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Defense Delivers Season-Defining Win

Posted October 31st, 2010 @ 09:10pm

On a blustery Halloween afternoon in the shadows of the Big Apple, it's fitting that defense ruled the day. Green Bay's patchwork unit held up against the run, forced three big turnovers and posted the team's first road shutout since...well since Don Majkowski was under center for the Pack. Combine that with some boneheaded coaching moves by the equally blustery Rex Ryan and the Pack had a 9-0 win over the Jets.

Halfway through the season the Packers find themselves in first place in the North. 11 players on injured reserve, including five starters, yet the Pack with this win re-establish themselves as NFC contenders with one more home game before a much needed bye.

Let's start with Ryan. Trying a fake punt on 4th and 18 from his own 20 in the first quarter? Are you kidding me? Yes, they came within one yard and a Packer challenge of converting, but it turned into the only points of the first half and it was the first of Ryan's mistakes. He challenged a fumble call that shouldn't have been challenged and it cost him late, when Charles was credited with a pick that would have been overturned had Ryan had any challenges left.

Offensively, the Pack lost Donald Driver early and then saw Andrew Quarless injure a shoulder. Neither would be a factor. Jennings and Nelson shined in the passing game, while James Jones will see his drop in his sleep tonight--a catch that would have changed the game dramatically.

A game ball goes to Tim Masthay, who had by far his best game as a Packer, consistently pinning the Jets deep. On a windy day, he delivered a performance that will ensure the Packers won't bring in any possible replacements during bye week.

But this game belonged to the Packers defense. Raji, Jenkins, Bishop, Hawk, Matthews, Williams, Woodson, Collins, a man they stepped up and kept a team averaging 27 points from scoring a point--on their home field.

Shutting out the Jets will define the identity of this team. With the injuries to Grant and Finley, it's clear this offense will not be as dynamic as we had hoped, but the defense is acquiring a swagger. A swagger that the rest of the league will take notice of.

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on May 18th, 2012 at 06:52pm

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on May 20th, 2012 at 05:50am

I still can't believe that win actually happened yesterday. Positives: Great special teams, nice "bend but not break" defense (they did give up like 350 yards of offense so let's not get TOO crazy). Negatives: dropped passes and A Rodge looking uncomfortable and confused. It is time for the critics to face the music-Ted Thompson has the Packers WELL under the cap, with a deep and young team that has weathered MAJOR injuries. Go Pack!

on November 1st, 2010 at 01:10pm

no better feeling than packer victory and lisourten to the viking fans cry two weeks in a row

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on November 1st, 2010 at 08:01am

Great Win on the road against the best defense we will face this year !! Now some observation....first the defense: (1)- the big Gilbert Brown type guy..Greene who was picked up fromn the Jets waiver wire was solid in the middle against the run. (2)- Since being rummored to be traded for Marshawn Lynch AJ Hawk has played his best games as a Packer (3) - The best defensive player this year after Matthews is Truman Williams...he is having a Pro Bowl year. (4) - This may have been the first game since Willie Wood and Herb Atterly were in the defensive backfield that no pass interference was called on a Packer. (5)- Peprah had a solid game.....but we still need Harris and Bigby. (6)- The punting was terrific (7)- Penalities did not hurt Now offensive observations: (1) - No turnovers and costly penalities were important (2)- Rodgers really misses Finley as no TE has stepped up (3)- With Finley out and Driver injured Jordy Nelson must step up in the second half of the season. (4)- Lack of speed at running back could haunt ....even thou Jackson has not made mistakes he is not quick to the hole and watching Kuhn carry the ball is neat if you like Lacrosse scrums. Is this kid Stack at all ready off injured reserve?... he did have 2000 yards rushing 2 years ago in college. (5) The OL is improving...Buluga is coming at RT and is the future LT when Clifton retires. not overlook the Cowboys as Kitna has played better against the Pack than Romo.

on November 1st, 2010 at 09:24am

What was the word on Harris and Bigby? Why didn't they play?

on November 1st, 2010 at 09:33am

What a game!! Can't say enough about the D!! I think every defensive starter we had made a big play. Cap it off with another Favre injury/loss, what a day for the cheeseheads. Key stat: the vikes and the cowboys combined have less wins than the oakland raiders. And the rams. GO PACK GO

on October 31st, 2010 at 08:36pm

OMG!!! What a GREAT WIN!!! Game ball goes to Dom Capers - Defensive Coordinator and the rest of the defense

on October 31st, 2010 at 10:31pm

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