When the Packers drafted linebacker Nick Perry in the first round of the 2012 NFL draft, the team had very high expectations. But often he seemed to vanish in to the background. Whether he was sidelined with an injury or saddled with a bad case of not living up to the hype, Perry has spent a lot of his first four years in Green Bay an afterthought. There were times last season where he looked out-muscled, out-paced, and a little out of shape.
What a difference a year makes.
I thought we were in for a load of garbage from Perry last week when he started off the game with a boneheaded unsportsmanlike penalty for that stupid throat slashing gesture. I mean, really, this is a well known thing not to do. Was he going to let petty emotions rule the day and neutralize his effectiveness on the field?
Luckily, he redeemed himself several times over through the course of the game. The offense may have fizzled in the second half and the secondary may have seemed lost at the same time. But Nick Perry made up for it and more. He made Clay Matthew’s absence less noticeable. He stepped up because that was what needed to happen. He was able to brush off the penalty. At the end of the day, his play on the field helped set the tone for an aggressive defense.
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As we ease into the bye week, it’s time to take a look back at my Bold Predictions series from the past offseason.
Jayrone Elliott will make the Pro Bowl
Everybody is going to pretend I wrote Nick Perry, right? Jayrone has largely been the odd man out, but the pass rush hasn’t missed a beat. Elliott made some excellent special teams plays, but Perry is the guy who will make the Pro Bowl if he continues on his current pace.
The Packers will have a Top 10 Defense
Currently, the Packers defense sits at 13th in yards allowed and 15th in points allowed. They are by far the best defense in the NFL against the run, but have been miserable against the pass. The injury to Sam Shields has been devastating, and his recovery from his concussion will be a major factor in the Packers success this season. Morgan Burnett has not lived up to expectations, and Damarious Randall has not stepped up when forced into the role of the number one Cornerback. Mike Daniels, Clay Matthews, and Nick Perry have been phenomenal, and the entire front seven has been outstanding. The secondary has to improve for the Packers to have any chance of being a factor in the playoffs.
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After placing Aaron in The Wurst last week, Rodgers bounced back with his best performance since a 5 TD rout of the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 3 of 2015. Finishing with a 129.3 QB rating, Rodgers looked like himself. He was making quick, accurate hits with his receivers. Gone were the happy feet. Rodgers was making confident throws in the pocket and extending plays only when he really needed to do so.
First Half Mike McCarthy
Last week, many of the problems that we saw all throughout the 2015 season seemed to return. Rodgers was inaccurate, the offensive timing was off, etc. Major credit needs to be given to McCarthy for developing a game plan that eradicated all of those problems. McCarthy’s offense was focused on getting the ball out quickly, running short slant routes which sliced up the defense while providing a much-needed rhythm for Rodgers and Co. The offense was just efficient, putting up 31 points in the first half of the home-opener.
Perry is finally healthy and playing like a first round selection. Perry absolutely dominated in all aspects of the game against the Lions. He made 6 solo tackles, often coming up and stuffing runs along the edge. He broke through for 2 sacks of Matthew Stafford and even batted down a pass. With Perry playing this well, the Packers didn’t even look like they particularly missed Clay Matthews. Dom Capers is clearly attempting to save Julius Peppers for later in the season, but if Perry keeps playing like this, it will be Peppers relegated to a duty of giving Perry a breather rather than the other way around. Read more... (957 words, 2 images, estimated 3:50 mins reading time)
Facing a Detroit Lions defense that was missing its two best players — and simply not that talented of a unit to begin with — it seemed fair to question if Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers’ offense did not come out of their almost year long slump yesterday, then when would they?
Rodgers put that to rest after one half of football, looking like his old self again by throwing lasers on rhythm on his way to dominating a team in Lambeau Field in the first half. The Packers rolled their way to a 31-point first half behind four touchdown passes by Rodgers behind some critical adjustments by Mike McCarthy and his offensive staff.
