although I never had a fingernail biting moment during the game, we gave up too many points. My observations...
#1. Our offensive line must give Rodgers better protection. They're doing an allright job, but if we have a RB in to help in blocking, 4 rushers should not be allowed to get close to him more often than not. I've grown very tired of seeing defensive linemen do some stupid dance when they sack our guy despite the fact that they're down by 21 points.
#2. We need to run the ball a little more at the onset of the game. We need to show opposing teams that we're not afraid to run the ball. Starks started the game strong, with 25 early yards. Give him and Grant an opportunity to make opposing safeties feel as though they have to cover the run, then play-action will be more effective and we will continue to kill opponents.
#3. If the blitz is not working on a consisten basis during any particular drive, give up on it until you can talk to your team on the sideline to adjust your strategies. Far too often, I've seen our guys just run right into the line with seemingly no chance whatsoever of getting to the QB.
#4. If we are going up against a dominant TE (i.e. Gates, Graham, similar mold), have our 4th pass rusher (i.e. Clay Matthews) line up over the TE, and smash him at the line. From that point, the rusher can go after the QB. After that point, have another LB/S punch him again before he gets 5 yards, and cover him tight man. This will take the TE out of the equation on passing plays becuase their timing will be way out of wack.
#5. We have to have better communication in the secondary. We are seriously missing Nick Collins back there. So many big plays today would have been adverted if Nick had not gotten hurt. We've got to have someone quickly get used to being in his spot.
If we are able to fix these problems, I can't see why we can't win the next 11 games this season.