Monday, October 10, 2011

Packers Awe Some Even After Offensive Injuries

It was a game that just did not go well for the mighty Green Bay Packers at the start. In fact, in the early goings, it looked like Green Bay was going to chalk up its first loss of the season against a tough Atlanta Falcons team that wanted to avenge last year's NFC Division playoff loss to the Pack.

But in the end, the Green Bay Packers impressed in a come from behind 24-14 win. For most teams, when your starting left tackle (Chad Clifton) goes down after your starting right tackle (Bryan Bulaga) was already out, your offense is going to struggle. The Packers had previously moved Marshall Newhouse to left tackle and put in rookie Derek Sherrod on the right side--and everything held together. Although, it looked like the Packers would be forced to play a short pass game to avoid the sack, Rodgers was able to extend the play and occasionally throw outside the pocket for some pretty impressive gains.

The defense played tough as well and shutout the Falcons in the second half after the Falcons looked like the better team in the first half.

Rodgers loosened things up with some longer passes and that was really the offensive key. If he could not have connected successfully with some big gains, the Falcons were punishing up close and the Packers receivers were dropping balls and paying a price for the ones they did catch. But once Rodgers showed he could extend the play and convert longer third downs, the game took on a different feel. It was a game the Bears and any other team who has some issues on the offensive line should examine closely. Rodgers hit 12 different receivers during the game.

Despite the line problems, the Packers ended up with an 8.6 average yards per pass and for third down efficiency, Rodgers was 9-16 for 60%. Mason Crosby was 4 for 4 on field goals with an incredible 56-yarder that Rodgers said helped spark the Packers.

The Falcons game was a confidence builder for the Packers--as if the
Super Bowl Champs needed it!

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