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Packers Beat the Odds-Pull Out Victory Against Jaguars

Teams that lose the turnover battle usually don’t win in the NFL. Teams that give up a special teams touchdown usually don’t win on Sunday, either. Teams that do both in the same game? That stat just got blown up by the Packers in a 4th quarter comeback victory snatched out of the jaws of self-induced defeat.

Once again our Packer defense gave up a 100 yard performance to a running back at over 4.5 yards a carry. But this game had a yin for every yang, and it was the defense that sealed the victory with back to back sacks and a stop on 4th and 26, to end the game.

This game, a predicted blow out, was too close, and kept Packer fans on the edges of their couches until the last offensive Jaguar snap. That last snap was the Packer fan dreaded, “4th and 26”. Luckily, fate would not strike twice in 20 years against the Packers and that dreaded down and distance could stay a bubble of a bad memory for the Packer faithful.

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) passes the ball against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the first quarter of a Week 10 NFL game on Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020, at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis.

Many of the Packers stars had great and horrendous plays in this up and down game. Rogers threw a beautiful pass to Marquez Valdez-Scantling that turned into a 78 yard touchdown. He also ran for a touchdown for the first time this year. These beautiful highlight film moments were surrounded by missed opportunities on a number of third down passes. Add to that, Aaron was intercepted for the first time in 263 pass attempts at Lambeau Field.

Davante Adams caught a beautiful leaping touchdown grab and had another called back on a penalty, but he also dropped a third down catch to end an early drive and fumbled to set up the Jaguars in Green Bay territory. Hopefully, his ankle injury is not going to impact his abilities next week.

The “Smith Brothers” each had a sack and tackles for loss but also missed tackles and took themselves out of tackles with poor ball/runner awareness. Overall, the defense, playing without both starting corners, kept the passing game in check. Of course it helped that they faced a rookie QB making only his second NFL start.

Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Keelan Cole (84) is brought down by the Green Bay Packers defense in the first quarter Sunday, November 15, 2020, at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis. Dan Powers/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin

While every win should be celebrated in the NFL, the Packers special teams failure Sunday cannot be overlooked. How many years will we have this same conversation? Championship teams win in all phases of the game. While it seems like a skipping record to say it, the special teams, specifically the inconsistent punting and punting/kicking coverage teams, must improve.

As this Sunday comes to an end, the Packers still sit atop the NFC. While this win will not intimidate their upcoming opponents, it still keeps the Packers in the playoff conversation and will hopefully build a fire under the players to improve on today’s performance. And, the highlights of any win are still fun to watch.

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Paul Edwards

Paul Edwards is a lawyer, victim advocate, writer, and long term Packer fan and Packer history enthusiast.

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31 Comments

  1. Deepsky November 16, 2020

    Reviewing the game, the defense wasn’t that bad. Robinson has been running well lately. The problem with the team was the offensive line. The Jaguars defensive lineman were getting through every down and stopping the runners. Neither could get going and they only averaged 3.5 yards a carry to one of the worst defenses in the league.

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    1. PF4L November 16, 2020

      ^^^^^^^^^^

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  2. Mick November 16, 2020

    Ya, the offense had no continuity or fire. Spotty at best, they just couldn’t get things going and build momentum. The offense and special teams should buy dinner for the defense this week. In the end, the defense saved the Packers bacon. .However, let’s be realistic and accept that this defense has warts and now, in week 10; it isn’t any better than week 1. Very troubling! Except for Crosby, the special teams have been a sore spot for years. It still is!

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    1. PF4L November 16, 2020

      Uninspired play on offense…passes out wide at or behind the LOS, just to get buried by the Jags speed to arrive on time and tackle for little to zero gain.
      I can’t stand watching that dink and dunk shit. Reminds me of when Hundley was starting. Before the 78 yarder to MVS, i think Rodgers had about 28 yards or so passing.
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      The Packers had 4 flags, Except for Jacksons PI penalty, i think the other 3 were on the O line.
      Sans Elgton Jenkins, our O line makes enough money where they should be pancaking people………………or at least able to pick up a 4th and 18 G. Damn inches.

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  3. stiggy November 16, 2020

    The jags were a couple inches away from making the defense look terrible.

    On one play the packers secondary got roasted and the wind held up a ball for savage to make a play. But it was a perfect timing kinda thing cause savage didn’t bother looking back and has it not worked out perfectly would have been flagged for a pi on the 1 yard line. He got lucky he hit the ball he didn’t see coming

    On another potential td…the ball missed the wide out by an inch and would have been an easy td.

    Not to mention all the timely holding penalties the packers benefited from.

