You could say that such a statement would have been perceived in the locker room as illogical, hence losing credibility. No team is going to eliminate penalties. You want to limit them. That's the real world.
You're right, Mike Daniels didn't do much last night, and he has only one sack this season. Even more, Kenny Clark has passed him as the team's best defensive lineman. Can't say I've watched the film closely enough to tell you why, but you'd expect more from a player of his caliber.
True. Another plus side is if the Packers get through the next five games intact (say 2-3, or more unlikely 3-2), the five games following it are all very winnable. And the biggest plus side: nobody in the NFC North has run away with the division. That increases the Packers chances of staying in the hunt after these next five games, when the schedule does soften.
That's a really great question, Bob. One would think the red zone is precisely where Jimmy Graham would have the biggest impact, and it just has not happened. One play in particular stood out to me. In the second half, Graham had isolated, one-on-one coverage against a safety on the right boundary. Aaron Rodgers never looked at him, throwing incomplete to Davante Adams on the other side of the field instead. Thought that was bizarre. Just throw it up to your 6-7 target and let him win a jump ball, you know. Yeah, very strange.
Yeah, you're not wrong Robert. It was thrilling in that the Packers stared at the very real possibility of the alternative, losing a game to the lowly 49ers. But it is embarrassing to have to go toe to toe with a 1-4 team playing with its backup quarterback at home. You also might be right that the damage is already done, though perhaps not for the reason you think. There was no real damage last night; the Packers won. The damage comes from not being Washington and Detroit. With the five-game stretch coming up, they needed to wrack up the wins in the first six weeks to give them a cushion. That didn't happen, and they might pay because of it.
Probably. You'd expect his chemistry with the rookies and Jimmy Graham to only improve.
It's certainly possible that this team comes together late in the season. As I've already said, the best thing the Packers have going for them is nobody in the NFC North has run away with the division. The Bears aren't necessarily good, but they're 1 point and about 1 yard from being 5-0. No matter who you are, a 5-0 start would have been tough to deal with. Much better for the Packers (and Vikings) that the Bears are only 3-2 instead.
Short of Tom Brady, you're right.
The Packers miscalculated their safety depth and wanted to save money. Pretty much as simple as that.
Alexander, for sure. We'll have to see with Breeland. Still some mystery as to his effectiveness, but he could potentially have a big impact.
Justin McCray was active but only an emergency solution. His shoulder continues to be a problem. That meant Byron Bell slid out to right tackle, and Lucas Patrick filled in at right guard.
I sure think so. They just don't do it often.
In the division, I usually enjoy an annual trip to Fogo de Chao in Minneapolis. Favorite place to eat in the NFL is the Old Ebbitt Grill in Washington D.C. About 300 steps from the White House, and they have an oyster happy hour. It's pretty close to perfection.
I think it's a distinct possibility this is Clay Matthews' last season in Green Bay. Don't see a deal happening until the spring, at which time Matthews could want more money than the Packers are willing to provide.
Haven't looked at it that close, honestly. But 9-6-1 does sound about right. Would think a tiebreaker might come into play if that's the case, though. Which makes the Packers trip to Minnesota (and even Chicago) awfully important.
Blake Martinez was on the cover. Yeah. That's less than ideal.
Well, those decisions weren't on Mike McCarthy, but you're correct about Jared Cook's departure. That's looking more and more like maybe the biggest blunder of the past couple years.
All right, folks. That's a good place to end today. Thanks to everyone for participating. We'll be back with you in two weeks, following the Packers trip to the undefeated Los Angeles Rams. Until next time, take care.