Last week: 13 (-5)
The Packers are 6-3 after a 2-3 start, but since their Houston blowout win, all 3 of their games have been very easy, against St. Louis, Jacksonville, and Arizona and I haven’t been impressed with their performance overall. Defensively, they’re about as banged up as you can get. Already missing Charles Woodson and Nick Perry for an extended period of time and middle linebackers DJ Smith and Desmond Bishop for the year, the Packers have now lost their one irreplaceable defensive player, Clay Matthews for an extended period of time. Meanwhile, Erik Walden, who has been playing well at linebacker in Perry’s absence, is also out.
Offensively, already missing top receiver Greg Jennings with other starting receiver Jordy Nelson banged up and starting running back Cedric Benson out for a while, they may now be without right tackle Bryan Bulaga for an extended period of time on an already struggling offensive line. The timing could not be worse because their post bye schedule is brutal with 5 divisional games against Minnesota, Detroit, and Chicago, as well as a trip to New York to play the Giants, making up 6 of their 7 games.
I think they lose to the Bears in Chicago, who might be the best team in football, essentially forcing them to compete with Detroit, Minnesota, Tampa Bay, Seattle among others for the 2 wild cards in a loaded NFC. I’m putting them right outside of the playoffs for now because the NFL is a parity league and I like to get 5 new playoff teams in my top-12 weekly (something that’s happened in each of the last 17 years). They’re also a candidate, obviously, to be this year’s team to goes from a first round bye to out of the playoffs.
RG Josh Sitton: Didn’t allow a pressure on 36 pass block snaps, run blocked for 26 yards on 6 attempts
FS MD Jennings: Allowed 1 catch for 9 yards on 5 attempts, 1 pass deflection, 1 solo tackle, 1 assist, 1 stop, 1 missed tackle
CB Tramon Williams: Allowed 2 catches for 13 yards on 5 attempts, 1 solo tackles, 1 assist, 1 missed tackle
RB James Starks: Rushed for 61 yards (41 after contact) on 17 carries, 3 broken tackles, 1 fumble, allowed 2 quarterback hurries on 4 pass block snaps
TE Jermichael Finley: Caught 1 pass for 6 yards on 2 attempts on 21 pass snaps, 3.0 YAC per catch, 1 penalty
CB Casey Hayward: Allowed 6 catches for 99 yards on 10 attempts, 1 pass deflection, 8 solo tackles, 1 missed tackle