First of all, Merry Christmas. If you’re reading this then that probably means you have nothing going on today like me or that you’re sick of your family.
Either way, whiskey is probably the answer.
Hey, nice early Christmas present yesterday. The Packers handled those dirtbag Minnesota Vikings and will now get the Detroit Lions for the NFC North.
Who would have thought that five weeks ago?
Here are five more thoughts worth discussion from the Packers’ 38-25 over the Vikings.
Done with Damarious Randall?
The Green Bay Packers benched Damarious Randall last week. We assumed they’d send a message and return Randall to his starting cornerback spot against Minnesota. They did not. The Packers went with LaDarius Gunter and Quinten Rollins outside and Micah Hyde in the slot. That’s not really ideal, as Rollins is much better suited for the slot. Of course, as bad as Randall has been this season, I guess it’s worth it to keep him off the field at all costs. Unfortunately, Gunter’s injury pushed Randall back out there. The severity of that injury will say something about whether he stays there. Randall did knock down two passes on Saturday, so it wasn’t all bad.
During the preseason, at least three of us wondered if Geronimo Allison might get a roster spot over Trevor Davis or even Davante Adams. In hindsight, he obviously wasn’t beating out Adams. However, Allison is now clearly the Packers’ No. 4 receiver, ahead of both Davis and Jeff Janis. With Randall Cobb out, Allison was the No. 3 and caught four for 66 yards. He also clearly has the trust of Aaron Rodgers. That should not only keep him around, but in the rotation going forward.
They Like Joe Thomas
We’ve had issues with linebacker Joe Thomas. He’s really good in coverage, but he’s too often seen getting pushed backwards or run over in run defense. The Packers apparently don’t have any issue with that though. Even though Blake Martinez has been healthy enough to play, the Packers have stuck with Thomas. They’ve even gone with Thomas over Jake Ryan at times. On Saturday, Thomas led the Packers with 10 tackles. I guess they’ve decided they’ll take Thomas’ coverage and let the chips fall where they may with the run. The Packers’ offense and their ability to score points likely has a lot to do with that.
Career Day, Part II
When the Packers met the Vikings the first time this year, Stefon Diggs put up a career day — 10 catches, 182 yards and a touchdown. The Packers held Diggs to four catches for 29 yards this time around. So they learned their lesson right? Nope! This time, the Packers’ secondary let the Vikings’ No. 2 receiver, Adam Thielen, post a career day — 12 catches, 202 yards and two touchdowns. The Packers’ secondary is GARBAGE!
No Rushing, No Matter
The Packers didn’t really need the running game on Saturday. They handed it off just 13 times. The interesting thing was the Vikings kept biting on play action, which opened up the passing game. What I have to wonder is if opposing defenses will continue to honor the run when Mike McCarthy seemingly has no intention of actually running the ball anymore. That performance by Ty Montgomery against the Bears will probably be an anomaly rather than something we can expect on a regular basis. And if that becomes the case, it could really slow down the passing game.