7. Green Bay Packers
Record: 1 - 2
Last Week's Rank: 3
Last Week's Results: L @ Seahawks, 12-14
This Week: vs. Saints, 4:25 Sunday
By this time everybody and their dead relatives have seen the video and heard about the "awful (as Aaron Rodgers would say)" call that handed this game over to the Seahawks. Foul-mouthed T.J. Lang and the rest of the upset Packers on Twitter made sure of it. There's really no point in repeating what's already been said. So, regardless of whether or not this loss will determine playoff position or lead to the end of the ref lockout, there are a few takeaways (not the should-have-been M.D. Jennings kind) the Packers need to focus on going into a mind-boggling 1 - 2 v. 0 - 3 match up against the Saints. For one, that offensive line had more holes in the first half than a cheese grater.
Time after time after time three-year offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga and his teammates were beat off the line, undercut, and spun around, allowing Chris Clemons and crew to take down Rodgers a total of eight times. Guess how many Seattle had in the second half? ZERO. Why did it take McCarthy so long to make his adjustments? This plays into the second main focus of giving Cedric Benson a larger role in this offense. When Rodgers' super quick release and impressive mobility aren't doing the job, use the ground game. It's something the Packers actually have now with Benson back there, and it's something that should have been implemented towards the end of the first quarter, not the second half. Had McCarthy made the necessary changes earlier, the whole mess might have been completely avoided. —Tony Markovich