Green Bay Packers vs. Detroit Lions: 2013 Game 4
Unfiltered game day blog post of comments, observations and first impressions.
The Packers have have had two weeks to stew and get sick of answering questions about play-calling, injuries, MM-AR relationship and more. They can take the field today and make all of that go away by playing like the better team.
Some great injury news. Morgan Burnett and Clay Matthews are in, Calvin Johnson is out!
Today’s captains for the Packers: – WR James Jones (offense), DL Ryan Pickett (defense) and LS Brett Goode (special teams).
Inactives for today:
Green Bay Packers
29 CB Casey Hayward
44 RB James Starks
51 LB Nate Palmer
64 G/C Greg Van Roten
86 TE Brandon Bostick
93 DE Josh Boyd
98 DE C.J. Wilson
13 WR Nate Burleson
17 QB Kellen Moore
25 RB Mikel Leshoure
36 CB Jonte Green
64 G Leroy Harris
66 T LaAdrian Waddle
81 WR Calvin Johnson
Bye Week: Pretty much everybody that went into the bye week injured came back, with exception of Casey Hayward. Our best week of practice.
Work during Bye Week: because of the rules, there isn’t much you can do with the players, so for them, it’s more a chance to go back home, spend time with family, etc. Gives us as a chance on the coaching staff to get ahead of the curve,
Burnett: Every unit has a key communicator. Morgan is the guy to make sure the front end is tied to the back end. Safety position is like playing QB in a multi-scheme defense like ours.
Calvin Johnson: Big loss. He’someone you’re aware of in every formation. Thought they were doing a great job of playing him out of the slot position.
Reggie Bush: He’s a play maker running and catching the football. Perimeter screens, middle screens, they’re doing a great job with him. Stafford and Bush really compliment each other.
Stafford: Look at his numbers. People tend to overlook him a little. Schematically, he challenges defenses as much as anybody. Very well coached.
Detroit DL: Another area very well coached, by Gunther Cunningham. They’ve done a good job drafting. The drafted players definitely fit the scheme. The talent level of the defensive line is extraordinary. Big part of how we gameplanned this week. We need to be more balanced . Important for us to play Packer offense because we can play with anybody.
Packers vs. Lions – First Impressions – First Half:
Packers win the toss and defer.
I want to see the Packers defense put some hits on the often fragile Reggie Bush today.
Cobb back to receive the Lions’ punt. Thought we might see Hyde handle punt returns.
Suh flagged for tripping – if there’s any dirty or under-handed action you can commit on a football field, Suh will have no problem finding his way to it.
Randall Cobb with the “circus” one-handed catch. Ball was a little high as Rodgers had to hurry the throw under pressure from a blitz stunt.
Penalty on the GB kickoff because of an illegal formation when MD Jennings came in to hold the ball for Mathsay. Mr. Slocum, coaches are not supposed to be learning the rules during the game.
This is a game where I’m definitely going to go back and key in on he Packers’ OL. it’s a war down there…
Packers seem determined to make Lions DL think run first. Keep them off Rodgers…
McCarthy aggressive early, going for it on 4th and four on the Detroit 40.
Cobb drops a 3rd down pass that was a bit short. I blame Cobb – I think he rounded off his route on that one…
Score at end of 1st quarter: GB 3 Det 0
52 yard field goal. The difference with Crosby so far this season, his kicks are STRAIGHT. No slice, no hook. Let’s hope he can keep it up.
Packers must have seen something on film. Looks like they’ve got some punt block plans brewing…
uh-oh Johnathan Franklin. Had fumble issues earlier in his UCLA career. cleared it up as a senior.
When in doubt, throw it to Jordy. He’ll bring it down.
Lions all over the bubble screens and quick outs. Something is obviously tipping them off.. You might want to adjust, Mike…
I can’t help but think of all the abuse @KrisLBurke took for writing last week how the #Packers offense was predictable. Vindication.
I’m left to wonder if any team has been worse in 3rd and really long than the #Packers in the last 5 years. Stats people?
If Durham could catch, the Packers would probably be losing right now.
Score at end of 1st half: GB 6 Det 3
Packers vs. Lions – First Impressions – Second Half:
The Lions’ DBs tackling has been really, really good today. Not much YAC for the Packers
Saw Brad Jones come up limping late in the first half. Now he’s out with… say it with me… A HAMSTRING!
Randall Cobb sneaks in to the Packers backfield and rips off a 67 yard run.
Another third and one and the Packers try to pass – get nothing again.
Football can be simple. Send two receivers to each side of the safety. Cobb draws the safety inside, Jones all alone down the sideline.
Randall Cobb screwed up Jones’ Lambeau leap. Then tried to push him up. LOL
Jamari Lattimore in for Francios, who was in for Jones. Packers down to 3rd string IL.
Score at end of 3rd quarter: GB 16 Det 3
Rodgers smartly slides on a scramble to stay in bounds instead of running out. Eating up the clock…
Years from now, people will describe those toes in bounds, sideline catches as “doing a Jordy”
Amazing what a little competition did for Mason Crosby. Five for Five today.
It was over three yrs ago when I first wrote that the Packers were making a mistake by coddling Crosby and just handing him the job.
The changes AJ Hawk made in his off-season conditioning have REALLY paid off. Might be playing his best football.
It sure looks like Nick Perry is a lot more comfortable as a pass rusher on the right side.
Calvin Johnson or not, I think the Packers exposed the #Lions as pretenders today. We (including myself) can stop over-rating them now.
Final Score: GB 22 Det 9
Jersey Al Bracco is the founder and editor of AllGreenBayPackers.com, and the co-founder of Packers Talk Radio Network. He can be heard as one of the Co-Hosts on Cheesehead Radio and is the Green Bay Packers Draft Analyst for Drafttek.com.