Gut Reactions: Packers finally punch back

Aaron gives his gut reactions to the Packers overtime win against the Cowboys. foo

 

  • What a game. 
  • Welcome to the NFL, Christian Watson. 
  • Rudy Ford announced his presence with authority. 
  • Amari Rodgers should have been done returning punts after London. 
  • That final two minute drill from the Packers was...hard to watch. 
  • Jarran Reed and Preston Smith both did some real good work in that game. 
  • That third quarter was hard to watch, but it was SO good seeing a Packers team that didn't fold after facing some adversity. 
  • Keisean Nixon is a hell of a football player. He doesn't do any one thing at a transcendent level, but damn if he doesn't complete like hell on each and every snap. 
  • Both Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon averaged 5 yards per carry and both got double digit carries. More of that please. 
  • Oh, and Aaron Rodgers’ 20 pass attempts are the fewest in a game he’s started and finished since 2010. And today he threw for 224 yards, 3 TDs for a QB rating of 146.7. It's almost like...the running game helps your aging quarterback!
  • Quick turnaround this week with the Titans coming to town on Thursday night. 
  • Go Pack Go. 
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GBPDAN1's picture

November 13, 2022 at 07:18 pm

The Packers beat the Cowgirls at Lambeau Field....Life is good

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Straya's picture

November 13, 2022 at 07:23 pm

It's 2022. Can we please not act like feminising a team's nickname somehow makes it shameful?

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Packerlifer's picture

November 13, 2022 at 07:32 pm

I thought he was referring to their cheerleaders.

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GBPDAN1's picture

November 13, 2022 at 07:42 pm

Cowpies?

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wildbill's picture

November 13, 2022 at 09:56 pm

It’s 2022 can we stop overreaching for things to cry about… Karen

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WestCoastPackerBacker's picture

November 13, 2022 at 11:08 pm

Thanks, for female fans that is getting beyond old and ridiculous.

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Straya's picture

November 13, 2022 at 07:21 pm

A Packers win and a written Gut Reaction.

Fortune is truly smiling down on us today

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Packerpasty's picture

November 13, 2022 at 07:24 pm

It's magical!!!

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GregC's picture

November 13, 2022 at 07:39 pm

Amen!

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badaxed's picture

November 13, 2022 at 10:46 pm

I like the written reaction better too.

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Since'61's picture

November 13, 2022 at 07:23 pm

Great game and a great win!

2 Questions:

1. Where did this team come from?
2. Where have they been?

If the Packers played like this the last 5 games they would have won 4 of the games and possibly all 5.
Maybe the Packers finally returned from London.

Hoping it continues on Thursday night. Go Pack Go! Thanks, Since '61

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Packerlifer's picture

November 13, 2022 at 07:34 pm

Yeah. A great win and sorely needed. But they will give it right back with a loss Thursday night.

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Since'61's picture

November 13, 2022 at 09:54 pm

One game at a time. We'll see what happens Thursday. Thanks, Since '61

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Minniman's picture

November 13, 2022 at 08:37 pm

I think that one big reason was minimising their penalties 61’.

They didn’t cruel and cancel out otherwise good plays.

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Since'61's picture

November 13, 2022 at 09:55 pm

They were better with the penalties but they had a bad holding call on a nice run by Jones early in the 3rd quarter IIRC. Thanks, Since '61

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ddepula418's picture

November 13, 2022 at 07:26 pm

Won the game despite MLF. Horrible coach. Nice play calling on last drive of regulation. 3 and 6 and you called the drive like a pussy.

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SteelyPhil's picture

November 13, 2022 at 07:53 pm

MLF MOSTLY called an excellent game. The offense put up 31 points. Jones and Dillon were extremely effective. Rodgers had a 146 passer rating. Give me a break. The 2-minute drill was awful and if you want to put the Amari punt returning fiasco on him too, fine, but you can't blame MLF for the losses and then not give him any credit for the wins.

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4thand10's picture

November 13, 2022 at 08:15 pm

Schematic changes were evident on both sides of the ball. I didn’t think the team was capable of adjustments but evidently they are. Particularly Joe Barry….the 3 and 4 DL fronts in the first half were a joy to watch. I’ve been screaming for this and was just shocked they did it.

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Minniman's picture

November 13, 2022 at 08:44 pm

If Joe Barry didn’t show something different this week, then I believe that he could have ended up on the hot seat (or fired).

I’ll need to rewatch the game, but Douglas and Alexander both seemed more effective playing as traditional corners (no moonlighting as slot corners to keep Stokes in the game).

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Houndog's picture

November 14, 2022 at 06:27 am

I too noticed the changes with the defensive front, but they still got gashed pretty good by Dallas' running game. And, until the D-backs stop playing 13-15 yards deep on a 3rd and 9 or a 2nd and 6 they'll never be a 'Shut-Down' defense.
I am not a fan of the Joe Barry system or his philosophy, there's too much talent (just count the 1st rounders) on this "D" to be a continuous, year after year sieve. They play too soft.
A good coach adjusts his scheme to meet the skill-set of his players and make things happen.

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jannes bjornson's picture

November 14, 2022 at 10:09 am

They were gashed because Barry stopped running his heavy fronts.

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Return_To_Sanity's picture

November 13, 2022 at 08:11 pm

Lol it was their best offensive performance of the season. What more do you want from the guy? You cant win the super bowl in week 10.

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NickPerry's picture

November 13, 2022 at 07:26 pm

Loved to see Watson have a great game, even after the 2 drops early on. Thank God Rodgers continued to throw him the ball. You can't coach that speed. Man that kid is FAST as hell!

