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Five More Thoughts on Packers’ 38-28 Win Over Chiefs

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The Green Bay Packers continued to roll at Lambeau Field, jumping on the Kansas City Chiefs early and cruising home late.

Yes, Kansas City had a desperate rally that made the final score look closer than the game ever really was, but who cares? We imagine the Packers were sitting around laughing like we were while that was happening, muttering “stupid Chiefs.”

Anyway, I’ll try not to rehash what Shawn touched on last night. I immediately went from watching the game to getting my face melted off by AC/DC at Dodgers Stadium. It was a good night, but my head is foggy and my ears are still ringing.

But let’s give this a shot.

Alright, Casey Hayward…
Yeah, I’ve called for this guy’s job and with good reason. He doesn’t look like he belongs in the starting lineup half the time. Meanwhile, you’ve got rookie Damarious Randall looking like he does belong in the starting lineup. I haven’t reviewed the tape and missed some of Jeremy Maclin’s late-game plays, but I will say Hayward did catch my eye by making a couple nice plays early on Monday night. In all, Hayward finished with five tackles, including one for loss and a pass defended. Randall still has more upside, but for an evening at least, Casey Hayward made some impact plays. At least we know he still has that capability.

We bet Clay Matthews is happy today
You know, Mr. Team First. Mr. I’ll Do Whatever They Ask Me To. Yes, Clay Matthews has been playing that part, but we all know better. Clay Matthews is all about Clay Matthews’ stats and the stats he wants are quarterback sacks. Well, you got two on Monday night, so congratulations. Matthews rushed the passer more on Monday than he probably has in the first two games combined. In week 2, Matthews was relegated largely to playing the run and dropping into coverage in passing situations. He rushed the QB only three times and didn’t play one snap at his beloved outside linebacker position. Well, as Shawn pointed out, the re-signing of Joe Thomas — the Packers’ best coverage linebacker — allowed Matthews to move outside on passing downs and rush. And that seems to be a pretty good combination. Thomas had four tackles, a sack and QB hit. Matthews had three tackles, two sacks and three QB hits. We’re still not sure why the Packers cut Thomas to begin with, but his return will obviously allow Matthews to be a glory boy again. Interesting that Thomas had more tackles than Matthews in a part-time role though.

The difference between Aaron Rodgers and Alex Smith is enormous
I mean, look, we kind of already knew that, but it just gets drilled home watching these two guys play against each other. They’ll always be compared because they were the top two quarterbacks in the 2005 NFL Draft. And guess what. You fucking lose, Alex Smith. My personal feeling about Smith has always been that he was good, but not anything near great. And you could certainly make that case. However, watching him first hand, especially against Rodgers and you feel like he’s just mediocre. A game manager at best. You probably noticed that Jeremy Maclin touchdown was the first the Chiefs, i.e. Smith, had thrown to a receiver since 2013. That’s fucking pathetic. A quarterback who’s worth any shits should at least accidentally throw a TD to a receiver at some point during a season. You also knew that once the Chiefs got down by double digits, they pretty much had zero chance of coming back. Smith just doesn’t have that ability. His stats on the night don’t look bad — 24-of-40 for 290, one TD and one interception — but compared to Rodgers, Smith is shit. Take a look at his QBR. It was a garbage 17.6. People can say whatever they want, but Smith is nothing more than a middle of the road quarterback. Might not lose you games, but won’t win them for you, either.

Good thing the Packers signed James Jones
I say that not only because Jones caught seven balls for 139 yards and a touchdown on Monday. I say that because the expected emergence of Davante Adams just isn’t happening. At least not yet. It wasn’t really Adams’ fault on Monday night that he didn’t contribute. He re-injured his ankle and barely played. The point is, he hasn’t made much of an impact thus far. Adams has just nine catches for 92 yards and no touchdowns. Jones has 12 for 219 and four.

