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15 Things To Watch In Tonights Game

Courtesy of Silverstein, Demovsky and Wilde.

Also, a BONUS thing to watch, courtesy of Brian Carriveau over at Railbird Central, is the performance of Pat Lee.

Lee has been out most of training camp with a back injury and tonight he will get his first chance to play from scrimmage this year. I have been a big fan of this kids potential since last years Family Night, when I saw him go step for step with guys like Driver and Jennings. He has all the physical tools, he just needs to stay healthy. Unfortunately, he's been unable to up to this point in his career and is starting to become the defensive backfield's version of Justin Harrell.

Here's hoping he has a big night.

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Ron La Canne's picture

Moll, Giacomini, Hartline, Meridith, Randolph, and Dietich-Smith fight it out for the 3, possibly 4 Oline backup spots remaining. Looks like they will get a good lonjg look tonight.

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If Brohm can calm down and improve his fluidity of motion and confidence, I think he'll go a long way towards keeping the #3 spot. If, for some reason, he is bad tonight he may not be in Green and Gold Sunday morning.

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Jackson's ankle sounds like it could require some time to heal. If Wynn and Sutton don't screw up they'll both make it to Sunday. The Packers can't go into the Bear Game with only two RB's.

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The competition for the backup LB spots should encourage wild and reckless play tonight. Should be fun!

Pat Lee has to make his impression and stay healthy. If he is injured one more time, he's done. Watch Underwood tonight and see how he tries to make a statement.

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Game won't mean anything, but it'll be fun to watch.

RockinRodgers's picture

How many db's are we keeping? I would guess like 4 S and 5 CB.

packeraaron's picture

RR - That is the usual, though with Capers liking to use an extra safety in Nickel rather than a corner, maybe that flips - problem is there's much more talent at CB than at S.

RockinRodgers's picture

It's gonna be a tough choice for CB. Harris, Woodson and Williams are locks. Final two spots for Lee, Blackmon and Underwood.

I like Underwood. I think he has some talent.

Glad I don't have to make these choices.

PackersRS's picture

I disagree Aaron. The best setup for nickel is Woodson, Harris, Williams and Blackmon (Lee needs to at least stay healthy to be considered here), Collins, Bigby and Smith. That is the most talented nickel formation we can have. Kampman, Raji and Jenkins rushing the passer, and Chillar at LB.

packeraaron's picture

I meant dime. Sorry - busy day here at work. Yes, of course, the Nickel set up is Wood, Harris and Williams.
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In the dime you would take out one of the LBs (Chillar) and add a safety rather than another CB.

Asshalo's picture

Hope lee can stay healthy. We already have one heir to the aging CBs. There's bound to be one or two more amongst Lee, Underwood, Bush and Porter.

Ron La Canne's picture

I love the way Porter hits, but coverage? Scary!

PackersRS's picture

I'm confused now. He uses 3 safeties and 3 cbs in dime? Or he uses 3 safeties and 2 cbs in nickel?
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The second one is terrible, but I believe it's the best deal to put Smith instead of Blackmon/Lee/Underwood. IMO Smith is a better safety than those guys are corners. He may not be as fast, but he's a better tackler and a better blitzer. And given the propense of Capers bringing the blitz on almost every down, it's a better situation with Smith on the field. Of course, if he has to man cover Wes Welker, we're pretty much screwed. But then again, if Blackmon/Lee/Underwood have to cover him, we're also screwed...
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BTW, I was thinking about Quarter when I posted that...

packeraaron's picture

He uses 3 safeties and 3 cbs in Dime, some combination of 4 down linemen and a LB.
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All that said, he will almost always error on the side of the Nickel if he can, using 2 DL, 3 CB, 2 S, and 4 LBs (though the two OLBs can play hands-down in a three points stance if he wants, making them practically linemen anyway)

PackersRS's picture

Yeah. Shame though, I really like the 1-5-5 approach, and absolutely think Cullen Jenkinks can play hands up in that stance.

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