Ugly is the Only Way to Describe This Packers Win

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Morgan Burnett sacks Blaine Gabbert

A win is a win, but the Green Bay Packers didn’t inspire much confidence with their 24-15 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.

The big-play offense was nowhere to be found and neither was the passing game that lit it up the past two weeks. Aaron Rodgers only managed 186 yards and the Packers seemed to miss Jordy Nelson, who sat out with a hamstring injury, more than expected.

James Jones did as much as he could to pick up the slack, catching seven for 78, but Randall Cobb came back to earth. Although he had a touchdown, Cobb only caught five balls for 28 yards against a depleted Jaguars secondary. That effort made him the team’s second-leading receiver on the day.

The Packers defense wasn’t any more impressive, despite facing one of the NFL’s worst offenses. Statistically, the Jaguars were last in the NFL in passing offense entering the game. That didn’t stop Blaine Gabbert from throwing for 303 yards.

Although they’ve been terrible in zone coverage all season, the Packers decided to employ that scheme far too often on Sunday. They obviously paid for it.

The loss of Charles Woodson, who could be out six weeks, was also pretty evident. Morgan Burnett helped pick up the slack with 11 tackles, a sack and forced fumble, but no one else stood out in the secondary.

If Jacksonville’s receivers hadn’t dropped so many balls, this may have been a different game.

The only other defender to make any noise was inside linebacker Brad Jones, who’s subbing for the injured D.J. Smith. Jones had 10 tackles, a sack and a forced fumble. Unfortunately, Burnett and Jones recorded the Packers only two sacks on the day.

The only big play of the day came via special teams, when Davon House blocked a punt in the second quarter and Dezman Moses fell on it in the end zone for a touchdown.

On the day, the Packers were actually outgained 341 to 238.

Fortunately, the Jaguars’ mental errors doomed them. In addition to the dropped passes, they also had seven penalties for 77 yards.

Had they not shot themselves in the foot so many times, we might be talking about a different outcome.

Ho. Hum.

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50 Comments on "Ugly is the Only Way to Describe This Packers Win"

  1. Shawn iltarion

    Just win, baby.

    A bunch of delusional people were posting how this was going to be a blowout. Yeah, right.

    The first game after losing a key player to injury is always the worst. Well, the Packers were minus two key players in Nelson and Woodson. Both sides of the ball suffered as a result.

    It would have been a Herculean task for Rodgers to keep this offense on rhythm without Nelson or Kuhn in the mix. He might have had a shot if he had gotten any help from his O-line, Alex Green, or the drop-happy TE position.

    The defense was in bend-but-don’t-break for most the game, and it is hard to argue that it didn’t work considering the only TD the Jags scored was after Rodgers fumbled in the red zone.

    Every win is a good win. My only concern is how do you beat Arizona with this same crew?

    • PackAttack

      This is a Mike McCarthy problem. I’ve been trying to say it for weeks. You cannot force the run like he’s tryin to right now. There is absolutely no reason for the ball to be in Alex Green’s hands more than 22 times a game, that’s pathetic — I’m sorry. I understand you need to establish a sound running game to open up the pass, I get it. The fucking problem is it doesn’t work. The offensive line, Green’s lack of explosion and the predictable play calling are reasons why this offense isn’t clicking.

      If you need anymore proof look at what New England did to St. Louis today — McCarthy was playing neck and neck with their defense all day last week. Brady and Bellichick go into London and 007 the shit outta St. Louis shitty secondary, Craig Dahl thought he was back in Fargo he was so spun around today.

      Back to McCarthy. Why isn’t there any screens to Cobb out of the backfield? Why isn’t he involved more? Why isn’t James Starks being given an opportunity? Alex Green clearly isn’t producing, I think it’s safe to say that now. This is a one-dimensional offense with Rodgers (again) forced to come up big on 3rd and longs b/c Alex Green flat out sucks.

      Sorry, this has to be put on McCarthy. He’s done nothing since the Houston game but try and force the run game with absolutely zero success.

      • Phatgzus

        I agree Cobb should receive more/more varied looks, and McCarthy’s run-calling situations are predictable, other than that, I disagree with everything you’ve said.

