Monday Morning Rant and Rave

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Well the Packers are 1-2 at the start of Bears hate week. The loss against the Lions was disappointingclay to say the least. So disappointing, in fact, that I had to rant last night after the game…couldn’t wait until this morning.

But the sun is shining this morning and Fall is in the air so it is time to Rave Packernation. Of course, the most important thing for Packers fans is that the team wins so I won’t be going too crazy on this one but any solid criticism includes the good with the bad, so here are three things to rave about in yesterday’s game and they ALL are on the defensive side of the ball:

Most Dangerous Substance on Earth - Packer Offense

Pressure

jpWe at GPN have said that pressure is the linchpin to any defense in the NFL, no matter where it comes from. Yesterday we saw corner blitzes, crosses and stunts work to put pressure on Matt Stafford. At the same time, the tandem of Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers is becoming more and more of a force. Matthews was singled up much of the day and his bull rush was like something one would expect on the streets of Pamplona. Course, he hurt his groin so he wasn’t able to stay in the game down the stretch, but he will be back. Julius Peppers’ strip-fumble recovery was EXACTLY what we have been saying he would do all along. Julius’ length makes him so dangerous coming outside in after he has passed out of the quarterbacks peripheral. He did the same thing to Aaron Rodgers last season in the final game against the Bears. This is the kind of pressure that makes explosive offenses implode and we needed it to beat the Lions. And the fact of the matter is, we got it.

Stop the run

Two of the keys I had for this game were the pressure, check, and for the Packers to finally stop the run. Bush had 61 yards and Bell had 33 in this game and many of those yards came when the Lions were in a position to “ground and pound” and Clay Matthews was out of the game. This defense put on a show yesterday and only gave up a total of ten points. Excellent work! But they did more than that:

Turnovers

The Packers pressure caused mistakes, and the Packers defense capitalized on those mistakes taking the ball away three times, once by land and twice by air. The Packers defense handed the ball back to Aaron Rodgers three times…but they couldn’t get it done.

I have to believe that nothing can keep this Packers offense down, and with the defense coming on like they did, we could be seeing the beginning of good things for this Packers team. If they play calling stays uncreative and we keep relying on Rodgers to Nelson for our entire gameplan…it could go the other direction. Either way, the Bears game becomes critical. Stay tuned for all the news, opinions and reports in a critical week of preparation for the Packers.

GO PACK!!!

 

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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

6 Comments

  1.   January 17, 2015, 2:38 pm

    I’d start with a big play on the first snap from center, they will be looking for Lacy, as will the rest of the world
    Throw in some quick timing plays to get Rodgers inn tje groove earlier this game. Lord knows he jasnt been practocing much and we can’t afford the ball sailing on him early in the game. That should open up the run game with the Hulk.

    Defensively, we had a great game plan the first time around. We stopped them several times on 3rd downs only to have Jones get a penalty and keep their drive going. We should have had at least 4 more offensive series in that game for sure. High hope Dom remembers that and keeps Jones on the sidelines as you suggested.

    Go, you Packers Go, Fight Fight Fight!

  2.   January 17, 2015, 4:00 am

    Protect Rodgers and we win 22-20. Don’t and it will be a long day. That said I believe with all my heart that this IS OUR TIME!!! Leave all on the field GO Pack!!!!

  3.   January 17, 2015, 1:31 am

    I couldn’t agree more with what’s been said here, especially with leaving Brad Jones out of this game- he sucks!! Yes, the offense needs to change it up and the defense needs to contain Lynch and Wilson!! Packers 24, Seahawks 20!

  4.   January 17, 2015, 1:13 am

    I say, the Packers will come out ahead and shut those Seahawks fans up!! Green bay 23 Seahawks 19

  5.   January 17, 2015, 12:22 am

    I am worried about Lacy’s knee now though! Not just the asthma, which is a concern for sure! DEFENSE will make a HUGE difference in this game… I’m calling for a pick-6!!

  6.   January 17, 2015, 12:04 am

    Tight game. Packers 20, Seahawks 17.

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