Julius Peppers returns to Soldier Field as a Packer this Sunday. Back to the team that released him. Peppers said this week that the last play of the last game of the Bears season was the reason he got released. Peppers was on a beeline for Aaron Rodgers when John Kuhn chipped him just enough to allow Rodgers to escape and loft the ball to Randall Cobb for the win.
I recently re-watched the Packers Bears game from last season and in particular, watched Julius Peppers. Continue reading
Since both losing in the season opener, the Packers and Bears have quickly trended different directions. Green Bay managed to squeak by the Jets at home but then was shut down offensively in Detroit. Meanwhile, the Bears overcame a 17-point deficit on the road to knock off last year’s NFC runner-ups and then pulled out a victory in the Meadowlands on Monday Night Football.
Despite the Packers’ struggles through three weeks, fans and the media alike expect Green Bay to show up on Sunday. The Packer D turned in a strong showing last week and faces heightened expectations as Julius Peppers returns to his former stomping grounds. The Packers will likely look to the emerging Davon House to contain one of Chicago’s big-bodied receivers, Brandon Marshall or Alshon Jeffery. Veteran cornerback, Sam Shields, will get the other of the two while Tramon Williams and Casey Hayward man the slot.
The Packers road loss to Detroit is now in the rear view mirror and it is time to look ahead to the meeting with the Bears. A lot of people in Packernation are panicking over the 1-2 record that the Packers have to take with them to Chicago.
I’m here to say that the Packers will bounce back in this game, square up their record, and get back on track this Sunday versus the Bears. Here are three reasons why: Continue reading
Up until last season, the Packers under Mike McCarthy and Aaron Rodgers treated meetings with the Lions as little more than bye weeks, never having lost to Detroit when Aaron Rodgers played a full game. McCarthy was unable to sustain that type of dominance on Sunday as the Packers found themselves on the wrong side of a 7-19 defensive battle at Ford Field. Arguably more shocking than the loss itself was a total let-down by Rodgers and the Packer offense.
As McCarthy alluded to in his Monday press conference, scheme and opposing personnel were not root causes of the offensive struggles. Instead, the Packers played fundamentally bad football against a very mediocre Lions defense. Routinely lining up against a Detroit defense with two deep, the Packers ground game was given every opportunity to set the tone and chalk up the usual 30-plus points. Instead, the Detroit defensive front had their way and shut down what was thought to be one of the league’s best offenses heading into the season.
Mike McCarthy had little to say after yesterday’s loss to the Lions. More to come later this afternoon but I think he summed the game against the Lions up nicely in two words.
Two words that tell me that this Packers team is not on the verge of collapse, as some in Packernation seem to believe. In the minutes following the game as I stormed around the house angrily “cleaning up”, I thought about those two words myself. It is disappointing when a loaded Packers team doesn’t capitalize, when two words can sum up a game. Continue reading