        To begin, the Rams are much better at home (in the dome, not being the “home” team in another country thousands of miles away) for whatever reason (crowd noise, turf, dome, etc.). Secondly, I wouldn’t say Green sucks just yet, he’s had flashes of quality play when the line actually blocks. That brings me to point three: The O-line is pretty bad overall and absolutely odious when asked to run block.

        • PackAttack

          So….AGAIN…..to illustrate my point. WHY RUN THE FUCKING BALL that much with that guy when your O-line sucks and the play calling is that predictable?

          No usage of Randall Cobb out of the backfield, no sweeps or tosses, just straight ahead HB dives between the tackles, time after time. Play calling is predictable, zero creativity, same shit — same result.

          The Saints play better at home? Who the fuck are you trying to fool? Their defense had been playing better on the road and either way NE threw up 45 on their ass today — just embarrassed them and ran the score up. Something McCarthy would know nothing about. Stevan Ridley pissed on their Run D — while your guy Al “he shows flashes” Green put up a pathetic 35 yards on 20 touches.

          Get the fuck outta here man, come back when you know something.

          • Phatgzus

            You speak/write like a Vikings fan Pack. Trust me, I know a good deal about football, I also know a good deal about debating, certainly enough to not denigrate someone when he is trying to present a cogent argument.

            Green does show flashes, which is something to watch considering he is essentially a rookie, not to mention Ridley has one of the best O-lines in the past decade to run behind.

            By the way, Green put up 55 yards not 35, not that it’s much better, but it’s good to have your facts straight before using them

          • Phatgzus

            You should also analyze the arguement you’re countering as well, I said Rams, not Saints, who, by the way, were 3-0 at home having beaten WA, STL, and ARI before the Packers beat them; those are some tough teams.

        • Shawn iltarion

          Good point, Phatgzus. It was obvious the Rams were just in London to sight see and had no desire to actually play defense. Besides, who gives a SHIT what the useless Pats did to the Rams?

          • PackAttack

            I do and maybe Mike McCarthy should too. Shows you how a team becomes a true dynasty in this game when they run up the score and beat the shit outta teams they should beat.

            3 Super Bowls for the Pats and Brady. They run up scores and beat the shit outta teams they should beat. They don’t play barnburners with Craig Dahl and the Rams.

            I’ll take a 45 point V any day over a “win is a win” against the worst team in the NFL.

          • Shawn iltarion

            The Pats haven’t won a Super Bowl since they started running it up. Go talk to the 2007 team.

            The point is to win. If you struggle and win, even better. Keeps you humble.

    • Phatgzus

      1. Thank you Vic Ketchman/Ghoul of Al Davis.
      2. I agree, Jacksonville may not have a good record or offense, but their defense is solid, esp. with Mathis healthy, and they usually compete. That being said, I think the Packers of last year would have rolled over them, a la Raiders last year. I’m not saying that team is better, it just dismantled teams, I feel this team is better suited to win closer games than last year’s unit.

      • PackAttack

        Jacksonville may not have a good record or offense, but their defense is solid
        —————————–

        WHAT!???!!

        Yeah, that JAX D is solid they old gave up 41 points to Jay Cutler and the Chicago offense, they’re bottom 7 in the NFL in points allowed per/game, before today they were allowing more than 270 yards through the air, and even with Green’s pathetic game today JAX still has one of the worst run D’s in the NFL giving up more than 135 yards on the ground per/game.

        What the fuck are you smoking?

        • Phatgzus

          They played terribly vs. the Bears, but they also beat the colts (who, need I remind you? beat the Packers). Look at the other games they played, they weren’t really blown out in any other except for the Texans, and they only scored 3 more points than the Packers did Sunday.

        • JC

          WHAT!???!!
          Chicago was tied with JAX at the half 3-3. and the bears d returned 2 ints for tds.. Jay Cutlers O does not put up 41 points man.
          What the fuck are you smoking?

          • PackAttack

            DUDE, are you fucking drunk?

            Cutler threw for 2 TD’s and 292 yards against them what are you talking about? Forte ran for 107 yards, I mean are that fucking stupid? Bears O didn’t do anything?

            Another dumb fuck retard running their mouth trying to prove something. Embarrassing man, figure it the fuck out. Same guy, different name.

