Team starting to believe in itself

So if it's not broke, don't fix it as the Green Bay Packers offense continued their dominance of the line of scrimmage for the second straight week. Running back Ahman Green gained 118 yards on 27 carries to run his streak to 17-0 when he runs for 100 or more yards in a game. <p>

In the last two games the Pack has convinced themselves that by running the ball over 100 yards and getting the running game established opens up Favre's passing game. As we have seen throughout his career, Favre does not need to throw for over 300 yards per game for the Pack to be successful. Favre's key is to take advantage of the defense overplaying the running game and utilize his misdirection plays for tight ends crossings, play action and Farve's favorite the shuttle pass. This offense is predicated on the mixture of play-calling that we saw on Sunday (25 passes/35runs) as the Pack had the Seattle Seahawks playing on their heels all afternoon.

Just as last week against the Chicago Bears Green played with a vengeance. He was not going to be denied on his first touchdown run from 1 yard out as he ran through three defenders on his way for a 14-7 lead. In the process, he set the tone for the rest of game. Green played with so much passion and determination Sunday that it had to be scary on the other side of the ball.

I'm sure the remarks of Seattle's head coach Mike Holmgren over Green' asthma being a factor in his trade had something to do with it, but Green has shown recently that he is a workhorse and he most definitely wants this team to take him for a ride.

Remember the Seahawks came into this game averaging four turnovers per game and to have the Packers play the way they did was totally awesome. The Pack did not turn the ball over and when that happens Favre is usually in his comfort zone, and that is when it is fun to watch the Green Bay Packers. There is no pressure on Favre to push the ball downfield and everyone gets involved in the passing game. When Favre gets in his ultimate mode and opponents are trying to get into his head, he's ready to rumble.

Green Bay's victory over Seattle was indeed a must-win game with a lot of implications involved. The of emotions of Holmgren coming back to Lambeau, Green Bay's embarrassing loss in ‘99', Green's trade, coaching philosophy, and pressure of being able to beat a quality opponent.

The run defense still has a lot of work to do. Seahawks running back Shaun Alexander ran for 102 yards on 20 carries which kept the game close through the first half. The good news is that the offense scored on five five consecutive possessions for touchdowns and that allowed the defense to blitz quarterback Matt Hasselbeck and keep pressure on throughout the second half.

Should the offense stall this Sunday against Kansas City what will the Pack use for pressure? Kansas City features star running back Priest Holmes, who ran for 97 yards in Sunday's win over Denver to put the Chiefs at 5-0 coming into Lambeau Field.

Beating Seattle was huge for the Packers as they try to convince themselves that on paper they're better than anyone else in the league, but on game day they have to play like it. This means eliminating mistakes on offense and playing crisp defense. In all three wins this year we've had the pleasure of enjoying such play. Unfortunately, in the losses, we saw the worst of this team. This team is capable of such performances week in and week out but you have to trust in your teammates and most importantly: You must BELIEVE you can WIN no matter what team you're playing that week or what your opponent's won/lost record is.

Note: Former safety Johnnie Gray played for the Packers from 1975-84. He was inducted into the Packer Hall of Fame in 1994. E-mail him at Gray24@tds.net.


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