Packers 23 Chargers 20: Game Balls & Lame Calls

Clutch plays and lots of luck add up to victory.

The Green Bay Packers have lost games this season by giving them away with mistakes.  But on Sunday, they played the franchise that invented giving games away with mistakes.  As with the win over the Rams a couple of weeks back, you can make of this game whatever you choose.  If you want to write it off as pure luck based on Chargers’ drops and miscues, that’s valid.  The visitors from the west coast certainly could have, and probably should have, won this thing. 

But there were also plenty of things the Packers did amidst their own many mistakes that can give you reason to believe this team is getting better.  That young players are developing.  That the coaching staff is slowly (very slowly) starting to figure out how to use this roster.  The team took a step here.  They won a close game against one of the top quarterbacks in the league. 

Really, when you look at the stats, it would have been something of an injustice if Green Bay had not won.  They dominated the first three quarters.  They finished with more total plays, total yards, passing yards and first downs.  They would have led in rushing yards as well if Justin Herbert had not befuddled the pass rush by escaping for 73 yards rushing.  But yes, in the end, it took some luck to nail down the win.  I’ve got no problem with that.  Considering the misfortune the Pack has suffered on the injury front, they deserve a few breaks. 

GAME BALLS 

Jordan Love 

A big step for our first year starter.  The six play, 75 yard drive he led late in the game was the kind of stuff that makes you a legit NFL quarterback.  It was aided in no small measure by a pass interference call, and a brilliant run after catch by Dontayvion Wicks, but this time Love executed the drive all the way into the end zone when his team needed it the most.  The touch on the TD throw to Christian Watson was lovely.  He put enough air on the scoring toss to Doubs to allow his receiver to perfectly time his leap to screen off the defender.  322 yards passing, a career high, two scores, no picks.  He was under a lot of pressure as well.  Sure looks to me like he’s getting better. 

Jayden Reed 

It’s pretty clear now that the rookie out of Michigan State is the number one receiver.  He is explosive and elusive.  For three quarters it appeared the Packers were running their entire offense around him.  If nothing else, he’s going to get more attention from future opponent defenses, and that can only help the likes of Watson, Doubs, Wicks and Musgrave.  Reed wound up with 92 total yards and a touchdown.  He was Green Bay’s leading rusher with 46 yards.  He seems to be the only guy on the team who can run the jet sweep effectively. 

Kenny Clark 

His overall stats are pretty humble, but he made what are probably the two most important defensive plays of the game.  With the Chargers on the Green Bay five yard line trailing by three, he stopped running back Austin Ekeler behind the line of scrimmage, and then punched the ball free, where it was recovered by Rashan Gary.  Then, of course, the game clinching bat down of Herbert’s pass on 4th and one to put it away.  At times it looks like Clark still is bothered by that injured shoulder, but on this day, he was absolute clutch when his team had to have it. 

So many honorable mentions, a true team victory.  Wicks breaking a tackle and turning his reception into a 36 yard big play on the final go-ahead drive.  AJ Dillon, the last running back standing, whose power running between the tackles picked up critical first downs on third and short.  He also caught four passes and made the most of them.  He’s playing hard.  He wants a new contract.  Daniel Whelan, who delivered a 61 yard punt in the fourth quarter when the Pack had to kick from their own end zone.  Rashan Gary who had a sack at a critical time and the aforementioned fumble recovery.  A spectacular effort by rookie Tucker Kraft, who tightroped the sideline for a big play, and came within half a shoe length of staying inbounds and scoring. Man, I wanted that kid to get his first NFL touchdown. Preston Smith, Quay Walker and De’Vondre Campbell were solid all day. 

LAME CALLS 

Special Teams 

This unit has just not improved and the Packers are very fortunate that Anders Carlson’s missed extra point try didn’t cost them the game.  On the opening kickoff, Dallon Leavitt managed to get called for two penalties on the same play.  Not easy to do.  A bad snap sabotaged Carlson’s effort on a 52 yard field goal attempt.  Keisean Nixon bobbled a punt return.  Bissacia needs to have a come-to-Jesus meeting with this unit. 

Unforced Errors 

Still too many.  An errant snap on third and fifteen that took the Packers out of a field goal try that would have tied the game.  A false start by Watson on third and seven.  Just watch the ball!  Gary jumping offsides on 4th and 6 on the final drive.  So much lack of communication in the secondary.  Imagine what this team might do if they stopped making it so hard on themselves. 

THREE AND OUT 

-- Was I the only one screaming at my TV set for the Packers to throw the ball on third and six when they were trying to run out the clock?  I buried my face in my hands when Matt LaFleur decided to put the game in the hands of the defense by running the ball and then punting it away.  I had no confidence in Joe Barry’s unit to be able to hold the Chargers.  I was hoping LaFleur would try to win it right there with a first down pass.  My instincts were correct.  The Chargers should have won the game when Quentin Johnston got behind Carrington Valentine for what should have been an easy, game-winning touchdown.  Johnston dropped the ball, which was perfectly thrown right into his hands. 

-- I was quickly getting annoyed at the TV crew’s emphasis on the slipperiness of the surface at Lambeau Field, and how it gives the Packers an advantage, which they implied was unfair.  Or am I being too sensitive?  They pointed out the Packers are accustomed to the surface because they practice on the same kind of field.  I dunno, I saw players on both sides losing their footing. 

