Friday, September 09, 2011

2011-12 NFL Week 1 - Thursday Night Recap

What a game!!!!  The Packers and the Saints both played great, with some surprises and this was a great game to start the season off.  The Packers were able to get out of the gates early and take a 14 point lead on the arm of Aaron Rodgers (27 of 35 for 312 yards, 3 TDs) and the hands of Jordy Nelson and Greg Jennings.  Rodgers threw for 188 yards and 3 TDs in the 1st quarter. That ended up waking up the Saints and you could see that Drew Brees (32 of 49 for 419 yards, 3 TDs) was slowly getting into a rhythm. 

In the second half Brees seemed to have figured out the Packers defense and it looked like 7 on 7 drills there for a minute.  He marched them up and down the field, but their Achilles heel in this game (and anytime they lose this year) was their defense (and their running game).  The Saints couldn't stop the Packers and the Packers went deep into their playbook, several different formations, packages, and personnel.  The Packers pretty much did everything they wanted (outside of that 3rd and 4 towards the end of the game).  The Saints gained 81 yards rushing as a team last night and that just won't get it, they have to have more balance.  Fantasy owners will love having Brees throw that much, but they aren't going to win the important games if they can't run the ball.

In the end, the Packers defense stop Mark Ingram on a 4th and 1 to end the game.  The 'Game Ball' goes to Randall Cobb and the Packers offensive line.  Cobb returned a NFL record-tying 108 kickoff for a TD and scored another TD on a pass from Rodgers.  The 2nd round pick out of Kentucky looked like he belonged.  Meanwhile the Packers offensive line dominated the Saints.  The line allowed Starks and Grant to both average above 4 yards a carry and they combined for 97 yards and 1 TD.  They also kept Rodgers' jersey clean for the majority of the night.  Great game, but the best part is,......Inquisitive Mind 1 - 0 for the week

P.S. - @ Darryl, I'm not saying I told you so, but you were slightly wrong last night.  Since the start of the season has been moved to Thursday nights the previous years Super Bowl winner has won the majority of the games.  Be glad that you didn't bet any real money on the game and giving me 10 points. 

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