Sunday, October 05, 2008

1st quarter impressions: Pack flat

It seems like there is always at least one game -- and often at home -- when the Packers just seem listless and flat. This is it. At the end of the first quarter, the Falcons are making the Packers look like they're sleepwalking. The opening play of the game for the Falcons was nearly a 40-yard pass play in which Charles Woodson fell down, allowing a wide open receiver. Later in that same series, Patrick Lee fell down covering the same receiver for another large gain. Easy touchdown on the first drive, even if the Falcons did have to go for it on fourth and goal from about the one-yard line.

The Packers? Three and out on the first series, followed by a lousy punt. Same on the second series. Ditto the punt. Between the two series, the Falcons got a field goal.

Packers 0 - Falcons 10 at the end of the quarter.

Coach Mike McCarthy can be seen on the sidelines barking at the defense and offense as they come off the field. The TV announcers stated that apparently this was a problem all week, that McCarthy thought the energy level was lousy. Seems like it has, unfortunately, carried over.

The offense is doing nothing, and the defense is letting the Falcons operate almost at will.

If the Packers don't get their act together soon, this game will be going to the Falcons.