-- Kudos to the Gold Package fans who often get accused of not being loud enough.  Just judging by what I heard on TV, they seemed to be creating a great roar, and the Chargers did false start a few times.  Well done folks! 

 

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Ken Lass is a former Green Bay television sports anchor and 43 year media veteran, a lifelong Packers fan, and a shareholder.

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Oppy's picture

November 20, 2023 at 07:17 am

Yes, you're too sensitive.

With that being said, it's called home field advantage for a reason, and every team in the NFL enjoys some measure of knowing their own field better than their opponent when they play at home.

It was just filler commentary by the broadcast team. Nothing more, nothing less.

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marpag1's picture

November 20, 2023 at 07:59 am

I agree that it's really nothing more than homefield advantage, but that's why I also thought the announcers made a much bigger point of it than they should.

Green Bay's field is more unusual than some people know. There are 14 teams that play on natural grass. Green Bay is NOT one of them. Green Bay (and PHI) play on "Desso GrassMaster" which is a combination of both artificial and natural grass. At any rate, there are only two stadiums that use this surface, so it's not surprising that players might not be terribly familiar with it.

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Oppy's picture

November 20, 2023 at 08:27 am

DGM isn't as unknown as you might think. A lot of practice fields use it, numerous colleges use it, and it is widely used in international soccer (where it has a bit of a negative reputation, actually.) But yes, it is a different surface than many teams are familiar with.

Actually, probably the most notable/differentiating feature of Lambeau Field is the exaggerated crown of the field (for drainage.) It's massive and it requires QBs to adjust their throws to the boundaries due to the height difference of the field along the sidelines compared to inbetween the hashes.

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KnockTheSnotOutOfYou's picture

November 20, 2023 at 10:21 am

I dunno it's an advantage as opposing warm weather teams come into Lambeau field in January and consistently seem to out play us.

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Ima Payne's picture

November 20, 2023 at 11:17 am

Ya the Vikes look avg speed on real grass but are track stars on there home surface. That is inevif there sdvantages drafting for speed for home advantage.

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Oppy's picture

November 20, 2023 at 07:19 am

Pre-snap penalties on 3rd downs pushed the offense out of FG range or put us in very poor down-and-distance multiple times yesterday, and also foiled attempts at defensive stands.

Team is still making far too many non-competitive mental mistakes at mid season.

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Since'75's picture

November 20, 2023 at 07:35 am

Be careful!! 😠😲😁

Or you may get downvotes for no reason.

It's what all the kool kids are doing these days 😁🙄

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PeteK's picture

November 20, 2023 at 10:03 am

S & M since 75--hahahaha

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WestCoastPackerBacker's picture

November 20, 2023 at 11:27 am

Is your profile photo your daughter, or your granddaughter?

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croatpackfan's picture

November 20, 2023 at 11:48 am

Do not be childish. That is the vision from his dreams...

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WestCoastPackerBacker's picture

November 20, 2023 at 03:22 pm

Somehow I don't think her dreams involve him though . . .

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cben67's picture

November 20, 2023 at 07:24 am

How about a game ball for a shorthanded secondary consisting of two veteran free agents and two late round rookies. It wasn't pretty, and they were helped by Charger miscues, but they played hard and hung in there.

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mrtundra's picture

November 20, 2023 at 07:49 am

Yes, Valentine and Ballantine(The "'Tines") both played well as did Nixon, for the most part.

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WinUSA's picture

November 20, 2023 at 11:29 am

I am sorry Simone but hubby Owens has not played up to standards for the last two Sundays! He was responsible for three long yardage plays last week and played the role of a toridor on the long TD play this Sunday!

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Untylu1968's picture

November 20, 2023 at 07:30 am

Would it be a reasonable thing to just be happy with getting the ball at the 25 on kickoffs? I get the wanting to make a big splash play, but avoiding penalties and / or injury, along with shitty field position, just seems to make a little sense...

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Since'75's picture

November 20, 2023 at 07:37 am

I'm guessing that's what the NFL wants.

As a Packer fan, we finally find a decent kick returner ....lol

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T7Steve's picture

November 20, 2023 at 08:51 am

You're being LH's voice today?

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KnockTheSnotOutOfYou's picture

November 20, 2023 at 10:23 am

Exactly my thoughts as well!

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Ima Payne's picture

November 20, 2023 at 11:22 am

lets use nixon on kick and ffs we have plentynf d backs in case he gets hurt. where is the fn brainntrusts here. .Im convinced if lefleur hadnt rode on someone elses ideas and game planning, he be coaching girls high scool socker somewhere. he is the weak link

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Since'75's picture

November 20, 2023 at 07:31 am

Random, as a NFL fan.....

I know Purdy has a strong supporting cast (team)

But for a 7th round pick, Mr. irrelevant.....he balled out yesterday.

21/25 333 yards 3 TD's ..passer rating 158.3

WOW

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HarryHodag's picture

November 20, 2023 at 08:19 am

He's playing behind perhaps the league's best offensive line. If he played for the Jets he's likely be in concussion protocol now. Rodgers caught a break of sorts getting hurt early because he likely would be in tough shape by now.

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Since'75's picture

November 20, 2023 at 08:37 am

And...for a 7th round pick, that's fairly impressive, i don't care what team he's on.

