Packers XLV

Defense Rises, Rodgers Roars and Packers Roll

Posted September 21st, 2015 @ 04:09am

Two weeks into the 2015 NFL season, the Packers have a three game lead on the Seahawks. How's that sound. It sounds like this year's rendition has reversed the trend of slow starts we've seen the last couple of seasons. If the Pack wants to stay at home in January, this is the kind of start they needed.

The ten point win over the Seahawks showed us a lot. The offensive line controlled the line of scrimmage. And defensively, they aced their primary assignment: containing Marshawn Lynch, who was held to 41 yards on 15 carries. Yes, Russell Wilson scampered for 78 on the night, but we'll take that trade any day of the week. Nate Palmer handled the inside linebacker spot and proved to be strong in coverage. And Micah Hyde was solid on the back end, making play after play.

Things got ominous shortly after the Pack opened with an 80 yard TD drive. Eddie Lacy and Davante Adams were carted off with ankle injuries. Adams returned, but Lacy was done. X-rays were negative, so he dodged a major injury, but there's no word on how long he'll be out. James Starks was solid in relief (his fumble didn't prove costly, as the defense forced a punt) and proved he's one of the league's top backups.

We've come to expect near perfection from Rodgers at Lambeau and we got it once again, despite the injuries to Lacy and Adams. The offense stalled for a few drives in the middle of the game, but the Pack got creative with tempo and started moving Randall Cobb around and things starting clicking just in time. Richard Rodgers' TD catch was a great play, working his way open in the end zone. And his two point conversion catch was even better, hanging on despite the pass interference. Rodgers will be a big time red zone target for this team all season.

We can thank Jayrone Elliott for allowing us to R-E-L-A-X for the final five minutes. His interception was a thing of beauty, though coughing it up nearly caused us all to cough up our dinner. But the Pack got the ball back, tacked on a field goal and the lead was 10. Then Elliott served up the dagger with the punch out fumble to end the game. The kid is going to be a factor for this defense.

The Packers just passed a big time early semester exam. The defense responded to an opening week 'C' with a solid 'B+,' doing much better on third downs (holding the 'Hawks to 3-9) and containing Lynch for four quarters. Special teams has also been solid--I was worried that rookie returner Tyler Lockett might turn the field once or twice, but the Pack was up to the challenge.

With three of the next four at home, the Packers have a chance to make an early season statement. The defense will need to continue to grow, especially since the offense is getting more banged up by the week. We haven't sniffed 2-0 for a while. Smells nice.

 

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Comments (9):

on September 21st, 2015 at 02:00am

on September 21st, 2015 at 02:00am

Great win... no Lacy...no Adams... improved tackling and a healthy Rodgers to keep plays alive= 2-0. Two game lead on Da Bears and kitties and the Queens beating an overrated Stafford, I like our chances for a 5th straight North title. Kudos to the crowd and the back-ups for an unbelievable effort. And...As Always, GO Pack!!!!

on September 21st, 2015 at 02:10am

sorry OSSG, that is why we call him the Voice. they didn't stop Wilson like I wanted on those keeps, but did ahell of a job on Lynch, thye did get better, hopefully it gets better each week, how about colllinsworth??? he says 2 times, I can't believe Rodgers and the offense can't get going. NO< Jordy, lacey, bulaga , and adamn"s is playing on 1 leg, what the hell is wrong with these announcers? 10 minutes later he did say that finally, producer must have told him,. 12 ia amazing, so glad we have him, GOD wanted us to win Gotta luve him,

on September 21st, 2015 at 06:31pm

Great Show - I woke up to listen live and thought of calling in to keep Bill off the lines. :-) Great game- my friends and I text throughout- I did get interesting, but we made a statement and I believe we can all feel good about our start this year. Go Pack! John PS- I'm going to the 49ers and Oakland games. Hoping not to get beaten like the Vikings fan, but I WILL WEAR MY PACKERS GEAR! If anyone is making those trips let me know and I will invite you to our tailgate.

on September 21st, 2015 at 10:08pm

on September 21st, 2015 at 10:35am

Last night's game was a perfect example of the point I was trying to get across regarding this defense. It will never be a fully consistent shut-down defense, considering the rules are so tilted in favor of offensive output, that a game like last night's will probably be the best you'll ever see out of them...or reasonably close to it. It will take time for them to get it together, but this game is a good example of what they are capable of. A few of you complained the defense was no improvement over last year's squad? HOGWASH!!! Last night I saw a rookie DB playing great pass defense and a young LB with a pick and a fumble recovery, as well as the rest of the unit shutting down the feared "beast". Keep in mind...these are the defending, hated, NFC champs from last season. What does everyone want...FULL CONSISTENCY?!? C'mon, man!!! Give Capers and the defense their due credit. Oh, BTW, nice job in crunch time to put it away.

on September 21st, 2015 at 11:10am

Voice...nice comments but you miss the big picture. As I have said from the beginning of this season the Pack's main identity is not our defense. We must win most games with Rodger's being mainly perfect....which he was against the Hawks. The defense is not improved over last year and the only way the defense can help out is with turnovers to stop long drives. Look at the Claymaker pick against the Bears and the two ket Hawk turnovers after drives by the Hawks. And that is certainly fine if we can get it from the defense every game. Take Rodgers away from our offense and the defense does not win games. That is my main point. Lets hope the defense gets improved but offensive big point production wins our games. I do not blame Capers...he is the longest tenured d- coordinator in the NFL. He has to make the game plan with the guy's TT gets him. In my mind Perry and Jones as number 1's have been busts and HA HA has been a solid contributor. We will see how the young DB's pan out. As always...a point of view is just one persons perception of a situation. As long as we win that is reality. GO PACK GO !!

on September 21st, 2015 at 12:10pm

OSSG, I love ya buddy, but we'll just have to agree to disagree on this. You see an unimproved unit, I see an improving unit. Let's just leave it at that. :-)

on September 21st, 2015 at 12:38pm

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