Five More Thoughts on Packers Win Over the Lions

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Eddie Lacy

Eddie Lacy

The Green Bay Packers rolled the Detroit Lions 22-9 on Sunday, which, let’s be honest, wasn’t a surprise for two reasons.

One, the Lions haven’t won in Wisconsin since 1991. That’s some serious ineptitude, which the Lions are famous for. Two, Calvin Johnson didn’t play. With Megatron standing on the sideline, the Leos pretty much lost any chance they had to win before the game even started.

The Packers are 2-2 and facing a tough game going to Baltimore next week. We still don’t know a lot about this team, but here’s what we took away from Sunday’s win.

Jordy Nelson has mastered the sideline catch.
Jordache made plenty of big catches on Sunday, but the thing that’s most impressive about this dude is he makes the tough sideline catch. You know the one. Where he’s on his tip toes, hauls in the ball, drags those toes before he touches the sideline and beats your ass. He had that amazing catch against San Fran in week one and he had a pretty nice one against Detroit on Sunday. That’s some incredible body control. Honestly, and I hate this fucker because he was a Minnesota Viking, but the best work I’ve seen on the sidelines since Hall of Famer Cris Carter.

Randall Cobb: OW.
You probably didn’t notice this because the Jacksonville Jaguars suck balls, but they drafted Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson and then started calling him an “offensive weapon.” Seriously, next to his name on the roster his position was designated as OW. Well, Randall Cobb is that. In addition to that fantastic one-handed catch he had, Cobb also broke the Packers longest run of the day — 67 yards. What the fuck is Randall Cobb doing in the backfield!? I don’t know, but why the hell not! Two runs, 72 yards and a motherfucking boss!

Eddie Lacy: bull.
As advertised. That’s all I’ve got to say. Eddie Lacy was the featured back for the first time this season and, well, 23 carries, 99 yards. Oh, also, trucked some assholes. Runs hard, runs over dudes, is not Brandon Jackson. The Packers missed their third consecutive 100-yard rushing game by one yard (and by three different backs) and that’s unfortunate, but these guys can roll running the football. And yes, some of that credit goes to the offensive line for opening the holes. They may not be able to pass block, but they can get after it when there’s a run play called. The Packers had 180 yards on the ground on Sunday.

Who put a quarter in Mike Neal and Nick Perry?
My boy Kelly Hayes asked me that after the game, but just about Mike Neal. Well, both Neal and Perry were impressive on Sunday. And yeah, that’s the first time I’ve said that about either of those guys. Someone lit a fire under their asses. My guess is it was Kevin Greene, because he seems like the kind of guy who lights fires under dude’s asses. Anyway, Perry has pretty much always been a non-factor since the Packers drafted him in the first round. He was actually benched during Sunday’s game. Then, when he did get in he was all like, “Fuck you for benching me, I’m going to fuck some shit up.” Five tackles, two of those sacks. Best performance as a Packer. Neal? He saw a lot of action and he took advantage of his opportunities. Six tackles, one of those sacks. Maybe the switch has been flipped for these guys.

It’s good to have you back, Morgan Burnett.
First game of the season and you could see the difference with Burnett in the lineup. Monday, Mike McCarthy said Burnett called one of the best games of his career. He also said it’s like he never missed a beat. We’re not going to pretend the Leos had their best team on the field on Sunday, but they were 3-1 and averaging over 30 points per game coming into the contest. Meanwhile, the Packers defense was looking totally pedestrian. On Sunday, they’re the reason Green Bay won the game and Morgan Burnett’s return was the primary reason for that in my eyes.

And here a couple more bonus thoughts because I’ve got more to say.

Mason Crosby has got his groove back. Datone Jones? Where the hell is that guy? Nowhere. Johnathan Franklin — hold onto the fucking ball!

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Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.

17 Comments on "Five More Thoughts on Packers Win Over the Lions"

  1. the real russ letlow

    Nick Perry looked like a totally different player from the right side. amazing. Mike Neal has been pushing right tackles and tight ends back into the QB all season. He gets just one other pass rush move, and look out. If he gets to the QB once a game, we’re makin hay. Not too many QBs want to be trucked by a 275 dude with anger issues. Go, Eddie Lacy, Go. How about a 3rd and 1 run call for ol’ Eddie?

    • GBslacker

      “Nick Perry looked like a totally different player from the right side.”

      Yes!

      I’m amazed that the self-scouting, nit-picking, detail-oriented McCarthy didn’t think to try this.

