Changes I Saw From The Packers-Cowboys Game
Plenty of debate topics came out of the Packers' 17-7 win over the Cowboys on Sunday. It was a much-needed win for Green Bay, who got themselves back into the playoff picture. There were some things that I noticed, along with things I believe were confirmed on Sunday:
1.) Charles Woodson is the best overall cornerback in the league, but then again, we already knew that.
2.) It was nice to see the offense get back to committing to the run and running slant plays. The most encouraging sign for us were the plays Rodgers got the ball and turned and threw to Driver instantly. Whenever the corners are playing six or eight yards off of Driver or Jennings, it's a cheap five yards if they do that.
3.) Aaron Kampman is easily the biggest liability in the 3-4. Kampman has been having serious issues getting to the quarterback, and his coverage skills are well below average. Without him in there, I believe it was easier for Dom Capers to be much more exotic with his blitz packages, ensuring that he didn't have to call his plays knowing Kampman can't reach the QB and can't be left alone in coverage.
4.) The running game is there, when we use it. I'm not going to say that Ryan Grant will run for over 100 yards each game, but when we commit to the run, it is effective, and it gives opposing defensive lines something else to think about other than pinning their ears back and going after Aaron Rodgers.
5.) Screen passes! Where in the HELL have you been this year?
The one major change I would consider doing is either benching Aaron Kampman or using him strictly as a DE on passing downs. Other than that, if the offense continues to commit to the run and do the things that play to their strengths(slants, quick screens), the Packers may be able to give themselves a playoff berth.
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