Packers vs. Ravens – Game Day First Impressions, Unfiltered: GB 19 BAL 17

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  1. Nick Perry
    October 13, 2013

    I have one question. Boykin has been in this system for 2 years and hasn’t been in the right place once. Good thing we let Johnson get taken off practice squad.

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    • Stroh
      October 13, 2013

      I thought each of them were more poor throws by Rodgers. I know its not good to criticize Rodgers but those were some really bad passes IMO. Making Boykin dive on a 7 yd out? Making him leave his feet and stretch out for a 10 yd slant? Those are on Rodgers… Yeah I get Bokins isn’t one of his regular targets but those are some HS level passes and Rodgers missed on them. I didn’t see any glaring errors by Boykin on them.

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    • Thegreatreynoldo
      October 14, 2013

      I didn’t know GB lost Johnson from the practice squad. When did that happen and who signed him?

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      • Dobber
        October 14, 2013

        Cleveland signed him away on Thursday (I think).

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  2. Dobber
    October 13, 2013

    We’ve seen this a last year and this year, too: when the Packers were down one of Jennings/Jones/Cobb/Nelson, they were OK. Down 2, things fall apart.

    They’re down two (Jones and (of course) Jennings) and struggling. And why not running the ball anymore? C’mon, MM!

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  3. Dobber
    October 13, 2013

    Jump the gun a little on the first half score, Al?

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    • Jason Perone
      Jason Perone
      October 13, 2013

      I’m doing this one for Al today. It’s a working document so I’m updating it as we go.

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      • Dobber
        October 13, 2013

        Well, in that case, I’ll let it go… ;)

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  4. Dobber
    October 13, 2013

    Huge road win today. Very costly if Cobb and Jones miss significant time, but a huge win, none the less.

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  5. Wagszilla
    October 13, 2013

    Today we learned that House, Hyde, and Lattimore can play.

    Lattimore looked quick, took great angles, and wrapped up. If he keeps this up he’s a big upgrade from Jones.

    Bummer about Cobb. Looks done for the year. Let’s hope that Jones can get back later on…

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  6. Tarynfor12
    Tarynfor12
    October 13, 2013

    Seems MM has got a run game and then loses his playbook on how to use it…They’ll take the win but……

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    • Barutan Seijin
      October 13, 2013

      It’s a road win. You take those any way you can get them.

      But yeah, Lacy runs for 48 yds or so on his first three carries and MM/Rodgers start throwing it downfield.

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    • Stroh
      October 13, 2013

      Really? I seem to remember Lacy running for 120. I didn’t think he was forgotten al all!

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      • Chad Toporski
        Chad Toporski
        October 14, 2013

        Thank you, Stroh, for pointing that out.

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      • Stroh
        October 14, 2013

        And Lacy ran the ball 23 times each of the last 2 games. Ahman Green is his best years didn’t average 23 carries a game. How exactly does that qualify as being forgotten?

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      • Tarynfor12
        Tarynfor12
        October 14, 2013

        “Lacy ran the ball 23 times each of the last 2 games”…

        “How exactly does that qualify as being forgotten?”

        The number of rushes doesn’t erase the lack of its use when it should be used.

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      • Stroh
        October 14, 2013

        That’s the F’in point! It WAS used and plenty!

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      • Tarynfor12
        Tarynfor12
        October 14, 2013

        Again…The number of rushes doesn’t erase the lack of its use when it should be used.

        ‘LACK OF ITS USE WHEN IT SHOULD BE USED’!

        That’s the F’in point!

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      • Stroh
        October 15, 2013

        You mean when they were trying to set the tempo of the game early, and then using it again late to run the clock? That makes PERFECT f’in sense to me!

        As the saying goes you throw to score and run to win! Exactly what McCarthy did!

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      • Stroh
        October 15, 2013

        Here you go Taryn… Just so you don’t think its just my opinion!

        ESPN NFC North blogger…

        “The true measure of a running game can often be found in situations where it’s imperative to run the ball — early in the game and late. The Green Bay Packers did both in Sunday’s 19-17 win over the Baltimore Ravens.”

        We learning anything yet?

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      • Tarynfor12
        Tarynfor12
        October 15, 2013

        I learn all the time….establishing the run early to aid the pass and the use of the run late to kill the clock are indeed imperative….however a disregard for its value during much of the meat and potato possessions is cutting steak with a spoon…leaving frustration and hunger pains.

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      • Stroh
        October 15, 2013

        Glad to hear you learned something… Now its just a matter of the 23 carries, that basically shows it wasn’t abandoned at any time! That’s a pretty heavy workload for a RB, in one game. And Lacy’s done it 2x’s in a row now.

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      • Stroh
        October 15, 2013

        I guess they actually did use the running game when it SHOULD be used!

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      • Tarynfor12
        Tarynfor12
        October 15, 2013

        I always learn but you didn’t teach it…the 23 carries is a workload and I’m not discounting the Packers handed the ball off….its not handing it off when it should be…too many possessions where runs weren’t used but were very much needed…..learn anything yet!

