sides of the ball and got a little lucky at the end. On a weekend when the rest of the division came up short, we'll take it. Safe to say, the Packers don't have to be concerned with peaking too early, at this point.

But they'll need to be a lot sharper as they head to Motown. Splitting the next two division road games would be acceptable. But they'll need to be a lot sharper from the start if they expect to make an early NFC North statement over the next couple of weeks.

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I'll take the W, but it wasn't pretty. The inside the game take I have is this: Nelson made Rodgers look good. I have always thought that a good QB can make ok receivers look better, but so far Boykin and Adams have shown little. Cobb has been OK, but the hands crew doesn't seem nearly deep enough this year. Can we trade Starks to Minnesota for Jennings? Nah, probably not.

on September 14th, 2014 at 11:00pm

Wow...So much for the improved defense. Close your eyes for a few seconds and open.....the same poor fundamental defense of the last few years....just a 2014 label peeled off and put over 2012....2013... kind of like that license tab you get for your car every just put it over your old tab but when you look its the same old car. As to the offense if Houdini cannot escape all of Sherrods feeble attempt at a block he may suffer the same fate as last year and then the Flynn-Tolzien debate starts. Aside from the sacks he was hit and put on his back too many times for my liking. Just like Houdini had an accomplice who understood his sleight of hand...our Houdini has his...Mr. Jordy Nelson. A win is a win but I am getting the feeling its that same old car with more miles and that shiny new tab. GO PACK GO !!

on September 15th, 2014 at 04:47pm

A win is a win and you take that any way you can get it. But the Packers were fortunate they had this opponent at home or the ending would not have been so happy. The Jets helped out mightily in blowing their big early lead and can now add the "phantom timeout" to the "butt fumble" in their history of frustration. Even though things got better that first 20 or so minutes of the game were terrible. I couldn't believe the Packers came out for their home opener so flat and disorganized and with ten days to get ready. If it's "what's up front that counts" they still have serious issues with their o-line and defensive front seven against a good opponent. But they are in the win column and even with all the other clubs in the division and the next 3 games could tell if they are still masters in their own house.

on September 15th, 2014 at 06:33am

Ugly and frustrating, but (aaahhhh sigh!) take the win and move on. We have bigger fish (or let's say mammals) to catch and fry in the next two weeks. Going to Detroit & Chicago to face 2 good offenses, we better get our defense in order. I only heard Peppers' name called once, although the announcers left something to be desired. Mathews was disruptive and Daniels had the best game on the defense. I hope they are more ready in Motown than they have been during week 1 & 2.

on September 15th, 2014 at 10:28am

The one true positive we can take away from this one is that after digging themselves into an 18 point hole, they didn't panic. Good job.

on September 15th, 2014 at 10:39am

well, I said there would be alot of FG's but I didn't think they would be by crosby. gosh, he is on a roll. i sure wishe we could get a TE involved, until we do, we are not going to be pretty to watch, We knew it would be hard to run, but the last 2 weeks have not looked good rushing, which we all thought would be good this year with Lacey again. we need bostick or someone to step up against the lions, we maybe 1-3 after 4 games very easy.

on September 15th, 2014 at 11:34am

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