Green Bay Packers vs. Indianapolis Colts:
My unfitered game day recap and blog post of comments, observations and first impressions.
Inactive for Packers today:
- WR Jarrett Boykin
- S Sean Richardson
- CB Davon House
- RB James Starks
- LB Terrell Manning
- DE Mike Daniels
- WR Greg Jennings
- QB Chandler Harrish
- CB Justin King
- CB Vontae Davis (starter)
- RB Mewelde Moore
- LB Pat Angerer (starter)
- OG Seth Olsen
- OG Joe Reitz (starter)
Packers players are wearing ChuckStrong t-shirts in show of support for Colts coach Chick Pagano and leukemia research. Shirts can be purchased at Colts.com.
Colts secondary decimated by injuries. If Rogers doesn’t have at least 3TD’s something is very wrong.
Long week: We ha
Won 10 of last 12 on road: A tribute to our schedule. We keep our schedule exactly the same for road games, obviously other than the travel. The routine is good, players sometimes are glad to get away and the distractions at home.
Success in domes: Speaks to Aaron and communication of the whole offense. To be able to go on the road and perform well in loud situations, a tribute to our preperation. We go back in the spring and start preparing for crowd noise. It’s a day 1 teaching.
Jennings week to week? I think that would be accurate. Most important is for him to stay in rehab and not come out too early, whicch he probably did last time.
Jennings importance: Jenning has Pro Bowl next to his name. He gives us the chance to be a great offense.
Andrew Luck: They haven’t had to scale anything back for him. He’s running everything, including the full 2-minute offense.
Colts emotion: Anytime you come off a bye week, the energey will be high. They will surely play with high emotion in honor of coach Pagano.
Mike Neal: How could we not play him? We couldn’t block him in practice. My main concern was just that he was healthy, and he passed with flying colors. Expect to see him out there, especially in the sub packages providing some inside pass rush.
Packers vs. Colts – First Impressions – First Half:
Third and four and Tramon Williams playing 6-8 yards off of Reggie Wayne. Surprise – first down Colts.
Mike Neal already in the game on 3rd and long. Occupies two blockers, Packers get inside pressure on the other side.
Call me conservative, but I’m just not a fan of going deep on 3rd down on your first possession. Would much rather just pick up the first and keep moving down the field.
Jerel Worthy providing some nice inside pressure. Seems to be a focus of the Packers’ D today.
Screen plays are all about timing. How long to hold the rushers, how quickly the OL gets out, how long the QB holds the ball, how the RB times his run. It’s a lot more difficult than people think. Packers execute a nice one to Benson in the red zone.
Third and one on the six yard line. Only the Packers would go empty backfield, four wide receivers with a planned rollout. result: TD to Jones.
Raji’s ankles have been a problem from his first season… A lof of weight and force on those little joints…
Raji got pancaked on the play he injured his ankle. Have seen him get pushed around way too much…
Poor Nick Perry finally gets a monster sack and he gets called for a non-penalty.
Who likes Charles Woodson as a blitzer? I don’t. Unless he has a free run, he doesn’t do much in that role. Bush is a much better blitzer, by comparison.
Aaron nagler tweeted this and I’ve been talking about this the last few weeks – Rodgers has returned to a bad habit from his earlier years – bypassing the checkoffs and open underneath receivers to force the ball downfield at times.
Sam Shields getting a ton of action today – Indy obviously targeting him. So far, he’s been almost flawless in coverage and has five tackles.
How do the #Packers not have an INT in this game? multiple chances…
Packers 21 Colts 3
Packers vs. Colts – First Impressions – Second Half:
Rodgers throws an INT and everyone getting on James Jones for not going to “get the ball.” For the back shoulder throw to work, the receiver needs to turn and find the ball right there. Little time for going to “get” the ball. Just not a good throw by Rodgers…
With Benson out, Packers have basically stopped running the ball. Playing into Indy’s hands. Give Green a few carries, Mike…
I’m still amazed by how “all over the field” Clay Matthews is…
On the Tramon “almost” INT: That’s as much a catch as Jimmy Graham’s was last week. The ball hit the ground, but so did Graham’s…
Finley out with an injured shoulder and… DJ Williams catching the ball… That is all.
McCarthy hit by a Colts player… Nobody threw themselves in front of McCarthy to protect the head man? What is that about?
Absolutely ridiculous pass interference call on Sam Shields. As bad as the one he got called for in the Seattle game.
Pretty much same script as last week, except this is a rookie QB, not Drew Brees…
Packers giving Luck a short field, just what Indy needs…
Packers offensive line has gone to sleep this half. No movement, no holes and now failing on pass protection, too.
Tom Crabtree having a tough, tough day…
Tramon Williams playing very soft all game. Giving receivers way too much room…
Packers will win this game, but this sure doesn’t bode well for next week with the Texans coming up…
Indy goes ahead by one – 22-21.
Yes Packers, the quick slant can still work for you…
On 2nd and 5, Rodgers holds the ball forever, looking downfield, takes a sack. DJ Williams open right in front of him
Pretty telling when the #Packers biggest weapon is Tim Masthay…
Can we shelve the stretch running plays? Please? The OL just can’t hold their blocks that long…
Packers give some receiver a career day every week. They’re so kind…
Colts go to the Packers kryptonite: bunch formation. They obviously watched plenty of Saints tape from last week…
DJ Smith, a tough tackler, not using his arms on the Luck first down run? What?
Not an excuse, but defense was obviously exhausted from being on the field all day… Packers offense could sustain nothing…
Packers with 35 seconds left from their own 20. Rodgers gets them in position for a 51 yard attempt by Crosby – who misses badly…
When you miss by that much in a big spot, you choked. period. Don’t make excuses for him. He’s not why the Packers lost, but still – Crosby choked.
Colts 30 Packers 27
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