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Initial Reactions: Packers vs. Bears 9.27.10

September 27, 2010
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The Packers dropped their first game of the season to the Chicago Bears by a score of 20-17.

The Good:

The defense. Dom Capers dialed up blitzes throughout the first half, and forced the Bears offense into making mistakes. The defense failed to pressure Jay Cutler in the second half, however, and he was able to do just enough to lead his team to victory.

I can’t think of anything else.

The Bad:

Penalties. Penalties. Penalties. 18 for 152 yards, to be exact. A new Packers record for number of penalties. Mistakes cost the Packers this game.

The running game. 15 attempts for 63 yards is not going to cut it, especially when your quarterback accounted for 20 of those yards. The Packers need to do something about the running back situation. It would be very un-Thompson-like to make a trade during the season, but at this point, he has to at least consider it.

Special Teams. One word to describe the unit would be “atrocious.” A blocked field goal, allowing Devin Hester to return a punt for a touchdown, and even the kickoff unit got in on the penalty action.

Overall:

The Packers offense was on the field the entire night, but only came up with 17 points. To put it simply, Mike McCarthy was out-coached tonight. This is a tough loss to swallow, but it’s only week 3. And look at the bright side, the Packers play the Lions next week.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. September 27, 2010 9:57 pm

    Very rarely do I get onto NFL refs, but this game is one of those you have to wonder about.
    Every big GB play. TD and two INTs get called back for nonsense, absolute nonsense calls.

    The pass interference rule allows for incidental contact. A WR running downfield and turning to stop on an underthrown ball while pulling the DB into them is NOT pass interference. Its a bad throw and the INT should be the result. All the more reason that pass interference calls NEED to be reviewable in the final 2 minutes and this bullshit stopped. I see the underthrown ball for a penalty used far too often in this league.

    I don’t want to say the Packers looked great, but they made the plays to win the game. Absolutely made the plays to win the game. This league is far too competitive for the yellow flag to fly on every big play. The Packers executed, but you can’t fight the penelties.

    I hate to say it, but this is a clear example of the refs handing the Bears their 2nd win of the season.

  2. September 28, 2010 8:51 am

    I completely disagree with Heartless Gamer. While I did think that the roughing the passer that was called against GB was pretty ridiculous, the penalties just killed ’em, and while it was only the one penalty that really mattered at the end of the game, it was the other 16 before that that really killed them. They had their chances to win this game, they played sloppy and stupid and they got out coached. I’ve been ALL about the Packers everywhere. Especially after the low penalty counts in the first two games, I was convinced that GB was a Super Bowl quality team. If they have these kind of days when playing tougher opponents (who honestly, without those penalties they would have shut down offensively for the most part), they’re not going to go all the way, it’s as simple as that.

    I know it feels good to blame the ref, but GB played like shit and they paid for it.

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