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New Season, New Packers in Win Over Washington

James Starks

A season’s worth of Green Bay Packers’ shortcomings went out the window on Sunday in a 35-18 win over the Washington Redskins.

They said the previous 16 games no longer mattered, they tried to make us all believe this was the week things would be different and then they came out and finally delivered.

This was the complete performance we’ve been looking for from the Green Bay Packers since they demolished Kansas City in week 3.

The defense delivered their typical solid performance. On this day they had six sacks, a fumble recovery and held Washington scoreless after a touchdown with 9:41 left in the third.

That defensive effort also included holding the Redskins to 1-for-4 in the red zone and 1-for-4 on fourth down.

They stepped up when it mattered most.

It was the offense that made the difference, though.

In particular, Aaron Rodgers.

Rodgers made the plays when he had to make the plays, going 21-of-36 for 210 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions.

Quite tellingly, we got a fiery Aaron Rodgers on this day. Not the dead-eyed, don’t-give-a-crap Aaron Rodgers we’ve seen since the Hail Mary in Detroit.

That translated to the rest of the offense.

The Packers ran up 142 yards and two touchdowns on the ground, splitting the load between Eddie Lacy (63), James Starks (53) and Randall Cobb (24).

The receiving load was spread around between James Jones (81), Davante Adams (48) and Cobb (38), with Adams and Cobb turning in the two scores.

Most impressively, the offensive line held up with backup center J.C. Tretter playing left tackle in place of the injured David Bakhtiari. Rodgers was sacked just once after absorbing 13 sacks in the two previous games.

That was the biggest difference on the day.

If the offensive line can give Rodgers time, Rodgers maintains his edge and the defense just remains at its current level, then the Packers have a chance.

We’re not going to get ahead of ourselves, though. We’re just going to savor a playoff win for the moment.

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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.

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122 Comments

  1. Salazar January 10, 2016

    Arizona is going to go in raw and make us bite the pillow. But today, we are victorious and the Vikings ate shit. Relish in the moment!

    1. TyKo Steamboat January 10, 2016

      So says you, fair weather. The regular season loss was a blessing in disguise. Our chances are now better, especially with the loss, in the warm weather, with the momentum, Shields & Baktihari coming back & Mathieu gone.

      We’ll be fine…Fuck the doubters. GO PACK GO!

      1. PF4L January 10, 2016

        Mathieu was gone last 2 weeks ago. They seemed to do ok without him that day.

        Be nice if Shields and Bahk came back, but i haven’t heard that.

  2. ferris January 10, 2016

    This is like a win over the Vikings. Next week does not matter…when they get their ass kicked.

  3. icebowl January 10, 2016

    ’bout time !

    Solid performance – O-Line did the job and D continues to impress ….

    IT was great hearing the Go Pack Go chants again… Best was GB fans yelling “YOU LIKE THAT” … !

  4. Packer Bob January 10, 2016

    Remember all the fans who quit on this team last week? You know who you are. This one’s for you.

  5. Packer Bob January 10, 2016

    Suck it.

    1. PF4L January 10, 2016

      Packer Bob, appreciate the enthusiasm, but i don’t know how cocky i would be. Enjoy the win as i am also, but the skins were widely regarded as the weakest team in post season play. Most everyone expected the Packers to win. I love it that we beat the skins, but lets not act like we just won the NFCCG. We beat the skins.

      1. Packer Bob January 10, 2016

        You hear that? A playoff win on the road ain’t good enough for PF4L. I bet you didn’t pick the Packers to lose this week? You quit on this team. You don’t get a say anymore. Go home and suck it.

        1. PF4L January 10, 2016

          How did i quit on the team? You make no sense, Bobby.

          1. PF4L January 10, 2016

            Gee Bobby, what’s this?

            #1 written by PF4L
            01/09/2016 – 3:03 pm
            REPLYQUOTE
            I guess i can state the obvious shit, about both the Packers and skins. Like the skins haven’t beaten anyone with a winning record, the skins defense is weak, the Packers have no offense or 0 line…blah blah blah blah.
            So i’ll just skip the labor pains, and bring the baby. Packers by 10.

    2. MMTTDCSUCK January 10, 2016

      Hey P B! I am glad that they won too! But they still have major problems! But I will enjoy the win! It was fun for a change! That first quarter sucked big eggs though , , , whew!

      1. PF4L January 10, 2016

        Careful…Bobby might bring out the big guns and tell you to suck it.

        TREAD LIGHTLY

        1. Arcturus January 11, 2016

          Or P4FL might go through his catalogued Total Packers comments and find a devastating reply that will astound everyone!

  6. Chad Lundberg January 10, 2016

    The biggest difference about this game was the upgrade at left tackle. If this line continues to play as well as it did today, then there really is a chance.

