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wpr  
#1 Posted : Tuesday, September 9, 2008 2:48:21 AM(UTC)

I was just looking at the stats and the job they did really stands out.

Blackmon's punt return for a TD leads the way. If he avgs 26 a return all year long he will make the Pro Bowl for sure.

There was nothing wrong with Frost's punts tonight. 5 times for 45.2 gross and a 42.6 net. All told MN only had 13 return yards on his punts. Great punt coverage.

Gotta love Crosby's kickoffs. 5 times with all 5 in the end zone. (That's the NFL.com stats. I think one of the kickoffs was just short of the goal line but the kick returner took a step back with one of his feet and stepped on the goal line.) 2 of the kickoffs were touchbacks.

About the only negative was this msised FG at end of the 1st half.

GB kickoff return numbers were also better than MN's. I kind of hoped that Nelson would break a big one but maybe he will do so in game where it is the margin of victory.
tromadz  
#2 Posted : Tuesday, September 9, 2008 2:52:44 AM(UTC)

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About the only negative was this msised FG at end of the 1st half.


And Mike Stock will be all over that this week. I like that old guy.
Greg C.  
#3 Posted : Tuesday, September 9, 2008 7:34:14 AM(UTC)

Yeah, the special teams were huge. Further proof that Thompson is right to keep players on the roster mainly because of their special teams play. Jason Hunter had a great block at the end of Blackmon's return, allowing him to take it to the house.
millertime  
#4 Posted : Tuesday, September 9, 2008 10:01:53 AM(UTC)

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Yeah, the special teams were huge. Further proof that Thompson is right to keep players on the roster mainly because of their special teams play. Jason Hunter had a great block at the end of Blackmon's return, allowing him to take it to the house.


There were about 4-5 great blocks on that return. Blackmon has definitely emerged as a weapon in the return game. If Nelson can improve in the KR game, we will have a very dangerous team.
NodakPaul  
#5 Posted : Tuesday, September 9, 2008 10:08:48 AM(UTC)

I think that special teams should be given props. That punt return TD turned out to be the difference in the game.
Greg C.  
#6 Posted : Tuesday, September 9, 2008 12:51:23 PM(UTC)

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Yeah, the special teams were huge. Further proof that Thompson is right to keep players on the roster mainly because of their special teams play. Jason Hunter had a great block at the end of Blackmon's return, allowing him to take it to the house.


There were about 4-5 great blocks on that return. Blackmon has definitely emerged as a weapon in the return game. If Nelson can improve in the KR game, we will have a very dangerous team.


I read somewhere that everybody's favorite whipping boy (including mine), Jarrett Bush, made one of the blocks on that return. So it might be argued that keeping this awful CB on the roster has paid off with seven points, which was more than the margin of victory. Let's just go ahead and admit it, folks: Ted Thompson is smarter than us.
zombieslayer  
#7 Posted : Tuesday, September 9, 2008 1:08:48 PM(UTC)

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I think that special teams should be given props. That punt return TD turned out to be the difference in the game.


The irony. Last year's Week 1, we played sloppy and won because of STs. Weird.
warhawk  
#8 Posted : Tuesday, September 9, 2008 1:30:26 PM(UTC)

I have said our depth is more important than many give us credit for.

The analysts and reporters all talk about offensive and defensive matchups but only occasionally speak of ST's and depth as factors in a teams success.

I will say again that in most cases we will be suiting up 45 guys that overall are better than the 45 on the other sidelines. We many not have the best defense or the best offense on the field in any one game but in MOST games we will win two of three as rarely will other teams be as strong in that third phase as we are.

We used to be about dead last in overall ST's productivity. Since Mike McCarthy came in and changed all that we have been in nearly every game and there's more to that than coincidence.
Tiger  
#9 Posted : Wednesday, September 10, 2008 1:55:09 PM(UTC)

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I have said our depth is more important than many give us credit for.

The analysts and reporters all talk about offensive and defensive matchups but only occasionally speak of ST's and depth as factors in a teams success.

I will say again that in most cases we will be suiting up 45 guys that overall are better than the 45 on the other sidelines. We many not have the best defense or the best offense on the field in any one game but in MOST games we will win two of three as rarely will other teams be as strong in that third phase as we are.

We used to be about dead last in overall ST's productivity. Since Mike McCarthy came in and changed all that we have been in nearly every game and there's more to that than coincidence.


well yah that was because our starters were sub NFL ST Quality never mind starting quality! :D

But yah you gotta love our coverage team, i love how John Kuhn is mixing it up on every Kickoff or Punt, hes an enforcer! and when u team him with guys like Hall and Rouse and Bishop you've got guys who run all day.

I really think the ST squad needs a nickname ala the defensive "Death Squad"..any suggestions? :p
agopackgo4  
#10 Posted : Wednesday, September 10, 2008 2:07:24 PM(UTC)

Special teams, are definitily important in the recipe for success in being champs. Look at '96 when we won the superbowl. Desmond Howard great kick returns..The rest of the specaial teams were good as well. But that battle for field position is so important. And if you can win that with special teams, it takes a lot of pressure off of your offense. Makes the field shorter, and a lot easier to score. Even if it is just a FG.
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