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Aaron Rodgers vs. Rams

Now that the dust has settled and the hangover has worn off, here are five more thoughts on the Green Bay Packers 30-20 win over the St. Louis Rams.

We still don’t understand why Brad Jones is starting on the inside
Brad Jones has been handed a starting job as an injury replacement for D.J. Smith, who’s out for the season. This, despite the fact that he’s only played outside linebacker prior to this season. This, despite the fact that Robert Francois played well as an injury fill-in last season on the inside. This, despite the fact that Jamari Lattimore was one of the Packers best inside linebackers during the preseason. Jones was lackluster on Sunday, finishing with two tackles and getting exposed in coverage a couple times. A curious move by the Packers coaching staff to say the least.

Words cannot describe how bad the Packers offensive line is
Aaron Rodgers was sacked three times on Sunday, but that really doesn’t tell the full story. How about this? Alex Green got 20 carries and gained only 35 yards. Why? Because he was consistently getting hit behind the line of scrimmage. Did anyone notice T.J. Lang getting pushed five yards backwards by one guy several times on Sunday? Has anyone noticed that Bryan Bulaga has actually gotten worse this season? That’s not to mention the guys that consistently run around Marshall Newhouse or the idiotic penalties. These guys are bad. Good thing the Packers have locked most of them up long-term.

Sam Shields’ injury just might cost him his job
Casey Hayward, starting in place of Shields on Sunday, came up with his fourth pick of the season. All four of those have occurred in the past three games. Hayward is starting to look good out there. He also looks like he has the potential of a future shut-down corner. The Packers can’t keep him out of the starting lineup for much longer.

Jermichael Finley is clearly no longer a focal point
Remember a couple years ago when the Packers designed their whole offense around Finley? Those days are gone. Finley caught two balls for 31 yards on Sunday. Surprisingly, he didn’t drop any, but that’s beside the point. Finley is clearly no longer option one or two in the Packers offense. Right now, he’s option four, behind Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb and James Jones. When Greg Jennings returns, he’s option five.

Aaron Rodgers’ MVP form is officially back
The guy has thrown nine touchdowns and no interceptions over the past two weeks. Nine. He’s also throw for 680 yards and completed 70 percent of his passes over that span. I think it’s safe to say Rodgers is back in the MVP conversation.

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  1. Mike October 22, 2012

    Definitely agree with the first point. I have been a huge Lattimore fan/supporter. I think his shear athleticism would do wonders for the pass defense both in zone coverage and as a blitzer. It’s nice that Jones and Hawk know where their zones are, but why not put in Lattimore or even Francois, guys who have displayed a knack for making plays in coverage – & I don’t mean making the tackle after a reception.

    Agree partially on Hayward – he’s making some big plays. But remember, he hasn’t really been isolated on a true NFL talent at receiver. Yes, his INT at Indy was while covering Wayne, but he wasn’t following Wayne around all game. Shields may have lost his starting job, but time will tell if Hayward (love his game) has the starting spot locked up or not this quickly in his rookie year

  2. TyKoSteamboat October 22, 2012

    More touches for Cobb…
    We can utilize him as a dangerous weapon.
    I liked the run plays called for him also.
    Excellent offensive game-plan called overall.

    Grade = B+

  3. AZ Pack October 22, 2012

    Just reported… C Wood is out for 5 weeks. Broken collar bone. :(

  4. iltarion October 22, 2012

    C Wood being out HAS to impact our defense. He wasn’t great in coverage this season, but he was big against the run and his leadership speaks for itself. Tough loss.

    I agree with 4 of the points, especially on Brad Jones. Apparently, there is a BIG difference between the two ILB spots since Capers refuses to interchange players there. Francois is Hawk’s back up, and they refuse to put him on the other side, even though he would appear to be the next best player.

    However, I disagree strongly with all the bitching and moaning about the offensive line. Bryan Bulaga was alone against Chris Long all day, and Chris Long never got a sniff (0 sacks, 0 tackles, 1 assist). Long’s only good play was when Bulaga pancaked him and the ref was so shocked by the ass-whooping that he called Bulaga for holding.

    Rodgers was sacked 3 times, but one of those was when he ran out of the pocket and was tackled just short of the line of scrimmage. Another was when he pump-faked, held it, and pumped again, only to get tackled for the sack.

    TJ Lang got his ass-kicked all day by the Rams rookie, Michael Brockers, who repeatedly drove him into the backfield to blow up run plays. So, yeah, bad game for Lang. Newhouse was OK in giving up 1 sack against a speed rusher on his home turf. Saturday and Sitton weren’t notable for good or bad.

    Yeah, the run blocking sucked but I’d have to see the tape on that because it only takes one guy not doing his job to blow up a run play.

  5. Carl October 22, 2012

    Rodgers had all day to throw on most plays. Two sacks were coverage sacks. The pass blocking was great. And not running the ball well is nothing new, especially against a tough front seven. The o line had a good game. How many penalties did they have? Two at most? Not a smart observation to say the line was bad.

  6. john October 23, 2012

    OK, the line is very mediocre