  7. Brad January 10, 2016

    Fuck you if you are saying the Packers will lose next week, just crawl into your slimy hole and go away.

  8. the real jeff ircink January 10, 2016

    …yeah, don’t get ahead of yourself. “Fuck you, GB!”

    wait – i’m sorry…i was just thinking of monty’s “Fuck You, Minnesota” post. nevermind.

    1. PF4L January 10, 2016

      So Jeffery…Are you now a Viking fan, who used to be a Packer fan, who now doesn’t follow the Packers anymore, but keeps posting on a Packer website? Is that really you, Sally?

  9. Kyle January 10, 2016

    The game next week will be interesting. I don’t think Arizona is as good as they looked in week 16, nor are the Packers as bad as they looked. I’m glad to be getting another crack at them.

    1. Phatgzus January 11, 2016

      I agree. I’ll go out on a limb and guarantee that not only will the packers not turn it over 4 times, they won’t give up 2 defensive TDs either. That said, it’d be really nice to have Bak-T and Sam Shields back and have them make it through the game. Not having Adams would hurt as well.

  10. PF4L January 10, 2016

    Aaron Rodgers had some time. He wasn’t taking chances, he did what he usually does, although the pass offense is not yet running on all 8.

    Any win in the playoffs is a great win. I loved it for the most part.
    I’m gonna let everyone go ga ga over this because a playoff win is a playoff win, even against the skins. After that, we’ll put it in perspective.

  11. eduardo January 10, 2016

    Where’s Dave the Lions fan now?

  12. SC Packfan January 10, 2016

    All around good game!!

  13. MMK January 10, 2016

    Anything could happen next week and after the lashing they took against AZ maybe they’ll come in all guns blazing. They’re underdogs now, nothing to lose.

  14. chaka January 10, 2016

    They should pick up TE Colt Lyerla for this playoff stretch if they want to win the Super Bowl.

    1. MMTTDCSUCK January 10, 2016

      Love it!

    2. Eduardo January 11, 2016

      LOL……thanks for the laugh.

    3. Andy Pants January 11, 2016

      This is the best recurring meme (?) of the season!

  15. PackAttack January 10, 2016

    Attention All —

    You throw the football with Aaron Rodgers — YOU WIN. Case closed. Enough of this garbage/wasted running plays with Lacy and Starks — Rodgers and McCarthy came out hot with 4-5 wide sets and took chances down field and made shit happen — that’s how you win games.

    Running 20-30 times with Lacy and Starks isn’t going to get this team anywhere. Rodgers knows the Packers need to throw the football down field to win big games. This MUST be a pass first offense with 4-5 wide sets — has to be. You try and run and win the battle in the trenches and you’ll end up dead in the water. Throw the fucking football and this team will make a decent run. Been saying it for a long fucking time.

    1. Mike R January 10, 2016

      I don’t think it’s a matter of play calling/not throwing the ball enough. Do you recall week 10 against the Lions when he threw 60+ times, and their offense looked like dog shit and only put up 16 points, against an awful Detroit defense? What this game amounted to was that Rodgers decided to earn his pay check for a change, but only for the last three quarters of the game (he looked awful the first quarter – missing throws, etc.). I hope this is a sign of things to come, and the old Rodgers is back for next week as well, but I am not holding my breath. He has looked like complete shit since after the bye, therefore the entire offense has. He needs to step up and play like what he is getting paid.

      1. Phatgzus January 11, 2016

        Agreed on the overall point, but Detroit’s D wasn’t dogshit at that point, it was a division game, and in Detroit’s hovel where they’d owned us 2 years in a row.

  16. Calico January 10, 2016

    Shoot, looked to me like the balanced offensive attack worked well. Washington just could not get the ball back for long stretches due to running game. And making their (admittedly crummy) defense respect the run took some pressure off Rodgers.

    1. Howard January 10, 2016

      Yes looked balanced to me, 32 rushes for 140 + yds. Rodgers 36 passes for 210 yds. 11 first downs passing, 11 first downs rushing. The team that was unbalanced was Washington.

  17. V January 10, 2016

    Savor the win…it likely won’t last.

  18. Big B January 10, 2016

    Congrats Packers!

  19. the real jeff ircink January 10, 2016

    PF4L –

    it’s “jeffREY”.
    i’ve followed the Vikings since Favre played for them. you know this. “fan”? i’m not emotionally vested in them enough to say i’m a fan OR a fan of any NFL team. i “follow” them. and i root for any team that plays GB.

    1. PF4L January 10, 2016

      Well Jeffery, we’ve all seen your kind of fandom before. You’re a Brett Favre fan and you followed Brett to the Vikings. Once Favre left the vikings you didn’t root for any team, except any team that plays Green Bay. Because you’re still whining how the Packers didn’t kiss Favre’s ass in 2008.

