- Ted Thompson deserves some credit for picking up Howard Green during the week. We knew we’d be without Pickett and we knew we didn’t want Raji to have to play 65 of 68 snaps again (which is what I believe he played last week against the Vikes). Green not only caused a fumble on one play but he (and his masssiveness) helped clog the middle and may have somewhat discouraged the Jets from running more. Nice pick up TT.
- I think the Pack game-planned to throw to Jordy Nelson. Jones was totally absent (except for his big drop) and Driver, was still hurting so he was eventually brought out of the game.
- It was nice to see Anthony Smith come back to the team and make a big play. He was the guy who tackled punter Sean Weatherford on that crazy fake punt. I’m a full supporter of all fake punts/kicks under most circumstances – but what I didn’t realize right away when they called that was that they had to get 18 yards for a first down. Not sure I would have even called that one. Extra risky – or more accurately extra cocky.
- Imagine in the coming weeks if Harris and Bigby can truly return, just how suddenly deep our secondary will be. Peprah deserves to stay in as a starter after yesterday’s game. Adding Anthony Smith was smart. And though he wasn’t dominant, Woodson was a bit better yesterday (should have had another pick…). Tramon was fantastic (forced fumble and a pick) and Collins has been really steady.
- Desmond Bishop led the team with 10 tackles. It’s still too soon for me to launch into an “I told ya so” to Packer Nation re Bishop etc, but the fact is the guy brings it. What I like most is that he has a bit of nastiness – he nailed Shonn Greene and he blew up Cotchery on a late catch by the sidelines. Players see that and though most NFL guys don’t shy away from contact, it does create an element of fear for offensive players that I just don’t think was there before Bishop started. (By the way, it’s the same kind of nasty streak in Clay Matthews that keeps me thinking he has an unbelievable career ahead of him. QBs are just plain afraid of him. That was no more apparent to me than when Sanchez, standing in his own endzone without any pressure on him whatsoever, just threw the ball away. He had plenty of time and I think he just got really worried that Matthews was lurking somewhere.)
- I’ve been somewhat impressed with Hawk lately. I know I usually criticize him, but to be fair, he has been pretty solid lately. Kind of seems like he and Bishop like playing together. I remember one play in particular in which LT seemed to have room to cut through the line – but Bishop was sitting in one gap and Hawk was sitting in the other. LT chose to go at Hawk (probably was afraid of Bishop) and Hawk made a solid tackle. It was a classic holding assignment play by Bishop and a quality tackle by Hawk to stop him.
- Once Pickett returns, this defense will be even better against the run while still being able to call some of the wild packages Capers calls.
- I’ve read several quotes from some of the Pack’s defensive players (over at cbssports.com’s Rapid Reports) that indicate pretty clearly to me that 1) NYJ’s offense was as vanilla as I thought it would be and 2) that Dom Capers prepared the players for what to expect.