In my opinion, a requirement to running the jet sweep is speed and/or agility. Vision would be a close second. Without the quickness, though immensely important, vision doesn’t do enough damage. The play is called a “jet” sweep, after all. MVS did well in a few attempts last year. Does ML have a few tricks he’s waiting to unleash?
I’d argue the down-to-down success of the jet sweep is more vision than speed. You can’t gain 30 if you don’t gain three first, but I digress. Matt LaFleur wears long sleeves. This offense still has plenty left to show the league.
An effective run game in Dallas would obviously help keep pressure off No. 12, but changes in the passing game could help, too. Rodgers is averaging 2.92 seconds to throw the ball this year (second longest in the NFL). The Cowboys defense is pressuring QBs on 33.1% of dropbacks this season (seventh highest in the NFL). What can the Packers do to get the ball out of Rodgers’ hand faster to help minimize the Cowboys’ pass rush?
Rodgers looked phenomenal against Philadelphia. He’s obviously legendary at extending plays but there’s also an element of invincibility when he’s playing in rhythm. He did that against the Eagles and the offense was really clicking. Even without Adams, the Packers need to build on that against the Cowboys.
The NFL is very unpredictable. The majority of the time, what you most suspect to happen does not come to pass. Of course, the NFL isn’t completely random, and what you least suspect usually doesn’t come around, either. In light of this, what do you guys in the II most medium-suspect from this game against Dallas?
The Packers break a big return.
B.J. Goodson hasn’t been mentioned much since his arrival in Green Bay. How has he progressed and when do you think we might see him on the field?
Besides special teams, Goodson has played almost exclusively on run downs in the base defense. That’s been his role thus far, while Oren Burks continues his rehab.
Marcedes Lewis not being used much last year still baffles me. Marcedes can block as well as haul in passes, so why wasn’t he used much last year? I am a mere fan but it looks to me he has great footwork when engaged blocking and doesn’t draw flags, has sure hands in the passing game and is a stellar teammate. Do you have his career stats? A prediction from the heart: Dallas will be his breakout game this year blocking and receiving.
I think everyone’s heart was in the right place in signing Lewis last year, but inline tight end was never a prominent position in Mike McCarthy’s offense. This year, the Packers are using Lewis to his fullest potential and not just as a sixth offensive lineman. I think the changes he made to his body, namely dropping 10 pounds, have made a difference.
Do suspended players count against the 53-man roster? If not, that may be a way to get teams to look a bit harder at repeat offenders and decide if they really want to risk playing a man down for several games.
No, there’s a reserve-suspended list.
I love all of the recounting of the Flynn Frenzy in 2013. That is one of my favorite games ever, as I was a huge Flynn fan when the Packers drafted him in the seventh round. Something really exciting about that game’s highlights is every time you watch them, you understand just how many opportunities had to be presented in order to win that game. And the Packers capitalized on every single one of them. That interception was ridiculously impressive.
That game remains one of the top five craziest I’ve covered. Flynn stepped up in the second half, but Eddie Lacy also was at his best in that game. Lacy had 31 yards on eight carries before halftime and finished with 21 for 141 and a touchdown. He took over in the second half. You rarely see running backs post those kind of numbers when their team rallies back from a 23-point halftime deficit.
I still think the Micah Hyde interception on the receiver screen pass to Dez Bryant was one of the most amazing plays in Dallas. His timing was unbelievable. You just don’t see an interception that clean on a short pass! We need a win Sunday!
It was such a smart and heady play by Hyde. If those games in Dallas taught us anything, it’s that it takes multiple individuals making plays at critical moments to win in that environment. Mason Crosby, Jared Cook, Davante Adams, Flynn, Lacy, Hyde, Tramon, Aaron Jones and Aaron Rodgers himself have all risen to the occasion in that venue.
With the trend of college players transferring at will, and with the new law in California about college players controlling their own licensing rights, do you think we are approaching a time where college players start to dictate to pro teams who they will and will not play for on draft day?
Not on a wide scale. There is opportunity aplenty in the NFL with 53 jobs in 32 cities. I think the league’s reach is large enough a player on any team can become a star if his play on the field warrants the attention. Just look at Baker Mayfield in Cleveland and Gardner Minshew II in Jacksonville.