      I got news for you, you aren’t a football fan. Favre retired, hence you have no vested interest in any team, except to see the Packers lose.

      You are the worst kind of fan, You aren’t a fan. but you are kind of pathetic. Maybe you should put on your Vikings Jersey and stand by the road next to the gate of Favre’s mansion. Maybe he’ll wave to you, and maybe you can blow him a kiss.

      1. the real jeff ircink January 11, 2016

        wow – you’re a genius, PF4L. it took you this long to figure all that out?

        1. the real jeff ircink January 11, 2016

          sorry – PFart, i meant. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

      2. Phatgzus January 11, 2016

        Well put, PF. Like Favre, Hell, even “like” the Vikings if you’re dumb/masochistic enough to want to, but if you aren’t fan enough of the game to root yourself to a team, gtfo and go watch soccer.

    2. Lynn Fuckin' Dickey January 11, 2016

      what kind of grown ass man roots for a player first? you have a crush on brett or something? wew lad. just sad, lad.

      1. the real jeff ircink January 11, 2016

        ohhh shut up both of you. i can root for whomever i want. and next week i’m rooting for AZ so you better hope AR continues with his newfound mojo.

        and i did say i root for a team Pfag-gus – i root for the Vikes. i just wouldn’t consider myself a “fan”. can you not read?

  20. TyKo Steamboat January 10, 2016

    Seriously…
    The hardest thing to do in the NFL s beat a team 3 times in 1 year.
    you Jerry’s kids do realize that if we beat Minny last week, we would have lost to them in -5 degree weather, right?
    Now, those farries just got bounced & have frost bite on their ass to match Mike Zimmer’s boils & we’re sailing to Arizona…with the momentum, as under dogs, with Shields & Baktihari potentially coming back, Cardinals don’t have Mathieu…
    Ummmm…. It’s actually right the fuck where we want to be…

    1. Carlos Goodman January 10, 2016

      TyKo Steamboat…my fucking man.

    2. Andy Pants January 11, 2016

      TyKo, teams that won the first two contests, have gone on to win the third contest 60% of the time. They are 13-7 in such situations. There is no evidence to support the assertion that this is the “hardest thing to do.”

      That said, I agree that the Packers are right where they want to be.

      1. TyKo Steamboat January 11, 2016

        Pants, thanks. You’re the man
        Curious where you found that stat…
        I am a pure stats guy, but my statement is an opinion clearly.

        My honest belief is if we played Minny yesterday, we would have got our @$$ kicked ala the 2005 wildcard game. So it behooved us to lose week 17, which is now obvious.

      2. Phatgzus January 11, 2016

        That’s 65% actually. And I not that I think we’ll win, necessarily, but I doubt we play nearly as badly as we did in the first meeting (knock on wood)-all in all, I’d rather MiniSoda saved their choke job for next week so Seattle would be gone (major, despised threat-2 birds and whatnot) and we’d be going to Carolina, but I’ll take being alive in the Playoffs and the Vikes at home with a low draft pick any day.

  21. Packer Bob January 10, 2016

    Oh, look. Everyone’s suddenly cheering for the Packers.

    Fire Thompson!
    Fire McCarthy!
    Trade Rodgers!
    One and done!
    They doesn’t deserve to be in the playoffs!

    Should I go on? Will any of you pick the Packers to win next week? Of course not.

    1. Howard January 10, 2016

      I will as I always do. You kind of lump everyone in a group without any valid reason. I appreciate all the different views. I may not agree with them, however it is good to have a diversity of opinion. It keeps our minds sharp.

      1. PF4L January 10, 2016

        Howard, this fool is trolling, it’s all he knows. I defended Rodgers the other day relentlessly, which i’m sure you read. I also picked the Pack to win today. but then he got confused and accused me of giving up on the Packers.

        He also wants to know who will predict the Packers will win next week, although he offered no prediction for todays game himself…Like i said, trolling.

    2. MMTTDCSUCK January 10, 2016

      The Buffoon still sucks. And TT “The frugal GM” sucks. So Fire those two fucks, and make Capers retire. They beat a team that has not beaten any NFL team with a winning record this year I believe. That is like comparing them to Jacksonville almost! Not to Arizona or Carolina! they beat good teams! Rodgers appeared to check out of nearly every play that came in at the line after the 2nd quarter. I am glad they won. But this team is not as good as you believe that they are, and will not be until those two (or three) go away. Go Pack Go!

      1. TyKo Steamboat January 10, 2016

        Geez…who do you think we should get? Belichick?
        I swear, you nameless, goon…
        You’d be upset with a Superbowl win while a Unicorn jumped out of a rainbow crapping Powerball winnings onto your chest…
        I bet you were that guy sitting on the couch in February 2011, as we beat the Steelers with his arms folded, pouting about how we “still lost 6 games in the regular season”..
        This is the NFL. Time to wake-up, fruit cake.