  2. GBslacker

    https://www.profootballfocus.com/blog/2013/10/07/refo-det-gb-week-5/

    Soft Middle

    Although certain parts of the defense look to be improving, A.J. Hawk (-2.6) continues to underwhelm. Since we began grading in 2008, we’ve never once graded him positively over an entire season and this year looks like no exception. It does make you wonder if he’d been drafted 205th overall as opposed to fifth, exactly where he’d be right now.

    Of his seven tackles, only two were stops (and one of those was unblocked) while in coverage he allowed six of seven balls thrown at him to be completed for 68 yards with the odd one out being the interception, thrown straight at him, which he dropped.

    But he absolutely EXCELLED at slapping asses of dLinemen in an attempt to align them in their gap correctly.

  3. GBslacker

    More thoughts…

    re: Finley

    Positive: Seems tough to bring down; strives for extra yardage.

    Negative: Simply refuses to run-block. I saw many instances:
    …where he doesn’t make the effort to attack the spot or opponent,
    …where he doesn’t bend at the waist or knee,
    …where he doesn’t make a good faith attempt to engage the LB/safety.

    If he was a frail wide receiver, I might understand. But he’s a tight end and decent-sized. And as such he’s expected to catch and block. And for what he’s paid, he’s not so exceptional in ANY category that he can let another part of his game slide.

    • the real russ letlow

      I saw one play where Finley absolutely whiffed on a block “attempt”. He never touched the guy. I think he may be as good as he is going to be as blocker, right now. which isn’t very good.

  4. J C

    This game plan that took place by the Pack last Sunday is IMPERATIVE for this team to run in every game the remainder of the season in order for them to get into the playoffs. I would rather see in every game, a stingy defense stuffing the run game, closing off lanes, and giving up no more then 10-14 points a game that we ALL know would mean a ‘W’for the Pack who WILL score 20 (or more) a game…now let’s see this happen on the road with the Ravens then we can say the Pack can make a ‘run’….

  5. valpoPackers


    GBslacker:

    https://www.profootballfocus.com/blog/2013/10/07/refo-det-gb-week-5/
    Soft Middle
    Although certain parts of the defense look to be improving, A.J. Hawk (-2.6) continues to underwhelm. Since we began grading in 2008, we’ve never once graded him positively over an entire season and this year looks like no exception. It does make you wonder if he’d been drafted 205th overall as opposed to fifth, exactly where he’d be right now.
    Of his seven tackles, only two were stops (and one of those was unblocked) while in coverage he allowed six of seven balls thrown at him to be completed for 68 yards with the odd one out being the interception, thrown straight at him, which he dropped.

    But he absolutely EXCELLED at slapping asses of dLinemen in an attempt to align them in their gap correctly.

    I don’t recall Hawk having an easy interception drop, but I don’t think he had a bad game… it’s hard to tell the effectiveness of a defensive player by looking at tackling stats. The Lions only ended up with 64 yards rushing and Pettigrew (one of the only Lions offensive threats) had 4 catches for 59 yards. Can’t say that inside linebacker was a liability in this game.

  6. Sean

    Seems like Neal is getting better every game at OLB. Really impressed. Has there ever been a case where a DT in college changed to an 3-4 OLB?

  7. ay hombre

    Lacy left a lot of yards on the table even though he was often impressive. He certainly made better reads than his counterpart Reggie Bush, but often times it looked like there was a lot more left for the taking. Detroit tackled well and also deserve some credit. It is certainly promising but I would have liked to see a little more Franklin sprinkled in.

    We will feel the loss of Robert Francois on special teams and inside linebacker depth. That guy made some very nice plays and made a lot of big hits. He was a guy who could adequately step in for anyone at ILB and now he’s gone for the year. Bummed for him. I really like Francois.

    AJ Hawk, in my opinion and with all due respect to PFF who I do respect, is having his best season in recent memory. We know he can’t cover but at least he’s knocking guys backwards and getting low, rather than getting steamrolled for four more yards every play.

    Nick Perry looked good. Sometimes I think serendipity is the Packers most effective evaluator of talent. Think back to 2010 and the success the Packers had on defense. A huge part of that was Desmond Bishop, a guy who would have never seen the field had it not been for an injury to Nick Barnett.

