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LaFleur Put on a Play Call Clinic Versus the Falcons

In what surely was Coach Matt LaFleur’s best play calling since his arrival in Green Bay, the Packers had the Falcon’s defense guessing wrong all Monday evening. Below are just four of the dozen or so play calls that fooled or distracted the Falcon’s defense all game long.

1st Qtr, no score, 11:28, 1st and 10 at ATL 29

Shotgun snap, with FB Lovett on Rodgers’ left and Aaron Jones on his right, but the distraction consists of Malik Taylor racing backwards in motion and looping around the left side well behind the line of scrimmage. With perfect timing, Rodgers fakes the pass to Taylor, but he’s already handed the ball to Jones, who uses a Bakhtiari block to quickly get into open space down the middle. With the defensive backs drawn toward Taylor, Jones rambles for 23 yards, down to the ATL 6-yard line. Two plays later, Taylor, with Jones stacked behind him, draws both defenders, and Jones takes the easy toss and strolls into the end zone with the game’s first score. The Packers have now scored on their first offensive possession in all four games this season.

2nd Qtr, Packers lead 27-16, 00:58, 4th and 2 at ATL 28

Packers were already in field goal territory, but LaFleur wants more. Three receivers are stacked to the left side, Rodgers fades back, There’s good blocking by Jamaal and Bakhtiari, as the play took an extra second to develop. Malik Taylor cuts toward the middle of the field, hesitates, then reverses directions and heads over to the left flank. Easy pass to Malik, who was really the play’s only option, and who’s open by eight yards. Malik even managed to get out of bounds, stopping the clock. Robert Tonyan catches a TD pass on the next play. On a fourth down, the Falcons weren’t expecting a critical throw to go to a guy without any prior NFL catches.

4th Qtr, Packers lead 13-3, 11:32, 2nd and 4 at GB 42

Run formation, Rick Wagner reports in as an eligible receiver, and stacked to the right are Malik Taylor and Marquez Valdes-Scantling. Rodgers fakes to Aaron Jones, crossing to the left, and quick screens to MVS, who has dropped back a step. Taylor gets a block on one defender. MVS starts wide, then makes an impressive quick cut up field, resulting in a first down with two yards to spare. Good effort by Falcon CB Sheffield, but a better one-on-one move by MVS. The drive resulted in a 48-yard field goal by Mason Crosby, his 25th consecutive FG under 50 yards.

4th Qtr., Packers lead 30-16, 3:24, 3rd and 1 at GB 34

Packers are in run mode, with FB Lovett and Aaron Jones in I-formation behind Rodgers. Tonyan motions and resets on the right side of the line. The two backs head right on what looks like a classic power sweep, or student body right – except for Tonyan, who delays slightly and then heads to the left side. He’s all by himself, goes for 20 easy yards, and stays in bounds to keep the clock running. Rodgers was all grins after this bit of deception, as this play and first down sealed the win.

Packers coach Matt LaFleur speaks with QB Aaron Rodgers

Oct 5, 2020; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Green Bay Packers head coach Matt LaFleur talks with quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) during the fourth quarter against the Atlanta Falcons at Lambeau Field.Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

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  1. Ferris October 11, 2020

    Wait as minute…I thought that surprise handing it to the fullback every time from the 1 yard line was a play calling clinic from an offensive genius/highly successful football coach.
    Just like the Cowboys now. Bazillion dollar RB Zeke has not had a 100 yard game. 96,89,34,54.
    McCarthy…stealing money since 2014.

  2. PF4L October 11, 2020

    Well fuck me Cynthia Frelund…it’s GAME DAY.
    The Falcons allow 34.5 PPG. So congrats to LeFleur, and the 3 other coaches.
    We know that Julio Jones is out this week after coming back to play against the Packers. Which, he then left the game further injuring his hamstring. He came back too soon. “The Falcons didn’t look at the big picture”…i said last week.
    I WAS WRONG……..This is the Falcons, the big picture is trying to win their first game.
    But ..again, i think the Packers were wise to sit Adams, whether he liked it or not.
    PSA: NO more positive Covid test….GDI!!

  3. PF4L October 11, 2020

    Has anyone heard anything about Kirksey’s neck/bicep/back/core/shoulder/pectoral injury yet?

