While the bulk of the attention has focused on the recent injuries to offensive lineman Bryan Bulaga and running back Ryan Grant, reserve linebacker Brad Jones also was among the walking wounded on Sunday. “Jones had a hamstring strain,” writes Brandon Benson of Acme Packing Company. “He’s playing mostly on special teams, but shows up on defense from time-to-time, though he only has 4 tackles on the season. Since he finished the game with the injury, it sounds like he’ll be available next Sunday.”
A similarity is seen between Packers defensive back Charles Woodson and Steelers safety Troy Polamalu by Andy Hayes of packergeeks. “One interesting thing I noticed last night watching the Steelers play the Colts was just how similar Woodson and Polamalu function out there,” writes Hayes. “Both creep up at the line and then either blitz, run down a runner, fake the blitz and drop into coverage – etc. Both create nightmares for QBs as QBs worry about what they might do. I don’t think it would be a stretch to argue that part of the reason for the success of both LeBeau and Capers is their decision to use players like Woodson/Polamalu in these roaming/havoc causing roles. Just makes sense and at the very least – casts an annoying doubt in the mind of the opposing QB.”
Pictures of the hold on Jarrett Bush on the infamous punt return from Sunday’s game are provided at BrentFavre.com. “Like any smart team should do, Green Bay kicked it away from Hester,” writes Brandon Rifkin. “Unfortunately, every member of the Packers coverage team still sprinted directly at Hester, who couldn’t have sold it any better. Meanwhile, Knox did a dead sprint, made a fantastic over the shoulder catch, and dashed untouched for a touchdown. Or it would have been a touchdown had the Bears not been flagged for holding.”
After one poor outing against the Bears, the alternatives to safety Charlie Peprah aren’t exactly appealing, writes Brandon Benson. “What are the alternatives? Either M.D. Jennings or Jarrett Bush. We don’t know exactly what we’d get from Jennings, but based on the preseason, he’s about as good as Peprah. We all know what to expect from Jarrett Bush.” There is one more option, and that’s to use more of Charles Woodson at the safety position.
Tight end Tom Crabtree gets some kudos from Rich Ward of PocketDoppler in his retort to Bears fans.
Looking back at Sunday’s game is Brandon Rifkin of BrentFavre.com.
Some pictures from yore at posted at Packerville, U.S.A.
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