Finally got the tape of the first 5 minutes !
Here's what I saw:
Running game: Run was fairly effective. Main thing Green Bay did to keep Vick's rushes down was to keep LB's back in lanes to prevent big scrambles. I would have like to have seen more Duckett as he was having success against them when he ran.
Breakdown of passes:
Vick: 20/30 with 7 bad throws, 1 pass defended and 2 other. Vick hit a lot of underneath stuff which moved the ball well. Some of the bad throws I didn't even want to call "bad throws" because I agreed with what he did but that's how it goes. The other were the passes batted down at the line. The o-line gets the blame for those as a d-lineman simply shouldn't be able to get his hands up. If he is, then the o-line doesn't have him engaged and that's not good. The good news is ZERO drops!
YTD Drops (19): Brian Finneran (6), Michael Jenkins (4), Dez White (4), Alge Crumpler (3), Roddy White (1), Warrick Dunn (1).
Sack responsibility: Three sacks in this game. McClure missed a linebacker blitz causing the first one by Al Harris. Dunn tried to save the play but was unsuccessful. On the second, Vick had about 4 seconds but didn't get rid of the ball soon enough and the defense finally just swarmed him. This one goes on Vick for holding it too long. The last sack is on Forney who didn't pick up the delayed blitz by Barnett. Forney has either regressed from last season or being given way too much responsibility, not sure which is the case but from what I can tell it looks like he has regressed some.
Pass blocking: Dunn just hasn't looked like the stellar blocker he's made out to be. Seems like he misses a block causing pressure every other game at a minimum. Forney has struggled some too. Shaffer has inherited Whitfield's role as a false-start machine. Lehr blew 1 block that caused Vick to scramble (but for positive yards at least). McClure botched a snap but at least recovered the ball so we could kick a field goal. Overall, just not a great job by the o-line overall. No one gets a pass.
Turnovers: Dunn's first fumble led to a touchdown, R. White's fumble led to a TD. 4 others didn't lead to points but sure didn't help matters even though we retained possession.
Run defense was very, very inconsistent. Youth definitely showed as our line and LB's got blocked out at times, overpursued, caught up in blitzes, you name it, we did it.
Pass rush: Decent pressure on Favre but could have been better. Only 1 sack which was caused by Coleman with Babs and Kerney cleaning up.
Pass defense: Favre ate the soft zone coverage alive. We had more ankle diving tackle attempts missed, poor tackling and not having people in place to stop the quick slants allowing YAC. Not very good.
Rossum had 8 kickoff returns (28, 14, 25, 9, 16, 17, 18, 26). 2 of these got us beyond the 30 while 4 were short of the 20. Horrible return game. Way too many Packers on Rossum which tells me blocking on kick returns stunk. On punt returns: 3 punts, 2 returns: 1 for 3 yard and 1 for 29, 1 botched. Not horrible but not great. Rossum is really struggling this year.
Koenen's kickoffs were great. 3 went into the EZ (2 touchbacks), 1 was to the 2, and 1 onside kick. Kick coverage was good with only 1 great return allowed. Koenen's punting was improved in placement in the game. 5 punts: 1 for a net of 41, 1 for 29 but inside the 10, 1 for 29 but inside the 10, 1 for a net of 38 and 1 for a net of 47. Nice job.
Peterson hit his extra points and the 37 yard field goal.
Turnovers and inconsistent defense cost us this game, no question about it.
Things that really need improvement:
1. Run defense. Still not consisently good
2. Protect the football!!!
Offensive MVP: Warrick Dunn (128 total yards)
Defensive MVP: Demorrio Williams (12 tackles, 1 INT, 1 fumble forced)
Special Teams MVP: Michael Koenen
Goat of the Week: Vick, R. White, W. Dunn for the turnovers and our run defense for not stepping up enough.
Good news: The passing game continues to develop and we are 6-3, still well in the hunt!
Week 11: Vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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