Going into this weekend’s game with the equally bad and underachieving Jacksonville Jaguars, the Green Bay Packers will have one less thing to worry about, as Jacksonville running back Fred Taylor was put on IR Thursday.
This effectively shoots Steffen’s prediction that Taylor would run for a 100 yards against the Packers… right… in… the… ass.
By his usual standards, Taylor was having a sub-par season. Consider: 3.9 yards per carry – career low, one touchdown, 43 yards per game average. Not really setting the world on fire.
The bowling ball with legs known as Maurice Jones Drew, however… well, not exactly setting the world on fire either. Despite an impressive 11 touchdowns and a very solid 4.3 yards per carry, Jones Drew or Drew (what’s with people with two last names these days?) is only averaging 47 yards per game himself.
I expect the Packers will see a heavy dose of him this Sunday, though. I also expect Jones Drew to perform well. That 4.3 yards per carry average will translate nicely against the Packers defense, which is giving up 4.8 yards per carry to opposing backs.
Only three other NFL teams have a worse average, by the way.
And here’s my final tidbit, which is something that baffles me more than the Packers inability to stop the run (or anything else). Green Bay is favored going into Jacksonville. The line opened with the Packers as a one-point favorite and has even swelled in some cases.
The Packers are playing for pride now, my friends, but as a wise individual once chanted at me…
Win or lose, we’ll still booze!