Green Bay Packers vs. Miami Dolphins: 2014 Game 6 (Packers 27, Dolphins 24)
As always, this post it what it says it is, unfiltered initial reactions as the game progresses. I always find it entertaining to compare initial impressions from the heat of the moment with more measured thoughts with time to think about it. Everything is up for discussion.
Much has been made of the heat and how it will affect the Packers. Dolphins always wear white at home and make opposing teams wear their dark uniforms.
Dolphins get Knowshon Moreno back this week, as well as Mike Pouncey, who they are starting at right guard rather than center.
How much will Joe Philbin’s familiarity with the Packers’ schemes really help?
Today’s captains will be G T.J. Lang(offense), CB Sam Shields (defense) and LS Brett Goode (special teams).
Inactives for today’s game:
Green Bay Packers
11 WR Jarrett Boykin
16 QB Scott Tolzien
39 CB Demetri Goodson
54 LB Carl Bradford
58 LB Sam Barrington
72 C Garth Gerhart
95 DE Datone Jones
Starting lineup change: #93 Josh Boyd will start in place of #95 Datone Jones at LDE
10 WR Brandon Gibson
30 RB Daniel Thomas
62 DT Deandre Coleman
66 G Shelly Smith
74 T Jason Fox
77 G Billy Turner
89 TE Harold Hoskins
Starting lineup changes: #51 Mike Pouncey will start in place of #66 Shelley Smith at RG. #14 Jarvis Landry will start in place of #10 Brandon Gibson at WR. #53 Jelani Jenkins will start in place of #93 Jason Trusnik at LB. #20 Reshad Jones will start in place of #27 Jimmy Wilson at S.
Dark uniforms: We prefer to wear Green every week. We thank the Miami Dolphins – I’m sure it’s a nice gesture by Joe Philbin (chuckles).
Philbin: Just focused on the game. That’s a better question for reflection after the game.
Heat – rest players more?: We’re hopeful this is what we have been doing all along. This was our plan going into the season. More players, utilize our roster more, especially on defense.
No-huddle in heat: No change, we make no bones about it, we’re going to run our no-huddle. We want to play fast tempo on both sides of the ball. No Huddle is not just about the offense, more about getting the offense and defense playing at the same speed.
Injuries: Bakhtiari looks great. Datone just not quite ready to go.
Miami Offense: Scheme wise, what I see is a Joe Philbin coached football team maturing. Offensive line is totally different from last year. You can see Joe’s fingerprints on that.
Tannehill: I’m impressed. We have to remember, he’s on a new offense and that takes some time. he responded in London agaiast the Raiders.
Running game: Their doing a very good job on 1st and second down. Their running backs have two distinctive running styles. We have to be very aware of that.
Pressure: The strength of their defense is definitely the pass rush.
Packers offense progressing?: Probably the second question you should ask me after the game. (laughs again)
Packers vs. Dolphins- First Impressions – First Half:
Dolphins win the toss and defer. They want the Packers offense on the field first? Interesting.
Davante Adams with two straight catches to start the game.
Rodgers call his own number on third and eight? Unpredictable, exciting and nerve-racking. And it worked!
Newly added Kevin Dorsey does not maintain his outside position on kickoff – big return by Jarvis Landry.
Mason Crosby – best tackling kicker ever?
Dolphins’ front seven not giving an inch to the Packers running game.
Dolphins blitz for the first time and Caneron Wake beats Bulaga with a pure speed move. Sack.
Lattimore with a horrible blocking effort on Packers punt. Result? Blocked punt.
Wait, did I just see a Packers 4-down goal line stand?
Letroy Guion sure proved his worth on that goal line stand…
Lots of Packers fans in Miami. Very audible Kuuuuuuuhn chants as he plows for nine yards on two carries after the Packers took over on their own 3yd line.
