Sunday was the last day of Minnesota’s “second” deer hunting season. Hoping to fill my tag I headed out into the woods, grateful that the NFL had scheduled the Packers to play in the evening, thus not interfering with my agenda and that of tens of thousands of Cheesehead hunters. It was a beautiful day to be outdoors, and although I didn’t see an animal to harvest, a good friend of mine had the good fortune of bagging a nice doe as the season came to a close. It was his first deer.
It is a celebratory occasion for most when a hunter bags his first deer in the Northland, and so it was for our hunting party. Some helpful tips on field dressing and game transport were offered by the seasoned hunters and all of us had a very fun day. After the excitement of the hunt abated, it was game time for the Sunday night matchup between the Green Bay Packers and the world champion New York Giants. It was at that point that the fun ended on that fine day.
The Giants were coming off their bye week and, having played two lackluster games prior, the setup for the “perfect storm” was there and sure enough it happened. The Giants totally dominated this game and came away with a 38 – 10 beat down. It was painful for Cheeseheads to watch from beginning to end. Three hours after the game started I wanted to reset my brain back to the earlier fun part of the day rather than trying to comprehend what went wrong in the Meadowlands.
The game got off to an ominous start when the Giants marched right down the field and scored in the first 2 1/2 minutes, and things just got worse from there. The Packers were dominated on both lines of scrimmage. The Packer offensive line was so bad it is difficult to say which players were the worst. They were all bad and Aaron Rodgers was sacked viciously and often. The Packer defensive front provided almost zero pressure on the Giants’ quarterback and he picked the Packers apart mercilessly.
The entire game was a complete debacle for the Packers. Mike McCarthy had no answers to counter the Giants’ dominance and I sure don’t either.
Next week the Minnesota Vikings travel to Lambeau and if the Packers have any chance to regain their swagger and aspirations for post-season playoff action, this game is crucial. The Vikings looked almost equally anemic as the Packers in their loss Sunday to the Chicago Bears. Winning divisional conference games at home is a must, and I am sure the Packers will want to prove that they are not nearly as bad as they looked against the Giants.
The Vikings have a beast of a running back with Adrian Peterson. No doubt the Packers will key on him to slow his production down. Look for the Packers to challenge the Vikings to throw the ball, which should open opportunities for turnovers. When the Packers have the ball, assuming the Packers’ offensive line can keep Rodgers upright, look for Rodgers to put up some big numbers, especially if Greg Jennings returns from his injuries.
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