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Blowout in Baltimore (12/21/2005)
By Dave DeLano


     
In the worst defeat of the Brett Favre era, the Green Bay Packers were totally embarrassed Monday night in a crushing defeat by the Baltimore Ravens with a score of 48 - 3. The nightmare in Baltimore will likely set in motion a sea change of personnel moves and management thinking as the Packers re-evaluate where they are going from here. General Manager Ted Thompson will have a ton of issues to resolve to prepare the team for a return to respectability next year.  Three wins and 11 losses are unacceptable.

There isn't a single positive thing to write about regarding the Packers' play in this game. Poor tackling on defense and no pass rush allowed Baltimore's heretofore wildly inconsistent quarterback to look like an all-pro. The Packers' lack of any kind of offensive punch was equally bad. Add in the special teams screw-ups and you have a recipe for a grand blowout. By half time it was 24 - 3 and the humiliation was just beginning.

In this most disappointing season in recent memory, things were to get worse. Samkon Gado went down with a knee injury and the Packers' seemingly improved defense folded like a tent. The two things that Cheeseheads had to cheer about this year were gone and so were the Packers' fortunes in this game. Brett Favre threw two interceptions. There could have been three more but for the slippery fingers of the Baltimore defenders. It was a truly ugly performance.

Before the third quarter was over, things had turned so ugly that Aaron Rodgers replaced Favre at quarterback. Predictably, that did not change the tone of this game as Rodgers struggled badly in his first taste of NFL action.

Where to go from here? Ted Thompson has a tremendously tough challenge for him over the next several months. The Packers obviously have major problems and Cheeseheads will be anxiously awaiting some decisions from him. I like Coach Mike Sherman and hope he stays, but after this debacle I would think Sherman's job is in jeopardy as well as are a good number of the players currently on the roster. What a mess.

Brett Favre must be thinking about retirement after this game" more so now than ever. Many other Packers may be playing their last season in the green and gold. Contract issues, (lack of) performance and age may change the names and numbers of numerous players in Titletown next year. Those who went through the motions on Monday Night Football might well be down the road. It is a tough time for Cheeseheads.

On Christmas Day the Packers mercifully almost finish their miserable season against the Chicago Bears, who have played pretty darn well this year. Can the Packers spoil the Bears' chances of advancing towards the playoffs? Don't bet the farm on it. The Packers caved in against the Ravens and it will be interesting to see if they have the spunk to come back and play a decent game in front of the Lambeau faithful. Cheeseheads deserve better. 

 

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