As I sit down to write this, the clock has just struck 12:37 a.m.
In other words, I’ll be keeping this one brief (don’t worry – we’ll have a whole lot more reaction to this one later today).
Here are some quick thoughts on the Green Bay Packers’ 28-24 win over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday night at Lambeau Field. In no particular order:
- Man, this one feels good, doesn’t it? Actually, “good” doesn’t describe it, does it? How bout REALLY REALLY (EXPLETIVE DELETED) GREAT?!?!
- Anyone wanna argue about who the best quarterback in the NFC North is now? Yeah – I didn’t think so.
- Aaron Rodgers was not perfect, by any stretch. His first interception was terribly thrown, followed by a terrible decision on his second. He missed badly on a whole bunch of throws, as well. But, throughout the night, he played with confidence and did more than enough good to guide this offense. And, perhaps most importanly, he looked like he was having fun, didn’t he? Facing Brett Favre didn’t feel so daunting to him this time, clearly.
- Game balls – the entire offensive and defensive lines. That one’s easy.
- Speaking of the o-line, I’ve been backing Chad Clifton for much of the season. Sure glad I did. One of the best five performances of his career.
- You saw it tonight: If James Jones can finally put it all together, he can be scary good.
- I never doubted Desmond Bishop for a second. Okay, perhaps that’s not true, but he’s doing what he said he’d do to me on Twitter this summer: Eat my words. And I’ve never been happier to do so.
- If Tramon Williams isn’t an elite cornerback already, he’s damn close. Sure, he had help over the top on Randy Moss a lot of the time, but do not discount the job he did.
- Welcome back, Mr. Matthews. We needed ya. Looks like it could be an easy handoff for 2010 NFL Defensive Player of the Year. Woody’ll just have to walk across the lockerroom.
- Welcome to the show, Andrew Quarless, C.J. Wilson and Jarius Wynn. Huge plays from all three of you guys tonight.
- See, Mike, if you stick with the run, good things CAN happen.
- Brandon Jackson really isn’t that bad. In fact, I think he’s pretty okay.
- Dom, you continue to do wonderful things with a battered group. My hat’s off to you, in every sense.
- I picked the Pack to win, 27-24. Not bad, if I do say so myself.
- At 4-3, the Packers look to be in the driver’s seat in this division. Funny how fast things change in a week.
- I haven’t really mentioned Favre, to this point. I’m going to pass on ripping him for being a washed up loser, both on and off the field.
- Oops, I guess I just did.
- By the way, Brent – you think we’re going to ever forgive you? Not. Bloody. Likely. Go home and stay there. Or, at the very least, don’t ever come back to Lambeau. You’re not welcome anymore.
- Oops, just did it again.
- Finally, to every single Vikings player, coach or fan: You can go ahead and blame anyone you want for this loss. Please, go ahead and blame the refs. Say we got lucky. After all, you’re all losers anyway, so doing such things fits right in with your mentality. But, remember the following two pearls of wisdom: Winners point thumbs when things go wrong – losers point fingers. And, as Bill Parcells liked to say, you are what your record says you are. You’re 2-4. You’re a crap team. See you in a month, losers.
- Fans, what did this one mean to you? Please share your comments below. Would LOVE to hear what you guys have to say about this.