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Good and bad from Packers 'D'

Posted on: November 6, 2011 7:37 pm
Edited on: November 6, 2011 7:53 pm
So the Green Bay Packers are undefeated, holding off stubborn San Diego.

That's the good news. The bad is that their defense hemmorhages too many points and yards.

Yes, they made key stops on San Diego's last two drives, but the Chargers shouldn't have been in this game. Green Bay let them back in from a 21-point deficit in the fourth quarter, clinching the victory when Philip Rivers threw his third interception of the game in the last minute.

Speaking of Rivers, the poor guy can't get out of his own way. He throws two first-half interceptions, both of which are returned for toouchdowns, then commits a costly intentional grounding penalty on their next-to-last series.

Finally, of course, there's the game-ending interceptions. Credit the Packers' defense for big plays. As I said it was responsible for two touchdowns and a game-saving takeaway at the end, but there's trouble ahead.

They better clean up that pass defense, or somebody is going to catch them.
Category: NFL

Since: Feb 25, 2009
Posted on: November 6, 2011 11:15 pm

Good and bad from Packers 'D'

Yes, the ' D came up with 3 picks, 2 of which went to the house. They've always been opportunistic. Right now, they're missing 3 key players on defense from last year: (no big loss, Bishop has been great), (a much bigger loss than it first appeared to be, IMHO), and (they really could have used him over the top today).

The question is, are those three guys really that important, or has Green Bay been underpeforming on defense this year? Yes, the team is 8-0, but look me in the eye and tell me the D and the O are splitting the glory 50/50. It's been more O than D all year, and the D doesn't seem to be improving.

The Packers will almost certainly go into the playoffs with a bye. However, I'm not so sure they get to the Super Bowl without some improvement on the defense.

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: November 6, 2011 10:34 pm

Good and bad from Packers 'D'


<blockquote class="QuoteMessage"><strong>They've got some tough games and as the weather gets colder it will be interesting to see if the O keeps up the torrid pace.</strong></blockquote

<br />The Packers are an awesome team, no doubt about it.  But there's not a chance in hell they keep scoring this many points, almost nobody ever does.   Eventually they'll need their D to win some games, end of story.  

Since: Nov 21, 2010
Posted on: November 6, 2011 9:58 pm

Good and bad from Packers 'D'

Capers(D Coord) has admitted he doesn't have the personnel on the field to run the best schemes(Pack can't do man to man)

Packer nation is going to have to live with the schemes he can throw out there, and the players need to execute. At least Peprah is getting close to Collin's Positional ability, it is one saving grace(but he'll never be as fast as Collin's) I still think Woodson should the free Safety slot, but peprah can't play corner(not enough speed)

But the Pack figures out a way to win,.... the mark of CHAMPIONS.

Since: Oct 8, 2007
Posted on: November 6, 2011 9:50 pm

Good and bad from Packers 'D'

Try doing your homework next time you make a completely moronic comment, such as "the worst defense in the league." If you had done your homework, you'd know that 26 other teams have given up more TD's than the Packers D. Also, Packers are top 5 in Defensive scoring and #1 in interceptions, and a top 10 rushing D. So, the only ONE DEFENSIVE CATGORY they might be the worst in is passing yards allowed. Last I checked, points for and against wins and loses games, not yards. You just got schooled, Wonderbread. 

Since: Mar 23, 2008
Posted on: November 6, 2011 9:48 pm

Bad Officiating!

There were blown calls all over the plac....the only good thing that can be said is they blew it about the same in favor of GB as SD so it did kind of alance out.

Early on the D ended up with two stragight pick sixes so while they were doing a great job they couldn't get off the field.  It would be nice to see the D dominate but they have a month or two to get that straightened out.  They've got some tough games and as the weather gets colder it will be interesting to see if the O keeps up the torrid pace.

Since: Dec 24, 2007
Posted on: November 6, 2011 9:36 pm

Good and bad from Packers 'D'

I agree I am concerned but not worried.  I think they do relax a bit knowing they have #12.  They gamble......but having said that scoring 2 TD's is hiuge also.  They really need Mike Neal to come back and be a player. 

Since: Oct 8, 2007
Posted on: November 6, 2011 9:34 pm

Good and bad from Packers 'D'

Spot on, that was ridiculous officiating. On the flip side, Chargers DB had complete hold of Finley's arm in 2nd half on key 4th down play and wasn't called! 

Since: Mar 15, 2008
Posted on: November 6, 2011 9:28 pm

Good and bad from Packers 'D'

Three really bad interference calls against Woodson, without those the GB D gives up at least 14 less points. Th officiating is terrible, and on the other side the hold called against McMichael was equally as bad. Can't the officials just let 'em play a little and keep their over-active imaginations from effecting the game?

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: November 6, 2011 9:10 pm

Good and bad from Packers 'D'

They better clean up that pass defense, or somebody is going to catch them.

Well, they would have to face a game that isn't almost completely meaningless because the offense scored every time they got the ball, usually in 2-3 minutes.  That really shines again and again because Don Capers dials in "let them have 10-25 yards" defenses because the lead is so huge by the 3rd quarter almost always.  It sucks as a fan, but it's the truth.  Also tell the referees to call the freaking insane ammounts of face masks and holds on Clay Matthews for once in a game this year.  Really is why Thor's numbers are down so much this year..

Since: Mar 1, 2007
Posted on: November 6, 2011 9:05 pm

Packers Offense makes Their D a bit lazy

  I think the Packers Defense takes a little time off near the end of every game, since Rodgers and the Offense almost always have what looks to be an insurmountable lead by the 3rd or 4th quarter. This has almost bitten them in the azz twice now; Minny and SD.

  The Defensive Coordinator better start telling these guys to play 60 minutes, and better quit calling so conservatively with big leads. Momentum is a bitch, as we saw again tonight, and it has much more power come playoff time. I think the defense needs to play the entire game with the same intensity that they do in the 1st 2 or 3 quarters of each game. Personally, i hate prevent and laid back defense with big leads. If you want to play 2nd stringers because you think the lead is big enough, and they need experience, then put them in and have them play intense ball. Cut out the lazy, end of game crap, especially when it's only late 3rd or early 4th qtr. We would all hate to see the Packers lose after the offense puts up 40+ points, especially if it's because the DC won't call the game as aggressively as he does in the early parts of the game.

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