Green Bay Packers vs. Cincinnati Bengals: 2013 Game 3
Unfiltered game day blog post of comments, observations and first impressions.
For the second straight week, the Packers are facing an opponent coming off a Monday Night game. Always an advantage to some degree.
Two Bengals cornerbacks are out today, though neither are major contributors. Still, Aaron Rodgers is presently wiping the saliva off his chin… Pacman Jones, are you ready?
Today’s captains for the Packers: – WR Jordy Nelson (offense), CB Sam Shields (defense) and TE Ryan Taylor(special teams).
Inactives for today:
Green Bay Packers
24 CB Jarrett Bush
27 RB Eddie Lacy
29 CB Casey Hayward
30 FB John Kuhn
42 S Morgan Burnett
65 G Lane Taylor
93 DE Josh Boyd
43 M.D. Jennings & 22 Jerron McMillian will start at safety for the Packers. 44 James Starks will start at RB for 27 Eddie Lacy. In place of 30 John Kuhn, either 89 James Jones is expected to start as a 3rd WR or 81 Andrew Quarless is expected to start as a 2nd TE.
21 CB Brandon Ghee
27 CB Dre Kirkpatrick
33 RB Rex Burkhead
67 G Mike Pollak
73 T Anthony Collins
88 WR Ryan Whalen
99 DE Margus Hunt
Tough stretch: Definitley. You’re going to find out what kind of team you have early on.
Progress in week 2: Main thing was the start of the game, how we came out and played from the first snap.
Starks as starter: James has played good football for us in the past. He’s been fighting through the competition at running back and has done well.
Lacy/Kuhn: Both will not be available today.
Diff. protection schemes on 3rd down: Well, we’re going to play with John Starks and Johnathan Franklin.
Bengals: Very good at creating matchups they like. Frankly what they try to do is stress the middle of your pass defense and create the opportunities for AJ Green outside.
Improvement on defense: Absolutely. Washington didn’t convert a third down until the third quarter. Pass defense when you HAVE to stop them, that’s something we have to do a better job of.
Trenches: Very talented on both sides of the ball upfront. They go 7-8 deep on the defensive line. Offensive line are big. They’ve gone more to pattern schemes.
7-UP scheme: Anytime they line seven defenders on the line of scrimmage in a passing situation or a one back situation, you have immediate threats to every game.
Keys to game: Offensively, running attempts, breaking tackles. Defensively, stop the run, pass defense in the middle, get the QB off his spot.
AJ Green: Very gifted, can do it on short, intermediate and long range routes.
Packers vs. Bengals – First Impressions – First Half:
Packers win the toss and defer.
Tim Masthay – what a find…
Packers start in nickel with Raji and Pickett as the DL.
They stay in nickel the whole series as the Bengals march down the field and score.
Hell of an effort from Gio Bernard on the TD. He’s got that DESIRE for the goal line.
Jeremy Ross…Muff. Bengals on 2 yard line. Wonderful. As if the muff wasn’t bad enough, he was first to the ball to recover but didn’t get that done either.
Super smart play by Rodgers to rush up and get a play off after Nelson’s questionable catch.
Finley knocked loopy. Everyone calling for a penalty. personally, I don’t see an issue with a clean hard hit, but technically, under the “defenseless receiver” rules I guess it may be.
14-0, Packers offense goes three and out. Is this where MM panics and abandons the run?
Pressure on Dalton responsible for Sam Shields INT.
After INT, Rodgers way off on a very short attempt to Quarless and a sideline attempt to Cobb. Wasn’t the deep sideline route a point of emphasis for him this year?
Score at end of 1st quarter: Cin 14 GB 0
Have noticed the #Packers trying to pull the ball out a lot this game. Finally worked.
Michael Johnson beating up David Bakhtiari. He has the strength that will give DBak trouble. My criticism of him coming out of college – could have used a year in the weight room.
So now Clay Matthews proving he can, indeed, fly.
If the Packers can continue to put pressure on Dalton, this game will turn out just fine.
Rodgers is pissed. that usually means good things are coming…
Rodgers and McCarthy actually exchanging heated words. Rodgers want to go for thye td on fourth and goal from the one. I say you take the points trying to pull yourself out of a hole.
Packers offense drives down the field but once again is held to 3 points in the red zone. Have to give credit to Cinci defense. They play HARD.
The Bengals should be thrilled to only be losing by two despite four turnovers in the half.
Score at end of 1st half: GB 16 Cin 14
Packers vs. Bengals – First Impressions – Second Half:
James Starks with a knee injury – what else can go wrong? Only on healthy running back left – Johnathan Franklin.
Cinci DBs have been very “hands -on.” Could be called almost every play…
Franklin finally showing that “burst” we all drooled over watching his college tape…
San Shields having a hell of a day. AJ Green catches his first pass of the day – and Shields was all over him.
Looks like Dalton has no shot of a completion if the pass is over 10 yards downfield…
Matthews with a hamstring? What the hell is going on with the Packers and hamstrings?
Jordy Nelson was obviously a ballerina in a previous life.
Packers kickoff coverage has been solid today – some big hits, too…
Luckily, Rodgers foot was not planted on that low shot to his knee by Johnson, or the Packers season could have been over.
Rodgers ignores easy completion to Franklin, tries to force it to Jones – INT as Jones doesn’t complete his route.
There’s that rare Tramon Williams blitz Packers hinted at during the week. Sack.
Score at end of 3rd quarter: GB 30 Cin 21
What in the world did Rodgers see to make him throw the ball on his second INT? Cobb was completely blanketed.
Bengals receivers getting away with pick plays all game. They get Hawk picked and Bernard turns a swing pass into a 30 yard gain.
Uh, Tramon? I think he’s still looking for Marvin Jones.
Dalton now getting plenty of time to throw with CM3 safely on the sidelines.
Besides the fine job carrying the rock, I’ve spotted Franklin several times doing a good job in pass protection. Just picked up a blitz on a Packers 3rd down conversion.
Insane game. Now Cinci retakes the lead with a fumble recovery TD.
Packers down by four: 3:47 to go. On the bright side, this won’t come down to a Mason Crosby field goal attempt.
And now Franklin goes down. No running backs left. Jeremy Ross now in the backfield. WTF?
Franklin back a few plays later. Whew…
Bengals size (literally) wins the game as they block two straight passes to stop the Packers’ drive
Packers go down by 14-0, score 30 unanswered points and then allow three touchdowns with Matthews on the bench.
One of the poorest Aaron Rodgers performances in quite a while. It happens.
However, I think the Bengals won this game in the area of their only advantage over the Packers – the trenches.
Final Score: Cin 34 GB 30
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.