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Gut Reactions: Packers 34 Falcons 20

  • 1-0 in the Philbin era baby!
  • Impressive how Philbin set an NFL record (fastest use of both challenges) on his first drive as head coach of the Packers.
  • Loved the quick passing game to open. 
  • Didn't love opening with Jamaal Williams. 
  • I get they paid Jimmy Graham all this money, but he's clearly not the best option at the moment. 
  • Jaire Alexander had a good game. He took some lumps against Julio Jones, but that's to be expected. 
  • Good to see Cobb get involved again. 
  • Kenny Clark is the truth. 
  • Justin McCary battled today. He's not a great player, but he works his ass off. 
  • I thought Patrick and Light acquitted themselves well overall today. 
  • Fantastic break on the ball from Breeland. 
  • The Packers are still alive for a playoff berth. I love that this fact will piss off all the right people. 
  • Nice to see Rodgers smiling a bit and cutting up with the guys. Feels like it's been forever. 
  • Clay Matthews can still play, just not in the way he used to. I hope he's still playing in Green Bay next year. 
  • Still an unfortunate amount of "Just punt on 3rd down" drives in this game. 
  • That said, nice to see a win in the cold in Lambeau. The way things were meant to be. 
  • Go Pack. 
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  • 12 points

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Lphill's picture

That should have been the Packers score last week.

GBPDAN1's picture

As much as I want us to have higher draft choices, I always want us to win once the game starts and I see the Green and Gold out on the field. Wins feel good. Our team had fight in them today and the crowd was great. Go, Pack!

Old School's picture

Jimmy Graham is ranked 5th, 6th, or 7th among TEs in most objective measures like catches, yards, and average.

Williams and Jones are a good combo. I could care less who starts. Use them both and keep them healthy....we'll need them next year.

I guess that Philbin must have made our horses better. Either that, or his new scheme or playbook.(yeah, that's sarcasm).

pooch's picture

gotta luv your Pack thick and thin

Barnacle's picture

Pooch

Luv the Pack and now they win easily. Getting rid of MM was addition by subtraction.

Swisch's picture

Packers PLAYOFF WATCH!!!
Let's discuss the endless scenarios microscopically and enthusiastically -- that is, if you're a REAL FAN!!!
A little tongue in cheek, but I'm truly going to hang on to the hope for the playoffs as long as I can.

dobber's picture

It's why they play the games...

Nonstopdrivel's picture

Berth. They're still in the hunt for a playoff berth.

Lare's picture

Wonder if it's a boy or a girl.

Mojo's picture

We don't care, as long as it's healthy.

Lare's picture

Seems like they corrected some of the problems that were hurting them all season. Wonder what McCarthy is thinking right now.

Coldworld's picture

Looked to me more of a case that the Falcons have corrected even less. A win is nice but the manner of it seemed to me to differ only in the addition of a defensive score and of a much poorer opponent D.

dobber's picture

In all honesty, the Falcons looked like the Packers have the last few weeks. It was nice to be on the plus side of the penalty battle...

Old School's picture

I wonder what the "our horses aren't good enough" crowd is thinking.

JimR_in_SoCal's picture

We beat a fading (4 game losing streak) Falcons team. At home. In December. Exactly what did “our horses” prove, Old School?

Old School's picture

That the horses are not the problem.

I think our horses are better than they're given credit for by some.

Dean Ticks's picture

Channelling my old Coach Mora, "Playoffs, are you kidding me, playoffs?" There I'll be the token cranky old guy... </Sarcasm>

Gort's picture

The back side of that quote is "I just hope we can win a game!".
Packers did!

Packerpasty's picture

wait a week then talk playoffs...Bears defense looked very scary last night.

GBPDAN1's picture

Glad to see Kenny Clark back in the game in the second half. The guys is a beast and is a warrior

dobber's picture

With all due respect to #17, Clark is the team MVP this year.

Mojo's picture

Clearly Kenny is one of Teds hits in his last few drafts. His ability to come back from injury is amazing. When he gets injured it truly means "return questionable" unlike nearly every one else.

Please don't wear this guy down though. Save him for the renaissance starting next year.

Tundraboy's picture

Proves to me a wrestling background is not so bad for a lineman. A star.

