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September

Packers 34, Bills 7 – First Impressions – NFL Week Two 2010

First impressions and game time commentary on the Green Bay Packers defeat of the Buffalo Bills…

On the first series, it was obvious MM was not going to repeat the mistakes of last week. We saw much more balanced play calling…

The Packers showed the Psycho early. Jenkins the only DL. The result was the big Matthews sack. Later on, it would produce the Chillar interception.

In addition to making sacks, Clay Matthews may be the genesis for a new stat: “caused sacks” – when you don’t get any official credit for the sack,  but you’re completely the reason it happened.

As the first half progressed, I’m glad to see a commitment to the run continue. Against this Bills defense, that will result in some nice drives in the second half.

I was glad to see Dimitri Nance get an early look. I think he’ll be able to help the Packers down the line. I’m sticking with my feeling that Bjax is just not all that. But he’ll have to do for now…

Nice lift from Brandon Jackson on that Lambeau leap. He’s got ups.  Aaron Rodgers: lets just say he’s going to get killed by his teammates for that one.

The Bills have a nice three-headed monster at running back.

Pat Lee: Besides being a huge disappointment at CB, you don’t know enough to not down the ball after you’ve been out of bounds on a punt? Dumb, dumb, dumb.

When will Mike McCarthy learn that useless challenges always come back to bite you? Didn’t everyone in the building know that James Jones was out of bounds? Packers could have had the ball back with about a minute left in the first half and 2 timeouts. Instead, with just one timeout, MM decides to just let the clock run down. Now, it didn’t matter in this game, but bad challenges and poor clock management could be costly down the road.

Can’t begin to tell you how thrilled I am overall by the coverage units on special teams… Yes, you’re going to give up some yards to a guy like C.J Spiller, but as long as you contain and avoid the huge returns, I’m happy.

I’m sticking with what I have previously written and also expressed on Cheesehead Radio: Bryan Bulaga right now is a better player than Colledge, Clifton or Tauscher. I’d live with the occasional rookie mistakes and just play him – somewhere… anywhere.

18

September

Packers-Bills Preview: 2010 NFL Week 2: Avoiding the Trap

After a tougher than it should have been win over the Philadelphia Eagles, the Green Bay Packers face the Buffalo Bills this Sunday to kick off their slate of home games at Lambeau Field this season.

One week of games is not enough time to cause any NFL team to press the panic button, but we still got some early indications of how this season will pan out for the Green Bay Packers.

If you are looking for a team that is the polar opposite of the Eagles, the Buffalo Bills are that team. The Bills have not made the playoffs since 2000. They drafted another franchise RB after their last one failed to pan out which also includes some questionable off the field decisions.

After coming oh so close to beating the Miami Dolphins last week, the Bills enter this game thinking they are not quite as bad as everyone thought they might be. Thus, they could sneak up on the Packers and upset them at home. The Packers, in turn, sometimes have issues with games like these and I don’t need to remind any fans about what happened in Tampa Bay last year.

Despite it being only the second game of the season, this game cannot be overlooked for its importance by the Packers. By handily defeating the seemingly hapless Bills at home, the Green and Gold will exorcise any demons remaining from that brutal defeat to the then-winless Buccaneers last season.

Breaking down the Bills

The Bills offense seems to be as sluggish as the Packers offense is explosive. Quarterback Trent Edwards won the starting position by default and has shown little ability to be a franchise quarterback since his supposed “breakout” season a few years ago. Wide receiver and former Wisconsin star Lee Evans is the lone bright spot on the Bills offense.

That said, there is hope for the future. Rookie RB C.J. Spiller comes out of college highly touted and could be a big contributor this year if the shaky offensive line holds up for the Bills. Don’t underestimate Fred Jackson either. He has shown great explosiveness and could give the Packers fits in certain situations.

On defense, the Bills dumped their best player (Aaron Schobel) overboard this offseason, once again placing this unit into solid rebuilding mode. The scariest player in their secondary would have to be second year safety Jarius Byrd who had nine interceptions last year and was selected to the Pro Bowl as a reserve.

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August

Packers Vs. Bills: Preseason Game Two Winners and Losers

While many euphoric Packers fans already have the team going to the Super Bowl based only on two preseason games, I am trying to keep a level head. There are some great signs, to be sure, but let’s not assume anything. Just ask the 0-16 Lions that were 4-0 in preseason last year.

So, in the spirit of keeping things at a “McCarthy-like” even keel, let’s take a calm, rational look at this past week’s winners and losers.

Winners:

The “Ones”: The No. 1 defense forced three turnovers in four Buffalo drives, and the No. 1 offense scored three touchdowns in four possessions. But before anyone gets overly exuberant, lets watch this week’s game against the Arizona Cardinals. If the Packers “Ones” repeat their dominant play, then I’ll personally jump to the front of the bandwagon.

Aaron Rodgers: He finished 8-of-9 for 98 yards and two TD passes for a gaudy 151.6 quarterback rating. Rodgers completed passes to six different receivers and hasn’t been sacked or even knocked down yet in preseason. That’s a wonderful thing to see, as holding onto the ball too long was one of the few things you could justly criticize Rodgers for last season.

Jermichael Finley: “A completely different person and player this year” is how Mike McCarthy has described him. It is showing with remarkable results on the field. While we all have witnessed his athleticism and pass-catching ability, he has worked hard on his attitude, his blocking and his route running. The results so far have been impressive. Along with the reliable Donald Lee, when the Packers go to a 2 tight end formation, there are now more options that the defense has to worry about. In this game, the Packers went with two tight ends on 13 of of the first 23 plays, when the “ones” were in the game.