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Packers-Jaguars: First half thoughts

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It's rare when my pre-game three keys plays out but that's what happened in this first half.  The Packers gave up two sacks, nearly half of Jacksonville's sack total for the entire season.  The second one was most troubling as it led to a Jaguars score at the end of the half.

 

Turnovers are the great equalizer.  When you take it away, you must produce something from that.  The Rashad Jennings fumble did not lead to anything for the Packers.  Granted, that fumble was in Packers but it still led to an empty possession.

 

Even without their top two wide receivers the Packers still have plenty of firepower but there were plenty of blanks in that first half.  Alex Green never got going on the ground and neither Jermichael Finley nor Randall Cobb stepped in as the go-to guy.  Same can be said for James Jones.  There was definitely something off about the offense in the first half.

 

Davon House's punt block was an outstanding play.  He didn't time it well and Jacksonville saw it coming yet he still poured in untouched.  The little things are always the difference and that little miss by Jacksonville's special teams led to a big play.

 

Sure enough, Cecil Shorts made a few big receptions along with Justin Blackmon early on.  This is not an explosive offense so even without Charles Woodson there shouldn't be many explosive plays.

 

We'll see if Mike Mularkey's two point conversion attempt was a mistake.  I'm aware of the math but my belief has always been you should only go for two when you absolutely have to.  End of the first half is not the time to do it.

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