Welcome to a new column here on Titletown Sound Off where each week your third favorite writer you’ve never heard of (hey guys, it’s me, Nick Lauer) will write about his favorite Packer, based entirely on what transpired in the most recent game. This week Nick welcomes the start of the 2016 season by giving some love to a player that was missed by a few people during his absence in 2015.
Ahhhhh, the start of real football is finally here. We pretend to care about those games in August, but they’re about as real as the Kardashians. We can finally revel in the beauty of the regular season. Fortunately for Packers fans, season started with a big win in Jacksonville.
As if life couldn’t get better, Week 1 also saw the return of a Packers fan favorite. No, John Kuhn didn’t run onto the field in his Saints jersey and then rip it off to reveal a Packers uniform underneath a la Superman/Cam Newton. Instead, it was the return of the Packers number one wide receiver, Jordy Nelson.
That alone is reason enough to give the first Packer of the Week award of the regular season to Jordy.
In case you still aren’t sure if we’re happy to have to you back Jordy, here is all the further proof you need:
It was no easy decision to give the Packer of the Week award to Jordy, considering how well Aaron Rodgers played coming off of about 10 total plays in the preseason. However, Rodgers could win Packer of the Week basically every week. His time will come. Plus, it was the return of Jordy that helped Rodgers look like the Rodgers of 2014 (has DirecTV) as opposed to the Rodgers of 2015 (has cable).
Leading up to the game there was plenty of talk about Jordy being on a pitch count for the first part of the season in order to get him back up to speed and to not wear him out. Clearly somebody forgot to tell this plan to Mike McCarthy. Jordy was on the field just as much as he was pre-injury and he looked fantastic in his return.
True, there were a handful of plays where the chemistry between Jordy and Rodgers was slightly off, but for the most part, it was hard to tell Jordy was coming off a major injury. This was key to opening up the Packers offense, as was predicted by 100% of all NFL commentators everywhere. Not surprisingly, Jordy’s presence opened up the field and made life easier on Randall Cobb, Davante Adams and Eddie Lacy. Consequently, the offense resembled the Packers offenses we have known and loved for McCarthy’s tenure as Packers coach.
Now we all need to sit back and convince ourselves that the injury is fully behind Jordy and he will have no issues throughout the season. That being said, it would be helpful if the TV commentators could refrain from referring to drives as “surgical” that involve a Jordy Nelson touchdown catch. Yes, I’m looking right at you, John Lynch. How dare you try and jinx a Packer of the Week award winner. Don’t let it happen again.
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