McCarthy mixed his personnel, used the middle of the field, ran the ball more often and designed plays to get the ball out in three steps — all of which needed to be improved upon. Losing Jared Cook for a significant period of time could put a damper on two of those things, even though he has not posted good numbers yet, so the Packers should hold their breath there. Trevor Davis and Ty Montgomery may not have posted numbers either with additional playing time, but giving the defense speed to concern itself with opens up things. Davis did draw an important 66-yard pass interference penalty by flying past the defense. Read more... (585 words, estimated 2:20 mins reading time)
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Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers’ offense exploded for four first half touchdowns, and the team held on late to defeat the Detroit Lions 34-27 at Lambeau Field.
After hearing criticism all week about the offensive issues from last week’s loss to the Vikings, the offense came out firing to the tune of 31 first half points. The Packers scored on five of its six possessions in the half, with the only non-scoring drive coming as the half ended.
The Packers, at least for now, were able to silence the critics thanks to a balanced offensive performance. Rodgers threw for 205 yards and four touchdowns on just 15 completions, and posted a quarterback rating of 129.3, his highest since Week 3 of last year.
Green Bay finally got Eddie Lacy more involved, which should remain a part of the game plan moving forward. He rushed 17 times for 103 yards, averaging 6.1 yards per carry and thriving when running up the middle.
After such a dominant first half, the Packers’ opportunities were limited in the second half. Green Bay scored a field goal on its first drive of the third, but only got the ball three more times in the game. Right when the Packers’ offense started to slow down, the Lions’ began to heat up. Read more... (710 words, estimated 2:50 mins reading time)
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Early Bird Breakdown Week 3 – Lions @ Packers
Hello and welcome back to Early Bird Breakdown for week three of the regular season for the Packers. This week is going to be a little different, as I am going to dive also into the Packers’ offensive woes. Before we dive into the matchups, let’s look at last week’s recap.
Last week Green Bay played in Minnesota and were shutdown offensively as the Vikings won 17-14. The Packers offense was held to under 300 total yards and looked miserable, though this has become something of a scary trend dating back to last season, which will be covered down below. Now, on to the breakdown.
Packers’ Offense vs Lions’ Defense:
Let’s first take a step back and realize Green Bay right now is an average offense at best. While this is something that at face value seems laughable, the numbers paint a very stark picture. Last season Green Bay was 23rd in yards per game & 15th in points per game. Now, most people dismissed last season as a fluke due to Nelson’s injury, but looking at this season through the small sample size of two games the Packers are 29th in yards and 18th in points. So what caused the regression from what was widely known as one of the league’s top offenses to this? Multiple things: the Packers’ offense was exposed on film last season versus Denver and the play calling has not adjusted, Aaron Rodgers has lost faith in his receivers and because of that is not throwing as precise, and the lack of a dynamic weapon on offense has caused defenses to cheat in on the Packers’ receiving corps. Read more... (1589 words, estimated 6:21 mins reading time)
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Well here we are. Another week, another Packer game that will no doubt either reaffirm fan’s faith in the team or create so many questions heading into the bye. But this week could be really telling about where the team is headed.
Apologies for missing last week’s edition of 3…2…1…, I got caught up in my new job at the radio station and got back so late that my brain wouldn’t function the way I prefer to write. But I’m fully functioning now, used to the grind of working nights again and ready for another edition of 3…2…1…, this time focusing on the Lions.
For those of you who didn’t read here last year, the 3…2…1… series is a countdown of things the team needs to do to win. I highlight 3 key players (usually not big name guys), 2 bold predictions, and 1 key stat that the Packers need to win. But before I jump into it, let’s take a quick look at last week. Once the regular season starts, I’ll start keeping track week to week to see if I have been effective in predicting the Packers keys.
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- #53 NICK PERRY
- No Clay Matthews means a heavy dose of Perry in all situations. He is off to a great start now that he is heathy to start a season for the first time. Holding the edge very well against the run, he has arguably been the best Packer defender in that aspect, and he has also gotten to the quarterback effectively (1.5 sacks). And he will need to have a game like that Sunday, causing havoc the entire time to help overcome the loss of Matthews.