NFC North

Green Bay Packers: With a Suddenly Thin Running Back Corps, Packers Will Look to go Green in the Following Weeks

on October 15 2012 10:54 PM

The Green Bay Packers of Sunday Night Football looked more like the Packers of 2011, albeit with a better defense, in their 42-24 victory over the Houston Texans in what many were calling a must-win game for the Pack. But that must won game had unfortuante developments, with the Packers losing inside linebacker DJ Smith and another running back in Brandon Saine, and the Packers have already lost Cedric Benson.

Now, the Packers will be relying upon second-year running back Alex Green, who is coming off of an ACL injury in his rookie season coming out of Hawaii. Green got the nod over third-year man James Starks, who has missed time with a turf toe injury and is in need of more game-time action to get up to speed.

Green Bay Packers: With a Suddenly Thin Running Back Corps, Packers Will Look to go Green in the Following Weeks

on October 15 2012 10:54 PM

The Green Bay Packers of Sunday Night Football looked more like the Packers of 2011, albeit with a better defense, in their 42-24 victory over the Houston Texans in what many were calling a must-win game for the Pack. But that must won game had unfortuante developments, with the Packers losing inside linebacker DJ Smith and another running back in Brandon Saine, and the Packers have already lost Cedric Benson.

Now, the Packers will be relying upon second-year running back Alex Green, who is coming off of an ACL injury in his rookie season coming out of Hawaii. Green got the nod over third-year man James Starks, who has missed time with a turf toe injury and is in need of more game-time action to get up to speed.

Chicago Bears: 3 Key Areas to Improve During Bye Week

on October 15 2012 10:17 AM
Chicago Bears: 3 Key Areas to Improve During Bye Week

Coming off a string of blowout wins and sitting atop the NFC North, the Chicago Bears have had plenty of reasons for enthusiasm during their bye week. Of course, no team is perfect, and Lovie Smith’s squad definitely has some things it can work on during the extra practice time.

These three facets of Chicago’s game have the most room for improvement in the run-up to next Monday’s showdown with division rival Detroit:

1. Protect Jay Cutler

Chicago isn’t allowing as many sacks as it did a season ago, but that’s hardly a high bar to set. Jay Cutler is still being dropped nearly three times per game, and any improvement in that stat will go directly into improving the Bears’ iffy passing yardage numbers (223 per game, 22nd in the league).

Cutting down on the hits Cutler takes will only be part of the story if Chicago improves its offensive line play. False-start penalties (especially by gun-shy left tackle J’Marcus Webb) have hamstrung many a Chicago drive this season, and better pass blocking will be the first step toward removing that roadblock.

2. Get the secondary receivers involved in the offense

Green Bay Packers vs. Houston Texans Preview: Andre Johnson Hopes To Silent Critics Against Packers D

on October 14 2012 11:41 AM
Green Bay Packers vs. Houston Texans Preview: Andre Johnson Hopes To Silent Critics Against Packers D

The Green Bay Packers face a tough challenge when they head to Houston to take on the still undefeated Texans. Although Houston struggled last week in prime-time against a distinctly average New York Jets side, the team is undefeated for a reason. The Texans combine the third best defense in the NFL with an offense ranked 14th ranked overall.

Green Bay is likely to struggle stopping former Arian Foster and the Houston running back is likely to have a good day against a Greenbay defence that has allowed over an average of 100 yards per game. The Packers will have to rely on the arm of quarterback, Aaron Rodgers if they want to leave with a victory. 

 

The Texans have spent significant money last year to bring cornerback, Jonathan Joseph and safety, Daneial Manning in to improve what was a porous secondary. The two players have proved to be valuable additions but will face a significant challenge in covering Green Bay’s multiple receiving threats.

 

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