Two really mediocre teams met for a matchup of mediocre football on Sunday. One of those teams actually came to play. Unfortunately, that team wasn’t the Green Bay Packers, who fell to the Indianapolis Colts 31-26.
There isn’t a lot that jumps to the forefront in this one. It isn’t as if the Colts dominated the Packers, so you have to ask how they actually won.
The Packers outgained the Colts, the time of possession was nearly identical and the Packers won the turnover battle. Usually that gets it done, but not on this day.
On this day, the Colts were the hungrier, more prepared team.
As for the Packers and their malaise, we might as well start here.
The Packers’ special teams have been bad on certain weeks this season, but you could argue that unit’s atrocious performance ultimately cost Green Bay a game on this occasion.
It started before anyone’s offense even got on the field. Colts’ kick returner Jordan Trodman took the game’s opening kickoff back 99 yards for a score. The Packers weren’t content to learn their lesson there, though.
They allowed Trodman a 61-yard return in second quarter that would lead to a 28-yard field goal. That put the Colts up 17-10 and the score would be run to 20-10 at the half.
Meanwhile, the Packers were only able to convert one of Ha Ha Clinton-Dix’s two interceptions into points. They scored a touchdown on the second on an Aaron Rodgers-to-Jordy Nelson 26-yard strike.
After Clinton-Dix’s first pick, Mason Crosby missed a 48-yard field goal following a drive that netted negative-1 yard.
As bad as the special teams was, make no mistake. This was a team effort of fuckery.
We had all been feeling pretty good about the Packers’ offense after the last two games. Well, stop feeling good.
The Packers went back to their usual offensive buffoonery on Sunday. They didn’t run the ball, despite Ty Montgomery being available and averaging 7.6 per on the seven rushes he did attempt. Rodgers returned to his inaccurate ways, most notably missing long on a number of deep balls. The Packers put up just 10 in the first half and had just 13 points until what was essentially garbage time.
The Colts were up 31-13 before Rodgers & Co. decided to try and stage a rally.
Clearly, the Packers’ defense wasn’t able to do enough either.
Even though they held both Andrew Luck (23-of-36 for 281, 1 TD, 2 INT) and Frank Gore (19 for 60, 2 TDs) in check, they couldn’t help but give up big plays in key moments.
Despite his two picks, Clinton-Dix largely sealed the Packers’ fate when he missed a sure sack on Luck on 3rd-and-10 from the Colts’ 25 with 3:19 left. If Clinton-Dix, who came on a blitz, makes that play, the Colts punt and Rodgers has a shot for the win down five.
Instead, Clinton-Dix fails to wrap up and Luck hits Jack Doyle for 20 yards.
That was pretty much the game in a microcosm.
The Packers allowed the Colts to convert enough third downs (7-14) and they themselves were anemic in the same situation (4-12).
This is what mediocre teams do, though. And the Green Bay Packers have proven themselves to be exactly that at this point.
Thanks for the summary Monty…
Glad I missed this one sittin on Napili Beach, Maui…..
Sounds like a what has become standard choke act. Vikings doing Packers favor w chokes of their own.
Looking forward to reading PF4L’s comments..
Seems like most are in a state of shock over this. I won’t say i saw it coming, but i’m not surprised by this performance in the least. We’ve seen this movie before haven’t we? I’ll let everyone vent this one out of their system. Then we can discuss what this means, what’s next and what’s left. I don’t know about ya’ll, but i sure do appreciate the Packers showing that they might have wanted to win ( at least for about 6 minutes in the 4th quarter).
11/06/2016 at 12:01 pm from the prediction article……
But i will say this. If the Packers lose to two of the NFL’s weakest defenses 2 weeks in a row, the shit should hit the fan. My gut feeling is the Packers squeak out a victory like they did against the Jaquars but i wouldn’t bet my house on it.
Take the over.
I think I’m giving up. This was supposed to be the most complete team since 2010, now 4-4. Un-f******-REAL. Packers lost to a bad team today.
And like Al I have long defended MM, but I think I am officially done. This buffoon just keeps to his stubborn ways even if it means losing. Ive said that MM is a brilliant offensive coordinator but a downright terrible coach and I have officially reached my boiling point. He must be gone.
