The Packers defense was not itself on Monday. But something is stirring in Packernation.
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Arizona squeaked a win with their third string quarterback so the Packers need a win just to keep pace. Travelling to Buffalo, the Packers have a chance to prove that they can get it done against a top ten defense on the road. While I think the Packers would win going away even if they had to play in Arizona for a Super Bowl bid, the very best scenario for the Packers here is (obviously) to win out and see the Cardinals drop a game.
Here are three things they need to do to get the job done on Sunday. Continue reading
There has been a lot of negative talk about the defense in the Atlanta game. But here’s a play that needs to be remembered. It reminded me of Nick Collins’ INT return in SB XLV. It wasn’t returned for a touchdown but a lot of good things happened during this play. Of course, the best thing was the interception itself. The Packers had great coverage and Matt Ryan had to hold the ball too long until Nick Perry got free up the middle. Feeling the pressure, Ryan made the decision to force the ball rather than take a sack. The ball went high and downfield on him and Devin Hester had no chance against Morgan Burnett. But an important aspect of a turnover is what is called “transition” the defense becomes the offense and in this case, the Packers transition was exceptional. Continue reading
The offense was spot on during the first half. They made a statement on the first drive of the game letting the defense know they were going to dominate them, And they did for the better part of the game.
Lacy was a beast his style of running is a pleasure to watch, When he doesn’t dance and hits his marks the defenses secondary has to make those business decisions as he say’s and when they do it will usually mean getting their block knocked off. Starks was a big factor this game as well.
Even Kuuuuhhhnn got a few carries that resulted in first downs to keep drives alive so all the running backs were stellar this game.
It was a WIN that’s all
Where to start, Defense, Defense, Defense, this is a game of 60 minutes not 30 or 45, Capers called a good game the first half, Then came out with the we got a big lead mentality so we can play soft in the second half and that type of thinking will lose against a team like Seattle or Philly in the playoffs. Hell it almost lost to the Falcons.
It was very obvious that Shields was not himself this game, While playing ok and hanging tough on some plays he was beat up bad by Jones most of the second half until being benched. When House came in he fared better against Jones and almost had a INT on a play that could have been a easy TD.
Where was the pass rush this game? I for one am still waiting on this Peppers/Matthews domination from the edge that was suppose to happen this year! Daniels was not even a factor this game, Guion and D. Jones played well but not outstanding. I guess as a whole the defense did just enough to squeak out a win. But if they plan on making a run this year they will need to play 60 minutes of GREAT ball instead of 30. With that said I hope Capers can look at this game to realize just how close he came to blowing a 31-7 lead at halftime by his soft coverage and pass rush mentality.
We have a short week and go on the road to Buffalo who are playing very well so we can only hope Capers will get it right by then or the Packers could be in for a long day.
Let us know your thoughts on the game and where you think the team is at going into the last 3 games.
Go Pack Go!
There’s a first for everything, as they say. On Sunday, Mike McCarthy and the Packers look to get the franchise’s first ever victory in Buffalo. In what some consider Green Bay’s most difficult challenge left on the schedule, the Packers will square off against a 7-6 Bills team that must win to keep any realistic playoff hopes alive.
Jim Schwartz may not have had much success against the Packers as Lions head coach but is equipped with a talented set of defensive personnel in Buffalo that is capable of slowing down the Packer offense. The Bills defense ranks 5th versus the pass while leading the league in sacks, led by defensive ends Mario Williams and Jerry Hughes.