For the second straight week, the Green Bay Packers hung a five spot on an opponent, this time beating the Philadelphia Eagles 55-20 on a chilly Sunday afternoon.
The normal author of this article is currently predisposed, so I’m filling in for him. I think we probably saw the game the same way, though.
The Packers appear to be firing on all cylinders right now, scoring on offense, defense, and special teams. As the weather is cooling down, the Packers appear to be heating up, and it couldn’t have come at a better time as they evened up with the Detroit Lions in the standings at 7-3.
Any time you score 53 points, there are plenty of game balls to go around. But, you can’t give one to everyone; I had to be choosy. Also, most mistakes came in garbage time when the game was no longer in doubt, so it’s hard to find faults except for one glaring one.
Is anyone playing as hot as he is right now? Once again, he made quarterbacking look like child’s play. He was 22 of 36 for 341 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INTs, and a quarterback rating of 120.3. Also, he impressively scrambled for 32 yards while keeping drives alive.
At this point, it’s all a broken record. Or, for the youngsters out there who don’t understand that metaphor, it’s your skipping and repeating MP3. Rodgers is the best in the business and there’s not more to add every week.
While he wasn’t able to get into the end zone, he did lead the Packers with 10 receptions for 129 yards. His catches seemed to always be timely, extending drives and converting third downs. He would have had more yards if not for excellent defense against him in man-to-man.
Every game he plays, he is only driving his price up next year on the free agent market. Pssst…Ted Thompson, please sign this guy. Throw some money bags at him. I won’t mind too much.
That’s right, Letroy Guion. While he only had 4 tackles, his presence was well felt. He knocked Mark Sanchez into next week quite early in the game, and that undoubtedly had an effect on the game and set the tone early. Sanchez was rattled at times and he air mailed several of his passes in the presence of any rush. Furthermore, Guion sniffed out a screen pass to Darren Sproles on the goal line and chased him down, preventing a touchdown. He’s coming on strong for the Packers and he’ll be important down the road.
As a whole, the run defense limited LeSean McCoy to 3.8 yards per carry, and Guion’s beef up front contributed to that. Well done, Packers.
Anyone on special teams not named Micah Hyde
Micah Hyde was a bright spot on special teams with his punt return touchdown, but the rest of the squad stunk up the joint. The Packers could very well have scored 58 points today, but the special teams left 5 points on the field. A botched snap on a PAT, a PAT block, and another botched snap on a field goal doomed the kick. Gotta clean that up down the road; those 5 points may be the difference against the Patriots and/or Lions.
Darren Sproles averaged over 11 yards every time he touched the ball, but Chip only called his number four times. Why he didn’t get the ball more isn’t my problem.
NFL on Fox
Thanks for flexing the Packers game to the afternoon slot so most of the country could see it. But, shame on you for dumping it in the third quarter to switch to the Cardinals and Lions, which no one cared about. I really was looking forward to watching this game.——————