NYG Report: Week 5 vs. Green Bay Recap
We choose to defer right out of the gate, which didn't come as a surprise to me because I figured we'd need the ball to start the second half. Giving AR-12 the ball is never a good look, but it made sense; then the defense gave up 7 on a long opening drive.
Offense couldn't get anything going. Even against a not so seasoned secondary we failed to make them pay for their shortcomings. Odell had a big first down, which was the only highlight of the opening drive. Eli seems to have hit an early rough patch that he can't shake, and it’s crippling our team as a result. The o-line can definitely take some of the blame, but your stars have to be stars at some point.
Defense looked exhausted literally every down after the opening series. That's a direct result of Spags coaching like Thibodeau again with his lack of rotation. You have guys who have little bang bang injuries getting exploited because the longer they stay out there, the more those injuries start to nag.
The only bright spot on defense was Janoris Jenkins, who picked Rodgers off twice at Lambeau in an effort to keep us in the game. You look at a night where your team caused 2 turnovers on the road, and you think to yourself "oh we might get this W!"...WRONG! (Charlie Murphy voice). We don't like doing things the right way.
Odell finally found the end zone on a wild play. Eli was seemingly aiming to throw the ball away and OBJ did OBJ things making a spectacular catch for 6. I knew it wouldn't take long for him to get back into the groove of things, and maybe it'll serve as the spark to a great season for the young legend. Also, he and the kicking net made amends as he hugged it after his first score of the season.
We lost to the better team, simple and plain. McAdoo claims he isn't concerned with the way Eli has played thus far, and I wish I could say the same. I wish I could say, "Eli will be fine next week" and mean it, but until he shows me better; I can't. I do believe he can AND will be better, but he has to show me now.
We have the Baltimore Ravens up next, and we're back home to defend the set. Jimmy Smith is already barking about Odell, we'll see if his bite matches. Steve Smith Sr. is the only player I'm worried about because he's still one of the greats at his age. DRC and the rest of out secondary will have their hands full.
Can we even things up and be 3-3 the next time I write to y'all? We'll see. 2-3 is the current record, .500 is the goal. Yay me. Holla.