The offensive line doesn't throw the ball for him, he still has to make his own decisions, he still has to go through his progressions, he still has to make the throws, he still has to not make too many mistakes.

The last pick of the draft rarely if ever....makes a roster.
This guy is the starting QB and in general, he's killing it.

IDK.....maybe give him a little credit?

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PeteK's picture

November 20, 2023 at 10:14 am

Did you lose your way from a Niners site? LOL. My friends and I have also given him credit for his play. He might already be the most successful Mr. Irrelevant.

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Since'75's picture

November 20, 2023 at 11:06 am

Lol...Never been.

Matter of fact, i've been on 1 website since 2009/2010, which is currently in ICU on a ventilator with Covid.

I'm in the middle of writing the inevitable eulogy 😭
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Yea, whatever becomes of Purdy, i'm thinking we'll probably never see the 262nd pick of the draft, experience the success he's had.

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croatpackfan's picture

November 20, 2023 at 11:52 am

Well I think I know that once 6th rounder became first balot HOFer. His name was I think Tom, Jim Crady I think...

Oh, no. Tom Brady!

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Since'75's picture

November 20, 2023 at 12:44 pm

When i brought Purdy up.....

I thought, i should compare his 1st 15 starts, to Brady's 1st 15 starts.
Then i thought that was kind of silly to do, and i still do...lol

No matter where Purdy/Brady sit after 15 games.
Purdy has got some catchin up to do!! 😲😁

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dobber's picture

November 20, 2023 at 11:34 am

He's definitely bucking the odds.

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KnockTheSnotOutOfYou's picture

November 20, 2023 at 10:30 am

That is why Gutey hanging tight in round 1 mandating the Jets switch #11 for #13 allowing the Steelers to trade up to snag desired OT, Broderick Jones away from the Jet's is one of the best GM moves IMO in recent years. I am pretty confident it was the Jet's LT who also allowed the hit on Rodgers that caused the achilles heel injury. Gutey will never get the credit he deserves for that move until Van Ness blossoms into a star, but regardless it was a hell of a transactional move by Gutey.

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jannes bjornson's picture

November 20, 2023 at 12:20 pm

He kept Broderick Jones away from the Packers. He would be starting right now in place of a couple scrubs trying to cover Love's blindside. Van Ness is a part-time guy who may, or may not develop into anything but a project. He's not Clay Matthews.

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KnockTheSnotOutOfYou's picture

November 23, 2023 at 06:20 am

Jannes,
I 100% agree Broderick should have been the Packer pick. I was shocked he wasn't at the time & I continue to be baffled. Though I am willing to be patient with Van Ness having known 2023 was a rebuild year.

I probably could have clarified my previous point better as my comment was meant soley about how Gutey screwed the Jet's after a very contentous trade negotiation when the teams agreed to swap spots in round 1. He kept the Jets from receiving the player they wanted/needed, and as a result the back-up quality LT they plugged in immediately gave up sack injuring Rodgers. It is well documented there is bad blood between Rodgers & Gutey. While I cannot say with any certainty I just have to believe human nature had Gutey smiling behind closed doors when watching the 4th play of the Jet's opening game.

Yes, Broderick should have been Guteys choice but the injury to Gary dictated the Van Ness selection, otherwise I'm relatively confident Gutey would have drafted Broderick Jones.

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crayzpackfan's picture

November 20, 2023 at 03:36 pm

HD- And Joe Montana also had a fantastic O line, stud HB and FB, two stud WR's one of which is an all time great, a beast of a TE, one the very best HC's of all time and a defense that absolutely mangled people. So Brock Purdy is doing good only because of what again? Trey Lance was a #1 pick playing with those same guys for those same coaches. Where is he now?

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Renllaw's picture

November 20, 2023 at 07:32 am

Even though the chargers made our D look better in the box score with 3 dropped TD's and a fumble on goal to go, I was happy to see Barry tighten up the box when he went .... 2 down lineman... errr.... I mean nickel. I wasn't screaming at the TV because the edge rushers seemed to be lining up over the tackle, or inside the TE, instead of a yard and a half wide of them. I hope that trend continues.

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DoubleJ's picture

November 20, 2023 at 09:01 am

The edge players as a whole also did a good job of holding the edge on running plays. Haven't seen that in a while from the entire group.

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TKWorldWide's picture

November 20, 2023 at 07:43 am

The Ekeler fumble was huge.
The Keenan Allen drops were gigantic.
The Johnston drop was enormous.
Dillon is running much harder than early in the season.
The defense had its preferred front seven, and had zero of the four preferred DB’s: 23, 21, 20, and 26. Against Justin Herbert.
On third and six, I’m going insane if a pass falls incomplete, the clock stops, and they punt. I’d like to see the ol’waggle play: play action in one direction, roll the other way, pass/run option.
During the game I was commenting on here with lots of sarcasm, mocking those who CONSTANTLY whine about playcalling and whose solution is to “fire everybody”. If you saw those, you could probably tell I what I was doing.
GB showed some good progress, caught some breaks, and got a W. Nice.

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Oppy's picture

November 20, 2023 at 07:46 am

Jayden Reed would be my clear (if not obvious) pick for player of the game. A bit of a coming out party for Reed. He looked great.