More Jayrone!
Yeah, you saw our boy Jayrone Elliott out there. He appears to be getting more playing time after fucking up Seattle down the stretch last week. Elliott had four tackles, a sack and a QB hit. Elliott is still in a rotation with Neal, Perry, Peppers and Matthews at outside linebacker, but we’d say he’s already making a greater impact that the first two of those guys. Although Perry did have an uncharacteristically decent game on Monday with three tackles, two of which went for a loss, including a sack. Still, Elliott has probably already made more plays in two weeks than Perry or Neal have in their careers. So, let’s keep that train moving in this direction. More Jayrone!

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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.

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12 Comments

  1. Skinny September 29, 2015

    My only gripe is Capers refusal to unattach his nuts from the prevent defense. Just finish the fuckin game strong. Why give them a chance?

    1. I steal fish September 29, 2015

      damn real!

  2. Tequila September 29, 2015

    Love the energy at the line of scrimmage and overall ferocity of the defense. More please.

  3. JMALLABER September 29, 2015

    Anyone else think that Monty McMahon is actually Skip Bayless? Two years ago it was “Aaron Rodgers is not clutch ya’ll,” and now its “Clay Matthews is all about Clay Matthews.” I guess if we see any columns about the greatness of Tim Tebow we will have our answer.

  4. billabong September 29, 2015

    you dumb fucks don’t like Matthews and are always on his shit, i for one am very happy he’s on the Packers and flying around making plays for whatever his reason is…can’t imagine how crappy things would be without him this year…now if the Pack higher ups don’t play games with Daniels next year…..

  5. jtmax September 29, 2015

    Alex Smith looked like a rookie out there. He seems to like to put his head down and scramble just to lose time and punt too often.
    Doesn’t help that his receivers can’t catch and his Oline can’t block.
    I can’t believe how well we tackled. I haven’t seen that kind of tackling since 2010 superbowl run. I think maybe MM not calling plays helps. He can get his head out of his butt and fixing our fundamental weaknesses. ST check. Tackling Check. False start and holding check.
    Big fan of Elliot. Give the man more PT. Our defense will keep on improving now that we have Guion back. Great depth now. Can rest players so they can be explosive and physical in the 4th quarter.

  6. Deepsky September 29, 2015

    I don’t understand the hatred of Perry. He makes plays. He had a strip/sack on the final KC scoring drive, but it was recovered by the Chiefs.

    1. Phatgzus September 29, 2015

      Agreed, he’s always been good vs. the run and when he’s healthy he’s a solid pass rusher who hits the QB hard and forces fumbles, much like Peppers.

    2. Abe Frohman September 30, 2015

      Perry’s issues are many. 1. he can’t stay healthy. 2. his production hasn’t matched his draft status. 3. He certainly flashes the ability that got him drafted where he was, but he’s been inconsistent.

      Just like with Hawk, if he were a 5th rounder, no one would be complaining nearly as much.

  7. Salazar September 29, 2015

    I was as pissed at Clay after the championship game as anyone, but he has won me back over with his play and much improved attitude so far this year.

  8. Harry Hood September 29, 2015

    Or maybe don’t ever look at QBR….?

  9. UpNorth September 29, 2015

    I would say that we’re lucky #12 is mobile and active because our Tackle play has been pretty mediocre at best. Granted, they have had to face some pretty damn good rushers, but Rodgers bails them out of so many bad snaps with his field vision. Hopefully they improve down the road, they wont face much more fiercer pass rushes for the rest of the season save Denver.

    Other then that the defense was fantastic through three quarters until they decided to go back to the rope a dope defense, and our offense still is unable to get away from the run three times in a row and put the defense back on the field mentality to finish the game. I’m rather sick of seeing every game being decided by an onside kick….but at least they have improved in that area.

    Yeah, that and that absolutely shit spot on that 4th and 16 play…seriously how did they not at least measure that out? Then again, don’t burn your damn timeouts so early and we wont have that issue again. BS call on Ha-Ha too on that hit, keep up that aggressive hitting.