Injuries, Injuries and More Injuries, Oh My!

This is tough.......a very tough loss to swallow.

Someone had said after the Chicago game this year, that the only team that can beat the Packers are themselves, and again this is so very true. Here's the best way to show how the tide turned: The Redskins punted on seven of their first eight possessions, while the Packers' last seven possessions ended with four punts, two missed field goals and an interception. Green Bay was also hurt by nine penalties for 63 yards. DUH, AGAIN! And Mason has got to come through in these tight games, and make those damn field goals, end of story!

In the first quarter of Sunday’s 16-13 overtime defeat, injuries took full effect. Although they are apart of the game and the backups did a nice job, they hurt us when you lose BIG named players. The Packers lost tight ends Jermichael Finley (knee) and Donald Lee (shoulder) as well as defensive end Ryan Pickett (ankle). Then as the game wore on, linebacker Clay Matthews (hamstring) dropped out in the second half and special teamer Derrick Martin (knee) limped off in overtime. And maybe the worst news is quarterback Aaron Rodgers who sustained a concussion on a helmet to helmet hit on the last play.

I knew Matthews who had 1 ½ sacks and numerous other pressures was going to be the difference maker and after he left with an injury, Mike Neal and linebacker Brady Poppinga, both got a sack. But McNabb had his way with the Packer after Matthews left the field, he is truly are STAR on defense and I can only hope that he will be back soon. And as frustrating as Sunday’s loss was, it’s worth remembering that even with so many players out, the Packers still had their chances to pull out a tough road win in a noisy stadium. They didn’t get steamrolled by any means with a slew of second-string players handling major roles, and those performances must be built upon.

Some of the positives were: Aaron Rodgers completed 27 of 45 passes for 310 yards, surpassing 10,000 yards for his career, with one touchdown and one interception. Brandon Jackson rushing for 115 on 10 carries, his best as a Packer. Rookie TE Andrew Quarless who stepped in for Finely and had a nice game. And Desmond Bishop who said the game was bitter sweet, after playing his heart out and not getting the win. Cornerback Tramon Williams posted a 52-yard punt return in the second quarter and a 64-yard interception return on the final play of regulation to become the first Green Bay player to register a 50-yard punt return and a 60-yard interception in the same game in team history. The Packers defense’s streak is 18 games without allowing a running back to rush for 100 yards, that is also a HUGE plus.

Just plain sad: All the injuries. Not taking advantage of those third downs conversions, only 2 of 13, WTF? All the dropped passes and penalty's again, and the turnovers and missed field goals. Championship teams need to make field goals.

There is a lot of season left and with this game being only our 2nd loss, I will deal with it today and move on, as we lost to a good football team. But a game, that no doubt we should of and could of won. 3-2 is not the end of the season by any means, time to refocus and regroup and start putting a plan together for the Dolphins at home next week. We have to keep running the ball, we can not just throw it 50 times and rush 20, you need to keep the clock running in these close games. Michael Strahan said during the Fox pre-game show that the Packer should of made the trade for Lynch. He said the Packers need a running back like he needs a third front tooth, funny, I agree. Not Lynch per se, but a another back to draw attention away from the Packers passing game.

Driver said after the game: “I think guys just get frustrated, that’s the biggest thing. I think we all have to look at ourselves in the mirror right now, knowing we let two games slip away we should have won. That’s the part that’s going to hurt us because instead of being 5-0, we’re 3-2."

But remember Don, even if we were a 5-0 team, we can still lose the Super Bowl. I would rather be 10-6 or 9-7 and be hitting our stride and playing the best football of the year than be 14-2 or 16-0 and lose the Super Bowl. We are a good team, we can beat anybody, there are things to work on so let's just keep doing that and keep getting better!

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