Slim11's picture

Part of the reason Scott Wells was so good at center.

Golden Retriever's picture

I’m 2,000 miles from home in Wisconsin, but my hosts were able to figure out how to live stream the game for me. So happy for a Packers win, though I admit it was strange not having MM on the sidelines. Murphy and Gutekunst looked somber in their box. They have to know there’s a lot riding on their future decisions re the head coach and personnel. If Murphy hires a head-hunting firm I hope the board will veto him. I keep thinking of how Harley Davidson, in planning its 100th anniversary celebration, farmed out the decision on the headlining performer to a search firm—their brilliant selection was Elton John, which backfired. Five years later, they made the choice they should have in the first place; Bruce Springsteen.

dobber's picture

Headhunters don't always get you the best candidate, but they'll get you the best candidate that they work with.

Golden Retriever's picture

Exactly.

Tundraboy's picture

Nice to finally see them close out a first half with some momentum, and have some swagger starting the second.

Swisch's picture

Breeland at age 26 could be a fixture in the Packers defensive backfield for years, and perhaps a star -- same with the rookie, Alexander.

dobber's picture

He could be a perfect storm signing: if they believe he can stay on the field, his limited exposure in 2018 could keep his asking price down.

Rak47's picture

He originally signed with Carolina for 8million per year, [3yr 24mil] and may not come nearly as cheap next year depending on what the market is for his services. He's definitely a playmaker when he's healthy.

Swisch's picture

These are the tough calls for management.
After letting go of Heyward and Hyde and seeing them excel elsewhere (plus maybe Tramon Williams), we need some good decisions to be made for our defensive backfield.
More reason why these last three games are so important.
In general, we can try different guys on defense and offense down the stretch, while at the same time going for wins -- and maybe even the playoffs.
For example, let's see more of Tonyan at tight end, while not giving up on Graham. We can give more rest to Kenny Clarke, while still playing him most of the snaps. We can use young guys who may make some mistakes, but also may make some plays.
It's so important to realize that taking chances as a team in making some changes doesn't mean giving up on the season, or any particular game!

Old School's picture

Breeland, in theory, is behind King, Alexander, and Jackson if everybody is healthy. But if this guy is your #4 CB, then that's a good thing.

HankScorpio's picture

A healthy Breland is ahead of Jackson in the pecking order, IMO.

Rak47's picture

Absolutely, if Breeland is healthy he is the number 3 behind Alexander and King and if one gets hurt he moves to number two. Josh Jackson is going to be good but needs more seasoning. Imho if Jackson could put on 5-10lbs of muscle he would make an ideal FS, free to face and read the QB then make plays with his instincts and athleticism.

Rick F's picture

That Atlanta team is a heartless joke. The offense was able to get a balanced attack going. I think the offense has to be able to screen and play action to get Rodgers his vertical shots. Those running backs are a good 1-2 punch. Give those guys a big nasty physical line to run behind watch out. Rodgers could do major damage in play action. Philbin shouldn’t be the next coach, complete offensive over haul is needed. Lots of talent in key spots so next coach will be fine next year.

packerbackerjim's picture

Crow doesn’t taste too bad once you pluck it, roast it and smother it in catsup. It’s what I get thinking Atlanta would lay 40 on GB!

dobber's picture

I thought this would be a game played in the 30s...glad to say I was only half right!

Doug_In_Sandpoint's picture

I’m calling it now...Philbin Boulevard.

Mojo's picture

It'd be cold if they replaced McCarthy Way with your street.

Lare's picture

They won't change the street name, they just won't let anyone named Jones run on it.

Tundraboy's picture

Perfect.

Old School's picture

Ba dump dump.

Spock's picture

I hate to be disrespectful, but I can't resist:
McCarthy Way replaced by "take the highway". Sorry.

Since &#039;61's picture

Glad to see a Packers victory even though it likely doesn't matter. Defense made stops and came up with a couple of turnovers, another positive sign.

Congratulations to Philbin! I'm happy for him to get the win. Go Pack Go! Thanks, Since '61

Ferrari Driver's picture

I once heard a wise man say "it ain't over till..."

