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Week 5 Initial Reactions: Packers 22 Lions 9

  • Ugly game by both teams and the officials.
  • Some really questionable play-calling from McCarthy/Rodgers. A couple of 3rd and shorts which the Packers elected to pass instead of riding Lacy.
  • Lacy ran hard, but at this point is really just a hammer. If he can become a bit more patient in time and stay healthy, he’ll be really good for a while.
  • Jordy Nelson is a stud.
  • Won’t show in the box score, but the Packers offensive line may have played its best game of the season Sunday.
  • I’d like to see the Packers using some of the no huddle looks we saw in the first few weeks of the season. The offense has just had no rhythm the past two weeks.
  • I have a ton of respect for Calvin Johnson and his impact on an offense and I still think Detroit is a wild card contender. But Matthew Stafford owes about half of his $100 million extension to Don Mega.
  • The much maligned Mike Neal showed really well. Nice chess piece for Dom Capers.
  • Welcome back Morgan Burnett!
  • Nick Perry made his second play all year. Expect to see a post this week about Perry’s snaps.
  • On to Baltimore as the Super Bowl champion Ravens will host the Packers next Sunday.

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Week 1 Initial Reactions: San Francisco 34 Green Bay 28

  • Defensive coordinator Dom Capers made his intentions clear with his defensive play-calling: have the pass-rushing OLB play contain with zone coverage behind in the secondary to prevent Colin Kaepernick from gashing all levels of the defense with his scrambling ability. For the most part, the execution was solid. Although Kaepernick threw for over 400 yards, the Packers accomplished their goal of limited his running threat.
  • Unfortunately for the Packers, as well as Clay Matthews played, he remains their best pass-rusher and best quarterback spy.
  • That said, Anquan Boldin and Vernon Davis largely ran free, finding soft-spots the Packers zone time and time again, especially on 3rd down. The Packers did a solid job getting the 49ers into 3rd and medium and 3rd and longs, but were terrible in getting off the field, allowing 9 of 18 conversions.
  • The young safeties, Jerron McMillian and the doctor M.D. Jennings showed why the Packers gave Morgan Burnett what some viewed as a generous extension. Poor angles and blown coverages opened up the deep seam time and time again.
  • Aside from his fumble and a few empty runs early, Eddie Lacy largely played well, especially considering the sub-par blocking of Green Bay’s interior offensive line. Lacy’s impact will become even more apparent against teams with weaker front 7s.
  • Although the guards and center Evan Dietrich-Smith were man-handled time and time again, Tackles David Bakhtiari and Don Barclay more than held their own.
  • Who’s Greg Jennings? Between Finley, Cobb Nelson and Jones, the Packers receiving core may not have the depth of previous seasons, but those guys match up with any top four across the league.
  • Overall, the Packers played well and lost to a better team on the road. These teams will meet again with more at stake than week 1 supremacy.
  • Next week, the Packers will face off with another division favorite: the Washington Redskins in their home opener. Stay tuned to Packer Breakdown for more analysis of Sunday’s game.

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