I wrote yesterday that I thought people are talking up Brandon Jackson too much based on his performance. I still believe that, but I do want to give Jackson some credit, too. He will never excite me as a ball carrier, but he did the other things expected of him (pass protection and catching the ball) very well. In addition, for perhaps the first time I can remember, Jackson broke numerous tackles on his runs. My main criticism of Jackson’s running style is that he pussy-foots around too much, loses momentum and then goes down too easily. Well last night, he broke free of some sure tackles to pick up extra yards. If he continues doing that, I won’t be excited by Jackson, but I’ll be able to live with him just fine.
I was again amazed by B.J. Raji’s quickness as he caught LeSean McCoy from behind on a screen pass. Raji came from being on top of the QB to double back and trip up McCoy as he tried to cut to his right.
The curse of Tracy White has been lifted. The Packers cut special teams demon White during the 2008 season, and things have never been the same on special teams since. The Eagles cut White an the end of camp (he was picked up by New England), allowing the curse to be moved to the Eagles. hence, the Packers special teams totally outplay the Eagles. Expect the Eagles’ special teams to suck as long as White remains with New England. Hey, it makes as much sense as any other explanation for the Packers special teams play in this game.
And if you think that’s nutty, here’s another one. The guy who actually deserves a lot of credit for the Packers ST play yesterday is non other than your favorite Packer, Jarrett Bush. As the gunner on punts, and the outside contain on kickoffs, Bush did his job, well, (gulp…) flawlessly. Yes, I said it. He also did very well as a blocker on kickoff and punt returns. No really. I will try to bring you some video evidence later in the week. I know you don’t believe me. In the meantime, read Brian Carriveau’s comments on Bush. Maybe you’ll believe two of us?
John Kuhn made me think of Larry Csonka as he plowed over Eagles defenders on his 2 carries. I don’t know where this is coming from all of a sudden from Kuhn, but I sure like it.
I’ve been as big a critic of Mason Crosby as anyone, so let me congratulate him on having ONE good game. If he can keep his mistakes to an errant kickoff here and there, I would be ecstatic. What impressed me most about Crosby’s 2 field goals was that they were both straight and right down the middle of the uprights, not bending in one direction or another. The truly successful kickers are able to master that. Let’s hope for the best.
Watching the game live, I was wondering if Clifton and Tauscher were nursing some leg injuries. They seemed to be struggling getting to their spots in pass protection and on running plays. After the game, Mike McCarthy said that Clifton had swelling in his knees, but nothing about Tauscher. However, on one play in the second quarter, I caught Tauscher get off the ground and then do a quick hop and a limp to keep pressure off his left leg. I have a feeling Tauscher may have hurt himself a bit early in the game and just is not telling anyone.
On the Clay Matthews sack and forced fumble that hit the referee’s leg but was called out of bounds: If you watch the video in slow motion, the referee’s feet are 100% in bounds when the ball spurts at him. The referee then jumps and pulls his left leg back in an attempt to avoid the ball. The ball does hit his leg and then bounces to the ground in bounds. The only question is where was the ref’s leg when the ball hit? Had he pulled it back enough so that it was out of bounds? From the angle shown, it’s impossible to tell for sure. I think it was in bounds, but it would be unfair for me to say that definitively.
Sam Shields is going to get exposed by good quarterbacks. It pains me to say that. Nobody has been in his corner as much as I have, but let me tell you, if I was an Eagles fan, I’d be ripping Andy Reid and both quarterbacks for not going after him. Not until the fourth quarter did they even look Shields’ way and get him into positions where he didn’t have safety help. When they finally did, he could not cover his man on his own. Watching the game again and focusing on the Packers secondary, it was kind of surreal. They threw at Tramon Williams, they threw at Charles Woodson, they threw at Nick Collins. It was comical. The Eagles did the Packers a big favor. I hope to have some video on this later in the week, as well.——————
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.