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Key Decision #1: (GB trails 10-0/4th & 7 MIN 36/ 7:37 Q3)
- On their opening offensive drive of the 2nd half, Green Bay was able to advance the ball into Minnesota territory. Facing a 4th & 7, Mike McCarthy elects to go for it instead of punting for field position. The conversion attempt is unsuccessful.
- In this situation we feel the most prudent decision would have been to punt the ball. Green Bay’s defense had been playing well. A well placed punt would have put Minnesota deep in their own territory, and if the defense continued to play well the Green Bay offense could have gotten the ball back around midfield. By failing to convert, the best they could hope for was to force Minnesota to punt on the ensuing possession and get the ball back in their own territory. In a low scoring game against a stingy offense, we believe McCarthy should be equally stingy about field position, and should have punted in this situation. This decision resulted in a deduction to McCarthy’s play calling grade.
Key Decision #2: (GB trails 13-0/4th & 3 MIN 14/10:09 Q4)
- After producing a nice offensive drive, Green Bay faces a 4th & 3 at the Minnesota 14 yard line. Instead of kicking a field goal, they elect to go for it and fail the conversion. We understand that aggressive play calling can be justified when trailing by 13 points and 10 minutes to go in the game, but we’re not sure this is the best strategy given the offensive personnel available to the Packers. With a young quarterback, we disagree with “all or nothing” type play calls, and instead feel they should have taken the points. 10 minutes is a lot of time, and their defense continued to play well through the game. We feel taking the points in this situation would have created confidence and positive momentum for the young quarterback. Choosing to go for it resulted in a deduction in McCarthy’s play calling and personnel grades.
- Vikings were penalized for a Delay of Game at 6:11 in quarter three, resulting in deduction to game clock management grade.
- The Minnesota defense continues to impress. It appears that they can protect even a small lead to give their team a winning advantage. Credit to Mike Zimmer for excellent defensive game planning and play calling.