Far be it from yours truly to harken back to the classic rock of Jethro Tull, but how else can you explain how the Packers blew a 16 point lead, (after trailing by 14 points nonetheless), to the Bengals in Cincinnati on Sunday. A game that featured eight turnovers combined by both teams peeled away the ugly the side of the 2013 version of the Green Bay Packers.
All the off season talk was about getting "nastier" on D, so if that means coughing up a 5 play, 80 yard drive against the Niners when it mattered most in week one, and a 95 yard touchdown drive to let the Bengals back in the game on Sunday, then this current collection of players under the direction of Dom Capers is redefining nasty, as in the true definition of nasty, downright ugly.
Consider what Colin Kaepernick has done since riddling the Slack secondary for over 400 yards in week one. Exhibit B, a 27-7 drubbing at the hands of the Colts at home, after Exhibit A, a 29-3 drubbing at the hands of the Seahawks the previous week, both are strong evidence in the case accusing Green Bay for possession of an uncontrolled substance, the secondary, with it's accomplice, lack of a pass rush. Sure they forced turnovers on four consecutive possessions against Andy Dalton and friends, but this was after they were forced to take a wake up call with the score 14-0 less than six minutes into the first quarter.
Add to the obvious excuses featuring a laundry list of injuries to a stable of starters (Lacy, Finley, Heyward, Kuhn, Starks, Burnett, and now of course, Matthews) and you may think coach Mike McCarthy should be given a pass. Hold on, however, because any coach that gives the ball to his last remaining running back, rookie Johnathan Franklin, on fourth and inches, and sees it turn into a fumble return for a touchdown, should really be forced to answer the question, " Whatever happened to the quarterback sneak?"
Sure it's early, but this beat up bunch commonly referred here to as the "Ashwaubenon Eleven" find themselves looking up at the undefeated Bears in the NFC North with a desperately needed bye week looming. They won't get a chance to get their 2nd victory until October 6th, at home, against Detroit. Until then they better hope clearer heads prevail for Lacy and Finley, Rodgers gets his mojo back, the rest of the running backs return, and the defense figures out a way to cover Calvin Johnson.
A loss in week five would mean a 1-3 record, and thus plenty of "Locomotive Breath" from the Cheese head faithful to follow. Sorry, Jethro.
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