HankScorpio's picture

I once heard a wise man say " I love winning, I ****king love winning! You know what I'm saying? It's, like, better than losing?"

Ok, maybe it was just a movie character that wasn't all that wise. But it seems fitting today.

The TKstinator's picture

Nuke Laloosh of Bull Durham?

HankScorpio's picture

That's him.

Mojo's picture

Yogi Berra one of the Maji?

ErnieErnie's picture

It's over

dobber's picture

Packers win...24 comments about 45 minutes past the final whistle.

Last week? Nearly 100 in the same time frame.

Coldworld's picture

It feels good it was not a loss, but very little in the way of anything concrete suggesting real improvement for the future. What is there to say?

We are in a holding pattern until off season surgery. Nothing to suggest the prognosis has changed. As has been said, other than the result, the game performance took an eerily similar shape to that of preceding games, other than the pick 6 and Crosby and the special teams unit.

Philbin continues to play Graham with a bad hand, to limit Jones’ carries and we got away from an uptempo O after the first quarter.

HankScorpio's picture

" As has been said, other than the result, the game performance took an eerily similar shape to that of preceding games, other than the pick 6 and Crosby and the special teams unit."

I don't agree with that at all. The Packers methodically took apart the Falcons like many have expected them to do many times before this year. it was a 34-20 final but the game was not that close.

Highest point total of the year in less than ideal conditions and sans 60% of their OL starters.

Also, they were above 50% on 3rd down. I'm too lazy to look it up but I dare say that is a rare thing for them this year. Certainly of late, they have been failing badly on 3rd down.

Swisch's picture

Two touchdowns starting the second half also seems like a noteworthy improvement.

Old School's picture

So if Breeland doesn't get the pick six, and Alexander doesn't recover both fumbled punts, and Crosby misses a kick....what's the score then?

I agree that the pick 6 and the lack of special teams errors were the difference.

dobber's picture

Who knows? Every play changes from that point on.

Rebecca's picture

If we only knew now what we knew then!

Packerpasty's picture

we'll see how all that fly's next week. Win that one then anyone can crow.

flackcatcher's picture

Reality and depression has set in my friend. Still, they won. Lets take our victory's when we can get them........

Gort's picture

Last week was different. It was one of the worst home losses in 40 years. A pathetic performance that warranted the comments. It is always easy to criticize a bad performance.

GeorgiaCheesehead's picture

Philbin has balls. Definitely should have challenged the first no catch. But not the 2nd one. Giving up the last challenge when there was no wayvthese refs were going to overturn that call. But i do like the aggressive not scared approach Refs absolutely horrible again.

Gort's picture

IMO that was the galvanizing moment for the team today.

Bo Hunter's picture

Springsteen SUCKS! I’d pick Toby Keith
Thanks Bo Hunter

Golden Retriever's picture

Toby Keith would have been great. So would Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. But Elton John??? I was there, and fans left in droves when he took the stage. It was kind of insulting.

Golden Retriever's picture

Toby Keith would have been great. So would Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. But Elton John??? I was there, and fans left in droves when he took the stage. It was kind of insulting.

White _tornado's picture

Hey we were envious of Harleys 100 year anniversary when i worked for Andersen Windows.

The entertainment for our 100 year celebration party was Lyle Lovette. I assume Donny Osmond was not available.

Mojo's picture

It could have been worse. They were looking at Culture Club first.

Barazinho's picture

Do you really want to hurt me? Do you really want to make me cry?

Lphill's picture

Not to mention hand to Rodgers head, no call

Lare's picture

NFL officiating is the worst of all collegiate and professional sports. They should just subcontract it out to a company that will hold it's employees accountable.

Old School's picture

They could cut the eyes out of every NFL ref and they'd still be better than the NBA.

LeotisHarris's picture

Do we have any Officials on the Board? Anyone want to speak to Lare's take here and subsequent support from the Board?

Here's what I know. The NFL grades Officials on every play. Every damn play. Those who are determined to be successful in their interpretation of the rules are rewarded with playoff assignments. They have replays to assist in getting calls made correctly. For whatever reasons, all of these systems result in the kinds of weekly snafus we saw today.

