Gregor’s Packer Analysis
Week 13 Recap
In this issue:
The Lions fold again
The Bears lose at home
The Packers beat the Vikings
The Detroit Lions made the playoffs after the 2011 season, but are essentially eliminated from post-season play with a 35-33 loss to the Indianapolis Colts. The Lions had a 33-29 lead with about a minute left, but Andrew Luck moved the Colts down the field, and on 4th down he found Donnie Avery, who had to go most of the 14 yards to the goal line after the catch as time expired. The win moves the Colts into playoff contention at 8-4. The Lions drop to 4-8 and just 2-4 at home. The offense put up 451 net yards and owned a 15 minute advantage in time of possession. They were also plus 2 in turnovers. But the defense gave up 459 net yards and another game north of 30 points allowed. Hard to win games when you can’t stop the other team, even if your offense keeps you in it.
The Chicago Bears gave the Seattle Seahawks just their second road win of the season, 23-17 in overtime. Normally the Bears lose when Jay Cutler is under pressure, but the Seahawks sacked Cutler just once. Their starting corners decided to make it tough on the Bears receivers before serving their suspension. The Bears gained 226 net yards through the air, and 358 total yards, but gave up 283 net passing yards and 459 total yards. Russell Wilson led the Seahawks on a 97 yard drive late in regulation, and an 80 yard TD drive in OT. Chicago’s defense was shredded at home again. Nice.
The Packers gave up a lot of yards on the ground, but not much else in beating the Minnesota Vikings 23-14 Sunday at Lambeau Field. It was somewhat costly as receiver Jordy Nelson left early with a hamstring injury and is expected to miss week 14 against the Lions. Of bigger concern was an ankle injury to left guard now playing right tackle TJ Lang. The injury meant undrafted rookie free agent Don Barclay was playing right tackle for over half the game. But the Packers kept a tight end or running back in to help, and Aaron Rodgers was only sacked twice. It’s unclear when Lang will return.
Other keys to the game: Mason Crosby, who missed badly on his first field goal attempt and kicked a kickoff out of bounds, hit three field goals and buried his other kicks deep in the end zone or out of the end zone.
Christian Ponder looked for running backs and tight ends most of the game. His next favorite receiver was Morgan Burnett. Bad news for the Vikings—Burnett plays for the Packers.
If Jermichael Finley was as interested in doing his job as he was getting up and signaling first down he’d be a Pro Bowl player.
Aaron Rodgers turned 29 on Sunday. He went 27 of 35 for 286 yards, a TD and a pick. He looks like he might still have a few years left in him.
The defense gave up 240 yards rushing, 82 on one play (a TD run by Adrian Peterson), but held Ponder to 12 of 25 for just 119 yards, 2 picks and a TD. Hard to win in the NFL if you can’t throw the ball. With no playmakers other than Peterson, the Vikings will struggle. Getting Percy Harvin back is huge.
The Packers hope to get Clay Matthews and Charles Woodson back in another week or two. Add TJ Lang and Jordy Nelson to the list.