From the Armchair: Green Bay Packers Week 10
There isn't a whole lot of good that came out of this game. For the second straight week, the opponents decided to run out the clock with over nine minutes left in the game. Every defense needs to stand up and make plays at some point, and its especially true for a team with a limited offense. The defense has now failed that test twice. The defense continues to be prone to big mistakes. The game started with Morgan Burnett and Tramon Williams colliding while going for a ball, leading to it to land right into Desean Jackson's waiting hands for an easy touchdown. Nick Foles also connected to the season's original racist white guy, Riley Cooper, for two long touchdowns. There were injuries too. Nick Perry went down at the end which was disappointing. However, the biggest injury was to Evan Deitrich-Smith, which led to the shuffling around of three different offensive linemen.
On the positive, it appears we have our long term back up. Scott Tolzien, former Badger quarterback and Wisconsin favorite, looked pretty damn good. He had one really bad throw that was very costly, but otherwise looked good. I'm still in disbelief over his throw to James Jones in the end zone at the end of the 1st half. The pass went down as incompletion, but it was one of the best catch and throws I've seen all season. The kid has some zip on his passes that I can't remember him having at Wisconsin.
The Packers move on to play at the New York Giants next week. It was originally a prime time Sunday night game but for some odd reason NBC thought they could find a better matchup. The season outlook for the Packers is grim, but if Tolzien can manage the next two games against weak opponents and Rodgers is actually ready for the Lions there remains hope. Otherwise, the Packers get better picks in a good draft and come back next year with a really good team. Injuries hurt every team, but they've absolutely decimated this team in an unreal fashion. The only good thing about that, as a fan, is it makes it hard to get disappointed about losses to average teams like the Eagles.