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Green Bay Packers: Was It The Right Play Call?

Coach Mike McCarthy didn’t call his best game on Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals. Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports photograph


It’s been a long time since a Green Bay Packers loss has upset me as much as the loss that occurred in Cincinnati against the Bengals on Sunday.  I’m firm believer in playing a smart game for 60 minutes, and to me, that didn’t happen.

A lapse in judgment occurred during the Packers drive that would ultimately send the game into the loss column.  Anybody with any football knowledge knew what the Packers were going to do on the fourth and 1 that resulted in the fumble return for a touchdown.  To me, there was no way the 200-pound rookie, Johnathan Franklin, could have ever penetrated the defensive push the Bengals presented on that play.

A field goal would have been a great choice for the Packers, forcing the Bengals to have to get 7 points to win.  Even a better play call on fourth and 1 would have softened the blow.  I could have seen a bootleg play to Aaron Rodgers’ right working much better.

To say the least, I was surprised by McCarthy’s play call there, and then the fumble occurred, and then the touchdown.  I’m not even upset he didn’t secure the ball.  It was a punch to the gut.

What do you think about the play called on the field?

Luckily, I’m a firm believer in finding silver linings in difficult situations.  Once again another non-starter at running back shows the depth the Packers can present at the position. Franklin rushed for 103 yards, a fact with which we should all be very pleased.  Jordy Nelson continued making acrobatic catches that helped the Packers continue to put points on the board.  Though our defense bent at times, we should be happy they were able to force some turnovers as well as giving our offense chances to score.

With two weeks to rest up and get healthy, the Packers should come back at full steam.  At 1-2, the week 5 matchup against the Lions will bring the playmakers to the table for the Packers. I expect a smart, sharp game from the players and coaches.

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