Green Bay Packers vs. Cincinnati Bengals:
My unfitered game day recap and blog post of comments, observations and first impressions.
Inactive for Packers today:
Shaky Smithson, Du ‘ane Bennett, Davon House, Brandon Saine, Jon Hoese, James Starks, DeMarco Cosby, Desmond Bishop, Frank Zombo, Johnny Jones, Ray Dominguez, Andrew Datko, Derek Sherrod, Andrew Quarless, DJ Williams, Jermichael Finley
The Packers travel to Cincinnati for the first time since 2006; Mike McCarthy’s first season as Packers’ head coach.
Most memorable game in this series was 1992, when Brett Favre came in for an injured Don Majkowski and led the Packers to a 24-23 comeback win. Favre completed a 35yd TD pass to Kitrick Taylor with 13 seconds left to earn the win.
Dress rehearsal game: It’s not just the game, it’s really the whole week leading up to the game. You have a set schedule, how you breakdown your opponent, run meetings… The actual game, you have objectives to hit… play first group for a half and then let the competition begin in the second half.
Getting first team reps: Hopefully we can six possession in the first half. Finley is not with us… This is a chance for us to get in a rythm and practice the things we want to do when the season starts.
Cedric Benson: Our offense isn’t going to change. He gives us another weapon. He’s been a productive player in the NFL. I’ve been impressed with his inside running ability and instincts.
Greg Jennings: He looks good. We have to be smart with Greg tonight. We’ll watch him throughout the half. I don’t see him getting a ton of reps, but he will take the lion’s share.
Dalton/AJ Green: One of the more exciting young QB/receiver duos in the league. Great test for our defense tonight.
Cinci defense: Marvin Lewis is an outstanding coach. Fundamentally sound defense, you’re not going to get too many big plays.
Roster Decisions: This is getting down to where you have to make hard decisions. Injuries have affected the evaluation process. Important for those players who haven’t had a lot of evaluation time to do well tonight.
Packers vs. Bengals – First Impressions – First Half:
Even holding couldn’t help Marshall Newhouse. Beaten badly with an inside move.
Three and out for the first team defense – more of that please…
What an awful angle by the Bengals DB on the Rodgers TD run. No way that should have happened…
Getting tired of seeing BJ Raji getting knocked backward…
I’m imagining a #Packers play action where the defense really thinks they may actually run. Could have that this year with Cedric Benson.
The only problem I have with the Taylor Mays hit on Crabtree is he didn’t wrap up with his arms…
On the Rodgers interception, if the first guy didn’t get it, there was another DB waiting. I’m wondering if it may have been a blown route…
Tramon Williams looking like his old self – AJ Green has not been able to shake him.
Starting to see those glimpses of DL pressure we’ve been waiting not so patiently
Cedric Benson has still got it. He’s your starter, Alex Green is your 3rd down back and receiver out of the backfield.
Anybody still calling for Ryan Grant over Cedric Benson?
Marshall Newhouse struggling with speed rush again. Michael Johnson is a 6’7″, 270lb DE who runs the 40 in the 4.7s.
Packers win the first half… on the ground. Packers with 100 yards rushing in the first half. 52 by Rodgers
Packers 17 Bengals 6
Packers vs. Bengals – First Impressions – Second Half:
Mason Crosby doing what he does best – tackling…
Has Herb Taylor blocked anyone yet? I’m officially feeling sorry for Graham Harrell…
Jerron McMillian sure can hit, but can he cover on the NFL level? Big question right now…
Great to see Greg Van Roten has moved up to the second unit. In at left guard. Liked what I saw of him on tape when the Packers signed him.
Hayward beaten for a TD. It will take a while for him to learn to cover that back shoulder route – so tough for a DB.
Is it my imagination or has there been an unblocked Bengal in the backfield on almost every play this half?
Great coverage by Terrell Manning on a punt return. And then he just misses a sack on a blitz. Glad to “Mr. Invisible” doing something noticeable.
And Van Roten misses a blitz pickup and gets Harrell sacked. Caught by surprise by the speed of the blitzing linebacker. Yes, this isn’t the Ivy League, Greg.
Borel getting lots of chances tonight and blowing it. Gurley not getting any chances – can he not get open?
Don’t know if we can read anything into this, but Philip Merling was in with the twos, ahead of Muir, now in with the threes in the 4th quarter.
BJ Coleman, in with 5:55 to play. Bad overthrow on third down…
Hayward shows textbook tackling form out in the flat and causes a fumble.
Jamari Lattimore flashes that speed once again. Comes out of nowhere to step in front of a receiver and take home a pick six souvenir. He’s a keeper.
Coleman in again – handing off a lot. You can’t tell me the Packers aren’t trying to hide him from other NFL teams. I don’t care what Ted Thompson says.
Exhale, Packer Nation – the Packers have won a game…
Packers 27, Bengals 13
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.