I wish I could say the hangover has worn off, but here are five more thoughts on the Green Bay Packers NFC North-clinching win over the Chicago Bears anyway.
Mason Crosby will cost the Packers a playoff game
Just when we thought Crosby had put his struggles behind him, he comes out and misses both of his field goal tries. The first one wasn’t even in the general area of the field goal posts. If Crosby can’t get his head right by the time the playoffs arrive he is going to end up costing the Packers a game.
The running back by committee approach is back
Although Alex Green got the bulk of the carries (13), the Packers used four backs on Sunday. They handed the ball to Green, Ryan Grant (8 for 32), DuJuan Harris (5 for 27) and John Kuhn (2 for 5). A week after only getting one carry, Grant was a much bigger part of the offense. We’d expect this trend to continue.
Clay Mattthews’ value cannot be overstated
The Packers are a different team with him on the field. Not only did the pass rush return — four sacks, two by Matthews — but the Packers were a hell of a lot better against the run. Matt Forte finished with 69 yards on 20 carries. That’s 3.4 yards per carry and a pretty good number considering how the Packers have been getting gouged in the running game.
James Jones screwed up someone’s fantasy playoffs yesterday
Jones had five catches for 60 yards, but three of those catches were touchdown receptions. Who saw that coming? Certainly not us and certainly not the guy he hung 25 on in fantasy football.
The Packers have Jay Cutler’s number
Has Jay Cutler ever had a big game against Green Bay? Not that we can remember. Cutler was 12-of-21 for 135 yards, one touchdown and one pick on Sunday. In the first matchup this season, Cutler threw for 126 and chucked four picks. He can’t even use the excuse that he doesn’t have a good receiver anymore.