Sunday, November 11, 2007

Packers smash the ViQueens 34-0

On the 'Queens first possession of the fourth quarter, they mounted their second drive of the game, down to inside the Packers 10. A pass to the end zone by Brooks Bollinger was tipped by the receiver and intercepted by Charles Woodson, who took it back out to the 4-yard line. Shutout preserved so far.

To give you a real good idea how bad things were for the 'Queens, on this Packers drive with just under 6 minutes to go, Brett threw a 30-something yard pass to Ruvell Martin in the end zone (after an earlier long completion to James Jones down the sidelines). The pass was underthrown and thrown late. Defensive back Cedric Griffin went up for the interception and had it his hands before fellow defender Darren "used to be" Sharper came flying across and slammed into him, causing the ball to pop up and right into the hands of Packers receiver Ruvell Martin. Score: Pack 34 - 'Queens 0. When it's going your way...

Brett passed for more than 300 yards for the sixth time this season, and got his 100th career home field win. Only John Elway has more wins at home, with 104.

One injury note -- although to what extent is unknown at this time -- is that right tackle Mark Tauscher got hurt near the end of the third quarter. He was seen walking to the locker room with a bit of a gimpy leg/ankle with about 3-1/2 minutes to go in the game. During the quarter, the Packers shifted Jason Spitz to Tauscher's position and rookie Allen Barbre moved into Spitz' right guard spot. Seemed like things didn't miss much of a beat. In the last Packers series of the game, back up QB Aaron Rodgers made an appearance. The Pack had to punt with about 2 minutes left.

The 'Queens then had a 49-yard gain on a simple screen pass to Chester Taylor, with a few players missing tackles, which took the ball down to the Packers 30-yard line. The Pack then followed that up with their second sack of the day, this one by Johnny Jolly. The Packers got another sack to take the 'Queens to 4th and 7. A short pass to former Packer Robert Ferguson was stopped short of a first down, allowing the Packers to take over and preserve the shut out. This is the first time the 'Queens have been shut out since they were beaten by New Orleans 26-0 in 1991. And, to cap it off, this is the worst defeat of the 'Queens by the Pack -- ever! Gotta like that.

BTW, Adrian Peterson never returned to the game after his injury near the end of the third quarter and was held to just 45 yards on 11 carries.

Important Packers stats: Brett was 33 of 46 for 351 yards, 3 TDs and no INTs; Ryan Grant rushed for 119 yards on 25 carries. Oh, and Coach Mike McCarthy is now 16-9 in his first 25 games as head coach of the Packers -- no other coach in Packers history has won as many as quickly. Of course, when you win 12 of your last 13 games going back to last season...

This was a tremendous effort by the defense, holding the ViQueens to under 100 yards total rushing for the day. And it was nearly perfect execution -- but not quite -- by the Packers offense. The Pack is humming along nicely. Next up is Carolina, followed four days later by a trip to Detroit for Thanksgiving. That's a quick turnaround. But the flip side of that is that the Packers will then have 10 days to get ready for their showdown with the Cowboys in Dallas.

It's great to be a Packers fan! 8-1 is mighty sweet.