Some say employing full-time officials is the answer. In this age of electronic surveillance, why even have Officials on the field? Couldn't the eye in the sky make the right call every time without human error? The same is true for spotting the ball, and measuring for first downs. Both could be accomplished with them new-fangled lasers, but the NFL loves the drama and game show moments created by measuring for a first down.

I can't get on the "hold them accountable" train on this one, Lare. Sometimes when you're dealing with humans human error occurs.

Old School's picture

Getting an accurate spot....every single time....can be accomplished with the Hawkeye technology we use in tennis. With video, we can get an accurate picture beyond our own eyes from multiple angles.

We should do this, but I don't want the humans out of the loop.

Barazinho's picture

It is very easy to automate line calls in tennis - it is simple contact with the ball in relation to the line. Football far more complex - you would need hyper accurate GPS, and sensors in the ball and players, so that any contact point could be measured.

Mojo's picture

Here's a topic nobody cares about, but I noticed the field held up very well. They went from the GrassMaster polypropylene fibers which sucked to polyethylene-based SIS Grass.

The field had looked great even in a cold December contest and after a full game of play. I saw very few slipping throughout the game and A Jones was able to make some sharp cuts.

The Pack may have a number of questions for the future, but they've found their turf.

Lare's picture

True, but the "Thawed Tundra" doesn't really have much of a ring to it.

dobber's picture

How about the "Quasi-frozen Tundra"?

flackcatcher's picture

Your right. I went back and watch the 1st quarter again. Players had good footing on their cuts and sets. The number of players who will not be injured in September and December is worth whatever price the Packers paid.

LeotisHarris's picture

I care, dammit! That was one of the most fascinating parts of the Lambeau tour, I thought. Very labor-intensive project that paid off today.

I can't remember the name of the turf guru the Packers brought in. Do you recall?

Spock's picture

The field looked great on my tv! ...oh, wait, I meant radio (Sirius) as once again the game wasn't shown here in Tucson. Sigh.
It is nice that someone is discussing a different type of "grass" in the comments section for a change, lol.

Bo Hunter's picture

I agree Golden, Elton John should sing for the pink Big Wheel 100 year anniversary.
Thanks Bo Hunter

Swisch's picture

Jamal Williams to tight end?
He has good hands and can block.
He seems like a good kid who works hard.
He doesn't seem to quite have what it takes for running back; but he's a real football player, and could be a beast at tight end.

PatrickGB's picture

Or what about our new fullback Vitale is his name. I think.

Swisch's picture

I don't know anything about Vitale as of yet.
The thing about Williams is that it seems to me when you get a guy who is a real football player with a really good attitude, you try to find a place for him.

buckyor's picture

Vitale played "superback" in college. Pretty much same as tight end. He was a ery good college player, but that does not always translate to the NFL. Transitioned to FB to make himself more draftable.

briank029's picture

TE?? He is only 6'0", no route running skills, and average hands. Couldn't be any further from a TE.

HankScorpio's picture

He's a decent #2 RB that has skills that complement what Jones brings to the table. He's also not a guy that is producing in such a way as to demand more snaps. He's fine right where he is...backing up Jones.

The TKstinator's picture

Agreed.

Old School's picture

He stays available, doesn't fumble, is reliable in pass protection and can catch. I think he's a good piece.

Packers0808's picture

After Rodgers played decent today[imagine that] I bet he can say "Mission Accomplished" got McCarthy fired!

Lare's picture

Kind of sad to see people with this mindset.

Packers0808's picture

And thye mindset is more than likely correct!

Barnacle's picture

It is “sad” to see criticism and nasty judgments of other’s “mindsets”. Look in the mirror and ask yourself if that might be the “sad” mindset that really is not competent to judge others.

Rebecca's picture

His mindset is missing important pieces.

JimR_in_SoCal's picture

Tin foil is so fashionable

Wilment's picture

Good first game for Philbin. That being said, it was nice to see Rodgers animated again on the sideline. There has to be some deep secret in the locker room that keeps Aaron Jones from getting twenty touches a game. Clay can still play, but as Ive been saying, it needs to be on the inside along side of Martinez. Another great game by Clark, not too shabby by Alexander covering one of the toughest guys in the league. As a fan, I always keep hoping for the playoffs...having been a fan through the post Lombardi era, I remember being eliminated in week 8 of a fourteen game season. GO PACK GO!

dobber's picture

"There has to be some deep secret in the locker room that keeps Aaron Jones from getting twenty touches a game."