        1. Big Gay Clay January 10, 2016

          We win one playoff game and you are back on here defending MM and Teddy T. Where were you 4 weeks ago when we were in this slump. Reality is we beat the worst team in the playoffs besides the Texans. It took MM until the second quarter before he decided to get out of the “running a halfback stretch” on the first play of every drive. If some assholes like us can predict MM play calls then imagine what defensive coordinators can do. This was the weakest defense we have played since the Cowboys. While I think Dom should be spared this season I still firmly believe it is time to move on from MM and TT.

          1. TyKo Steamboat January 10, 2016

            I seem to remember McCarthy dialing-up the plays today & taking the bold move & calling the 2 time-outs before the half which basically got us the TD.
            We also didn’t panic wen down 11-0 either.

            Management? Everyone has injuries & the Pack have been relatively healthy this season. You put Barrington in the Middle of that D & Jordy Nelson in our arsenal & we are waaaay better.

            We go into next week rite where we wana be. Momentum, personnel, peaking, confidence, weather, revenge… Oh it’s on. We’re free-rolling now, baby.

          2. TyKo Steamboat January 10, 2016

            Also… Theres so much criticism out there.
            So please take all the time you need to tell me who exactly the Packers should target as a Head Coach.

            Yes. Lets abandon the guy that consistently OWNS the Bears & produces 11 wins a season. A guy that won a Superbowl.

            Let’s start all over with the Chemistry it takes to win & rebuild with a 10-win team.

            Yea, I was pissy the last 4 weeks like everyone else, but that’s on EVERYONE not just McCarthy.
            Lacy has been fat & outta shape. Rodgers has had a bad attitude. Wide Receivers can’t catch. Baktihari holds everything…

            Who do you want? Chip Kelly? 62 y.o. Tom Coughlin? Maybe a college dude?

            One thing you sure as FUCK don’t do is hit the panic button just before the playoffs. We’ve been here before, bro…

            I’m not taken a shot at you, Big Gay. But get real man. We’re cuffed for better or worse. & if the last 5 years are a glimpse into the future, it’s for the better.

          3. Big Gay Clay January 11, 2016

            Personally, I think Jake Ryan has much more upside at MLB than Barrington but it would free up Clay to do more if he was playing this season. As for management we could get Schneider from Seattle (GB is his dream job), proven success and great at evaluating talent. Not scared to make a trade or dip into free agency to better the team. For coaching one name comes to mind. Gruden (not the one we just beat). Now before you bash Gruden keep in mind he is fiery and ballsy unlike our current coach. Keep in mind most coaches would be nutting themselves to have ARod as their QB and we’d have the best candidates in the league. I agree with you though you don’t hit the panic button in the playoffs. Let’s see how this post season pans out.

          4. MMTTDCSUCK January 11, 2016

            Amen! this fucktard Tyco Steambloat is a real ass who usually comes out after a win. What a two faced weasel . . .

        2. MMTTDCSUCK January 11, 2016

          Tyko you are a cunt bandwagon Packer Backer that ONLY SAYS THINGS WHEN THEY WIN. I am on here every fucking day. You call me a fruit cake? Is this projection? You have no idea about schemes, players or plays . . . This is obvious, you merely waft along with winning. Go fuck yourself. I promised you a year ago that I would haunt your ignorance. Do you want me to start picking you apart like I have in the past? You are very easy prey . . . Back off part timer.

          1. Andy Pants January 11, 2016

            LOL @bragging about being on here “every day” and calling TyKo a “part timer!” At least he doesn’t define himself by his hatred and anger for a football team’s coaches/GM (i.e., “TyKo” vs “MMTTDCSUCK”).

          2. MMTTDCSUCK January 11, 2016

            Andy Pants? you in Andy’s Pants? . . . No Hatred for those over rated fucks, just frustration! Sorry that you don’t see it! Where in the fuck have you been “MR Bandwagon, I am only on here when they win guy”? Lol! are you blind to the fact that you seldom post when they lose? Just post when they win? That is by default, the definition of BANDWAGON . . .

          3. TyKo Steamboat January 11, 2016

            Oh, Congrats, player. You’re on here…EVERYDAY =D. So you’re a T-R-U-E Packer fan… Obviously, you’re real smooth with the ladies & probably a professional, ect. LOL

            you poor, angry soul. I’ve already forgot more about Packer football than you’ll ever know :*

            Conrats, you’re officially that guy on here that everyone laughs at & feels sorry for.

            Your contempt for the general staff is so strong, you don’t even realize you find yourself cheering against the Packers to validate your hatred. You’re the equivalent of a Minnesota Vikings fan Mr. DCSUCK.
            :(

          4. Mason Crosby January 11, 2016

            TyKo and Andy Pants got me laughing out loud.

