Green Bay Packers: A Simple Review of Sunday's Game

Chad LundbergCorrespondent IIINovember 21, 2011

GREEN BAY, WI - NOVEMBER 20:  Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers looks to pass in the first quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on November 20,2011 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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It wasn't exactly the "sweet revenge" game Packers fans were looking for (myself included), but Green Bay still pulled out a win and their push for perfection continues. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will still be on the outside looking in, and a playoff push seems more distant than ever for them.


The Offense

Green Bay's offense, while it seems containable at times, continues to put up near record breaking points, with Aaron Rodgers leading the way.

Rodgers had a "low day" with a passer rating of "only" 112.3, and threw an interception immediately after Green Bay had recovered an onside kick. 

The offensive line woes continued, with Rodgers taking two sacks, and running backs James Starks and Ryan Grant struggling to find decent holes to run through. Are two sacks really that bad?

Yes, because if you're not run blocking you at least ought to be able to protect the quarterback, especially against a very overrated team like Tampa Bay, that have virtually no inside pass rushers.


The Defense

At least fans can chill-ax knowing that the offense will get it's part of the bargain done. The defense however? Put it this way. I'm betting I wasn't the only one who was not sold after their MNF game. 

Everyone said at the beginning of the year that this unit just needs to be given time and they will find their groove again. It's been 10 games. 

With their brilliant defensive coordinator and all those talented play-makers, I'm getting tired of saying, "Let's wait until next week, and see what happens."

Call me a fanatic, but I want to see my team cruise to the Super Bowl. 

Green Bay continued to play the way it plays. Let the big plays happen, stuff the opponent for roughly a quarter, let another big play happen hence keeping the opponent in the game, and then icing the game with a turnover.

And it will happen against next week.


Special Teams

I am not impressed with special teams coordinator Shawn Slocum, and Sunday's win did little to change my mind.

His unit couldn't keep Tim Masthay protected, he couldn't keep Mason Crosby from missing a 23 yard field goal, and he couldn't keep Randall Cobb from muffing another ball.

Cobb's muff wasn't costly. In fact he had enough time to walk to the ball, gently pick it up and then take a graceful knee down. But in most situations, Cobb's fumbling problem has cost us big, and I have yet to see if Slocum will do anything about it happening again.

The only thing that has improved is the special teams coverage, and I'm more than happy to see that.

But Slocum, you need to seriously wipe out the mental mistakes of your unit. If I were your boss, I'd be wondering why you're still around.



The defense is the biggest concern for most fans, but for me, I am mostly concerned about the offensive line.

Yes, the defense needs to improve, and they're pretty much out of excuses up to this point. The offensive line has been out of excuses, coming up on... about three years now.

I don't remember a game where Rodgers didn't have to scramble or make a big play with his feet. I don't remember a game where he has been purely a pocket passer, and Rodgers deserves at least one day to do that.

You have talented players all along that line, and part of the problem has been the inconsistency of Right Guard Josh Sitton, who is supposed to be our best lineman. 

Get it fixed McCarthy. We don't want to see Rodgers suffer another concussion.