Aaron Jones: 17 carries, 3 catches.

Mojo's picture

And he patted ARod on the butt a few times. That counts as a touch.

HankScorpio's picture

I'm no math wiz but that looks like 20 touches to me.

Swisch's picture

Still a good point by Wilment, especially after Jones was so neglected in the first half.

Old School's picture

It's easier to give him carries when we have a good lead.

Gort's picture

All the experts and conventional wisdom thought that Jones would get a ton of carries especially early. Bet the Falcons expected that too. An effective game plan obviously went a different direction.

The TKstinator's picture

Just
Win
Baby

Slim11's picture

Wilment, I've been around that long, too.

Your observation about CM3 is accurate. Matthews is very effective inside. His durability (which improves availability!) is also better when he's playing inside.

flackcatcher's picture

How many touchdown killing flags did the falcons have. Goodness their O line is worst than ours. Felt like this Packers team is what we should have saw last week. Most problems are personal at this point, that showed up last week and to a lesser extant this week. What might have been. I need a (root)beer. Sigh......

EddieLeeIvory's picture

Even though it didn't affect us at all, anyone else love seeing Belichick's Patriots lose in Miami today like they did?
Was priceless! Unbelievable.

HankScorpio's picture

I think everyone outside New England loved that.

Colin_C's picture

Some thoughts on the win.

- It sure feels better than a loss!
- The backups on the Oline did a very respectable job in pass pro. Several of the sacks were the result of Rodgers holding the ball/no one open. Run blocking was pretty hit or miss though. Most of Jones' negative carries were the result of somebody getting rolled at the LOS.
- Holding Julio to 106 yards is a win in my book. He's a darn good player, and expecting to shut him out is unrealistic. They had to limit the damage, and did just that.
- Outside pass rush is still easily the biggest weakness on this team
- Loved the quick hitting stuff to start the game. Let's see more of it.
- We really need a seam busting TE like Kittle (who I wanted to draft). Graham just doesn't have the speed, or the hands anymore apparently.
- Let's beat da bares!

Swisch's picture

Good commentary.
Do you think Tonyan could possibly be the guy at tight end, and is worth more of a look?
Another thing about using Jamal Williams at tight end, as I mentioned above, is that he may have similar routes as a running back as he would as a tight end.

Tundraboy's picture

Tonyan, Tonyan.

Gort's picture

I am not impressed with Graham, Kendricks, or Lewis and I want to see their grades in a few days. Tonyan needs more snaps.

Old School's picture

Graham is near the top of TEs in yards, catches, and average. Lewis is one of the better blocking TEs in the league.

Gort's picture

I will wait to see the grades. The stats may say so, but they do not appear to be effective.

Colin_C's picture

I'd like to see him get more opportunities for sure, but don't want to rely on him to be the future at the position. This will be a great draft for TE's, so hopefully Gute tries to find a long-term solution.

Old School's picture

Cutting Graham would result in $7 million in dead money. He'll be our starter next year, and we still have Tonyan. I'd be surprised if we spent a Top 100 pick in a TE.

KnockTheSnotOutOfYou's picture

There isn't even a speck of a doubt in my mind Tonyan is faster, quicker, more athletic, more agile, and has better hands than any of the other TE's. Period! He should be playing and playing a lot these next three games. Graham lumbers down the field and besides his broken thumb he wasn't able to go up athletically and catch balls prior to the broken thumb.

Why do NFL coaches have such a hard time identifying talent and plugging them in. Where is the mix and matching of personnel to the benefit of the Pack? Over the years watching this same thing play out over and over with various players and it is hard to comprehend. I understand experience has value but after a full preseason and 13 NFL games Tonyan is not inexperienced anymore. You see the two rookie WR's playing extensively why not Tonyan? While I do not watch Graham a whole lot I do not think defense's are double teaming him anymore (or not much). I do not even think Graham has much value anymore in the red zone. He cannot jump athletically and catch a ball when healthy let alone with a broken thumb.

