On the first series, it was obvious MM was not going to repeat the mistakes of last week. We saw much more balanced play calling…
The Packers showed the Psycho early. Jenkins the only DL. The result was the big Matthews sack. Later on, it would produce the Chillar interception.
In addition to making sacks, Clay Matthews may be the genesis for a new stat: “caused sacks” – when you don’t get any official credit for the sack, but you’re completely the reason it happened.
As the first half progressed, I’m glad to see a commitment to the run continue. Against this Bills defense, that will result in some nice drives in the second half.
I was glad to see Dimitri Nance get an early look. I think he’ll be able to help the Packers down the line. I’m sticking with my feeling that Bjax is just not all that. But he’ll have to do for now…
Nice lift from Brandon Jackson on that Lambeau leap. He’s got ups. Aaron Rodgers: lets just say he’s going to get killed by his teammates for that one.
The Bills have a nice three-headed monster at running back.
Pat Lee: Besides being a huge disappointment at CB, you don’t know enough to not down the ball after you’ve been out of bounds on a punt? Dumb, dumb, dumb.
When will Mike McCarthy learn that useless challenges always come back to bite you? Didn’t everyone in the building know that James Jones was out of bounds? Packers could have had the ball back with about a minute left in the first half and 2 timeouts. Instead, with just one timeout, MM decides to just let the clock run down. Now, it didn’t matter in this game, but bad challenges and poor clock management could be costly down the road.
Can’t begin to tell you how thrilled I am overall by the coverage units on special teams… Yes, you’re going to give up some yards to a guy like C.J Spiller, but as long as you contain and avoid the huge returns, I’m happy.
I’m sticking with what I have previously written and also expressed on Cheesehead Radio: Bryan Bulaga right now is a better player than Colledge, Clifton or Tauscher. I’d live with the occasional rookie mistakes and just play him – somewhere… anywhere.
Second half drives were, silky smooth. That’s what happens when the superior team stays balanced and committed to running the ball (and throwing to the running backs) throughout the game. Eventually, the weaker defenses will run out of answers.
Punter Tim Mathsay was abysmal. Hmmmm, putrid Packers punting – where have we seen that before? I’ve been worried about the choice of Mathsay. He certainly won the job in camp, but I have doubts about his ability to perform in pressure situations.
James Jones got a lot of throws his way. I think that’s a sign of Rodgers doing a better job of taking what he’s given, which is something he MUST do. If he does, this offense will be difficult for any team to stop.
There’s nothing I can say about Clay Matthews that would be enlightening in any way. You all saw it. Speaks for itself. I think “he’ll be just fine.”——————
Jersey Al Bracco is the founder and editor of AllGreenBayPackers.com, and the co-founder of Packers Talk Radio Network. He can be heard as one of the Co-Hosts on Cheesehead Radio and is the Green Bay Packers Draft Analyst for Drafttek.com.