Green Bay Packers vs. Minnesota Vikings:
My unfitered game day running blog post of comments, observations and first impressions.
Inactive for Packers today: WR Jarrett Boykin; CB Davon House; RB James Starks;LB Frank Zombo; WR Donald Driver; DT Jordan Miller; DE Jerel Worthy
It’s come to this: inactive for a home playoff game. Gotta feel bad for Donald Driver…
Vikings throw a monkey wrench into the Packers defensive game plan – Christian Ponder inactive.
Packers are 2-4 in their last six home playoff games. In all six of those game, the opposing team scored on their first possession.
16 of the last 21 Packers – Vikings games have been decided by seven points or less.
Ponder: Joe Webb – very athletic QB. Had some time to look at him during the week, even today as it became more apparent he will play.
back-to -back same opponent: In a lot ways, we feel we’ve had 2 weeks to prepare for this game. QB change is an adjustment for our defense.
Stopping AP: Good solid run defense. It’s about us. We’re at home, it’s about the mission we have before us.
Scheme: Run defense is not a one man deal. If you watch our DL line play, they played very well, but it takes a lot more than that. Everybody has to tackle, and they will tonight
Ross: Both Cobb and Ross will get some work in the return game tonight
Offensive Strategy: We don’t want to be one dimensional. We’re not going to come in here and throw the ball 50 times. That’s not in the best interest of our football team.
Dujuan Harris: He’s going to start tonight as far as getting the first carty and then we’ll see how it goes. it’s all about riding the hot hand.
Special teams coverage: We had one or two individuals who just didn’t do their job properly. I’m confident our play on special teams will be better tonight
Packers vs. Vikings – First Impressions – First Half:
Just heard Leslie Frazier was quoted before the game saying they are resting Christian Ponder to “get him ready for next week.” Hope someone is whispering that in the Packers’ ears at this very moment…
Packers win the toss and… defer. Was thinking they might change up – wonder if Ponder injury changed anything…
Joe Webb first carry: Killer when you have it stopped on 3rd down and you let it slip away… killer
That Minnesota field goal would have missed from 40 yards. Was hooking badly… Good omen.
Possibly the ONE thing Rodgers hasn’t mastered – the 5-yard pass. Always throws it low.
What Webb did there (trys to throw with Walden all over him) shows he’s no rocket scientist either…
3rd and half yard – throw. 3rd and 2-3 yards run. Got it…
Hmm, no targets to Jennings yet. Wonder what his sister is saying?
Ryan Grant looks so slow compared to Harris, doesn’t he?
If McCarthy keeps calling screens, I’ll fly to Green Bay and kiss him…
#Packers are doing what I said on Monday: Make AP get his yards between the tackles…
End of First Quarter: Packers 7 Vikings 3
Keep thinking Packers will get a pick six, but then I though about it more. For that to happen, most likely Webb would need to get the ball near a receiver. Don’t know if that’s happening…
Nice adjustment by Rodgers on a handoff to Harris. Harris ran the wrong way, Rodgers switched hands on the handoff and prevents a broken play.
THERE it was. Peterson tries to bounce out, Matthews and Moses waiting on each side of him – nowhere to go. That’s the key.
The difference between Ross and Cobb in returns: Ross makes up his mind immediately and takes off. Cobb jukes too much for a returner.
Who knew Tom Crabtree can fly?
Wish the Packers would take their 4th and five calls and use them on third and five.
Anyone know when the last time that fullback dive on the goalline worked? Packers settle for three.
On the bright side, the #Vikings aren’t going to score many points w/ Joe Webb at QB. Especially if the Packers D keeps playing AP this way
I guess I’m feeling better about Crosby. Didn’t even bother to watch the FG. Assumed he’s make it. wow, that’s progress!
Wonder what all those people who told me Harrison Smith wouldn’t be any good are thinking now…
Kuhn TD: Much better designed play than the dive. Packers OL just don’t get the movement needed on straight dive plays. has to come out of the playbook, but you know it won’t.
End of second quarter: Packers 17 Vikings 3
Packers vs. Vikings – First Impressions – Second Half:
Thinking about it, giving the ball to Kuhn on the TD probably surprised Minny. Doubt they expected GB to try again. Glad it wasn’t a dive.
What a weapon Harris is becoming… Now as a receiver too.
If the Packers get serious about being patient and taking what’s there (dumpoffs, screens, running the ball). The offense is unstoppable.
TD Kuhn: If I remember correctly, Marques Eversoll, one of our writers, predicted a couple of TDs for Kuhn tonight. Well done!
Did I just see Sam Shields with a solid hard tackle on Adrian Peterson? Great fundamentals, hit low, wrapped up. Took him right down.
Remember how excited we all were over Davon House early on? Sam Shields has made us all forget House – especially that he’s now tackling too
Sam Shields gets rewarded for his hard work in the tackling department with an INT.
End of third Quarter: Packers 24 Vikings 3
Packers recover a muffed punt. As much as everything went the Vikings way last week, it’s the opposite tonight.
Seems like the only thing that stops Packers drives are themselves: long throws on third and manageable.
Not much else to write about here. Packers just running the clock, Vikings still can’t do anything on offense.
As I write that, Packers safeties disappear on a play and Webb completes a TD pass to an all-alone Michael Jenkins. Whoops! Could have used some of that Packers soft zone right there… (just kidding)
Call me crazy, but I like throwing six yard passes on third and five (instead of throwing deep). Packers get first down and now they can run more clock…
In 2009, 2010, and 2011, #Packers had at least one game vs. Vikes where they kept Peterson “under control” like this. So, it is possible.
See you all next Saturday night Packers fans: Same bat time, same bat channel…
Final Score: Packers 24 Vikings 10——————
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.