Posted Monday, February 07, 2011 04:01 AM
The Packer's second possession: 5 pass plays and 3 run plays leads to a 3rd and 1 on the Pittsburgh 29. Mike McCarthy could run the ball and try and pick up the first down. They're in a run formation. Steelers have 8 in the box. The result? Play action to Nelson for a touchdown. He avoided the strength of the Steelers defense. This is smart coaching. He also avoided a red zone situation with little field to cover if they did run the ball and pick up the first. McCarthy isn't the meathead that he looks and talks like. He knows how to game plan. He ran it just enough to keep the threat of the run there, while putting the ball in Rodgers hands the most.
The very next play (after the kickoff) and Steelers are backed up 1st and 10 on their own 7. Mike Tomlin will play right into the strength of the Packer's defense. He doesn't run the ball even though Mendenhall went for 15 yards and 9 yards the two times he touched the ball the prior drive. Not surprising because the Packers gave up 115 rushing yards a game and 4.7 rushing yards per carry this year. You gotta run the ball here. It's not too close for a failed run safety, yet it is dangerous enough to warrant a run. Worse yet, the Steelers decide to test Tramon Williams, a defensive player of the year candidate, and Nick Collins a three time pro bowler. Interception for a touchdown. 14-0 Packers.
Fast forward to 5 minutes left in the first half. 14-3 Packers, ball at the 50. 2nd and 11 and the Steele... [More]
Posted Thursday, September 23, 2010 02:00 AM
And these are some true SLUMDOGS.
Tampa Bay +2.5 (vs Pittsburgh)
You're getting 2.5 points at home, and Charlie Batch is on THEIR team.
Carolina +3 (vs Cincy)
Downright dirty play.
(vs Philly)Vick is better than Kolb. Jacksonville +2.5 is better than Philly.
(vs Green Bay)
Packers always lose games likes this. The player with the #1 QB rating plays for the Bears not the Packers. +3 at home Monday night.
Home underdogs are back in a big way this year. And these dogs bite!