Rossonero's picture

There's another TE in the upcoming draft from Iowa (like George Kittle). His name is Noah Fant.

He's 6'5" and worth a look with our late 1st rd pick or 2nd rd pick, depending on how his stock rises or falls over the next several months.

Colin_C's picture

I like Fant, but I think I'd actually prefer his teammate TJ Hockenson more. Either way, both would be a huge upgrade from what we have now.

EddieLeeIvory's picture

Last week, Julio had 2 catches. For about 20 yards.

ErnieErnie's picture

Dam good game today. Considering the pack has no o line, the young receivers are not looking back and coming back for the ball when rod is scrambling and the pass rush is non existent, this was a win with heart.
I think mgmt knows what it needs to draft and what free agent's they will need to compliment the team needs.

Thegreatreynoldo's picture

I thought Graham had 10 plus targets. The box score reads 5, 2 receptions, 13 yards. Most of the passes to Graham seem forced. Gonna be easy to justify that $12.66M cap hit next year. Dump him and admit the mistake. BTW, I wanted to see Tonyan get 20 snaps.

If I never see another designed rollout right by AR.... I wonder if his passer rating on that play is in double digits. Probably, QBs don't throw many INTs when the pass lands behind the bench area.

nostradanus's picture

Kudos Defense:
J. Alexander
B. Breeland
Tony Brown
K. Clark
D. Lowery
B. Matinez

Kudos Offense:
A. Rodgers
A. Jones
D. Adams
O. Line

Kudos: Coach
J. Philbin
M. Pettine

Nice Win!
Go Pack!

GVPacker's picture

No Kudos for Matthews?

nostradanus's picture

He deserves a kudos also!

GVPacker's picture

I predicted you would say that!

ErnieErnie's picture

He sucks. Looks lost out there game after game. Worst pass rusher in football. Time to go.

PeteK's picture

There, you got your negative attention.

wagszilla's picture

An interception...

Now that is a phrase I haven't heard in a long time. A long time.

Why it took an offseason, 13 weeks, and a fired head coach to show that a dynamic running back with great vision can do massive damage to opposing defenses is still beyond me but I'll take the win.

Lare's picture

McCarthy lost his job for ignoring Aaron Jones. Looks like Philbin might do the same.

The TKstinator's picture

20 touches?

jeremyjjbrown's picture

I honestly thought he left him too long. He should not play in garbage time.

Old School's picture

How many 100 yard games has Jones had? Didn't we lose to the Rams, Pats, Seahawks, Vikings, and Cards with him as the starter?

Look, I like Jones but y'all talk like he's a star. He's not.

Rak47's picture

No one is a star when the coach doesn't give them the ball. Simple concept. If the Falcons only threw to Julio Jones 2x a game he wouldn't be a star either.

Old School's picture

No....if you are a star you get the ball more, you don't become a star by getting the ball more, my backwards friend.

Rak47's picture

Lare, Sorry but 20-25 touches is about the max Jones should get in any game. I'm more than just ok with Jones touching the ball 20x a game. He really doesn't need 25 touches unless it's a must win game like a playoff game because he's not that big and he takes a pounding on many of those runs. It worked out well today as the Packers scored a season high 34 points.

Rak47's picture

Btw, there is only 1 RB averaging 20carries per game and that's Zeke Elliotte. Todd Gurley is second at 18.8, but Zeke is 225lbs, Gurley is 231lbs and Aaron Jones is 200lbs fresh out the pool soaking wet and fully clothed.

Old School's picture

Jones is not Elliot or Gurley. The long runs are great but the majority of his runs are less than 3 yards. He had 4 runs for negative yardage yestetday.

He's a good back, but he's not a star or even a feature back. He's a good piece in an offense that revolves around a QB.that throws a lot.

HankScorpio's picture

"An interception...

Now that is a phrase I haven't heard in a long time. A long time"

I don't know what would be more cool--if the old school Obi-Wan Kenobi drop was intentional or if it wasn't.

Spock's picture

I think it would have been clearer if he also said about the Falcon's fumbling QB, "These are not the drops you're looking for".

TheBigCheeze's picture

Graham is useless........that is all.....