And my number 1 frustration is that every year it feels like the Packers are capable of just so much more. This year is different but only because its even worse.
I think that 2010 team started 4-4 as well. Not saying the packers are winning the super bowl by any means, because the way this current squad is playing, they won’t make the playoffs much less the super bowl.
Lost to a BAD team
Yep. Nail on the head
All other losses were understandable… but not today
That was garbage
There was absolute no fucking reason to lose today. Colts are a below average team, we were at home, our offense was finally sparking, and on top of it we were the healthiest we’ve been since week 1. Almost all the elements pointed in our favor, but fat Mike fell back into his old bad habits and started bombing in 60 yards instead of just trying to get the first down. Ron Zook and Dom Capers refused to win this game at all costs. This team is capable of a lot more than the utter crap we saw today. and that’s what’s most frustrating of all. MM will just never change.
I stand behind DC’s schemes today
Rodgers has an attitude, clay Matthews has quit & special teams blows… Crosby missing another field goal against Indy…what else is new?
I understand what you mean, statistically speaking Dom’s defense did fine, but they couldn’t get the job done when they most needed to. That 96 yard drive was one of the most painful things I’ve ever had to see, it was like watching someone die by a thousand paper cuts, one little cut at a time. It was just AGONIZING!. And then they couldn’t stop them in the final 3 minutes of the game and they were just so damn close! Plus I don’t remember the Colts punting too many times. And just one more thing, the D could not pressure Andrew Luck at all.
It’s time for Mike McCarthy to go (and Ted Thompson for that matter). It’s painstakingly obvious that he’s not the right man to lead this team to a Super Bowl — he’s barely led them passed the first round in the playoffs (which is another story all together). His failure to produce with arguably the most talented QB in the game is inexcusable and has finally come to a breaking point, he needs to go.
Ted Thompson, much like he did with Brett Favre, has failed to provide his All Pro QB with adequate weapons. Can we finally stop talking about Jordy Nelson as if he’s back — he’s not, he’s slow and creates very little separation. He’s no longer a sure-fire WR1 in an offense that’s built on the deep ball. Richard Rodgers and Don Jackson getting their numbers called is on McCarthy but why in the FUCK are either of these two on an NFL roster? Ty Montgomery is clearly a capable back — why is this offense wasting plays with a practice squad player and running it with a full-back? Mediocre talent across the board on offense. Rodgers has been off but the playmakers on this team are nonexistent.
It’s time to make changes — it’s past the point of no return with Mike McCarthy. He’s proven he’s not capable of leading a team with the best QB in the game anywhere but down. Take Aaron Rodgers away from this team (like you did in 2013) and this franchise is arguably comparable to Cleveland with how bad McCarthy runs this team.
* Where the hell is the usage of Ty Montgomery on offense? Why is Don Jackson getting carries?
* If Randall Cobb is healthy enough to run Red Zone package plays — why can’t he play on others throughout the game?
* Why the hell is Ted Thompson added another castoff RB to the mix with Joquie Bell? What the fuck is this all about? How about adding a DB to this defense? LaDaruius Gunter is fucking horrible!
* Did Jared Cook’s ankle fall off — he needs to play next week regardless of how he feels — Richard Rodgers is a liability on every play
* Jeff Janis just proved to the entire world why he doesn’t play. Enough said. That drop arguably cost Green Bay the game
Time for change. Vote to fire Mike McCarthy. It’s time.
Lol. Are you really blaming this game on McCarthy for giving Don Jackson 4 carries? They seemed like mostly positive plays, he averaged 4 ypc. If anything I don’t think he has been given enough opportunities.
What DB is he honestly going to add to the mix at this point? Jesus Christ do you even think before going on these diatribes? It is week 9 of the season, there aren’t going to nfl starting quality corners walking on the street. Not his fault that they have been missing their top three corners. But hey, TT should just call a big name like Ronde Barber and offer him a contract! Or, better yet, trade a first round pick for Revis! LET’S DO THIS!
I’m blaming McCarthy for the entire loss you fucking moron — Don Jackson averaged 4.0 per/carry — and Montgomery averaged almost 8 you fucking idiot. Yes, let’s give Don Jackson 4 more carries than Montgomery — WASTED PLAYS. Let’s get Ripkowski 2 plays — for a total of 6 wasted plays on offense, not to mention the atrocity of ridiculous play calling for another week.
