Packers vs. Chargers – Unfiltered Game Day Commentary and First Impressions: GB 45 SD 38
Green Bay Packers vs. San Diego Chargers:
It seems like forever since the Packers last played – I guess that’s to be expected when your team is 7-o. Â The Packers travel to normally sunny (but rainy today) San Diego today hoping to stay on their roll and keep the “what’s wrong?” questions about Philip Rivers and the Chargers going.
Inactive for the Packers today are:
CB House, LB Francois, LB Lattimore, G/T Dominguez, T Clifton, DE Neal, LB So’oto.
Sam Shields returns to the active roster after his silly end zone antics against the Rams that earned him a concussion.
It’s a bit unusual to see 3 linebackers inactive, given their special teams contributions. Also make you wonder if Dom Capers game plan lessens the need for linebacker depth.
Bye week:Â We focused on getting back to schedule. Important to get back into that work week routine. I feel good about the quality of the preparation that went into this week. Important for us to be ready and get off to a fast start.
5 straight days off -reward?: Combination of things. When you’ve had this kind of success, it should be recognized in some way, but we also wanted to take the opportunities to let guys rest.
Injuries: This is as healthy as we’ve been this year. Â Anytime you have 3-4 healthy inactives on game day, it’s a good sign.
Zombo: He’ll definitely go in. Frank and Erik do very well when they split the reps, keeps them fresh. I really like it when we have both of those guys up.
Chargers: Big part of our message: We’re dealing with a wounded animal and it’s in their house. We know it’s going to be a tough game and it’s important we play this game the right way.
Rivers:Â very productive – he’s had some tough days, but one of the better offenses we’ll play
Chargers tall receivers: Some big targets – they have a big receiving radius and that helps them when they bget into the red zone.
Weather: you definitely have a weather plan – we knew to expect rain today and we’re ready for it.
Running game:Â We love to have a one-two punch with Ryan and James. There’s a lot of football to be played.Â It will take both of these guys to accomplish what we want to accomplish. But when one guy get’s into a groove, you want to give him the ball.
Packers vs. Chargers – First Impressions – First Half:
First play of the game is just what has given the Packers the most trouble; short passes that go for big yards (23 in this case).
TD pass to Jackson. Shields seems to give up on the play (expected safety help?) while Woodson (at safety) & Burnett may have got there assignments mixed up. Woodson should have been there…
That’s 3 times the Packers have deferred after winning the toss and the other team scored a TD on their first drive (Carolina, Minnesota and now San Diego). That seemed to work well last year, but with this year’s defense, not sure it’s a great idea.
Wonder what it’s like for an average guy like John Kuhn to hear his name screamed everytime he touches the ball…
Slippery Peprah – nobody could grab him on his pick six return. And Clay Matthews takes out some unsuspecting OL at the end of the play. BAM!
I always say, give Capers an extra week of preparation and the defense will make some big plays. Pick-six Tramon! Rivers gets sucked in…
McCarthy decides to go for the first down on fourth and three from the 37. With Crosby so hot, that did surprise me, not that I minded.
It doesn’t matter what the Chargers do. The Packers will score as much as they need to win. My 2011 season mantra: “It doesn’t matter”
I can’t get over how calm Rodgers looks when he walks onto the field to start a drive. Like he’s strolling around the mall.
You’d think we’d see a draw or screen pass to combat the down field coverage and pass rush…
Packers vs. Chargers – First Impressions – Second Half:
Let me say once again, I love the way James Starks fights for that last extra yard or two…
Until Alex Green went down, Ryan Grant was set to be let go somewhere else next season. Now, those plans are in limbo…
Based on a bunch of Walden tweets after his sack, I guess I’m the only guy that thinks Erik Walden has been doing a good job this season.
Very impressed by SD running back Mike Tolbert. Â A better version of Atlanta’s Michael Turner.
Am I allowed to say this has been a very unimaginative game plan from Mike McCarthy? How about a screen or a draw to slow down the SD pass rush? Or maybe a shot down field – hasn’t been one.
No sooner did I finish typing the line above, that the Packers go deep to Jordy Nelson. Thank you Mike.
When Aaron Rodgers is accurate like today, that back shoulder throw is just impossible to stop. I feel bad for defensive backs everywhere…
With 8 minutes left in the game,Â San Diego has more first downs and more yards than the Packers – and it doesn’t matter… Packers 45-31
SD recover the onsides kick. Why was Driver not back there? Isn’t he the official onsides kick catcher?
45-38 just like that. This defense will keep ANY team in ANY game…
Packers following the same script. let teams back in games and depend on the defense for a big play or stop. Will they get it again?
Interference on Woodson on 4th down to keep the SD drive alive. Excuse me, but wasn’t that pass uncatchable?
QB pressures are just as good as QB sacks…
Wow, that was an “imaginative” 3rd and short call deep in your own zone. Empty backfield, QB rollout. Gee Mike, I wish you hadn’t listened to me…
SD gets the ball back with 1 minute left and no timeouts trailing by 7 points…
Clay, watching the QB and not Gates, loses track of him…
This D has got to be DEAD tired…
And the script is once again followed. Big defensive play near the end of the game to preserve the win. Peprah with his second INT of the day. Game over…
Jersey Al Bracco is the founder and editor of AllGreenBayPackers.com, and the co-founder of Packers Talk Radio Network. He is a PFWA member who can be heard as one of the Co-Hosts on Cheesehead Radio and is the Green Bay Packers Draft Analyst for Drafttek.com.