• As I was walking back to the car today, a party was blasting the Talking Heads’ Burning Down the House. Since we don’t have Tebow, I’ll accept it as a sign from a higher power and declare it the theme song for this entire season. Packers are on fire and they are out to burn down the entire house!
  • Loved the intensity the Packers showed on both sides of the football today. Love it when neither the offense nor the defense needs to rely on the other side to save the say.
  • That said, I was not impressed with the musical chairs McCarthy was playing with Deitrich-Smith, Newhouse and Sherrod. It makes me wonder if Clifton is done for good and Mike is trying different post-season permutations that don’t involve him. Needless to say, I’m still not convinced our (yes, our, I’m an owner now!) first round draft pick is ready for prime time.
  • Luckily the opponents were the Raiders and the Packers had the luxury of playing with different line-ups. Wouldn’t be surprised if it continues next week against the Chiefs. They had best figure out a lineup before they face both the Bears and the Lions. I really don’t want to see the Packers even give the likes of Urlacher, Peppers, Vanden Bosch or Mr Anger  Management Suh an opportunity to flatten Rodgers.
  • Speaking of musical positions, I’m not sure Smith is going to want to give up his starting Linebacker position any time soon. I’m liking what I’m seeing from him.
  • Can’t say the same about Finely. He continues to underwhelm. Perhaps he should stop practicing that stupid fin he does when they announce his name and get back to fundamentals. You know, novel things that the crowd goes nuts about like catching the ball on a consistent basis.
  • On the other hand, Jordy Nelson proves time and time again why he is having a Pro Bowl quality season. The catches he pulls down remain phenomenal. I have no problem with Nelson playing on Special Teams. He opens up options and adds both speed and potential muscle to the equation.
  • So Rodgers didn’t have a stellar day. Yes, we are getting spoiled where a QB rating is customarily over 100. But it is better than the game a year ago this weekend where he was literally knocked out of the game. Nevertheless, today’s performance was still better than a kick in the head. He tied the single season throwing TD record and will likely shatter it next weekend. He threw for more yards in three quarters than some guys throw in an entire game. And even though his QB rating was south of 100 this week, it was still well more than twice what Carson Palmer had.
  • He’s still the master of the play action fake. No one does it better. Period.
  • And yes, I find it poetically hilarious that Oakland was once again a victim of the Tuck Rule . But we now have Charles Woodson and they don’t, and he gets to laugh about it this time.
  • Who was that running back we saw on the field and what did he do with Ryan Grant? No seriously, Grant played with a ferocity we have not seen in a while. Yes, the Raiders are a bit of a sieve when it comes to defending against the run. But this wasn’t the lackluster Grant we have seen this season. He found the holes, he punched right through AND he fought for extra yardage.
  • I think we can safely say that James Jones can get the dropsie monkey off his back. He doesn’t get many throws, but when they go his way, he makes the most of it. Jermichael, you may want to take notes.
  • Until the Safety, was Tim Masthay even in Brown County? Seriously, he could’ve been in Appleton for all we know.
  • A safety. Seriously, they let the Raiders get a safety? Sure, the Packers were up by 37 points at the time. A safety shouldn’t matter. But it is a cautionary tale for what can happen when an offensive line is not working as a cohesive unit. Get the uglies out of the way this weekend, boys. The Lions and Bears (oh my?) will be bringing a much more intense game when the Packers have to start a drive from their own parking lot.
  • So Mason Crosby had a blocked extra point. Not a word, Jersey Al. Not a word.
  • But hold your horses, isn’t leap frogging over the center one of those forbidden things to do like whizzing on the electric fence or crying fire in a crowded theater? Yeah, I thought it was illegal. Not going to lose a lot of sleep over this one.
  • Want to throw up when I saw Jennings leave the field in the cart. But at least he was riding shotgun and not writhing in back. And he gave the crowd the thumbs up. But it doesn’t help that McCarthy was nebulous as ever in the presser. A knee sprain. That could mean a lot of things. He could be fine (though I doubt it because fine doesn’t generate an MRI of the knee the next morning) all the way to Greg Makes a Career Change and Goes Into the Ministry. Guess we’ll find out more this week.
  • Saine left with a concussion. Pickett left with a concussion. Thank god the Packers didn’t go for a hat trick on that one this week.
  • Wish McCarthy’s game plan for Flynn had been more than Go Eat As Much Clock As Possible.
  • But I’m happy they pulled Rodgers. No need risking more injuries in what was a cake game from the get go.
  • Which brings us to Lucky Thirteen which, if you all recall, was the total number of regular season wins that the Super Bowl XXXI Champions had that year.
  • With only 3 games to go let’s not make the trip to Kansas City a trap game.
  • And in honor of Lucky 13, go listen to Neil Young’s album Lucky Thirteen . No, really, it’s a great album.
  • And with that, The Cheese Stands Alone for yet another week.
  • Bring on the Chiefs! Great Googly Moogley!
 

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