Turnovers, like Jonathan Franklin’s fumble, were a major factor in the Packers’ loss to the Bengals.
I grow weary of Green Bay Packers losses. Not because they lose, but because I have to suffer the over-the-top reactions from fans every time. Okay, I guess it’s my choice to be involved in the Packers blogosphere and Twitterverse, but you get my point.
Don’t get me wrong, there’s absolutely no problem with being critical of your team after they lose a game like the Packers did to the Bengals. They should have won that game, and it was sloppy play that cost them. Regardless, it doesn’t mean that we need to start firing coaches or general managers. It doesn’t mean that our season is doomed.
But what really frustrates me is when fans automatically revert to grinding the axes they’ve been sharpening for years. When you mindlessly spout convenient excuses for a loss in anger and frustration, then your opinion lacks substance. Sure, there might be some valid points, but in many cases, it’s simply the failure of fans to objectively assess the game.
What do I mean? Let’s take this most recent loss. After thinking about the loss and reviewing some of the information, I’ve come away with some of the biggest reasons (and non-reasons) for the Packers’ loss. Below you’ll find three places where pointing your finger isn’t really a valid/honest assessment of the game, and then you’ll find three places where finger pointing is more than appropriate. Read more... (1226 words + 1 image, estimated 4:54 mins reading time)
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has been sacked 10 times already and pressured numerous more.
Many people have been praising the offensive line for two straight solid rushing performances.
Granted, the numbers sure do look gaudy. The Packers racked up 139 yards rushing and 5.8 yards a rush against the Redskins. But let’s not forget that the Redskins haven’t exactly been scaring folks on the offensive side of the ball. Washington is tied for 30th in the league by giving up 155 yards a game. And Johnathan Franklin came in admirably in the second half at Cincinnati by tallying 103 yards, but the Bengals had never seen Franklin on tape before so his tendencies weren’t yet known.
Despite those performances from the last two weeks, the offensive has to play better. In three games, the Packers offensive line has been penalized 10 times, with the majority of the penalties coming by way of holding. Those are inexcusable penalties that can easily be fixed. Coming into the Bengals game the Packers had the ninth most holding penalties in the NFL.
When Mike McCarthy and Aaron Rodgers saw the schedule for the first time last spring, they both saw the first three games and had a little trepidation. Everyone knew how good the 49ers defense was going to be after making an appearance in the Super Bowl last February but I’m willing to argue that the Bengals defense is even better. Read more... (685 words + 1 image, estimated 2:44 mins reading time)
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McCarthy and Rodgers have not fared well when playing from behind late in games
Last season and after the loss to the Seattle Seahawks, I wrote about how the Green Bay Packers were facing a turning point in their early season. It seemed like a knee-jerk reaction to what was a huge debacle by the replacement officials and the NFL because it was after only three games. Turns out, the Packers did get it together enough to win the NFC North and win a playoff game. In looking back at last season, the Seattle loss still looms as the turning point in 2012.
Here we are, three weeks into the 2013 season and seemingly at what could be this season’s turning point. Sure, some will say it’s too early, I’m being hasty, I’m a downer on Twitter and when this team gets all of its injured guys back, the Packers will be fine.
The “problem” that the Packers have, as far as fans are concerned, is that with a quarterback like Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay will always be a contender who can win any game. Therefore, the expectation to win is high. When the Packers don’t win, there is usually an adverse reaction that ranges from mild displeasure to profanity laced rants on twitter to some jumping out the 10th story window. Emotional responses by fans, players and coaches are a part of football. It’s contagious when we are watching a game that thrives on emotion and so we respond in kind. Read more... (1700 words + 3 images, estimated 6:48 mins reading time)
Green Bay Packers vs. Cincinnati Bengals: 2013 Game 3
Unfiltered game day blog post of comments, observations and first impressions.
For the second straight week, the Packers are facing an opponent coming off a Monday Night game. Always an advantage to some degree.
Two Bengals cornerbacks are out today, though neither are major contributors. Still, Aaron Rodgers is presently wiping the saliva off his chin… Pacman Jones, are you ready?
Today’s captains for the Packers: - WR Jordy Nelson (offense), CB Sam Shields (defense) and TE Ryan Taylor(special teams).
Inactives for today:
Green Bay Packers
24 CB Jarrett Bush
27 RB Eddie Lacy
29 CB Casey Hayward
30 FB John Kuhn
42 S Morgan Burnett
65 G Lane Taylor
93 DE Josh Boyd
43 M.D. Jennings & 22 Jerron McMillian will start at safety for the Packers. 44 James Starks will start at RB for 27 Eddie Lacy. In place of 30 John Kuhn, either 89 James Jones is expected to start as a 3rd WR or 81 Andrew Quarless is expected to start as a 2nd TE.
21 CB Brandon Ghee
27 CB Dre Kirkpatrick
33 RB Rex Burkhead
67 G Mike Pollak
73 T Anthony Collins
88 WR Ryan Whalen
99 DE Margus Hunt
Tough stretch: Definitley. You’re going to find out what kind of team you have early on. Read more... (1323 words + 5 images, estimated 5:18 mins reading time)
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After easily dumping the Washington Redskins last Sunday in their home opener, the Green Bay Packers once again hit the road and tomorrow face the Cincinnati Bengals.
The Bengals, like the Packers, are 1-1 and are tied for first place in the AFC North with the defending world champion Baltimore Ravens. Cincinnati was the chic pick by many to win the AFC North and after an opening day loss to the Chicago Bears, they bounced back nicely against the Pittsburgh Steelers Monday night, defeating their archrival by a score of 20-10.
Despite some accuracy issues by quarterback Andy Dalton, the Bengals were able to move the ball in the second half and a depleted Pittsburgh team just couldn’t keep up. Rookie running back Giovani Bernard took some of the pressure off of Dalton and helped put the Steelers away.
The last time we met
The last time the Bengals and Packers met, the game ended in heartbreak for Green Bay. During their Week 2 game in 2009, the Bengals edged the Packers 31-24 after Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers failed to stop the clocked in a frantic last minute drive to score the game-tying touchdown.
This also was the same game former Cincinnati receiver Chad Ochocinco/Johnson performed the Lambeau Leap he was promising/threatening all week. Carson Palmer was able to move the ball down the field almost at will with Green Bay still adjusting to their new 3-4 defense.
The Bengals lead the overall series between the two teams, 6-5. Read more... (950 words + 1 image, estimated 3:48 mins reading time)
Jordy Nelson has three TDs in two games this season.
“It’s two games, but you can see how quick it can happen. James (Jones) went from no yards in Week 1 to 179 in Week 2,” said Jordy Nelson when asked about the possibility of himself and Randall Cobb each finishing the year with 1,000 yards receiving.
On Sunday you’re going to see two of the best receivers in the NFL.
Growing up on a farm in the plains of Kansas, Jordy Nelson probably never thought he would be compared to the likes of A.J. Green.
But when it’s time for kickoff Sunday afternoon, those two will represent the best at the position in what has become a passing renaissance in the new-look NFL.
However, the interesting aspect is that they’ve done it in different ways.
Nelson is 15th in the league with 196 receiving yards, yet of all the receivers in the top 15, he has the least amount of targets with 14. The reason Nelson has been able to dazzle defenses is because of the amazing supporting cast. He plays alongside fellow wideout Randall Cobb who has been targeted eight more times and is third in the NFL with 236 yards. And let’s not forget about tight end Jermichael Finley, who has found a way to curb his past and put all of his energy into his God-given talents, which has him on the fast track for an All-Pro season. Read more... (781 words + 1 image, estimated 3:07 mins reading time)