Packers report card

Here are overall grades given to the Packers in the aftermath of their 45-31 loss to the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday:<p>

PASSING OFFENSE: A – The Packers took full advantage of the Colts' lousy secondary. Brett Favre had a rating of 123.1, threw four touchdown passes and didn't have an interception. Javon Walker had the best day of his career, catching 11 passes for 200 yards and three touchdowns. Favre had to leave for the final series with a charley horse. Backup Doug Pederson then threw an interception. Donald Driver had a 27-yard touchdown catch but also another key drop on third down.

RUSHING OFFENSE: C – The Packers never got untracked against a light but quick defense that slanted into a lot of Ahman Green's runs. Green finished 17-67 with a long of 11. His long of the season is just 25 years, low for a player with his breakaway ability. Tony Fisher continues to play extensively as his backup but can't hold a candle to Green.

PASS DEFENSE: F – This was utter devastation. The whole bunch got humiliated. Pressure? There was none. Coverage? It was deplorable. Michael Hawthorne and later Jason Horton were schooled by Reggie Wayne (11-184). Al Harris covered the great Marvin Harrison for most of the game and did all right, but Harrison did beat him on a stop-and-go route for a 28-yard touchdown. Backup S James Whitley lined up wrong and gave up a 27-yard touchdown to Brandon Stokley. Darren Sharper gave up a 34-yard lob touchdown to Stokley. RUSH DEFENSE: B – Edgerrin James was one of the hottest backs in the NFL but the Colts went almost all pass. His first carry didn't come until the first play of the second quarter. James finished 21-62, with a long of eight. Despite playing without their top two nose tackles, the interior run defense was good. Cletidus Hunt moved from three technique to nose tackle. Cullen Jenkins made his first start at three technique. SPECIAL TEAMS: A-minus – Antonio Chatman returned a kickoff 50 yards. Robert Ferguson returned another kickoff 71 yards. They played because the team's top two KO returners, Najeh Davenport and Ahmad Carroll, sat out with leg injuries. Bryan Barker punted well. Ryan Longwell's kickoffs were short and he had a 52-yard field goal fall short and off the crossbar. COACHING: C-minus – Defensive coordinator Bob Slowik took the blame, and for good reason. His entire game plan was flawed beyond belief. OK, play base to start the game. But after Peyton Manning chewed up his defense from the first series on, Slowik waited too long to play his dime on a full-time basis. When he did make that move in the third quarter, it worked beautifully. Alas, it was too late.


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