Sunday, December 27, 2009

Bucky Five: See You in the Playoffs

1. Domination - Now that is the team that I expected to see after what we had grown accustomed to in the preseason. Just as some of us here in Cheese Country were starting to worry about the Packers playoff chances (read: me), Green Bay came out and dominated the Seahawks 48-10. Sure, it helped that Seattle played worse than any team I've seen play this season, but it was a good statement for a Packers team that needed to rebound after a tough loss to Pittsburgh last weekend.

This game actually started out a little uneasy, as the Packers had a quick three-and-out before the Seahawks started running all over them. That's when the Seahawks mistakes started though, as Matt Hasselbeck threw a Jay Cutler-esque interception to A.J. Hawk. From there, it was an absolute rout, something the Packers have been able to do quite a few times this season. It was glorious.

I don't know about you guys, but I am so tired of playing Seattle. Sure, they suck so it's actually great to play Seattle, but I'm just tired of seeing Matt Hasselbeck and that lime green color all over my screen and act as a giant waste of time. Maybe it's because we played them in the playoffs all those years, but I guess we never lost one of those games so I don't know. All I do know is that I hate the Seahawks, even if I don't really have a reason to.

2. Three-Headed Monster - One thing I do love about the Seahawks is that years ago they gave us a guy named Ahman Green. Green had a great stint with the Packers before he left to the Houston Texans, but has since returned and I am absolutely loving his second stint in Green Bay. You could almost feel his joy after scoring his first touchdown since coming back, and he's been a very nice addition to a backfield that is suddenly becoming very impressive. Brandon Jackson is one of the best at making something out of nothing, and he barreled his way to three total touchdowns on Sunday. Ryan Grant, the leader of the group, broke another home run touchdown and finished with two of his own, falling just short of 100 yards. This is a running game that has struggling at times, but I have no complaints about it if it meant hitting their stride in December.

3. Even a Blind Squirrel Finds an Interception - There were a lot of great plays in the Packers tenth victory of the season, but my favorite might have been the Jarrett Bush interception. The Packers defense had four picks total - two from Bigby, one from Hawk, and then the one from Jarrett Bush. On Bush's interception, he actually covered the receiver very well before he turned around and found his hands on the football. I don't need Bush to be Al Harris or anything, but if he can even play remotely decent then I'll feel much better about the secondary having more days like this one, and less like the ones were we allow 500 plus yards passing.

4. The Brett Conway Treatment - The year after the Packers won Super Bowl XXXI, they hosted the Patriots for a preseason game that I can remember attending. One of our new draft picks was on a display, a kicker from Penn State named Brett Conway. Conway struggled mightily during the game, missing three field goals before receiving a chorus of boos. When the Packers finally did score their first touchdown of a game they'd win 7-3, Conway received the loudest cheer of the day when he nailed the extra point. That sarcastic stadium-wide applause was heard again today when Mason Crosby drilled a 52-yarder, a kick which helped restore our confidence in him a little bit. It was a nice moment for Crosby, but we all know that the guy can kick. What he hasn't been able to do lately is come through when it matters. Don't ruin this for us, Mason, but nice job anyway.

5. The Road From Here On Out - It's always nice to control your own destiny so to speak, and the Packers were in that position coming into week sixteen. Even so, they little help that they could have used was given to us in the form of a 41-9 Carolina Panthers victory over the New York Giants. With that result, and our victory, the Packers have clinched a playoff spot and will likely be heading to Arizona for each of the next two weekends. First up, we gotta finish off the regular season and then the week after we'll likely face them in the Wild Card round. This, after we've already traveled their during the preseason, making it three trips to one stadium in a single season.

Ideally, I would love to see us rest our guys for a good portion of next week, and not show the Cardinals too much. A lot of people are assuming that if we do play Arizona in the playoffs it would be an automatic victory, but I think we have to be a little more cautious then that. The main thing I'm worried about is that a victory in Arizona could very well mean a playoff game in Minnesota, where another chapter of this whole Brett Favre saga would be written. All I know is that the road to the Super Bowl is going to be tough, but the Packers are definitely a team that could get there. If we can beat Favre along the way, that would just make this the greatest season in the history of the Packers. Excuse me for getting ahead of myself a little bit.

And before I go, how insane was it that Matt Flynn and Brian Brohm were both taking real snaps at the same time today in the NFL? (Brohm's Bills lost to Atlanta 31-3, by the way)


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