From the Armchair: Green Bay Packers Week 7

10/21/13 in NFL   |   kantwistaye   |   4215 respect

Oct 20, 2013; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) throws a pass during the first quarter against the Cleveland Browns at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY SportsThe Packers sprinted to a 14-0 lead on their first two possessions and never looked back as they cruised to a 31-13 win over the Cleveland Browns.  The win put them in 1st place in the NFC North as a rough 1-2 start.  While some called me out for predicting they'd be in 1st in the middle of the Bears game, I don't think anyone is too surprised the Packers beat the Browns.

It was a pretty impressive showing by the Packers though given how many key players were out.  The Packers played without Clay Matthews, Nick Perry, and Casey Hayward on defense.  On offense they were down Randall Cobb and James Jones (not to mention Bryan Bulaga and DuJuan Harris who never made it to the regular season). Jarret Boykins filled in at the wide receiver position and put up a 100 yard game.  You can argue whether its Mike McCarthy's system or Ted Thompson's scouting (its probably both), but the Packers ability to find wide receivers is extremely impressive.  The defense went up against a very bad offense, so it certainly made it easier to play down a few key players.

Aaron Rodgers looked pretty good this week which was good to see.  He hasn't looked quite like himself this year yet. The Browns defense is pretty solid so maybe he's back.  The running game wasn't as strong this week, but is still looking better than it has in years.  The offense looks like it could be pretty damn tough to stop if it can get and stay relatively healthy.

Unfortunately, the healthy part is still not coming easy. Jermichael Finley went down with a pretty nasty neck injury.  Andrew Quarless's quote about how the look he saw in Finley's eyes "stuck with him" and his admission to shedding a tear on the field (which, props to Quarless for admitting to human emotions in a at times laughably over the top macho sport) aren't very uplifting.  Finley has apparently regained almost all motion, so hopefully at the very least a full recovery is in store.

The Packers move on to play at Minnesota on Sunday Night Football in Week 8.  Its hard to know what to expect from Minnesota until we see how Josh Freeman plays tonight for them.  This could be a surprisingly tough game. If Minnesota can beat the Giants to close out Week 7, their season's hopes lie on beating the Packers next week so the Vikings could be very motivated.  The Packers main goal again is to win and hopefully stay healthy.  Its hard to imagine this team going far if the injuries don't stop sometime soon.
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10/23/13   |   kantwistaye   |   4215 respect

kobe_lova wrote:
If it's tough, it will be a surprise.

Yeaaah... turns out I oversold them a bit.

10/23/13   |   kobe_lova   |   61975 respect

If it's tough, it will be a surprise.

10/22/13   |   kantwistaye   |   4215 respect

Sharp Square wrote:

Just imagine if they get healthy late in season as the start to now find a groove !

That's definitely the hope. Thus far, most of the guys should be back by season's end.

10/22/13   |   Sharp Square   |   11945 respect

Just imagine if they get healthy late in season as the start to now find a groove !

10/21/13   |   kantwistaye   |   4215 respect

JenX63 wrote:
Speedy recovery to Finley, that was quite scary

Yeah. The story about how his kids wanted him to give up football after his concussion in Week 3 is all I can think about. Hope he's okay for them.

10/21/13   |   JenX63   |   32806 respect

Speedy recovery to Finley, that was quite scary