Packers Stock Report: NFC North Champions Edition
Watching the Packers this season can be very frustrating. You have shoddy pass blocking, dropped passes, a horrible kicker, failure to put teams away, shaky run defense, all kinds of injuries, odd playcalling and Fail Mary.
Yet here the Packers are, NFC North champs for the second season in a row.
It really is amazing what Mike McCarthy and Aaron Rodgers have been able to do with this team. They’ve adjusted the offense once it became apparent that they weren’t the juggernaut from a season ago. They’ve also overcome all kinds of injuries.
Yes, watching this team can be maddening. But this is a group we can be proud of.
On to the stock report:
The Packers best pass rusher returned, sacked Jay Cutler twice and made several other plays on run defense. In other words, it was a typical day for Matthews against the Bears. More importantly, Matthews busted out a Ravishing Rick Rude sack dance. Seriously, it was amazing. For those of you who don’t know who Ravishing Rick Rude is, click here. I hope Matthews wears pants with a picture of his own face on the rear-end next week. Turn the music off!
Defensive coordinators must just start screaming “FIND COBB!!! FIND COBB!!!” whenever Aaron Rodgers breaks the pocket. Cobb dropped an early touchdown pass (well, the throw was a little off, but Cobb will probably tell you he should have caught it), but made up for it throughout the rest of the game. Needs to get a little more zip on those punt throwback tosses, though.
It’s good to see the big guy getting stronger as the season wears on. Raji was very good against the Lions and was strong early against the Bears. It looked like the Bears were going to have no problem moving the ball on the ground at the start of Sunday’s game, then Raji woke up and put a stop to that.
Somebody got to Shields in the offseason and convinced him that he had to be more physical. I would like to buy this person a beer. Shields missed a tackle on Matt Forte early, but when the ball was in the air in pass coverage, Shields fought hard. He also overcame another bogus call against him and managed to get Alshon Jeffrey flagged for offensive pass interference a few times. There were times last season where physical contact made Shields coil up into the fetal position. Not the case any more.
Jones has been rocking the sleeveless turtleneck look all season. He’s been quiet lately, so he added sleeves to the turtleneck against the Bears. The result? Three touchdowns. Will he keep the sleeves the rest of the way?
Another interception, another bullet point on Hayward’s defensive rookie-of-the-year resume. That’s now six picks and 19 passes defended for the second-round pick. Hayward got posterized by Brandon Marshall on the big wide receiver’s touchdown run, but like several of his teammates, he made up for his error later in the game.
I don’t even know what to write any more…….
Mike McCarthy’s Brain in the Fourth Quarter
A throwback on a punt return when you’re up by 11? You’re better than that, Mike. And I’m not even going to mention your continued “confidence” in Crosby.
Wah! Wah! Wah! Wah!