JEFF: On the Warpath
By Dan O'Donnell
As this season continues to unfold, you get the sense that the Packers are playing well above the level of talent on the roster. They can't really be this good, can they? After the 33-22 win over Kansas City the Packers are 7-1. Just like on Monday night, this victory was about making the right plays at the right time. Brett Favre threw two interceptions yet held the Chiefs to only one score off those miscues. Ryan Grant only rushed for 55 yards and when the Packers needed a first down late in the game leading by one Brandon Jackson couldn't deliver. However that all became a moot point when Charles Woodson stepped in front of a Damon Huard pass and returned it for the game-clinching score. The right play at the right time.
Once again it wasn't pretty but it got the job done. After a rugged first half the score was 7-6 Kansas City. Up to this point the Packers did everything they needed to do. The playcalling was balanced on offense and on defense the Packers took away Kansas City's vaunted rushing attack. Yet Kansas City had the lead. After A.J. Hawk's interception set up the go-ahead score it looked like the Packers had the Chiefs right where they wanted them.
Then came the fourth quarter and a flurry of points. Just like we've seen before the Packers defense bent but was never broken. Kansas City's offense came alive with two touchdowns but when the game was on the line the Packers tightened and forced a big three-and-out with two minutes left that set up the winning sequence.
In the end there were good things and bad things to take away but once again the good outweighed the bad. The Packers got a huge road win in a tough place to play and in the process stayed one step ahead of the surging Detroit Lions in the NFC North. It wasn't pretty, but for the seventh time this year, it didn't have to be.