One certainly got away from the Green Bay Packers in Los Angeles.
We’re through talking about Ty Montgomery and his fumble for the moment. There were some promising signs in this game. There was also some buffoonery by Buffoon himself, but what’s new?
You can say the Packers choked it away, but at the end of the day the Rams are 8-0 and the Packers are 3-3-1. If there was any good news on Sunday, it’s that the Minnesota Stinkings got throttled by the Saints. They’re only 4-3-1. So there’s that.
Now, on with it.
The Packers’ offense and the Packers’ defense were like oil and water on Sunday. The defense played great in the first half, giving up only seven points to the high-flying Rams. Meanwhile, the offense, which had plenty of opportunities, bogged down after scoring seven on their second drive. In the second half, the Rams turned it on, scoring 21 points on the Packers’ D. The Packers’ offense woke up too, putting up 17 points. The Packers’ defense played well enough to win the game, but if they could have continued what they did in the first half, it would have been no contest. Of course, if the Packers’ offense wouldn’t have been so lackluster in the first half — the second quarter was particularly garbage — it also would have been no contest. Can any unit play a full game for this Packers team? The answer appears to be no.
Third-Down Woes and Conservative Game Plans
The offense’s problem — or at least a major one — was converting on third down. The Packers were 2-for-9 on third down against the Rams. That’s a good solid 22 percent conversion rate. Hogshit. Who’s to blame?
You could say Gravy Head’s conservative first half game plan. Aaron Rodgers more or less said that. When asked about opening things up in the second half, Rodgers had this to say.
“Yeah, that’s on… that was Mike calling the plays. Obviously I call them in the two minute, but we decided to open things up a little bit in the second half and it was working.”
In other words, you first-half game plan was something akin to a steaming pile of crap, Mike.
Speaking of Buffoon
The most buffoonish call of the game came on the Packers second-to-last possession of the first half. The Rams had downed a punt inside the Packers’ 1-yard-line. At that point, the score was 10-0. Opening play of the drive, the Packers line up with everyone tight to the line. The Rams counter with nine across their line. Mind you, the Rams have arguably the best defensive line in football. Buffoon’s play call? Run right into the teeth of it. Safety. Rams drive to score seven after the ensuing free kick. 10-7. Momentum gone.
Not sure where Gravy Head got the idea that his offensive line could push the Rams defensive line off the ball, but it was one his most buffoonish ideas to date. Fittingly, the Packers lose by two.
He Did Get One Thing Right
What have we been saying all season? Aaron Jones is your starting running back. Well, lo and behold! Buffoon finally figured that out! Jones finally led all Packers running backs in snaps. He had 32. Amazingly, it’s the first time this season that has happened. Jamaal Williams had 13 snaps. Ty Montgomery had six. What did Jones do with those snaps? Exactly what he’s done since returning from his suspension. He tore the goddam defense apart. Jones had 12 carries for 86 yards and touchdown. That’s a 7.2 yard average, friends.
Surely, he’ll be Jamaal Williams’ No. 2 next week, though.
A Clay Matthews’ Sighting!
If you would have asked me where Clay Matthews has been this season, I would have told you he must be hanging out with Sasquatch. Then on Sunday in Los Angeles, we caught sight of the mythical beast. And I’m talking about Matthews, not Sasquatch.
The Packers were substituting their outside backers liberally in this game. Kyler Fackrell was the low man with 29 snaps, which is still a substantial number. So Matthews wasn’t out there perhaps as much as he’s accustomed to. Yet, he still turned in his best game of the season. Matthews had seven tackles, a sack and two QB hits. And that’s great, but we shouldn’t get too excited. Matthews was playing in his hometown on his college field. Of course he was going to turn in a good performance. It very well could be an aberration.
No one ever said we don’t travel well, but this was absurd. Some were saying it was 50/50. Some Rams fans said 60/40 and even 70/30 in favor of Packers fans in the Coliseum on Sunday. Packers fans took that motherfucker over.