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Relax Packer Nation, It Was Only One Loss!

This team is still 13-1 and the #1 seed in the NFC and has the talent to get back to the Super Bowl.

The Packers had won 19 straight games. Winning 19 straight football games dating back to last year is quite impressive. This past Sunday, as we all know, they lost their first game of the season and are currently 13-1 and in control of their own destiny, with a win on Sunday over the Chicago Bears and they will clinch home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.

But all week, fans have been upset about the 1 loss and they even took to the social network twitter to tell the players how they felt. Most of the anger directed at Jermichael Finley for his drops and Marshall Newhouse for is lack of blocking.

Right or wrong, it was only 1 loss and this team is still capable of winning the Super Bowl. The Packers flat out got beat this game as the Chiefs wanted it more than they did. The loss showed me a couple of things that have me worried come playoff time.

First off, what we have known for awhile is that this is a pass first offense and they will throw the football no matter the conditions. That was a football game that McCarthy could have switched the gameplan and ran the ball with Ryan Grant more than they did. They were having success running the football as the Chiefs were rushing 3 or 4 defenders and dropping everyone else in coverage. If http://patch.com/A-pF1L would have stayed with the run, that may have forced the Chiefs to bring more men in the box and open up the passing lanes. This is something that I hoped that they learned for the playoffs, because if it is windy and snowy in January they are going to need to run the ball.

Second, this team really misses Cullen Jenkins. There is no one besides Clay Mathews who is getting pressure on the quarterback. They have B.J. Raji playing end instead of nose tackle as they have nobody else to play end. Come playoff time, they are going to need to get pressure on the quarterback otherwise Drew Brees will carve this defense up. This is an area that Ted Thompson is going to have to address at draft time.

The other pre-existing weakness on this team that showed up was the offensive line. Some more injuiries happened during the game so guys were playing out of position, and Thompson had to sign Herb Taylor this week, who hasn't played a game since 2008 to help out. My opinion is that he will be active this week with Clifton and Bulaga still probably out. McCarthy is going to have to keep a fullback or extra tight end in to help block as they have to protect the franchise. Rodgers was not comfortable in the pocket at all, extra guys to help block and a run game will alleviate some of the pressure and give Rodgers the time to find his receivers.

In the end this team is still 13-1 and the #1 seed in the NFC and has the talent to get back to the Super Bowl. The Packers should beat the Chicago Bears this Christmas Day to secure home field advantage, so the road to Indianpolis comes through Titletown!

If you have not checked out the 2011 Green Bay Packers Tight Ends Christmas Card, continue here to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinal. It is pretty funny!

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Bill McQuerry December 24, 2011 at 06:28 PM
Herb Taylor has played football since 2008, he played in the United Football League 2010 and 2011 for the Las Vegas Locomotives. For sure its not the NFL .
Herbert December 28, 2011 at 06:07 PM
Anthony, are you feeling the same as me looking into the playoff scenario: Packers vs. Saints NFC Championship with the Packers losing? Defense gave up 400+ yards to the Bears (to the Bears!!) what's going to happen when Drew Brees and his high scoring offense comes back to Lambeau?? :o
Anthony Haag December 30, 2011 at 04:30 PM
Herbert, I feel very similar to you looking at the playoff scenario. If the weather is similar to what it was for the Bears game, then the Packers vs Saints will be a track meet and the Saints offense can exploit the Packers D. The 49ers and Giants (if they make it in) are other teams that give me great concern heading into the playoffs. I also have a gut feeling that Capers is holding something back that the D has been working on for the playoffs. Hopefully that turns out to be correct.
Rick January 02, 2012 at 12:18 PM
The Packer D gives up yards... A lot of yards... Detroit managed over 400 yards too. I agree that the Saints are the most likely opponent in the NFC Championship game in Green Bay. But if the weather is bad (like yesterday), I think Drew and the Saints are going to suffer a lot more than the Pack. Also look for a lot of picks by the D. Drew is going to be just a bit off because of wind, heaviness of the frozen ball, etc. Still going to be high scoring but i think in the end the D will come through.
Herbert January 04, 2012 at 04:48 PM
I think if Capers had something up his sleeve he would of used it weeks ago. The D is just not what it was last year. Very little pressure on opposing quarterbacks and they can't stop the run. I want nothing more than back to back rings so A. Rodgers can stick it to all the critics he had back when he took over for Brett. Here's wishing the Packers playoff success! Keep your fingers crossed we have what it takes!

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