Get a fucking clue and make a solid point — otherwise go away. Your not respected on this board. You serve zero purpose — your not even comical to listen to. Go away.
I come to Total Packers just to see people go off the reservation and lose their minds.
I did just make a solid point you filthy little worm. You mix two different running styles together. A slashing, elusive guy like Montgomery, and a physical bruising back like Jackson. By your logic, Sean Payton wasted 18 offensive plays by giving Tim Hightower the ball on 18 plays when he averaged a little over 3 ypc and didn’t give those carries to Mark Ingram who was averaging over 10 ypc. Go choke on an ibex cock inside an active volcano.
IM WITH YOU ABOUT THOMPSON AND THE SO CALLED HEAD COACH. THIS TEAM IS FREAKING HORRIBLE. LETS GET A CAPABLE GM, WHO WILL BRING IN SOME GREAT PLAYERS, AND A HEAD COACH WHO THINKS HE KNOWS IT ALL. I HATE SEEING THIS TEAM LOSE. YOU HAVE MY VOTE. FIRE THE HEAD COACH AND HE CAN TAKE THOMPSON WITH HIM.
I cast my vote to FIRE those ass-clowns years ago after The Seattle Championship game debacle. but this is The Packers Organization!! they Fucking do nothing.
They should have fired McCarthy and Capers after the handshake. Pagano would be the worst coach in the league if it wasn’t for McCarthy. He is so incompetent it is painful to watch it whether you’re a Green Bay fan or not. I’d take Ray Rhodes back for the rest of this season.
Looks like the Packer collective schadenfreude at the Vikings loss was interrupted by their own loss at home. Crazy man. Vikes are half a game up on Detroit but the Lions have the tie breaker if it evens. The Lions are half a game up on the Packers but the Packers have the tie breaker if it evens up. As is. On the Lions bye week if the Packers win and the Vikings lose… heck, I don’t even know.
Football is just incredible. What a ride.
Just to correct Monty:
Semi-correction 1= if you include “hidden yardage” of penalty yards, punt/kick off, and turnover return yardage — which you really should because a yard is a yard is a yard — then the Colts did out gain the Packers.
Semi-correction 2= Winning the time of possession really isn’t worth mentioning when it is won 30:03 to 29:57… In fact, if the Colts did not run back the opening kick off for a TD they would have won the time of possession… and maybe lost the game as a result….
Semi-correction 3= Personally, I would not say that allowing Luck 281 yards was holding him in check though you can make the argument I guess due to 2 interceptions.
What is really weird is that the Vikes also won the time of possession (in regulation — they never got the ball in OT), the turnover battle, out gained the Lions (any way measured), and held Stafford in check with 219 yards — and also lost.
Full correction = Colts were ahead 24-10 at the half, not 20-10.
In Viking news the Vikings offensive line allowed only 2 sacks on 40 pass attempts to the Packers great offensive line allowing 3 sacks on 43 attempts. Our pass game improved and our run game improved. Some still claim Norv Turner quit — buying the implausible story hook, line, and sinker as if they were born yesterday (Rob Born, Piffle). Thus branding Norv as a quitter and traitor to the team and his own son and traitor to his coach who hired him and had eye surgery less than 24 hours before Turner “quit”. Others see through the smoke and see it was a termination. Well, whether a #31 coordinator was terminated or cowardly quit, the team is obviously better off without him.
Inter-rivalry stat of the day: Bradford attempted 3 fewer passes than Rodgers but completed 5 more. Against a better defense than the Colts.
PS Packer fungus in third place……
Hey Killer you must have a friggin sad life – Trolling site of an NFL team you don’t support to give “semi” corrections of an excellent game analysis..
Do you honestly think anyone read beyond “Looks like the Packer …..”
Who you trying to impress by using “Schadenfreude” …? I can only imagine you plucked it off an E.Wolf commentary on this site ….
Get a life dude…
Speaking of, when is that pedantic gasbag going to post a manifesto blaming this loss on Favre?
ICEBALLS, you sound upset. What’s wrong?
