As a lifelong packer fan, I am admittedly scared for what will happen to our OLine. After McCarthy's repeated reassurances to the media that the problems have been patched up, new ones keep rearing their head week after week. If it's not Colledge then it's Barbre. If it's not Barbre then Wells is there to f**k something up (rarely, if ever). Not going to lie and say Jared Allen won't be a problem. These are the times where I'm thinking letting Mark Tauscher go was probably the worst mistake we've made in recent years (yes, even with Favre gone). The OLine is a huge part of why we aren't able to stay as consistent as we can be offensively, I don't think we have any other problems on offense, to be honest. Ryan Grant isn't the greatest back, but he's reliable when he needs to be, and when he's not afraid to take chances (which is what he'll need to do tomorrow).
On the defensive side of the ball, I think we are not being given enough credit on our Line or in our backfield. I do believe Dom Capers needs to take a more conservative approach with our linebackers and lay off all of the blitzing because if you let AP squeeze past just 1 defender, it's over. Containment will be key here, I think. If we can find a way to stop big runs (keeping AP to a series of 4-6 yard rushes, if not better) I think we'll be able to force a more pass-focused offense from Minnesota and let our safties and cornies do the heavy lifting (which they're more than capable of doing).
It might sound unrealistic to think we can contain AP to a point where Childress will be forced to switch to more of a west-coast offense, but like I said, our under-rated talent has surprised a lot of people in the past.
Anyway, can't wait for tomorrow.Will be a great one to watch no matter the outcome.
Last edited by EGO; 10-04-2009 at 01:11 PM..