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Packer Partisan (11/07/2007)
By Dave DeLano


     
Two Thrilling Victories in One Week

Hot off their overtime victory against the Broncos last Monday night, the Green Bay Packers pulled off a come-from-behind thriller on Sunday by defeating the Kansas City Chiefs by a score of 33 - 22. At the mid-point of the regular season, the victory leaves the Pack with a 7 - 1 record. Few felt that the Pack could go on the road two weeks in a row against once-powerful AFC West teams and come away with victories. They did.

The Packers' defense made a statement right from the get-go as defensive lineman Corey Williams dominated the Chiefs on their first possession. Williams ended the day with two sacks and leading the Pack in tackles. He got hurt later in the game but before that he put on quite a show. Williams is an unrestricted free agent after this season and for the life of me I don't understand why the Packers are not aggressively trying to resign him. Williams is arguably the Packers' second-best defensive lineman. Hopefully after this performance Ted Thompson will rethink retaining him.

The Packers' defense held the Chiefs to a mere 62 yards of total offense in the first half but the Packers messed up a couple scoring opportunities and by halftime the Chiefs led 7 - 6. The fireworks started in the second half. Linebacker A. J. Hawk got things started with an interception which set up a Brett Favre touchdown pass to Greg Jennings. Hawk turned in his best performance of the season against the Chiefs. The Packers' linebackers have struggled all year with their pass coverage on tight ends. The Chiefs' Tony Gonzales is one of the best but Hawk made some nice coverage plays on the Chiefs' playmaker.

After several lead changes in the fourth quarter, Favre hit Jennings on a 60-yard bomb that sealed the fate for the Chiefs. It was the 37th time Favre has led a fourth-quarter comeback victory and the records continue to fall.

The Packers continue to win but they still have things to clean up. For the second week in a row the Packers committed double-digit penalties and the offensive line continues to struggle to get the running game going. These are things that a good coaching staff should be able to get corrected. Cheeseheads hope that will start next Sunday when the Minnesota Vikings visit Lambeau.

The Vikings' first-round draft pick is having a fantastic season. Adrian Peterson turned in incredible rushing numbers last week against the Chargers. He is a very dangerous weapon. Nick Barnett and A. J. Hawk are tackling machines though, and I suspect the Packer brain trust will have a "shadow" linebacker trailing number 28 next week. Fortunately, the Vikings do not have a playmaking quarterback or receiver. The match-up seems to favor the Pack, but when these two old rivals clash anything can happen.

Look for Favre and company to hit the air waves early and often in this game. Also look for Packer kick returner/wide receiver Koren Robinson to have payback opportunities against his former employer. The Vikings terminated Robinson's contract last year in the midst of his personal and legal problems. 

 

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