      • PackAttack

        Running for the sake of running is why this team will continue to see games like this. It’s like throwing for the sake of throwing without any success.

        I don’t see what part of this your failing to understand.

        Look at the numbers. Look at who your running the ball with. This isn’t AP or Darren McFadden your handing the ball off to.

        There’s plenty of options on offense. Get the fucking ball into Randall Cobb’s hands, get Starks involved, Jermichael Finely was supposed to be the next coming of Kellen Winslow, James Jones is suppose to be an “elite” WR, Tom Crabtree is non-existent in the passing game and so is DJ Williams — when he can catch passes (GB very rarely ever runs with two TE sets), if Donald Driver is that useless then what the fuck is he doing on the roster? There are options on offense — MANY more besides AL fucking Green. 22 touches for 54 fucking yards are fucking kidding me with that? Who fucking runs the ball with that little success with the same fucking loser like that?

        When is enough going to be enough for you? I mean really, when the fuck are you gonna wake up?

        You wanna run like that against the Bears in a few weeks in Chicago? You really think that game plan is gonna fly against their D?

        • Shawn iltarion

          The plan worked perfectly- the Packers WON.

          We already played Chicago. We kicked their ass.

          Update free of charge.

          • PackAttack

            And case in point, Chicago is ahead in the standings, but your too busy jacking off to the PAck’s 5-3 record to notice.

            Go back to seaworld man, bring something to the table and back up an argument for once. At the very least make a point.

        • Phatgzus

          Eho ever said Jones is an elite WR? Ostensibly, they’ve been drinking moonshine for too many decades-he’s a good number 2 at best.

          • Phatgzus

            Also, Pack, check out whom the Jaguars played over the first 7 weeks-most of those teams have pretty good RBs and OLs

          • PackAttack

            Vick Ballard, Don Brown, the law firm are good NFL RB’s? Are you drunk again or are you just that stupid? AFC is a joke this year and JAX is at the top of the list for biggest jokes in the league.

          • PackAttack

            It’s been said multiple times by half-ass fans even more clueless than you. The guy leads the NFL in TD catches and you bound to have a few drunken WIsco guys thinking he’s top tier until a game like this brings out his true colors. At least you’ve acknowledged it.

          • Phatgzus

            No Ballard is mediocre at best, the Law Firm is decent; however, AD, Run DMC, Foster, and Forte are all pretty damn good.

            Look at the rushing stats from all the games: Colts had just over 100 yds as a team, Luck had 50 of them, Brown: 18-62=3.5 ypc, Ballard: 5-12~2 ypc.

            Cincy had about 120 yds; Law Firm: 26-82~3.1 ypc.

            CHI had about 200 yds total: Forte: 22-108~4.9 ypc.

            OAK had less than 70 yards: Run DMC: 19-53~2.8 ypc.

            Queens had just over 120 yds: Harvin 5-20=4 ypc
            AD: 17-84~5 ypc.

            HOU had 215 yards rushing: Tate: 12-74~6 ypc,
            Foster: 28-119~4 ypc.

            The Jaguars rush D isn’t great, but it isn’t awful either.

  2. armyguy872008

    Hey it is a win, I love all of the “hand wringing” after a win, 3 in a row to boot. Could have ended like the Cowboys Giants game or the Colts game today. Seriously can we just enjoy the fact that a depleted Packers team still scored 24 points and held the offense to 1 TD and FG’s? True it was not pretty and yes the offense struggled but I thought the defense held when they needed to not a fan of the blitz every single down but I digress. I am more pissed that Chicago found a way to win and so did the Lions. GO PACK!!

  3. nurseratchett

    First, a win is a win. We got assbanged (without dinner, even!), at least twice this season in my opinion, so I WILL TAKE THIS UGLY ASS SHITTY W. GO PACK GO!

    Secondly, I know his issues have been overblown before, but I’m beginning to take a long, hard look at Crosby. WTF??? A 32 yarder is a chip shot for him.

    Hope we get our shit together & win next week against AZ. There start may have been poser-esque, but they’re a better team than the freaking Jags.

