Packers Clobber Colts with Ball Control and Solid Defense
The Indianapolis Colts brought their high-profile pedigree to Green Bay for Sunday’s match-up. Perennial play-off participants and having won the Super bowl just two years ago, the Colts also had an October winning streak of 13 games dating back to 2004. But the Pack sent their winning streak out the window by treating Cheeseheads to a convincing drubbing of the Colts by a score of 34 – 14.
The Packer coaching staff put together a winning game plan this week which was executed to near perfection. Ryan Grant was given the ball nineteen times in the first half as the Packers ground out a productive ball control attack which kept Peyton Manning and company sitting on the bench. Aaron Rodgers turned in yet another consistent performance managing the clock, completing passes when necessary and not making mistakes to keep the chains moving for the green and gold. The Packer offense looked efficient running with authority and passing smartly. By halftime the Packers had taken control of the game by a score of 17 – 7.
In the second half, it was the defense’s turn. Nick Collins and later Aaron Rouse intercepted Manning passes and ran both back for touchdowns, sealing the Colts’ demise. The Colts’ awesome aerial offense just couldn’t get traction in the windy conditions. The Packers utilized their nickel defense from the onset to shut down the Colts’ outstanding wide receivers. Brandon Chillar replaced linebacker A. J. Hawk for most of the game and I liked what I saw. Chillar’s forte is pass coverage as he mostly shadowed the Colts’ dangerous tight end, Dallas Clark.
With all the injuries this year in the defensive secondary, the Packers have had to call on a couple young players to step it up and indeed they have. Tramon Williams is quickly proving that he can assume a starting position in the near future. Will Blackmon isn’t quite as polished yet but he showed a couple times against the Colts that he is an exceptional athlete. Oft times young defensive backs will resort to grabbing a receiver once they are beaten by a step (Cheeseheads remember this practice all too well via the Ahmad Carroll experiment) but not Blackmon. He and Williams could well be solid replacements for our aging cornerbacks in the next year or two.
Last week in this column I opined that the bye week couldn’t come soon enough, but after watching the last two weeks performances it would be nice to see the roll continue. Alas, the NFL schedule is set and next week is the bye week for the Packers. The injury bug has bitten deep this year so hopefully much healing will occur between now and November 2 when the Pack travels to Nashville, Tennessee. The Titans are undefeated and are coached by Jeff Fischer, a fellow fly fisherman… and those guys should never be taken lightly.
The Packers take a 4 – 3 record into the bye week and are tied with the Chicago Bears for the North division lead. Cheeseheads can take a break next weekend to get some fall chores shored up. I am going to get a tree stand hung for the upcoming deer hunting season and enjoy the great weather.
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