Five More Thoughts On Packers’ 27-24 Loss To Seahawks
This is one of my favorite Alice In Chains songs. It also epitomizes the Green Bay Packers 2018 season for all intents and purposes.
Layne Staley is my second favorite vocalist ever, but I wonder how much heroin he was on there. Looks like a hell of a lot.
Anyway, the pertinent line in that song is this. Well, it’s all gone wrong.
And with that established, let’s get the hell on with it.
Running Game… Hell…
Aaron Jones took the Miami Dolphins and mrah’ed them the fuck down last week. He did so for 145 yards. Gotta ride that guy on the road, right? Not if you’re Gravy Head. Jones got all of 11 carries. At least it was fairly even, I guess. Jones had six of those carries in the first half and five in the second half. So, great. Jones was under-utilized as a runner throughout the game. At least the mastermind Fat Mike is consistent in his buffoonery. The Packers ran the ball a total of 13 times against Seattle. One of those runs was courtesy of Aaron Rodgers. You want balanced offense, go elsewhere!
No Receivers Stepped Up
Randall Cobb was out. Jimmy Graham left early after he got hurt. And that was pretty much it. Davante Adams had a monster game, going off for 166 yards on 10 catches. The Packers second-leading receiver was running back Aaron Jones, who had 63 yards on five catches and a touchdown. The only other guy who had more than one catch was tight end Lance Kendricks. Two catches for 12 yards. Aaron Rodgers had a nice game on paper, throwing for 332 yards, but we all saw the underthrows and missed opportunities. And it obviously didn’t help that none of his young receivers were able to do anything.
The Guards Suck
The Seahawks had five sacks on the night. They came from some guys both of us have never heard of — Austin Calitro, Frank Clark, Rasheem Green, Jarran Reed and Jacob Martin. Not Bobby Wagner, Shaquill Griffin or Barkevious Mingo. I haven’t rewatched the tape, but I would bet those nobodies beat either Lane Taylor or Byron Bell to get those sacks. Because the Packers guards are shit. I recall one play where Rodgers got sacked and both of those clowns appeared to run into each other and fall down. I get it. You don’t want to invest big money in guards, but at least find someone serviceable.
Gashed On The Ground
The Packers defense played well enough for the most part. Except against the run. They were consistently gashed when Seattle ran the ball. A lot of injuries happened, sure. However, the Packers gave up 173 yards on the ground. They gave up runs of 30, 15, 12 and 10… to four different players. Granted, the 12-yard run was to Russell Wilson, but there’s 55 yards to another murders’ row of Rashaad Penny, Chris Carson and Mike Davis.
Hey, Kyler Fackrell!
Out of any Packers defender, this is the guy that needs to be singled out. No Nick Perry? Long hair, don’t care! Fackrell was a badass motherfucker on Thursday night. Six tackles, four for loss, three sacks, four QB hits. Perry, who is always injured, appears to be a lost cause. Another Big Ted mistake with an albatross of a contract. We have been blasting Fackrell as a bust for two years. Not anymore. Dude has gotten his shot this year and he’s killing it. More so than our boy Reggie Gilbert. More so than Clay Matthews or Perry. Might be time to sit Perry for a while so he can rub the appropriate amount of dirt on whatever is ailing him and get back in there. Fackrell has eight sacks on the season, by the way, to lead the Packers.