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Final Grade: D
One play in the second quarter took what was a mediocre play-calling performance and turned it into a disaster. The decision not to challenge the spot of the ball on a called first down cost the team a four-point deficit, as a would-be field goal was turned into a touchdown on the following play.
Offensive coordinator Mike Miller called a predictable game once again. There was no flare, no spark from a trick play and one run play everyone saw coming.
It seems there is at least one play every week called by Miller that everyone sees coming—players, fans, announcers. It might be time to find a new play-caller.
Defensively, Ray Horton called a good game against Aaron Rodgers. Execution was not always there, and that led to several big plays. The pass rush was non-existent, and that allowed Rodgers time to make those plays when his team needed them.
Fourth Quarter: B-
Packers running back James Starks carried the ball 10 times in the final frame. Up two touchdowns, it is all that was needed. Having been on the field nearly 30 minutes entering the fourth quarter, the defense was worn out.
They did an admirable job stopping the run game, but knowing what was coming, they could have done a better job.
Offensively, the plays were there. Dropped passes and missed throws stalled drives.
Third Quarter: C+
Some good, some bad on offense. The play-calling was largely predictable once again when they needed to get into the end zone, and they were forced to settle for a Jay Feely field goal near the end of the quarter.
The defensive play-calling was brilliant. Save for one bad play from Lenon, it was a perfect quarter from Horton.
Second Quarter: F
Coach Ken Whisenhunt had a chance to challenge a terrible spot of the football that gave Green Bay a first down deep inside Cardinals’ territory. It was third down before the call was made, and it would have forced a field-goal attempt from Crosby. The next play was Cobb’s second touchdown reception from Rodgers.
First Quarter: C
Defensive coordinator Ray Horton has dialed up the pressure early and often on Rodgers. His defense, however, allowed a touchdown pass to Rodgers on a long 3rd-and-goal slant to Cobb.
On offense, the play-calling has been decent. The run-blocking appears to be better this week, and though they have run the ball just twice, it has been more successful so far. Skelton has changed the play call from the line of scrimmage on an occasion or two, so it appears he is being given more leeway with the offense.