Favre outperformed my expectations, the Packers O-line did a little worse than I thought they’d do, and the Packers defense seems to be a little off.
And Aaron Rogers played like a second year quarterback with a lot of talent having an experience unlike what almost any other quarterback ever goes through.
I was very impressed by Brett Favre and believe that he gives them a chance to win the Superbowl if he avoids the end of season fade he has experienced the last four or five years. He plays with a maturity and self-control he never had with the Packers before Mike McCarthy coached him. Maybe he’ll do OK in the playoffs. We’ll see.
A note on Aaron Rogers. I remember Brett Favre’s first six or seven games up at the Humpty Dumpty bowl – that disgrace of a stadium. It became a house of horrors for him; bad games, injuries, interceptions. He never had to play under the pressure Aaron Rogers had to play under on Monday and it took a long time before he played as well as Rogers did Monday.
Now, Rogers is not making great decisions. I get the impression that he wants to win the game on every play, which leads him to get sacked or run the wrong way too often. The fumble in the first quarter was maybe the biggest play of the game. There sat Ryan Grant, five yards down the field, room to run, and nobody near him. Straight in front of Rogers.
So Rogers, apparently seeing something developing to the left, pulls the ball in and runs. Straight into Jared Allen. Very bad play. Very poor decision.
But he’s a second year starter and he’ll get past that. If he can be content to gain five to seven yards on most pass plays, he’ll be able to avoid some of the sacks and eat defenses alive.
Time will tell.
In the end, it seems the Packers gambled that if they could stop Peterson, Favre would not be a problem. Without their safety, he was. Kudos to Brett. He was harrowing for me as a Packer fan. Now he’ll lead the Vikings for a couple or three years.