THIS is the recipe for the Packers and has been all year. HOPEFULLY they continue it. Aaron Jones AND Dillion were fantastic!

Rudy Ford!!!

OMG though, WHAT the hell was that in the final 1:35 with 2 timeouts left? That was BEYOND unacceptable.

I didn't think they could do it but they did, AND they deserved to win. They continued to fight...You CAN'T ask for more than that.

Man, I forgot how good winning felt!

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Oppy's picture

November 13, 2022 at 07:42 pm

"Thank god Rodgers kept throwing him the ball."

Just imagine how much talent has been stifled and plays left out on the field because Rodgers typically cuts off players for the rest of a game after a drop or miscue.

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Packerpasty's picture

November 13, 2022 at 07:48 pm

another dumbass Rodgers hater..this site is full of them..stupidity shows through..

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Oppy's picture

November 13, 2022 at 08:06 pm

Come at me, bruh.

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WestCoastPackerBacker's picture

November 13, 2022 at 11:11 pm

I'll come at ya. Rodgers ain't gonna throw to a guy who isn't reliable to be in the right place, b/c he doesn't like to turn the ball over. That loses games quicker than anything.

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Oppy's picture

November 14, 2022 at 06:24 pm

When you go through your progressions, if the WR is open, throw him the ball instead of deciding you'd rather wait and see if you 'trusted' WR gets open downfield with some free styling.

If the WR isn't where he's supposed to be, and not open.. Yeah, don't throw it. This isn't rocket science. But there's a pattern for the last near decade that Rodgers just freezes out certain WRs because he'd rather throw to one or two guys.

I don't know how much all 22 we need to see open WRs running free underneath and ignored before we stop pretending 'nobody is open'.

The coaches put the personnel on the field, the QB executes the play. Yes, there's room for occasional freelancing and 'drawing it up in the dirt' to scheme your favorite target open for the must-have-it moments, but the majority of the snaps? Execute the play, hit the open receiver in progression, don't worry about the name on the jersey.

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johngalt's picture

November 13, 2022 at 11:12 pm

What are you doing?

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LeotisHarris's picture

November 13, 2022 at 08:23 pm

"stupidity shows through.." Indeed, it does, in your ubiquitous inane posts.

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NickPerry's picture

November 14, 2022 at 06:02 am

Packerpatsy...Oppy has been here for years and is NOTHING more than honest with his opinions. He's not a Rodgers hater, not even close. If you just THINK about the comment it's actually a pretty on the money comment and one I've thought of more than once the last 15 years of watching QB12.

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Oppy's picture

November 14, 2022 at 06:27 pm

Thanks Nick, I appreciate the co-sign.

But, I absolutely do hate Rodgers at this point.
I've always had reasons, and presented them, however.

Like I always say.. most talented coach killer to ever play the game.
Started going south in 2016. Used to be an ardent supporter.. Since day 1.. but I can't ignore the heap of evidence surrounding him that indicates to me he's a problem.

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Coldworld's picture

November 13, 2022 at 08:03 pm

Imagine if we’d just stuck with it in game one. Watson’s still going to be hit and miss, but we knew that.

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NickPerry's picture

November 14, 2022 at 03:41 pm

UGH!!! Don't make me cry!

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Tundraboy's picture

November 14, 2022 at 09:02 pm

Or any other game he was available. Pretty obvious now that confining him to gadget runs was another pointless example of shooting yourself in the foot.

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Return_To_Sanity's picture

November 13, 2022 at 08:10 pm

Amen, NP. After he caught the bomb, it seemed like he really gained some confidence and took off from there. Thats why you dont stop going to guys like that after a drop or 2.

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Packers1985's picture

November 13, 2022 at 08:18 pm

Since it clicked we all were raving at it as a great thing. Let's suppose if those catches have been dropped we would be blaming Rodgers and play calling for risky low percentage deep shots. Some of the drops can be drive killers luckily for us Watson pulled it through. Hopefully he'll build on from here. Nevertheless a great game from the kid didn't give up even though he missed couple of catches early in the game.

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Oppy's picture

November 14, 2022 at 06:32 pm

I don't care that they're big, seam-busting bombs for TDs.

Throw the ball to the WR who just dropped a for-sure TD pass for a short hitch on the sidelines on 1st down. Get him on the shallow crosser for 4 yards as a check down on 2nd and 12 in the next drive. whatever.

Just keep working with the talent on the field. You know what happens when you just ignore the 'lesser' players on the field all season long? You end up in the post season, the opposing defense doubles and triples your stud WR you rely on too much, and you have a bunch of young/under-utilized players who have zero chemistry with the QB on the field, hence he refused to throw to them.. even when the other WR is double/triple covered, and there's 3 open WRs available for the first down, and it's get the first down or your season is over.

I'm tired of that ending. Just play with the guys on the field. It's how you develop an entire CORPS of receivers who are ready to make the big play down the stretch when you need it most.

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Tundraboy's picture

November 14, 2022 at 11:10 pm

Oh how I love this. Let's play them all and see what happens. Most likely it will be better.

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NickPerry's picture

November 14, 2022 at 06:05 am

Especially when you don't have too many other options. You HAVE to continue stretch the field. This kid WILL drop a pass here and there...So did Adams. But you HAVE to go back to him, especially when no one can keep up with him!

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Houndog's picture

November 14, 2022 at 06:39 am

Dropped passes, yeah, Watson has had his share, and the injury bug has slowed his process as well, so let's hope this was a confidence builder and a look at things to come.
If it matters, some of you might want to take a look at the dropped balls stats by a few rookies named Jerry Rice, Sterling Sharpe, and more recently Davante Adams. I'm hoping yesterday was just a start to what this kid can bring.

