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Stinky cheese in Philly (12/08/2004)

The Packers were totally outclassed by the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday and limped home after a 47 - 17 shellacking. The final score speaks for itself, but the Packers didn't come prepared to win this game, and they deserve a sound chorus of criticism from Cheesehead fans who deserve a lot more than what the players and staff had to offer in this game.

I suspected trouble when on the very first offensive play of the game Bubba Franks didn't seem to know whether or not he was to be on the field. How the hell can that happen? The coaching staff has all week to prepare the offense for the first series of plays, yet the players don't understand who is to be on the field for the first play? On top of that, the offense committed a penalty on that very first play and consequently completed three uneventful plays and punted. The stage was set for an awful performance, or lack of performance, I should say. The Packers stunk in Philly.

Not to be outdone by a totally disorganized and dysfunctional Packer offense, the defense was even worse. The Packers' passing defense once again showed its vulnerability as Donavan McNabb set an all-time Eagle record, rolling up 464 passing yards and 5 touchdowns. Batman Carroll, Mark Roman, and others were torched and torched again as the pass-happy Eagle offense could not be denied by this group of Packers. Willie Wood and Herb Adderley" where are you now? Had the game not become such a rout at an early stage, I suspect another 150 yards or more of Eagle passing offense could easily have been accumulated. It was that bad.

Going into the game I thought the Packers had a chance to compete with the Eagles, but boy was I wrong. Billed as a contest between the two best teams in the NFC, this game proved that the 2004 Packers have a long way to go to get competitive with the Eagles. The Packers had been playing so well for the last six weeks; maybe a bad game was to be expected. It will be interesting to see if the Packers can return to their winning form after this humiliation.

One of the best known Packer recipes for becoming whole again after an annihilation is a visit by the Lions to Lambeau, which is what happens next week. I am sure Mike Sherman and staff will want to forget this game in a big time hurry and usher the Detroit Lions into the den of friendly Lambeau.

Rebounding from a catastrophe is tough. The fact that the Vikings also played lousy Sunday and lost to the Bears plays into the equation. Sherman probably will rally his humbled players with a quick dose of amnesia after watching film of the Eagles debacle and then remind them that the Vikes screwed up too. As bad as the Pack stunk up Philly, watch for them to roar back against the Lions to set up a showdown in Minnesota Christmas Eve for the North Division championship.



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