Hidden Gems of the Packers Defense

This offseason, the Packers made a couple valuable changes/additions to the defense that had PackersJulius Peppers 2014 Training Camp fans excited about what this year could bring. The signing of Julius Peppers, drafting of Clinton-Dix, and Micah Hyde’s move to the safety position all indicated that the Packers were no more satisfied with their defense than Packernation.

While it took awhile to come to fruition, and many including myself are still in “wait and see” mode, the Packers defense shows signs that it has turned the corner. This week, some of the things I have been writing about and thinking about were echoed by defensive coordinator Dom Capers. Continue reading

A Delightful Bonus

Well, the Packers big win against the Minnesota Vikings had GPN’s own Jeff Hayes making plans toimages rotate his tires on Sunday. “Hey Jeff…hope ya watched some football!”

Packers fans were treated to a delightful bonus on Sunday, watching the Bears blow a lead to hand their first away loss to the Carolina Panthers AND seeing the Lions find a way to lose (thanks, in large part to Matthew Stafford) to the Kyle-Orton-led Buffalo Bills. If the stars ever aligned like that again, we would have to name the constellation “G-Force Major”. Here are some takeaways from this weekend’s festivities. Continue reading

What We Learned Against the Vikings

UntitledThe Packers picked up where they left off at home with a 42-10 rout of the Vikings, extending CBS’s losing streak on Thursday Night Football. With Minnesota missing starters Teddy Bridgewater, Adrian Peterson and Kyle Rudolph, just about the only obstacle to the Green Bay’s third win of the season was the sloppy weather conditions. And despite some light rain, Aaron Rodgers and company continued to look like the offense that fans raved about during the preseason.

Matched up against a young and athletic Minnesota D-line, the offensive line gave Rodgers all day to find receivers over the middle and downfield. Such continuity was encouraging to see after rough performances by the interior O-line in Detroit and a tough game for David Bakhtiari in Chicago. A common trend for Mike McCarthy’s offenses has been the ‘geling’ that takes place during the first half of the season. This front five appears to have established chemistry with one another, which should make the November return of J.C. Tretter a positive dilemma.

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