Sunday, November 15, 2009

Halftime: Packers 3 - Cowboys 0

Kudos to the Packers defense for keeping the Cowboys offense in check through the first half, particularly when the 'boys had good field position for most of the half.

The Pack got a couple gifts during the half: a missed 38-yard field goal on the Cowboys first possession, and a Packers' fumble recovery after the 'boys biggest pass play of the half late in the 2nd quarter. The Packers defense sacked QB Tony Romo 3 times in the half. They are playing at a high level. If they can keep up this intensity the next 30 minutes -- and perhaps get another turnover -- the Pack has a chance.

The same accolades cannot be given the Packers offense. Penalties -- 7 overall for the team in the half, including 3 false starts on the offense -- put the squad in long down and distance often. And the Pack dodged a bullet twice in the half when QB Aaron Rodgers was sacked and fumbled the ball, with a Packer luckily recovering each time.

So far, also, no major special teams breakdowns, with the exception of the ill-advised and missed 52-yard FG attempt early in the game; K Mason Crosby is now just 1 of 5 from beyond 50 yards.

There wasn't a single game in the league this season that was scoreless at the half. That was in jeopardy until the final 3 seconds when Crosby kicked a 48-yard field goal to put the Pack up 3-0 going into intermission.

Go Pack Go!!!