The Green Bay Packers are 4-1. They went on the road and beat the Cincinnati Bengals on a Mason Crosby Field Goal. Here are some of my thoughts.
What a ride. The Green Bay Packers are 4-1. It was one of the more frustrating wins I can remember in recent memory, but a win is , in fact, a win.
Matt LaFleur often says the team doesn’t need to apologize for winning any way that they do. I will not be apologizing either. 4-1 without a MASH unit that includes players unavailable such as
is nothing to sneeze at.
With that in mind – let’s look at some of the thoughts I have following a thrilling 25-22 victory.
- I think Matt LaFleur is one of the best coaches in football. His record in his first 37 games is 30-7. That’s incredible regardless of who is playing quarterback. I thought today was one of his worst performances as the team’s Head Coach. When someone is faced with adversity, they revert to their true form. Matt LaFleur is credited by the fanbase for the saying of all gas, no brakes. Today was anything but that. His decision to run the ball twice and kick a field goal with a kicker that had already missed three kicks on the day was inexcusable. I don’t care if Crosby had made all of his kicks with 20 yards to spare. The conservative nature of that sequence is something that we’ve seen far too often for a coach that claims he is all gas, no brakes.
2. That being said – I do trust LaFleur to learn from some of the mistakes he’s made in this game. It’s something he has done through his first two years as the team’s Head Coach.
3. The team’s defense actually did well today. I know you didn’t expect that when Kevin King, Chandon Sullivan, and Eric Stokes were the team’s starting corners. 22 points against Joe Burrow and company is no small accomplishment. They were just a small thing here or there away from it being even less than that.
4. One of those things is Darnell Savage’s play at the end of the first half. Great throw by Burrow. Ja’Marr Chase is a player. That is still a play that needs to end in a PBU or an INT. It didn’t and because of that, the Packers led 16-14 at halftime instead of 16-7.
5. It wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows for this Packers’ defense. Their situational defense is putrid. When the opposing offense gets in the red zone, you may as well put seven points on the board at this point. The Packers do not force teams to kick field goals. That’s something you need to do if your philosophy is going to be bend, but don’t break.
6. Dre Campbell. What a signing. He was all over the field, and should have made the play that won the game, but his Head Coach got in the way.
7. Eric Stokes definitely had some rookie moments, but he was not playing against a true rookie in Chase. Chase and Burrow have played together before. They’ve picked up where they left off at LSU. That said, some nice moments for the rookie corner. I think he’s going to be a player.
8. Aaron Rodgers to Davante Adams. The best connection in the history of the Green Bay Packers. Yes, better than Jordy.
9. On that note – I hate the “too much Davante” garbage that comes during a game when the offense isn’t rolling up and down the field. That’s like saying Steph Curry is shooting too much in an NBA game. Adams is the team’s best player. Of course they should feature them.
You absolutely cannot tell from the broadcast view if Rodgers is “locking in” on him. There are too many things going on and far too fast. It’s a fun line to throw out on Twitter. It doesn’t bear anything in reality.
10. Aaron Jones. That run later in the game was one that deserved to win the game. Instead, it’s going to be a footnote. It should not be. He is such a good player.
11. That Play-action boot to the tight end was money for the Packers last year. It hasn’t been there once for the team in 2021. They need to scrap it for the foreseeable future.
12. I know everyone likes to shout “run the damn ball” through the course of the game. With Lucas Patrick and Royce Newman against this Bengals front – that just wasn’t going to happen. Anything the team got from the running game today was going to be a bonus.
13. Sincerely cannot wait for David Bakhtiari to be back. Bless Yosh Njiman and some of the backups. They’ve done yeoman’s work, but Bakhtiari just makes so much possible for this offensive line.
14. Have a day Dean Lowry. He was active throughout the course of the game. The team is relying on him. They’ll need more performances like this.
15. It was pointed out by the great Perri Goldstein of Packer Report and PWSS, but the team REALLY misses MVS’ presence on the field.
16. One more time. Never ever tell me this team didn’t need Randall Cobb. He is their second-best receiver at this point in the season. Amari Rodgers clearly isn’t ready for prime-time.
17. The team is now 4-1. They have games at Chicago and at home against Washington. You can’t take those games for granted, however, the Packers will be favored in both of them. They could go into a showdown in Arizona at 6-1.
18. Not to get too far ahead of myself, but that is a game that could include the return of David Bakhtiari, Elgton Jenkins, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, and Jaire Alexander. They’ll need all their horses for that.