    1. Kato October 11, 2020

      Nope. Red China

  4. PF4L October 11, 2020

    Bell agrees with Falcons’ caution with Julio Jones. Stephania Bell believes the Falcons made the right choice in making Julio Jones inactive after he suffered a hamstring injury Monday against the Packers.
    Caution? She agree’s?…really? Being an “expert” she should have disagreed with them for activating him last week. She gets paid for this?
    Go get some more “work done” cookie.

  5. Kato October 11, 2020

    Watching the Steelers and Iggles game, and supposed star safety Minkah Fitzpatrick had a tackle attempt that was highly reminiscent of the Tramp Williams school of tackling. Anyone that watches the NFL week to week knows that the struggles of defenses isn’t limited to the Packers, and there is an epidemic of piss poor tackling and terrible angles in the NFL.

    1. Kato October 12, 2020

      Just noticed autocorrect mistake- Tramon Williams*

  6. PF4L October 11, 2020

    Well….congrats are in order. The Raiders beat the Chiefs. An undefeated team bites the dust
    In news closer to home. If the SeaChickens lose tonight against the queens, the Packers will stand alone tonight as the only undefeated team in the NFC.
    I know , i know…..not bloody likely. Just sayin.

  7. Kato October 11, 2020

    Former Packers great Kyler Fackrell with the pick six!

    1. PF4L October 11, 2020

      Oh man…lol
      Could you imagine, the Boys losing to the Giants?
      Mike Nolan would probably want to freshen up his resume.

      1. PF4L October 11, 2020

        Just watched it…that pass was a bit high, but that was a lazy ass attempt by Elliot.
        Fackrell…right place, right time.

  8. PF4L October 11, 2020

    Steelers….Chase Claypool…2nd round pick 2020….6’4″ 238#
    7 Rec…110 yards, 4 TD’s, 1 rushing.
    Not bad for a rook wide receiver in his 4th NFL game.
    Is the Saints Michael Thomas a problem child?

  9. Kato October 11, 2020

    Well, today is a prime example of why players seek to get as much guaranteed money as possible. Hopefully Dak Prescott will be able to resume his career

    1. PF4L October 11, 2020

      Yea…i don’t like or dislike him, but you see that and you wish the best for the guy. I’m sure he’ll go through some painful rehab, he’s young and strong, i have faith he’ll be ok, but you just never know..

  10. PF4L October 11, 2020

    Observation(s)…because sometimes stupid needs to brought up.
    As Prescott was transported back to the medical room, Tracy Wolfson reported that there is a ambulance available if Dak had to go to the hospital. Ummm….yea…really pumkin?,
    I don’t think he was gonna wait till after the game and then maybe go to urgent care.
    After the start of the 4th quarter one of the announcer’s said Tracy Wolfson had an update on Prescott’s injury. She comes on and announces he has a right ankle injury. ………..NO SHIT?….here i thought it was his index finger….thanks for clearing that up mole face.
    Holy Shit

    1. Kato October 11, 2020

      Lol yeah I love our reporting. Obviously you don’t want to report anything that isn’t true, but in this case, seeing a foot pointing the wrong way, an air cast being put on his lower leg, and him in obvious pain and being emotional, it is obvious that it was a serious injury and likely a compound fracture.
      I kind of like him, probably would like him more as a football player if he wasn’t a filthy cowboys player. He has been through a lot, especially in the last year since his brother committed suicide earlier this year and dealt with subsequent depression.

  11. Deepsky October 11, 2020

    La Fleur is not a genius. He doesn’t even have the top offense in the league. Too bad the Packers don’t have the top play caller of the league. The coach with the top offense in the league. Mike Mccarthy!!! Even with a backup QB!!!

    1. Kato October 11, 2020


  12. Kato October 11, 2020

    The Vikings are doing their jobs tonight. I am sure lonely boy has gone through an entire box of kleenex already

  13. Kato October 12, 2020

    Bunch of Packers returning to practice, including Kamal Martin, Kenny Clark, Davante Adams, ESB, and Rashan Gary. I typically don’t like early byes but the Packers kind of needed it to heal up a bit. They have some tough ones coming up. I don’t see a single game that they can’t win (no I am not implying they go 16-0 as they will likely lay an egg at least one game, 12-4 is perfectly achievable)