I dont want to brag too much about myself, but throughout the week I may get a little full of myself, because of my brilliant picks for the Packer game (although my score was wrong).
Anyways lets reflect on what we witnessed and make some final conclusions on both teams.
One of my predictions was that Jared Allen would get dominated again by Chad Clifton...well 0 tackles, 0 sacks, and no assists kind of proves my point. Allen may be good, but dont believe the hype, he is a fighter but isnt much against a good scheme. What I like about what the packers did, is they left Clifton on an island against Allen but the RB's would chip him every time they went out. So not only did Allen keep getting frustrated, but Clifton earned his stripes. Allen may be the most overpaid player and Clifton may be the most underpaid, the guy keeps getting it done.
Not to keep bragging, but again I predicted Rodgers would be a perfect fit for the Packers offense. Not only did I say he would run well in the offense but be able to be the accurate passer that he really is. An 81 completion percentage and 35 yards of rushing proves my point. But I was extremeley pleased to see how he did in the face of adversity. Not just the throw for the TD while he was sideways, but after sitting for about a quarter he came back and led the Pack to another score. That was a good feeling for the young QB. He obviously is going to be great in years to come.
On to the Vikings QB. Jackson showed once again why he cannot be taken seriously. He had a less than 50 completion percentage in 35 attempts and only threw for 178 yards. I can take 178 yards if you threw only, say, 22 passes, but he threw 35!!! That is a horrendous average for a QB! He also showed his horrible ability to throw out of the pocket, almost completing none of the passes he threw out of the pocket, and threw for only 24 yards. And his horrible ability to throw down the field accuratley showed as he had only 3 plays above 20 yards, none above 40.
Adrian Peterson is good. But not the best. 103 yards and 1 TD is pretty good, but everyone has hyped him up to be the "best RB in the game, no question"...not so much. He was good, but not great. Really he had one amazing run where he weaved and twisted and juked his way for a 50 yard gain, other than that is was 4 yards here 5 yards there 3 yards way over here...not overally impressive, certainly not enough to warrant any Offensive player of the week or year considerations.
Overall this game shouldnt have even been close. If Tony Moll manages to hold himself back, the packers take a 31-12 lead on a pass to Driver, and the moral of the Vikings is gone. Instead, Moll stops the drive and the Vikes pick up some speed.
And had the refs not called 112 yards worth of penalties on the Packers, this game isnt even close. And most of the penalties called were marginall calls, calls that probably shouldnt have been made, like the holding call on Clifton, he clearly never grabbed jersey or held on in any way to Allen, yet the ref throws the flag and halts the drive. Another one had to be when Tavaris Jackson overthrew Berrian by 10 yards, while Al Harris is defending him. Sure Al blocked him from getting to the ball, but that is not illegal, as long as Al is going for the ball and looking for it, it is completley legal for him to do that. SO another blown call gives the Vikings momentum. I cannot express how pissed I am at the refs in that game, for both teams. It was awful.