Packers XLV

The More Things Change...

Posted November 2nd, 2020 @ 01:11pm

2020 has been a year unlike any we have ever seen. So much has changed in the world. How ironic that one thing that has remained the same is the Pack's inability to stop the run. And if they can't figure it out, there will be no deep run through the NFC in January.

On a blustery afternoon at Lambeau, where everyone in the world knew the Vikings offense would revolve around Dalvin Cook, Mike Pettine's defense looked completely lost. And while the Packers were missing two of their best players on offense, the defense was missing just one starter (CB Kevin King). And yet the amount of missed tackles was staggering. Cook's long touchdown reception looked strikingly similar to Alvin Kamara's in week 3. It was a scary performance by the defense--fitting for Halloween weekend.

There's been so much angst about the Packers trading for wide receiver before the trade deadline, but the truth is this team would be far better served by trying to find a defensive lineman (like Geno Atkins of Cincinnati).

Watching the electric Dalvin Cook skate past defenders brought back memories of Raheem Mostert in last year's title game. You know the 49ers, who run a similar offense to that of Minnesota, are licking their chops, even though they don't have a back of Cook's pedigree. Let's not forget Christian McCaffrey and Derrick Henry will be coming to Lambeau later in the season. You can't be taken seriously as a Super Bowl contender if you can't stop the run. Simple as that.

Credit Mike Zimmer and his staff for bouncing back from a demoralizing loss to the Falcons, and listening to a lot of noise from the outside about tanking and cleaning house. With two weeks to stew about their predicament, the Vikings played with a sense of urgency and aggressiveness that the Packers did not match. Their undermanned defense stiffened in the second half, doing all they could to dare someone other than Davante Adams to beat them.

Sure, it would have been nice to have Aaron Jones out there on a day when passing was difficult, but the Pack's offense should have been able to make do. Penalties were a problem all afternoon (nine for 95 yards). The production at tight end was solid, but in the second half it seemed like the offense was not quite in sync; it seemed like they were facing third and fourth down situations every few minutes. And on a day when they needed their other wide receivers to step, they didn't, even though they were competing against a bunch of unproven rookies.

A lot of you are probably upset that the officials picked up the pass interference flag late in the game on a fourth and nine--I know Rodgers and LaFleur were furious--but I thought it was the right call. I just feel like in a big spot like that, you got to let guys play and I didn't see much more than a hand on a hip.

We'll learn a lot about this team on Thursday night. They've yet to lose back to back games under LaFleur and have been installed as two to three point favorites against the banged up 49ers. If they can put this stinker behind them and rise up on a short week and take care of business, things will be looking up with a winnable batch of games on the horizon. But if they let Jerick McKinnon and JaMycal Hasty run all over them, this team will no longer look like one to be taken seriously as a Super Bowl contender.

There are re-enforcements coming on offense with the imminent returns of Bakhtiari, Jones and Lazard. But barring a trade deadline miracle, this is the defense we will see for the rest of the season. Feels like we've watched this movie before.


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The Packer defense made me wanna Ralph up my cheese curds yesterday! If they play like that against a good team in the playoffs, they are "Cooked". I hate seeing A-Rodg's last few season's wasted by the putrid mediocrity on the other side of the line of scrimmage.

on November 2nd, 2020 at 01:28pm

Ha Ha all the waterheads are back,they’ve been losing so long this is all they have,they wreak of envy and jealousy,especially Grandma death!!

on November 2nd, 2020 at 07:24pm

We have had trouble stopping the run the past few years and it continues. Vikes were the better team yesterday. I agree with Davey on the PI call, let em play, it just goes to show you that penalties even out. Many people say packers get all the calls, but if so, how come that flag was picked up and how come they didn't call a penalty on the final play? It will be interesting how they respond against SF, a game that they have had circled on their calendar all year, similar style that can beat the pack. Really hope we can get that revenge win and stay in the hunt!

on November 2nd, 2020 at 08:01pm

Same garbage lousy linebackers! I could go on but it’s simple. Cover the weakness that we’ve obviously ignored and go get JJ! Mr. GM get off your butt and make some moves, oh yeah add a receiver! I miss Wolf!!

