Takeaways From the Packers Debacle in Denver

What the hell was that?

That is the most common question being asked by Packers fans after the 29-10 ass beating handed to them by the Denver Broncos.

The score doesn’t indicate just how piss poor the Packers played. It was an all around embarrassing performance by the supposed best team in the NFC.

When Mike McCarthy comes out during his post game press conference and says “I haven’t had my ass kicked like that in a long time” it should be an indication to everyone just how bad it was.

I’ve had a full day to process the shit storm that was the Packers’ performance last night, and have come away with more than a few thoughts about the game. Questions, comments, observations, and just straight up venting.

Without further delay, here we go:

  1. I cannot process how Aaron Rodgers, the 2 time league MVP and arguably best player in the league, managed a stat line of 14-22 for 77 yards. A whopping 3.5 average. That yardage line is just ridiculous-77 yards.
  2. When the passing offense was struggling, why would the Packers not try some quick, short passes? Something. Anything to get the offense going a little bit and develop some rhythm. Nope. Stuck with the pistol or shotgun, spread formations, and looking downfield.
  3. Sometimes, I really wish Rodgers would be more like his predecessor and just sling the ball down the field. Look to make the big play, instead of trying to make the perfect play.

A Father-Son Bond Created By Brett Favre

Anyone who knows me knows my all time favorite football player is Brett Favre.

I’ve never tried to hide it. You may even say I am obnoxious in letting the world know this.

Favre was, is, and always will be at the top of my list.

What most people do not know is the reason why. With his induction into the Packer Hall of Fame a little more than a day away, now seems like the best time to explain why this is the case.

I was 17 years old when Favre took over for Don Majkowski as the Packers quarterback. After living through the late 70’s and all of the 80’s with little more than Lynn Dickey to cheer about, Majkowski was my guy. The unbelievable 1989 season had brought hope to a fan base that was desperate for anything to cheer about. And Majik Man was the one who was going to deliver us from the depths of the NFL.

Unfortunately for the Packers fans, that 1989 season was followed up with two seasons of what we were accustomed to: at or near the bottom of the standings. It was brutal. Again.

When Mike Holmgren was hired in 1992, I had no idea what was to come. Neither did my father. We were both so tired of watching our beloved Packers suck, we were ready for something to happen. Anything.

That anything happened on September 20, 1992. Favre took over for an injured Majkowski, and never looked back.


A Few Words to Those Still Holding a Grudge Against Brett Favre

As the days tick down to Brett Favre’s return to the Packers as part of his enshrinement into the Packers Hall of Fame, I have been reminded about the anger that some have against the former quarterback.

No one will ever forget the summer of 2008, and the drama that hung like a cloud over Green Bay during that odd period of time. It was the best soap opera that ESPN could buy, and EVERYONE paid attention.

Likewise, no one will ever forget the 2009-2010 seasons. While Aaron Rodgers was establishing himself as one of the best quarterbacks in the league, Favre had taken his talents to the rival Minnesota Vikings. Take the drama of the summer of 2008, multiply it by infinity, and that’s what the four games between these two teams became. While the Vikings came *this close* to going to the Super Bowl with Favre under center, the Packers did go to the Super Bowl in 2010-and won-with Rodgers under center.

So here we are, five years removed from Favre’s last game in the NFL. Favre has admitted fault in his departure from the Packers. Aaron Rodgers and Favre have shaken hands and moved on from any issues they had. All of the talking heads in the Packers organization have voiced their support in welcoming Favre back into the family. Let bygones be bygones, time to move on, right?

Right. Except for a select few who continue to hate Favre with all of their energy because of his unceremonious exit from the Packers.


This Packers Loss Hurts

When I sat down in front of the computer, I had a pretty good idea what I was going to write about.

I wanted to try and sift through the reasons why the Packers lost the NFC Championship Game 28-22 to the Seahawks in overtime.

Goodness knows there are plenty of reasons why the Packers lost.

The MVP favorite (Aaron Rodgers) played less than MVP like.

The offense seemed to go into cruise control once they had built up a 16-0 lead.

Points left on the field because they could not score touchdowns in the red zone, settling for field goals instead.

The defense collapsing with three minutes and some change left.

The fake field goal. Ugh.

The onside kick. Oh, the onside kick.

