Sunday, November 11, 2007

Packers shut out Vikings

Wow, didn't see that one coming. As the game was starting, I ticked off a list of Minnesota's best players - Adrian Peterson, Pat Williams, Kevin Williams, Antoine Winfield, Steve Hutchinson, Matt Birk, Chad Greenway, Darren Sharper, Ryan Longwell - and said to Jana "How are these guys 3-5?" Then I saw Brooks Bollinger throw the ball. Poor Brooks, he shouldn't be starting, he's an emergency #3 at best and is being asked to start.

I don't think the difference between the teams is that great, aside from three things:

-Quarterback play
-Coaching
-Depth

Of course, these three things are hugely important in the NFL, and since the Packers hold the edge in all three, you've got an easy explanation for the difference between 8-1 and 3-6.

My favorite moments were Sharper breaking up his own teammate's interception, subsequently a touchdown for Ruvell Martin, and not seeing Longwell except for the kickoff. Loved Sharper when he was here, but his outspokenness about things in Green Bay from his vantage point five hours west is really annoying. Loved Longwell when he was here, but got sick of his whining about kicking in bad weather and how nice it would be to kick in a dome like his kicking rivals. Well Ryan, you got your wish, kicking outside in January is nowhere in your future.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

The difference in talent level at WR is also vast between Pack and Vikings. That coupled with a third-string QB spells trouble.
Austy

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