Packers Survive The Sloppy Play With OT Victory
Green Bay Packers knew they had to win against Tampa Bay to stay alive in the playoff hunt. Things looked pretty good early on with a 17-7 lead after a Dean Lowry 62-yard fumble return for a touchdown. But Tampa Bay would crawl back as the offense sputtered to a complete halt for the Packers putting them down 20-17 in the fourth quarter. Brett Hundley led two defining drives of his young career to carry Green Bay back from being down then to force overtime for the victory. It wasn’t the prettiest win, but a sloppy win is still a win.
To say the Packers were sloppy today is an understatement to sloppy. The defense played well when it came to rushing the passers, but they still are acting like screens are foreign fucking objects. Hundley shined at the end of the game, but he was a massive dumpster fire again at home. Lambeau jitters still exist for him. Mike McCarthy had a few questionable decisions as well that will still be debated all week on your local radio programs. Some will say ‘Well they should have lost, but Tampa was more sloppy than us.’ Who cares? Take the win and move on to Cleveland.
If we want to talk bright spots, Green Bay could be a year away from having one of the best running attacks in football. I don’t know if it will be similar to what we’re seeing in New Orleans, but Green Bay has a solid 1-2 punch with Jamaal Williams and Aaron Jones. Williams did most of the dirty work today then Jones came in with ultra fresh legs in overtime to break for a touchdown. Green Bay can ride these guys for the rest of the season. If Aaron Rodgers does come back in two weeks, life will be much easier that he can rely on a running game.
Green Bay isn’t dead yet and don’t look now because 12 is looming.