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Tundraboy's picture

November 13, 2022 at 09:18 pm

I was wondering when I was walking around the house, why I was in such a good mood. It's been about five Sundays since I've done that. Watson showed out. Up next Toure. Progress is good,

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Houndog's picture

November 14, 2022 at 06:52 am

Touche' Tundra
Doubs, Watson, and Toure, we just might be Okay. But keep Lazard too!

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Bearmeat's picture

November 13, 2022 at 07:28 pm

It's always nice to send Jerrah home with an L, even if your ultimate hope this year is to move on to the back up QB and see the future.

Too bad this team didn't play this cohesively against the patsies earlier in the year.

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WestCoastPackerBacker's picture

November 13, 2022 at 11:12 pm

Wait, I don't want the backup. I want the hall of famer as long as I can possibly watch him throw the ball.

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MITM's picture

November 14, 2022 at 06:24 am

lol Rodgers isn't going anywhere nor should he

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dobber's picture

November 13, 2022 at 07:29 pm

A Packers team that didn't fold after its mistakes? How 'bout that!

Maybe Christian Watson will be a difference maker, yet.

Maybe LaF hasn't lost this team just yet.

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Tundraboy's picture

November 13, 2022 at 09:19 pm

Maybe Rodger's will start trusting Toure too.

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Tundraboy's picture

November 14, 2022 at 09:06 pm

Just wondering what I said could possibly be wrong in someone's view. Maybe after Toure has a multi TD game you will see my point.

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Ritzy's picture

November 13, 2022 at 07:30 pm

This win showed the true pote
ntial of the offense
Run first to set up the pass.
What a novel idea. Even Lombardi must be smiling

.

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Dancrothers54's picture

November 13, 2022 at 07:30 pm

Man alive !!! Beat the Cowboys and Brady this year…..it doesn’t even get better!

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Packerlifer's picture

November 13, 2022 at 07:36 pm

It does if they beat the Commanders and Lions.

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Dancrothers54's picture

November 13, 2022 at 07:30 pm

Man alive !!! Beat the Cowboys and Brady this year…..it doesn’t even get better!

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SteelyPhil's picture

November 13, 2022 at 07:30 pm

I needed that so badly (obviously so did the team)

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Philarod's picture

November 13, 2022 at 07:32 pm

What an enjoyable victory.

Gut Reactions - in no particular order:
Thanks, Nags, for writing out your reactions - and quickly!
Playoffs or not this year, we needed this one big-time!
Not sure how good this team is...especially with all the injuries...but they did battle today!
No, no, no, Aaron Rodgers is far from done, and present value, I may take three other QBS over him (league-wide.)
I didn't expect Ford and Watson -- along with Rodgers and Jones - to lead the way, but will take it!
We just can't let Amari see the field again this year.

Crazy stat-let: The 2022 Packers, and Rodgers, are 3-0 versus Brady (the other "GOAT" QB), Belichick (the "GOAT" modern coach) and McCarthy (former coach). The bad news is that they're 1-6 versus everybody else.

GPG!

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PackyCheese500's picture

November 13, 2022 at 08:48 pm

Can't let Amari see the field on special teams, I agree

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Philarod's picture

November 13, 2022 at 08:54 pm

Agreed. I probably should have specified that, although I'm not overly anxious to see him on the offense, either.

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EnemyTerritory's picture

November 14, 2022 at 11:14 am

Amari should not be on this team. Period. End of story. He has as many fumbles as receptions

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PackyCheese500's picture

November 13, 2022 at 07:32 pm

Go Pack Go! For the first time since week 3, I am excited for this team! If they want to continue the momentum, here are some things that need to happen:

1. Fire Joe Barry. From playing soft zone all the time to prefering Savage over Ford as Safety, he is incompetent. Promote Jerry Gray to DC.
2. Sign FA edge rusher Benson Mayowa. With Rashan Gary out for the rest of the year, the Packers should use what cap space they have to get some pass-rushing help to ord and Preston Smith. Mayowa is great in this type of role.
3. Replicate this offensive gameplan. Complimentary football is what works, evidenced by today's balance of running and passing.
4. Move Rudy Ford to starting FS.
5. More Wyatt, Toure, TJ Slaton, Jack Heflin, and Watson and less Lowry and Watkins. These rookies have shown great promise and deserve to have snaps over these overrated veterans.
6. NEVER let Amari Rodgers return another punt ever again. I think he should be explored more in the passing game, though
7. Keep up the great attitude. The Packers looked like they were playing hard to win today. Whatever MLF said to them this past week worked.
Go Pack Go!

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barutanseijin's picture

November 13, 2022 at 08:07 pm

Let Amari Rodgers explore the market for slow guys with bad hands.

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Coldworld's picture

November 13, 2022 at 08:10 pm

I think we missed Gary badly and will going forward, but that Barry for the most part handled that quite well. Still some isolated soft coverage that was baffling, but for the most part that D did a darn good job masked by our own giveaway.

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PackyCheese500's picture

November 13, 2022 at 08:22 pm

Which is why we need pass rush help. Even more so when you consider that Jonathan Garvin has basically been a non-factor the whole season

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jannes bjornson's picture

November 14, 2022 at 10:51 am

Garvin had a solid game and put good pressure on Dak in his face on the roll outs. He and Engabare will hold the point going forward. Barry just needs to keep the 3 and FOUR down linemen to control the run game. Walker can pressure off the Edge and Tipa when he returns. Barry knew he was in the spotlight and came out aggressively.with Ford saving his butt. Savage has to sit.