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Razer's picture

November 20, 2023 at 08:20 am

The Packers got so fixated on the big frame WR and didn't go near the smaller, quicker guys almost as a matter of policy. I kept waiting for us to get an Edelman style of play who could always get open and extend drives. Reed gives us that and more

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WestCoastPackerBacker's picture

November 20, 2023 at 12:23 pm

They had Cobb in the slot, and then later on Davante was really productive there, but they flamed out on Amari Rodgers in '21 to play in the slot. I suppose you can only pick the guys that fall to you, but they only drafted bigger WRs last year before the Reed pick. It looks like the first really promising draft pick at WR in some time.

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crayzpackfan's picture

November 20, 2023 at 03:50 pm

Reed can also play outside. He did a ton in college. They should really consider moving him around throughout a given game. I think Reed should be WR1 with Wicks and Doubs to battle for WR2 and WR3 leaving Watson at WR4 until and if he earns his way back up. Maybe even try Bo Melton at slot now and then while Reed is outside at the WR1 spot. Reed is a weapon for sure.

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TKWorldWide's picture

November 20, 2023 at 06:41 pm

I played outside a lot as a kid. Wouldn’t have it any other way.

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egbertsouse's picture

November 20, 2023 at 07:54 am

This game is proof of the old adage, “ It’s better to be lucky than good.”

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PeteK's picture

November 20, 2023 at 10:25 am

What team played with more fire and has a brighter future. Credit the players and coaches for not (packing, don't like this word here) giving up.

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WinUSA's picture

November 20, 2023 at 11:34 am

Love was NOT “lucky” he was in total control: slinging the ball with zip, touch, and accuracy. The guy should have received a standing ovation.

Totally optimistic after watching this guy handling pressure without flinching!

GO PACK!

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dobber's picture

November 20, 2023 at 11:36 am

How 'bout, "it's better to win than to lose"?

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croatpackfan's picture

November 20, 2023 at 11:57 am

If you want to win you have to score more points, not necessarily to play better than opponent...

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WestCoastPackerBacker's picture

November 20, 2023 at 12:25 pm

Interesting that the guy who coined that phrase was an all-star Yankees pitcher in the '30s.,
Lefty Gomez. Maybe he was both. There was certainly some good yesterday, along with the luck.

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egbertsouse's picture

November 20, 2023 at 07:57 am

This was a good game for the gold package. The Milwaukeeans went to the game, the green packagers would’ve been deer hunting.

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Coldworld's picture

November 20, 2023 at 08:03 am

Two teams with coaches who are at best questionable decided by which made the fewest tactical and on field gaffes. Really, when reduced to its core, that’s what I saw. The difference is, since both had injuries, is the individual growth for us. The Chargers have less to find cheer in than just the result.

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Razer's picture

November 20, 2023 at 08:13 am

...is the individual growth for us...

This is simple true that matters for this team and probably for the fan base as well. We are seeing players making strides from game to game. I would like to see the team tighten up and play more consistent ball. I hold my breath on every defensive snap. I call it the "4th and 26" D.

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Packerpasty's picture

November 20, 2023 at 10:47 am

4th and 26 dont even bring that game up again!!

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Tundraboy's picture

November 21, 2023 at 12:43 am

Know what you mean, but until such time as we have a great D again, we will suffer from that syndrome. It's like they are trying to torture us. No more bending, we need to do the breaking for a change, as in break the other teams spirit.

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packerbackerjim's picture

November 20, 2023 at 09:19 am

Agreed. The individual growth of the young receivers, Watson had some nice blocks along with the TD. Love did not press the panic button and looked to be in command of the offense, despite some drops and errant throws. The pass blocking looked good, the run blocking looked incredibly bad. I would like to see progress continue against the Lions.

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Packerpasty's picture

November 20, 2023 at 10:49 am

hope so but the Lions also arent the 31 overall ranked defensive team..32 in pass coverage...bottom of the barrel are the chargers but it was a nice win...will it continue against the Lions in Motown...dont hold your breath...

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Razer's picture

November 20, 2023 at 08:06 am

I saw a Packer team that worked hard all four quarters and that was appreciated. I must say that I like the young WRs and TEs. With more game and Love experience they will be solid. I particularly like Jayden Reed, we've been missing a quick twitch WR who can play a variety of roles. Note to FO: all WRs don't need to be 6'3" and taller.

Love's development is remarkable considering the poor O-line and weak run game. Teams are collapsing the pocket with a 4 man rush and forcing Love to find open receivers in a crowded secondary. Talk about "against all odds".

Saw our defense line up 3 down linemen and two outside linebackers resulting in Karl Brooks getting a sack - thought great. Never saw it again. Won't say much more about them as I am not a fan of this style of defense.

I hope the boys play spirited ball in Detroit on Thursday and keep building the foundation

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Since'75's picture

November 20, 2023 at 08:27 am

I don't know about a crowded secondary, but it was pretty damn nice seeing some of our pass catchers wide open for a change.

I don't know if it's me or what, but i see more separation occasionally, than we saw last season.

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PeteK's picture

November 20, 2023 at 10:32 am

Imagine what it would be if we had even decent a running game.

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Since'75's picture

November 20, 2023 at 11:08 am

Ironically, that was supposed to be the strong point of the offense.

When i look at Jones and Dillons YPC, i feel like i'm in the twilight zone.

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PeteK's picture

November 20, 2023 at 03:48 pm

Yet when I checked team rushing stats the Pack is surprisingly 21 in total rushing yds, not good but better than I thought it would be.

