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Packers downshift to sixth straight win

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What we learned while watching the Packers cruise to a 24-3 victory on Sunday.

1.  How good are the Packers? They don’t even have to play well to win easily.  After a few big plays in the first half, the Packers offense did absolutely nothing in the second half.

Their second half possessions: Punt, punt, punt, punt, interception, and the end of the game.  They didn’t cross the 50-yard line until the final drive.

2. Green Bay’s offensive malaise didn’t matter because the defense kept making big plays.  Clay Matthews had his best day of the season with three passes defensed, three quarterback hits, and a sack.

3. This was a weird game. It wasn’t as one-sided as the final score indicated. The Rams actually had more yards and first downs than Green Bay.  Sam Bradford had an improved performance with 321 yards and a 7.3 YPA average. His wideouts and linemen let him down too much.

One criticism for Bradford: He still holds on the ball too long sometimes.

4. St. Louis’ offensive line just had way too many false starts and mental errors.  To add insult to injury, they also lost left tackle Roger Saffold and running back Cadillac Williams late in the game.

5. Packers cornerback Sam Shields left the game late with a head injury.  Shields suffered the blow when foolishly trying to return an interception he made in the end zone.

6. Green Bay’s offensive line looked just fine without Chad Clifton. Aaron Rodgers got good protection, especially in the first half. Marshall Newhouse continues to play well.

7. Steven Jackson had decent final numbers (96 yards on 18 carries), but much of the damage came late. He just doesn’t look like a running back capable of carrying a team.

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  1. bradybbgoat says: Oct 16, 2011 4:55 PM

    7. Steven Jackson had decent final numbers (96 yards on 18 carries), but much of the damage came late. He just doesn’t look like a running back capable of carrying a team.

    I would hesitate to say that Jackson is now an incapable back.

    Its difficult to get much traction in the run game when your team is perpetually down by 3+ TD’s.

    STL is just a sinking ship right now.

  2. nola9erfan says: Oct 16, 2011 4:58 PM

    Steven Jackson doesn’t look like a running back capable of carrying a team? Really?! Well I guess, you can make the argument that he’s no longer capable of doing it now. But what do you think he’s been doing since the Rams drafted him?!

  3. herlies says: Oct 16, 2011 5:09 PM

    Well, I guess a fair sign that a team is in another class is when a 21 point win while holding the opponent to 3 points is largely unimpressive.

  4. stavreafavre says: Oct 16, 2011 5:09 PM

    St. Louis was playing with what amounted to a bunch of #3 WRs, so I don’t think you can dog them for letting down the QB. They dropped some, he made some bad throws; call it even. Also, it was extremely windy, which did no favors to either passing game. And the Rams’ OL did give up some hits in the second half when it was clear they’d have to pass a lot, but in the first half Bradford had more room around him than Rodgers did. Packers’ D did a nice job of keeping the Rams out of the end zone and made a few big plays but really didn’t look very good otherwise. Packers’ OL did NOT look fine. Couldn’t get any yards on the ground and Rodgers had Rams within arms reach of him on way too many plays. Glad the Pack got a W on a day when they were flat, but they’re going to have to pick it up considerably from here on out.

  5. tiffpats4eva says: Oct 16, 2011 5:31 PM

    Impressive. The Rams will be lucky to go 8-8 this season.

  6. pack13queens0 says: Oct 16, 2011 5:36 PM

    Packers win, Matt Kenseth won & the Badgers won. Perfect weekend in Wisconsin.

  7. nikkocheeba says: Oct 16, 2011 5:40 PM

    Actually thats 12 wins in a row. Just sayin’

  8. claymath52 says: Oct 16, 2011 5:56 PM

    “5. Packers cornerback Sam Shields left the game late with a head injury. Shields suffered the blow when foolishly trying to return an interception he made in the end zone.”