on November 2nd, 2020 at 08:30am

First of all the Vikings won this game and we can come up with all the excuses we want but we were beat by the better prepared team this day. Davy...that said I am going to disagree with you on 3 points you made in this article. 1- Getting a defensive lineman, which we obviously need is not even close to getting another capable wide receiver. MVS and EQSB are done. When Lazard comes back he is a serviceable 3 receiver. Adding a pure number 2 is a difference maker and game changer. It is criminal that Gutey has done nothing to help our HOF QB. The defense needs a big makeover but adding 1 D lineman is not a gamechanger like a receiver is. The defense starting with Pettine needs a complete overhaul but that is for the offseason. Gutey....dont be TT light...give up draft choices if you want to make a run. 2- Davy... I disagree that you agreed with picking up the flag on the pass interference. It was blatant...the official in the reporting group agreed. Sure...let them play...but if you call it against us be consistent. It is not why we lost but be consistent on both sides. 3- Davy....we are not 3 point favorites...the line is SF by 3 and that is what it should be. Gutey has got to be strong now in the trade market and going forward. GO PACK GO !!

on November 2nd, 2020 at 08:59am

As Carl Gerbschmidt would say, “terribo, terribo, terribo. Mike Pettine has got to be on his way out of GB. And as for the GM, incredible to think he cannot trade for some help.

on November 2nd, 2020 at 09:05am

Couple things. This was a ball control game, not a sprint. That definitely does not favor the Pack. They decided to play it that way. Sure part of that was the wind, but the other part was the personnel. Yes, Williams is nice, like a cub scout, but he is not explosive. Next , Pettine should be on the hot seat. Absolutely. We played a lot of two high safety for a game we knew was going to be run oriented. Josh Jackson is no answer. The tackling is Pettine's responsibility. The number of times I saw Prestin Smith in coverage, well what the %$@#! It is counter intuitive what this team is built for right now, because it's not built cold weather outdoor football. Now we head to the west coast , where we have laid a lot of eggs recently. I'm not sure Kittle's ankle is going to be enough to put us over the top.

on November 2nd, 2020 at 09:14am

Tim, That pass interference was waved off due that despicable call that took away a first down from Irv Smith. That offensive pass interference call was the worst thing I've seen all year. The linebacker steps in front of him and cuts him off, so he pivots and the call is on Smith. That was laughable. At that point it was 28-14, a first down catch and ballgame. You would have never gotten the ball back. Oh, and that quick snap on 3rd and a mile to get the first down was typical packer trash in Lambeau. The eyes it took to see that one was a special kind of Lambeau. The refs still tried to one time the Vikings. It's just the packers were too pathetic to take advantage.

on November 2nd, 2020 at 09:28pm

It sounds like THC is writing what i said my last 2 posts. I disagree with OSSG. We need a a lb and Dl more then a wr. If you cannot stop the run, it demoralizes the whole team, and 12 gets less touches also. I said it after the draft and i will say it every week, Queen was the pick when they moved up, and a dl in round 2, 2 wasted picks. looks like 11-5 if 12 can score 38 a GAME. MVS has NO hand eye coordination. he is done. If they are to stupid to get a DL in trade, Get fuller or Cobb to help 12 at least.

on November 2nd, 2020 at 09:53am

lolololol, Supposed cream of the NFC North got cut through like a warm knife through melted butter when everyone knew it would be the Dalvin show for the Vikings. "we got a defense" was on full display, a shit leopard still can't change it's spot. Rodgers couldn't take advantage of a trash secondary that was down to 2 CBs by the end of the game, the shit winds are blowing in Green Bay.

on November 2nd, 2020 at 10:44am

Every so often a thrashing takes place that has never been witnessed before. That is what happened yesterday when Dalvin single handedly taint stamped the lowly pack defense into another time dimension. Beaten like a red headed step child. Barooooooooooooooooooo! KAG!

