It's really fun to watch a team with elite players, and the Packers have at least 4 of them. Clay Matthews is a murderer. Plain and simple. And Jermichael
Finley, well, the guy is a life breathing god who spared Kevin Kolb's
heartless, lifeless body.
I refuse to get down about the Packers second half performance. The Eagles were a team Football Outsiders picked to win over 9 games this year and win the NFC East. The Packers went on the road and handled business. It's a huge win for the Packers, whose schedule does not afford them any margin of error. They must win games like this against good opponents on the road. Yes, the Packers struggled against Michael Vick and let a team back into a game that was seemingly out of reach. But they won. Michael Vick is a gimmick quarterback, and the Packers don't play anyone else like him the rest of the year. So I'm not going to worry about the team collapsing a pocket, being in good position and ultimately giving up big plays because of a superbly elusive QB.
And there were plenty of bright spots to cover a pretty bad game from Aaron Rodgers. Number one bright spot for sure was the special teams play. Maligned throughout last year and all of the preseason, the special teams may have ultimately been the difference in the game (besides, of course, Clay Matthews's
soul crushing physicality). Mason Crosby was perfect, the kickoff returns led to 3 straight Packer possessions in great field position, and the Packers gave up nothing close to a big play on special teams. If I were Timmy VV
on the Packers Blitz (and believe me I wish I were), I'd give the special teams a grade of A+. I'm also extremely happy with the team's discipline and attention to detail - taking only 2 penalties in Week 1 of the season. This again from a team riddled with penalty problems in previous seasons.
All in all, a great start to the season. They could have played a much better game on offense and were stung by a scrambling college quarterback, but they got a huge win to start the season.
* My apologies on the pictures. They were the best I could do with limited time and resources.
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