    Now look at Jonathon Franklin against the Bengals. The guy goes off because an injury happened to get him in the game, what does McCarthy do? Sits his ass down and we barely see him the next week. Yes, you have to hold onto the ball but that was one pitiful display of blocking and a heavy helmet-to-ball shot when Franklin coughed it up. I think a lot of players fumble there. And now Perry, who struggled for a year and a half playing on one side of the field, suddenly tears it up when playing on the other. Serendipity is the Packers friend.

    Mason Crosby…I was wrong…for now. Let’s hope he keeps striking the ball like that and is ready for the kicks when we really need him the most. After all…that’s always been the knock on him. He can’t make the ones when we really need it.

    If Jermichael Finley doesn’t start blocking, they need to take his ass off the field. I think we’ll survive without his 3 catches for 28 yards or whatever it was. That being said Ryan Taylor and Andrew Quarless can’t catch shit and haven’t done themselves any favors when given an opportunity.

    Ryan Taylor- Wipe that fucking smile off your face after you drop an easy pass. I’d destroy you in the meeting room for that candyass bullshit.

    All in all an uninspiring performance from what appears to be an uninspired team.

    Yawn.

    • Cheesemaker

      Love the serendipity comment. Let’s hope A) the Packers are smart enough to keep him on the right side and B) that he continues to validate the move. If this happens, Matthews’ missing a few games might be a blessing in disguise if it forces the Brain Trust to recognize that they may have another difference-maker in Perry if he plays that side. If Matthews was back next Sunday, I’d bet good money they put him back on the left and ignore the lesson they were just shown.

  8. GBslacker

    “Lacy… a lot more left for the taking.”
    —I agree, but wonder if the RBs get bitched-out when they don’t follow their blockers.

    “AJ Hawk…getting low, rather than getting steamrolled”
    —I was being whimsical in response to PFF, but have seen Hawk tackle better as well.

    “Nick Perry… serendipity is the Packers most effective evaluator of talent.”
    —That’s scary-true. Gives off a weird vibe that it’s McCarthy-way or the highway, or worse nobody knows shit, or everybody’s afraid to speak their mind.

    “Mason Crosby… keeps striking the ball like that”
    —The ball looks good: end-over-end, max-revolutions, and none the hooking/slicing/knuckleballing we’ve seen in the past.

    Tight-ends, in general…
    —I don’t see much in the way of results with the multi-TE versatility, options, HB-stuff. Quarless whiffed on one play and looked as bad as Finley.

  9. GBslacker

    McCarthy made two comments that concern me.

    (1) was really touchy about the 3rd-n-short calls. Pretty defensive. Which usually means: YOU’RE WRONG.

    (2) when the ground game is tearing it up, YOU DAMN WELL BETTER PAY THE QB TO HAND-OFF THE BALL !!

  10. Shawn Iltarion

    Great post, ay hombre.

    I too was very disappointed in MM’s use of Franklin. You have the guy on the bench. Injuries force you to use him. And he breaks out with 126 yards of offense in one half, and then you basically bench him again? WTF?

    Yeah, after he fumbled, you bench him for a series or two, but he should have been out there after that. Lacy runs hard and will eventually wear down. Franklin brings something to the table that no other Packer RB does. Get him the ball!!

    Criticizing Hawk right now is REALLY off the mark. I don’t know if PFF noticed, apparently not, but the Packers have an effin revolving door at middle LB.

    Let’s play the revolving LB game!

    AJ Hawk and Nick Barnett. Hawk out.

    Brandon Chillar and Nick Barnett. Chillar gets hurt.

    AJ Hawk and Nick Barnett. Barnett gets hurt.

    AJ Hawk and Desmond Bishop. Bishop gets hurt.

    AJ Hawk and DJ Smith. DJ Smith gets hurt.

    AJ Hawk and Brad Jones. Brad Jones gets hurt.

    AJ Hawk and Robert Francois. Francois gets hurt.

    AJ Hawk and Jamari Lattimore.

    ANYONE else notice a trend here?

    Mega effin PROPS to AJ HAWK and apparently the two strongest hamstrings in GREEN BAY!!!

  11. Shawn Iltarion

    Any of those guys could start over Hawk, but they can’t, because they got hurt.

    Don’t you get it? 6 MLBs have fallen in the last 3 seasons, but Hawk is still standing. The only thing that can hurt Hawk- is HAWK!

    Its effin meant to be!!

    • The Money Mike

      Dude right on the fucking money! The guy may not have lived up to his draft spot, but hes never hurt, does his fucking job, and doesn’t complain about money. Its been too long to still compare him to his draft spot, now you need to evaluate him according to whats expected of him NOW and hes doing good.

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