An embarrassing whoopin' on Sunday Night highlighted the problems that I have written about this Packers team.
That is a lack of pass rush, the push from the D-Line is almost non-existent, plus a poor O-Line were showcased versus the Giants who have a very solid O-Line and a D-Line second to none. A player like Jason Pierre-Paul wouldn't 'fit' the Packers defense I guess, so GM Ted Thompson made no attempt to move up the draft board a few years back. But being the 'genius' he is (having Aaron Rogers fall to you qualifies him as genius I guess), TT made frantic moves for lesser talent in the 2012 draft.
As I have written before, TT has all but ignored both the pass rush and the OL in his eight years as GM, rather then 'ignored', I really mean his picks have mostly failed in eight drafts at those positions. Especially irksome is the state of the OL where TT has yet to find a Center and a LT. Even the selection in round one of Bryan Bulaga has not gone well. As I stated on KFFL at the time of the draft, if the Packers hoped Bulaga was the heir to Chad Clifton at LT they were making a big mistake and Bulaga showed quickly that LT was not his position in the NFL. Bulaga had a mediocre rookie year as a RT, a very solid 2011 and until his season ending hip injury, a so-so 2012.
The OL is a mess, with no depth and question marks at Center, LG, and LT, I'll give Bulaga a pass at the RT spot. But really, a pick that high for a RT is not the way to go.
Missing Clay Matthews hurts of course, but he is a marked man and there is little behind him who can generate a pass rush week-to-week.
The receiver position has also been overrated by many, although the injury to Jennings is a problem. Donald Driver adds nothing but is still there, so the guys behind him cannot be worth much.
Next up is at Lambeau vs.the Vikings. Yes, the Packers can make the playoffs and even win the NFC North. But will the QB survive all the hits, sacks he takes? Jennings, Matthews and Woodson should return in 2012 and how many teams can say that? But there are problems with the offense that were showcased against a superior pass rush Sunday. Problems that were evident a week earlier vs. the Lions that a 4th quarter comeback masked.
Finally, at 7-7, Mike McCarthy made a boneheaded decision to attempt a long FG with a kicker who is slumping badly. The FG was missed, the Giants got the ball in excellent field position and promptly scored. was that a game-changer? We can never know for certain, but it was an awful coaching error that is for sure.