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Since'75's picture

November 20, 2023 at 06:29 pm

Agree....I'm not sure that 21st in rushing yards is all that good...lol

If Jones/Dillon were running at peak, i'd think we'd see then somewhere top 7, maybe.

Sometimes the QB runs skew the stats a little, or in the Packers case..Jayden Reed, like yesterday when he led the Packers in rushing.
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Which brings to mind, We might see more designed runs like that Thur. maybe Love gets more designed runs also.

Probably wouldn't be a bad idea.

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PeteK's picture

November 20, 2023 at 07:03 pm

Yes, he has not scrambled much in the last two games, probably because the pocket is collapsing around him. They just resigned Patrick. Shame Wilson got hurt, this would have been his opportunity. I thought he had some ability.

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Since'75's picture

November 21, 2023 at 04:51 pm

I can remember Rodgers making a living from a collapsing pocket.

Every teams goal was to 'keep' Rodgers in the pocket because if they didn't, they knew Rodgers would smoke them.

Sans Favre's constant interceptions.....we got to see some pretty damn historic QB play the last 3 decades.

Enjoy and appreciate what Packer Nation has had.

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dobber's picture

November 20, 2023 at 11:43 am

"I saw a Packer team that worked hard all four quarters and that was appreciated. "

I come back to this as a point that LaF has not lost his team. They're playing better, or at least giving themselves chances to win in the 4th Qtr. For those wanting to sweep the coaching staff (and FO) out of town, it's starting to seem less and less likely.

"Saw our defense line up 3 down linemen and two outside linebackers resulting in Karl Brooks getting a sack"

The old Bears front might be how they attack the Lions on Thursday. I don't think we'll see Goff throw a lot--the Lions know they can bully the Packers. Packers will need to respond with beef, hope the secondary holds, and try to throw a couple punches themselves.

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Razer's picture

November 20, 2023 at 12:05 pm

...Packers will need to respond with beef, hope the secondary holds...

If we don't show up on the D-line this will be an embarrassment. They will rack up 200 yds with that O-line and those backs. Let's get 3 down linemen and pressure from our OLB but above all else shut-down-the-run.

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HarryHodag's picture

November 20, 2023 at 08:21 am

I can't say anything bad about this game. The Packers competed well against a talented, but goofy, team. When you see the number of back up players doing major minutes for the Packers it's pretty unusual.

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Since'75's picture

November 20, 2023 at 08:23 am

"Was I the only one screaming at my TV set for the Packers to throw the ball on third and six when they were trying to run out the clock?" K. Lass

No, i spoke about the same exact thing Ken, but i upset somebody's feelings, so i had to deal with his rage.

Is there a place here Ken where we can get our comments "pre-approved" before we 'submit' them?

I don't want to hurt people's feelings.

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13TimeChamps's picture

November 20, 2023 at 10:28 am

Still upset, huh? Being sensitive sometimes can be a good thing, however other times...

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Since'75's picture

November 20, 2023 at 11:11 am

Again.....
Very clingy

3rd request...Can you please find someone else to stalk and harrass.

Thank you for understanding.

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13TimeChamps's picture

November 20, 2023 at 11:22 am

Hey you're the one that keeps whining and bringing it up. Move on and you'll never hear from me again.

You have yourself a wonderful day.

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Since'75's picture

November 20, 2023 at 12:33 pm

Oh jeez....Again.....
Very clingy

4th request...Can you please find someone else to stalk and harrass.

Thank you for understanding.

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13TimeChamps's picture

November 20, 2023 at 01:03 pm

Ok, obviously you're not mature enough to let this go, so I'll be the adult here and end this nonsense once and for all. I mean you did call me your Daddy, so I guess you need to be treated like a child.

Keep this nonsense up to your hearts content. I'm done with it. I'll go back to discussing football. I suggest you do the same.

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Since'75's picture

November 20, 2023 at 06:21 pm

Am i going to have to file a restraining order?

Stop being creepy.

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Leatherhead's picture

November 20, 2023 at 01:04 pm

Since 75.....I left the board rather than endure his stalking and harassment. So did Greengold. Now it's you. The only way it will stop is if you leave the board.

He once told me that he'd rather talk about other posters than talk about football. I think he's mentally ill, actually.

I won't be back as a participant on this board until Al does something about this guy, which means I won't be back as a participant.

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Bitternotsour's picture

November 20, 2023 at 01:43 pm

that's a loss for some of us LH. his/her relentless tediousness is somehow a badge of accomplishment. i wouldn't mind it so much if it were clever or somehow entertaining, but the reality is it just makes a person tired.

stockholder at least has some vestiges of haiku in his (assumption) posts which are inane, but significantly weird. the other person, well, even if banned would wind up with another screen name and the same relentless schtick.

my advice is that you post what you like, and hope at some point the board has a block function or that you build a better set of blinders regarding the annoyances.

stay thirsty my friend.

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13TimeChamps's picture

November 20, 2023 at 08:37 pm

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Since'75's picture

November 21, 2023 at 05:15 pm

LH, we had someone much worse at my old website.
I was there for easily over a decade.
We had a great group.
Very colorful people.
We all didn't get along, sometimes we'd fight like dogs.

