PackCap: Seattle is Where the Packers Demons Live
Green Bay Packers-Seattle Seahawks is a weird rivalry in the sense that both teams seem to own each other at their own stadium. Green Bay had signature wins, whether they were early in the season or during a run to the playoffs at Lambeau Field. Seattle won the NFC against Green Bay at their field, the Fail Mary, thus a little more dubious. This wasn’t dubious as more the Packers played right to their 2018 script of falling apart like in the fourth quarter with people asking ‘How the hell did they lose this game?’ Green Bay at 4-5-1 finds their asses directly up against the wall of the playoffs clinching for dear life.
What to make of Aaron Rodgers – I cannot believe I’m frustrated with a quarterback who missed 11 passes and threw for 331 yards but here I am. Aaron Rodgers finds Aaron Jones on a check down in the fourth quarter, it’s six points. Done, simple, finished. At best, Russell Wilson and the Seahawks could tie the game with a two-point conversion. Instead, Rodgers stays locked on Davante Adams and ignores Jones wide open. As Green Bay trailed, Aaron Rodgers missed a flat route he’s hit 1,000 of times to Marquez Valdes-Scantling, and Mike McCarthy decides to punt. That was the last play of the game for the Packers offense. Rodgers made some highlight reel throws but truly, this game featured some of his worst flaws.
The defense is suddenly a mess – It’s not their fault, though. All of the sudden, the injury bug flew in like Leroy Jenkins. Here’s all of the players who were hurt in this game. Raven Greene, ankle injury, did not return. Mike Daniels, foot injury, did not return. Kenny Clark, arm/shoulder injury, did not return. Bashaud Breeland, groin, did not return. That’s four fucking starters that came out of this game. Add Kevin King, Kentrell Brice, Nick Perry who were all inactive, that makes seven. Big time yikes for their next game against Minnesota.
Aaron Jones touched the ball six times in the second half – Yes, you read that right. Aaron Jones had the ball six goddamn times. SIX! What are we doing here? It’s not like Samkon Gado is in the backfield. Jones is a dynamic player who demands more touches. Ride the young guy. How did they not try to run the ball on 3rd and 2 with the knowledge that they probably go for fourth down. Mike McCarthy loves to waste assets that aren’t named Rodgers.
Next up: Green Bay heads to Minnesota for a primetime showdown with the Vikings. If you think Packers fans didn’t give this team a chance in Seattle, just you wait for this game. Green Bay desperately needs a win to stay alive in the playoff hunt. If they do, things look up slightly. If Minnesota wins, the season is practically over. Packers can choose if they actually want to play four fucking quarters of football.