The Packers were early favorites to win the North last fall, until Rodgers’ broken collarbone effectively erased Green Bay’s 4-1 start and ended its postseason streak at eight years. A healthy Rodgers, flanked by a revamped offense (Jordy Nelson and Jeff Janis are out; Jimmy Graham, Marcedes Lewis, and a trio of receiver draftees are in) will make a run at the team’s sixth division title in the past eight years.
Minnesota will have to hope Kirk Cousins can adjust to his new home quickly. That shouldn’t be much of a problem — the franchise spun Sam Bradford and Case Keenum from straw into gold the past two seasons. The question is whether the Vikings can do it again, this time with a better pure QB talent but without the help of offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur.
The play before this one was a deep shot down the right side to Andre Holmes. Peterman overthrew him by a mile. Cut to the broadcasters talked about getting back to quick, easy passes, something to help steady him.
That’s exactly what the Bills did not do.
OK, Tate’s going to run down there and be in the deep middle. Easy enough. I got this!
Maybe he didn’t mean to underthrow it. Maybe it was the twin fists of the Chargers pass rush pummeling him.
It’s an easy pick for Casey Hayward (his first of two on the day).
Somehow, miraculously, the Bills are only trailing, 10-7. Not for long. Whoever’s calling the plays seems to be adamant about turning Peterman into some kind of gunslinging deep passer … in his very first pro start.
On the previous play, the Seahawks handed the ball to Lynch and he was tripped up at 1. As the clock ran down, the Patriots declined to take a timeout, but instead, ran a defensive look they hadn’t shown often. The Seahawks stayed in their 11 personnel, and the mismatch was created.
What the Patriots did was unique, another reminder of what makes Bill Belichick a remarkable coach. They went with a goal-line front with a nickel secondary. They had six, plus a man coverage player over the tight end, lined up over the offensive line, with a single linebacker in the box.