Tag:Green Bay Packers
Posted on: November 24, 2011 3:28 pm
Edited on: November 24, 2011 3:28 pm

Packers have perfect look

DETROIT -- The Green Bay Packers are going undefeated in the regular season.

I wasn't sure about that, but looking at their schedule and watching them abuse the Detroit Lions Thursday, I am convinced of it.

Those old-time Miami Dolphins might want to sweat some now. Even they have to know. It's going to happen.

The Packers weren't their usual high-flying offensive show for much of the game, but they turned it on in the third quarter, got three interceptions, including one that set up a touchdown at point-blank range, and they left Ford Field with an impressive victory.

The Lions were supposed to be one of those teams that could ruin a chance at perfection.

That's laughable now.

Green Bay could still lose a playoff game or the Super Bowl, but as far as the regular season get ready for them to win them all.

Sixteen and oh is coming.

Get ready for it.

Category: NFL
Posted on: September 25, 2011 7:21 pm

Pack D is back

CHICAGO -- Warning to the rest of the NFL: The Green Bay Packers are starting to look like the version you saw in the playoffs last winter.

The first two weeks of the season saw a Green Bay team that looked lifeless on defense, giving up over 400 yards passing to two quarterbacks in consecutive weeks -- one rookie Cam Newton.

There were questions about the pass rush. There were questions about the secondary.

Nothing like a game against Jay Cutler and the Bears passing game to fix it.

The Packers came into Soldier Field and dominated the Bears on the same field they won their spot in the Super Bowl last January before going on to win the whole thing. The Packers won 27-17, but there was never really a moment when you didn't think they were in control.

The Green Bay offense did its share again, but the defense started showing signs of being the unit that flashed in the playoffs.  They picked off Cutler twice and limited the Bears to almost nothing in the second half.  The Bears couldn't run the ball, getting held to 4 yards.

That meant they forced Cutler to throw it all day -- which he struggled to do.

The return of corner Tramon Williams from injury helped. He missed last week with a shoulder bruise. 

With Aaron Rodgers and that high-powered offense scoring at least 27 in each of their three games, you know that unit is almost a given. Now that the defense is coming alive again, the Packers have that Super look again.

Category: NFL
Posted on: November 23, 2009 5:24 pm
Edited on: November 23, 2009 5:36 pm

Monday Musings

---It's tough enough losing one key starter on defense for the season. But the Green Bay Packers lost two Sunday. The Packers lost corner Al Harris and outside linebacker Aaron Kampman to knee injuries. Both will have surgery and are gone for the season. Harris had played well in adapting to Dom Capers' 3-4 scheme, which featured more zone coverage. Kampman might be the key to the defense, his rush skills a vital part of that unit. Rookie Brad Jones will likely start for Kampman, although Brady Poppinga. Jones started for Kampman against the Cowboys and played well. Tramon Williams will take over for Harris. Jarrett Bush will move up to nickel corner. Capers has a real challenge now with that group of players, but he's always done more with less.

---There was some talk in New England Sunday that the time has come for the Jets to sit down rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez. Why? This is his team for the long run, so that accomplishes nothing. He is playing poorly, but he needs to work through it. Let him learn on the job. The Jets are 4-6 and their playoff hopes are all but dead, so let him play for the future. I'm not a big fan of the play calling of offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer. He needs to work on helping Sanchez more. It didn't help Sanchez that Braylon Edwards ran a soft route that led to an interception. He seemed to be jogging his route. Edwards also dropped a first-down pass.

---I heard more talk Sunday that the overtime rules need to be changed. That drum started getting banged again when the Giants beat Atlanta in overtime without the Falcons touching the ball. Here's an idea: Stop them. The Chiefs stopped the Steelers in overtime and then won it when they got the ball. The overtime system is fine. Don't change it.

---The Chargers released receiver Chris Chambers in part because they thought he slowed down. But Chambers looked good Sunday for the Chiefs with four catches for 119 yards. His 61-yard catch set up the game-winning field goal to beat the Steelers.

---I don't buy Mike Shanahan's interest in the Buffalo job. He'll talk to them, but I hear he doesn't like the quarterback situation. The ideal job for him would be Houston, but he'd be taking over for good friend, Gary Kubiak, and there is no telling if that job comes open. If it does I'm told he'd love to work with Matt Schaub. Shanahan is also eyeing the Cowboys and Redskins. Keep the Bears open as a possibility. Shanahan has two years left on his Denver contract.

---Mike Holmgren to the Seahawks sounds likely. He would take on a Bill Parcells role. But I don't think Holmgren and coach Jim Mora Jr. had a warm and fuzzy relationship when they were together. That will be an interesting situation to watch if Holmgren does take over. But let's not forger that Holmgren wasn't great making personnel decisions when he had that power in Seattle in the past.

----I've been a big proponent of Lions rookie quarterback Matt Stafford. He has it. We saw it Sunday. He threw five touchdown passes to beat the Cleveland Browns, the last coming on the game's final play -- with a separated shoulder. The kid is tough and he understands the passing game. The Lions have a keeper. His 422 yards passing were the most by a rookie in league history.

----Terrell Owens looked to be having fun playing in the Bills loss to the Jaguars. He had nine catches for 197 yards and a 98-yard touchdown catch. Where has he been all season?

---Peyton Manning went over 3,000 yards passing Sunday. That makes 12 consecutive seasons topping that number, which is an NFL record. It's expected now. The Colts have won 19 consecutive games, which is two off the NFL record of 21 set by the New England Patriots.

----The Ravens have had problems covering the pass all season long. Now they will have to do it without starting corner Fabian Washington, who is out with a torn ACL. Lardarius Webb, a rookie third-round pick, will likely take his starting spot. Webb is the corner of the future for the Ravens, but this might be rushing it a bit.

----The Steelers will bring in a quarterback with Charlie Batch out six weeks with a wrist injury and Ben Roethlisberger hurting with a concussion. The Steelers will consider somebody like Cleo Lemon or another veteran. They better hope Roethlisberger can go this week. If not, it's Dennis Dixon making his first start. Wonder if Byron Leftwich wishes he had stayed in Pittsburgh now?

---I love when sideline spats between coaches and players become a big deal. We had one in Dallas Sunday with Dave Campo and cornerback Terence Newman getting into it. The two had to be separated. It's heat of the moment stuff. No big deal. Campo gets feisty on the sidelines, so it's not surprise.


Category: NFL
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