Packer Edge Colts: The Good, Bad & Ugly

Looking at Packers preseason win over Colts.

Credit: Reuters

GOOD:

1. QB Rodgers--he looked sharp completing 19 of 23 passes for 204 yards, one touchdown, and no interceptions for a rating of 118.1. For the preseason, Rodgers has completed 34-of-43 passes for 375 yards and 3 touchdowns.

2. TE Taylor–he is great rookie special teams player and receiver.  He caught 3 passes for 24 yards and 1 touchdown. He caught the last-minute touchdown pass and the tying two-points pass to tie the game.  He has clearly moved up the roster ahead of rookie Williams and veteran Crabtree.

3. QB Harrell--he went from goat (interception led to Colts score) to hero. With the Packer trailing 21-13, he drove 73 yards in 11 plays culminating in 11 yard touchdown pass to rookie TE Taylor.  Then, he hit Taylor for the tying two-point conversion.  With the successful onside kick, he drove the Packers to field goal range. Then K Crosby kicked the winning 50 yard field goal as time expired.

4. Coach McCarthy–he made a great call getting the successful onside kick to set up the final winning offensive score.

5. TE Finley–returning to great form, he caught 4 passes for 41 yards and 1 great touchdown.

BAD:

1. Secondary miscues–the secondary was shredded by backups. Safeties Burnett & Collins and fan favorite CB Bush were all guilty in big miscues. S Burnett looked awful blowing cover-2 coverage, biting on an underneath route, and leaving WR Wayne alone for an easy 57 yards touchdown.  Earlier, he got away with gross interference on a wide receiver with no call made. CB Bush is an old story failing in man-to-man coverage and getting beat for a touchdown on a corner route into the end zone to WR Brooks.

2. Running game–RB Grant looked pedestrian. He had 16 yards on 6 carries averaging only 2.6 ypc showing hesitation and no power running.

3. No-huddle offense--mixed performances with one touchdown on first series and one field goal in the next three no-huddle possessions with all three drives stopped by sacks. Overall, the No. 1 offense had five drives scoring one touchdown and a field goal.

UGLY: 

1. Pass protection–in the first half, the first team gave up four sacks showing lapses in protection. LT Clifton had an awful game allowing two sacks and holding call to nullify a Packers touchdown. RG Sitton gave up a big DT Harris sack on another offensive series.


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