Packers XLV

Pack's Big Three Puts On a Show.

Posted December 7th, 2020 @ 03:12pm

When you have the NFL's best QB-RB-WR combo, you can keep some warts hidden, like shoddy return coverage and the propensity to give up big plays (what is it about fourth and forever plays against the Eagles?). And when those three stars align, you get to watch dazzling playmaking and sometimes, a little history.

For virtually all 60 minutes against the Eagles, a Packers victory was never in doubt. But after Jalen Reagor's punt return cut the Pack's lead to seven and the offense was sputtering in the final minutes, I allowed myself to visualize the headlines trumpeting Jalen Hurts' miraculous comeback win, ushering in a new QB era in Philly.

But then, after watching Aaron Rodgers and Davante Adams work their magic all night long, it was Aaron Jones' turn to apply the dagger, with his electric career-long 77 yard touchdown run, putting the final touches on Green Bay's ninth win of the season.

The Rodgers-Adams combo is as lethal as any in the league this side of Kansas City and when they're cooking like they were Sunday night, it was beautiful to behold. Adams did all the work on Rodgers' 400th career touchdown pass, fighting through old foe Darius Slay to will his way into the end zone. He told the media after the game that he told the other receivers beforehand that whoever caught #400 had to deliver the football to the QB, since Rodgers wasn't in possession of his other big milestone TDs. He delivered it with reverence.

But their biggest connection of the game came with the Pack backed up to the one. I still don't know how that 42 yard catch was made. The ball was under thrown a bit and Adams was blanketed. It triggered what turned into the Pack's first 99 yard drive since Rodgers' second season and effectively put the game out of reach at 21-3.

We expected the defense to have its way with the Eagles' 28th ranked offense, but I was a little concerned about the return of Zach Ertz and the fact that Philly had a come to Jesus meeting following last week's loss. I thought Wentz and the running attack might show signs of life. But the defense was up to the challenge. Interesting to hear that the Smiths and Kenny Clark approached Mike Pettine leading up to the game, asking him to simplify the game plan and allow them to get after the quarterback. Seven sacks later, it seems like it worked.

The defense got big nights from Kingsley Keke, the Smiths, Rashan Gary and Darnell Savage, who added a third interception in the past two games. But they'll need to continue trending in this direction, with a healthier and happier Lions offense next and then Christian McCaffrey and Derrick Henry on deck the following two weeks.

At 9-s at the three-quarter pole, the Pack are sitting precisely where you'd hope they'd be. The division is theirs, and the NFC's top seed awaits. If they win out, they'll most likely get it, since the Saints have a date with the Chiefs coming up soon. But it won't be an easy road for the Pack, and next week may be the trickiest, at a stadium where the barely avoided losing their third straight last season.

We know this, when the Pack's big three are on the field together, they can beat anybody.

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Comments (11):

This seems to be a popular sentiment...do we trust MVS? Let me answer that question with a question - what choice do we have? Some time ago, a certain WR who wears #17 had a case of the drops, and torch & pitchfork nation wanted him gone. Before him, another WR who wore #87 had the same issue. Now I'm not saying MVS will turn into another Davante or Jordy, but the point I'm trying to make is go easy on the guy. Some guys just take time to get it together. And besides, what other choice do we have? Don't be so impatient. R-E-L-A-X.

on December 11th, 2020 at 04:38am

Detroit. What do you say?My thought is they had their post coach firing bump last week playing a lower quality Bear's team and any emotional bump from the change is played out. It looks like we avoid Galloday, but I expect our main issues will be with tight ends anyway. I've always respected Stafford, but not feared him. It may be a sin, but I don't care about AP. I just don't. I don't feel like there is that much new to write. This is another team that we are supposed to beat. We don't prove much by beating them, only by losing. That all said, I can't pick against the Pack and I don't feel that cocky. I hope the players are more up for this game then I am. 32 - 14 Packer.

on December 12th, 2020 at 09:55am

It wasn't a playoff game but it could be a sneak preview of how one might go down next month at Lambeau. It reminded me of last season's playoff against Seattle; when the Pack built a big lead then had to hang on and make decisive plays on both sides of the ball in the 4th qtr to win. The Eagles are about the caliber of team that could make the final 2 or 3 playoff berths, thanks to the NFL expanding and watering down its championship tournament. Even a dumb luck mediocrity like Minisota has visions of playoff sugar plums dancing in their heads at Christmastime. That's the level of what will be coming to Green Bay in January, if the Packers hold the first or second "seed." The Pack's "big guns" did fire well last Sunday but they still have plenty of areas that continue to be a work in progress. And getting that progress is what will be crucial if, as the Pack closes in on their 10th playoff year of the 13 year Aaron Rodgers Era, they are going to get a different final finish to what has been the pattern of the past decade.