Not sure icebowl is upset, sounds like he calmly made some observations.
Is this really the most effective way to deal with your autism, Killer?
It’s not like everybody didn’t know the packers were going to lose this game. After the mother fucking vikings imploded and gave the packers a chance to tie for first in the division it was all but inevitable that they totally shit the bed in a marquee game at home. This team is a total dumpster fire. TT and the MM’s need to hit the road… their time has come and gone. Also, if sissy boy clay (cutler) matthews cant seem to get on the field but has plenty of time to make fucking commercials, why are we wasting our time keeping him? that goes for discount double interceptions too. TIME TO CLEAN HOUSE AND GET BACK TO WINNING. P.S. why don’t we go ahead and see what Hundley can do in the garbage (we already blew the game) time? might light a fire under mr. pussywhipped’s whiney bitch ass.
Bring the trainer guy back. We all know he isnt pussy whipped. He misses his bf… and i dont care. What the guy does in his own time isnt my business.
About those commercials, it really pisses me off to hear Matthews say “I’m the best” (Verizon), and that Rodgers and Matthews yelling that “no one comes to this house without paying the price” (some insurance company). It they had any dignity, they would refuse to make those kinds of commercials until their play backs their talk up. Even crappy teams come to “this house” and they don’t even pay respect.
Bears and Vikings fans had to be laughing their butts off with those commercials.
The bears are 2-6, the vikings lost 3 straight and reality is smacking them in the face.. Those 2 teams don’t have room to laugh at anyone.
And no, the 5 point difference is not a good indicator. The very nice scoring drive was during garbage time, where crappy teams loosen it up and let the other team back in the game. We do this one very often, who are we kidding with the “oh, but the offense clicked really well in the second half”. The Colts allowed us to make the game more interesting, like we often do when teams come back on us.
Funny, if Clinton Dix actually makes the sack, instead of trying to hug Luck, then is isn’t garbage time.
Kato you piece of shit.. try not to be such a dumb fuck..we shouldn’t be in this predicament I the first place. We should have kept hayward this year and house the year before
Lol, ok? Hayward was nothing but a mediocre corner that couldn’t tackle, hadn’t been a playmaker in years, and can’t play outside. He is strictly a slot corner. I don’t necessarily disagree with you about House. I do believe that was a mistake, a big physical corner is not an easy find. Either way, this team came into the season with cornerback group being a position of strength. Shields was a solid #1, Rollins graded out very high in PFF ratings, and Randall had a solid rookie year.
Dude — nobody wants to hear you talk on here anymore. Take a clue and take a fucking hike. You know nothing about football. Your lack of intelligence is frightening. You’ve yet to make one solid point in any post. Delete your account and go get lost in the woods where you belong.
yup the packers really played like shit. The only good that can come out of this is a 6 and 10 season and then some heads to roll after the last game. The coaching staff needs to go along with TT. After 10 years with one of the best QB in the league and only one Super Bowl appearance it’s TIME FOR A CHANGE.
MM did not have this team ready to play. This loser mentality started last year in the preseason and MM doubled down this off season and preseason. It is clear the leaders of the team feel like the team can go into a season and perform just enough to get to the playoffs HEALTHY. This team is in fear of injury, and are going to extreme measures to ensure a healthy playoff team. Maybe it will work but not on this day.
The teams game plan today was to do just enough to win without taking any risks with injuries. Well that does not happen in the NFL when you are playing against other professionals. I point to Cobb first. Why was Cobb sitting on the bench the first half. Because MM felt the game was going to be won without Cobb. No need to put Cobb at added risk when you are just going to grace the field with your teams presence and win. So if Cobb was not healthy enough to play in the first half, what sort of miracle occurred to allow second half play. Not a damn thing. MM felt Cobb would not be needed so just save him for a future more important game. Same goes for Matthews no need to suit up and play when the game will be won by the shear presence of the green and gold and their genius head coach. As a head coach you do not tell players to suit up but don’t worry about playing because we are going to save you for more important games or if we need you later. That is a losers mentality. Other players see that and even if they think they are prepared and ready to play they really are not playing to their full potential, because this is a clear win, just look who is sitting and the actions of our fearless leader in having a suited player sit. I believe MM and some others believe this team can just flip that switch on later and have a healthy playoff team. What genius. The only problem is it doesn’t do a lot of good finishing the season with a healthy team that is not in the playoffs.