Old School's picture

Coming into this game, he was 7th among TEs in receptions, 6th in yards, and 9th in average. He's the second leading receiver in the #8 passing offense.

Rak47's picture

Imho Graham is far from useless, although he has diminished quite a bit athletically.
He does however still posses enough straight line speed and veteran savvy to help the offense overall, just not 10million a years worth.

Old School's picture

His cap hit this year is under $7 million. If we cut him after this season, it'll cost us about $7 million in dead money. His deal has an out after the 2019 season. He'll be our starter next year, and he'll make 12million.

He's still one of the better TEs in the league. And he's out there with a broken hand on a cold day in a game that doesn't matter much instead of taking the day off. You want guys like that.

dobber's picture

I think we'll get to see whether the next HC can make anything of him.

Gort's picture

I thought that I saw 30 and 33 on the field at the same time in a 2 back set. Don't recall that happening before.

The O Line seemed to hold their own most of the day.

Good to see CMIII have some impact too.

The team played with much more energy and didn't wave the white flag.

Go Pack Go!

buckyor's picture

This team had clearly quit on McCarthy. Just watched the Cardinals get absolutely worked at home by the Lions. Losing to them was absolutely a fireable offense.

Packerpasty's picture

exactly what I thought, I watched some of the Cardinals game yesterday...how could the Pack lose to them at Lambeau?? Head rolled and should have....and I also watched some of the Bears late game...oh boy...

4thand1's picture

Nice int by Breeland, if he makes the int against the hapless cards on 2nd and 25, we're 6-6-1. A real shot at the playoffs.

The TKstinator's picture

Cue Jim Mora...

LeotisHarris's picture

How quickly things change in the NFL. The Packers and Falcons, only 2 years removed from the NFCCG, put on that middling display of tackle football. Still, a win felt good to me, and I'm grateful I'm not a Falcon's fan. Ugly.

Kizer's effort today should put to rest any of the crazy talk 'round these parts of Boyle being our future QB. The kid was flawless, with 0 Ints. Case closed.

Say what you want about Jason Spriggs, but he excels at helping his teammates up from the ground. You can't teach that.

Overall I thought our pad level looked a tad on the high side, especially from Light and Lancaster. Should be able to get that cleaned up next week prior to the contest against the football club in Chicago.

The TKstinator's picture

I’m thinking GB ought to prioritize shorter players if they really want to get serious about this pad level situation. No linemen over 5-11, says I. Huge disadvantage for Spriggs at 6-6, although he never stands taller than when he stoops to help a teammate up. So at those moments, his literal pad level is awesome while his character soars.

Denise Chanterelle's picture

Coach Philbin is undefeated at the Packer helm and deserves a long, enriching, contract. Let's get er done front office!

ErnieErnie's picture

Ya I hope they arent thinking that way or cheap ball is still the rule. They need to go out and search for talented coach. Someone who will take the job with conditions: the team will acquire decent free agents to supplement the draft and they stop relying on undrafted and the draft and development . You draft to win now.

Rossonero's picture

Today was a good result for us. Atlanta is a team with a lot of problems, but we overcame our own ghosts and sent them packing.

This was nice to see as a little payback for the 2016 NFC championship loss.

I'd like clay Matthews back for the right price. He's a future HOFer who'll be productive later in his career. Maybe not as much as Woodson and Peppers, but he will be.

Who knows? If we win out and the head coaching candidates don't materialize as we think, Philbin just may be our future HC. The more i read online, the less likely I think any of these big names comes to Green Bay.

jeremyjjbrown's picture

"Philbin just may be our future HC."

Sorry but I hope not. Him having Rodgers and Jones out the with 5 minutes to go up 31-17 or whatever is just not smart. Using both Challenges on the first possession is just not smart. I want to see how they do when the MM firing adrenaline wears off.

dglmd26's picture

Packers win out to finish 8-7-1. Not crazy
Eagles lose to Rams and Texans to finish 7-9
Carolina loses to Saints twice to finish 7-9
Washington is done.
Tampa loses to Dallas to finish 7-9
Vikes lose to Seattle and Chicago and either Miami or Detroit to finish 7-8-1

Lots of stuff has to happen, but nothing is crazy.

