Well, that escalated quickly.
The Green Bay Packers saw their four-game
winning streak come to a crashing halt Sunday night as they were blown out by the New Orleans Saints 44-23 at the Superdome Sunday night.
Here is who played well and who left some things on the field in the Packers’ loss
WR Randall Cobb
Cobb is going to earn himself a nice paycheck next season and hopefully it will be from the Packers.
In what was the biggest highlight of the night for Green Bay, Aaron Rodgers and Cobb hooked up early in the first quarter to give the Packers an early 7-0 lead. Cobb also made some great plays along the sideline and in a game where Jordy Nelson was held to one catch for eight towards, he carried the load brilliantly
He finished the night with five catches for 126 yards and the one touchdown. On a night that was otherwise forgettable, Cobb came to play.
RB Eddie Lacy
Lacy came within three yards of passing Cobb as the team’s leading receiver Sunday night.
For the first time in his career, Lacy finished with over 100 yards receiving (123). He demonstrated his ability to break tackles and gain extra yardage after contact. One of the knocks against Lacy was his inability to make plays as a receiver. If this game was any indication, Lacy is getting closer to becoming an even bigger weapon for the Green Bay offense.
Just what opposing defenses wanted to hear.
CB Davon House
The defense as a whole had a terrible night but House struggled the worst. Missed tackles, blown coverage and just looking overmatched would be the best way to describe House’s play.
He learned quickly Drew Brees is no Cam Newton or Ryan Tannehill. The Packers need Sam Shields heathy and fast, especially with the Eagles and Patriots looming sooner than later after the by week.
Head coach Mike McCarthy.
Julius Peppers at wide receiver. A surprise onside kick at the Superdome. Running your running back at your backup guard on fourth down.
These are just a few reasons as to why this game was probably McCarthy’s worst game of the season.
The Peppers play was just bizarre to watch and even if it had worked, why run it in the first place? Sean Payton is usually the master of cute offensive play calls. Maybe McCarthy wanted to play too.
The onside kick was also stupid. Why risk giving an offense you had not stopped all game a decent shot at a short field that early? Once again, McCarthy outsmarted himself and it hurt the Packers.
After T.J. Lang went out with an injury to his ankle, Lane Taylor entered the game. On a critical late fourth down, McCarthy called a play that had Lacy run behind the inexperienced Taylor, not Josh Sitton.
The result? Lacy was stuffed and the ballgame was over.
It wasn’t McCarthy’s best effort. It’s just a shame these games for him almost always come against opponents that are capable of going toe to toe with the Green Bay offense.
QB Aaron Rodgers/Dr. Pat McKenzie
At last check, Rodgers still was the franchise in Green Bay.
So why was he still out there after he badly tweaked his hamstring? It was immediately clear Rodgers was not himself after the play. He literally could not move and was throwing jump passes that would have made Tim Tebow proud.
This falls on Rodgers’ stubbornness and the team’s medical staff. Rodgers has to have the sense to take himself out when he’s hurt. His health is far more improve than trying to pull off an impossible comeback.
McKenzie and his staff also have to have the stones to tell Rodgers he is out. This simply was a story of allowing a player’s ego dictate what was going to happen rather than doing what was in the player’s best interest.
Thankfully the bye week has come at the perfect time.——————
Kris Burke is a sports writer covering the Green Bay Packers for AllGreenBayPackers.com and WTMJ in Milwaukee. He is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA) and his work has been linked to by sites such as National Football Post and CBSSports.com. Follow @KrisLBurke