This team is not a physically dominate team on offense or defense it is all finesse. This team will not impose their will on another team. You do not win in the NFL unless you are physical. Just look at Rollins walking at least one or two receivers to the sideline. He should have came up and drilled those receivers. Should have been pulled. Another DB I believe did not touch down a colt receiver in the middle of the field they just looked at the guy on the ground and walked away. Half ass performance all around. No physical presence, no emotion, no leadership, no direction, just smoke and mirrors.
Excellent points esp. regarding Cobb. MM believed the BS points spread and thought he could coast. His interview at halftime showed him to be completely shell-shocked.
To lose to a strong team like Dallas at home is ok (for now)
To lose to the ViQueens on the road in a home opener is understandable with their defense
To lose to Atlanta on the road in a dome & show heart was admirable
To lose to Ryan Gigson, Chuck Pagano, Irsay & the lousy, loser colts at home is inexcusable. Minny just handed you the division & you took a dump
Clay Matthews is a pussy & keep maken commercials with fat turd Lacy
Special Teams lost today
& Rodgers acts like a pissy b*tch all week, every week
I hate this…we’re better this. We’re waaaaay better than the Colts & we have a top offensive line too. Hard to believe, eh?
We are uninspired garbage
It feels wrong to say this, but seriously – I really hope the Vikings win the division, and I hope they win it handily. If those choke artists hand us another division win, it doesn’t matter how shitty we are – McCarthy and Ted aren’t going anywhere. And as long as those two dickbags are running the show, Rodgers won’t be getting back to the Super Bowl.
Not sure why you would want the Vikings winning the NFC North handily if you don’t think it would change MM or TT job status. But you have a every right to your opinion. Personally, if the Packers can’t win it, i’d rather see Detroit over the Bears or vikings. (if i had to pick).
Regarding TT and MM. Personally, i believe the Packers current self destruction, going on 2 years here, will affect their job status dramatically. Not only that, it will effect them personally. The reason being….TT and MM have been sitting on their high horse for years, not allowing themselves to be questioned, or held accountable. But the reality of losing 2 consecutive seasons changes the rules.
I will not write a long drawn out novel tonight describing how losing will effect them and their positions, but make no mistake, it will effect them.
Good point, needs to happen, but who’s gonna fire these guys, Mark Murphy ? IMO He’s just one of the gang…
I guess thats one of the problems of having a “publicly-owned” team… All the other privately owned teams in NFC North have quickly replaced coaches over recent years for not getting it done….
I just don’t know if there is a mechanism in place to easily facilitate that in Green Bay…
You didn’t understand Salazar’s post. He said that if the Vikings end up yielding the division (as a gift to us?), then we get to the playoffs (to be “one and done” again), and McCarthy and TT are not going anywhere (“see? we made the playoffs with all these injuries, we are above reproach”). His idea is that NOT reaching the playoffs has more chances of bringing in some change.
Affect x 3.
MMTTDCSUCK I really am begging you could you please sign this petition (http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/fire-mike-mccarthy) as MMTTDCSUCK because me, you and PackAttack are so fucking sock of McHippo and we would like to see that son of a bitch fired. MMTTDCSUCK if you can sign the petition and reply back that would be great.
Signed . . . with verve.
MMTTDCSUCK what name did you signed the petition as?
Guys! I really want to use a better name, I really do. This name is shitty. Just like the shitty brain trust in Green Bay. But we all must have an outlet to say (or write) what we feel . . . What Green Bay needs is a GM like Theo Epstein. And a coach like Maddon. I know! this is asking for too much, but these fucking fucks that have been masquerading as REAL FOOTBALL MINDS for the last 10 years or so in Green Bay have nearly ruined any future for Rodgers. Not to mention the latent realization that the fans will feel when they finally get the fact that they have been duped for years that these three fucks are not that good. Rodgers and a few players have helped to buoy this team annually . . . and they have now been burned out because of it. That smiling fake President Mark Murphy needs to grow a set of balls and fire these charlatans NOW. Go PACK GO! fire those three (MMTTDC) posers ASAP so that I can change this fucking name to something decent . . .
