Green Bay Is All Mended

Ryan DonahueContributor IOctober 28, 2008

With a roaring fly over by four Air Force jets, the Green Bay Packers had a continued mighty recovery from their recent three game losing streak in an impressive 34-14 victory over Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts

With wind gusts up to 30 m.p.h blasting the 71,010 people in attendance Aaron Rodgers, Packers quarterback, went 21-for-28 for 186 yards and had a touchdown.  Rodgers has played the last three games with a sprained right shoulder which he suffered at Tampa Bay.

Two phenomenal interceptions captivated Packer’s Nation as safeties Aaron Rouse and Nick Collins both brought in touchdowns from more than the 50 yard line. Collins scored in the third quarter with 62 yards. Rouse drew an eruption of cheers with a 99 yard return for a touchdown with less than five minutes in the fourth. 

“Once you have the opportunity to make plays you have to make them. You can change the whole game,” Collins said. “My pick in the game, I think it changed the whole game. It was an opportunity for us to go up 24-7 and just take over the game.”

“I recognized what Peyton was trying to do from watching the film all week and made a great break on the ball. I know everybody wants to talk about angels with me, but I took the right angle and got a nice interception and took it 99 yards,” Rouse said.

From the other side of the line of scrimmage Peyton Manning finished 21-for-42 for 229 yards. His 46.6 quarterback efficiency rating was his lowest of the season. This has been the worst start for the Colts (3-3) since the last time the Colts didn’t make the playoffs in 2001.

“I can’t really give you one, simple answer; try to summarize what’s going on.  We just need to play better,” Manning said. “I need to play better and find a way to get in the end zone. Our offense needs to try to get the lead to help our defense out a little bit. We didn’t do our job.”

Focus will be on getting players healthy in the bye week. Cornerback Charles Woodson, center Scott Wells, defensive tackle Ryan Pickett, linebacker A.J. Hawk, and tackle Chad Clifton have all played hurt in recent games.

Jeremy Thompson, rookie defensive end, suffered a stinger and was the only injury to the Packers against the Colts.

Players had off last week between Wednesday through Sunday and returned for practice Monday, October 27.

“The strength and conditioning aspect will be part of their bye week. They’re not going to just go sit at home for five days. I can promise you that.” Coach Mike McCarthy said.