But....there were a lot of intelligent Packer fans.
Very very smart, passionate Packer fans.
There were no rules.
Maybe there should have been a couple....lol
A bunch of us were together a long time, knew each others personalities
The owner was highly involved, he wrote articles all the time, very intelligent as well, dropped F bombs when he wanted to express himself.
He had some entertaining writers all with their own distinct personality.

He was also in a fight with the Packers legal team over the name, ultimately he beat them and kept the name.

Then it got sold, and the site has been going south ever since.

I left about a couple weeks ago and right now it's on life support.
Think Hospice.

As far as anyone here, i think this place has some informed Packer fans.
We would make fun of some here, but all in good fun.
We didn't have many kool aid, apologist, dreamers.
We just had some intense, passionate, long time highly intelligent readers.
We didn't have thumbs down to hide behind, we spoke up to each other.

But there is a good group here also, they are just a bit different than i'm used to, but that's ok.

At the end of the day, it's the same common denominator...we're all Packer fans.

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WestCoastPackerBacker's picture

November 20, 2023 at 12:28 pm

You're still hanging on to comments from yesterday? Who really has the hurt feelings?

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Irelandseye's picture

November 20, 2023 at 04:04 pm

Give it a rest buddy. This site isn’t really about you.

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Since'75's picture

November 21, 2023 at 05:22 pm

I've been...told!! 😁😲

Take it easy on me....i'm sensitive.

My apologies 🤪😨

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rememberWhitehurst's picture

November 20, 2023 at 08:34 am

I was at the game, so I didn't hear the commentators slippery surface comments, and I didn't notice as much slipping as in some past games, but the condition of the field has been poor. Players do slip way too much. There have been many times when the network gives a field level shot a few minutes into the game where the turf already looks ridiculously chewed up. I don't think there's much of an advantage. The Packers don't practice at Lambeau, and we've seen them slip around plenty themselves. I'm not sure what the answer is, but with all the resources spent on the team and the league, the condition needs to be better.

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Packers2020's picture

November 20, 2023 at 08:36 am

It is nice to win and I like what I am seeing from Reed, Wicks, and Musgrave. Kraft is starting to improve as well.

The o-line still stinks and needs a massive upgrade in the draft. We all know the defense is junk. They gave up 400 yards and 150 yards rushing again. If not for the 3 drops, they would have scored 41 on us.

Having said that, the offense is starting to improve and the game is slowing down for Love. Good news.

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PeteK's picture

November 20, 2023 at 10:48 am

Yes Stinky, but junk is a bit harsh, and showing disrespect for an under manned unit that played hard against 3 very good players.

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LeotisHarris's picture

November 20, 2023 at 08:42 am

"-- Kudos to the Gold Package fans who often get accused of not being loud enough. Just judging by what I heard on TV, they seemed to be creating a great roar, and the Chargers did false start a few times. Well done folks!"

The real hero here is Doug_In_Sandpoint. You know it. I know it. And, the Chargers damn well know it. He brought the thunder to Lambeau, and it was his presence that put the Packers over the top. Game Ball to Doug.

You were not alone it screaming at the tube, Ken. I told Mrs Harris to watch LaFleur run Dillon three times and punt. If memory serves, I took the Lord's name in vain and remined Matt we're 3-6. The tee vee never listens.

Speaking of play-by-play guys, if you're not listening to Wayne and Larry, give it a shot. The unintended comedy from Wayne is worth the trip. "I beg your pardon, I believe I said 'holding', I meant to say 'intentional grounding." "Love pass to the flat to that one guy who's running and he's tackled by a Charger out of bounds near the right side."

Football is intended to be played outside on grass. Shame on the Chargers for not having a variety of cleats available.

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dobber's picture

November 20, 2023 at 11:50 am

I loved Jim and Max in the old days, but Wayne and Larry are very good.

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LeotisHarris's picture

November 20, 2023 at 02:53 pm

Larry is very good. Genuine. Accurate. Spontaneous. Insightful. Wayne is losing it imho. He's terrific with his go-to fillers ("swing of the right leg, moving north to south, fully-loaded shotgun" etc, and in delivering promos for sponsors without missing a beat, but he is no longer able to accurately describe the action. Anything novel trips him up and he's unable to convey what happened to listeners. If it's not something he's said 10,000 times with faux excitement, it cannot exit his mouth. The number of "I beg your pardon" and "no, that was..." is unacceptable for a professional. I'm embarrassed for him. Father Time is undefeated.

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Tundraboy's picture

November 21, 2023 at 12:56 am

"You were not alone it screaming at the tube, Ken. I told Mrs Harris to watch LaFleur run Dillon three times and punt. If memory serves, I took the Lord's name in vain and remined Matt we're 3-6. The tee vee never listens."

Same in my household!

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RCPackerFan's picture

November 20, 2023 at 08:59 am

Game Balls:

Love -
This was by far his best game. He had a few miss throws and held the ball too long a couple of times, but he was really good. And this is coming off his previous best game. So he is definitely trending the right direction. If we see more games like this, Love will be our long term QB. Love is the first QB to throw for over 300 yards in almost 2 years. Crazy to think with Rodgers being here, but its true.

