I was at Lambeau for the Packers bye week NFC wild-card round victory over the Vikings on Saturday night. I have a couple of questions:
1. Should we be excited about the defensive performance? Or chalk it up to playing against Joe Webb?
2. How awesome is Aaron Rodgers?
3. Will the Packers turn in one of their “we’re nobody’s underdogs” performances against the 49ers?
4. What should we do with people (and I was kind of one of them) who thought the Packers defense was better without Woodson?
5. Since when did the Packers replace the Lambeau PA announcer with a guy from the NBA? Too much screaming, too much nonsense. Packers fans are capable of getting loud without gimmicks.
Now I will attempt to answer my own questions:
1. Somewhat excited.
4. Ban them from blogging.
5. I already kind of answered this one. On to the stock report:
How many other quarterbacks can make the throw where Rodgers rolled right and hit Jordy Nelson inside the 5-yard line? Very few, if any. Rodgers has been excellent the last two weeks. If he keeps it going against the 49ers, I like the Packers’ chances.
Every week, the size of Matthews’ new contract gets bigger and bigger. Matthews kept himself under control on Saturday and rarely got out of position while rushing Webb or trying to corral Adrian Peterson. You know a player is on a roll when he gets blocked to the ground, but manages to get a sack anyway because the quarterback trips over his prone body.
I thought Harris might have lost his hot-hand status after he dropped a third-down pass on the Packers’ first possession. But McCarthy stuck with the car salesman turned starting running back in the NFL playoffs and it paid off. Harris runs to daylight and doesn’t make it easy for the other team to prevent him from getting to that daylight. He’s an ideal back to run behind a more powerful line with Don Barclay and Evan Dietrich-Smith (although Dietrich-Smith graded out poorly according to Pro Football Focus).