Packers vs. Cardinals – Game Day First Impressions, Unfiltered: Packers 31, Cardinals 17
Green Bay Packers vs. Arizona Cardinals:
Adam Czech here in place of Jersey Al for this week’s first impressions. Al is still dealing with the fallout from Superstorm Sandy and has ordered me to climb down off my deer stand, watch this week’s game, and write about it.
I said, “Yes sir!” So, here is 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, LB Frank Zombo, RB John Kuhn, DL Jerel Worthy, LB Nick Perry.
Inactive for Cardinals today: QB Kevin Kolb, WR LaRon Byrd, CB Greg Toler, LB Jamaal Westerman, G Senio Kelemete, G Adam Snyder, TE Todd Heap.
Welcome back, Jordy Nelson.
Rich Ohrnberger is starting for Adam Snyder at guard for the second game in a row. Snyder is not good and I can’t imagine Ohrnberger is any better. Not good news for a Cardinals’ o-line that is one of the worst in the league.
Aaron Rodgers told Pam Oliver before the game that last week’s “flat” win over the Jags was good for the Packers and hopefully gets the team to up their energy. We shall see.
Packers vs. Cardinals – First Impressions – First Half:
Great kickoff by Crosby, using the sideline to pin the Cards inside their own 20.
Unlike last week, the crowd sounded lively on the third down on the Cards first series. Mike Neal burries Skelton and the Cards have to punt.
More great special teams play gets the Packers to the Cards’ 20.
Starks starting over Green…looked a little indecisive on his first carry. Cut that thing upfield, James.
Once again the offense falls flat on the opening possession and Crosby shanks a FG. Crosby is becoming serious problem, not just something to give Jersey Al a hard time about.
Brad Jones matched against Larry Fitzgerald is a terrible idea, but it worked this time and the Cards have to punt again.
Switched to Bears-Titans during the commercial and a Titans DB dropped a pick-six from Cutler. Bears are so damn lucky.
The Packers are driving despite the Cards secondary doing a great job on their WRs so far. Rodgers thinks he’s RGIII.
Cobb looked like he was shot out of a cannon on that TD. I like the slant/screen combo play.
La’Rod Stephens-Howling is doing a nice job of picking up two or three yards per carry despite no room whatsoever. But why are the Cards running him between the tackles?
Great play by William Gay on that pick. The Packers, I think it was Woodson, had a similar pick against the Jets in 2010.
The Packers run D struggles to stop RBs when they bounce it to the outside after the middle is closed. It took Stephens-Howling a quarter to figure this out, but he finally did and scored a TD to tie it at 7.
Five straight running plays for the Packers. Vince Lombardi smiles from heaven.
After Donald Driver almost torpedoes the drive on his own, Rodgers connects with Cobb on a beauty to make it 14-7 (special thanks to the refs on that bobbling catch by Driver for a “first down”).
Starks should probably get comfortable on the bench after that fumble.
James Jones with an amazing TD catch to make it 21-7. Is Jones the Packers runner-up for MVP so far behind Rodgers?
Mike Daniels sacks Skelton and the Packers lead 21-7 at halftime. The Packers are a much better team than the Cardinals, even with all the injuries, and I expect more of the same in the second half.
Packers vs. Cardinals – First Impressions – Second Half:
The Packers get the ball to start the second half. Delivering the knockout blow has been a problem for the Packers this season. I’d like to see them do it on this first drive.
Nelson and Bulaga are out for the game. No surprise there. If the Packers score on this first drive, they need to wrap their remaining players in bubble wrap for the rest of the day.
Cobb is a man among boys today. Another great return sets up the Packers for the killshot I’m hoping for.
I don’t like going after Patrick Peterson on third down and I don’t like punting on fourth-and-1 in the other team’s territory. Go for the kill, Mike.
Of course, as soon as I type that, Hayward bats a pass up in the air, Walden picks it, and the Packers are back in business.
Maybe the Packers went three-and-out on purpose to give Crosby a short FG to try and build his confidence.
After a slow start, Arizona has rallied to take a 5-4 lead over the Packers in drops. A lot of ballgame left, though, and this one could come down to the wire.
Another ugly three-and-out for the Packers. Yuck.
Dezman Moses getting a decent rush in place of Matthews. Walden has been just a split second late a few times today.
The Packers had multiple chances to end this game and didn’t. Fitzgerald scores and now it’s a ballgame again.
I would much rather have the Packers throw deep on third and 1 instead of bang it up the middle behind Saturday. Another three-and-out, another punt.
Skelton is now pitching a tent in the pocket and finding wide open receivers. This game has gotten tense. Lambeau has gone quiet.
Why do the Cards keep banging Stephens-Howling up the middle? They try it again on third and 1, he gets stuffed, and Arizona kicks a FG to make it 24-17.
Tom Crabtree. All he does is score long TDs. Packers 31-17.
Another run on third and 1, another Packers punt. This team isn’t built to run it on third and 1. That’s why I never have a problem when they launch it deep.
Running it on first down and getting 12 yards with Starks? That I am fine with! (But he needs to tuck it away and cover it better.)
The Packers give up a long fourth down completion, but Hayward defends another fourth down pass to seal the win.
Another up-and-down, ragged performance, but another win. Given all the injuries before the game and during the game, I’m very pleased with how the Packers played today and being 6-3 at the bye.
MVP for today definitely goes to Randall Cobb.
PACKERS 31, Cardinals 17——————