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Scouting the Opponent- Green Bay Packers

Well I've got a little bit of time now so I thought each week I'd take a look at who we've got coming up.

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At least we'll be at home so we won't have to see this... Photo via cdn.bleacherreport.net

This week we have the 2-2* Green Bay Packers. I use an astrisk on their record since they should have been 3-1 and they got a win taken away by the scabrefs. This team is a Super Bowl contender, and I won't sugarcoat this... it could get very ugly by the end of the game. But if our offense can stay on the field I think we have a chance. On to the break down

Offense

This is Green Bay's bread and butter. You stop their offense you stop them. But, that's the problem. If you blitz them you won't usually get to Aaron Rodgers because of his mobility and his ability to find open recievers. If you sit back and drop 7 or 8, Rodgers will pick you apart as a pocket passer.

Aaron Rodgers

I think he's the league's top QB right now. As they say "he can make every throw", he's got enough speed to get out of any trouble that his offensive line causes, he can throw across his body and on the run. He's not exhibited a weakness in his game and has proven 23 NFL teams VERY wrong in their 2005 Draft selections. Stopping him means containing him. And containing him is very difficult. The Seahawks have proven you can get to him, but Seattle's proving to have one of the better defenses in the league. What we can hope for is failure around him. Like...

Cedric Benson

I've lived in the Chicago area my entire life. My girlfriend lives in Dayton, which only gets Cincy sports news. I've been surrounded by CedBen his entire career. He's a very average running back who can put the ball on the ground. In Cincinnati he put the ball on the turf once every 3 games. He's played in 4 games and spit the ball out once so far so he's due for another one. The Colts D needs to get him to give up the ball once. That would go a long way to us winning. If he has more than 50 yards rushing the Colts won't win.

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Jordy Nelson, Greg Jennings, Randall Cobb, James Jones, and apparently Donald Driver

These are the Green Bay wideouts. It's a talented group, especially when Jennings is healthy, but he probably isn't going to play though so we won't worry about him.

Nelson is easily Rodgers' favorite target getting 31 looks through the first 4 weeks. He's caught 21 balls and dropped 3 easily catchable balls. He is prone to letting the ball slip through his hands. If Rodgers goes to him up the middle and misses a bit high I hope a DB is there to grab the ball because that's how Rodgers' INTs happen. Missed a bit to Nelson, ball slips through hands, ballhawk does what he does. Bethea are you listening?

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Jones is the #2 WR and has been the redzone target getting 3 TDs of 14, 12, and 10 yards in length. (Fun fact, Aaron Rodgers doesn't have the longest TD pass of the year for the Packers, that belongs to Punter Tim Masthay, a 27 yarder to Tom Crabtree). He's been targeted 23 times and has 16 catches. He's a solid possession receiver who won't let Rodgers down too often. Whoops. Got that one wrong.

Randall Cobb is their Punt Return/Kick Returner/Slot receiver who is pretty fast. There's a reason he was a late second rounder. He's a good player. Don't let him get behind you or else it's over.

Donald Driver is still in the league somehow. He's 37. If he beats you, you're a bad team. Please don't let him beat us.

Jermichael Finley

Whooo boy is this guy a talent. He's also a headache. He dropped 11 passes last year. He's already got 3 drops this year. Drops, drops, drops, drops, drops. Outside of the first game he's had 4 catches on 5 targets each game. 19 total catches in 26 targets is better than his norm, but I don't believe he's as elite as they say he is until he holds on the ball.

The O-Line

This group is bad. Rodgers has been sacked 16 times and he's running for his life constantly. Yes the 49ers, Bears and Seahawks all have good defenses, but this line is bad. Marshall Newhouse is worse than a turnstile (57 total pressures on 576 plays last year), T.J. Lang and Josh Sitton are probably the best of the bunch but they are still below average guards, Bryan Bulaga is horribly over rated and Mathis will prove it this Sunday, and Jeff Saturday is 37 now and is struggling to move like he once did. If it wasn't for Rodgers ability to escape a rush, this offense would be stagnant. They don't commit penalties though, so they've got that going for them.

