Packers 24 Colts 21 – First Impressions of 2011 Preseason Game 3
The Packers played the Colts last night in this 3rd game of the 2011 preseason. I actually joined the game at halftime, so I watched the second half live and then the first half on the DVR. Here are my first unfiltered impressions.:
Joseph Addai: 26 yds in his first two carries, both to Clay matthews’ side. Is this a carry over from the Pittsburgh strategy in the Super Bowl and something we’ll see a lot of this year?
By the way, on both of those runs, the Colts used an offensive tackle to kick out on Matthews and let Addai cut inside. Some bad decisions by players behind Matthews, like Morgan Burnett, who took an outside position even though Matthews was already out there. He should have seen that and taken an inside angle.
And then on 3rd down, Matthews shows what makes him so valuable – goes around the Colts’ right tackle like he’s standing still. Matthews gets the sack and waves off the predator celebration – not in preseason…
It’s amazing how often you’ll see BJ Raji in on the tackle on a screen pass. What a motor for a 335lb guy….
So nice to see that Aaron Rodgers has seen the light and slides when he takes off on a scamper.
DJ Smith with a big hit on kickoff coverage. What a great draft pick that was, Ted. The kid is fearless and already looks very much at home in the NFL.
One of the things I was most excited about this season was the return of Morgan Burnett. So far, I have not been disappointed. A future Pro Bowler…
My jinx skills work once again. I had hardly finished typing the sentence above when Burnett blows a coverage, resulting in an easy 57 yard touchdown pass for the Colts. Oh well…
Either Jordy Nelson has finally become what I first envisioned for him (that possession-receiver security blanket for Rodgers), or he’s being showcased. James Jones invisible so far…
Missed field goal. The look on Mike McCarthy’s face said it all. no further comment.
Jarret Bush makes yet another mediocre quarterback look like Joe Montana. What? Bush gets turned and loses track of a ball over his head? Never seen that before…
After seeing the replay, Bush’s coverage is even worse than I first thought. Looks like he’s chasing a ghost out there.
Vic So’oto with a big sack and forces a fumble. So’oto looking more and more like a keeper.
As the announcers heap undying praise on Matt Flynn, he is handed a first down on the Indy 20 (thanks to So’oto) and in 3 passes, picks up 6 yds. Yes, he’s awesome!
I keep expecting Howard Green to fall off a cliff, yet he continues to play extremely well. The guy has been cut 10 times.
Pat Lee on a couple of blitzes from the back side – misses a tackle in the backfield on the second one. His spot on this team is in major jeopardy.
Davon House looking a bit shaky in his NFL debut.
I like Kerry Taylor as a returner. No hesitation – North South runner.
Every year, there is one guy who impresses in shorts early in camp, then fizzles in games. Is DJ Williams this year’s edition?
Everybody’s killing Graham Harrell after that overthrow and interception. Suddenly, he’s a bum…
This second half is excruciatingly boring – even for a preseason game.
Kerry Taylor will eventually play in the NFL, but not on the Packers.
And yet another jinx, as taylor drops an easy pass right in his hands. Why don’t my jinxes work on the other teams?
Is Ryan Taylor the new and improved Spencer Havner in EVERY way? Former LB, switch to TE, special teams ace, catches TDs….
Awesome play by Tori Gurley to get out of bounds and stop the clock.
Touchdown packers and they make the 2-point conversion to tie. Suddenly, everyone loves Graham Harrell again.
Well, so much for the dull game. Packers recover the onsides kick and my buddy, Mason Crosby with a 50-yard FG for the win. Plenty of distance sufficiently inside the posts. More of that, please.
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.