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johngalt's picture

November 13, 2022 at 11:14 pm

Agree. Rodgers shoulda been taken off punt receiving duties weeks ago. He ain’t got it. Some do, some don’t. He don’t. Move on

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Oppy's picture

November 13, 2022 at 07:34 pm

I find it odd in the Packers best game since.. well, it's been a while, that so many people are absolutely blasting LeFleur's play calling in a game where the offense actually looked like a LeFleur offense from start to finish, a game where the RB's led the way, and the QB was efficient on limited attempts..

For those of you who have been paying attention, it looked exactly how we expected a coach with LeFleur's offensive lineage to look, and the results were exactly what we'd expect. You pound the ball from big, tight formations and feast on the pass opportunities created off action.

But, hey, LeFleur sucks. Oh, the irony.

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PackyCheese500's picture

November 13, 2022 at 07:38 pm

I thought this was one of his better games. This is what I needed to see in order to put some faith in him again...I'm not completely convinced, but this is definitely a step in the right direction

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Oppy's picture

November 13, 2022 at 07:47 pm

I don't think MLF called the game much differently than normal, I think that the QB executed the plays more in line with the coach's intent than normal.

It's an RPO heavy offense. What comes out at the LOS has a lot to do with QB decision. As TGR mentioned earlier, (I think it was TGR), we saw the Packers run into loaded boxes more than usual- a sign that Rodgers wasn't checking to pass as much as usual.

We saw something similar two weeks ago vs. the Bills, but to a fault. Tonight, far better balance.

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Jordan's picture

November 13, 2022 at 08:56 pm

Exactly. "A sign that Rodgers wasn't checking to pass as much as usual."

Rodgers was able to keep his ego in check for this game, but that's only because he's afraid of Elgton Jenkins being sick and tired of being sick and tired.

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Coldworld's picture

November 13, 2022 at 08:14 pm

It looked very like Rodgers tried to do last week, but without LaFleur/Rodgers going away from the run and a D that couldn’t stop it. We ran far more runs than passes. To me that’s Rodgers sticking with the run which was working. The other differences were that Rodgers was more accurate and Watson finally stayed healthy and we stuck with him after 2 bad drops and hit a bit of luck.

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Packers1985's picture

November 13, 2022 at 08:23 pm

I definitely think it's Watson that made the difference. Though we ran very well this game if we didn't connect with Watson on those deep shots it would've ended somewhat like the bills game.

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jurp's picture

November 13, 2022 at 08:44 pm

This was the first game all year that I noticed Rodgers playing with some fire and passion. His passes (especially the short and mid-range ones) were also much more accurate than I've noticed in earlier games. Glad to see both of these and that Rodgers kept going to Watson after those two drops. The offense looked tons better, thanks to sticking with the run.

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Grandfathered's picture

November 14, 2022 at 08:20 am

Rogers was under center, rather than run plays from the shotgun. That made a difference.

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Oppy's picture

November 14, 2022 at 06:37 pm

He was probably not happy about it, either.

Rodgers has vocally protested playing under center over his career because he feels he can read the defense better from the gun.

It's also probably why we've run the ball out of the gun so much (which hasn't done us any favors in the run game).

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Wilment's picture

November 13, 2022 at 07:36 pm

Well, we are off the schnied!! Gameballs.....Watson, for beginning to understand what those amazing feet and hands are for, three good catches, and on the third TD Ran, no, BLEW by two Dallas Defenders. HIs emergence is part of what's been lacking this year, the deep threat. The run game was the two headed beast we thought it should be this year, and that opened up the passing game. The o line did a pretty damn good job keeping Rogers upright. If Aaron jones wasn't wearing a glare shield, the cowboys would have had five more facamask penalties. Great job by Nixon returning kicks! Nice work by Rudy Ford stepping in and stepping up. As ive been saying all year, hats off to Preston Smith for continuing to do the dirty work that often goes unnoticed. TIP OF HAT TO Aaron Rogers for doing his best Brett Favre impression and throwing a critical block. Thats what leaders do. Time to get on a roll!!! GO PAcK GO!

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Packerpasty's picture

November 13, 2022 at 07:50 pm

and Rodgers throwing dimes today, bad thumb and all...

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jhtobias's picture

November 13, 2022 at 07:37 pm

Gut Reactions:

These team showed more heart and grit than I have seen in yr.

Ultimately having Amari Rodgers as your punt returner falls on Lafluer Head coach has final say

Sorry but Berry has to go : Savage plays slot is very capable Savage plays deep gets burned but he still keeps him deep . Lafluer after Thursday game win or lose make a change please . Or have your master of puppet murphy do it

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Oppy's picture

November 13, 2022 at 07:38 pm

Nagler:
Sincerely, thanks for the quick write up to go along with the video.

Much Appreciated,
Faithful, longtime CHTV readers

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4thdown's picture

November 13, 2022 at 07:38 pm

Well it only took 6 fumbles just this year not to mention last years blunders to get 8 off the punt returns. It just amazes me it took this long. Sure feels good to get a win!

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Packerlifer's picture

November 13, 2022 at 10:52 pm

Wait till Thursday before we can be sure he won’t still be returning.

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mbpacker's picture

November 13, 2022 at 07:39 pm

My gut has this weird sensation like a big knot or something going through goalposts. Very strange but like it!
Love the grit and fight we showed as a team.
Just beat the Titans- one game at a time.
We are in playoff mode the rest of the season if we can keep it going.