    I was actually happy to see how he got lit up. Great hit and Shields deserved it for running sideline to sideline in the end zone to see if something opened up. Take the knee and celebrate the pick…

  9. tiffpats4eva says: Oct 16, 2011 6:22 PM

    Another impressive win against one of the “who’s who” of the Suck for Luck teams.

    The Packers are rolling.

  10. brewcrewchamps says: Oct 16, 2011 7:01 PM

    pack13queens0 says: Oct 16, 2011 5:36 PM

    Packers win, Matt Kenseth won & the Badgers won. Perfect weekend in Wisconsin.

    ==============

    Brewers up next!!

  11. dellied says: Oct 16, 2011 7:02 PM

    I would say that the game was even more one-sided than the score indicated, but I can see how one would think the opposite is true. The Packers basically shut down their own offense after their opening possession in the second. Run, run, run

  12. dukemarc says: Oct 16, 2011 7:35 PM

    @tiffpats4eva

    3 of their 6 wins are over playoff teams from last year – your beloved Pats struggled AT HOME, to beat a crummy Cowboys team. Shut it, Brady Fan Boy.

  13. stellarperformance says: Oct 16, 2011 7:52 PM

    The Packers know how to win, which bodes well for them. But they still play poorly in many areas, especially pass defense. Soon they may run into a team that plays error-free and they will have their hands full. It may even be the Minnesota SuperBowl next Sunday. As they say…on any given Sunday….

  14. tiffpats4eva says: Oct 16, 2011 7:58 PM

    @dukemarc,

    Crummy Cowboys team? Really? Do the Rams have a win this season? What about that vaunted Broncos team you guys embarrassed? How crummy are they? Let’s not forget your near loss to the Panthers, who has 1 win this season.

    Pahlease. Don’t embarrass yourself. The Pack has a cupcake schedule. The Pack will continue to help teams with their Suck for Luck campaign this season.

  15. kennyrogerschicken says: Oct 16, 2011 8:47 PM

    tiffpats4eva says: Oct 16, 2011 6:22 PM

    Another impressive win against one of the “who’s who” of the Suck for Luck teams.

    The Packers are rolling.

    ———————————————–

    Yeah, I guess beating the Saints at home, and both the Bears and Falcons on the road is not very impressive. You know, you’re actually becoming dumber with every post. And seriously, why are you posting in every Packers story? Are you that jealous of the Packers being better than everyone else, or do you just have a secret love for Green Bay? My guess is it’s probably both.

  16. badfish6907 says: Oct 16, 2011 10:05 PM

    In the end what is the only thing that matters?

    6-0

    On to the Vikes.

  17. ramcountry says: Oct 16, 2011 10:45 PM

    @ nola9erfan

    If Jackson has been carrying the Rams, it hasn’t been for far.

    8-8
    6-10
    8-8
    3-13
    2-14
    1-15
    7-9
    0-5

  18. packersareandwillalwaysbebetterthanthebears says: Oct 16, 2011 10:47 PM

    @tiffpats4eva

    I’m sorry our schedule for the first 6 games wasn’t against 6 different undeafeated teams. All that really matters at the moment is that we are 6-0. In February, all that will matter will be if we win the Super Bowl.

    Also, you say “cupcake schedule” like it should void our wins. Does the Patriots 16-0 season mean nothing because it was against one of the easiest schedules in NFL history?

  19. stevenfbrackett says: Oct 16, 2011 11:42 PM

    What I notice they do better than anyone is make stupid mistakes. There are a few, of course, but very few fumbles, very few interceptions and NO “Hey look what I can do!” throwing errors.

    I also saw that they used this game to work on some of their areas in need of improvement, like the run game. The defense also played better than in past weeks.

  20. chrishousand says: Oct 17, 2011 1:32 AM

    Is it just me, or is everyone tired of hearing tiffpats4eva. She’s just mad b/c Rodgers is better after 3 years of being a starter than Jan Brady will ever be. Just remember one thing Tiff, It took 57 mins. of the game for the Pats to put away the winless Dolphins. And you call our schedule easy. hahahahaha

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