Packers Vs Saints
September 9, 2011 by staff
This is the kind of game the Packers will face all year. Yes, there will be 14 point favorites to Carolina in 10 days and they will meet, probably, but do not be surprised if they do not. Teams are going to take each week and will go as long as you can or until the Packers to finish them. Expectations will be that the offense of 399 yards set each week and that will create a lot of pressure on them.
Cornerback Tramon Williams shoulder injury could be problematic. When I got to the locker room, he sat in his locker, still in his pants and does not move much. I asked him how he’s doing and all he said was: “I’m fine.” We’ll know more tomorrow, but obviously the guy was in pain. It is too early to assume the injury is serious. Injuries to the shoulder hurts. If he is out an extended period of time, which affect the defense, however.
Why was quarterback Aaron Rodgers to be so sarcastic about the critical calls the Packers have received for not organizing team off-season workouts? If he had stopped with: “It was a good start for us. I have only to ask myself,” What would have happened if we had off-season workouts? Could we have started faster and scored more points tonight? “It would have been fine. But he kept insisting that even when legitimate questions are asked in his press conference after the game.
Perhaps there was some national commentators who criticized him for not organizing the training in the way Drew Brees had, but was not reprimanded for this. It just seems unnecessary to go that route. That came as a slight to the saints, who actually outgained the Packers, 477 to 399.
The Packers can run the ball, it’s just a matter of if they wish. Ryan Grant looked better than he had the whole camp (9 carries for 40 yards) and James Starks (12 of 57) flashed some big-time talent who has a 17-yard touchdown. Rodgers If you take away four carries for a yard, the back of an average of 4.4 yards per carry. More and more teams are going to sit in zones and force the Packers to throw in them and that’s when you need to run it. McCarthy should continue feeding the ball Grant and Starks.
What in the world of James Jones did as he was buried in the template? It might be a hypocrite for asking because I’m the one who wrote on this blog the Packers did not need to re-sign Jones and Jordy Nelson would come out as a starter after his great post-season. Nelson was very good, hauling in six catches for 77 yards and a touchdown, and deserved to be on the field. There were eight passes targeted to him. Jones, meanwhile, had only a specific step and caught a 1-yard gain. Jones is possible knee was back to full strength after missing all of last week with a bruised knee. However, given the way he played Randall Cobb (2 receptions for 35 yards and a touchdown), I see Jones on the trade block soon.
The coverage on special teams did not bother me as much as the decision to punt on Darren Sproles. Specialt teams coach Shawn Slocum said Sproles was a dangerous returner earlier this week, should have treated him like Devin Hester and headed for the sideline tight. Sproles had gains of 72 and 20 yards on punts, one a touchdown that allowed the Saints to return to the game. Yes, the rails could have been a little tighter, but Sproles not need much space to do damage.
Without seeing a replay of the game to check, I found that DE Jairo Wynn had a very good game. He had four tackles, including a sack. That put pressure on QB Drew Brees broke several times and play on the line from the beginning with penetration up the middle. People have been clamoring for Mike Neal, but Neal is going to have to play better than Wynn once you are healthy enough to play to get the title again.
Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams made some adjustments well in the second half. The Packers scored only one offensive touchdown after scoring four in the first half. Williams managed to minimize some of the evil that had created duels with your plan and you can bet future opponents take note of how they played in the second half.
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