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 Before the historic comeback, the Aaron Rodgers dramatics, and a heart-pounding 24-23 win in Week 1, the Chicago Bears opened their offensive season going 86 yards in 10 plays for an impressive touchdown. The drive ate up over six minutes of clock and the Green Bay Packers’ switch from Dom Capers to Mike Pettine didn’t appear to change Green Bay Packers Womens Hoodie much at all. Tackling was shoddy. Assignments weren’t sure. Coverage was soft and Green Bay’s defense was once again in read-and-react mode, rather than coming downhill to attack a young quarterback in a new offense. But Pettine had a plan. Before the season, Mike McCarthy’s new hire to run the defense insisted that the top way to get beat is to give up plays in the passing game. As such, his priority was to mitigate opposing aerial attacks. With Oren Burks and Josh Jones sidelined with injuries, Pettine did something Dom Capers often drew criticism for doing: he went small and essentially decided he’d live with the other team running the ball.The problem for Capers was his defenses couldn’t stop anyone through the air consistently either. On Sunday night, Pettine played light boxes, often with four cornerbacks on the field and only one true linebacker, daring the Bears to run the ball. And run it Matt Nagy did Womens Customized Green Bay Packers Jerseys , to the tune of 139 yards on 27 carries, a 5.1 per attempt average. Compare that to Mitch Trubisky’s numbers: he finished 23/35 for 171 yards, just 4.9 yards per attempt.Pettine rightly realizes the passing game gets teams beat quicker and more efficiently than the run game. If teams want to run the ball and take up small chunks, he’s going to bet his team can get enough stops on early downs to put opponents in second- and third-and-long situations. It worked against the Bears.After starting with a touchdown and a field goal, the Bears’ next 6 possessions looked like this:3 plays 4 yards 4 plays -3 yards 3 plays 5 yards 12 plays 60 yards FG 3 plays 8 yards 3 plays 9 yardsThe one real blemish for the defense after the early struggles was the Bears second-to-last possession, where they got the ball with nine minutes left and didn’t give it up until just under three minutes left. Even still, the Packers forced a number of third downs that the Bears converted with Trubisky scrambles and some outside-the-framework plays. That’s going to happen for a team playing man coverage as often as the Packers.Some conservative playcalling killed the Bears as well, but the Green Bay defense made the plays it had to and when it needed to defend a pass, by and large it did that. Pettine set up his defense that way. The core four defensive back starters — Kevin King, Tramon Williams, HaHa Clinton-Dix www.packerscheapshoponline.com , and Kentrell Brice — played every snap. Jaire Alexander played 70% of snaps with Josh Jackson in on 66%. In other words, more often than not, the Packers put four cornerbacks on the field, treating Trey Burton and Tarik Cohen as de facto receivers. Meanwhile, third safety Jermaine Whitehead played just 36% of snaps and Antonio Morrison was essentially an afterthought.Pettine’s gambit paid off. Trey Burton caught just one of his six targets for 15 yards. Cohen managed just 16 yards on three catches. Allen Robinson was the only player with more than one catch to average double-digit yards per reception (The Packers had four such receivers). When the Bears did make catches, this defense rallied to the ball and came up with a number of stops before the sticks.Was this tact a reaction to injuries? Fear of Burton and Cohen? Or is this the way Pettine plays to approach offenses? The answer may be a mixture of these and based on what we know about Pettine, his gameplan will change week to week. Most fans won’t complain about getting exciting rookies like Alexander and Jackson opportunities to make play. Is this the new normal for the Packers? We won’t for at least a week. Bring on the Vikings.Cheese Curds, 10/12: Can Mason Crosby kick his bad day? Have you ever had a really bad day at the office but then have to wait more than a full week to even get the next chance to redeem yourself?That is the challenge Green Bay Packers kicker Mason Crosby faces this week. After a career-worst game last Sunday against the Detroit Lions where he was 0-5 (four missed field goals and one missed extra point) before making a field goal in the fourth quarter, Crosby must now someone turn the page and be ready to go against the San Francisco 49ers on Monday Night Football.Of course, it’s one thing to simply say he has to turn the page. Actually doing it is another matter. Crosby went through a similar time after the 2012 season where the Packers brought in Giorgio Tavecchio to challenge the veteran kicker, but Crosby staved off the threat to his job and has been one of the more reliable kickers in the NFL since.Now he faces yet another crossroads Green Bay Packers T-Shirt , this time after one of the worst kicking performances in the NFL over the past twenty years.Can he recover? Or is this the beginning of the end for the longtime kicker?We’ll find out starting Monday but only Crosby himself can answer that question. You can read more on Crosby’s conundrum and a cockatoo who had too many cockatails in today’s cheese curds.Best advice for Mason Crosby? Don’t even think about it—PackersNews.comNot sure “fuggedaboutit” is a solid psychological treatment, but it really is the best way Crosby can move on. Regardless, there will be a severe lack of breathing at Lambeau Field Monday when he attempts his first kick.Aaron Rodgers: “I don’t feel we’re far off.”—Packers.comRodgers seems confident the offense is close to finally getting its act together. The quarterback knows he has to play better and the potential return of Randall Cobb and Geronimo Allison certainly will aid things.After setback, Aaron Rodgers hopes to avoid going back to bulky brace—ESPNSpeaking of Rodgers, he hopes to not have to use the bulkier knee brace he was wearing immediately after his knee injury in the season opener. Head coach Mike McCarthy did say Rodgers would practice today, so there is at least some hope Rodgers didn’t severely aggravate the injury.As hostile environment awaits, is C.J. Beathard ready for prime time?—Mercury NewsMeanwhile in San Francisco, the 49ers backup thrust into the starting role thanks to Jimmy Garappolo’s torn ACL will be in the national spotlight Monday.Whether or not Beathard will perform well remains to be seen.Intoxicated’ cockatoo survives crashing into vehicle—UPIThe bird may have eaten fermented wheat and grapes when it collided with a vehicle. “Drunk as a cockatoo” doesn’t quite roll off the same way as “drunk as a skunk.”

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