Week 8 Recap

Gregor’s Packer Analysis

Week 8 Recap

Vikings can’t get going
Bears flirting with disaster
Lions get it done at home
Packers—it’s a win

Note: due to travel / vacation there will be no Week 9 Preview or Recap, and this will be a short version

The Vikings got lucky a week earlier against Arizona with no passing game due to help from Adrian Peterson and the defense. This time, the Bucs had no problem racking up yards and points winning 36-17. Christian Ponder had better stats, but not many points. The Vikings are 4-1 at home, 1-2 on the road. This week, it’s off to Seattle. Yikes. It might be time to cue up Tom Petty, because I think the Vikings are about to start “Free Falling”.

The Bears are 6-1, in first place in the NFC North. But they have continued to struggle on offense when Jay Cutler gets pressure. The only loss is to the Packers, who sacked Cutler 7 times. Last week, he was sacked 5 times by the Lions and scored just 13 points. This time, the lowly Panthers got to him 6 times and the Bears had just 210 net yards. They won 23-22, but the offense only scored 16 points, the other touchdown as a pick 6 by Tim Jennings. Teams that can get to Cutler can and should beat the Bears. So far it’s only happened once, but it will happen again. Probably not against the Titans.

The Lions aren’t living up to expectations this season, but did find a way to knock off Seattle 28-24. The Seahawks don’t light up the scoreboard, but the Lions don’t hold many people out of the end zone. They don’t run very well, but did get 84 yards on 22 carries, not bad against a pretty good Seattle run defense. They need to continue to show improvement, because at 3-4 they are behind 5-3 Green Bay and Minnesota, and 6-1 Chicago. Next up: the Jags.

The Packers keep on winning. Nobody said it had to be pretty, which is good. The Jags made it a game before losing 24-15. The Packers can’t run, and Aaron Rodgers struggled to pass. Part of the problem was that go to receivers Greg Jennings and Jordy Nelson weren’t in the lineup. Nelson and Nick Perry should be back against Arizona or after the bye, but key players like Cedric Benson, Jennings and Charles Woodson will be out until around the beginning of December or later. Desmond Bishop is out for the year.

The Packers were flat, the Jags kept it close without Maurice Jones-Drew and with Blaine Gabbart playing with a torn labrum in his non-throwing shoulder (he threw for 303 yards) You can have a mediocre effort against bottom teams and still win. It doesn’t work against good teams. Fortunately, they play a horrible offense next week—Arizona. The Cardinals defense is good, but it does wear down when the offense can’t stay on the field. The Packers should be 6-3 going into the bye.

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