The Packers can expect to see a healthy dose of blitzing from the Cardinals on Sunday which, believe it or not, favors the Packers. That's right. The way to beat Rodgers is to rush from a base set and play coverage with numbers in the secondary. The problem for the Cardinals is, outside of Darnell Dockett, they don't have anyone up front who can provide consistent pressure from their base. When the Cardinals have been successful applying pressure, its been with the blitz.
Enter Brandon Jackson.
I've said it before and I'll say it again - this kid is having just a lights-out season in pass pro. It's shocking considering just how terrible he was at it as a rookie. But the guy has clearly made it a priority to get better and has made it one of the best parts of his game.
Take a look at the play below from last weeks game. Notice how the Cards are showing an overload into the A Gap. Also notice that Jackson is lined up to Rodgers' left. Only two of the three rushes come from the middle and are picked up nicely. The safety bails out into coverage. Now, a lot of backs would stick in the middle or scan the side they are on, in this case the formation's left, and not notice the blitzing backer from the right. But Jackson just does a fantastic job of crossing the formation and picking it up.
That, ladies and gentlemen, is a big-time play.
Showing the pressure up the middle in this case is meant to concentrate the offense and distract from the blitzing linebacker, but thanks to Jackson, Rodgers has the time needed to step up and throw a strike for a first down.
We've seen this kind of thing before, most notably in the Pittsburgh game, where Dick LeBeau sent a ridiculous amount of pressure from all sorts of different personnel packages and alignments. And, after the first series, the combination of Rodgers, Jackson and center Scott Wells handled it all beautifully.
I expect more of the same on Sunday against a Cardinals team that needs to blitz to have any chance.
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