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November 9, 2009 - Per Peterson
Good night, Green Bay. It’s not that the Packers are 4-4 that makes them a sad story, it’s how they got there. They couldn’t beat the Vikings at home in a game where a victory would have meant so much more than just another victory. Then, they take on the winless Buccaneers and again fall flat on their faces. Pathetic, really.
When you’re the Packers and you have one of the top quarterbacks in the league and a supposedly-improving defense, you don’t lose to an 0-7 team with a quarterback making his first NFL start.
The offensive line on this team might be the worst in NFL history. The Packers allowed another six sacks (to a team, by the way, that had a near-league-low 11 going into the game) bringing their total to an NFL-worst 37 allowed in eight games.
Under normal circumstances, Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers looks like he has the tools to be a Hall of Famer (or at least a very good quarterback for years to come). But at this rate, he might not even finish the season. No telling what he could do behind even a mediocre line, but Green Bay fans will never know, at least not this season.
So in the last two weeks, the Packers got whipped by their old quarterback (again) and beat by a winless team with a rookie head coach and a rookie QB.
The NFC North belongs to the Vikings; there is no competition within the division anymore. Let’s hope this year’s team doesn’t get complacent and start mailing it in early, knowing they’re in control of the division. Let’s hope their heads don’t get too big. My feeling is that they’re too much of a veteran team to allow that to happen.
Then again, this IS the Vikings we’re talking about. We have to qualify that, as we do with every Minnesota pro sports team. They should easily win their next three games to move to 10-1, but I’ll say it here: Don’t be surprised if sometime in the next month you see a blog by yours truly ripping this team apart for just being the Vikings and losing to a losing team, thereby possibly costing themselves homefield advantage in the playoffs. Not saying it's going to happen, but Vikings fans know better than to get overly excited in November.
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