Packers 27, Eagles 20 – First Impressions – Week One 2010
Evidently, Aaron Rodgers’ facemask is considered “in play” by NFL referees.
Tramon Williams played one of his better games and did a nice job in coverage, but he needs to catch at least one of those two potential INTs.
Good news, bad news: Rodgers looks a little more nimble at avoiding rushers in the pocket – obviously, he’s had a lot practice. At the same time, he seemed to be watching the rushers too much, which affected his accuracy.
Mark Tauscher looked like Barbre / Giacomini (your choice) out there. I have to think he was hurting in some way. He just was not moving well…
When Clay Matthews took down Kevin Kolb from behind, as Kolb lay on the ground, I kept saying “get up”, “get up.” You see, MichaelVick as a runner scared me a lot more than Kolb as a passer (at least based on what I had seen so far). When I tweeted that sentiment, most responses were, “please, we want Vick, he’ll screw things up.” I just shook my head. And then he proceeds to… well you saw it. Like a bad movie we’ve all seen before. Fortunately, the ending was a little different this time.
The touchdown pass from Rodgers to Jennings looked so easy, I thought it was OTAs, 7 on 7.
The Packers obviously borrowed some other team’s special teams units for this game. Seriously, when it comes to special teams, I’m most concerned about two things, coverage units and kicking field goals. Close to perfect in both categories this game…
As I tweeted early on in the game, all Jordy Nelson has to do on KRs is CATCH the ball, run North/South, and not FUMBLE. I’m more than satisfied with him returning kicks if he does those things. If the Packers happen to block well for him and he has some nice returns, that’s just gravy.
I’m expecting an Alex Tallisch Mason Crosby-related jab at me any second now…
I am a little concerned about punter Tim Mathsay when punting under pressure. He is known for his slow get-off and on his last punt, he short-legged the kick for a line drive with no hang time. Fortunately, the Packers coverage team did a great job (am I really writing those words… surreal). This is something to keep an eye on as the season progresses.
I’ve heard a lot of people talk about Brandon Jackson tonight like he did something special. 18 carries, 63 yards, 3.5 YPC. 18 of the yards came on one run. Look, he did a decent job, but let’s not get carried away. He’s still way too indecisive in picking a hole.
Grant getting hurt is exactly why I was previously saying I wouldn’t go into an NFL season with 2 tailbacks on your roster. Injuries are just too prevalent among running backs.
Anyone else feel like Aaron Rodgers was trying to throw to Finley TOO much. He really forced a few. Take what the defense gives you, Aaron.
Clay Matthews…. well, what can I say that you don’t already know. In my eyes, he was defensive MVP this game, even before the 4th down stop.
Overall, the pass rush was effective, beyond just getting sacks. Great push up the middle from the DL and Raji, in particular. I so wish Mike Neal had been available, too.
Kudos to Cullen Jenkins. Multiple fractures his hand, throws on a quick cast and he’s back out there ready to play. In a lot of pain after the game, but says he’ll play next week with the cast. Just one more reason to like Jenkins…
Only 2 penalties the entire game for the Packers? Damn, I could get used to that.——————
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.