I made a comment to our news director today that the Vikings are playing with house money. He is a Packer fan and the conversation started by me asking him if he was nervous about the game Saturday night. His response threw me a little. He was more nervous for last week's game (which meant nothing for he and his squad) and everything for the colors I cheer for. He continued to say how he feels like the Packers are going to win in blowout fashion at Lambeau on Saturday night. I think there is a better chance cheese-head nation is drowning their sorrows in a pint of Old Milwaukee than a blowout victory.
He is the boss, but that doesn't make him right. It is however typical of what I have heard from Packer fans since the Vikings punched their ticket last Sunday night. That constant "you are here because we let you be here" mantra has trickled down all the way to its head coach. I listened to Mike McCarthy's press conference from yesterday and walked away a little irritated. In typical Packer like fashion, the Packer loss was all about what they didn't do and nothing about what the Vikings did in the win.
Offensive (Rodgers) numbers against the blitz:
"He had great numbers, so if that's the one thing we want to talk about well I hope they blitz us again. Anytime we do see pressure, there's definitely voids in the coverage."
That sounded like a triple dog dare not thrown out since the Christmas Story. Go ahead Vikings, blitz us. We triple dog dare ya… Be careful what you wish for coach. Your squad has a tendency to give the ball away in the playoffs. In your last five home playoff games, you have turned the ball over 16 times and only taken two.
Better for the environment:
"We'll be playing in a different environment this week obviously than we played in this last week. We had some pre-snap penalties, we had some timing issues."
Timing issues like the game started at 3:25 not 4:00p.m.? Coach, you might want to get off to a better start this week. Actually, in the last four playoff losses at Lambeau, you have gotten behind a combined 49-0 before waking up from your slumber. Just remember when the game starts so have your team ready for kickoff.
On playing run defense:
"People have a tendency and we probably did some of that ourselves on Sunday. You overplay the runner and it's important for us to play run defense. I felt that during the game and the film illustrates that. He had a fine performance statistically and the film speaks for itself. He's had a great year but we're really just focused on run defense and doing things the right way."
So let me get this straight. A back runs for 210 and 199 yards and then you weren't really focused on run defense and doing things the right way? But you are now? This one gets me more than anything you uttered in your presser. Saying he had a great year is like saying the Titanic sort of ran into a chunk of ice. He torched your team for more yards (409) in two games than all but one of your backs had all season. For the record, Alex Green had 464 yards in 135 attempts the entire season.
Maybe the Vikings will go one and done in the playoffs and maybe all the ‘Sconnies' will prove to be right. All I know is that the Vikings have never lost a playoff game in Lambeau field and the team I cheer for is coming off a 37-34 win over the exact same team.
Unlike fans of the other team, I won't be in the excuse line come Sunday morning if my team doesn't win. I'm perfectly fine with taking our chances on the road as the sixth seed in the NFC. As I recall, it worked out quite well for the Packers and Giants in the last two Super Bowls.