Week 5 Takeaways

Posted by  Mike Davidsen   in  ,      2 years ago     189 Views     2 Comments  

FireFan: Download the app, use the code GetTheRing, Join the PackerNation league

imagesFor a second straight week, the Packers defense bailed out abnormally pedestrian play on the offensive side of the ball – this time at home against a hot St. Louis Rams team. Mediocre play on special teams and seven penalties committed were other problem areas in the Packers’ 24-10 victory over Jeff Fisher’s Rams.

While the Rams’ strengths on the defensive line were acknowledged heading into the contest, the Packers’ offensive woes this week are seemingly more puzzling than the week prior. Not having thrown an interception at home since 2012, Aaron Rodgers threw two picks on Sunday, in addition to several passes that were batted down and one delay of game penalty. Meanwhile, halfback Eddie Lacy was held to just 27 yards on 13 carries.

Most Dangerous Substance on Earth - Packer Offense

One cannot expect Rodgers and the offense to light it up week over week, so a couple of down performances must be expected. Perhaps the most concerning aspect of this dreary offensive production is Rodgers’s continual struggle to find open receivers downfield. Though clearly a product of Jordy Nelson’s absence, the Packers’ other receivers must find a way to get separation from defenders and take pressure off of Rodgers and the offensive line.

There were few bad things to say about the performance of Dom Capers’s defense on Sunday. A 55-yard run by Todd Gurley in the third quarter padded the rookie’s stat line and masked an otherwise outstanding performance by the Packers run defense. Truth be told, Gurley was generally ineffective in giving the Rams offense the spark it needed to keep pace with the Packers. Credit the Packers front seven for shutting down St. Louis’s best weapon early and sustaining that type of play deep into the game.

Arguably more vital to the Packers’ defensive success were the four interceptions made on Nick Foles. With pressure constantly coming from Green Bay’s linebackers, Foles was forced to make a number of throws that he usually does not. Additionally, cornerback Sam Shields continued to play at a high level with little safety help, not allowing a single reception to Kenny Britt on Sunday.

The Packers have a chance to enter the bye week undefeated, getting the Chargers at home on a short week. The coaching staff will be hopeful for the returns of T.J. Lang and Nick Perry – both of whom were injured on Sunday – as well as safety Morgan Burnett and wide receiver Davante Adams. The start of this season has begun to feel like that of the 2011 season – except for the fact that it’s been the Packers defense that has been notching the wins.


Jeffery Hayes

Jeffery Hayes is a contributor to www.greenbaypackernation.com. Jeff was born and raised in Kenosha Wisconsin Currently resides in Brooklyn Wisconsin. Been a Packer fan since the 70's


  1.   January 18, 2016, 12:32 pm

    Tough year but it did on a great season ending game despite the loss. My one question that will haunt me all off season is what happened to the team after the first loss to Denver? After that game they were not a team anymore . Arguments on the sidelines, throwing I-pads, and total confusion. Then at Washington it all changed. Why?
    Anyway I’m Green and Gold forever! Next year we will return to greatness

  2.   January 18, 2016, 11:33 am

    I agree that they did better than they probably should have with the receiving core they had and that they needed the speed of Janes but his hands and routes will cost us too many interceptions in key moments. Even in his biggest play of his career in Arizona (yes I was there in person so did not get to see all the replays) he managed to drop it and get lucky to have a second chance before it hit the ground. Nelson and Montgomery should be ahead of him on the depth chart as should Abredaris (sp?)….my concerns were why Cobb can’t get open without Nelson and Janis in general!! If we could trade Janes and get something for him I would do it in a heartbeat….by the time you look at a WR depth chart where is Janes in your mind?

    •   January 18, 2016, 12:11 pm

      Jones probably won’t be re-signed so you go with your list, in that order, minus Jones.

  3.   January 18, 2016, 11:32 am

    If Sam Shields catches that ball for an INT, we win the game…..

    •   January 18, 2016, 7:51 pm

      Yes, for me that was the biggest frustration of this game. His two drops cost us 10 points. To take that a step further, on the AZ tipped pass for a touchdown, Randall and Heyward were blanketing their receivers. Shields was so far off Michael Floyd that he wasn’t even in the TV shot when Floyd caught it. Had he been covering like the rest of his defensive backfield, there wouldn’t be a catch off the tip. My biggest rant: Big contract money and failure in the big moment from our veteran defensive back.

    •   January 18, 2016, 12:09 pm

      He dropped two that resulted in 10 points for the Cards.

  4.   January 18, 2016, 10:55 am

    Couple of things. I think Mathews might have a valid point. In golf s “sudden death” playoff goes until someone actually wins, in basketball they play until someone wins, hockey the same. Why only in football does a team not get a chance to play? Nest, I think the Coach is maybe a little conservative in his decisions. OK that is it. Have a great off year.

    •   January 18, 2016, 6:29 pm

      Ya agree they should have to play the whole over time so each team gets a chance to win the rule suck and they need to change that rule at least it would be fair to all teams.

  5.   January 18, 2016, 10:36 am

    So, yes, we had many injuries – Jordy, Sam B., Andrew Q., Morgan B, Sam Shields, Ty M., DaVante A., each O-Lineman, Eddie’s rib, and likely a few that don’t come immediately to mind.
    Yes, big names. But, every team has injuries, and those we relied on (when they were healthy) didn’t deliver at a level we needed.
    I think when we talk injuries as a driver of our shorter-than-desired playoff run, or in regard to the season in total, we have to talk about execution, or lack thereof, by those that did play when healthy. Drops, sacks, missed tackles, dropped INT’s, fumbles, missed blocks and many a penalty. Keep these in mind for next year too, please – as we may have been “hurt” more by poor execution than by injuries. That said, we played better than expected vs. AZ, so yes, there is a lot of optimism for next year, provided we execute. That’s on both the players and the coaches, so all involved have something to work on and build on.

  6.   January 18, 2016, 9:55 am

    Well said on all points. The Pack will be back on top next season of that I have NO DOUBT!!!

Leave a Reply

You can use these tags:   <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>