Pack Mentality, Week One
Thoughts on the Eagles Game
Winning ugly is a good thing. Just imagine when the Packers put more things together how good they'll be.
Before the game, I said Mason Crosby wouldn't have a game winning, last-second field goal. But he would have a field goal of significance. I guess a team record 56-yarder to end the first half would qualify...especially when that prevented the Eagles from driving down for what could have been the game winning touchdown, unless they got a TD and went for 2.
In training camp, Crosby looked like a new kicker...very confident. I'm told by a Packers source that he doesn't dwell on misses nearly as long. That's a good thing.
How about Jordy Nelson, twice after the Eagles score, he changes momentum with a big kickoff return. Up top from the press box, watching him let blocks set up, not running up the backs of his blockers, and patiently waiting for lanes to open was a thing of beauty.
Clay Matthews? You can put him left, right, up, down, sideways...he'll still find the quarterback.
Aaron Rodgers and Mike McCarthy didn't seem totally in sync on the game plan. And uncharacteristic of Rodgers, he locked onto Jermichael Finley and threw into triple coverage.
Are the aging tackles staring to worry you? I still think Mark Tauscher and Chad Clifton will be solid, but just like me, they unfortuanately they aren't what they used to be.
I was in Philadelphia and asked Ryan Pickett if he'd sleep well. He said you know it. After Justin Harrell's injury, just 3 defensive linemen....and one of them, Cullen Jenkins, broke his hand.
And then there's Harrell. You wonder if he's played his last down. And watching the game, you wondered if A.J. Hawk played any downs. Two first rounders that barely saw the Lincoln Financial Field.
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