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      • Jason Perone
        Jason Perone
        October 15, 2013

        I always like to see educated Packers fans having a healthy discussion following a win. After all, that’s why they play the game right?

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    • funcrusher
      October 14, 2013

      The third and one pitch to Franklin was god awful. Not sure what McCarthy was thinking.

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  7. Jerry
    October 13, 2013

    Did Nick Perry get hurt after D Jones scooped up that fumble?

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    • Mike
      October 13, 2013

      OT fell on his leg/knee while he was on the ground after forcing the fumble. He did return for a play here and there in the 2nd half so at least he made appearances

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      • Jerry
        October 13, 2013

        Thanks Mike!

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  8. tim
    October 13, 2013

    Great win, but costly. Hoping for the best for Jones, Cobb and Perry. The hit to Cobb looked bad. On the bright side, how sweet it is to see new guys stepping up to the challenge. Lattimore, Hyde, Perry, Lacy and the newly discovered A.J. Hawk. Now that’s the guy we drafted out of Ohio State. Sweet!

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    • john
      October 14, 2013

      Hawk’s short hair must be the difference here. He’s all of the sudden a stud.

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  9. mark in Portland
    October 13, 2013

    The 4th down play reminded me of the playoff game in Philly back in 2003. If it’s 4th and 20+ yards perhaps we just tell the DBs to hold the receivers and take the 5 yard penalty. It’s better than giving up so many yards. Still, it was a great win. Lacy was a fantastic pick up!

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    • Dobber
      October 14, 2013

      Isn’t there an unwritten rule that those who invoke the “4th and 26″ play get banned from this site? ;)

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      • Mark
        October 14, 2013

        My apologies. Ten years later it still seems like the worst play in GB history. I will never reference it again.

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    • Two Bears, One Cup
      October 14, 2013

      Defensive holding is an automatic first, unfortunately.

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  10. Sixtus
    October 13, 2013

    Datone Jones and Nick Perry showed the UCLA and USC defensive line making themselves known as a great combo for the Packer defense on the NFL highlights! Then there is Eddie Lacy!!!!!

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  11. BTF
    October 13, 2013

    Tremendous win under a lot of adversity and a win in a way that many would have said we were incapable of in the last couple of years.

    The run D was tremendous the D-line seems a real strength this year. I questioned if Lattimore could play ILB well enough to stay on the roster earlier this year. Happy to be proved wrong. Credit to the coaching staff for moving both him and Brad Jones who let’s not forget has been very solid for us. Talking of ILB’s AJ Hawk was outstanding today.

    The injuries are a big concern of course. Still for all his perceived faults MM has shown great ability to keep the team going in the face of difficulties. He’ll need to do so again..

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  12. Since ’61
    October 13, 2013

    Big road win for the Packers. Rodgers and receivers owe a big thanks to the defense which played huge for most of the game. Then Rodgers hit two big throws in the second half. The play to Finley with just under 2 minutes left in the game was huge! Lacy finished it off. Unfortunately, the celebration is hindered by yet more injuries. Hopefully Cobb and Jones will be back. Until the Browns, Thanks Since ’61

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  13. packett
    October 13, 2013

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    • Nick Perry
      October 13, 2013

      Shields did really well till that last drive then you’re right, he kinda fell apart. Part of that is that damn soft zone that Capers plays and slows Dow or stops absolutely no one! McMillian should not dress for a long while. He single handily helped them covert the 4th down and blew coverage on the TD. He’s horrible!!

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  14. Oppy
    October 13, 2013

    Really impressed with the job the defense did; particularly the LB’s in run defense, I expected Rice to rack up a ton of yards on our thinned out LB corps.

    Man, those injuries suck.

    I’m quite happy with Nick Perry, but I have a feeling that Taryn thinks she’s serving me crow because he’s not putting up crazy sack totals. So be it, I guess.

    Can people stop worrying about the Packers’ ability to pressure the QB w/o Clay Matthews now?

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    • Nick Perry
      October 13, 2013

      Last two weeks Perry has 3 sacks, 2 forced fumbles. I’ll take that every two weeks all season long!

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    • Tarynfor12
      Tarynfor12
      October 13, 2013

      I’m not serving as yet and I’m not ready to dine yet.The forced fumble was an awesome get for Perry and he again looked more comfortable on the right side. however, as much as some( not you directly) may feel a move of CM3 may be in order, this was against whom many(Stroh) called a low level OL and below average LT…Can’t have it both ways but I do sense a crow dinner possibly…he needs to perform on the side he plays and that will be the left when CM3 returns and may yet have a fight with Neal for that…the BIBs(lobster etc) are on hold as another week looms…the sixth game and the dinner server…LOL!…It’s closer than I thought it would be, but the switch is aiding your side. I’ll be here to dine if deemed so unlike some who squawk and walk…thanks for fair fight.