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PhantomII's picture

November 13, 2022 at 07:39 pm

Well...I didn't give us much of a chance the way things where going this season. I loved the Watson pick....Really like this kid...I was hoping a night like this from him from day 1...But, training camp injury and a slow start and AR scolding and...The kid broke thru it. I gotta say I've been praying he shows up and glorifies the Lord with his God given skills and abilities. I like the Faith tattoo on his arm and these days..don't we need a double portion of that. ML had a plan to use a heavy dose of the run game and Watkins actually came around a bit also. Ford looks good. GPG.

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PackyCheese500's picture

November 13, 2022 at 09:38 pm

Well said. Agree with everything you said

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egbertsouse's picture

November 13, 2022 at 07:40 pm

For all you people who spent the week talking about what a fine coach McMuffin was, you got to see the dumb ass in action today. I’m no fan of flappy arms but I am still glad the Beav is in Dallas.

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jurp's picture

November 13, 2022 at 08:47 pm

Based on his record, there is a very good chance that McCarthy may be Canton some day; if he wins the SB with Dallas, then he's a lock.

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Dragon5's picture

November 13, 2022 at 07:44 pm

Currently 9th in NFC playoff race.
Defenses will likely begin to respect Watson's speed opening our run game.
O-Line continuity hopefully continues and gels.
Love Ford's N-S movement off his INTs and Nixon's intensity.
Coaching incompetence further revealed on both sides of the ball.
Kudos to Nags for listening to his audience.

Fun Hypo
For the sake of a positive outlook, let's assume we win TEN, CHI, LAR, DET disregarding chronological order.
To get in the playoffs we will need to beat at least one of PHI MIA MIN. Philly, despite being undefeated, may be our best shot as they've had a relatively easy go thusfar and played down to their competition

McCarthy's seat warming up again. Jerry Jones is perhaps the only owner that could out do Jim Irsay's latest move.

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PackyCheese500's picture

November 13, 2022 at 08:25 pm

I think that MIN might be our best shot because it's a division game and it's at Lambeau. It would be nice to beat Philly though

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AnotherLombardiPlease's picture

November 13, 2022 at 07:45 pm

As a long time football fan, I've been preaching never to get too high or too low, even during the demoralizing five game losing streak which has most of the Packer fan base carrying torches and pitchforks, screaming for just about everyone in the Packer organization to get fired.

Guess what? The product we saw on the field today resembles more closely what we envisioned before the season started: a very effective running game, a good defense, and a lethal passing attack showcasing a supremely talented WR who has been injured most of the 2022 season and never really had a chance to show how he could impact a game.

Oh yes, and we still have shaky special teams and a punt returner/slot receiver who should have been cut a long time ago, but that's another issue altogether.

Christian Watson is exactly what this offense has lacked, a deep threat who can stretch a defense. Maybe from here on out opposing safeties won't have the luxury of ignoring the deep ball and just squatting on short routes.

Lots of other outstanding performances today too, including Rudy Ford, Aaron Jones, and that washed up QB Rodgers.

No, I won't make any brash predictions. The Packers could easily revert back to the shit level of play during the first half of the season. However, our playoff hopes are NOT dashed and if the Packers play like this, a low playoff seed is well within reach, despite the strength of the schedule. Frankly, I would prefer us to be under radar with a low seed than have the weight of higher expectations like the last few seasons.

At any rate, as the coaches always preach, and the fans never seem to accept, take each game one at a time.

3 points
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PackyCheese500's picture

November 13, 2022 at 08:25 pm

I woudl call our defense "bend but don't break." It is good, not great

1 points
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Packerlifer's picture

November 13, 2022 at 10:59 pm

It can be good enough as long as the offense is working and st’s don’t leave them hanging out to dry.

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TarynsEyes's picture

November 13, 2022 at 07:46 pm

They played their best football the week after certain starters are out. Perhaps those players aren't what many believe them to be. On Defense if need to be told.

Can you imagine what the rookie WRs could have done, if only Rodgers worked with them in the off-season?

It was a big win. To what end, I do not know. No, I do know. Perhaps a less heartbreaking season than last week's sentiments, and/or the loss of a good draft position.

6 points
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Packerpasty's picture

November 13, 2022 at 07:52 pm

oh no , your joining the "work in the off season" crowd...you don't think old QB's with as much time in the league aren't entitled to do what they want in the off season??,..

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TarynsEyes's picture

November 13, 2022 at 08:02 pm

This was, basically, the first year with more new guys than returning vets he has had since he scoffed at the Brees off-season brag. He's always had more veterans to ignore the rookies. He didn't have them this year. Perhaps it would have gotten two more wins and things would be much different. 4-6, 6-4

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The_Justicar's picture

November 13, 2022 at 09:14 pm

Agree completely. It is something a good veteran leader who values winning wants and needs to do. Old man Brady, after signing with the Bucs, organized off season workouts with his receiving core. Qb and WRs all veterans. Brady rented out a place for all of them and a high school field to practice on. All at his expense. Why? Because these players had never played together before and he and they thought it would help them get on the same page better and faster than just training camp. (And they won the super bowl..how about that).

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Return_To_Sanity's picture

November 13, 2022 at 08:06 pm

Sure theyre entitled. But if youre not gonna spend every opportunity to get them up to speed then he shouldnt be publicly throwing them under the bus when in fact theres more he could have done.

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PhantomII's picture

November 13, 2022 at 08:32 pm

Not if winning in the post season for 50 mill is a priority. Some people are called the GOAT...Some wonder how they became the GOAT. They did whatever they needed to do to win. Packers need a lot of that.