            This troll is a clown ?MMTTDCSUCK?

            +1 for TyKo

          5. MMTTDCSUCK January 11, 2016

            Tyko steambloat, you waste my time. Your assumptions fall way short in the wrong direction. I hold no animus for the brain trust, just frustration. Keep sucking your all day Packer sucker Homer! I at least have the balls to call out obvious faults with this team. You Mr. cool do not, that is where you fall very short. That makes me laugh at you . . . Player? lol! nice “cool” phrase . . .

          6. Harry Hood January 11, 2016

            TyKo goes Way back bro….Bandwagon? The F**k outta here!

          7. Phatgzus January 11, 2016

            I don’t feel sorry for him, just his family.

        3. Phatgzus January 11, 2016

          “You’d be upset with a Superbowl win while a Unicorn jumped out of a rainbow crapping Powerball winnings onto your chest…”

          Is this a real thing? Where can I sign up? More in it for the Unicorn scat than anything else.

          1. MMTTDCSUCK January 11, 2016

            You are another exam[ple of a weak sister fan, who only brags and follows the blogs when they win. I feel sorry for your family . . . if you have one. Fat Jesus my ass . . .

          2. MMTTDCSUCK January 11, 2016

            Fat Jesus? Scat? unicorns? I am sensing a trend . . . kind of sick IMHO Mr. “contributes only when they win” . . .

    3. Harry Hood January 11, 2016

      All real fans of a team pick their team to win….any game. That said…

      TT doesn’t aim for the SB, he aims for a great team, while hoping for a SB. We’ll never be LOLions bad, but will be one piece away most of the time, because he’s fine with that.

      MM can be a bitch, often. Capers has some fucking deficiencies.

      Who ever said trade Rodgers should have to preface every comment they ever make on here with said comment.

      One and done, we sure as hell were playing like it. Sunday was the Packers we know, not what we have seen.

      GO PACK GO! We get a playoff game in our second home! Wisconsin’s winter residence, good ‘ole Arizona!

      1. PF4L January 12, 2016

        There were a few who proclaimed Rodgers was “finished”

        #neverforget

      2. Big Gay Clay January 12, 2016

        We are only one play from being Lions bad. We lose ARod we don’t even beat the Cowboys this year.

  22. Packer Bob January 10, 2016

    Not emotionally invested but you “root” for any team that plays GB? Yeah, whatever. Keep fucking that chicken.

    1. the real jeff ircink January 10, 2016

      i will, Packer Bob. and Fuck the Pack! yeah!

      1. the real jeff ircink January 10, 2016

        oh – and fuck you too! yeah!

      2. Big Gay Clay January 10, 2016

        This dude is a chicken fucker! If you were a sheep would you fuck sheep?

        1. the real jeff ircink January 11, 2016

          and fuck you too, Gay Clay!

  23. gort January 10, 2016

    Great win. Tretter had some growing pains early, but settled in. I think he held his own without a lot of help as the game progressed. Quite impressive. The only question is why did it take so long to try that in a game? I am not ready to drink the kool-aid yet, but today’s performance should build enough confidence to make Saturday’s game interesting.

  24. cd4packers January 10, 2016

    I was glad to see Rodgers finally take some chances downfield. They paid off. Even though he got nervous and over threw a couple. He overcame that monkey on his back and believed in himself and the team again. He let it fly. Great job Pack. Let’s keep this going. GOPACKGO!!!

  25. Kato January 10, 2016

    I will be the first to admit I was expecting the packers to lose this game. I had tried to stay positive all season long, even after they lost to denver and carolina, because they are great teams, but after home losses to the bears, lions, and Vikings and getting plastered by the cardinals, I lost faith. And I am so glad they proved me wrong. Still not overly optimistic, but if they get bahktiari and shields back next week, two key players we didn’t have in the last meeting, that could make the game at least interesting

    1. MMTTDCSUCK January 10, 2016

      I am beginning to wonder if Tretter may be better . . . after an inauspicious start, Tretter gained control of his area (for the most part) and there were ZERO holding calls! Bahktiari usually has at least two per game doesn’t he?

      1. PF4L January 10, 2016

        I think Tretter might have quicker feet, and after getting caught off balance playing to high to start the game, he adjusted nicely. One game doesn’t a left tackle make, but hell, wouldn’t it be nice to fall into a solid LT since the Chad Clifton days? Lets see where it goes. Bulaga may have seen his better days, so they could always slide Bahk to RT, but i’m just dreaming and thinking out loud.

  26. Kato January 10, 2016

    It was nice to not see Rodgers moping like a 7 year old that got his favorite toy taken from him. Actually showing excitement high fiving guys and going out of his way to rally the troops. Good to see him and McCarthy celebrating together, those two need to work together if there is any kind of chance at all for them to get where they want to go

    1. PF4L January 10, 2016

      Amazing what not getting sacked 9 times and hit 25 times in a games does to put a smile on his face?