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  4. Mick November 16, 2020

    Other news! I just heard on the Pat McAfee show that Drew Brees has multiple fractures to ribs on both sides, and a collapsed right lung. Wow, Saints are 7 and 2, along with the Pack.

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  5. Ferris November 16, 2020

    Punt Return TD? Run run and run some more against one of the worst passing D’s in the NFL? They mailed it in including Coach Matty. They must have been hungover on game plan day. “Let’s get out there and beat this 1 win team, just draw shit up in the dirt.” Almost took a L for it.

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  6. Cheese November 16, 2020

    So apparently PFF has four Packer players rated #1 in the league at their position.
    Aaron Rodgers (1st of 37)
    Davante Adams (1st of 125)
    Corey Linsley (1st of 39)
    Jaire Alexander (1st of 120)
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    Rodgers, fair enough. Adams, numbers wise sure. Linsley, if that’s the case then he’s about to cash in big time from GB or somewhere else. Alexander, not sure where this is coming from but ok.

    https://sports.yahoo.com/pff-4-packers-players-ranked-204730365.html

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    1. SCPKRBKR November 19, 2020

      Yet the 23 million dollar man is not listed?

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  7. Howard November 16, 2020

    On the 4th and 26 I want to know who called the time out for the Packers? Was it LaFleur or Pettine? Maybe some analytic geek for the Packers reminded one or both that the Packers aren’t very efficient getting off the field (unless giving up a TD) when they only rush 3? It shouldn’t have been that far from anyone’s memory as it last occurred in the 3rd quarter of this game, on the Jags TD. It was wise after the timeout to put back in the 4th rusher on the 4th and 26.

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    1. PF4L November 17, 2020

      Good call….In my long term memory, good or bad as a Packer fan. I can’t recall when rushing 3, if that ever ended up in anything positive.

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  8. Mick November 17, 2020

    When Pettine was hired, one of his 1st pressers he said his. defense was going to be the aggressor. We are not going to let the opponent dictate to us how we play defense. We will be the enforcer. Well, in his 1st year he did fairly well with less talent than what he has now. Fast forward to 2020. This defense is soft, doesn’t tackle well, lacks discipline, LB’s not keeping gap control, and DL’men getting blown off the line of scrimmage on run plays. Well Big Mike, where’s ” the enforcer” in this scheme? Where’s the coaching? (ie tackling) Well, i guess my definition of aggressor— enforcer is a little different than his. Injuries aside, this defense should be showing improvement, but we’re not seeing it. As Howard stated above, adding the 4th rusher on 4th and 26 saved this game, or I believe; probably; the Jags pull this upset off.

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  9. PF4L November 17, 2020

    Vikings vs Bears…..2 thoughts……
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    Cook had 30 carries and 4 catches….when a defense can hold him to 112 yards, 0 TD’s, on 34 touches, you’ve done something.
    (Against Pettine’s defense…Cook had 32 touches for 226 yards, 4 TD’s.)
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    Not sure how the Bear defense stays motivated, knowing their offense can’t get out of their own way.

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  10. Mick November 17, 2020

    Ya, Bears defense is legit. Don’t look now, but the Vikes are sneaking back into the wild card picture.

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  11. PF4L November 17, 2020

    This….is why more resources have to be spent on the defense…COUGH, you can’t just draft offensive bench players with your top 3 picks and expect your defense to get better…COUGH
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    No matter how many hundreds of millions you spend on free agents….COUGH.
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    No matter how many years of top draft picks have been dedicated towards the defense……COUGH
    ………………………………………….
    Ok, i’ll try to be less sarcastic………
    Looking at the big picture…in 2 1/2 years under his defense….Pettine has 1 claim to fame, one area of serious improvement. That was reducing defensive scoring about 6 PPG in 2019, from 2018, his first year.
    The problem is, they lost that momentum and are back to their 2018 level of giving up 25 PPG this season.

    That’s one problem…..here’s the BIG problem……if they fire Pettine after this season (which they probably should), then what do you have? A two-three year adjustment period. Maybe one year, but that’s very, very rare. You then are continuing to rebuild. So….you wait, another waiting period. Bye Aaron
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    This could have been (avoided) advanced 1 or 2 years if LaFleur had his own guy he wanted to hire when he was made the head coach. but it CLEARLY wasn’t his decision.
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    If your sitting there…reading this, rolling your eyes, thinking…what’s next, is PF4L going to tell us this team is still broken?
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    You barely beat a 1-7 team at home. Another notch in the win column (?). After that showing….i’m done being “along for the ride” as i’ve stated before. I know what we have, and what we don’t have, and what we don’t have is, a Championship caliber team.
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    This should be a learning opportunity for the brain trust….if you are one win away from going to a Super Bowl…DON’T draft three
    G. D. bench players for the future!!!!!!!
    What?….nobody could have held a pre-draft intervention? Or was everyone that stupid?
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    When Rodgers is gone, the Packers will be a long way, from being one win away from going to a Super Bowl.
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    BROKEN

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    1. PF4L November 17, 2020

      This…was in response to Mick’s …”When Pettine was hired….” post

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  12. Mick November 17, 2020

    Good stuff PF4L, as for the brain trust, IRRESPOSIBLE!!!!!

