I’m going to cut to the chase here. This game has me feeling conflicted. Although the loss disappoints me, especially since there were several opportunities to put the game away on the final Atlanta drive, I came away hopeful. Aaron Rodgers looked fantastic, and the young wide receivers were a large factor in that. But that defense…and the stupid zone scheme on the game winning drive…and no rushing game other than the bearded beauty Aaron Ripkowski…but Trevor Davis punt returning, and Jordy Nelson looking like Jordy Nelson again, and ARGH!
I’m going to do what I always have done when I need to center myself. That’s right, it’s time for a poem. Buckle up, kids.
On the eve of All Hallows, in a spooky old dome,
The Packers came calling, their fans wore hats made of foam.
Aaron Rodgers was throwing, his passes did carry
Slashing up, down, and through the Falcons secondary.
A 58 yard bomb to Jordy, it didn’t seem fair,
But the backup receivers also caught their due share.
Rodgers didn’t panic, he just went with the flow
When he threw a touchdown pass to a guy named Geronimo.
Trevor Davis caught the next touchdown so fine,
And later Jeff Janis ran a route that was not a straight line
Did you faint with shock? Are you still reading?
With 2 minutes left, we were still leading.
Then our defense was burned by poor prevent planning,
Matt Ryan looked like a round headed Manning.
He drove their offense right down the field,
The Packers M*A*S*H* defense continued to yield.
With less than a minute to go, Packers fans were cryin’
Cause of a perfect pass over Jake effing Ryan.
The coverage was blown, but everybody knew
That Matt Ryan was targeting Mohamed Sanu.
Our offense was left with just over half a minute,
Could there be another miracle left in it?
To our dismay, and some people’s rages,
Rodgers and Davante were on different pages.
On fourth down as the ball hit fake grass,
Some went to Twitter with tweets that were crass.
It fills me with anger and second hand shame
To see Aaron Rodgers get way too much blame.
He should be cleared of any malfeasance,
Cause the last time I checked, he does not play defense.
So in closing, and with much chagrin,
Don’t pay attention to cranky old McGinn.
There, I feel better.
He played his best, most complete game since 2014. 28/38 for a completion percentage of 73.7%. Overall quarterback rating of 125.5. 4 touchdowns. No interceptions. What else do you want from the guy? If you say that he should have taken that offense 50 yards in 36 seconds, and anything less than that is unacceptable, you must be a miserable human being. Please try to figure out a hobby that provides you with some peace and fun, because clearly your expectations are out of whack.
I think my favorite thing in the entire world to watch is Aaron Charles Rodgers having fun on the football field. When he’s in a zone, it’s about as entertaining as anything else you can watch. It’s like witnessing a 5 star chef make a plate of nachos. Yes, it’s just basic ingredients, but he makes them into something so much more. The end result is something that is more than the sum of its’ parts. I don’t know about you, but I’m hungry. Hopefully Rodgers will continue to whip up tasty treats.
One time when I was a kid, I lost my Men At Work cassette tape. About 2 years later, my family was moving and as I was packing up my room with my mom, she found it under a pile of underwear. The feeling of abstract joy that I had when my mom held that tape out at arms length while pinching her nose shut was the exact feeling I had after the 58 yard pass to Jordy Nelson on Sunday afternoon. Finally. After 2 long, excruciatingly boring years of offense, a Jordy bomb. Sometimes you truly don’t appreciate what you have until it’s gone.
Geronimo Allison caught 2 passes for 21 yards, including his first NFL touchdown. Somehow he managed to do this despite tweeting like a 19 year old 4 years ago. Miracles never cease.
Trevor Davis caught 3 passes for 24 yards and his first NFL touchdown. He also returned a punt for 55 yards. Davis is starting to prove himself to be an NFL quality receiver, and could be a huge component to open up the field when everybody is healthy (If that’s even a thing anymore).
Last, but certainly almost least, Jeff Janis caught 4 passes for 30 yards and his first NFL regular season touchdown. That’s all fine and good, but perhaps more importantly for his long term survival in the league, he ran actual routes at a functional level. I swear this happened, I saw it with my own eyes. It was like watching a moose give birth to a kitten. I hope he builds on it, because the Packers are going to need him the next time everybody else is hurt.
Davante Adams didn’t score, but he was Rodgers favorite target again this week. He had 12 catches for 74 yards. The yards per catch is low, but that’s not the important thing here. What really matters is that he has had 2 games in a row where his number has been called a dozen or more times, and he has delivered. Maybe, just maybe we’re starting to see him live up to the hype.
It’s tempting to really get down about this performance, especially considering how poorly they played on that final Falcons drive. The middle of the field was so open that at one point a Starbucks popped up. But they had chances to stop the Falcons. 2 plays specifically stick out. The first was an incompletion to Julio Jones. The ball bounced off of Jones’ leg and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix had a shot at it, but he wasn’t able to bring it in. The next play was a gift wrapped pick 6 for Ladarius Gunter that he dropped after the receiver got his hand on it. Those type of plays have happened way too often this season. This has to change. Winning the turnover battle is a key to winning the game. The secondary needs to get the ball, period.
That being said, it’s difficult for me to be too upset with this group right now. If I had a Ferrari but was driving on 1 regular tire and 3 donuts, I don’t think it would be rational to be upset with how it took corners. That is what the Packers defense is dealing with right now. The top 3 cornerbacks are all injured. At one point, Gunter had to leave the game and Josh Hawkins had to come in. That’s not a great secondary, folks.
Remember last week when everybody was predicting that Julio Jones would get 950 yards, 13 touchdowns, and at halftime they were going to name the new dome next door after him? Remember that? He had 3 catches for 29 yards and no touchdowns. They must have had a difficult time finding a new name for that place. Jones injured his ankle early on, which I’m sure was a factor in his performance. However, if the Packers have to live by the “injuries don’t matter” ethos, than every other team should too. Gunter and Clinton-Dix held Jones in check for 60 minutes. Too bad that left nobody for Mohamed Sanu Sr. Demetri Goodson needs Quinten Rollins to come back for his own sanity.
Captain Neckbeard comes to town. Hopefully Clay Matthews will be back with his weird middle school beard and they can have a creepy facial hair contest at halftime.
GO PACK GO