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The bye week has come and gone and it’s time to start looking ahead to the coming game against our division rivals the Lions. In this episode of Q5 we recap the brief pre-bye season, give out our summary Ring and Finger, and overview the remaining schedule.
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McCarthy admitted the play calling in the Bengals game shifted because of the loss of Finley for the majority of the game. Just how crucial was it that the Packers lost their starting TE for most of the game? Answer the poll below. Continue reading
During the Bengals first drive of the day on Sunday, Tramon Williams missed tackling Sanu on the sidelines and allowed him to race up the sidelines for 32 before M.D. Jennings pushed him out of bounds. While Tramon should have made that tackle, the replay tells a bit of a different story about the play. Continue reading
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The Packers suffered a disappointing loss to the Bengals in Cincinnati yesterday. Who gets the Ring and who gets the Finger? What were the key stats from the game? Find out in this episode of Q5 on GreenBay Packer Nation.com.
One year after the infamous ‘Fail Mary’ debacle in Seattle, the Packers experience similar pain in a road loss to the Bengals. Aaron Rodgers turned in one of his worst stat lines since becoming Green Bay’s starting quarterback in 2008. The bye week comes at a convenient time as the Packers played the final minutes of Sunday’s game without a healthy running back on the roster. Concerning is the fact that the Packers just can’t seem to put opponents away, even with the 16-point lead they had in Cincinnati.
Turnovers Forced on Defense
Typically a unit that doesn’t force many fumbles, the Packers defense generated three against a normally-discipline Cincinnati offense. Sam Shields added an interception in the process of shutting down A.J. Green for three of the four quarters. Through three regular season games Brad Jones just might be the defense’s MVP – the fifth-year linebacker has been instrumental in the run defense’s success and has made Desmond Bishop’s absence considerably less noticeable.
One week after suffering a sloppy yet hard-fought loss to San Francisco, the Packers delivered the exact type of performance necessary to keep pace in a tough NFC North division. Aaron Rodgers tied a franchise record for passing yardage and could have easily added more. While this win may have more about Washington’s shoddy play than dominance from Green Bay’s end, the Packers carry momentum into a difficult Week 3 meeting in Cincinnati.
Defensive Front Seven
Dom Capers dialed up pressure at precisely the right time against the Washington offense, forcing rushed throws and one interception from Robert Griffin. Inside linebacker Brad Jones was especially instrumental in the defense’s success, helping shut down the run in the first half. Down linemen like Johnny Jolly have done an excellent job swatting passes down at the line of scrimmage.
For several seasons now, Dom Capers has been under fire. Packer fans everywhere are calling for his head on a silver platter. I think that’s an over reaction. Here’s why…
Though they were underdogs in just about everyone’s mind, Packers will come off the Week 1 loss to San Francisco with a bitter taste in their mouths, now having dropped three straight to the Niners. Down several key players on defense, Green Bay was unable to come away with in a win in shootout fashion. The odds of pulling off a road victory against last year’s NFC champs grew slim after two first half turnovers.
The defensive line had their way against a very solid San Franicsco O-Line with regards to the run. Frank Gore was held to under 50 yards on the ground as B.J. Raji and Johnny Jolly shut down everything in between the tackles. Just as impressive was the containment of Colin Kaepernick on the ground, which was the Packers’ Achilles heel in their playoff loss to San Francisco last season.
The backup quarterback circus in Green Bay has stolen the media’s attention just days before the regular season kicks off. In all likelihood, this conversation won’t be nearly as relevant during the season as some of the decisions made at linebacker and wide receiver. The Packers have left themselves particularly thin at offensive line and safety but are padded with depth on the defensive front seven, where a number of unlikely names stuck.
Defensive linemen Johnny Jolly and Josh Boyd faced uphill battles in cracking the final 53-man roster but ultimately prevailed, thanks to strong training camps and promising showings during the preseason. Likewise, James Starks beat the odds in the backfield, where the Packers were loaded with talent in July but only ended up retaining three halfbacks. Camp Cindellera Tyrone Walker fell shy of a roster spot, disappointing some that favored the rookie receiver over return specialist Jeremy Ross.
Not even one week into the regular season, the injury bug has bitten the Packers, already down two starters for the entire season. Depth has traditionally been a staple to Ted Thompson’s rosters but is nowhere to be found at safety, wide receiver and offensive line this year. Without several household names – Greg Jennings, Desmond Bishop and Charles Woodson – Green Bay will need young guns like Randall Cobb and Morgan Burnett to step up this fall.
The Packers face four 2012 playoff teams in the first five games of the season, three of which are on the road. That doesn’t bode well for Mike McCarthy’s teams which, with the exception of 2007 and 2011, have posted very marginal first halves of the season. McCarthy has, however, found a way to win when it counts and likely will this season as well. What’s in store for a Packers team that owns the league’s best quarterback but shows no sign of improvement on defense?