Packers looking to surprise

November, 2, 2008
Posted by's Kevin Seifert

NASHVILLE -- For better or worse, Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy thus far has approached this game as if his team is a decided underdog that won't win by conventional means.

McCarthy opened the game against unbeaten Tennessee with an empty backfield -- which got Titans defensive end Jevon Kearse a free shot on quarterback Aaron Rodgers -- and also has used a wishbone-like alignment with fullbacks John Kuhn and Korey Hall. But in the early going, the Titans' defensive front has been too quick for the Packers, no matter what formation the Packers use.

I also thought McCarthy got a little too cute on a fourth-down play at the Titans' 44-yard line. Needing one yard, McCarthy employed a running formation but had quarterback Aaron Rodgers throw toward little-used rookie tight end Jermichael Finley. The pass fell incomplete as Finley tried to make a one-handed catch.

Two red-zone stands from the Packers' defense have kept the team in the game. The Titans lead 6-0 early in the second quarter.



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