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Additional Notes From Packers-Colts

Here are my game notes, in more-or-less chronological order, from the Packers' 27-30 loss to the Indianapolis Colts.

-On the play that knocked Cedric Benson out of the game, Colts defensive end Corey Redding should not have been called for unnecessary roughness. It was such a quick, bang-bang play, I have difficulty believing that he intentionally whacked Benson in the facemask. Should've been a no-call.

-Rodgers' first touchdown to James Jones was a designed rollout for him all the way. Further proof of Jones's growing role as a top receiver in this offense.

-I've been loving the Packers' inside run defense since the preseason. They fill gaps and swarm to the ballcarrier, and everyone comes up to support the run. The problems generally come with the outside runs, where San Francisco had great success, particularly running at Nick Perry at left outside linebacker. Indianapolis also seemed to be making a lot of headway running around the tackles, not between them.

-Rodgers and Mike McCarthy have run the following concept a few different times in 2012: Send four men wide, three bunched together or in motion or doing something else interesting on one side, and one guy alone on the other side. Throw to the one guy on the other side. On the interception to Jones, Rodgers never even looked at his three options on the left side, staring down a tightly covered Jones instead. Pick.

-It just didn't look like Rodgers was getting much zip on his passes at times during this game. On two occasions near the end of the third quarter/beginning of the fourth, his quick throw fell short of his receiver and incomplete on the left sideline. The deep left-side comeback to Greg Jennings was Rodgers's signature throw in 2010; he had some success on the other side to Jordy Nelson in this game, but those two throws said a lot about Rodgers's current comfort level.

-The second Jones TD was all about the play-fake to Alex Green. The TD was one play after Green's 41-yard run, and when he saw Rodgers apparently handing off to Green again, free safety Antoine Bethea bit on it. That gave Rodgers all the room in the world to find Jones, running a slant route, for the easy TD. That's what the credible threat of a running game will do for you.

-I don't have any answers for why Reggie Wayne was able to run wild for 212 yards receiving, but it did seem like Charles Woodson spent a lot of time in man-to-man coverage on him. Woodson was undercutting passes all night, apparently looking to victimize another rookie QB, but never quite managed the INT (though he did have several passes broken up).

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