Green Bay Packers vs. Cincinnati Bengals: 2013 Game 3
Unfiltered game day blog post of comments, observations and first impressions.
For the second straight week, the Packers are facing an opponent coming off a Monday Night game. Always an advantage to some degree.
Two Bengals cornerbacks are out today, though neither are major contributors. Still, Aaron Rodgers is presently wiping the saliva off his chin… Pacman Jones, are you ready?
Today’s captains for the Packers: - WR Jordy Nelson (offense), CB Sam Shields (defense) and TE Ryan Taylor(special teams).
Inactives for today:
Green Bay Packers
24 CB Jarrett Bush
27 RB Eddie Lacy
29 CB Casey Hayward
30 FB John Kuhn
42 S Morgan Burnett
65 G Lane Taylor
93 DE Josh Boyd
43 M.D. Jennings & 22 Jerron McMillian will start at safety for the Packers. 44 James Starks will start at RB for 27 Eddie Lacy. In place of 30 John Kuhn, either 89 James Jones is expected to start as a 3rd WR or 81 Andrew Quarless is expected to start as a 2nd TE.
21 CB Brandon Ghee
27 CB Dre Kirkpatrick
33 RB Rex Burkhead
67 G Mike Pollak
73 T Anthony Collins
88 WR Ryan Whalen
99 DE Margus Hunt
Tough stretch: Definitley. You’re going to find out what kind of team you have early on.
Progress in week 2: Main thing was the start of the game, how we came out and played from the first snap.
Starks as starter: James has played good football for us in the past. He’s been fighting through the competition at running back and has done well.
Lacy/Kuhn: Both will not be available today.
Diff. protection schemes on 3rd down: Well, we’re going to play with John Starks and Johnathan Franklin.
Bengals: Very good at creating matchups they like. Frankly what they try to do is stress the middle of your pass defense and create the opportunities for AJ Green outside.
Improvement on defense: Absolutely. Washington didn’t convert a third down until the third quarter. Pass defense when you HAVE to stop them, that’s something we have to do a better job of.
Trenches: Very talented on both sides of the ball upfront. They go 7-8 deep on the defensive line. Offensive line are big. They’ve gone more to pattern schemes.