Five More Thoughts on Packers Loss to Vikings

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Adrian Peterson runs over A.J. Hawk

Adrian Peterson runs over A.J. Hawk

Now that the dust has settled and the hangover has worn off, here are five more thoughts on the Green Bay Packers 37-34 loss to the Minnesota Vikings.

Too bad about that record
Adrian Peterson came into yesterday’s game needing 208 yards to set the all-time single-season NFL rushing mark. Last week, we surmised he had no shot. Clay Matthews and C.J. Wilson didn’t play when the Packers gave up 210 to Peterson in the first matchup this season. They did play on Sunday. Didn’t make a difference. Peterson ran for 199. He didn’t get the record, but I wish he would have. The Packers defense was so bad, they deserved to have the shame of surrendering such a mark hung around their necks.

A.J. Hawk returns to form
Remember when he praised linebacker A.J. Hawk last week after he turned in his one and only good game of the season? What did he do? He went out and shit the bed. He was a fucking embarrassment to people who actually play football. He gets totally pushed out of the play anytime anyone blocks him. When he isn’t getting pushed around, he’s getting trucked by a running back, who may or may not trip over him while they’re running over him. His running mate at inside linebacker, Brad Jones, isn’t much better. I know Desmond Bishop and D.J. Smith will be back next season, but the Packers need to seriously consider drafting an inside linebacker who won’t be Adrian Peterson’s bitch. Like, in the first round.

What’s up with Casey Hayward?
The guy is a legitimate candidate for  defensive rookie of the year, but how many times did someone point out that Hayward was a rookie yesterday. I’ll tell you — too many. A rookie who’s played as much as Hayward has, shouldn’t look like a rookie in week 17. He looked lost at times, yesterday. Of course, most of the defense looked befuddled and undisciplined, so maybe it’s just a symptom of shitty preparation.

Good thing Charles Woodson didn’t play
Yeah, we get it. The Packers are being cautious with Woodson, who broke his collarbone about 85 weeks ago. He was supposed to return for the Bears game, so you’d think he would have been able to play this week. The Packers apparently thought they could beat the Vikings without Woodson. They were wrong. Had Woodson played, the outcome may very well have been different. Fewer missed tackles and Christian Ponder probably wouldn’t have looked like Jesus H. Christ. No Woodson, no No. 2 seed.

Enough with the finger wag, B.J. Raji
The big man had a pretty nice game. When the Packers were able to stop Peterson, Raji usually led the charge. He had two tackles for a loss on Sunday. Each time he made a stop, he got up and wagged his finger back and forth as if to say, “don’t run here.” He also did it when he was nowhere near the play. And he did it to the crowd, not to anyone on the Vikings. Did Dikembe Mutombo wag his finger at the crowd after he blocked a shot? No, because the crowd didn’t shoot the ball. He wagged it at the guy he was elbowing in the face all game long. So not only are you not doing it right, you’re doing it when you shouldn’t, B.J. You should leave the celebrations to Clay Matthews.

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21 Comments on "Five More Thoughts on Packers Loss to Vikings"

  1. Cheese

    Rushing for 100 yards a game is quite the accomplishment, let alone 200. So how do you let a guy run all over you for 200 yards twice in a season? I get it he’s good, but c’mon! With this playoff game there’s a good chance Peterson could rush for over 600 yards against the Packers this year.

  2. peter

    Having to play AP again scares the shit out of me. No one on the packers can/want to tackle him. He just runs through them like they are peewee. Hopefully the Offence can put up a 50 spot to cover their asses.

  3. Vijay

    Make me the GM and you will always be in the NFC Championship game. Man, we’re wasting away Rodgers best years with these ho hum no name, non physical players.

    Here’s a free suggestion – trade Hawk, and first three rounds of draft to jump up into top 5 and grab Manti Te’o…this lack of physical play from “less than” talent is really irking me.

      • Mike R

        Amen. This Vijay guy is a douche. About 50% of his posts are retarded like this. I think he actually thinks he could be the GM.

    • PJD

      Pretty sure the only way anyone would take AJ Hawk in a trade is if you offered Aaron Rodgers too. No one is stupid enough to give that Rocky Dennis guaranteed money or a roster spot except for you guys.

  4. JC in DC

    There is no question that AP is head & shoulders above every RB in the NFL, but MVP….no. Nor is Peyton Manning. OK, I am biased toward Aaron Rodgers, but if you look at the numbers there is no question that Rodgers should be the MVP. He has the highest QBR & is in the top 5 in most QB categories. Also, consider the fact that he has had a revolving door of receivers & offensive linemen. As a result, he has been sacked over 50 times. Imagine if that number was cut in half & he was able to have 25 more chances to complete a pass or throw a TD. The pundits have all but crowned AP as the MVP, but they are as off base with that choice as they are with 99% of their other comments/predictions.

  5. SoTxPhil

    I am getting so mad at Capers only rushing 3 linemen on 3rd and long, thus giving the oppposing QB, no matter how poor he is, to survey the field for 5 secs and wait for a rcvr to run down downfield far enough or find a big hole in the zone to get the first down. It happens over and over again, thus our defense rarely gets off the field. After the def. has put them in long yardage by applying pressure or even blitzing. Peterson is never in the game so they don’t have to worry about him busting one either. Our offense needs to throw it over the middle like right before the first half of this last game or get it to Harris in the flat or in the open to do some damage with his moves and speed.

  6. packers5

    SoTxplil,you are so right Too bad Capers is calling an out dated and vanilla style defense,afraid to attack defense.I also agree with Harris in the flat to throw to.

  7. SoTxPhil

    The Packers lucked into a Ray Rice type player and MM doesn’t know how to use him. He’d rather just hand off to Grant for 2 yds up the middle. Maybe he can’t catch the ball, but I doubt it because Green has great hands and he never throws it to him either. Did you notice that AR never ran the ball even once that I remember.

  8. Chris Restivo

    BWAHAHAHAHA you bitches wish you had AP!!!! WE OWN YOU. Your superbowls are garbage, and your history is stupid. NFL championships dont COUNT.

  9. Wisconsinbleedspurple

    I gotta agree with Chris, what’s so special about superbowls? I will gladly take Fran Tarkenton any day over Bart Starr. We are building a dynasty and yours well just sucks.

  10. So, when u two getting married? Your both stupid as fuck, say things no other human would say with at least a second grade education. Plus your fans of a team from the worst state ever. perfect match

  11. Tom

    I didn’t know Minnesota was a gay state,nothing wrong with that if your a Viking fan in your girlie purple
    Gee Ponder has had a couple good/average games and you twits think your ready for the Super Bowl,just make sure you keep suckin on Peterson

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