2 points
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Swisch's picture

November 13, 2022 at 07:46 pm

Thanks for bringing back Gut Reactions to the printed word.
I love the way Rodgers mixed run and pass, and led the comeback, but his ugly tantrum against LaFleur was totally unacceptable, team-destroying, and in need of a serious and sincere apology.
Otherwise, this win is a net loss.

-6 points
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jurp's picture

November 13, 2022 at 08:51 pm

That tantrum was something else - a player yelling at a coach like a coach yells at a player. Tells us something about the team dynamic, doesn't it?

2 points
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Swisch's picture

November 13, 2022 at 09:16 pm

It was stunningly insubordinate, and a huge embarrassment to Packer nation.
It may well have been a manifestation of what some of us have suspected for quite some time, that Aaron Rodgers is arrogantly undermining and overruling Matt Lafleur, and that the head coach is weakly enabling his superstar quarterback to do so.
Whether Rodgers is terrible on the field and throws two interceptions within five yards of a touchdown (as in the miserable loss to the Lions), or whether he is spectacular with three touchdown passes to a rookie wide receiver (as in the exhilarating win over the Cowboys), the Packers will never be sustained winners if Rodgers is allowed to rudely intrude into coaching and personnel decisions.
***
What Rodgers did is unacceptable -- grounds for benching, even cutting a player -- but it is forgivable with genuine sorrow and a real resolution to do better.
Rodgers doesn't have to humiliate himself with an apology; but he does have to be truly remorseful for humiliating his head coach during a game at Lambeau Field before a national audience.
Anything less is not only another defeat for the Packers in putting together a team that is a champion on the field, but also in putting forth a team we can be proud of.

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Rarescope's picture

November 14, 2022 at 07:10 am

You’d cut a HOFQB for yelling at a coach in the heat of the moment during a game? That’s….thats…. words don’t exist to describe how ludicrous and stupid that idea is.

2 points
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coolhand's picture

November 14, 2022 at 10:05 am

I didn't like to see 12 yelling at MLF, but what it does tell me is how serious 12 is about winning and that I really like to see.

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MEO73's picture

November 14, 2022 at 08:44 am

This is neither high school nor college. These are adult men, one of whom is a first ballot hall of famer and super bowl champ. The other remains a question mark. He's i decisive, can't manage the clock, and seems to have trouble scheming a complete game. Rodgers has plenty of faults, but yelling a MLF isnt one of them.

1 points
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LeotisHarris's picture

November 13, 2022 at 07:47 pm

Thanks for the return of written Gut Reactions, Aaron.

I was pantsed, left to walk home, and am now sitting here eating crow with egg on my face. So much for my prognostication skills. I was wrong about this game. That was a good win, and for the most part an entertaining game to watch. Intensity. Resilience. Team work.

I know there are many things in need of attention with this team, but tonight I'm a happy Packers' fan. Watching Mason's game-winner sail through the uprights was good medicine. I'm gonna just roll with it.

10 points
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GregC's picture

November 13, 2022 at 07:49 pm

Maybe Mike McCarthy, as ex-coach of the Packers, had some of that Packers jinx rub off on him today. I can't say I saw any really bad decisions by him though, except when he went for it on fourth down around his own 40 yard line. They got the first down (just barely), so he got away with it. If I was him, I would've kicked the field goal in OT instead of going for it, but that one is debatable.

I did not think this team was capable of coming back from a two-score deficit in the fourth quarter. That was crazy.

1 points
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Rossonero's picture

November 13, 2022 at 07:54 pm

Well I'll be damned! When the Packers actually run the ball, they're competitive! Another 200+ rushing yards, just as it was against the Bills and they subdued the Cowboys pass rush, controlled the clock and opened up the passing game.

The Jekyll and Hyde aspects of this team are frustrating, so I can only hope today was not a mirage.

It opened up things for the passing game and by golly, even with those 20 attempts, Rodgers looked good! Christian Watson can be the difference maker they traded up in the 2nd round to get -- I must admit his back-to-back concussions had me worried they were trotting him out there again this week -- but wow, when he's on, he's on.

There's still plenty of things to clean up -- Amari Rodgers my god -- keep in mind we won despite him coughing up yet ANOTHER damn punt/kickoff return.

If we can stop shooting ourselves in the foot and both MLF and Rodgers embrace this new identity as a RUNNING TEAM, then maybe, just maybe, we have a chance. Oh and Rudy Ford is a player. Give that man more playing time. Now.

GO PACK GO!

9 points
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Return_To_Sanity's picture

November 13, 2022 at 07:58 pm

You mean to tell me that running the ball early and often slows down even the most elite pass rushers? And it helps the passing game? Its almost like football is the same game its always been. Dont stop now boys.

8 points
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splitpea1's picture

November 13, 2022 at 08:03 pm

Hallelujah!

Finally, the correct offensive formula: a heavy dose of Jones and Dillon, with accurate passes sprinkled in to your play-making receivers.

Watson almost deserves Player of the Week (because of Justin Jefferson). I have to admit, though, that it got my dander up when he briefly left the game after being heeled or whatever--there's no way he could have been injured on THAT, I thought.

Ford kept us in the game with his first half interceptions and run backs. Sure, there may have been some QB--WR miscommunications, but he caught those balls and made them pay.

I thought Amos made a poor tackling effort on one of the Dallas receiving TDs. Run defense left a lot to be desired, as usual. Soft coverage reared its ugly head at times, particularly to close the first half. And then there's Amari...why is this organization so bull-headed?

Best of all, the Packers were able to overcome a significant deficit and WIN. And a great job by the combination of Reed and Alexander to make McCarthy rue his curious 4th down decision.

