Green Bay Packers vs. New Orleans Saints: 2014 Game 8 (Packers 23, Saints 44)
As always, this post it what it says it is, unfiltered initial reactions as the game progresses. I always find it entertaining to compare initial impressions from the heat of the moment with more measured thoughts with time to think about it. Everything is up for discussion.
Packers play their 5th road game of the season tonight, with the bye week looming next week.
In four meetings since 2006, each team has scored at least 27 points in each of the four games.
Aaron Rodgers posted his sixth consecutive zero-interception game in the Week 7 win over Carolina, tying Bart Starr’s franchise record (min. 15 attempts a game) set in 1964.
Morgan Burnett and Sam Shields BOTH out for this game vs. Drew Brees. Oy…
Today’s captains will be RB Eddie Lacy (offense), CB Casey Hayward (defense) and FB John Kuhn (special teams).
Inactives for today’s game:
Green Bay Packers
16 QB Scott Tolzien
37 CB Sam Shields
42 S Morgan Burnett
54 LB Carl Bradford
72 C Garth Gerhart
83 WR Jeff Janis
95 DE Datone Jones
On defense, 31 CB Davon House starts for Shields, 21 S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix starts for Burnett, and 93 DE Josh Boyd starts for Jones.
New Orleans Saints
13 WR Joseph Morgan
23 RB Pierre Thomas
29 RB Khiry Robinson
33 CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste
55 C Jonathan Goodwin
58 LB Kyle Knox
88 WR Nick Toon
On offense, 68 C Tim Lelito starts for Goodwin.
Started career in NO: I had a great experience. My first ccordiantor position. Mr. benson & family were great ownership. it was fun working here.
Superdome: It’s huge. When it was built, other domes that existed could fit inside it. very loud, entertaining type atmosphere.
GB success in Oct: We’ll, let’s keep it going… this is when you start finding out more about yopur football team. Feel good about our preparation
Shields & Burnett out: Comfortable with Micah and Ha Ha back there , Casey will play the nickel. Most important for us is to push the pocket, hit the quarterback, make them reset.
Saints as a 2-4 team?: You just have to look at their games. They lost a tough one up there at Detroit. This is a very well coached football team with a veteran QB that has played off the charts here in NO.
Why is Brees so good? Command and complete understanding of the offense and what the defense is trying to do to you.
Saints offense like to test the second level? Definitely. Important to try to take away the first option, receiver-wise. Brees is a 2.1 time guy, as far as getting the ball out.
Expect more from Graham? I would think so – he’s a week better. We’ll see more from him, I’m sure.
Look forward to coaching a game like this? This is the type of game we all look forward to, players, coaches. National audience, big time environment, this is what you live for.
Packers vs. Saints- First Impressions – First Half:
Packers win the toss and elect to receive. McCarthy hoping to gran an early lead in what figures to be a high-scoring affair.
Even though it worked this time, still hate the 2nd and 10 handoff.
Actually an under thrown ball by Rodgers results in the DB not locating the ball and it’s a 70 yd.TD to Cobb.
Another Jet sweep TD against the Packers. Such a rarity…
OMG a screen… Thanks, Mike!!! #Packers
Julius Peppers split wide and drops a pass in the end zone. Well, yeah…
Asking Peppers to split wide and catch a bullet from Rodgers? Wouldn’t be my choice of how to get him the ball.
Now an onsides kick? Why all this nonsense in the first quarter Mike? Don’t think you have the better team?
Unless you’re losing late, I don’t see any reason to take a chance on giving the Saints offense a short field. Even if it worked, I’m dead against the idea.
I remember when Randall Cobb and Jerrel Jernigan were considered “the same guy” coming into the draft. Most thought Packers reached. Not.
TJ Lang left after first series with an ankle injury and is not expected to return. Lane Taylor steps in.
Score at end of 1st quarter: GB 10 NO 10
James Starks continues to be awful as a safety valve receiver. Takes awkward steps and Rodgers just can’t seem to predict where Starks is going. Not Rodgers’ fault.
Packers defense in bend, not break mode. Get a big stop as Saints try to fool the Packers with the fake jet sweep play the Bears used successfully to score a TD. Clinton Dix not fooled like Sam Shields was that time.
Packers run an UGLY screen (OL way out of position), but a screen nonetheless. Even bad screens can work. Thanks again, Mike!!!
THAT was funny. Rodgers calling, calling for the ball as the play clock runs down and Linsely doesn’t move, head down. Doesn’t move for seconds after the whistle either. Sad, but funny.
Game turns into field goal frenzy. Both teams are combined 1-5 in Red zone. Saints with last drive of second half. Start at 20yd line, 1:50 left, 1 timeout.
No punts. Packers TD, Saints TD, Packers FG, Saints FG, Packers FG, Saints FG, Packers FG, Saints FG
Score at end of 1st half: GB 16 NO 16
Packers vs. Saints – First Impressions – Second Half:
Not a good thing when Mike Daniels is making a tackle 25 yds downfield.
Guion again blows up a short yardage play. Packers then stop 4th and short. That’s the third 4th and short stop by the Packers this season.
Wondering why Rodgers looked mad after running for a first down. Damn, looks like he tweaked his hamstring.
Rodgers finally throws an INT as pass bounces off Quarless (ball also hit by DB) into the hands of a Saints player. Lacy makes tackle.
Saints starting to use Jimmy Graham – four catches in second half.
Just as Collingsworth predicts a long bomb with Packers paying attention to Graham, it happens. Hate when he’s right.
Packers go for it on 4th and short on their own forty. Packers telegraph which side play is going to. Still, OL needs to just hold their ground and they make the first down. OL blown up.
3rd screen of the night. Strange, though: screen right, yet they ask Sitton and DBak to get over to lead it. Naturally, late getting there.
Score at end of 3rd quarter: GB 16 NO 30
Cameron Jordan giving Bryan Bulaga major problems. Registers his second sack.
Rodgers with second INT off the hands of a Packers receiver. Overthrew Adams, but looked like Adams cut his route short.
Been waiting most of the year for the Packers to throw more to Lacy, as they showed in preseason.
Lots of wondering on twitter if Rodgers should still be playing down 3TDs and obviously bothered by something (hamstring).
Brees lighting up a team’s secondary sure makes things easier for Mark Ingram.
Micah Hyde’s “just average” speed was a real problem tonight. Brees went after him.
Matt Flynn in and quickly fumbles the ball away. And people love this guy…
Final Score: GB 23 NO 44
While I might normally applaud some creativity coming from Mike McCarthy, I am NOT on board with a 1st quarter onside kick attempt against an offense like N.O. Kudos to the defense for holding them to three points there.
If the Packers didn’t try that onside kick, Saints don’t have 2 min for drive at end of first half.
I take back all the bad things I said about Letroy Guion. Blowing up short yardage plays all season.
I hate when Chris Collingsworth is right about something.
Tell me again why the Packers would run to Lane Taylor’s side on fourth and short instead of behind Josh Sitton? Taylor got destroyed.
Obviously, the screen play was the unscouted look presented to the Saints.
So running with a receiver who can’t cross over to a poorly thrown ball is now interference? There’s a rule like that in Field Hockey. This is football.
No Burnett and Shields hurt more than we all expected. Saints exploited the Packers secondary masterfully.
Drew Brees at home has done this to a lot of teams with better defenses than the Packers. Don’t take it so personally. Bye week regroup.
I guarantee the Packers will not lose next week. Guarantee.
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.