Friday, August 12, 2005

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly from the Packers win over San Diego

Good: Brett Favre. He's slimmed down and fired up and putting the rest of the NFL on notice. He could have a very big season this year.

BJ Sander. He had a fantastic game. For a guy trying to secure the job as punter, he looked like an All Pro out there. 7 punts, 46 yd gross, 41.1 net, and 1 beautiful high hanger downed inside the 5. Also had a smooth hold on Longwell's 53 yd game winning FG in the rain.

Bad: Everything around Aaron Rodgers. He finished 2/6 for 7 yards which isn't very good. But I thought he actually looked pretty good out there. His first 4 passes were picture perfect, but 2 of them hit receivers in that dreaded between the numbers spot where they can't catch them. He evaded the rush nicely on consecutive plays to gain some yards with his feet including about a 6 yard scramble on 3rd and 5 to move the chains. But he also had a helmet headset malfunction, a ton of penalties on his OL, and the most basic/conservative playcalling you will ever see. Now I know this is preseason and they are trying to evaluate lots of positions including both guard spots, but it would have been nice if they would have let him throw more than 1 pass down the field. My quick and dirty scouting report on Rodgers: good footwork, quick release, accurate passer. He definitely passes the look test. I can't be so kind to Philip Rivers, even though he had better numbers. For having an entire season under his belt, Rivers just doesn't look like a good QB.

Ugly: The Packers run D. Yes, they were without Cletidus Hunt and Grady Jackson in the middle. They are a huge part of stopping the run. But San Diego didn't play Tomlinson or Lorenzo Neal and there were huge holes all night long, starting with the 17 yards they gained on the first play from scrimmage.

Packers DBs. Al Harris got toasted on a double move that was fortunately overthrown, otherwise he played well. Everybody else? Well there was a frightening return of the holding/illegal contact/PI calls from last year. I didn't keep track, but there were plenty of flags on the Packers DBs.

The Catholic Packer fan has a similar, but more detailed take on the game.

In other news, iBlog for Cookies has a brilliant retort to the Chris Stassen over/underrated teams list. This is seriously good stuff.


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