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Now that the dust has settled and the hangover has worn off, here are five more thoughts on the Green Bay Packers 28-27 win over the New Orleans Saints.

Falling out of favor
Both running back James Starks and tight end D.J. Williams were healthy, but inactive for Sunday’s game. Starks was healthy for the first time this season. Williams had been a regular contributor through at least the first two weeks of the season. Starks started training camp as the team’s No. 1 back. Honestly, neither player was missed on Sunday, with Cedric Benson carrying the running game and performing well (84 yards on 18 carries) and Jermichael Finley turning in his first solid performance at tight end (four for 54). That being said, it’s interesting to see how far these guys have fallen in the eyes of the coaching staff since the season began.

Greg Jennings is broken
The Packers No. 1 receiver can’t stay on the field. Jennings has missed time with a concussion and a groin injury this year. He aggravated the groin injury on Sunday and sat out the second half. In fact, he was in street clothes for the second half. So far, Jennings has missed the end of the San Francisco game, all of the Chicago game, and half of the New Orleans game this season. He has 12 receptions for 78 yards and a touchdown on the year. He’s not exactly earning that big money he’s expected to get as a free agent at the end of the season. In fact, he’s starting to look injury-prone.

It’s time to check the emotions
The Packers aren’t known for collecting personal foul penalties. That would be the Detroit Lions. Still, the Packers looked somewhat like the Lions on Sunday. B.J. Raji could be seen punching a guy in the head. He’s lucky he didn’t get ejected. Charles Woodson had to be restrained on the field. The usually-talkative Woodson hasn’t said anything about the incident. What the hell is going on? Were the Packers overly emotional because of the Seattle game? Let’s hope so and hope acting like Detroit is over and done with.

Last year’s defense is back. Or is it?
The Packers gave up 474 yards on Sunday, which is terrible. In doing so, they looked a lot like last year’s unit, which surrendered an NFL-record-high number of passing yards. It’s true. Drew Brees owned them, but Drew Brees is a little better than your average quarterback. The difference this year is the Packers have a pass rush. Although they accounted for only two sacks on Sunday, that’s not bad against the guy with the quickest release in the league. I think it’s safe to say the Packers won’t be facing anyone the caliber of Brees again this season. They should clean things up this week against the Colts.

Don’t crown the offense just yet
Similar to how the defense looked, the Packers offense showed signs of last season’s dominance for the first time on Sunday. Aaron Rodgers threw for 319 yards and four scores. Having the real officials back was supposed to equal an uptick in offense. The replacement officials let defenders get away with a lot, which limited offense through the first three games. That looked to be true on Sunday. However, the Saints defense also played a big role there. We’re talking about what is by far the worst unit in the NFL. They’re giving up an average of 463 yards per game. The Packers didn’t quite reach that level, gaining 421 on Sunday.

Monty McMahon

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



  1. the real russ letlow October 2, 2012

    we gotta give the D a little slack on this game. I agree – they gave up alot of yardage. A few really bad plays. But I watched the game live and it just didn’t seem as bad as the stats suggest. Coach mentioned that too. They looked to be playing fast and agressive. It just did not remind me of last year. Brees is a VERY good QB, so lets give him some credit too.

    1. Phatgzus October 2, 2012

      I agree, not to mention they held the Saints to 27 points (7 on OPI) as opposed to 40-some; that’s not awful.

  2. Abe Frohman October 2, 2012

    I don’t know how much of the defensive collapse was scheme, and how much was the players. Surely Shields FUBAR was on him, but why would the coaches continue to let Marques Colston get off the line without being harrassed? If you’re afraid of getting beat deep, just put the safeties over the top and play underneath – just like we did against Brandon Marshall.

    This win didn’t do much to instill a lot of confidence in me.

  3. Packerfan2008 October 2, 2012

    Well packers defense played well because they played a lot of man to man and man under. However in the saints game they almost always played zone. Packers suck at zone.

  4. Texanna October 2, 2012

    D. J. WIlliams out of favor? Are you sure? He played well at Seattle. If I am not mistaken Tom Crabtree was inactive that game. Has something happened?

  5. Pack Lethal October 2, 2012

    Holding NO to 27 pts is like holding a crap team like the Vikings to 10. The Packers clearly dominated the game. The score didn’t reflect how the game went. Case in point, Green Bay couldn’t be stopped for a field goal. NO kicked 3. Not to mention the Graham no catch and the Sproles fumble. GB 30 -NO 23 would have been the score had the Saints not got away with shenanigans.

  6. Jcavhs October 3, 2012

    I don’t think the defense was great but I do think they were better than last year. For one thing, the Packers actually managed to stop the run. They held the Saints to 45 net rushing yards. Last year we couldn’t stop the run for anything.