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Week 3 Initial Reactions: Bengals 34 Packers 30

  • For a game between two probable playoff teams and for as exciting as it was, it was a really ugly game.
  • Sam Shields just made himself a bunch of money.
  • Jonathan Franklin looked like an absolute stud, except for of course on the 4th and 1 play where he fumbled. I thought Bleacher Report’s Aaron Nagler hit the nail on the head with this tweet.

The Packers have been poor on 3rd and 4th and short for almost the entire Mike McCarthy era. Obviously, that situation is tailor-made for Eddie Lacy, but he missed the game with a concussion. The Packers offensive linemen are almost all finesse blockers who struggle in short-yardage when the defense knows whats coming. Franklin never had a chance. 

  • I tend to not really believe in QB wins or anything that isolates wins and losses to one player, but this tweet from Packer Report was pretty damning.

Yeah, yeah, yeah I get it: the Packers win a lot of games in the first 3 quarters. But for as good as Aaron Rodgers is, he really doesn’t have that defining come-from-behind win in his belt. Just a lot of near-misses like the Arizona playoff game. 

  • I’ve defended the training staff ever since the Super Bowl run when the Packers had 18 players on IR, but enough is enough. Its been how many years of having seemingly a half a dozen injuries on every play. They may be fine medical professionals, this is a results-oriented business. Eventually, no matter how nice you may be or how many good ideas you have, if the main area you are responsible for is constantly under performing, it is time for a change. I can live with having them play out the season, but this season should be the staff’s last. Football is a violent game and things like concussions are borderline unavoidable, but how many soft tissues injuries have the Packers had?
  • Was this Rodgers’ worst game as a pro? Or at least since 2009 in Tampa right?
  • Clay Matthews’ injury was pretty much the end of the Packers’ defense. 20 unanswered points? Come on.
  • Perhaps the most frustrating thing about the loss is not necessarily that they lost, but that it seems like the same things keep happening every game, win or lose. The textbook slow start on offense. The defense fluctuating between dominant and awful.
  • That Week 4 bye is looking awfully attractive now, eh?
  • I have a feeling that Finley leaving the game early really messed with the Packers game plan.
  • Going to be a LONG two weeks. Bring on the Lions.

 

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