Yahoo Sports’ Charles Robinson and Frank Schwab discuss Green Bay’s inability to put away a New England team that was down to their third string quarterback due to injuries. Aaron Rodgers did what he had to do to get the victory, but should it really have taken overtime to get this victory? And are the Patriots going to be able to dig their way out of a 1-3 hole? Hear the full conversation on the You Pod to Win the Game podcast. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher or wherever you listen.
FRANK SCHWAB: The Green Bay Packers win 27 to 24. My mom's first NFL game she ever went to. She [INAUDIBLE].
CHARLES ROBINSON: Oh really? Wow.
FRANK SCHWAB: She'd never been. She's a nice Wisconsin woman. So but never been to Lambeau Field. Went to the Packers Patriots game and saw a really interesting game, not the prettiest game. But 27-24. Packers win final play of overtime. The Packers got kind of an ugly win. Whatever. We'll talk about that in a second. Patriots are 1 and 3. And they're down the Bailey Zappe. Is it Zappe? Zap?
CHARLES ROBINSON: Zappe.
FRANK SCHWAB: I remember for the preseason, he looked OK. He looked like--
CHARLES ROBINSON: Oh see? I didn't--
FRANK SCHWAB: That's fine, but you don't want to see him in the [INAUDIBLE] in week four. I'll tell you that. Now, it's like, I don't think Matt is back next week. And now the Patriots were 1 and 3. And I guess you go back to Zappe. And I guess, because what's Hoyer going to give you? He's concussed this week. I don't know. They had their chances to win this game, which was really actually very impressive. They were up 24-17. They had the ball at the end of the fourth quarter, they had a ball over midfield and overtime. But the play calling was just-- you could tell they were just scared to death to let that kid--
CHARLES ROBINSON: Of course.
FRANK SCHWAB: Do anything. And it cost them the game. It honestly cost them the game and a chance to win. I mean, because whatever. If he makes a mistake, he makes a mistake. But you're not going to win just running three times and punting all the time. So I don't know. I just, the Patriots season is in real, real trouble right now. I honestly don't see them getting out of this.
CHARLES ROBINSON: Yeah, I'm curious to see now what-- where this goes with the Patriots. Because I don't-- again, I'm with you. There's a chance Hoyer doesn't play, which means this kid plays next week. I don't know what that looks like, especially when Bill does want turnovers. So this guy is not going to get an opportunity turn the ball over. You're going to run it a million times. And I don't think, again, Mac Jones, I just feel like we'll see when he gets back. Number one. And number two, it could take him eight weeks to feel right again, or whatever. Who knows?
FRANK SCHWAB: That's a bad injury, man.
CHARLES ROBINSON: The Patriots are in a tough spot right now. And they needed to win this game.
FRANK SCHWAB: And they had their shots. They really did. And they needed--
CHARLES ROBINSON: Well, that's the weird-- that's what I want to hear you talk about, the Packers. Because honestly, if you told me before the game, here's how this breaks down, I'm like, oh wow. The Packers are just going to blow the Patriots out. And no. They didn't at all. I mean, they had-- I kind of felt like they had their hands full a lot of this game. I kind of felt at times like they got pushed around by the run game. Green Bay should have blown--
FRANK SCHWAB: Should have blown them out.
CHARLES ROBINSON: Should have blown them out. And they didn't. And doesn't that concern you?
FRANK SCHWAB: Yes. Because I think last week was kind of the same deal. It's like, OK, oh, Rodgers is getting the ball. This is it. They're going to march downfield. And they can't get it done, they can't get it done, they can't get it done. Finally, they did at the end. And great for them. I mean, it's-- look. 3 and 1 is hard in the NFL. We're seeing that over and over. I don't want to be too critical of them being 3 and 1 right now.
But this doesn't seem like a team that's just going out and just going to dominate this season. It seems like it's going to be a slog for them. I mean, in most weeks, it's just--
CHARLES ROBINSON: That's how it feels.
FRANK SCHWAB: This was kind of an ugly win. This was an ugly win where you're just like, you really couldn't put away Bailey Zappe? Really? Come on. When Rodgers throws a pick six at the end of the first half, and we start talking like-- how many of those has he thrown in his career? And it's got to be-- he's been playing, 15 years now. It's got to be a lot. Four times. Four times in his career with 7,200 passing attempts he's thrown a pick six. That is unbelievable. All the great stats [INAUDIBLE] in Aaron Rodgers' career, that's one of the most craziest.
But they overcome it. They win. And they'll figure out their issues on another day. But this doesn't look like your kind of classic dominant Packers team. They're going to have to grind out a lot of these.
CHARLES ROBINSON: I agree. I think it's a slog.
FRANK SCHWAB: I will say this before we get out of the next team. Romeo Doubs looks like he could be that guy. There were flashes where you're like, this guy is a dude, man. He's pretty impressive. Something. But he's still a rookie fourth round pick.
CHARLES ROBINSON: He's super athletic. He's a lot of fun to watch. He is a lot of fun to watch. But you're like, are we a year or two away from--
FRANK SCHWAB: Yeah, right. He's going to be very, very good. But to ask him to be the number one stud stand out 1,200 yard receiver on a Super Bowl contender is probably a little bit much this year.
CHARLES ROBINSON: Yeah.