Green vs. Tampa: The Battle of the Bays
Dear Packers defense: WHAT THE HELL?!
Okay, yes, I know the Packers won (35-26) and never trailed the Buccaneers at any point, which is an improvement on earlier games I suppose. But here’s the thing: I’m a very selfish person when it comes to football. Whenever the other team scores, I view it as a tiny loss in and of itself. I’ve accepted that the other team is inevitably going to score, probably more than once and maybe in a way as to put the Packers behind. But why is the Packers defense making it so fricking EASY for them to do so?
Honestly, I’m at a loss here. I don’t understand how this happens. Last week, they played a team with a decent quarterback (Ponder), a strong runner (Petersen) and one or two capable receivers (Shiancoe, Harvin) and the Packers dominated 45-7. This week, they play a team with a decent quarterback (Freeman), a strong runner (Blount), and one or two capable receivers (Winslow, Williams) and at one point they were only a two-point conversion away from a tie, which Winslow luckily dropped, though I assure you the Packers defense had absolutely NOTHING to do with it.
So what tips the scales? Is it because Freeman is more experienced and therefore more dynamic than Ponder? Are Blount and Winslow that much better than Petersen and Harvin? Or did the Packers once again misjudge the strength of their opponent as they did with the Panthers and the Chargers earlier this season? I know I was assuming this would be an easy victory, and was subsequently shocked by Blount’s tank-like power and Winslow’s Nelson-like speed and catching abilities. Maybe the defense was too, though they get paid a LOT more than I do to not be surprised by exactly that kind of thing.
All I can say is that the Packers’s performance was about average by Packers standards, which is still pretty good, but at this point it’s not good enough. This was the BUCCANEERS, people. They lost three games before coming to Green Bay. A win should have been CAKE! We’re halfway through the season now, and it’s only going to get harder from here, so the defense better get it together and start taking every team they face seriously. Otherwise we should all prepare for some bitter, embarrassing losses in the weeks to come.
In other news, Rodgers threw his first interception of the season. But he also threw 3 touchdown passes. So…we’ll call it even. For now.
Up next: The Lions. Second best record in our division, playing in Detroit on Thanksgiving day and dammit I can’t BELIEVE I’m going to miss it! I won’t even just be out of town, I will literally be on a plane for most of the game. Tune in next week to hear what I’m sure will be the exciting epic of how I manage to find game updates in transit with nary a smart phone or computer to aid in my quest. In the meantime, happy Thanksgiving everyone!