Sept. 22, 2017
X’s & O’s
The Packers were overmatched even before this game started - It was announced that BOTH offensive Tackles would be inactive due to injuries - this was NOT GOOD(!)
The defense was an abomination on a nationally televised game, again.
Losing Mike Daniels early in the game proved to be very costly, but it was not the primary reason for the defeat - the secondary of this packers team was exposed (again) as a fraud - poor safety play and atrocious CB play.
Both Demarious Randall and Quentin Rollins are not starting caliber players in the NFL - in fact they may be fringe back-up CBs at this point in their careers.
This packers defense was supposed to be faster, but they were anything but - the talent gap between these two teams on the defensive side is CANYON wide - they have no decent cornerbacks at the moment.
Jordy Nelson was lost for the game in the first offensive possession due to a “quad” injury(?) Randall Cobb was lost in the 2nd half with a shoulder injury and did not return. This greatly hurt the offensive gameplan no doubt
The early returns on Martellus Bennett are not good so far - he played very poorly and had 4 dropped passes by himself. He appears slow footed as well.
Aaron Rodgers played poorly - I really don’t care what the apologists say. The interception was Favre-esque and the fumble / lateral “pass” play was on Rodgers - that was a designed hot route play. He was supposed to take the snap and throw it immediately. He did anything but(!)
Ty Montgomery was the lone bright spot for the packers on offense, Kevin King was the only bright spot on the packers’ defense.
It has become a recurring theme since the super bowl victory 6 years ago that Mike McCarthy coached teams can barely compete when facing good-to-very good teams on the road, especially on prime time tv.
This packers team collectively lacks speed - the WRs/TEs and RBs are all average at best in terms of speed - they have no true “burner” on either side of the ball.
It’s safe to say that the defense’s dominating performance against the seahawks was a mirage - Seattle barely won against a very poor 49ers team. (Seattle scored only 12 points).