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Week 10 Initial Reactions: Eagles 27 Packers 13

  • Injuries injuries injuries
  • Seneca Wallace, it was nice knowing you. What’s Matt Flynn’s number again?
  • Anyone who is a Packers and a Badgers fan probably NEVER thought that Scott Tolzien would be starting for the Packers in any real game.
  • That being said, Tolzien played fairly well all things considered. Showed much improved velocity on his throws and the ability to make that 15 yard out.
  • Jarret Boykin is here to stay. The Packers will likely let James Jones walk and feature a top 3 of Nelson, Cobb and Boykin as their top 3 WR. I also wouldn’t be surprised if they used a 2nd round pick on a WR. That group desperately needs an infusion of talent after those three and the Packers struck out with their late picks at the position in 2013.
  • Dom Capers might want to get working that resume of his in order. The offense wasn’t great, but the defense was horrid, especially the back 4. Morgan Burnett is decent but he’s no savior. Tramon Williams is a step slow and M.D. Jennings might be one of the 5 worst starting safeties in the league. Aaron Nagler mentioned on twitter that Dom was playing checkers while Eagles Head Coach Chip Kelly was playing chess. Dom seems to be able to really ramp up the pressure against average and below quarterbacks, but routinely beat by potent offenses.  The defense lost a very winnable game.
  • Packers didn’t seem to be getting the breaks after the DeSean Jackson and Riley Cooper touchdowns, but I didn’t think the Nick Foles forced fumble by Tramon Williams would be overturned.
  • Nice to have Clay back, but he clearly wasn’t himself. Datone Jones played solid, but the Packers are going are going to need someone besides a healthy Clay and Mike Neal for this defense to be better than average.
  • Just cut Marshall Newhouse already.
  • Free Jonathan Franklin. Lacy and to a lesser extent Starks have been great, but neither have game-breaking speed. Franklin got put in the doghouse because of some early fumbles, but this offense is desperate.

P.S.

I profusely apologize for going dark for the better part of 5 weeks. My computer went haywire and I started a new job. Not a great excuse I realize, but I do want to make it up to my few but loyal followers. If there is ANYTHING you would like me to review the tape of in any Packers game this season, whether that’s how good Eddie Lacy has been or what impact Jordy Nelson has made or how effective Datone Jones has been in his limited snaps in the nickel. I realize not having content is basically the nail in the coffin for any blogger, and I would like to make it up to you all. Thanks for reading!

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Week 2 Preview: Washington Redskins

The Packers have their home opener at Lambeau Field against the Washington Redskins. The defending NFC East champions lost to the Philadelphia Eagles last night . But how do they match-up with the Packers?

  • QB Robert Griffin III struggled mightily in the 1st half Monday night both in the box score and with his footwork. He looked like a guy who, well, missed the entire preseason and almost all of training camp. Griffin did improve noticeably throughout the game, but was it because of the Eagle’s defense playing more conservative as the game progressed, Mike and Kyle Shanahan figuring out the Eagles’ looks, or Griffin shaking off some of the rust? It’s probably a combination of the three, but Griffin will undoubtedly provide the Packers defense with another challenge.
  • The Redskins defense played extremely poorly in the first half on on the second half’s first drive, but did hold the Eagles’ offense scoreless over the last 28 minutes. The front 7 isn’t as good as San Francisco, but Philadelphia with rookie Lane Johnson and Jason Peters have one of the best offensive tackle combinations in the game and Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan were in the backfield all night. Tackles Don Barclay and David Bakhtiari will have their hands full once again.
  • Alfred Morris didn’t have his best game, but similar to Griffin, he seemed to get better as the game went on. He isn’t the most physically gifted runner, but his strong frame and exceptional vision still make him a capable back. The Packers did a nice job in lane discipline against SF and will have to do it again to contain the Redskins’ rushing attack. Roy Helu Jr. has also emerged as a solid 3rd down back and on passing downs.
  • The Redskins don’t have a physically-imposing Vernon Davis in their passing game, but Pierre Garcon is one of the most underrated WR in the league. The depth of the Redskins receiving core is also fairly deep. There isn’t a requisite 2nd weapon, but Josh Morgan,  Leonard Hankerson, Aldrick Robinson and Fred Davis are all competent options for Griffin. Also keep an eye on rookie TE Jordan Reed out of Florida.
  • The Eagles used read-option and pistol looks with Michael Vick and LeSean McCoy to open up throwing lanes for Vick, but the Eagles were able to routinely get DeSean Jackson, Brent Celek and Jason Avant in space. The Packers receivers are significantly more talented than the Eagles’, so if Brandon Meriweather is again out this Sunday look for the Packers to exploit the Redskins inexperienced safeties like rookie Baccari Rambo time and time again.

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