The Green Bay Packers walked all over the Dallas Cowboys last night. It was ugly. So ugly in fact that after all the harassment that John Kitna took last night, Jerry Jones decided that he has seen enough of Wade Phillips and axed the man that only a week ago was given the dreaded vote of confidence. In his stead will be the fallen boy wonder Jason Garrett who was supposed to be an offensive genius when he left Miami five years ago.
Facing Kitna for the first time since his days in Detroit, the Packers wasted little time picking up where they left off with the ageing QB.
Last night game bordered on being a laugher unless A, you were a Packers fan or B, you owned any member of the Packers defense, special teams, Aaron Rodgers, Brandon Jackson, and/or Clay Matthews on your fantasy team. It was that bad and it was that bad early. The Packers jumped to an early lead that they didn’t come close to giving up.
James Jones who I spoke about earlier this week was lights out in place of the injured Donald Driver until a late game dropped pass had announcer Chris Collinsworth finally finding something to dig on. Rodgers threw only 7 incomplete passes all night, one to the aforementioned Jones. In addition to his 289 yard aerial effort, he added 41 yards on the ground. John Kuhn rushed for 50 yards and Brandon Jackson added 42.
The real cheese had to go to the defensive unit who harassed John Kitna the entire game, left the Cowboys with a total of 39 yards rushing from their three runners, and held Miles Austin to 16 yards on two catches. For their effort, the defense forced two fumbles, sacked Kitna four times, picked him off twice, and returned one of them for a TD. The special teams added another one on a call that should never have been made.
With no timeouts and the clock sitting at 2:04 seconds before the half, the Packers kicked off to the Cowboys. The returner clearly was down on his side when the ball was pulled out and landed in the awaiting arms of Nick Collins who took it back 26 yards for the TD. The Cowboys had no timeouts left to challenge the play and with the clock above 2:00 minutes, the replay booth could not call it in. Bad break that literally left the Cowboys returning from halftime completely dejected. At one point in the late 3rd quarter the entire team looked as though they had completely quit.
For the Packers they keep their lead over the Chicago Bears who narrowly escaped the still winless Buffalo Bills. They will face a tough game next week when they face the dreaded Bye-Week Blue Bombers. Enjoy the rest boys, you deserve it.
IN other Packer news, Nick Collins was fined 50K for a helmet to helmet hit on Roy Williams that left him stunned on the ground briefly. Despite the after game pleas of Williams not to fine Collins, the Commissioner kept the recent trend going with the throwdown. Collins initially hit Williams in the back with the side of his shoulder pad and as his body moved up as Williams moved down, his helmet his Williams’. There is a very big grey area with this new H2H rule. Collins was also flagged on the play.
Al Harris has been a monster for the Green Bay Packers in his 7 years with the team but injuries and age have finally caught up with him. The Packers released the hard hitting secondary star this afternoon. At 36 years old and coming off injuries, only the Eagles have expressed openly interest in the now ex-Packer. Harris snagged 14 interceptions in his 7 years.