Mistake-filled effort was more than just sloppy
Raise your hand if at some point during the debacle on Sunday you were penalized for putting too much body weight on your couch.
It’s probably safe to say that Clay Matthews won’t be asking that Claus fellow for yellow hankies this holiday season.
For the third consecutive game in a row, Matthews was penalized for roughing the passer. Only one of the penalties was merited.
This time he was flagged after he sacked Alex Smith late in the third quarter. So there can be roughing the passer when there’s no pass. OK.
NFL Football Operations released
this statement during the game: This is a foul for roughing the passer — the defender lands “with all or most of the defender’s weight” on the passer. Rule 12, Section 2, Article 9(b).
Of course after this came out, everyone stopped putting Cheez Whiz on their Ritz Crackers to look up Rule 12, Section 2, Article 9(b).
You know, this really livens up a Packers party.
Mike McCarthy was sure livened up. He stormed up and down the sideline after the call. Too bad his charges didn’t display that type of energy during the tilt.
Afterward, referee Craig Wrolstad said this about the penalty: “I had judged that the defender landed on the quarterback when he was tackling him with most or all of his body weight and that’s not allowed. If you do that, it’s roughing the passer. So that was basically my key, that he landed on him with most or all of his body weight and that was my ruling, roughing the passer.
“But if you’ve got a shoulder into him and then landed on him with most of his body weight off him or released him when he went down, then he would have been OK. But in my judgment, I ruled that he landed on him with most or all of his body weight there.”
To the surprise of no one, Matthews was upset with the call.
“Unfortunately, this league is going in a direction that a lot of people don’t like. I think they’re getting soft,” Matthews said.
Unfortunately, the call took all the focus away from the fact that the Packers were not ready to play offensively or defensively.
There were dropped passes, missed blocks, missed assignments, poor pass coverage, failure to call running plays and, of course, dropped flags.
The Green and Gold had 11 penalties for 115 yards — including three for pass interference on one drive. Every time you do that, it will add up to a 31-17 loss.
“We’ve got to clean our own house,” McCarthy said. “It’s sloppy right now.” Sloppy? It’s a pig sty. A downcast Aaron Rodgers stood at the podium to face the music after the game. He was asked what he would tell his teammates after the embarrassment that left the Packers at 1-1-1.
“Go home and have a scotch,” he said. “That’s what I’m going to do.” That wasn’t a bad idea. The game film might look better.
Game of the week: Minnesota at Los Angeles Rams. The Vikings only have a few days to figure out how they were routed at home by the Bills of all teams. The Rams are so good that Jack Nichol- son and Dyan Cannon might start showing up at games. Rams 30, Vikings 27.
Game of the weak: Houston at Indianapolis. This game would be pretty darn good if it was the NBA. Colts 13, Texans 6, James Harden 0.
Bills at Packers: Rodgers had a 34.3 passer rating the last time these two played on Dec. 14, 2014. He’d have at least a 34.4 passer rating if he threw left-handed. The Bills may be too busy preparing for another retirement party during halftime. Packers 20, Bills 17, OT.
Steve Rosenbloom of the Chicago Tribune: “You heard me. The Bears. First place. Alone. A feat they hadn’t accomplished since Week 16 five seasons ago. OK, so it’s only a 2-1 record. It’s still the best in the division. Off one of the worst-looking performances. We’re all going to need a therapist.”...
Norman Chad, syndicated columnist: “The Bills will introduce a new promotion to engage fans – those in attendance will vote on which player should retire at halftime.”...
Dwight Perry of the Seattle Times: “The Paradise Valley, Ariz., home that Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald is putting on the market for $5 million boasts 7 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms, a 12car garage and a wine room that will hold 1,200 bottles. And, we presume, no shortage of yards.”...
Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times, on Captain Munnerlyn (2012) and Prince Amukamara (2018) accounting for the only regular-season interception TDs thrown by Seahawks QB Russell Wilson: “So yeah, he’s been pick-sixed by a Captain and a Prince.”...
Brad Dickson, comedy writer, on how to spot the fantasy-football players in a sports bar: “They’re the ones screaming ‘YES!’ when somebody runs for 3 yards off-tackle with two minutes left and the score is 44-6.”...
Jim Barach, comedy writer: “Bills cornerback Vontae Davis says his halftime retirement was ‘therapeutic.’ Sort of like the way rats feel when they jump off a sinking ship.”
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Packers linebacker Clay Matthews is flagged for roughing the passer after this hit on Washington quarterback Alex Smith.