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So much for a Packers Super Bowl hangover

Posted on: September 8, 2011 10:11 pm
Edited on: September 9, 2011 5:43 am
Posted by Will Brinson

As we mentioned in the preview, Super Bowl winners were a whopping 37-7-1 in their opening weekend the following year.

The Green Bay Packers made it 38 wins for former Super Bowl winners on Thursday with a 42-34 statement win over the Saints in Green Bay.

The over/under of 48 turned out to be a joke, nearly getting smashed in the first half. Also a joke? The Packers needing to get together in the offseason.

"We didn't have offseason workouts," quarterback Aaron Rodgers said glibly after the game. "So I was surprised I was able to read [Randall Cobb's] body language."

Rodgers did just that on a catch-and-run by Cobb that resulted in a diving touchdown, his first score of the game. Rodgers also pointed out Cobb ran the wrong route. Another thing Cobb did "wrong?"

He took a kickoff out of the end zone without coach Mike McCarthy's permission. It's cool, though, because 108 yards later the rookie out of Kentucky was in the end zone, tying the NFL record for the longest kickoff return in history.

The single biggest takeaway from the game was that Rodgers and the Packers offense seemed to pick off like the Super Bowl never ended, scoring four touchdowns on their first five drives and dominating on offense all day. Rodgers finished 27-35 for 312 yards and three touchdowns, James Starks looks poised to take the starting role from Ryan Grant, and Jermichael Finley looks prepped for the breakout year everyone expected before his injury in 2009.

But the Packers weren't the only ones with some firepower. Drew Brees nearly led the Saints on a pretty epic comeback, only New Orleans own rookie, Mark Ingram, was stuffed on an untimed down after A.J. Hawk drew a pass interference call while leaping over Darren Sproles on the final play.

It was an odd call by Sean Payton, particularly considering a run up the middle would have been more effective when he eschewed a shot at three points late in the third quarter and had Brees roll out, only to lose the play and possession.

But fourth-down debates aside, the biggest problem New Orleans -- and the rest of the league -- will have if they see the Packers again is stopping Rodgers and this offense.

The defense will be good again in 2011 (very good, in fact) but this offense is somehow more loaded than it was when the Packers stormed the playoffs. There's little reason to think that the NFC North is even remotely up for grabs if Rodgers and crew can continue playing like this.

And there's even less reason to think they should have been worried about what they did this offseason given they way they showed up on Thursday.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 16, 2012 4:31 pm

So much for a Packers Super Bowl hangover

Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 26, 2011 5:50 am
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Since: Oct 21, 2011
Posted on: October 23, 2011 8:23 pm
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Since: Sep 10, 2011
Posted on: September 10, 2011 10:16 am

So much for a Packers Super Bowl hangover

Very Good! ????  The defense was terrible and now that I read these posts I see they got lucky on the run back for a TD and another when Cobb ran the wrong route.  That is luck!  You do both those plays 100 more times and they fail 95 of them.  You take those away and they lose their home opener to a great offensive team, but very average defensive team. 
I hope they Packers players think they are as good as all of you do because they will crash hard if that is the case.

Since: Aug 2, 2011
Posted on: September 9, 2011 8:01 pm

So much for a Packers Super Bowl hangover

You must be looking in Packers rulebook

Since: Sep 28, 2008
Posted on: September 9, 2011 1:58 pm

So much for a Packers Super Bowl hangover

Actually, nowhere in the rulebook does it state that a player must be ejected for throwing a punch.  Check yourself.

Since: Aug 2, 2011
Posted on: September 9, 2011 12:26 pm

So much for a Packers Super Bowl hangover

Wow can't believe your crying about bad calls when Woodson should have been thrown out of the game for throwing a punch

Since: Jan 19, 2007
Posted on: September 9, 2011 10:50 am

So much for a Packers Super Bowl hangover

A nice, long week to prepare for a trip to Carolina. Gotta keep the pedal to the metal. Can't play down to the level of the competition. The Bears are after Carolina. WOuld be great to be 3-0. The Bears could be 0-3 after the Falcons, Saints, and Packers games.

Since: May 21, 2007
Posted on: September 9, 2011 8:59 am

So much for a Packers Super Bowl hangover

Haha nice comment Shek, but just remember the vikings are just upset they couldnt take any old as heck former Packers players like Favre or Longwell or even Sharper, but dont worry Vikings fans Ahman Green may be available.

As for the game, there was a lot that i liked about the game, Randall Cobb performed well definitely worthy of his second round status with 2 TDs. Hes a very good return man and Cobb just like the other Packers wide recievers is very dangerous after the catch, Aaron Rodgers looked amazing, as did our running attack with the two headed monster of Grant and Starks. On defense there were a lot of nice plays like Nick Collins forced fumble, the goal line play to win the game, the coverage by AJ Hawk on the phantom pass interference penalty, BJ Raji batting down a couple passes on the line, and others. With all that in mind there were a  couple of things the Packers need to work on, such as TJ Lang's two false starts in the first quarter, and on defense we need to work on preventing the big play ala Sproles' punt return and when Tramon was beat deep. Overall it was a good start to the season beating one of the better if not the best opponents in the NFC, and im excited for the rest of the season.

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