If i may……..And i write this post with a smile in good nature. But you really do have to change that shitty name. A lot of times i don’t address you because i don’t want to type out that shitty name in caps.
P. S. The smiling ginger has to go also, he’s a do nothing, collect a huge paycheck waste. He should be selling parking passes. Not pretending to be the President of an NFL team.
You do realize Maddon made some terrible managing decisions in game 7 of the world series right? Epstein is special. Guys like that don’t go on trees, and the chances of getting someone like that are slim to none. Plus he had the advantage of picking toward the top of the draft a few times and inherited some guys like Baez from the previous regime. It is a dream scenario and would be alright though if you could make it happen. Are you a cubs or brewers fan?
Both, And Epstein did the same in Boston. Maddon is a great coach, I do agree with you on a few of his calls during the World Series. But I have watched him over the years, he is a dynamic coach who is a players coach and one that thinks out of the box.
Thanks for sharing dude….
Thinking of changing to BackInThe80s…
Satisfaction is the death of desire.
Kato….just FYI…Casey hayward 41 tackles 5 picks through week 9….ummmm yea
Um, he hasn’t put up numbers like that since his rookie year. Either an aberration or the defensive system in San Diego suits his talents better. Happens all the time. Julius Peppers had just ok numbers with the bears, came here, did very well his first couple of years. Ryan Grant toiled away in New York and ended up being real solid with the packers. I will just stop there.
Both Rodgers and McCarthy believe in a big play making offense, not dink and dunk. They don’t believe that a short passing game will win them anything.
McCarthy and Rodgers were forced to play a short passing game the last few weeks and it worked well, but it’s not their offensive philosophy.
I think they figured the big strike offense would work well against Colts so they opened it up again.
Guys come on lets sign this petition to get McHippo fired add your signature and comment. We need 100 signatures. McCarthy is so fucking stupid he has no fucking brain. We would like to receive 100 signatures on this petition so we need more supporters like PackAttack to sign it. Regards!
Oh and once you guys sign the petition please reply.
To all those hoping for McCarthy to get fired, be patient. He’ll get fired.
I don’t see the Packers winning more than 2-3 games the rest of the season. A 6-10 or 7-9 record gets McCarthy fired. Thompson may “retire” too as he will have to rebuild a team with zero running backs, zero tight ends, no punter, no shut down corner, weak receivers, a defensive line that lost Peppers and Perry, and a quarterback who has a reputation as being uncoachable.
If the “uncoachable” QB you are referring to is the same QB that started for the Packers from 08 – present and accomplished what he has. I’ll take uncoachable all day long.
Have you noticed Rodgers has been sitting by himself a lot lately? I noticed it yesterday. It seemed as if anytime they showed Rodgers on the sideline he was by himself or with a coach . . . no players anywhere near him. Coincidence? Perhaps, but I doubt it. Something is up, it is getting strained and ugly in Packerland. I blame Buffoon and TT and DC.
Mccarthy needs to go for 1 reason…… his stupid fucking punt in the 4th. I was a bit drunk but i believe it was 4th and 6 or so…… they punt the fucking ball….. the colts go down to score. I pissed the entire bar off when I said 2 things yesterday:
#1- The colts defense sucks….. look for them to have one of their better games. They did fine minimizing the score.
#2- If the Packers punt the colts will score and they will win.
Just ok numbers with the bear??? Get the fuck out of here
Do some research before you make comments that prove your an idiot.
Also grant was a practice squad player in NY never even played a snap untill green bay.
I’m also calling bullshit on you high school football coach claim.
I told you one game after his apointment Zook was’nt going to last long because he has no clue.
I was wrong of course albeit not about having no clue.
I mean what was it Janis running on the out side with that kick off?
But I’m relaxed lately and I know that Mad Murphy, Fat Burger and the Stif
are singing in chorus:
Jai Guru Deva, om
Nothing’s going to change my world
Nothing’s going to change my world
Nothing’s going to change my world
Nothing’s going to change my world
Yeah the Pittsburgh fan base warned us about Zook (avg 20th in ST in three years).
Now thats funny Z… !!!!
TT “The Frugal GM” enough said.