Defense

They play a 3-4. No, they play a Dom Capers 3-4, which is slightly different from the Baltimore 3-4 (what we're installing which is basically a 3-3 with a roving stand up/hand to the ground LB) or the Pittsburgh or New England 3-4 (I don't know if that counts as a 3-4 when they have 1 guys with his hand on the ground and another 6 who could blitz around the the line of scrimmage). This is a more conventional 3-4 and it's one reason why Peyton didn't have as much trouble against the Capers led Texans. They'll bring pressure from both OLB, and expect the 4 DBs and 2 ILB to cover the field. It's very vulnerable in the seems, which is why Dallas, Reggie and Marvin had good games against the Texans and why Fleener, Allen and Donnie will be key to us winning.

If we can keep B.J. Raji from getting a hand on Brown, prevent a backside tackle from Clay Matthews and get an O-Lineman on to the second level to take care of A.J. Hawk, we can also have success running the ball. The problem with that is you need 2 guys to handle Raji and Mathews and now you've left Ryan Pickett, C.J. Wilson or Hawk open to make the play.

The secondary is very susceptible to big plays if you can keep Matthews out of your backfield. Again. Matthews should see a TE chip and Tackle all game. Easier said than done. In my opinion Tramon Williams is the best DB on the team (That's right Charles Woodson. Stick that in your Defensive POY awards and enjoy it). He's a true ballhawk and can go up and get the ball. Reggie will see him all game. On the other side you'll have the ageless offensive lineman Will Shields. Oh, Sam Shields? Oh yeah, that's right. Well either way this is the guy you throw on. Avery will see him most of the time, unless they play a lot of nickel which means you'll see Woodson coming down out of the safety spot and try to cover someone (or blitz, more likely blitz) and the still interception-less M.D. Jennings (if he's able to play and Golden Tate doesn't catch him) play safety. Davon House hasn't played a game yet, but if he does he can improve this secondary. The Packers are high on him but his injury history isn't helping his status with the coaching staff.

The key to our offense is being able to eat up clock (which we haven't done well at all this year), convert third downs to keep Rodgers off the field, and don't let Clay Matthews eat your lunch. Clay Matthews can go to Shapiro's after the game if he wants to pick up a sack. Who am I kidding? Clay is going to punish our offensive line.

Other players to look for:

John Kuhn is their grindy fullback. He is good for at least one 3rd and 1 or 4th and 1conversion. He has that innate ability to fall forward for a 2 yard gain no matter where he's hit. He also gives an excuse for 60 thousand white people to yell "KUUUUUUUUHN" on a Sunday. I'm pretty sure its unacceptable for them to yell it when Jennings or Finley catch a ball though.

Mentioned above, Tom Crabtree has a lot of tattoos. He's also white. This Green Bay team is very white. It's how Green Bay prefers their football players. But Crabtree isn't very notable outside of the tattoos and the fake FG touchdown he has.

D.J. Smith and Nick Perry are very good young linebackers who seem to be built specially for a Dom Capers defense. Perry can get to the QB when singled up with a TE or RB and D.J. Smith is basically a younger, faster, better version of Pat Angerer. I don't know how Green Bay does it.

This Green Bay team is 2-2, should be 3-1 with the loss coming to San Fran. They made the Bears look all kinds of bad, the Seahawks big secondary gave them fits, and the Saints were able to stay on the field enough to keep Rodgers and the offense limited to 24 points. What do I think the Colts do? Hopefully they can keep this close but my gut is telling me something in the range of 31-10 is going to happen. We don't have the secondary to hold down their receivers, we don't have the Offensive Line to hold down the pass rush and this is a Super Bowl contender going against the team that had the #1 overall pick last year for more than one reason.

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