If there is one word to describe the Green Bay Packers 27-10 loss to the New York Jets on Sunday, it’s “pathetic.” That’s how we respond to the frustrating loss in London upon our return home? All I could do during the Packers week 6 tilt was sit in my chair and stare blankly at the TV.
I honestly don’t even know where to start with this one. There were so few good moments, there was just no consistency in any area, and it made me just hope for the end. This week, Packers Week 6 Toasts and Roasts will be a bit shorter as I just assume put everyone in the Roasts column, but I have to call out one.
If there’s one happy thing to come out of Sunday’s embarrassment, it’s that the Packers had their first blocked punt in over four years. Eric Wilson just recently picked up a little over a week ago went virtually un-touched to the Jet’s punter to achieve this white whale of a play. For Eric Wilson I’m going to toast a Zombie Dust pale ale from 3 Floyds Brewery.
Zombie Dust is an intensely hopped pale ale that showcases Citra hops. This gives it a very sweet and juicy taste. A blocked punt is definitely sweet and juicy. Another fun fact about Zombie Dust is that it used to be a rare beer to find. However, recently the brewery has begun mainstream brewing it more frequently. So, what was once a rare beer, is now easier to come by. Hopefully that begins to be the case with blocked punts for the Packers Special Teams.
I’m going to say this in the nicest way possible. The entire team deserves a roast. Practically nothing went well outside of that blocked punt. The Offense was stale for pretty much the entire game. Special Teams allowed a blocked field goal attempt and a blocked punt attempt. The Defense I will say almost makes it off this list for the first half, but since they broke in the second half, we’re on to roasting.
Each and every person on that squad is getting roasted with a Two Hats Pineapple beer. I was given this beer at a liquor store free with purchase. At the time I thought, “cool, I’ve never had a pineapple beer, can’t beat free.” I should’ve declined it. This beer was like a can of water with half a little squirt of artificial pineapple flavoring. It was practically a shell of a beer.
This Packers team was exactly that on Sunday. A shell of itself. I’m going to commit a bit of sacrilege here and say, “How much of the passing game is receivers not getting open, and how much is Aaron Rodgers just not getting them the ball?” We saw many throws that were short or overthrown. In the past I’ve recalled Aaron Rodgers stating that he throws the ball to where the receiver should be. This is of course a good idea in theory. But if that receiver had a one or two step delay off the line shaking the defender, why wouldn’t you throw it to the receiver and not to the position?
Now it’s definitely noted that Aaron Rodgers is a four-time NFL MVP with more money than I’ll ever see in multiple lifetimes and I’m just a guy writing for PackersTalk. But if there were ever a year to maybe play to the receiver and not to the scheme, I would think it’s this year. With so many new faces to throw to, I think exceptions can be made if the receiver is a few yards behind where they should be.
Next week we’re taking on the Washington Commanders. If there were ever a week to pick ourselves back up and push momentum in a positive direction again, it’s this week. Washington has struggled playing any quality teams. I hate to use the term “must win” but our schedule is going to get tougher after this one. We need to pull off the W against Washington if we don’t want this season to get away from us. Let’s get it done. Go Pack Go.
Greg Meinholz is a 24/7/365 Packers fan. When he’s not spending time with his family, he can be found meditating in his Packers shrine with a good beer. You can follow him on twitter at @gmeinholz.