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      • Oppy
        October 13, 2013

        Lol, I’m opinionated, but I’m also honorable, and it’s all in good fun so far as I’m concerned, Taryn.

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  15. Barutan Seijin
    October 13, 2013

    Jacoby Jones had 2 catches for 42 yds & a TD against Shields. I’ll take it.

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    • Stroh
      October 13, 2013

      Better yet when Shields was on Smith the Ravens #1 WR he was terrific. Smith was shut out in the 1st half like AJ Green was by Shields. The TD to Jones was zone coverage I think, which is not a strength of Shields. That whole TD drive by the Ravens was nothing but zone coverage. When in man coverage Shields locks WR down.

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      • Jason Perone
        Jason Perone
        October 13, 2013

        Shields was decent today. He did what he needed to do against a good WR in Smith. He was peeking in the backfield quite a bit, which is puzzling because Rice and the run game never threatened.

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      • Stroh
        October 13, 2013

        I saw that he shut out the 2nd leading receiver in the AFC. Another fast and big play WR, not unlike Green. If you wanna fault him for his play in zone coverage, that’s fair enough, but Smith had 1 rec for 12 yds and Shields played him in man coverage almost all day. That sounds a hell of a lot better than decent to me!

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  16. GBPDAN
    October 13, 2013

    A much needed road win against a somewhat healthy , good, football team on the road. I hope we hear relatively good news on the Cobb and James Jones injuries

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  17. Nick Perry
    October 13, 2013

    One last thing. I’ve been a huge AJ Hawk critic. Today I’m glad to eat a huge plate of crow. Mr. Hawk played a hell of a game, congrats to AJ. Lastly I hope Cobb and Jones are alright. The Cobb injury looked bad and the crutches looked worse. Hopefully it’s just precaution.

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    • A_Lerxst_in_Packerland
      October 13, 2013

      A.J. Freakin’ Hawk! He’s having a whale of a season so far.
      I’m with you 100% on the injury concerns. I hope we get good news tomorrow.

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    • John Zoul
      October 14, 2013

      Nick, that was an outstanding game for A.J. Hawk…much better than last week, and it may have been the best game of his career. Lattimore also looked great, as did the entire D-Line…House also made some big plays…First three quarters…the best Defense we have played in quite some time…
      Rodgers and Boykin nedd to get on the same page…Great road win!…How many ‘drops’ did we have?

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    • Two Bears, One Cup
      October 14, 2013

      I hope you have enough of that crow to share. I have to eat some Hawk crow myself.

      Each of the last two years he’s taken a pay cut, and now that he’s making about what he should for how he’s played throughout his career, he becomes berserk and starts playing above his contract. Conclusion: A. J. Hawk hates being paid fairly.

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  18. Alex Parkhurst
    October 13, 2013

    1) Davon House was a menace and after the 2md quarter Flacco avoided him.

    2) Boykin and Rodgers off BUT Boykin made the play of the game by recovering Rodgers fumble inside our own 5 yard line. He doesn’t do that and whole game changes. Great 2nd effort and awareness.

    3) Mica Hyde – Was there any play where he wasn’t doing something good?

    4) Mason Crosby is back – yeah he missed one but he is a completely different player this year. I don’t hold my breath and say prayers on field goals this year.

    5) Tim Masthay can punt – we knew that.

    6) Good pressure on Flacco all 60 minutes – that was great to watch.

    ….and like everyone else I hope Jones and Cobb injuries are not serious.

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  19. Russell
    October 14, 2013

    ARods passes the miss Boykin was not his fault. Boykin was not running his routes correctly. He failed to come back to the ball. I’m sure they will work on that this week in practice. Good, hard fought win for the Pack. These types of wins build character in a young team. When the offense catches up with the progress that the Defense has displayed, this team will be hard to beat.

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    • john
      October 14, 2013

      Boykin has trouble with the comeback route. He runs a slant instead of a comeback. He’s still learning.

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    • Bart Vanden Plas
      October 14, 2013

      The first one was on 12. You don’t throw a pass two yards short of the first down on 3rd down. Boykin was where he needed to be to get the 1st down.

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      • Bart Vanden Plas
        October 14, 2013

        And I think that if it was Boykin’s fault, would 12 have continued to go to him under any circumstances? I think 12 knew where the fault was and kept trying to connect to 11. They both finally got it together. Aaron did not have his best day yesterday.

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  20. john
    October 14, 2013

    We learned that Micah Hyde is a stud. Only guy who can tackle like Woodson.
    We also learn that McMillan is going to end up behind Banjo and Tramon Williams still can’t tackle my grandma.
    Looks like Kuhn is fading also.

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  21. Bart Vanden Plas
    October 14, 2013

    That was a hard game, as all of the games have been so far (with the possible exception of the Washington game). When do the Packers get a bottom half defense? We just saw what the D can do against an average offense. Now what can the O do against an average defense? Should be interesting in Lambeau next week. And then we get to play the Bishop-less Vikes, an overall below average team (except for AP).

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