Green Bay Packers vs. Jacksonville Jaguars:
My unfitered game day running blog post of comments, observations and first impressions.
Inactive for Packers today: CB Sam Shields, WR Greg Jennings, S Charles Woodson, WR Jordy Nelson, RB John Kuhn, LB Nick Perry
Inactive for Jaguars today: RB Montell Owens, RB Maurice Jones-Drew, DE D’Anthony Smith, S Dwight Lowery, DT Jeris Pendleton, CB Derek Cox, WR Laurent Robinson
Packers roster takes a hit today in the defensive backfield and the wide receivers corps. Youth shall be served…
Today’s captains are WR James Jones, LB Erik Walden and LS Brett Goode.
Wow – 44% of #Jaguars offense since 2010 has been from Maurice Jones Drew
Noon game at home: Love it. Get up early, smells like football. ..
Woodson loss: We’re talking about someone who has been an impact player every year here. When you lose a guy like Charles, you have to use the next group of players to their strengths. I’m looking for our defense to generate turnovers, create fumbles.
Replacing Woodson: Charles plays in a lot of roles. We’ll individuals focus more on ione position in as opposed to charles playing one, tow three, sometime four
Jennings, surgery: We’re all hopeful it’s going to go well. They don’t think it’s a major issue.
Cobb: He’s a playmaker and gives us versatility. He doesn’t just line up in one spot.
Rodgers last 2 weeks: He’s played very well. I think we all got spoiled by last year. There’s a lot of things we probably wouldn’t do if we didn’t have Aaron Rodgers.
Maurice Jones Drew: He’s a fun player to watch – glad I’m not watchng him today. Dynamic, unique guy you can build an offense around
Gabbert: First thing I’ve always been impressed with is his ability to throw the football. He’s taken big steps from year one to two. He’s in a system that plays to favorable down and distance. Much improved player.
Jaguars: Fundamentally sound team. It’s going to be challenge. We look for their DBs to challenge our receivers. This game will be a lot more competitive than people realize.
Jordy out: Pre-game workout went very well, but then going back out on the field later, he just didn’t feel quite ready.
Packers vs. Jaguars – First Impressions – First Half:
Packers win the toss yet again… and defer yet again…
Morgan Burnett draws all the attention with a safety blitz, allowing Brad Jones to sneak in up the middle for the sack.
Jermichael Finley gets his first drop out of the way quickly… right off the hands, as usual.
Packers take a holding penalty on what would have been 4th down and an easy FG for the Jags, giving them a 3rd and 18. I think it was the right move. Gives the Packers a chance to make a big play – sack, INT, etc. rather than just conceding easy 3pts.
Is Justin Blackmon going to have a Reggie Wayne-like day vs. the Packers? Has four catches in the first quarter…
End of First Quarter: Packers 7 Jaguars 3
And the Packers force a fumble – only the third in seven games plus this one.
Blaine Gabbert, when given all day to stand in the pocket, can throw the ball pretty well…
Evidently, the shoulder harness is not restricting Davon House that much. His blocked punt the first since 2003 and the first returned for a TD since 1990!
Then what an awful unnecessary roughness call on House in coverage. He was playing the ball all the way. Incidentally, their helmets touched. You just can’y play football anymore…
As Aaron Nagler of CheeseheadTV pointed out on twitter, Rodgers is now seeing (and taking) the checkdown he wasn’t earlier in the year. This small little difference can make the Packers offense fairly impossible to stop.
I’m an Alex Green supporter, but with no holes being created inside, he has to look to bounce it outside sooner…
Packers playing the patented Capers soft zone… Result, Blaine Gabbert has 182 yards passing in the first half. On the occasions when the Packers played press in the secondary, Gabbert has come close to throwing picks.
Packers defense sure knows how to make receivers on bad teams look good, don’t they?
Packers 14 Jaguars 12
Packers vs. Jaguars – First Impressions – Second Half:
I guess Packers’ & Mike McCarthy’s backs aren’t “against the wall” enough this game?
Aaron Rodgers not making good decisions this game. Doesn’t seem to have that sharp focus we saw the last two games.
I seem to say this every week – this is where I would start throwing some screens.
I simply love taking downfield shots on third and makeable when you are desperate for some offensive rhythm. ugh…
Dierdorf says something intelligent – get the ball to Cobb. Then says, “Packers have always been one of the best screen teams in the league.” Oh well…
Packers running on first play of almost every drive. Think Jacksonville is expecting it by now?
Cobb outsmarts himself. Just cut it in and go and he has the first down. Instead dances and gets taken down.
Crosby… yeah, he’s always been my kind of kicker… yeah…
Packers defense already the reason they’re even winning this game. From the looks of things, will probably have to stay that way…
McCarthy with some easy challenge decisions today. What are these refs seeing?
Love the consistently excellent tackling fundamentals Jerron McMillian shows. Wish all other Packers DBs would follow suit.
Can’t express how much I HATE the deep throws on third down. Especially when a first down effectively ends the game…
It’s all good because of the penalty, but throwing deep there is simply asinine. Just asinine…
A win is a win, but this game was hard to watch…
Packers 24 Jaguars 15——————
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.