4:18 PM EDT, Sun September 22, 2019
Sep 19, 2019
Za’Darius Smith, Packers lead the NFL in pressuring the quarterback

Za’Darius Smith, Packers lead the NFL in pressuring the quarterback

Za’Darius Smith has been the most disruptive pass rusher in the league through two weeks. | Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports Brian Gutekunst made an enormous investment in the pass rush this offseason. Through two weeks, he’s built the best group in the NFL, spearheaded by his biggest (literally and financially) free agent acquisition. When the Green Bay Packers led the league in pressures after one week, confusing and harassing Mitch Trubisky, it could have been dismissed as an aberration. After all, Mike Pettine sewed a chicken suit for Trubisky in Week 1 last year as well. But then...
Sep 17, 2019
Packers find rhythm with play-action game against Vikings with room to improve

Packers find rhythm with play-action game against Vikings with room to improve

Aaron Rodgers all but sealed the game with a play-action throw to Davante Adams late in the fourth quarter. | Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports Green Bay’s offense didn’t look anything like we expected in Week 1, but against the Vikings, Matt LaFleur’s philosophy came through. Now, the Packers must build on early success. “This is who we are.” That was the message the Green Bay Packers sent to the Minnesota Vikings on the first play of Week 2, a marvelously executed play-action deep shot to Davante Adams that sparked an opening-drive touchdown. More than an announcement of...
Sep 15, 2019
Recap: Packers start hot, hold on to beat Vikings 21-16

Recap: Packers start hot, hold on to beat Vikings 21-16

Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports Green Bay jumped out to a 21-0 lead and held on for dear life as the Packers defense once again stepped up against the NFC North rival Vikings. Week 1 can be a liar. Conference contenders can look discombobulated, while future also-rans fly out of the gate with alacrity. Defenses who will soon tarnish will shine and offenses who inevitably fade, glow red hot. As Aaron Rodgers and the offense struggled against the Bears, the call for play-action grew. First play against the Vikings: Rodgers finds Davante Adams for 39 off a run fake. If Week 1 wasn’t a...
Sep 12, 2019
Vikings’ run focus gives Packers chance to test bigger defensive packages

Vikings’ run focus gives Packers chance to test bigger defensive packages

Green Bay dominated the Bears in Week 1, but the Vikings offense could have them playing a different style for Week 2. | Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports Mike Zimmer wants to run the football and play tough defense, about as traditional as you can be in the modern NFL. What will Mike Pettine do to counter? In an offseason where teams, the Green Bay Packers included, sought out the next Sean McVay, the Minnesota Vikings hired 58-year-old Gary Kubiak as an offensive consultant. It’s not just the age that makes Kubiak an anachronism by modern NFL standards. He’s the coach who gave Matt...
Sep 10, 2019
Third-down woes still plague Packers offense despite a healthy QB and new system

Third-down woes still plague Packers offense despite a healthy QB and new system

The Bears sacked Aaron Rodgers four times on third down, furthering a troubling trend from 2018. | USA TODAY Sports Mike McCarthy shouldered considerable blame last season for an inconsistent offense, and rightfully so. But with Aaron Rodgers now healthy and a new HC in charge of the offense, Green Bay’s third-down struggles popped up again against the Bears. Marquez Valdes-Scantling never had a chance. On 3rd-and-2 with 4:23 left in the game, with the Green Bay Packers trailing the Seattle Seahawks 27-24, Mike McCarthy dialed up a pick play using Davante Adams as a decoy, and the...
Sep 9, 2019
Matt LaFleur’s play-action philosophy was missing in Week 1 win, but is likely on its way

Matt LaFleur’s play-action philosophy was missing in Week 1 win, but is likely on its way

Rodgers took five sacks on Thursday and struggled to find a rhythm when dropping back. | USA TODAY Sports We spent the offseason hearing about the play-action offense Matt LaFleur would bring to Green Bay. He must have left it in his suitcase for Week 1. It needs to come out for this Packers offense to grow. Matt LaFleur spent the offseason talking about the play-action game at the core of his offense. He must have left it in the overhead bin on the flight to Chicago because we didn’t see much of it on Thursday night despite the Green Bay Packers prevailing 10-3. Even more startling,...
Sep 5, 2019
Packers defense bears down in 10-3 win over Chicago in Week 1

Packers defense bears down in 10-3 win over Chicago in Week 1

Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/ Brian Gutekunst’s offseason spending spree pays off in Week 1 as the defense controls the game and new additions provide enormous impact. It turns out, Adrian Amos can make plays. For the NFL, Thursday night in Chicago celebrated history: a century in existence, most recently as America’s dominant game. For the Packers, Week 1 heralded the arrival of the future. Matt LaFleur’s takeover in Green Bay serves as an erasure of history, or at least, an attempt to reverse it. Mike McCarthy’s late failures as head coach encompass part of that 100-year history,...
Aug 29, 2019
Packers ride rookies to 27-20 win over Chiefs in preseason finale

Packers ride rookies to 27-20 win over Chiefs in preseason finale

Kingsley Keke was the star for the Packers on Thursday night, wrecking the Kansas City Chiefs offensive line. | Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports With seemingly the entire meaningful roster sitting out, some fringe roster players made their case, two Day 3 rookies shined, and a quarterback battle may have been decided. In other words, a normal final week of exhibition season for the Packers. Heading into Thursday night’s final preseason game, Green Bay Packers head coach Matt LaFleur said he and general manager Brian Gutekunst had a feel for where the roster would be going, but insisted...
Aug 28, 2019
Where is the Packers’ secondary vulnerable and why should they get better?

Where is the Packers’ secondary vulnerable and why should they get better?

The Packers secondary struggles last year, but there are reasons to believe it can be significantly better in 2019. | Wisconsin-USA TODAY NETWORK The Packers struggled to defend core NFL concepts last season thanks to injuries at cornerback, no consistent pass rush, and poor safety play. They’ve addressed those concerns this offseason and could see a big leap in 2019. It’s never just one thing. Kevin King couldn’t stay healthy, Tramon Williams had to play out of position, the safety spot was a sink hole the size of Door County, Josh Jackson developed slowly, and the pass rush...
Aug 26, 2019
Packers’ Matt LaFleur is battling complacency with open competitions for jobs

Packers’ Matt LaFleur is battling complacency with open competitions for jobs

Matt LaFleur wasted no time trying to increase the urgency levels for the Packers. | Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports Every coach says they want competition at every position, but so far the Packers new head coach has lived up to that ethos. Early returns show the benefit of that approach. Matt LaFleur’s first job as head coach had nothing to do with revitalizing Aaron Rodgers, or redesigning a prehistoric offense. The first-year head coach faced a much more difficult task: to uproot complacency root and stem from an organization where it permeated every level of operations. A culture of...
Aug 23, 2019
Packers’ wide receiver room features diverse skill sets as 2019 roster takes shape

Packers’ wide receiver room features diverse skill sets as 2019 roster takes shape

Trevor Davis’ punctuated his breakout preseason with a dominating performance against the Raiders. | Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports Between EQ’s injury, the emergence of Darrius Shepherd, and the breakout performance of Trevor Davis, Green Bay’s receiver group takes shape with complementary skillsets. Once Jordy Nelson lost his fastball, the geometry of the Green Bay Packers’ offense collapsed. Without his ability to threaten teams deep, no one feared playing just one safety in the middle of the field, which in turn crowded the underneath and middle parts of the field where guys...

Is this you?

Claim this page to update