The Green Bay Packers invade Charlotte NC, today to take on the Carolina Panthers and record-setting rookie QB Cam Newton. The Packers are certainly hoping for a more comfortable win than last week’s game against the Saints.
The Panthers were 2-14 last season, but have spent 144 million on seven players in an attempt to keep a young core together, ala Green Bay. They already looked like an improved team last week, with Cam Newton a huge improvement over Jimmy Clausen.
The Packers’ defense, however, will be looking to bounce back and show the NFl last’s weeks points surrendered were more attributable to the Saints’ high-powered offense than the packers’ defense not playing well.
Inactive for the Packers tonight are:
DB Tramon Williams, DE Mike Neal, LB Frank Zombo, CB Davon House, LB Vic So’oto, T Derek Sherrod, RB Alex Green.
I’m very pleased that Tramon Williams is being held out if he’s not 100%. He is way too important to the Packers for them to risk aggravating the injury further.
With Williams out, M.D. Jennings makes the first game-day roster appearance of his career. With Williams out, Shields starts and Bush plays at nickel. Since Bush is also a backup safety, Williams comes on in case emergency safety help is needed.
The Packers go with seven active offensive linemen again, with Marshall Newhouse and Evan Dietrich-Smith the only reserves. With Clifton’s knee aching a bit more this week, Packers continue to roll the dice with inexperienced backups and only two of them.
Noon start time: The players prefer it and so do I.
Cool temperatures: Exactly the type of weather we’ve been preparing in.
Tramon: It was close – smart for us to be cautious – he’ll be ready for Chicago.
Cam Newton: You have to be impressed – very talented young man – he’s a winner. I was impressed with the speed that he played with, which is usually a big hurdle for rookie QBs to overcome. And, he throws an excellent ball. A great athlete.
Steve Smith: He’s been such a big play receiver thorough the years. one of the best at going up to get the ball.
Panthers running game: Williams and Stewart: They compliment each other very well. i really like their offensive line – we have to stop the run and try to make them one-dimensional.
Early Scoring: We want to get into an uptempo game right away. Very pleased with how we played on offense last week.
Packers vs. Panthers – First Impressions – First Half:
Packers Win the toss, but defer – McCarthy immediately looking to give the defense a chance to regain their swagger.
And, of course, the exact opposite happens. Panthers use a series of play action and roll outs to give Newton time, and he marches his team down the field.
Culminates in a TD where you see your classic Jarrett Bush man coverage… Never sees the ball.
Randall Cobb – Trying to hit the hole hard to make something happen, can’t avoid his own blocker. Need to keep that ball tucked in, Randall.
Did Dom Capers take the week off? Packers defense looking very confused…
Matthews spying Newton on 3rd down, Newton takes off with the ball, but Newton avoids his tackle in the open field, gains the first down.
More than anything, I’m surprised by HOW open Panthers pass catchers have been. Have to be blown coverages all over the field
I predicted last week, the Packers would beat the Saints by the D firming up and forcing some field goals. never would have imagined that scenario for this game.
Panthers D covering receivers very tightly. Contesting every catch…
Hopefully Capers has had some time during this Packers scoring drive to correct mistakes and rally the troops…
Brad Jones in at ROLB for Walden. Panthers run right at him on the first play, Doesn’t give an inch and play is blown up. Nice work.
Been keeping an eye out for Ryan Taylor on specials. Can see why he’s in on every unit…
I continue to be amazed how well Bush plays with the ball in front of him and how poorly with the ball over his head.
Beginning to think spying Newton with a LB is just not going to cut it. He’s too elusive…
McCarthy surprises me by going for it on fourth and four. Didn’t have a problem with it, but I didn’t like the resulting play. Throw a short high-percentage pass in that situation.
Panthers DBs are doing a hell of a job covering the Packers wide receivers. A hell of a job.
Never thought I’d be happy to only be down six going into halftime against the Carolina Panthers.
Was just saying to myself, with how tight the Panthers DBs are playing, why haven’t the #Packers taken a shot down the field?
Packers set that up nicely, coming out and running the ball to start the half, and then boom, play-action bomb.
Finley non-TD. Finley took four steps and hit the ground with his arm before his arm-carrying ball hit the ground and then the ball popped out. If that is not a TD, then it’s easily the most asinine rule I’ve ever seen.
Woodson back to his old opportunistic self today; two INTs and a fumble recovery so far.
Starks breaks a run to the second level, nice move and it’s a 40 yard gain.
Fantastic recovery by Bulaga saves a big hit on Rodgers. He was soundly beat but used the right angle to get back to the rusher just as he was about to hit Rodgers.
Was that Nelson’s first “target?” If it ends that way, does Nelson get the Jones treatment in the locker room?
Hardy hits Rodgers just after the throw. And if that is roughing the passer, that is also asinine…
I can see why McCarthy talked up the Carolina O-Line in his pre-game interview. They have successfully kept the Packers off of Cam Newton.
Nick Collins wheeled off on a stretcher – is able to wave to fans.. I was thinking it’s just a stinger. Hope I’m right.
Packers once again can not gain a first down on a late, fourth quarter possession to use up the clock. Same script… Groundhog Day…
And Groundhog Day does in fact repeat; the defense is left to make a huge fourth down stop in the red zone. How long can they keep this up?
The nightmare matchup of CM3 against the Panthers’ rookie UDFA RT did not materialize. Packers had Matthews taking some snaps at ROLB late in 4th quarter.
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.