Week 15 Takeaways

untitledThe Packers team that trailed the Cowboys by three scores at halftime in Week 15 were not the slightest bit resembling of the 2010 Super Bowl squad that last took the field at AT&T Stadium in Dallas. However, Mike McCarthy’s Packers exhibited the same ‘can-do’ mentally in the second half of the game, leading to a one-point win over Dallas and keeping playoff hopes alive. Next week’s meeting with the Steelers suddenly becomes relevant and could be an early Christmas present to Packers fans if Aaron Rodgers is able to start.

Positives

Wide Receivers

The receivers did just about all they could to support a hot-and-cold Matt Flynn in his home state. Jarrett Boykin, in particular, had several impressive catches and is expected to remain a key contributor in the passing game once Rodgers returns to the playing field. It will be interesting to see which direction the front office goes if they are forced to choose between Boykin and James Jones at the No.3 wide receiver spot next season.

Eddie Lacy

As has been the case for most of the season, Lacy did a lot with nothing, turning in a 100-yard rushing performance behind a makeshift offensive line. Equally as impressive as Lacy’s day on the ground was his ability to wear down the Dallas defense on screen passes. Big running backs that can catch the ball well aren’t exactly a dime a dozen; the Packers clearly have their best all-around running back since Ahman Green.

Negatives

Matt Flynn

Flynn turned things around in the second half but almost put the Packers in too big a hole in the first half with off-target passes and an interception. While many saw Flynn’s return to Green Bay as potentially permanent, the veteran’s inconsistency down the stretch makes for an interesting decision on backup quarterback during the offseason. At the same time, Flynn knows the system well and may fare better with starters like Randall Cobb and Bryan Bulaga healthy.

Secondary

Tony Romo had this way through the air against a suspect-at-best Green Bay secondary, routinely connecting with Dez Bryant and Jason Witten downfield. It has become clear that changes need to be made at the safety position, which could potentially be Micah Hyde’s move from cornerback to strong safety. The Packers have to like what they have at cornerback once Casey Hayward returns next season but will need to make a decision on the aging Tramon Williams, who was ironically this game’s star.

About Mike Davidsen

Mike Davidsen grew up in the north suburbs of Chicago and graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Finance. Mike has been a Packers season ticket holder all of his life and just recently became a shareholder. Mike joined GPN in May 2010 and specializes in draft analysis.

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