Green Bay Packers vs. New Orleans Saints:
My unfiltered game day recap and blog post of comments, observations and first impressions.
Inactive for Packers today:
11 WR Jarrett Boykin
28 S Sean Richardson
31 CB Davon House
44 RB James Starks
56 LB Terrell Manning
84 TE D.J. Williams
94 DE Phillip Merling
No one imagined the Packers and Saints would be a combined 1-5 going into this game, but despite their records, it should be a premiere match-up for Sunday afternoon football.
The Packers offense has yet to find its footing or its identity during the first three games. Will the abysmal Saints defense help to get them back on track?
New Orleans may be suffering on defense, but their offense is still the high-powered machine it has been. Dom Capers and the Green Bay defensive unit will have their hands full going against big playmakers like Drew Brees, Jimmy Graham, Darren Sproles, and Marques Colston.
All the Packers players are pretty healthy going into this game. Sean Richardson (hamstring) is the only one ruled out, with Davon House (shoulder) designated as questionable. James Starks’ turf toe has healed up, but he might be a healthy scratch this week.
This marks the beginning of a consistent schedule for the remainder of the season. The Packers have nothing but Sunday games from here on out.
Offense Struggling: We just have to exercise the game plan. It’s a new week. We can’t let past experiences affect us in any way. We need to pick up the tempo.
Health of Team: I think this is the best we’ve been so far this year. When you’re healthy it makes for tough decisions – who’s up, who’s down.
Impressions of Saints: Offensively very explosive. Plenty of weapons around Drew Brees. Solid offensive line that’s played well. Special teams get after it. Offensively, we need to be balanced and play fast. Their defense has had trouble against the run.
Saints Attitude as Winless Team: I’m not in their locker room, I really don’t care either. We want to get the crowd into it early. We want to make this a high-energy, fast-paced type of football game.
Play-Calling Balance: You want balance. You always want to tilt the play-calling to what-s variable for your players. We want to create balance running and throwing the football.
Saints Offense: This is the best offense we’ll face up to this point, no question. I think they have complete balance. Perimeter players, all-pro tight end, all-pro linemen. This is an offense that can run it and throw it.
Darren Sproles: He’s one of those dynamic players that can change a game. Coverage units have to be on the mark today. Sproles and Hester are two huge challenges on special teams.
Packers vs. Saints – First Impressions – First Half:
Packers win the toss and don’t defer, as McCarthy likes to do.
Apparently, moving the 4:15 games back 10 minutes this season didn’t do anything to prevent overlapping. Replay booths taking a lot of time.
Figure it out, FOX. I want to be watching the Packers right now.
Jennings needs to haul it in . . . like Nelson does for a great catch and gain.
First 1st quarter TD of the year goes to Jones on a Rodgers scramble.
Rodgers seems to be threading the needle a little more so far.
James Jones making a big statement so far this year.
Brees getting a lot of time in the pocket to find soft spots in zone coverage.
Graham exploiting the middle of the defense a second time. How long will this continue?
Colton pushes down Burnett for a TD. Brings up a lot of bad memories from the Fail Mary.
Fans are relentless in booing refs. Hope they brought their thick skin to officiate this game.
Jennings is not helping his contract situation a lot this year.
Despite endzone drop, Finley showing he is a playmaker to move the chains.
Offensive line seems to be a doing a 180 this week as Rodgers gets all day to find Jennings in the end zone.
Loving the aggressiveness of the secondary.
That’s what they call him “Balls” McCarthy. First down on a punt fake.
Benson is not elite, but he is perfect for the Packers.
MD Jennings shoulder injury. Questionable return.
Would like to see Capers try blitzing a little more.
Packers 21 Saints 14
Packers vs. Saints – First Impressions – Second Half:
We knew they would get some of those from Worthy. Keeps things alive for the Saints.
Defenders flock to Sproles to stop him short.
Keeping Saints to FG in red zone is a big win for Packers . . . barring penalty . . .
Dating back to 2011, Packers own Saints on 1-yard line.
Raji getting mean might actually be good for him.
Packers down to one timeout. Could come back to haunt them.
Not a good injury for a quarterback. Need depth perception from both eyes. I think we all know a running play will be coming next.
Dear lord. Fire up the spits for Graham Harrell.
And with that TD we welcome back the 2011 defense giving up the big play on a PA boot.
Crabby makes up for his foul with the first down.
Three guys covering one Saints receiver, leaving a nice big open space underneath . . .
IT IS TIME! Clay Matthews gets his sack.
I’m going to have nightmares of Aikman saying “over the middle” tonight.
People complaining about 3-man rush have selective memories.
Worthy comes off that line like lightning. Wow.
Naked bootleg for the first.
The trolls are going to be out in full force this week if the Packers lose.
Dammit, Burnett! I blame that missed interception on you. Tramon had it.
Saints definitely trying to keep Cobb pinned to the sidelines and prevent a return.
I think Cobb just likes doing summersaults.
Great hands by Cobb on first down catch.
McCarthy making some nice play calls on this drive.
Nelson battles his way into the endzone! TD gives Packers the lead with the conversion.
Officials are not going to be welcome in Green Bay for a long time after these past two games.
The “refs still suck” chant has broken out.
Kick is no good after two penalties move Saints back a net 5 yards.
Jones is money this year. Mark it.
Triplette calls the first down in realization that he’ll escape a mugging by Packers fans tonight.
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