  4. the real russ letlow

    no style points awarded. all agree, twas a FUGLY win. Key word = win. 5-3, lots to correct and gunnin for a win next week. I’m happy we won, not happy with how we won.

  5. Chi-Typackersfan

    Alex smith sucks, period. I agree with previous comments, Mike McCarthy’s play calling is predictable and they definitely should be running two tight end sets from time to time. The offensive line sucks and I don’t understand what the problem is in that department. It seems like the Packers play to the level of competition they are facing every week which isn’t good. You have to play hard every week. They need a running back pretty bad, Steven Jackson is on the trading block.

  6. DevilDon


    PackAttack:

    Running for the sake of running is why this team will continue to see games like this. It’s like throwing for the sake of throwing without any success.
    I don’t see what part of this your failing to understand.
    Look at the numbers. Look at who your running the ball with. This isn’t AP or Darren McFadden your handing the ball off to.
    There’s plenty of options on offense. Get the fucking ball into Randall Cobb’s hands, get Starks involved, Jermichael Finely was supposed to be the next coming of Kellen Winslow, James Jones is suppose to be an “elite” WR, Tom Crabtree is non-existent in the passing game and so is DJ Williams — when he can catch passes (GB very rarely ever runs with two TE sets), if Donald Driver is that useless then what the fuck is he doing on the roster? There are options on offense — MANY more besides AL fucking Green. 22 touches for 54 fucking yards are fucking kidding me with that? Who fucking runs the ball with that little success with the same fucking loser like that?
    When is enough going to be enough for you? I mean really, when the fuck are you gonna wake up?
    You wanna run like that against the Bears in a few weeks in Chicago? You really think that game plan is gonna fly against their D?

    Well if I’m hearing you correctly then the fucking Pack was fucking stupid to run the fucking ball with a fucking fuck stick of a RB against a fucking awesome fucking defense that is fucking obviously just fucking going to fucking kill us every fucking down.
    I now everyone here is begging to ask the question so I will:
    Did you bet big dollars with the Pack against the spread? You might not admit it but here’s some advice: Next time don’t bet your week’s food budget on a game okay? Save a couple of bucks for diapers and buy a lottery ticket… you’re only out a buck or two.
    As for my expert analysis: Did anybody think it would be seamless losing your top two wideouts on a team that lives and breathes the pass? I know we all say we are deep and we are but Jax knew we were down to four and a TE crew whose pass catching complement were nicked. Short our starting RB with a second RB just a year removed from a major injury. Next RB up missed last weeks padded practice with illness.
    You’re surprised it was close? Well those guys are professionals and have pride too. Not PS players and nothing to lose.
    Great game, great win. Think of what we’d be saying if the Packers had not won. STFU and enjoy the “W”.

    • PackAttack

      Naw Don, didn’t have a bet down on that Pack game, I wouldn’t be caught betting on this team running 20+ with Al Green. No thanks.

      Did anybody think it would be seamless losing your top two wideouts on a team that lives and breathes the pass?
      ————————————-

      To go off your first question. Apparently Vegas and the entire sports betting world didn’t think like you do (surprise, surprise) giving GB a 15 point spread.

      You’re surprised it was close?
      ————————————-

      Jax is awful. I don’t care what half ass argument you throw out. They’re a bottom 7 defense. Today wasn’t even good football to watch. Were you at the game? Rodgers and the offense were booed on more than one occasion. It was awful play calling, terrible offensive series from a team that’s supposed to be the best team in the league. No usage of Randall Cobb and Starks was healthy enough to play (who gives a shit if he missed a day of practice?)….I see this as a one-dimensional offense and the same flaws that contributed to a 2-3 start.

      If GB was playing better teams the last two weeks, they’re 0-2. JAX offense is that bad, they have nobody and still made this a game.

      If you want to place bets on that game in a few weeks I’ll take you up for sure. Who wants to bet on the over/under against Chicago in a few weeks? You willing to put money up the whole STFU “barnburner W” attitude you got going?

      I wanna see you after a loss and hear you preach this shit then.

