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Another Stinker in Lambeau (12/06/2006)
By Dave DeLano

The Green Bay Packers turned in two really stinky performances thus far in 2006, having been shutout by the Bears and the Patriots at Lambeau. When the New York Jets invaded Lambeau Sunday few expected a third blowout, but that is exactly what happened as the Packers were absolutely demolished by the Jets by a score of 38 - 10.

The first half was nothing short of a Cheesehead nightmare. The Packer defense invented a new level of low. They could neither stop the Jets running game nor the passing game. The Jets do not have a marquee running back yet inexplicably their running backs looked like all-pro runners. The Jets' quarterback has a weak arm and the receiving corps is mediocre at best, yet on Sunday the Packer defense had absolutely no solution to counter the Jets' onslaught. The Jets' coaching staff schemed their offense to take advantage of marginally talented players. The Packers' defensive coaching staff had no answers.

The one-sided manhandling started on the first drive. By halftime the score was 31 - 0 and the Jets had incredibly rolled up 340 total yards. The Jets scored all five times they possessed the ball. It was a pitiful performance by the Packers and an embarrassment for the Cheesehead faithful, who deserve much better, especially at home. Defensive Coordinator Bob Sanders and Defensive Secondary Coach Kurt Schottenheimer should be concerned about their employment status as this season comes to a close.

With so many bad plays by the defense, it is hard to single out blame and break down the individual lack of performance on the part of the players. I didn't see any defensive players playing well, but, as has been the case most of this season, the two safeties seemed to be part of the most egregious breakdowns. What a mess.

The first half was also a disaster for Brett Favre and the offensive line. Zero points on the board isn't getting the job done. The offense rebounded a bit in the second half behind a solid effort by Ahman Green, but it was a case of being way too little and way too late.

So it is back to the drawing board for the 2006 Packers. Their record now stands at 4 wins and 8 losses and with three straight losses; the team seems to be regressing instead of improving. There are four games left this year. The Packers have the talent to compete in a couple of those if the coaching staff can regroup and harness the talent. Cheeseheads are sick of hearing about "miscommunication."

Next Sunday the Pack plays the late game in San Francisco. Like the Pack, the Niners are rebuilding this year. They have a fine rookie running back named Frank Gore, whom the Pack will have to track. It would be nice to see some signs of improvement in these final games to build upon for the 2007 season. They can't play any worse than they did on Sunday, but wait a minute... I said that two weeks ago! 


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