PackCap: “We Have a Defense.” Hell Yes, The Packers Do.
This is brand new from SnoTapWI this year. I wanted to recap games as I do for our other sports – Marquette and Wisconsin basketball, Bucks, Brewers, Badgers football. It makes sense to have a ‘cap’ for this one as well. Let me introduce PackCap.
A friend of mine texted a group chat very early this morning, ‘is the Packers defense really this good or was the Bears offense bad?’ That question will be all over local radio and social media leading up into Week 2 against the Minnesota Vikings. Regardless of what you think, Packers defense lived up to the hype they had around them all offseason. The free-agent signings – Preston Smith, Adrian Amos, and Z’Darius Smith all had their moments in the game. They impacted the game so much. We knew Mike Pettine had the ability to coach defense, and maybe, he didn’t have the guys around him to be successful last year.
Player of the Game: Adrian Amos – I said yesterday how the safety battle would be a big deal between the franchises online. The fact that Amos came down with the interception to seal the game is fucking perfect. Bears fans called him out for having ‘spatula hands’, and the only thing I saw was a guy playing centerfield to pick the ball off. Amos told reporters after the game that he knew the pass was coming that way from practice and seeing Mitchell Trubisky throw the ball.
Honorable Mention: J.K. Scott – People need to make sure they’re putting respect on J.K. Scott’s name when they’re talking about the game today with their friends. Scott was magnificent out there last night. He had so many booming punts for the Packers that helped flip the field. After Green Bay had a poor three-and-out late in the game, Scott launched the punt of the night pinning Chicago back and giving Tarik Cohen the inability to return the kick.
One Thing I Liked: The constant pass rush – It seems like Green Bay always found a way to the quarterback. Their defense found a way to Trubisky many times with Z’Darius Smith leading the charge. We saw a sack from Blake Martinez, a safety blitz, stunts, all sorts of stuff out there. Green Bay found a way to frustrate the young Bears quarterback.
One Thing I Didn’t Like: Offense needs to work out some kinks – Yes, this offense is not where it needs to be but I would not be concerned just yet. Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams showed some flashes of life in the run game. Aaron Rodgers missed a couple of throws, but I felt like overall he played pretty well. Jimmy Graham is a factor this season which is big news for all involved. Nothing from Geronimo Allison last night but I’m not worried about that.
Next up: Things do not get easier as Green Bay sees Minnesota in Week 2. Packers will try to go 2-0 to start the year. Vikings will play Atlanta in Week 1 at home. Kirk Cousins lit up the Packers in those two games last season. I have a feeling it will not be the same this time around.