Sunday, November 18, 2007

1st quarter: Packers 7 - Panthers 3

Weird quarter. Rookie DB Aaron Rouse intercepted Vinny Testaverde on Carolina's first series at about the Panthers 35-yard line. The Pack couldn't muster a first down of their own, and went for a 49-yard field goal, which was blocked by Julius Peppers. The Pack then held Carolina again, forcing them into a field goal which became a pooch punt instead. Tramon Williams returned it 94 yards for a touchdown. On its next series, ol' Vinny completed a 40+-yard pass to move the Panthers within field goal range, which they converted. Packers 7 - Panthers 3.

The Packers offense hasn't really been on the field long enough in the quarter to even get in sync. Which they are not. And, as was a concern, Panthers DE Julius Peppers has apparently awakened from his season-long slumber. He not only blocked the Pack's initial field goal attempt, he also already has a sack on Brett.

The Pack needs to have the offense wake up. It's game time, boys! And the Packers defense hasn't come close yet to sacking Vinny. C'mon, guys! He's a stationary object back there! Get him!!!