Just sayin....

HankScorpio's picture

The craziest part of that scenario is the Packers winning out. They have yet to win on the road and play 2 of their remaining 3 on the road.

Pro teams often react to a coaches in-season firing by playing better. it' remains to be seen if that lasts another 3 weeks

Colin_C's picture

It's actually easier than that. Eagles only have to lose once more, as do Carolina and Washington. Tampa is already out. The only really tough part I see (besides us beating CHI) is the vikes dropping 3 games. But hey, until we're mathematically out, I'll keep hoping.

dobber's picture

I can see them dropping 2. I don't think they lose 3. Zimmer has to be on the hot seat a bit. High expectations, average results.

fthisJack's picture

I thought it was kind of funny that Rodgers accuracy improved 150% in this game. hmmmmm.

Johnblood27's picture

Gutless reaction to todays game:

AR12 laughing and yukking it up while playing somewhat better on 3rd downs and perhaps actually seeing a receiver within 20 yards of the LOS.

That guy is a fraud as a human being.

P-A-T-H-E-T-I-C

GeorgiaCheesehead's picture

You should change teams to the bears

Daren726's picture

Don’t look now, but the Bears are beating up on the Rams. They don’t suck anymore. Next week is going to be a tough one.

Colin_C's picture

Regardless of record, the bears still suck.

Golden Retriever's picture

The Bears suck for eternity. Regardless of their record.

HankScorpio's picture

"Impressive how Philbin set an NFL record (fastest use of both challenges) on his first drive as head coach of the Packers."

That was Philbin's way of making sure they didn't blow a time out to save the play clock running out. To paraphrase Marko Ramius "When he became the play-caller, Philbin burned his time outs. As a result, his men were well motivated"

mcduff67's picture

The toilet has been flushed, glad to see the reunion of Philbin & A-Rod renewed. Philbin in Miami was a bad scene he had nothing to work with. He has the tools here, one down , 3 to go, looks good from here!!
GO PACK !!!!

BoCallahan's picture

Conspiracy Questions:
1) Did AR & Crosby work together to get MM fired?
2) Did AR payoff opposing defenses to drop his passes?
3) Has MM’s ill favor toward 33 influenced Philbin?

LeotisHarris's picture

It's brave of you to speak out, Bo. I wasn't sure anyone would have the courage to do so, but you like a select few of us must have gotten the message. Indeed, "the fox is in the valley." So, here goes:

1) Many people are saying AR and Mason *did* work together to get MM fired, but did not have knowledge of each other's predetermined actions. Plausible deniability was paramount. Sources tell me instructions were passed via waitstaff at Chives, and dead drops in Kwik Trip restrooms. The real question is who orchestrated their actions. Find the unseen hand behind the plan, and all will become clear. Who had the means? And who would benefit the most from MM being lovingly set free back into the wild?

2) Many people in the banking industry report large sums of money transferred from ARs accounts at Associated Bank (he has refused direct deposit, uses the drive-up) to accounts in shell companies in the Caymans in the hours before and immediately after games. Sources are afraid to speak on record, but the trail is there. Follow the money. You'll find answers to questions you didn't ask, and then some.

3) Rumors around 1265 tell tales of silos so thick ICBMs could have been housed in them. Apparently, Philbin had (has?) a Cone of Silence installed in his office. The aforementioned Cone was used for all communication between Philbin and his staff. Unnamed sources (aka a lot of people) say OL Coach/Run Game Coordinator James Campen was only allowed to leave the Cone on game days. Thus. McCarthy and Philbin haven't been in the same room together, or spoken to each other since 2012. There are reports of them passing each other in the halls of Lambeau without either man recognizing the other.

Any ill-will toward 33 comes from McMarthy's time cleaning toilets as a boy. It's a deeply disturbing story, but one worth telling if a journalist is willing to ask the tough questions and live with the fallout.

Stay strong, Bo. Reach out if you need me. I slit a sheet. A sheet I slit. Upon a slitted sheet I sit.

BoCallahan's picture

This is what happens when you open a can of worms. Even if it is just a crack.

Citizen AJ's picture

Soldier Field awaits ! Lets see how that goes before we get to excited .

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