  27. Calico January 10, 2016

    During the season, MM ot TC would have stopped giving Eddie the ball after his first several carries for nothing. But the more you give it to him, the better he does. 5.2 ypc not shabby for a 260 lb 5’10” guy.

    1. PF4L January 10, 2016

      The 30 yard run didn’t hurt his average.

  28. Shawn January 10, 2016

    The Redskins are what they are, but the Packers still deserve props for showing some pride and fight tonight. With the way the season has gone, I thought they might roll over and die, start their offseason early, but they didn’t.
    Instead they came out and looked like one of the four best teams in the NFC, which they now are. If you’ve made it this far, then you have a chance. Arizona and Carolina have little homefield advantage since everyone likes playing at either city, and both teams have little positive playoff experience.
    Seattle and the Packers are definitely dangerous.
    And yes, it was great to see Aaron Rodgers smiling again and leading the team. The thing is he still missed some throws, and we can still play better than that. Will need to to beat Arizona.
    JC Tretter should have been playing left tackle from the get go. Put Tretter in there instead of Barclay, and the Arizona game would have been closer right there. However, I’m glad we lost there since that means we now get to play there instead of Green Bay, where it would be lucky to be 15 degrees next weekend.

    1. PackAttack January 10, 2016

      Shawn —

      This game was about what we said last week. Improved play calling. You and I both know the Packers came out guns hot in the first three quarters. It wasn’t about “establishing the run” or “winning the battle in the trenches” it was about letting Rodgers throw! Why did he find his rhythm and actually look good? Because the play calling allowed him to find that rhythmic pace he needs to be effective. Yes, Green Bay ended up running 29 times (but GB had 16 runs in the 4th Q!, once this game was clearly over!). When did Green Bay finally start to play well? 13:02 in the 2nd Q when Rodgers led a 9 play drive (7 passes). The next drive — 8 plays, 6 passes – 3 points. Next drive, 9 plays, 9 passes — Touchdown.

      I mean, people, it’s not hard to understand this. Green Bay wins games when Rodgers throws, period. The running game does it’s work in garbage time when the clock needs to be run out, during the bulk of the game it’s time for 4-5 wide sets, no huddle, crossing patterns, bunch formation, screens and we finally saw “some” of that today. But it was about McCarthy letting Rodgers throw early and often which led to this win and it “could” lead the Packers all the way into the Super Bowl if they continue to throw, throw, throw.

      1. Howard January 10, 2016

        Agree, Rodgers is the key to the offense, and passing down the field is important to loosen the D. Rodgers going down field helps the entire offense including the running game. The running game and threat thereof helps the O line, and we know the Oline this year needs that help. Anything that assists the O line in slowing down the pass rush is good for Rodgers and the offense.

        Both phases feed off the other. The O line and Rodgers need the threat of both in order to be unpredictable, or else the O line and then Rodgers are going to be in trouble (as we have seen recently) and as we all agree Rodgers is a very important component to the offense.

        One thing I do not understand in your comment is after Washington scored after the half to take the lead 18-17. The Packers on the next two drives to take a 14 point lead, I believe, passed 7 times and ran 14 times. How could that be considered garbage time or when the game was over?

        1. PackAttack January 10, 2016

          It’s not very hard to understand this.

          Go look and see what the run-to-pass ratio after their first drive in the 3rd Q was — it was almost 80-20 pass dominated. Rodgers threw 5 times on that first drive in the 3rd Q and once Lacy busted off the 30 yard run inside the 5, it was over. From there GB went totally run dominant but the pass set everything up. The only way Lacy and Starks saw space was because the passing game was efficient.

          The only stat you need to know. Green Bay scored 17 points in the 2nd Q (when was the last time this offense had 17 points in one quarter of football) and how many runs to pass did they have in that quarter?

          24 plays, 22 passes = 17 points. Enough said. Case closed. Next Question. Thanks.

          1. Harry Hood January 11, 2016

            From there GB went totally run dominant but the pass set everything up. The only way Lacy and Starks saw space was because the passing game was efficient.
            ———————–
            Boom!

            A Defense wants you to beat them with the run, by stopping the pass. When you have to labor to stop Aaron Rodgers, you take it up the as.

          2. PF4L January 12, 2016

            Gee, maybe Rodgers isn’t finished after all huh?

    2. PF4L January 10, 2016

      Shawn, i couldn’t agree anymore with your 1st paragraph, well said. I had that same sinking feeling halfway thru the 1st quarter, but they pulled it together.

      Not so much about location, I’d always rather have a home game, no matter the weather.

  29. Happy Gilmore January 10, 2016

    Now you’re gonna get it Bobby!