Nice to see Gut Reactions back in print again.

4 points
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Irish_Cheesehead's picture

November 13, 2022 at 08:05 pm

What a great win! Kinda felt bad for McCarthy watching him slam his headset into the turf. Kinda.

7 points
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Oppy's picture

November 13, 2022 at 08:09 pm

Yeah, he knew he made a gutsy call that was win-or-lose, and he lost. And he knew it was 100% on him.

Tough break.

I love Mike.

3 points
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Coldworld's picture

November 13, 2022 at 08:29 pm

It just seemed like a bad percentage call with field position in OT and their kicker having a cannon leg.

0 points
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Oppy's picture

November 13, 2022 at 08:34 pm

You know how sometimes Mike would let the "Pittsburgh Machismo" take over, for better or for worse.

1 points
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Rossonero's picture

November 13, 2022 at 08:37 pm

Mike is one damn stubborn coach. Maybe the most stubborn I've ever seen. Love ya Mike. Hopefully we'll see you in the playoffs if we can turn this ship around.

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barutanseijin's picture

November 13, 2022 at 09:18 pm

I dunno. That’s a long FG attempt in Lambeau, at night, in November. I can’t blame McCarthy for going for it.

4 points
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Oppy's picture

November 13, 2022 at 10:43 pm

That's a fair point. I guess I didn't realize they were at the 35. Thought they were a bit closer. It's definitely on the fringe.

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4thand10's picture

November 13, 2022 at 08:08 pm

I was shocked…on a few things. 1) Joe Barry was capable of adjustments. At one point in the first half I had seen 3 DL 2 OLB , 4 DL and 1 OLB and was pleasantly surprised. The minute they went back to the 2 DL look…Pollard ran all over the place. So I think. array should stick to the middle pressure. The LBs had some missed tackles but they showed up, #7 played well.

2) They stuck with the run game…I was shocked again.

3) Watson when healthy…holy crap that dude is fast 3 TDs, end zone backflips…that was fun to watch.

4) Amari on returns was not fun to watch

5) This team fought

6) It was gratifying to see them beat Dallas.

9 points
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Oppy's picture

November 13, 2022 at 08:13 pm

Fun fact about Christian Watson in terms of his overall athleticism:

"The 6-foot-4, 208-pound Watson scored a 9.96 RAS, which is tied for No. 11 overall at wide receiver since 1987. "

Yeah, he's THAT rare of an athlete. Hopefully he develops into a very good NFL WR. I think he will.

https://www.inforum.com/sports/bison-media-zone/mens-sports/bison-receiv...

5 points
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fangirl's picture

November 13, 2022 at 08:10 pm

Professor Aaron Rodgers was talking about things changing energetically.
Rudy Ford was the energy that ignited this game.

Jaire was on fire.+++++

Enagbare ++++

MacDuffie++++

Ford +++++

Savage and Amari R need to be dismissed (forever)

Not anxious to get Campbell back

Watson++++

The 'Old Man did Well" But his praise for Ford and Watson should be more enthusiastic.

But it was Rudy who was the engine.

7 points
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LeotisHarris's picture

November 13, 2022 at 08:30 pm

With a nod to Dak for throwing the ball directly to Ford. Granted, Ford needed to make the catch, no small feat for this collection of DBs this season.

7 points
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Oppy's picture

November 13, 2022 at 08:36 pm

Ford -did- step up and break on the ball. Yeah, I mean, it's headed his way, but he made the decision to attack it. Gotta give him credit, he risked it for the biscuit, as they say. If he somehow misjudged that ball and it gets past him, it's a potential TD because he abandoned his over the top duties.

-1 points
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LeotisHarris's picture

November 13, 2022 at 09:36 pm

You're right, he did.

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Oppy's picture

November 14, 2022 at 06:39 pm

Who on god's green(and gold) earth would down vote "You're right, he did"?

What a bunch of twats around here.

0 points
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Leatherhead's picture

November 14, 2022 at 07:19 pm

Don't get me started. The downvote is a chickenshit feature used by anonymous chickenshits.

0 points
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Mr_Bill_H's picture

November 13, 2022 at 08:12 pm

Bring out your dead............................ding.......................

We're not dead yet!

8 points
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Oppy's picture

November 13, 2022 at 08:15 pm

A+ for reference.

But let me retort, "No you're not. You'll be stone-dead in a moment. "

0 points
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Gopack12's picture

November 13, 2022 at 08:53 pm

It’s all up from here on out, The development of Christian Watson and Romeo Doubs will be what keeps Rodgers around for the rest of his contract

4 points
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Leatherhead's picture

November 14, 2022 at 07:20 pm

Not going to happen. Paying $50 million for the MVP is one thing, paying for a QB on 6-11 team is different.

-1 points
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AnotherPackFan's picture

November 13, 2022 at 08:56 pm

Doubs and Watson. When healthy I think the Packers may have found the future core of the WR room. I never felt that way about MVS and EQ (or of course their draft-mate J'Mon Moore). And of course that seems easy to write at this point, but I never did feel that way.

I know there will be a learning curve and they have a long way to go, but still...
it looks promising.

Not sure who their QB will be?

9 points
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vin0770's picture

November 13, 2022 at 08:56 pm

Mentally didn’t crumble like broccoli…dug a little deeper and things started turning around. Way to stay with it. It’s a tough lesson to go through but now they have a benchmark for reference and hopefully get so good mojo👍🏼

4 points
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barutanseijin's picture

November 13, 2022 at 08:58 pm

Nice to see:

— Watkins getting some place where he could catch a ball and then catching it.

