Legendary senior writer & Packers lead blogger gives great, good, bad & ugly about Packer win over Jaguars 25-14.
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1. LB Dezman Moses getting the second big touchdown on a blocked punt giving the lead to the Packers in the first half.
2. WR Donald Driver on a 4-yard touchdown sealing the 24-15 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars. As WR Driver said:
It felt good. Aaron called a play we've been running in practice when we get down to the 3-yard line. He called a nice play and I kind of knew that I had man-to-man coverage and all I had to do was beat my guy. I knew Aaron was going to make a great throw.
1. LB Brad Jones with 10 tackles, sack, and fumble recovery.
2. Safety Morgan Burnett with 11 tackles, sack. forced fumble, and fumble recovery.
3. WR James Jones with 7 catches for 78 yards & big 4th quarter interference penalty leading to a 25-yard field goal that made it a two-score game to seal game.
4. Second half Packers defense that held Jaguars to 3 points.
5. Head Coach Mike McCarthy's two successful challenges, although they were pretty easy bad calls to reverse by the officials with replay.
1. "Dancing" WR Randall Cobb failing to simply get the yard on a big third down series.
2. "Falling Down" RB Alex Green running 22 times for only 54 yards failing to read cutback holes, repeating his performanced from the past two games. He has 64 carries for 154 yards averaging a poor 2.4 ypc since replacing injured RB Benson. Rumor mill: ESPN’s Adam Schefter says the Packers are showing interest in Ram running back Steven Jackson.
1. "I can't see...who?" Punter Tim Masthay missed a wide open TE Taylor for a first down on the fake punt in the 3rd quarter. Monday, Head Coach Mike McCarthy said: “You can tell all the opponents we will not be running that play again."
D.J. was the home run hit, If I would have recognized the defense enough, I would have known that, "OK, he's probably going to be the guy who's open," hit him quick and we would have gotten the first down. That's what I need to do.
I'm all for aggressive and unorthodox play-calling, but I thought the Packers got too cute with the design of third-quarter fake punt. It required punter Tim Masthay to make a pre-snap read on the defense, but he told reporters he didn't have time to do it and assumed it was in man-to-man. By the time he realized the Jaguars were in a Cover-2 look, Masthay said, it was too late to adjust his throw from a deep pass to tight end D.J. Williams to a shorter one for a wide-open Ryan Taylor. "If I would have recognized the defense pre-snap, we probably would have gotten the first down,"
2. "Whoops" Linebacker A.J. Hawk's miss in the flat of Jaguars RB Jennings leading to a 24 yard pass play.
3. "Is it over?" Head Coach Mike McCarthy's conservative game plan and playing down to the competition. Monday, he admitted the team played flat.
4. "Choke" Kicker Crosby missing an easy 32 yard field goal with game on the line in the third quarter. This offensive series opitimized the marginally better performance for an ugly win.
The play that perhaps epitomized the Packers' struggle to run the ball occurred in the third quarter, with Green Bay clinging to a 14-12 lead. On third and 1 from the Jaguars' 14, Green took a handoff from Rodgers, saw a wall of defenders in front of him, cut to his right and tripped over tackle Bryan Bulaga's foot for no gain. "I saw the defense crash and I tried to bounce it outside," Green said. Mason Crosby then clanked a 32-yard field-goal attempt off the right upright.
5. Winning Ugly Positive Game Plan--Quote: QB Aaron Rodgers, who completed 22 of 35 passes for 186 yards & 2 touchdowns, said:
You’ve got to give them credit. They played their scheme pretty well. They brought pressure probably twice all game and decided to play a lot of combo coverage. That was what they wanted to do, get after us with their four-man pass rush and stop the run with six in the box.