WR's -
I can't just give it to one or 2 because they all were really good! Doubs game winning TD catch is in my brain this morning. Him just snatching it out of the air with strong hands was very impressive. Reed is becoming the guy! He finished with 92 yards. 46 rushing and 46 receiving. Wicks is a dude! 3 catches for 91 yards. He just finds zones, and he is great after the catch. A tremendous value in the 5th round. Was there a bigger TD then Watsons? With all the grief he has been catching, Love threw a perfect pass to Watson. It was one that hopefully can build some momentum. It was great seeing Heath finally catching a ball. But Heath was blocking really well when he was in there.
This group really played well!

Lame Calls:
Injuries-
Losing both Jones and Wilson right after each other really hurt. Especially beings we are on a short week. This one really, really hurts. I am hoping they can go get Goodson. He is the closest thing to Jones and could make some explosive runs.

Joe Barry -
Even though we held them to 20 points and won the game, Joe Barry is extremely lucky. The Chargers beat themselves more then we beat them. They had a dropped TD, another potential dropped TD at the end and if not a TD at the very least it would have put them in FG range. But the reason why I put Barry in this is because of what Jordan Love said post game. "He said that they knew they were going to have to rely on the passing game going into the game. He said that going against a familiar defense that they know, that they felt they could take advantage of them in a couple of ways and they did that." When I heard him say this, even though it wasn't by him, it felt like a shot at Barry.

Three and Out:

Final Offensive drive -
I know most hated the final offensive drive. Even LaFleur hated it. I would have liked to have seen him do some sort of option play with Love on a roll out where he can run or throw it. But I did think it was important that they forced the Chargers to use all their timeouts. Maybe rather then just using Dillon they could have used Reed on a sweep or something. But there is a huge risk if they throw an incomplete pass. So overall i don't have a problem with what LaFleur did at the end. I just would have maybe tried to do something different play wise.

Luck -
I have seen so many people calling this game lucky by GB. Yes Johnston dropped the deep ball that would have at least put them in FG range to tie it up. Yes that one play was lucky. And the Chargers had some other key drops. Sure that was lucky. But GB dropped some passes that would have been key too. If we want to talk about luck, the only one that should feel lucky is Joe Barry.
Love over throws Musgrave by a 1/2 yard which he may still be running if he doesn't over throw him. The Packers missed an extra point and a FG. Those are all plays that could be considered lucky for the Chargers. Lucky they were still in the game. My point is, things happen in games. Doesn't always mean its lucky for one team over the other. The Packers won the game. They also did it with their 4th and 5th string CB's starting. They did it by ending the game with 1 healthy RB.

Carlson-
We expect ups and downs with having a rookie kicker. But I have to wonder how much the snapping has affected his kicks. I didn't catch it live but saw people talking about the 52 yard FG the snap being way off. I thought the missed extra point it may have been a bad snap/hold as well. I'm really not sure. I just wonder if the operation is good or not. Carlson will get the blame, but I am questioning the operation more.

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Packerpasty's picture

November 20, 2023 at 10:52 am

Great feel good game...lets not forget the Chargers left at least 24 points out there...all teams drop TD passes but three a game plus the fumble near the goal line?? Staley has to be on very thin ice...

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WinUSA's picture

November 20, 2023 at 11:52 am

Nice summary

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dobber's picture

November 20, 2023 at 11:58 am

"Final Offensive drive -"

I agree--it would've been nice to see your offense salt it away, but they played the percentages and forced the Chargers to use their TOs. Whelan's inability to stick the punt inside the 20 made it look worse than it was.

That said: I'd be curious to see where the Packers' STs rank this year after climbing to about #20 last year. I don't think they've really improved.

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Razer's picture

November 20, 2023 at 09:52 am

Hats off to Rasul Douglas with his 2 pick and 1 fumble recovery game with the Bills. Finding good football players is not easy - letting them go is inexcusable. Good on Rasul.

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Bitternotsour's picture

November 20, 2023 at 10:26 am

buy low, sell high. it's just business Razer, it's not personal.

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Razer's picture

November 20, 2023 at 10:39 am

I get the value aspect of this transaction but I thought that building a team with good players might factor into the equation.

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PeteK's picture

November 20, 2023 at 11:05 am

Your point is well taken, but maybe the team knows that Valentine could develop into a good CB, seems to be trending in that direction. I'll take the young, cap friendly, energetic team player along with a 3rd round pick for a rebuilding team. Maybe a loud mouth negative player openly voicing his displeasure is not a favored attitude for a young team. How come we don't hear the same BS from the other veterans Clark, Smith,Campbell, Alexander.

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Razer's picture

November 20, 2023 at 12:07 pm

...Maybe a loud mouth negative player openly voicing his displeasure is not a favored attitude for a young team...

I hadn't heard this about Rasul. I thought that he was a solid in the locker room.

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jannes bjornson's picture

November 20, 2023 at 12:48 pm

You have your bases covered. Why move a known quantity with a fair contract and Gutey's boys working the IR list. This was another FU by the checkers player.

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WestCoastPackerBacker's picture

November 20, 2023 at 03:28 pm

It's about youth in GB, and clearing cap space and getting draft picks to replace the guys you let go. That's what happens in a rebuild.

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harleycops's picture

November 20, 2023 at 09:56 am

Can't figure out:
1) special teams....PAT/FG kicking, no punts inside of the 20 instead of blasting into the endzone for a touchback
2) wide open WRs with DBs 5 yds away
3) mindless, moronic penalties displaying little discipline & focus
4) the numerous dropped balls (bring back the stick-em goop)
5) Love's great fastballs to his WRs and then overthrows to open WRs

I can only hope that a year under this young team's belts will produce better results next year by cutting huge salary cap and pursuing players (both FA, trade, & draft) who returns us to the NFL top!

