What We Learned — Week 9

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The Packers traveled to Carolina to face Cam Newton and the undefeated Carolina Panthers in a game that could determine home Field for the NFC Playoffs. He’s what we learned.

What We Learned…

We learned that the Packers did not feel the need to change anything from the Broncos game to the Panthers game in the first half. The defense left free releases from a receiving corps without Kelvin Benjamin. Cam Newton had 209 yards at the half and finished with 297. This team looked disinterested out of the gate. The defense did look marginally better second half.

We learned that there is some passion left. The argument between Julius Peppers and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix showed that the players may be as fed up with the performance as the fans are.

We learned that Nate Palmer looked awful, Jake Ryan looked good when he replaced Palmer and we are left wondering what took so long. It would not be shocking if Palmer is benched in favor for the rookie. Palmer was everywhere when he was on defense.

We learned the Packers offense still looks like it’s in a funk, or at least it was until the fourth quarter. The line cannot protect Aaron Rodgers and the receivers still struggled to get open. The offense did look better in the fourth and hopefully that carries over to the Lions game.

We learned that Richard Rodgers is just a guy, and the coaching staff learned that too, when he was benched for part of the game for Justin Perillo.

We learned that James Starks should be starting over Eddie Lacy. Lacy just doesn’t look like the same running back the last few years, Starks has outplayed Lacy for the last few games. Lacy appears out of shape and may not see another contract in Green Bay the way he is playing.

What We think We Learned…

We think we learned this is the New England game from 2010. Green Bay fell behind in both games and had a chance to tie it up but fell short on a turnover. The Packer faithful may begin to believe again after this game. This team looks far from perfect but 6-2 is very good with five division games coming up in the next eight.

What We Hope Isn’t True…

We hope it isn’t true that inuries will continue to plague this team. Casey Hayward appeared to have gone limp after suffering a concussion and eventually walked off under his own power.

We hope Ha Ha Clinton-Dix’s play doesn’t carry over to next week. He had his worst game since week one. Clinton-Dix was partially to blame on the 59 yard reception to Jerricho Cotchery on 3rd and 16.

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