1:00 PM ET, October 3, 2004
Giants at Packers: What happened to those dominant Packers we saw in Week 1?
The Packers don't seem to have a sense of urgency. I'm not saying the panic button needs to be pushed, but they need to realize that the season could start slipping away. They haven't tried to establish themselves as a dominant team since Week 1 and are now 1-3. This is a team that has the opportunity to put up big numbers every week, but just keeps finding ways to fail.
Part of the problem is the lack of a defensive personality. The Packers seemed to be a blitzing team until Peyton Manning and the Colts shredded them in Week 3 and this week they abandoned some of those blitzes against Kurt Warner. Defensive coordinator Bob Slowik has to decide if he wants to blitz or not and stick with it. It's extremely important for a team to have a personality to rely on or they'll be lost and so will the season.
Eric Allen played cornerback for 14 NFL seasons with the Eagles, Saints and Raiders. He's a regular contributor to Insider.
Warner's streak was ended at 127 passes without an interception when he threw into triple coverage from the 2 in the first half and Darren Sharper picked it off. ... The Packers have lost six of their last 12 home games after going 22-3 in their first 25 under Sherman. ... Favre has thrown a TD pass in 29 straight games, third-longest streak in NFL history. ... DE R-Kal Truluck (stinger), LB Hannibal Navies (shoulder), KR Antonio Chatman (ankle), Hawthorne (ankle) and Sharper (back) all were hurt for Green Bay.
Team Stat Comparison
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||6.2||5.5|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|TD||4:57||JAVON WALKER 28 YD PASS FROM BRETT FAVRE (RYAN LONGWELL KICK) |
Drive: 10 plays, 80 yds, 4:57
|TD||5:47||TIKI BARBER 52 YD RUN (STEVE CHRISTIE KICK) |
Drive: 2 plays, 61 yds, :45
|TD||2:53||JEREMY SHOCKEY 4 YD PASS FROM KURT WARNER (STEVE CHRISTIE KICK) |
Drive: 9 plays, 73 yds, 4:21