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PeteK's picture

November 20, 2023 at 11:14 am

Luckily, I'm white haired and retired and can watch recorded prime time games where even some solid/good teams make the aforementioned mistakes. However, winners rebound from mistakes and make more positive plays.

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WinUSA's picture

November 20, 2023 at 11:57 am

Really…. The glass is always half empty for you dude isn’t it?

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Cubbygold's picture

November 20, 2023 at 10:00 am

To steal a line from Moneyball... "how can you not be romantic about football"

To see this young group go out there and play hard yesterday for four quarters was so refreshing. The team is growing together and they have great chemistry. They may lack some necessary veteran depth, but they have future leaders on this team no doubt.

So excited about this receiver/TE group in the future.

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Packerpasty's picture

November 20, 2023 at 10:58 am

I HATE the Thanksgiving game when its Packers/Lions...why do the Lions always get to hold it for one thing...

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PeteK's picture

November 20, 2023 at 11:28 am

True, but back in the old days it was the only time I got to see the Pack and a very few times I even joyfully and gently carved the turkey as the Packers played well. Sadly, other times the poor turkey carcass bore the brunt of my frustration and I was relieved of my festive duty along with suspicious and worrisome looks from family.

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PatrickGB's picture

November 20, 2023 at 10:58 am

On the issue of “slippery field” , it’s what football was meant to be played on. These teams that are used to play on fake fields are missing the true spirit of football.

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Swisch's picture

November 20, 2023 at 10:59 am

The NFL is a league of such strange surprises, which is a big part of the fun:
(1) Those pathetic Rams we beat a couple of weeks ago to such little fanfare upset the Seahawks yesterday.
(2) The Vikings and Broncos are two teams with abysmal starts that have really turned things around with hot streaks -- and seem much better than when we lost to them earlier this season, making those disappointments a little easier to accept.
(3) C.J. Stroud, the rookie quarterback sensation for the Texans, threw three picks yesterday. Brock Purdy was practically perfect yesterday leading the 49ers, but is actually coming off a terrible slump.
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My takeaway:
Don't give up on the Packers making the playoffs.
Teams and players are going to have their ups and downs during a season, sometimes in the most unusual ways.
I will say that the Packers make me nervous in all of their sloppy ineptitude, and I consider making the playoffs a longshot. I'm hoping we don't get embarrassed by the Lions to unsettle our stomachs before the feast of Thanksgiving.
At the same time, we see exciting flashes of talent and encouraging glimpses of progress such as late touchdown drives in close victories against the Rams and the Chargers. I have some hope we may just beat those Lions on Thursday.
In any case, play it through to the very end of each game all the way to the end of this season. Forget the draft for now and focus on winning games.
***
The Packers are indeed on the chart in the hunt for a wildcard spot, tied with the Rams, and only one game in the loss column behind the Vikings. There're still a substantial seven games left.
It seems the team is playing hard, perhaps with a youthful exuberance that can often overcome youthful mistakes.
Though it'll likely be bumpy at times, let's enjoy the ride for those clear stretches of smooth advancement and sweet achievements.

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Starrbrite's picture

November 20, 2023 at 03:14 pm

Swisch - Your optimism is contagious.

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cheesehead1's picture

November 20, 2023 at 11:04 am

The football gods were with us. Unbelievable (relatively easy drops) by Chargers. Love looked improved again. Injuries all over the league. Hope we stay competitive in Detroit and have a better plan to limit Hutchison.

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jannes bjornson's picture

November 20, 2023 at 01:14 pm

Send a Fullback right up his ribcage. Too bad Deguara doesn't have the heart to inflict punishment. Bring up the guy from the P squad to try his hand. Get Kraft involved in the chip and go off the DE's shoulder and own the flats. Open up the Playbook and let Love earn his legacy.

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LeotisHarris's picture

November 20, 2023 at 02:58 pm

"Open up the Playbook and let Love earn his legacy."

Anyone else read that in James Earl Jones' Darth Vader voice?

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jannes bjornson's picture

November 20, 2023 at 05:31 pm

Well, we always have Wayne...

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Tundraboy's picture

November 21, 2023 at 01:04 am

Yes maybe MLF will have it with him!

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WinUSA's picture

November 20, 2023 at 11:24 am

Great Summary bud!

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pantz_bURp's picture

November 20, 2023 at 11:57 am

I like this Packer team. I normally don't get to watch the Packer game where I reside (my palatial estate).

But watching the game with the beauty of Lambeau Field as the canvas on a sunny Fall day was glorious!

I am really starting to like Love's demeanor more than anything. He seems built to be a QB in this league.

Our kicker will be fine. Probably an undisclosed case of foot fungus which will clear up before too long. Coach LaF has me on speed dial.

I am starting to feel sorry for the Lions...cranking "Lunatic Fringe" by Red Rider in the Seeburg jukebox. Hey bar keep, you got those fancy, expensive cigars still? I think they have imported wooden tips...possibly called, Swisher Sweets? That, and shake of the day...thanks

Dancing Pantz

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THESZOTMAN1's picture

November 20, 2023 at 05:42 pm

I like Ballentine and Valentine.
Sounds like a law firm.
The Szotman

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