  30. Richard January 10, 2016

    These are all great points. If shields and bahktiari come back, the winner of this game is winning it all

  31. jtmax January 10, 2016

    oline play makes all the difference in the world. Tretter is mvp for this game.
    Abby looks great. I really like his play. He fakes better and look more decisive on his route than adams. Just great hands. Best is that he seems to have that connection with rodgers. Seems to catch every throw rodgers fling at him

  32. PF4L January 10, 2016

    Fkn A the 0 line makes all the difference, it isn’t about taking chances, it’s about having a chance. Great point jt.

    Also good eye on Abbrederis. That shake and bake on that 2pt conversion was lethal, and those soft hands, looked effortless.

  33. cd4packers January 10, 2016

    You can’t have a chance if you don’t take a chance.

    1. PF4L January 10, 2016

      It seems, in your world, Rodgers just passing now, equates to him taking chances. He isn’t throwing into 2 or 3 defenders, that’s taking chances, that’s how you break records, like Favre. That’s my last post about this stupid ass subject, i’m losing brain cells talking to you.

      Thank you for understanding.

  34. cd4packers January 10, 2016

    Playing it safe like they did against the Hawks last season got us one thing. Out. Real Champions do not play it safe. They take chances. Every throw is a chance. Every rush is a chance every tackle is a chance. A chance at one more yard. One more win, one more SB. The game of football is a game of chance. There are no guarantees. Especially, for those who play it safe. Those who lay down and take the easy way out, never reach the goal line. That’s not how the Packers played today. They played with gusto. And they were fearless. I was very proud of them.

  35. cd4packers January 10, 2016

    If the Packers go in and play it safe against the Cards, we’ll lose.

  36. jtmax January 10, 2016

    MM earned his paycheck today. He fonally was able to adjust and outcoached gruden ik comeback. That’s what we’ve been waiting for. A must for adjustment in az is to start abby. He has the kind of style and connection with Rodgers that jordy had. He’s got the whole package: speed, route running hands discipline and instinct. Shields also need to come back to help slow down palmer. Rollins and randle both got hurt during the game.

    1. Howard January 10, 2016

      I know that I was pulling for the Vikings to win for no other reason than it would have provided the Packers an extra day to get healthy. A Sunday game vs a Saturday game would have helped Shields, Bahk, and that was before this games injuries.

      1. PackAttack January 10, 2016

        Shields hasn’t played for over a month and it’ll be almost 27 days since Bakhtiari last played. One more day for these two clowns to get healthy shouldn’t be that big of a deal.

        I expect both of these two to play vs Arizona. There is no excuse not to. If Shields can’t play he should be done with professional football all together. He’s missed 15+ games over the last 4 years and if his concussion is that serious where he’s out almost two months (for a fall into the sideline against Dallas) then he shouldn’t be back in 2016 — no point in having an injury prone clown wasting a roster spot for guys who can actually stay healthy.

        Bakhtiari is soft and below average. He’ll lose his job over the off-season. He’s ranked a second-tier LT (at best), he has 11 penalties against him this year (that’s in the top 10 for most penalties in the NFL this year and the guy has missed the last 3 games.

        Leave both of these jokes on the bench. One guy can’t stay healthy long enough to make it out of the tunnel the other guy is only interested in setting NFL penalty records for an offensive linemen.

      2. PackAttack January 10, 2016

        Oh Howie — in case you missed it above.

        2nd Quarter — Packers scored 17 points.
        24 plays, 22 passes = 17 points.
        Enough said. Case closed. Next Question. Thanks.

        That’s the most points the Packers have scored in a single quarter since December 8th, 2014 vs Atlanta when they had 24 points in the 2nd Quarter.

        You want to win games vs good teams going forward — throw the football early and often. 4-5 wide sets, crossing patterns, bunch formations, screens, backside slants, go routes. It’s not rocket science, you want the ball in your best player’s hands and fat boy Eddie and fumblitis Starks aren’t the keys to this offense, Rodgers is. He needs to throw early and often to get into a rhythm and get in sync with his receivers, he started off slow tonight but they kept passing and look what happened — guys found his rhythm and threw 22 times and the result was 17 points.

        And for the record, McCarthy is notoriously known for running the clock down as early as half-time and yes 24-18 in McCarthy Land can easily be mistaken as garbage time or “clock killing time” — which it clearly was to McCarthy as it was last year against Seattle which ultimately ended up costing us a trip to the playoffs. Not Brandon Bostick, not the defense, not Russell Wilson — the BS non-existent, wasted running game/clock killing mode. McCarthy has done that shit for years and it’s come back to absolutely massacre this franchise at the worst times.

        Throw. The. Football. You’ll win a lot of games with Rodgers if you just keep throwing. I promise it.

        1. Howard January 11, 2016

          You can cherry pick numbers all you want. The offense needs to be balanced and that does mean more passing attempts than running attempts. Rodgers needs the ball in his hand.