— The Packers feeding Jones regularly

— Hat Trick from Watson & Rodgers

— Someone besides 8 returning punts

— Big plays on defense

— Written Gut Reactions

6 points
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GeorgiaCheesehead's picture

November 13, 2022 at 09:00 pm

This team showed up today! Showed heart. Gotta give credit to them for a great win! Amari Rs should have been cut weeks ago if he ever steps on the field again there is no hope.

Watson is fast! Can’t wait to get Doubs back!

3 points
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NJMagic's picture

November 13, 2022 at 09:36 pm

Agree with all

BUT MOST OF ALL, THANK YOU FOR THE WRITTEN REACTION COMING BACK!!

5 points
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Fubared's picture

November 13, 2022 at 10:23 pm

1. This wasn't the Dallas team I've been seeing dominate others teams especially the pass rush. They came out flat and eventually got it going but still the packers gave them all they could handle and then some.
2. Run game did well both Jones and Dillon, good work.
3. I thought when we lost Stokes our pass rush would improve and it did big time. He was the anchor dragging this unit down.
4. Amari Rodgers adds zero nada no value to this team. He should be cut at the end of the season.
5. Watson finally showed us something but hey its game 10 folks. If this guy is a perpetual bench sitter due to injuries he will break our hearts.
6. Funny A Rods thumb didnt seem to hurt when he was making passes.
All in all a great game enjoying it for what it was.

0 points
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BirdDogUni's picture

November 13, 2022 at 11:24 pm

Yeah - It sucks it took Watson a whole-half a season to break out. Although, it's much better than the 2 - 3 years it took:

James Jones
Jordy Nelson
Davante Adams

2 points
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Packers1985's picture

November 13, 2022 at 11:51 pm

I would say davante definitely had a decent rookie season 440 yds and 3 td's. These days the rookies are much prepared coming the nfl than those years. Nevertheless a great game by Watson and hope he builds up from this performance.

Go Pack Go

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wimiller's picture

November 13, 2022 at 10:32 pm

the back ups play with a lot more heart than the most of the starters they have replaced. there was finally some energy displayed out there. but when you have nixon what in hell still has the coaches putting Amari R out there to mishandle yet another punt?

2 points
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fangirl's picture

November 14, 2022 at 10:19 am

I noticed a lot more heart from the back-ups as well.
Rudy Ford!!

0 points
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KnockTheSnotOutOfYou's picture

November 13, 2022 at 10:45 pm

The Packers have some young talent and watching/hopeful they develop is the one positive that keeps me focused during this disappointing season. I have been hopeful with Watson and couldn't be happier to see his performance tonight. If injuries do not limit him in his career he has unlimited potential. I'm high on Doubs and Toure as well. The Packers need another WR in the first couple of rounds in 2023 and they will be set for quite a few years. I am enjoying watching Quay play. Pure athleticism and you can just see him getting better and better. There are quite a few other young players as well. Hopefully more of them get playing time this year.

0 points
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Starrbrite's picture

November 13, 2022 at 11:14 pm

Woo—hoo—North Dakota State—3TDs…about time…keep it rollin Watson.
Drove in from Rapid City,SD and spent more than the national debt on food, lodging, and tickets. But, what a thrill to drill the Cowboys, especially in light of a phalanx of Cowboy fans in attendance.
When we couldn’t load our mobile tickets before the game, I was ready to repel down the Oneida Gate wall…didn’t have to…whew!
Go Packers!!

3 points
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BirdDogUni's picture

November 13, 2022 at 11:31 pm

Still want to see Murphy and Gutey shown the door for mismanagement. Still want Barry discharged after the season. MaLF? IDK. I guess it will be determined by the end of the season. Maybe, he's grown up some too? Someone did some coaching this week and it is nice to see.

Amari needs to be cut in the morning for sure though.

Good to see MM at top form again too. Lucky it doesn't cost us wins any more.

1 points
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PearlyBakerBest's picture

November 14, 2022 at 01:26 am

**poot**

0 points
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lebowski's picture

November 14, 2022 at 09:44 am

I can understand Aaron's epic rant on people going off about Amari Rogers (WE WON THE GAME!)... but it seems there are so many coaching things with this team that are obvious even to dumb fans like me, and only change after getting called out on it repeatedly; Royce Newman and Hanson playing over Zach Tom and Yosh (duh)... not getting the ball enough to Aaron Jones (MLF almost weekly in press conferences) ... moving Savage to the slot (Barry literally shot this down and lo and behold, reconfigured secondary had a great game)... and Amari at punt return is just another on the list. Tired of hearing how great he does in practice. He contributes nothing in that role toward winning efforts, and more often has an active hand in losing efforts. Just wish this wasn't such a reactionary coaching staff, but I guess it's positive that they learn from their mistakes eventually.

1 points
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fangirl's picture

November 14, 2022 at 10:35 am

In a perfect world, MLF and Barry would be fired. But the Puppetmaster will hire the same types. And, it will be a Herculean undertaking to remove MM and his cronies.

~ In the meantime, scour the earth for both up-and-coming Offensive and Defensive minds to sit behind the throne and
quietly take over. (Ala Hackett, McCarthy, etc). Or, to save face, MLF should be HC only. (no play-calling)

1 points
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Booner's picture

November 14, 2022 at 11:41 am

Fire JOE BARRY!!!!!

0 points
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Lphill's picture

November 14, 2022 at 12:12 pm

Packers hired a new coach today Aubrey Pleasant , Lions had him in the wrong role and let him go.

0 points
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