      • DevilDon

        I show up here win or lose. I don’t always rant like some people here. Honestly, I wonder what the hell is wrong with you? You take this shit personally don’t you?
        It’s a game douche. They won dude. You act like it’s personal and that’s why I figured you lost money on the game. So what is it? What’s makes you so out of control nuts?
        Is your daddy a Jax fan and he’s riding your ass after the game?

    • a-rodgers4ever

      did you even watch the game today. great game? how do you “enjoy” a 9 point win against one of the worst teams in football? just curious if you have any idea of what you just said cause it sounds like you might have watch the game on the internet

  7. SoTxPhil

    NOBODY could run the ball behind this OLine that gets knocked backward every play or are just standing around watching the play as the runner is being tackled. It’s MM fault for having no trust in his backup rcvrs, so he calls run into the middle on first down 80% of the time. AR looked off mentally today, especially after getting beat around. What happened to the slant today or the quick passes to the RB or blocking back??? The defense played in that horrible zone coverage all day that just lets the opposition complete 8-15 yd passes all day. It’s fortunate the Jags shot themselves in the foot or we’d all be feeling like after Indy game. Pull your head out MM for Ariz.

  8. RodgerDat

    Best team in the NFL but they always play to the level of the competition. Thats really the only thing they need to fix.

  9. JC

    I just wish PackAttack was banned from the message board so i could read some intelligent insightful comments instead of some middle school kid ranting about things he doesnt understand.

  10. Casino Blitz

    Idiotarion, that bonehead is still writing on here?

    JC is an idiot too. Smoke more weed JC. Seriously, smoke more weed. The guy plays madden 6 hours a day so he thinks he knows what a gameplan looks like.

    Best team in the NFL?? bwhahwahwhahwh the pack got a way to go to claim that stake you homers. They look like shit.

    Nobody could run behind this Oline? Umm anyone else see Green slip and fall about 4 times while trying to hit the corner or cut into a hole? Not to mention he has little burst, minimul vision and limited big play ability. James Starks is the better back.

    GB runs a slooow, boring offense. It’s pathetic to watch and if they want to be elite they better start throwing the ball downfield or giving it to playmaker Cobb 5 more times a game or they’re going to find themselves hoping for that pass interference call late in the game to save their ass again. Problem is, it won’t be there next time. Pack lose.

    • Shawn iltarion

      Haha… being called a bonehead by guys like this makes me look smart.

      GB needs to “start throwing the ball downfield”?? Hahaha…

      And another joker talking about the PI call saving the Packers when the Packers were ahead by 6 points at the time and the only TD the Jags had scored all game was after a fumble gave them the ball inside the 15.

  11. Mike R

    I think it’s obvious that Green kinda sucks. He may be a good 3rd down back or something, I guess. He’s pretty good when he has some space to work with in the open field, but I have never seen someone hesitate more before hitting the hole (except for maybe Brandon Jackson). You think its a coincidence that it looks like there are never holes when Green is running, and there were some with Benson? No, Benson would hit them immediately, Green hesitates for a split second and the small opening is gone. I don’t see the running backs everyday like the coaches do, but why not give Starks some carries? Did he fuck McCarthy’s wife or something? Seems like they are stubbornly keeping him on the side line for some stupid reason. If my count is right, Green’s dumbass has tripped over his own feet at least 6 times this year. Enough with him already, he sucks.

  12. icebowl

    NOT A GOOD SIGN….
    especially w Chicago flying high….
    Need to win division to get into playoffs too many good teams in NFC this year to how for wild card repeat of 2010.

  13. Greg

    I watched some Alex Green highlight tape when he was drafted. He led the nation in YPC because…he was always running open space. All his highlights he gets the ball with no defender withing 5 yards of him. Any contact, he goes down. At least James Starks lowers his shoulders and get some hard yardage- who might be the better option going forward. Benson was actually…dare I say…fun to watch. You have to welcome contact as a RB

  14. Cuban

    Packattack says the pats blow out people they should beat, how bout the jets game last week where it took overtime to beat mark fuckin sanchez by a field goal

  15. David

    Alex Green is not an NFL starting running back. It is time for T.T. to send Jermichael Finley to Carolina for a starting running back. Green lacks the toughness to run over people for that extra yard. That is what the Packers need in a running back and we all have had enough of the Finley drops. The Packers can win a Super Bowl without him.

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