From A Nightmare To A Dream – Week 9 Takeaways

I’ll just start by addressing the elephant in the room – last Sunday. Man oh man.

I came out here with the utmost confidence, which is shocking considering the last time I had that type of cocky attitude we got blown out by Tampa.

I was right about one thing though, it was in fact a “Nightmare on Lombardi Ave.”

So festive.

But kudos to Dalvin Cook for singlehandedly carrying the Minnesota Vikings to that win. As mad as I am, talent is talent and his performance was outstanding.

(He was named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week for the third time in his career, and was also named the FedEx Ground Player of the Week.)

So, let us (me) be humbled yet again by that experience and stay level headed.

Speaking of, Davante Adams is the epitome of humble. I read something earlier that talked about how special it was that Adams is as talented of a wide receiver that he is, without any of the drama and glam that you usually would see with some of these big time receivers.

Which is fine. We love to see it. But Adams is one of those guys that encompasses the “work hard in silence, let success be your noise,” mentality.

Aaron Rodgers talked about Adams being a “dream” to play with, and also went on to say, “You’re talking about an elite talent who can also be a leader and one of your best guys on the team as far as people. That’s kind of unheard of in this league. I’m just thankful to have him.”

Rodgers and Adams have connected 53 times for 675 yards and eight touchdowns, the most scores between a quarterback and receiver combination this season.

They are just so fun to watch. Together.

With all the pressure and adversity that Adams faces with being the Packers’ only consistent receiver option, he’s still able to make plays that are above and beyond. And we will forever be thankful for that.

Pressure makes diamonds; and Adams has turned out to be that diamond in the rough.

The Packers were scrutinized this week for not adding a receiver at Tuesday’s trade deadline to supplement Adams’ dominance. On Thursday, Marquez Valdes-Scantling emerged as a second weapon in the passing game. After dropping a third-down pass in the first half, MVS rebounded for a pair of touchdown catches. His second gave the Packers a 28-3 lead in the third quarter.

Prior to last night, MVS had not caught a ball since Week 1.

Oof. It’s been that long?

Emerging from the dark last night were both Za’Darius and Preston Smith.

Preston forced an interception to safety Raven Greene when he hit 49ers quarterback CJ Mullens; and in the second half, Za’Darius sacked Mullens and recovered a fumble. The Packers scored touchdowns after both turnovers.

Those moments last night, reminded me of last season when it seemed like every other defensive possession it was expected to see the Smith “bros” go out there and absolutely go ape. Just a reminder of how much potential this Packers defense really has.

Packers coach Matt LaFleur made a point during the game last night that the defense has a lot of great players, those players just need to start playing great. Which is facts. And indeed obvious.

Seeing Cornerback Jaire Alexander go down with a concussion mid-game last night wasn’t great. You hate to see it. Considering the amount of power he has in keeping what we have of a defense, afloat.

But hey. It issss what it issss. Still a lot of season left.

The 34-17 win against San Francisco Thursday night was definitely needed after the train wreck that we witnessed last Sunday.

“ThE 9ers aRe inJurEd!!! yoUrE pLaYing PracTice SquAd PlayErs.”

Granted San Francisco is riddled with injuries and players that tested positive for COVID-19, it is clear and was clear that this wasn’t going to be the same matchup we saw in January when the 49ers came out on top to take the NFC Championship.

Makes you wonder what kind of game this could’ve been if San Francisco would’ve had some of their top players, including QB Jimmy Garoppolo. Hmm.

Oh well. A win is a win in my book. We move onward.

From a game on Sunday then having to do a total turn around for a Thursday night game this week, I’m exhausted. We’ll talk next week before we take on Jacksonville (1-6) at home.

I already want to talk my shit but I’ll wait. Wouldn’t want to jinx anything. I can’t have that on my conscience.

Just like every week, I’d drink to that. Cheers my loves. Xoxo.

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Samantha is a Saint Leo University graduate from Appleton, WI (the 920!). You can follow her on twitter at @Sam_Milliren.

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