GREEN BAY PACKERS 2021: GAME #12
Vs. L.A. Ramjets at Lambeau; Sunday, November 28th, 3:25 Packer (Central) Time
My prediction: Packers 24, Ramjets 23
Here’s a bit of a headscratcher from packers.com, posted after the game:
The news on the injury front is that Rocket Man Jenkins is out for the season. Rats! Now they are down to only two of their preferred five on the O-line. If/when Beertiari returns to the fold, they’ll be back to three, and if/when Myers returns, four (barring further injuries to those two, Turner, and whoever the other preferred one is (Runyan? Patrick? Newman?)).
This is a big game coming up against the Ramjets. They need to win to stay among the elite teams, to keep their home winning streak alive, and to avoid losing three of the last four after winning seven in a row following the ignominious shellacking they took on opening day.
Here’s an answer from packers.com which I think overcomplicates things:
This seems misleading, or at best overly complicated to me. It would be simpler to just say, “The team that wins the coin toss has the choice to either kick off or receive. Then they will do the opposite at the start of the second half (if they kick off to start the game, they will receive at the start of the second half—and vice versa).
BTW, I have always thought teams should defer, because I think it’s more advantageous to have your defense fired up to start the game than the offense. If the offense is over-hyper, it can lead to errant throws by the QB, the RBs not being patient hitting the holes, etc. I suppose similar problems could occur for the defense, but “that’s the name of that tune” for me: always defer. If you’re behind at the half, you have a chance to at least get closer right off, and if you’re ahead at the half and get the ball to start the second half, you have an opportunity to increase the distance, score-wise and momentum-wise.
Packers up 7-0 on an Aaron Rodgers pump-fake and run-it-himself from a few inches out.
Heroes of the day so far are the returning Rushin’ Gary with a strip sack of the former Lion Matthew Stafford and the recovery of the fumble by Pressed-On Smith.
10-0 after Bing bangs one through.
10-7 after “I don’t like spiders and snakes” Stafford completes a 79-yard pass to some cat. Chandon Sullivan apparently tripped.
13-7 after another FG by Bing following a 54-yard pass to Candle Robb. So far, so good, but it would be nice to have more touchdowns than field goals.
Defense gets another stop, but punt is muffed by Candle Robb. Ramjets recover and have the ball in good position.
Now it sounds like (I can’t see the game) maybe Robb or the ball was interfered with after Candle called for a fair catch, but it wasn’t called. If so: If it weren’t for bad officiating, there would be no officiating at all for the Packers lately.
Apparently good officiating now, it’s being said. Ramjets held to a field goal, 13-10 Packers.
A triad of big throws to Candle Robb and Adams, then a TD pass to Robb. Packers up 20-10 with 4:21 remaining in the first half.
Ramjets are moving the chains. Hopefully the defense can stiffen up and hold to zilch or at most 3.
20-17 after another TD by the Ramjets. Just enough time left (1:28) for the Packers to get another score if they get after it.
It remains 20-17 Packers at the halfway point.
I took a break during halftime to read outside in the sun (Huck Finn in English and Spanish and “Complete Idiot’s Guide to Creative Writing”) and I come back and it’s 36-17 Packers. TD by Deguara, FG by the Binger, TD on a pick-6 by Razzle Dazzle (Rasul Douglas). Also there was a fumble recovery in there, caused mainly by Dafney, recovered by Barnes. Packers are rolling!
Ramjets get a TD, go for two and get it; 36-25 Packers.
Thunderbolt Lightfoot just got off a 61-yard “bad” punt (low). Maybe he did it on purpose. At any rate, it worked out well: the Packers downed it on the 1.
Green Bay wins 36-28 and is now 9-3. They lead the Vicommoners in the Central, who are 5-6, by 3.5 games with five more games to go for the Packers and six more for the Vicommoners. It’s not mathematically impossible, but it is highly unlikely, for the Vicommoners to overtake the Packers. The Barelys have even less chance, and the winless Lyin’s zilcherooni.
The only injury they suffered today, AFAIK, was to Candle Robb, and there have been no indications that it is serious/of long-term concern.