I could go on and on and on…

The words started to come out, one after another. A logical attempt to try and break down what happened. To determine what the overwhelming reason was for this loss.

I read through my notes on the game, piecing together the culprit for this disaster. One conclusion that was reached was this was a TEAM loss. Individuals don’t lose games, teams do.

But as the words were going from brain to fingers to computer screen something came over me. A feeling of sadness. Overwhelming, intense, incredible sadness.

Sadness over a season of what could have been. What should have been.


Some People Can Just Never Win

Some people can just never win.

No matter what they do, their actions will be analyzed. Over and over. Trying to find some deeper meaning to what is said, how it was said, why was it said, why wasn’t it said. And so on. And so on. And so on.

One person who will never fully win in the eyes of Green Bay Packers fans is former quarterback Brett Favre.

It somewhat makes sense. After the messy divorce between him and the team during the Summer of 2008, and his subsequent joining their arch rivals the Minnesota Vikings, Favre alienated a portion of the fan base who once adored him.

I could mention that divorce was six years ago, and great strides have been made since then to reconcile the once frosty relationship Favre had with the Packers organizartion. Strides that include Favre and his replacement Aaron Rodgers appearing on having moved past the friction that existed between them. Strides that include Favre taking responsibility for the way things ended in Green Bay for him as a player. Strides that include the Packers welcoming Favre back into the family next year as the sole entry into the newly renovated Packers Hall of Fame as a way to honor his on field contributions during his sixteen years as a Packer. But you know, that would be foolish.

Foolish because some people can just never win.

The most recent example as to why Favre can’t win ocurred this just past week.


Game Predictions: Packers at Saints

C.D. Angeli (@TundraVision): The prevailing wisdom seems to predicts some sort of wild and wolly shootout in the Superdome. Many are predicting a big Packer offensive score to outmatch Drew Brees and Co. While I predict a Packer victory, I have a hard time believing that the Packers can put together two massive offensive outputs two weeks in a row. Laws of averages, if nothing else. Look for a well-fought game against a dome team at home that just won’t have enough in the tank to beat Aaron Rodgers and Jordy Nelson.

Packers 24 Saints 17

Jacob Westendorf (@JacobWestendorf):

There’s a lot of talk about how the Packers should be worried going into the Superdome. While I do buy somewhat into an atmosphere helping out a team, that doesn’t matter as much if the team is not good. The Saints have won both games at home this season, but easily could have lost both. This will be a big test for a Packers defense that somehow has become underrated despite being ranked 6th in the league in pass yards per game. Drew Brees is always a tough customer, but the Saints defense is bad and will have many holes for Aaron Rodgers and his receivers to exploit. The Packers have been red hot since Rodgers told the fans to relax, and I expect the offense to continue to roll, and the defense to make enough plays to win the Sunday night showdown between two of the game’s premier quarterbacks.


Game Predictions: Packers vs. Panthers

C.D. Angeli (@TundraVision): It’s been a great week following a great win. The Packers are going to be heading into this game likely without their starting corners, and while House and Hayward are up to the task, any time you’re putting Jarrett Bush out there in the nickel, you’re playing with fire. While Rodgers continues to play en fuego, the running game has been muted all season long, and that’s going to catch up to you one of these days. I think a solid Panther defense is going to be a change for the Packer offense, which is going to be slowed down just enough with some 3-and-outs to keep the Panthers offense on the field, picking on the young corners and the middle of the field. Don’t like to be “that guy”, but I think the Packers are going to struggle at home and the Panthers just might pull out the game with a big play on special teams or a defensive touchdown.

Panthers 28 Packers 27

Jacob Westendorf (@JacobWestendorf):

John Rehor (@jrehor): The big news this week out of Green Bay is that starting CB Sam Shields is out, and fellow starting CB Tramon Williams will be a game time decision. The good thing is the Packers don’t need either of them. Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin is questionable to play. He is their WR corp. QB Cam Newton is also hurt, playing like a shell of himself. If neither of these guys can make a difference, the Panthers offense is going to struggle. Their defense knows about struggles, giving up an average of 392 yards per game so far in 2014. Now they are strolling into Lambeau Field to take on a Packers offense which has been clicking the past three weeks. This game could get ugly. It should get ugly. That’s a good thing for the Packers and their fans.