They say lightning never strikes the same place two times in a row, but the Green Bay Packers nearly witnessed such an occurrence.
Not even one full week removed from the debacle in Seattle, the Packers inconceivably nearly lost a second consecutive game thanks to some dubious officiating by regular official Jeff Triplette and his crew. Thanks to a big goal line stand by a defense that was leaky all game and an offense that finally showed signs of life, the Packers hung on to defeat the New Orleans Saints 28-27 at Lambeau Field.
With the win, the Packers go to 2-2 on the season and after a wacky schedule to start the season, the Packers go on the road for three straight games beginning this Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium against the Indianapolis Colts.
The Colts had a bye in Week 4 and enter the game with a record of 1-2. The team also will play its first game without head coach Chuck Pagano who recently was diagnosed with Leukemia and may not coach the rest of the season. Offensive coordinator Bruce Arians will coach the team in Pagano’s absence.
What can Packers fans expect from this game?
Scouting the Colts
The Colts currently are going through what the Packers did in 2008 and that’s transitioning from a future Hall of Fame quarterback to his replacement. The Packers struck gold with Aaron Rodgers and it stands to reasons the Colts could do the same with Andrew Luck.
Luck was the most NFL ready quarterback drafted last April, though Robert Griffin III with the Redskins has outplayed him so far this season. The Colts pretty much cleaned house after last season’s disastrous campaign with Peyton Manning out the entire year with a neck injury. Gone are Jeff Saturday (who is with the Packers), Pierre Garcon and Joseph Addai and in are Samson Satele, Donald Brown and Donnie Avery.
Veteran wide receiver Reggie Wayne is back however and should be serving as Luck’s security blanket as he adjusts to the speed of an NFL game.
So far this season, Luck has thrown for 846 yards with five touchdowns against four interceptions. His completion percentage is 53.3%. Luck throws a very good deep ball but has struggled with accuracy. This figures to improve with time so the Packers should feel lucky getting the Colts early versus playing them in November or December.