20 Oct Week 6 Game Review: The Blue Man Crew
The Green Bay Packers were in blue this Sunday, and their “Throwback Win Streak” stayed alive. Barely. The Packers, who in the last four years of Throwback Week, had outscored their opponents by a combined total of 90, were fortunate enough to “hold the line” in the final seconds.
It was rookie cornerback out of Arizona State who “saved” the Packers on the last play of the game. Philip Rivers, who had already thrown for 503 yards, threw a pass to wide receiver, Danny Woodhead, on a play that looked like it would have been completed. Woodhead ran an out, when he turned around the ball was in the air. Randall, who for a second looked like he was out of the play, was able to get back in the line of fire, and knock down the pass, proving to cheeseheads everywhere he was worthy of going round one.
Lots of concerns were noticeable for Packer fans after a third straight “mediocre” performance on offense. Eddie Lacy only got four carries for 3 yards, and Aaron Rodgers threw for 255 yards, going 16 for 29. Perhaps the silver lining for the Packers was second string running back, James Starks. Starks’ role in the Packers offense has grown with Eddie Lacy’s ankle injury, and, if he keeps running like he did on Sunday, that role may get even bigger. Starks had 10 carries for 112 yards, an impressive average of 11.2 yards per carry, adding one rushing touchdown and one receiving touchdown as he would enjoy 2 more Lambeau leaps. For most fan bases, a less than perfect offense means panic. But, to kindly remind all Cheeseheads, our QB is Aaron Rodgers. Will Aaron be back to his normal self within the next couple weeks? I don’t think anyone needs help answering that one.
On the other side of the ball, nothing changed from last week. The Packers coming off from a week with four interceptions, still continued to make plays this week, doing a great job of disrupting the offense. Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix (CB) and Mike Neal (LB) both forced a fumble. The QB pressure continued from the line with a combined total of two sacks. Mike Daniels and Mike Neal shared a sack, and Julius Peppers had one of his own. The Packers defense showed us something we all needed to see. As much as everyone enjoys a blowout, being clutch with the game on the line is all the better. The only way to efficiently prepare yourself for adversity, is to put yourself through it. In the final minutes, the Packers told us what we wanted to hear…we’re ready. So, for the next two weeks, sleep on that Packer fans. I’m sure this win will stay fresh in our brains for the rest of October.
Is it OK as a Packers fan to be OK with this win? Absolutely. “Take them any way we can” were the words from the man, Aaron Rodgers, following the win. It was not the pretty performance we’re used to seeing from the Packers, but football doesn’t give bonus points. As a Packers fan, I say it is more than normal to be satisfied with this win, but more so, to be happy with our current situation. Undefeated. Into the bye week. Giving us plenty of time to reboot, time for Adams’ and Lacy’s ankles to rest, time for the offense to get things back together. Sounds pretty darn good to me.