Yeah, I know, the game was on Thursday, and this is Sunday. But I'm blogging on the Packers-Cowboys game. This game probably took all chances of home-field advantage from the Packers, but the Packers should look at a lot of the bright spots of the game. That's what I'm going to do; go over the silver lining.
Injuries (that don't concern Favre): This game doesn't completely show that the Dallas Cowboys are superior to the Green Bay Packers. One of their 2 best cornerbacks, Charles Woodson, missed the game. One of their 2 best pass rushers, Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila (you can just call his KGB) also missed the game. These two guys are very big pieces that make the Packers's defense. Instead of a two-end rush, the Cowboys only had to worry about Kampman getting around and pressuring Romo. Instead of two lock-down corners, Romo just had to stay away from Al Harris. You could tell they were missing key players on D when Romo easily found receivers during the game. If, I don't know, these two teams would play again, maybe in the NFC Championship Game or something, and the Pack had a full-strength defense, the Cowboys might not move up and down the field as well. Scratch that, the Cowboys won't move up and down the field as well.
On a side note, Brett Favre did go down in the game, resulting in rarely-played backup Aaron Rodgers coming in and leading the offense.
Offense with Favre in: Well, I think the first quarter was the deciding factor of the game. Think of the Packers's offense all year. What did you see more, short passes to Lee, Jennings, and Driver, and those guys racking up yards after the catch, or Favre throwing Hail Mary's and 60 yard passes hoping for the best. If you said short passes, you're right. If you said long bombs, you probably just got off of a video game with Favre throwing against the Dolphins. The Packers dominated this season by letting the wide receivers do the job, and believe me, they find a way of getting those extra yards.
Well, when Favre was in the first quarter, you saw a lot of deep throws that resulted in incompletions and cheeseheads sitting on their couches holding their breaths when they saw WRs covered well when the ball was coming down. This offensive strategy really didn't work at all, and it let Dallas take an early lead. Then Favre hurt his elbow and separated his shoulder, bringing in Aaron Rodgers.
Offense with Rodgers in: This looked like the usual PackAttack we have gotten used to. Short passes with huge numbers in the YAC category. Rodgers did very well against a great team, and looks like a promising QB. Aaron really made me think Green Bay had a shot at a down-17-comeback.
We found our back!: Ryan Grant looks like he will be in green and gold for a long time. He did great on the ground and had some huge runs. He was the X-factor for the Packers and really kept them in contention. Green Bay's running back search should be over after finding Grant.
Summary: There you go. I put a lot of time (and characters) into this blog post, so if you read it all, thank you very much. I think if these two teams played in the NFC Championship Game, and both teams were healthy and full-strength, the Packers could have a great shot at winning. That is, if they do their "normal" offense. With a backup QB and holes in their D, GB showed they could stay with Dallas. Just think if they had everyone.
Thanks again for reading.