on December 12th, 2020 at 10:14am

FBVG, I would put such questions aside. The all or nothing mentality may make you feel smart or protect you from an emotional investment, but it hinders your ability to enjoy the now. I don't have to believe this team is right now at this moment a Super Bowl winning team in order to enjoy the win. Let us acknowledge how hard winning a Title is and understand how fortunate we are knowing The Packers have a chance to win each game they play. Enjoy the season. LDF.

on December 7th, 2020 at 01:46pm

First Things First: I am taking ownership and eating crow as I said on Packer Preview Sunday for my constantly prodding Gutey to get Will Fuller by the trade deadline. The Pack brain wizzards obviously did their due diligence and found out the kid had issues. Cudos to them. ( As an aside....crow does not taste like chicken) That having been said....do you still trust MVS? I don't. Maybe Austin will get some snaps for the deep ball. Surprised Kenny Stills still out there. I know Davy likes our defense more than I do but when we get to the playoffs when teams get more conservative do we have to rely on Rodgers getting us 35 points or more each game to advance? I dont know if the defense is lack of quality players or Pettines schemes? The poor tackling is bothersome. OK....lets get these next 4 games. GO PACK GO !!

on December 7th, 2020 at 02:01pm

OSSG, I feel like giving my answers to questions today. Do I trust MVS? Only for the role he has been given as a deep threat. As for the playoff, Yes. We will probably have to score 35 points. Lastly Pettine can adjust the scheme more to the players' liking and that may help, but it won't help the tackling unless it just allows them to play faster. I expect the tackling will not improve much, which is why we will need the 35 points. Go Pack!

on December 7th, 2020 at 04:16pm

We are fortunate we get to watch Rodgers play football. It’s just artistry. But this defense , while playing a bit better yesterday, just gives up to many big plays. I really don’t know how this defense is getting us through the playoffs?

on December 7th, 2020 at 11:18am

This was a good game. I, too, felt the stress notch up after the lead was cut to 7. It just took the defense a little while to adjust to the new QB. In the end, they had it locked down, or they ran out plays that the rookie knew. You can see Savage read the QB and break on that Interception. Maybe he doesn't get there with out the tip, but the recognition was there. This game insures the winning season, which may mean nothing to many, but I take nothing for granted in year of Covid-19. The most upsetting thing for me was having to wait for the Vikings to finish struggling with the Jags so we could watch the game. Hopefully the Lions have had there fresh coach bounce and we can put them down. That's a tough team in my opinion. I feel like they have enough talent to be dangerous, but just struggle probably because the organization has been such a mess. Preston looked good. Hell, they made the whole D-line look good. Go Pack!

on December 7th, 2020 at 11:31am

Just an Old coach, I agree with everything you said. But I will be shocked if he wins it. You know why? They will say he has Rodgers, watch and see. Even though last year a lot of the media said he was done, and getting old. Also, Stefanski will get a lot of votes pending how they finish, But I will be surprised if Miami coach Flores does not win it, we will see.. Hell I though LaFleur should have won it last year, But shanahan deserved it too. Us Packers fans just enjoy what we have, Listen to Kfan, they are going to super bowl. Had to change channel. they want to play us again, They have nothing to lose and will make there super bowl season if they beat us. That is how they think over there. I have lots of Viking fans friends and that is how they think. Envy and Jealousy will never end. Go Packers.

on December 8th, 2020 at 01:20pm

To me, the story lost in all of this is WHY Matt LaFleur isn’t the #1 choice for Coach of the Year. I know Stefanski has the Browns rolling but they’ve really beaten NO ONE! And yes, the Steelers have only one loss, but their success was largely expected. The Pack were slated to take a step backwards after not drafting additional weapons for #12 but here we sit with the head coach and the QB in perfect rhythm dicing up opposing defenses week after week (Tampa Bay being the outlier). Rodgers is the MVP and LaFleur is COTY - end of story.

on December 8th, 2020 at 07:12am

Thank You LDF for your comments to my questions and comments. Always nice to have feedback. I enjoy your takes. GO PACK GO !!

on December 9th, 2020 at 12:09pm

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