Sunday, September 30, 2007

2nd quarter: Pack 10 - Vikes 6

Brett Favre broke another record in the second quarter of today's game, surpassing Dan Marino's pass attempts record of 8,000+++++++++++.

But the important thing is that the Pack still leads at half, 10-6, on a 28-yard field goal by Mason Crosby with 5 seconds left in the half.

It looked as if the Pack would go up 14-0 early in the second quarter as they were driving effectively down the field. Then on a pass play to Donald Lee down to the 'Queens 7-yard line, Lee had the ball ripped from his hands as he was being tackled. 'Queens recovered, and then had their own drive of sorts. Well, when your rookie running back rips off a 55-yarder right up the middle, that certainly aids the "drive." This occurred right after Packers' defensive lineman Corey Williams left with an injury (he returned later). On this same play, safety Nick Collins made the touchdown-saving tackle, only to also be injured. He walked to the sidelines, but was seen being taken by cart to the locker room. Looks as if the left knee was injured, although the extent of the injury is unknown at this time. The Pack then held, and ex-Packer Ryan Longwell hit a 44-yarder to make the score7-3.

After receiving the ball, the Pack went 3 and out. The 'Queens then had a long pass play over Charles Woodson down inside the Packers 20-yard line. The Packers' "D" then held again, leading to another Longwell field goal, making it 7-6 Packers.

The Pack then had a great 2-minute offense, driving down to the 'Queens 5-yard, before Brett was sacked with 5 seconds remaining, requiring them to settle for a field goal.

Assuming the Packers defense continues its bend-don't-break approach, and doesn't lot Peterson run uncontrolled (he already has rushed for more than 100 yards), and assuming the Packers don't have turnovers and hurt themselves, it is clear the Packers offense -- at least, surprise, the passing game -- should win the day.

The 'Queens defense isn't bad; in fact its run defense is pretty darn good. But when your defense scores as many touchdowns as does your offense (3 for each so far this season), you have to realize that it's an uphill battle.