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  13. Rico November 17, 2020

    Dont worry about it folks reinforcements are on the way. Expect Jim Leonhard to be named new defensive coordinator in a couple months.

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  14. Howard November 17, 2020

    Here are the details of Bakhtiari’s contract extension.
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    https://www.spotrac.com/nfl/green-bay-packers/david-bakhtiari-12390/

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    1. PF4L November 18, 2020

      His agent did him well.
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      The Packers can’t even think about getting out of this deal until after the 2022 season. Not that they’ll want to.
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      This new deal nets him about 57 million for the next 2 and a 1/2 seasons (guaranteed) at a minimum. Or….$1.425 million/game through 2022. That’s without hitting any incentives.
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      The 23 million average per year is somewhat skewed because it’s not really a 4 year deal, but a 4 and a half year deal

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      1. PF4L November 18, 2020

        Agents take…at an assumed 5%? 4.6 million.
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        Rashan Gary should have signed Bakhtiari to his agency. That way he wouldn’t have to use his own salary to keep his agency going and his Mom working as President of “The Rashan Gary Agency”.
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        That’s not to say the RG Agency doesn’t have clients, they have 4 of them, One of them even found employment as a practice squad player for the Chiefs.
        I don’t know what the staff does everyday at the RG Agency, but it may involve playing online solitaire.

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        1. Howard November 18, 2020

          I think it use to be 5% commission, but that has been reduced by the NFLPA. NFL agents are limited to a maximum 3% commission on contracts, with a low of 1.5%. Endorsements can have a much higher %. Below is how commission % on player contracts are addressed. The below was language from a couple of years ago. The % may have gone up, but I doubt it.
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          “The NFLPA’s Standard Representation Agreement is the mandatory agreement which must be entered into between a player and agent. Starting November 1st, the Standard Representation Agreement’s default commission rate for agents is cut in half, to 1.5 percent. Previously, the default was 3 percent, the maximum commission permitted by the NFLPA. Although the maximum permissible rate under the Regulations will remain at 3 percent, agents must ask clients to agree to double the default percentage in order to get the same rate they used to get automatically. Realistically, this may be a hard sell, especially considering steps taken in recent years to reduce the role of agents.”

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          1. PF4L November 18, 2020

            Thanks for the 411 Howard, i really didn’t have a clue. But i figured i was close enough.
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            I’m thinking if you are a true blue chip player signing contracts in the 60 mill to 100 mill range. You have the leverage to “tell” an agent what he or she can charge you. Barring….already being under contract with said agent.
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            Or as a blue chip out of the draft, you have a two or three tier contract. 1st contract 3%…2nd contract 2% or 1.5%..etc.

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  15. PF4L November 18, 2020

    How to piss away 8 million dollars….
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    1) Sign Christian Kirksey
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    2) Ask for a recount in Wisconsin.

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    1. Ferris November 18, 2020

      Sign Jimmy Graham.

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  16. SCPKRBKR November 19, 2020

    I for one am tired of the Defense running to that damn monitor and hamming it up when they make a play. It is a distraction plus, someone is going o pull a hammy or groin as is the GB way.

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    1. Jason Parker November 19, 2020

      New rule: gotta be top 3 in yards allowed to do that

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  17. Mick November 19, 2020

    Talk about pissing away millions, how about Lowrys’ extension a few years ago,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,OMG!

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    1. Howard November 19, 2020

      It seems like years ago to me also. Lowry’s extension was last year. Why is it that a guy we hardly see make a play, unless unblocked, feels like he has been on the team forever? I feel strongly the Packers would be better against the run if Billy Winn took Lowrys place in the rotation. I say make Winn active, give him some plays, and see what happens. This is a good week to give Winn a chance, but so was the Vikings game. The Colts offensive line is going to destroy Lowry in the run game, more so than every other offensive line has the last few years.

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  18. PF4L November 19, 2020

    Guys, guys, guys…..I think Russ Ball knows what he’s doing.
    If he didn’t Murphy would have tossed him out on his ass and gave him a new job title long ago.
    Murphy doesn’t tolerate poor performance, if your slacking and not doing your job and hurting the team…Murphy will reassign you to a new position the minute he is strongly “suggested” to do so by the BOD’s.
    …………………..
    DON’T MESS WITH MURPH!!

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