Packers Second Thoughts On First Loss
Bengals Earned Their Stripes
Wow....this definitely falls into the "didn't see this one coming" category. I figured the Bengals would put up a good fight, and fall 31-24. I guess just reverse that. Oh well, our exclusive Accuscore service predicted a 28-17 victory with 82% certainty. I guess the 18% came into play!
Concerns for the time being:
Daryn Colledge is comfortable at LG. And it shows. But Chad Clifton had just as many problems with Antwan Odom. Five sacks, most for a Packers opponent since the Vikings Doug Martin in 1983 and Keith Millard in 1989 had 4? That's ridiculous.
I counted at least 4 more drops. That has to stop. Two on the first drive by the normally sure handed Greg Jennings and Jermichael Finley. When I asked Aaron Rodgers about how to fix this, he said the team is still starting poor...after emphasizing faster starts. I couldn't agree more.
The Bengals Cedric Benson has grown up. How many times did he turn a zero gain into two or three yards? And 4.9 yards per carry? That's the blueprint for running on the Pack...patience, then find a hole off tackle.
The Packers better hope Nick Collins can return soon, but I have a feeling that injury is a little more serious than the Packers are letting on. Jarrett Bush and Aaron Rouse can't be labeled as safeties right now.....they're just safety valves.
Unbelieveable that an opponent can have 13 penalties for 100 yards, and 2 costly first half turnovers (one for a pick six) and still win rather easily. Ten penalties and not converting many 3rd downs after the first quarter will do that to you.
The final play? Whether they got it off in time or not, the false start penalty ends the game. And no offense to Tramon Williams and a fabulous special teams play, but it shouldn't have come down to that anyway.
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