on November 2nd, 2020 at 10:48am

Roscoe Lombardi here, as my daddy, former head coach of the Redskins, used to say, "son, that stank worse than the core of Packer fan four hour orgy." How many phantom holding calls are we expected to endure? It reminds me of the time my uncle came for a visit and daddy took us all out to eat at Green Bay's best restaurant at the time, Cooter's Gas Station and Gravy Trough. We was busy dipping our cheese du jour in the gravy du jour when my uncle near puked. What is that stench he asked, are there hunters in here doused in buck lure? No, my daddy replied, one of the locals must have uncrossed their legs. Go Pack, go.

on November 2nd, 2020 at 12:46pm

Thank god there are no fans allowed at Lamblow Field. about yer super spreader event. worse than Dump rallys. Drunk sunzabeaches puking on dair shoes... There's not enough beer in Sconny to make us forget how bad the defense was on Sunday!!!! Whaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!! I need more paint thinner!!!! It's Time2Guzzle!!!!!

on November 3rd, 2020 at 03:01pm

Sunday was the first game of the LaFleur "era" for which the Packers should be personally and professionally ashamed of themselves. At least the bad losses last year in California and at Tampa this season were against good teams on the road. Maybe there was too much complacency and overconfidence going into this one. The Packers never seemed to have any real aggresiveness or urgency in any of the phases of their game from the get-go. And it was worse when they came out in the second half and let the game get away from them. The league this weekend was dotted with upsets and close calls for favored teams so the Pack wasn't the only one. But a strategic opportunity has been lost and with a short week to the next game and covid now invading the Green Bay lockerroom some revisions of expectation may soon be in order. The Packers will still likely make the playoffs. Probably win the NFC North. But they may just have lost that all-important "home field for the playoffs" that we were hoping for as their best and perhaps only shot at a Super Bowl trip.

on November 3rd, 2020 at 05:32am

Okay..."THE BIG RANT" is coming. So Voice you will not agree with one thing I am about to say so you dont need to read on. But ...some of the other true Packer regulars may find some aggrement with me. I am completely discussed with Gutey. I dont want to hear about money issues,injuries, or Covid issues. You are paid to figure those out. Not only at the trade deadline but in the off season. And you have done nothing with both. Tom Brady comes to Tampa and they get pieces for him. When Bellichek was winning he made moves. KC, Baltimore, and Pittsburgh make moves, yes in off season largely but moves. We do "NOTHING" Gutey from the TT school loves his draft choices and undrafted free agents. It's like he is happy going 10-6 and getting one playoff game. Without Rodgers ....lets be honest we are at best a 7 win team. If I was Rodgers in the off season I would demand a trade...I realize with his contract thats a pipe dream..but they do nothing to get him a capable #2 receiver. The defense is another story that cant be fixed this year. It's not like this just fell on us...we saw this coming for years. Oh, well Gutey love hoarding those draft choices and keep bringing in those UFA's. I am thankfull we still have Rodgers....a HOF QB whose partial legacy will be"WHAT IF" GO PACK GO !!

on November 3rd, 2020 at 05:40pm

To all nfc north fans other than the packers,in the last 35 years the packers are the only team out of this shitty division to win 2 super bowl championships(pay attention lions Vikings and bears fans) Packers have best winning percentage,most division titles and most NFC championship games so stick that up your jealous envious Asses and live with it!!!

on November 3rd, 2020 at 08:13am

Packerlifer, I don't believe this team is built for cold weather outdoor football. Mostly, I don't think Pettine has instilled any kind of attitude into the Defense. He has left that up to the stars of the defense to stir. So, given the choice this year, with no fans, I think they would probably do better in perfect conditions than in the cold in January. The one thing I will say in their defense is, "How different would the play calling have been if they would have been willing to try to kick field goals? " I don't think it excuses the defense at all, but I do think it greatly changed the way the play calling went down for game. It had a greater impact than just a few plays when they were close.

on November 3rd, 2020 at 09:01am

5 points to consider: 1. The Packers are still in first place; 2. The Bears are still in second place; 3. The Vikings are still in LAST place; 4. There's a lot of season left; 5. Nobody cares about the Lions.

on November 3rd, 2020 at 09:54am

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