StoryImage( ‘/Images/Story//Auto-img-119203970931822.jpg’, ‘Photo courtesy of www.nfl.com‘, ‘The play calling of Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy (right) left Packers fans wondering why Brett Favre (left) didnt have more opportunities in the teams 27-20 loss to the Bears Oct. 7.‘);
Week five of NFL action brought the Packers their first loss of the season27-20 to the Chicago Bears. The perfect season had to end sometime, and the players, as well as the coaches, contributed to the harsh loss.
Brett Favre, coming off his record-breaking game, threw for 322 yards on the night of Oct. 7, completing 29 of 40 and throwing two interceptions. James Jones gave up two more turnovers on crucial plays, giving the Bears 10 points as a result.
DeShawn Wynn rushed for 78 yards and a touchdown, leading the offense. Vernand Morency brought big numbers as well, rushing for 43 yards on nine attempts.
The defense did its best to help the floundering offense. Atari Bigby had seven tackles, and Nick Barnett had six tackles and 1.5 sacks.
Its hard to watch your favorite team shoot itself in the foot, especially when their head coach loads the gun for them. Mike McCarthys play calling in the second half drained the energy out of their offense. The Packers had won their last four games, thanks to the passing efforts of their star quarterback and his new receivers.
True, their rushing game improved during the first half of play, but can you win a rushing game against the Bears defense? Apparently not.
McCarthys play calling would have been great at the end of the game, rushing attempts that eat up the clock. What they were not good for was returning from a great second half when the game was tied.
Turnovers didnt play such a big role until the second half, after the writing was already on the wall.
Then, there were the penalties. It seemed as though the ball couldnt get touched without a yellow flag being thrown. The Packers racked up 12 penalties for 93 yards on the game, most of which came in the tumultous second half.
After a week of drastic highs and lows, we give the game ball to DeShawn Wynn. His efforts on offense kept morale up, and had some Packers fans wondering where this guy came from. Looking ahead, the Redskins visit Lambeau next week, Sunday, Oct. 14. Watch out for sacks and rushing plays. Good luck, guys!
.from the Oct. 10, 2007, issue