          You do not have to go far back to find out how not having a balanced attack works against a real good D and let’s face it Washington is not a real good D. Arizona however is a real good D.

          Since you like starting the game in the second quarter let us do the same against Arizona when the Pack was down by 7. The Pack O went on a run of 21 passes to 6 runs and 2 of those runs were Rodgers running for his health. That series of drives started at the first Pack drive of the second quarter and ended at about 6 minutes into the 3rd quarter. Result six sacks of Rodgers, One sack fumble TD for Arizona and Arizona being up 31 to 0. Doesn’t sound to good does it?

          There is no reason for the Pack to beat their head against the wall and run 13 times to start out the game like the last Vikings game. That is stupid, however it is also stupid to beat your #1 QBs head against the ground like the Pack did against Arizona. That is the Mike Martz philosophy of Offense and he is a known QB killer.

          The team needs to stay balanced and not become one dimensional. This O line will not hold up against good defenses who know that you are going to pass every play. That is one of the reasons every defensive coordinator wants to take away the run first, and every offensive lineman wants the offense to establish the ability to run.

  37. Calico January 11, 2016

    Yeah, but that’s how running game works, doesn’t it?. If a back actually got 4 every carry, team would score every possession (except fumbles). Gotta keep giving the guy the ball so he can get the 30 or 10 or 8 yard gains. I bet Eddie has less 20+ yard runs than almost anyone. But he gets his yards if he gets his carries.

  38. Fritz January 11, 2016

    GB vs KC?

    Can U say “50th REUNION SB” ?

  39. cd4packers January 11, 2016

    You better stop talking then cause you know I’m right. And you need all the brain cells you can get. Just saying.

  40. cd4packers January 11, 2016

    In previous games, Rodgers was holding the ball way too long and getting pummeled. Because he didn’t want to risk an interception. He needed to trust in the receivers and throw the damn ball. He did yesterday. That’s my point. He didn’t play it safe and get sacked a million times.

    1. PF4L January 11, 2016

      Do you think the line blocking for him better had anything to do with it trixie!!???

      Holy shit

  41. cd4packers January 11, 2016

    I mean Rodgers repeated what I posted yesterday. They got their mojo and their confidence back. GOPACKGO! :)

  42. Mike R January 11, 2016

    How do people still think play calling is the issue??? It’s this simple. Rodgers plays like he should, as the highest paid QB in the league, they look like a different team and can play with anybody. Rodgers plays like he has since the bye week (like shit) their offense really struggles and they and average team. That’s it. Please everybody stop putting the blame on everybody else. It’s deserves to be on Rodgers shoulders.

  43. Deepsky January 11, 2016

    In the first quarter I was calling out the results of just about every play by looking at how the Packers were lined up. Probably every other Packer fan was doing the same thing. Here’s a two yard run. Here’s a sack. Then the Packers mixed things up, McCarthy gave Rodgers some easier passes to make and mixed things up.

    Let’s hope they keep mixing things up.

  44. The Money Mike January 11, 2016

    Where’s Dave the Faggot Lions fan?

  45. Bob January 11, 2016

    Hahaha, I love reading their petty arguments

  46. Kato January 11, 2016

    Packattack- they were playing one of of the worst secondaries in the nfl, a beat up one at that. Of course they were going to throw it around. You know what happens in a game where you have no offensive balance and you “throw it around?” Look no further than the Seattle game in 2012, the fail Mary game in which the packers ran two running plays, and had like 18 passing plays. You remember what happened? I seem to remember Rodgers being sacked 7-8 times in the first half as Bruce irvin began teeing off on bulaga. And the packers were shut out. Only in the second half when McCarthy adjusted and started running draw and just running the ball more and the packers ended up *winning the game*. You have to have balance against great defenses

  47. Cuban January 11, 2016

    If i remember correctly the drive that drive was a mix of run and pass before it stalled out, then lacy picked up the first on 4th and one, then he busted off the 30 yarder, then starks took it in, and by the way that wasnt garbage time.

  48. cd4packers January 11, 2016

    Of course. Again, your not hearing what I’m saying. It’s simple, take a chance and be great. Or, play it safe and be nothing. That’s it in a nutshell. My point was that I disagreed with the premise of one of your comments. And I still do.

  49. Organicbuzz January 11, 2016

    Uncle Ted and Coack Mike knew the cold, cold weather could be possible this weekend. Lost battle last week to give team best chance to win war. Warm gametime next weekend,then back to GB for NFC title game or warm again at Carolina. Go Pack Go,!!!

  50. Fritz fm WI January 11, 2016

    i am praying to St. Vincent to come down to earth and join us for the–

    50th REUNION SB!

    it WILL be GB vs. a team they played in a previous SB.

    HOPEFULLY it will be the team they played in SB ONE!