The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of the Packers' Historic Colts Beatdown

Jake WinieckiCorrespondent IIIAugust 27, 2010

GREEN BAY, WI - AUGUST 26: Jermichael Finley #88 of the Green Bay Packers signals, along with a referee, a touchdown against the Indianapolis Colts during a preseason game at Lambeau Field on August 26, 2010 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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The Good

59 points is the most the Packers have ever scored vs. an NFL team in any game, regular, post, or preseason. 

Aaron Rodgers was 21-29 for 195 yards and 3 TD's. That brings his preseason totals to a 77 percent completion percentage, 470 yards, 6 TD's, 0 interceptions, and 0 sacks.

Jermichael Finley looked unstoppable against the Colts in Week 3. The Rodgers-Finley connection looks like it's going to be stronger than any other on the team, and Greg Jennings and Donald Driver have had two and six straight 1,000 yard seasons respectively.

Speaking of Driver, he looked like his old self. He scored a TD, as did James Jones.

Andrew Quareless, Jon Kuhn, and Kregg Lumpkin also scored Offensive TD's.

I say Offensive because WR Jason Cherry had a punt returned for a TD that was the final score of the game. If the team took that play to heart and believes that he can be a possible return man, then he could challenge Brett Swain for the number five WR spot, but for now it looks like he'll still get cut.

Rookie Saftey Morgan Burnett made two nice plays. He knocked down a pass to save a big gain, although he should have intercepted it, and also did pick off a Peyton Manning pass later in the game.

CB Sam Sheilds made a super athletic catch to pick off a pass by Curtis Painter and end the game. He cut right in front of the receiver and extended his body all the way out.  This guys is making way too many plays at CB to get cut.

Rookie DE Mike Neal made some nice stops, as well as pressuring the QB. BJ Raji did as well.

Undrafted Rookie out of Central Michigan, Frank Zombo, played very nice at OLB. He stripped Manning of the ball and Robert Francois recovered it and ran it to around the five yard line.

The O-Line seemed pretty good too, but I wasn't paying that much attention to them.  Rodgers was only seriously pressured on one play, where he connected with Jermichael Finley for a TD.

The Bad

The Special Teams coverage once again looked terrible. Tackling a guy at the 35 became a good play. They'll need to improve there or it could hurt them in the regular season.

The first team defense struggled at times. Woodson played, but only in the slot, as they were trying to get Underwood and Williams more exposure. Both of those guys looked vulnerable.

They gave up a 49 yard run on the first play of the game, but shut down the run the rest of the game.

Overall, surrendering 24 points to the Colts is not too bad.

The Ugly

During the play where Manning fumbled, Colts RB Joe Addai received a tough blow to the head from fumble recover-er Robert Francois. He was diagnosed with a concussion.  This is not a good time for their starting RB to get hurt. Not sure yet how serious it is.  Probably not too bad, as far as concussions go.

Both Ryan Grant and Brandon Jackson fumbled.  he Packers were so good last year at not turning the ball over and now with legitimate Super Bowl aspirations, is not the time to start coughing up the rock.


The bottom line is a 35 point victory is down right fantastic. There are still areas of weakness, but putting up 59 points on a team that got to the Super Bowl last year, has got to get fans exciting.