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Packers D joins offense in Monday night rout

Posted on: November 14, 2011 11:48 pm
 
Posted by Will Brinson



Not breaking news: Aaron Rodgers is pretty awesome. Also not breaking: the Green Bay Packers are really good. They showed as much on Monday night by breaking out the whupping stick against the Vikings and beating Minnesota 45-7 at Lambeau to improve to 9-0 on the season.

Rodgers was nearly perfect (again) Monday, completing 23 of 30 passes for 250 yards and four touchdowns. The raw accumulation of his stats doesn't really tell the story, though, because Rodgers was out of the game with 10 minutes left, and backup Matt Flynn actually was perfect, going 2/2 for 38 yards a touchdown.

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The Packers defense is the bigger story though, because they were markedly improved from previous weeks -- defensive coordinator Dom Capers got aggressive after Christian Ponder, as Clay Matthews nearly matched his season total with a pair of sacks on the Vikings rookie quarterback.

Green Bay didn't allow a single point from Minnesota in the first half and Capers unit also limited Adrian Peterson to just 51 yards on 14 carries, although in fairness to Peterson's game, there wasn't really ever a chance for Minnesota to get their offense going, after Randall Cobb took a punt return 80 yards for a touchdown following Minnesota's three-and-out to start the game.

The only points the Packers did allow were a touchdown from Peterson that occurred only after Cobb muffed a punt in the third quarter, giving Minnesota the ball on Green Bay's 14-yard line.

Obviously the Vikings aren't the NFL's most elite offense, but as we've seen with other would-be teams around the league, it's possible to trip up against lesser opponents.

The Packers didn't flinch once, and judging by their decision to keep running passing plays out of the shotgun, inside Minnesota's red zone, while up 30-plus points, their only concern is winning every single game the rest of the season.

If the defense progresses like it did on Sunday over the next few games, that's a distinct possibility, because there's no reason to think the offense is going to slow down at any point.

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Since: Jul 27, 2010
Posted on: November 15, 2011 11:21 am
 

Packers D joins offense in Monday night rout

Doesn't matter who it was against, the D played their best game of the season and it wasn't because of a number of TOs. They stopped the best RB in the league, they got to the QB, they confused the offense and got their playmakers to make plays! No matter how bad a team may be overall, the Vikes have AP and the ability to go for 200 against any defense. For GB who has been giving up 400 yards and 25+ pts, this was a HUGE game and a very welcome site for GB fans. I remember what the last few weeks of last season were like...being excited for the offense AND the defense...

Fact is, they don't need to be the #1 D in the league to win...they just need to improve from the first half of the season and last night was a huge step forward in every facet of the defense. 


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Since: Nov 15, 2011
Posted on: November 15, 2011 10:49 am
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Since: Jan 11, 2011
Posted on: November 15, 2011 8:11 am
 

Packers D joins offense in Monday night rout


Where was the flex scheduling to avoid this bore?
You said it. Total blowout. Saints-Falcons was a much better game. Or Giants-49ers. Even Arizona and Philly was at least close.
Rules don't allow for flex scheduling of Monday night (or Thursday and Saturday for that matter) games.



Since: Aug 25, 2011
Posted on: November 15, 2011 12:56 am
 

Packers D joins offense in Monday night rout

I actually believe the Pac-D is just in a lull for the offense handles every game whether they show up or not. The defense makes plays when they have to which is nothing new for have seen this many times through the years with great offensive teams. Only time will tell if that can carry them deep into the playoffs Should be interesting to see.



Since: Feb 25, 2009
Posted on: November 15, 2011 12:37 am
 

Packers D joins offense in Monday night rout

...yup they were greatly improved against the juggernaut Ponder led offense and whupped up on their nemisis 2-6 Purple Peolpe Eaters lol...
They let Minnesota put 27 points on them last time, so this actually is an improvement. Green Bay has been terrible in pass defense this year (ironically, they lead the league in INTs), and they haven't been getting to the QB. It doesn't matter that the Vikings are 2-6; he wasn't saying they were great, just better.

Where was the flex scheduling to avoid this bore?
You said it. Total blowout. Saints-Falcons was a much better game. Or Giants-49ers. Even Arizona and Philly was at least close.



Since: Aug 25, 2011
Posted on: November 15, 2011 12:13 am
 

Packers D joins offense in Monday night rout

"The Packers defense is the bigger story though, because they were markedly improved from previous weeks"...yup they were greatly improved against the juggernaut Ponder led offense and whupped up on their nemisis 2-6 Purple Peolpe Eaters lol...Where was the flex scheduling to avoid this bore?


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