The Packers played a tale of two halves on Sunday against the Colts. Here’s a look at some of my reactions based on how the game unfolded.
The Green Bay Packers played a game that was a tale of two halves. The first half was a dominant offensive performance. They scored 28 points and moved up and down the field. The second half, not so much. They scored 3 points in the second half, all of which came on the final drive of the game.
Ultimately, they got the ball first in overtime, but Marquez Valdes-Scantling fumbled and it was recovered by the Colts. Three plays later Rodrigo Blankenship kicked home a 39-yard field goal, and the Colts won 34-31.
Here are some of my thoughts.
1.) I feel like I just went through four hours of Chinese water torture. That was absolutely exhausting.
2.) Marquez Valdes-Scantling is going to get most of the blame for his last play of the game, but he had a more positive impact on the game than negative. Without him, the game doesn’t even get to overtime. He’s putting together solid performances.
3.) The defense is going to get a lot of blame for the second half, and I get it- the identity of this team is in its offense. The back-to-back three and outs to start the second half by the offense, coupled with Darrius Shepherd’s fumble was an absolute disaster. Yes, the defense shouldn’t have given up 17 unanswered points, but ultimately I blame the offense more than the defense for the way the second half unfolded.
4.) The time management at the end of regulation was so strange. They clocked the ball one too many times. Seeing Tonyan stand alone in the end zone on the replay destroys my soul, but completely punting on one play gave them no chance to do anything after that.
5.) The possession before the final possession – I didn’t have a problem with going for it. I also don’t mind the play call. Ultimately Indy covered it up well. Kudos to them. Matt LaFleur is going to have to find something in fourth and short that they feel good about, because they have really struggled in those situations.
6.) The Colts were like a split second away from two extra fumbles today. This really is a game of inches.
7.) The sequence at the end of the game with the dozen or so holding penalties was absolutely absurd. I’ve never seen anything like it.
8.) On that note- there’s the biggest problem, in a nutshell, with Mike Pettine. 3rd and 19 – they played 15 yards off the ball. That allowed a manageable fourth down that the Colts were able to convert that should have essentially ended the game. In this day in age where teams are far more aggressive on fourth down, a team isn’t just going to lay down and punt. The fear in that situation was absolutely pathetic.
9.) I think we can stop with the “Green Bay turtles when they get punched in the mouth” nonsense. With all the stuff that went wrong during today’s game, that was not one of them. They didn’t execute.
10.) After an historic start, in terms of turnovers, the Packers are starting to get a little sloppy. They have multiple turnovers in each of the last two games. That’s something they need to correct, going into Chicago.
11.) Kenny Clark is starting to put together some good football. Maybe it’s not getting noticed, but he’s really played well the last couple of weeks.
12.) I’m not sure what the coverage was on the Michael Pittman Jr. touchdown, but whatever it was, burn it.
13.) That really sucked. Hopefully, nothing like this ever happens again.