Score at end of 1st quarter: GB 7 MIA 3
James Starks with a bone-crushing blitz pickup. Took a big hit but set his feet, maintained good pad level and held his ground against an onrushing linebacker looking to steamroll him.
Cameron Wake blows by Bulaga again. Rodgers lucky to get a shovel pass attempt off to avoid the sack.
CASEY HAYWARD = BALL HAWK
Dolphins doing an excellent job anticipating the snap count. Olivier Vernon gets a huge jump on DBak and sacks Rodgers.
Of course, when you keep snapping the ball with a second left on the clock, which Rodgers has been, that helps the Dolphins.
Also, great video replay by the TV crew suggesting Vernon watched for Rodgers raising and putting his foot down (telegraphing when the snap was coming).
Ha Ha Clinton Dix getting majority of snaps over Micah Hyde. Kid is really coming on strong. Plasters Wallace and knocks the ball out. Great timing, great hit. That’s a real safety, folks.
Packers are now using Derek Sherrod as a blocking tight end to help out with the protection. Rodgers getting hit a lot more than he cares for.
It’s pretty obvious what Dom Capers’ plan is. Make Miami throw the ball. Tannehill throws INT #2, this time to Sam Shields.
Also pretty obvious Miami’s plan was to make Rodgers as uncomfortable as possible in the pocket. It’s working.
Mike Neal chops at Brandon Alberts arm to get free and get a sack. Albert stopped dead and grabbed his left arm. Wonder if it’s a fracture?
Score at end of 1st half: GB 10 MIA 3
Packers vs. Dolphins – First Impressions – Second Half:
I feel like this game calls for some DuJuan Harris quick-hit running plays and a screen or two. Chances of seeing either? Not great.
Jamari Lattimore with a neck injury and won’t return. I’ll bet the Dolphins get their running game going.
Tannehill “Kaepernicks” the Packers, with a 40 yard run. Misdirection = Packers kryptonite
After Dolphins tie it up, McCarthy goes into “We WILL run the ball” mode. No matter what.
Rodgers changing A LOT of plays at the line of scrimmage.
Has got to be pretty demoralizing for a defense when four guys had legitimate chance at a sack on a play and Rodgers avoids them all and throws a TD.
Ruh roh – Shields and Tramon both go out with injuries.
Nick Perry grabbed and spun around by Miami RT on a third and eight completion. No call…
Score at end of 3rd quarter: GB 17 MIA 10
Clay Matthews being victimized by his own aggressiveness. Getting killed by the read option.
Miami rolls downfield on the legs of Lamar Miller and ties the game. Packers defense now dragging.
3rd and eight. Expecting big pass rush and pressure on Rodgers. Screen pass, right? NOT.
Brad Jones misses a tackle behind the LOS and it goes for 21 yards.
Wow. Dolphins go ahead 24-17.
Well, we saw an end around to Cobb. Been waiting all season. Cameron Wake doesn’t fall for it, though.
Packers within four points. Four minutes left. Up to the Packers defense to get a stop after looking bad the last three possessions.
Dolphins show utmost confidence in their defense , running on 3rd and nine and giving the ball back to Green Bay.
Rodgers pulled down way after a throw – no penalty. This officiating crew has called very little today. Both ways. Not a complaint, just an observation.
The Fake Spike play? Holy cow…
It comes down to probably one play. six seconds left, Packers on the Miami 5 yard line.
Final Score: GB 27 MIA 24
Packers defense was starting to resemble the turnover-happy big play D of 2010. And then Lattimore, Shields and WIlliams went out.
I guess Joe Philbin took the screen pass pages of the #Packers playbook with him?
Can’t remember so many plays going off with a second left on the clock. Lots of protection adjustments, play changes., etc. Rodgers cutting it really close multiple times.
Clay Matthews – what the hell is going on?
With Lattimore out Miami found a running game. Cause and effect?
You had to know when the Packers let the Dolphins hang in there in the first half, bad things would happen.
TJ Lang fumble recovery – play of the day?
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.