So I just saw some ESPN highlights, and the Packers dropped 59 points on the Colts. OK, it's preseason, but still, dropping 59 points on anyone, at any time, is tough to do. And they held the Colts to 24 points. Are the Packers all that? Should we be worried?
Yes and No. Look at the stats closer--Rogers was great, and the Packers O scored a lot of points. But the first team offense only scored 21 points. A muffed punt recovery in the end zone accounted for one TD, and a punt return against the 3rd string in the 4th accounted for another. Matt Flynn and the second string accounted for the rest.
But they also held the Colts to 24 points. 24 points! But the Colts only rushed for 81 yards for the whole game, 49 of which came on one run. The Colts scored 17 points in the first sixteen minutes of the game. Then the Packers switched to nickel and dime and stopped the Colts. Hopefully, against a team like the Saints, which runs the ball more often and usually much more effectively, the Packers couldn't do that.
However, the first team offense still scored 21 points in the first half. And they picked off Manning. And caused him to fumble. And held the Colts first string offense to 17 points in slightly over a half. And our special teams might give up two TDs in a game anyway.
All in all, it's something to raise an eyebrow to, but maybe not something to freak out about. Note it now though: the Packers are more than media hype.