As every NFL head coach will tell you, it is difficult to win on the road when committing mistakes in all three phases of the game. And despite a number of dropped passes by the wide receiver corps and a bonehead play by John Kuhn on a blocked punt, the Packers managed to pull out a win over the defending Super Bowl champs. Most impressive was the defense’s ability to play three quarters of lights-out football in Clay Matthews’s absence.
Lacy was the primary provider of offensive rhythm on a day in which James Jones and Randall Cobb both left the game early with injuries. The blocking in front of Lacy was less than impressive for the Packers, a trend that has managed to continue since the beginning of the season. And still, the running game has quickly become a bright spot for the offense as a whole, helping bail out an abnormally shaking passing attack.
The final score of the Packers’ Week 5 meeting with Detroit suggested that they turned in the exact type of rebound performance needed after their bitter loss to Cincinnati two weeks ago. In reality, Green Bay’s victory was sloppy and error-filled, as a sleepy Packers team took advantage of Calvin Johnson’s absence and keyed in on the electric Reggie Bush. At the same time, nine points allowed by the defense and 449 yards worth of offense is impressive regardless of the opponent.
A normally-sluggish pass rush was able to drop Matthew Stafford four times on Sunday, despite allowing 262 yards through the air. Two of those sacks came from Nick Perry, who had been arguably the quietest starter on the defensive side of the ball since the start of the regular season. And while Perry’s stat line stood out, it was fellow outside linebacker Mike Neal who had his nose around the ball all day.
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While the Packers could have made a bigger statement in their win against the Lions, they’ve put one in the win column in their first division game. Who gets the Ring, who gets the Finger, and who’s next up. Check out this episode of Q5 podcast on GreenBay Packer Nation.
To put it nicely, Mike McCarthy has flat-out owned NFC North opponents since taking over as Packers Head Coach in 2006. The offensive guru has only lost to the Lions once (a 7-3 loss in Detroit that saw Aaron Rodgers go down in the first half) and has won six straight against the Bears. In a highly competitive NFC North division, the Packers need that trend to continue in 2013, starting on Sunday as the division-leading Lions come to town.
This year, the Packers don’t have the luxury of a ‘gimme opponent’, which tends to exist in most divisions around the league – the Browns, Raiders and Cardinals being classic examples. The Lions have traditionally played that role in the NFC North but have clearly rebounded from their four-win season a year ago, now sitting atop the NFC North. The Packers get the Lions at home two weeks after suffering a mistake-heavy loss to the Bengals on the road.
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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
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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.