This sounds like the performance and game plan I was expecting last week. Heavy on running backs. Defense remains disciplined (mainly) and attack grows slowly in the game. Some bugs for sure but definitely a more coherent presentation. What is the main difference in your opinion?
Definitely focus on running backs. They touched the ball in 37 of 66 plays. I thought Jones in particular showed what makes him a special player. His foot is so quick and cunning that he always finds extra yards. When he’s in the flow of the game, his dash seems to come half a step early and makes stopping him more difficult.
Kenton from Rochester, Minnesota
I loved the way Aaron Rodgers spread the ball in a pass game: three four-player receptions, two three-player receptions, and one one-player reception. That should keep opposing defenses guessing, right?
It’s more a necessity than a desire, but if the running defenders can continue to produce in a way that demands defensive attention, chances must be for the many contributors to the passing game.
Fabulous! Looks like we didn’t do anything wrong during the second quarter. We played superbly integrated football, scored a set and showed a fierce defence. How do we go about that against Tampa Bay next week?
I don’t know, Margo (sorry, I couldn’t resist). Honestly, though, no one with the secret to that would ever lose a football match. It is difficult to control an opponent in this league, and on Sunday we saw matches that saw periods of dominance in both directions. When the momentum changed last night, the Packers responded on either side of the ball with a goal-line racket and a 55-yard shot to Sammy Watkins. In the long run, those moments will mean more than the second quarter, because prolonged dominance is so rare.
I thought Christian Watson’s two jets were huge. Sure, they didn’t pursue big gains, but they put forth many other options for the offense. It’s going to be fun once he’s involved in the scrolling game, but for now I like that threat outside of the sprinting game.
I always feel like jet-setting things help keep the defense honest.
Congratulations to the pack on winning and this is the most important thing. However, some holes presented themselves during the game. We made mistakes in attack as well as defending, bad range. What do you think is the hottest go to Tampa Bay? Make sure you turn on defense or don’t you make those mistakes in attack? I lean towards the running defense because the Bucs seem to lean towards the Fournette.
A failed delivery and sudden timing of the gun are easy fixes. These are themselves pure. Admittedly, the Bucs will test the Packers’ running defense, perhaps with more than just a Fournette. Maybe the movie will look different, but it didn’t feel as though the beams got punched in big holes as much as it was missing a tackle.
Nathan from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The defense had a mid-game stretch allowing only 10 total yards over 13 games, sandwiched between a few long runs. What apparently happened to flip the switch on and off (and possibly work again with the goal line off)?
The bears did themselves no favors by getting away from running early. In this stretch you are referring to, the packets got sacks in the first, tenth, second and third. These are not weaknesses, I am turning the attack into the fields. Even when they successfully ran the ball, the fields were still not at all effective as a passer – 7 of 11 for 70 yards (30 in one game)? Weft. That wouldn’t cut it in the NFL. Numbers like this make the 180-yard sprint practically meaningless.