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Monday Morning Aftermath: Green Bay Packers

December 13, 2010

The Green Bay Packers took a step backwards to start the all-important month of December with a 7-3 loss to the Detroit Lions. The Packers’ defense played very well, but the offense could not get it together.

Slide, Aaron, Slide!

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers suffered a concussion late in the second quarter when he was tackled and his head bounced off the Ford Field turf. On the play, Rodgers scrambled for an 18 yard gain, but failed to protect himself by sliding feet first after the run. Rodgers, appearing woozy, was slow to get up and the Packers called a timeout after the play. He returned to the game for three more plays — a quarterback sack, a short run, and a short pass — but just prior to halftime backup Matt Flynn entered the game.

This is Rodgers’ second concussion this season, and although Sports’ Illustrated’s Peter King said the Packers won’t know anything until Wednesday at the earliest, the Packers may choose to play it conservatively with their star player. The Packers are in the thick of a playoff hunt, but the future of the franchise may be more important than the future of this season.

Injuries Continue to Pile Up

Right outside linebacker Frank Zombo also left the game in the fourth quarter when his knee tightened up.

“I kept having pain,” said Zombo. “So they just thought it would be precautionary, (that the) best thing would be to relax and see what’s actually going on.”

If the undrafted free agent is unable to go next week, he would be replaced by Erik Walden, who was picked up by the team a month and a half ago. Walden would be the fourth right outside linebacker to start for the Packers this season.

Musical Chairs at Left Guard

Daryn Colledge left the game early on with a knee injury and was replaced by Jason Spitz. Spitz proved ineffective and was quickly benched in favor T.J. Lang.

Regardless of who was playing left guard, the offensive line as a whole did not play very well. The three-headed rushing attack of the Packers — Brandon Jackson, James Starks, and Dimitri Nance — mustered a putrid 31 yards, leaving quarterback Aaron Rodgers as the leading rusher with 25 yards.

Odds and Ends

The Packers’ offense did not gain a first down until the 9:28 mark of the 2nd quarter.

The first half told the story: The Packers’ offense had 1 first down, were 0-6 on 3rd down, and had 68 total yards. And all of this was accomplished before Rodgers left the game.

Three Points?! Three Points?!

I’ll leave you with wide receiver James Jones‘ take on the day. He does a nice job of summing up the offense’s struggles.

“We were kind of in and out of rhythm all game, so you can’t say one play is going to get us in a rhythm,” Jones said. “The bottom line is, they came out here and kicked our butts today. We came out here and laid down, didn’t play the way we know we can play. As an offense, you score three points? With the people we have on this offense, it doesn’t matter if it’s the second-string quarterback or the seventh-string quarterback, the people we’ve got on this offense, you don’t put up three points. That’s ridiculous.”

One Comment leave one →
  1. Rob permalink
    December 14, 2010 10:30 am

    Obviously, losing Rogers hurt the Packers. And so did that uncharacteristic drop (and the fortuitous interception that followed) by Greg Jennings. Saying the Packers had a bad day would be an understatement. And throwing into the end zone on 4-1 with Matt Flynn?! I have to chalk this up to bad preparation and coaching.

    It seems to me that Packers are unable to seal the deal when it comes to close games, and I have no clue why. Every game we’ve lost this year has been by less then a touchdown. The Packers still can still make the playoffs by running the table (sadly, unlikely) and a lot of luck. But at this point, does it even matter?

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