A.M. Quickslant: Around the League and Home Again

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Packers fans saw James Jones come on a strong in an otherwise somewhat lackluster Packers performance that Aaron Rodgers NFC Championship Lossdid as much to highlight the Packers’ defensive shortcomings as anything else. The fact of the matter, though, is that the Packers are 1-0 and won their first season opener since the 42-34 win over the Saints in 2011. And while the road doesn’t get any easier, another game and another week of practice with some game film to show the errors will help in correcting especially the defense which was gashed by Matt Forte for 141 yards.

With the Packers’ defeat of the Bears, they push the Bears to 0-1 along with the Detroit Lions who lost in reverse-fashion from last year. Last year the Lions seemed to play back from behind and win every game. Yesterday, they blew a big lead to go down to the Chargers. Matthew Stafford looked pedestrian and though the Lions’ defense came out strong in the first half, they were not the same without Ndamukong Suh. 

Tonight’s Monday Night Football double-header includes the late game between the Vikings and the 49’ers. If the Niners can find a way to win that game the Packers will be looking at an even better situation as they put the Bears game in the rear-view mirror and install the corrections in preparation for the Seattle Seahawks.

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This Seahawks game now takes on special importance as the ‘Hawks went down in overtime to the St. Louis Eddie Lacy Yards After ContactRams. That game was against a division opponent and has implications of its own. But the Packers have a chance to send the Seahawks to 0-2 with a division loss if they can get the job done in next Sunday’s night game.

With this backdrop, Lambeau field will be electric with the possibility of the Packers finally dropping the curtain on the Comedy of Errors NFC Championship game of 2015. Marshawn Lynch brings an entirely different running style than Matte Forte and I actually think that the Packers may have more success against Lynch than against Forte, who can do it all. Stacking the box against Lynch may be a more effective tool next week than it was yesterday.

But one of the main factors in the Seahawks’ game may simply be the fact that the Packers get to play the game at Lambeau. Aaron Rodgers is amazing on his home field (even moreso than usual) and the Packers defense may get a boost from the home crowd.

But mostly there are corrections to be made if the Packers want to continue the fast start that they began with the season opener. Eliminate penalties and put a solid game plan in place, get the ball in the hands of the play-makers and give ’em heck. We will be breaking down the Bears game all week and offering insight as to what went right and what went wrong. What adjustments do you think the Packers need to make Packernation? Let us know in the comments below or back on the Facebook Fanpage.

Go Pack!


Jeffery Hayes

Jeffery Hayes is a contributor to www.greenbaypackernation.com. Jeff was born and raised in Kenosha Wisconsin Currently resides in Brooklyn Wisconsin. Been a Packer fan since the 70's


  1.   January 18, 2016, 12:32 pm

    Tough year but it did on a great season ending game despite the loss. My one question that will haunt me all off season is what happened to the team after the first loss to Denver? After that game they were not a team anymore . Arguments on the sidelines, throwing I-pads, and total confusion. Then at Washington it all changed. Why?
    Anyway I’m Green and Gold forever! Next year we will return to greatness

  2.   January 18, 2016, 11:33 am

    I agree that they did better than they probably should have with the receiving core they had and that they needed the speed of Janes but his hands and routes will cost us too many interceptions in key moments. Even in his biggest play of his career in Arizona (yes I was there in person so did not get to see all the replays) he managed to drop it and get lucky to have a second chance before it hit the ground. Nelson and Montgomery should be ahead of him on the depth chart as should Abredaris (sp?)….my concerns were why Cobb can’t get open without Nelson and Janis in general!! If we could trade Janes and get something for him I would do it in a heartbeat….by the time you look at a WR depth chart where is Janes in your mind?

    •   January 18, 2016, 12:11 pm

      Jones probably won’t be re-signed so you go with your list, in that order, minus Jones.

  3.   January 18, 2016, 11:32 am

    If Sam Shields catches that ball for an INT, we win the game…..

    •   January 18, 2016, 7:51 pm

      Yes, for me that was the biggest frustration of this game. His two drops cost us 10 points. To take that a step further, on the AZ tipped pass for a touchdown, Randall and Heyward were blanketing their receivers. Shields was so far off Michael Floyd that he wasn’t even in the TV shot when Floyd caught it. Had he been covering like the rest of his defensive backfield, there wouldn’t be a catch off the tip. My biggest rant: Big contract money and failure in the big moment from our veteran defensive back.

    •   January 18, 2016, 12:09 pm

      He dropped two that resulted in 10 points for the Cards.

  4.   January 18, 2016, 10:55 am

    Couple of things. I think Mathews might have a valid point. In golf s “sudden death” playoff goes until someone actually wins, in basketball they play until someone wins, hockey the same. Why only in football does a team not get a chance to play? Nest, I think the Coach is maybe a little conservative in his decisions. OK that is it. Have a great off year.

    •   January 18, 2016, 6:29 pm

      Ya agree they should have to play the whole over time so each team gets a chance to win the rule suck and they need to change that rule at least it would be fair to all teams.

  5.   January 18, 2016, 10:36 am

    So, yes, we had many injuries – Jordy, Sam B., Andrew Q., Morgan B, Sam Shields, Ty M., DaVante A., each O-Lineman, Eddie’s rib, and likely a few that don’t come immediately to mind.
    Yes, big names. But, every team has injuries, and those we relied on (when they were healthy) didn’t deliver at a level we needed.
    I think when we talk injuries as a driver of our shorter-than-desired playoff run, or in regard to the season in total, we have to talk about execution, or lack thereof, by those that did play when healthy. Drops, sacks, missed tackles, dropped INT’s, fumbles, missed blocks and many a penalty. Keep these in mind for next year too, please – as we may have been “hurt” more by poor execution than by injuries. That said, we played better than expected vs. AZ, so yes, there is a lot of optimism for next year, provided we execute. That’s on both the players and the coaches, so all involved have something to work on and build on.

  6.   January 18, 2016, 9:55 am

    Well said on all points. The Pack will be back on top next season of that I have NO DOUBT!!!

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