1. The Packers might not be able to stop their noses from running
As if things couldn't get worse, middle linebacker Nick Barnett was lost for the year with an ACL tear. While the team's leading tackler wasn't having nearly the Pro Bowl-caliber season he had in 2007, it's hard to imagine this group being better with Desmond Bishop in the starting lineup. Athletic but inexperienced, Bishop got juked at the sideline on Chester Taylor's 47-yard catch-and-run for six. It's possible A.J. Hawk will shift to the middle with Brandon Chillar stepping in on the weak side, but two players in new positions may not be the answer either. Defensive coordinator Bob Sanders needs to figure this out. And fast.
2. Green Bay's secondary is an elite unit
Then there's Al Harris. He might've felt a little left out not getting his hands on a pass. Of course the guy Harris was covering, the Vikings top receiver in Bernard Berrian, didn't get his hands on a pass either. Harris held him without a catch the entire game.
3. The offensive line is proving just how tough Rodgers is
Favre was masterful at escaping onrushing lineman and blitzing defenders, but he also got rid of the ball quickly to avoid not only the sack, but the big hit. Rodgers is proving to be one tough customer, but he needs to take a page out of Favre's notebook before he gets himself knocked out of the game.
4. 60-yard field goals don't count in pre-game
But down by a point with the decision on the line, Crosby pushed his kick several feet wide right and Minnesota stormed the field victorious. Crosby certainly didn't lose the game for Green Bay. But given the chance to win it, his miss felt like a kick to the shins.
5. Blackmon might be the best pure athlete on the entire roster
That touchdown was Blackmon's second of the season, having burned the Vikings for a 76-yard score in the season opener. For anyone who may have forgotten, this is what a healthy Blackmon can do. Despite only 15 career punt returns at Boston College, he's one of the NFL's top return men in 2008. So we'll forgive him for losing himself in the moment and running that earlier punt out of the end zone.
Keith Roerdink is a Staff Writer for Packer Report and PackerReport.com. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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