Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, the Packers' opponent in Week 2, grabbed the attention of the nation and the Packers blogosphere by throwing for an NFL season-opening rookie record 422 yards yesterday. "He played a lot better than many people were expecting him to so early in the season," writes Jonathan Liedl of JonBob's Packer Blog. "And for Packer Backers, that might mean taking Sunday's game a little more seriously than we'd been planning to. It's also especially concerning that he seems to have found a rapport with the speedy Steve Smith, who has served as the Packers' kryptonite in seasons past. Against the Cardinals, Smith nearly reached 200 yards receiving and hauled in 2 TDs, so it would appear that he's back to his old tricks after a horrendous 2010 campaign."
According to Billy Needham of Packer Gab, there's reason for the Green Bay defense to be concerned about Cam Newton. Needham writes, "Newton leads the offense, and I do not know if anyone else is aware but the Packers are not that good against athletic QBs. Our new 3-4 defense is better than our old, but too many times, Donovan McNabb, Duante Culpepper and Micheal Vick toasted our defense, with running whenever there is no one open. It is the most aggravating thing in the world, having the opposition in 3rd and long, only to have the QB run for the first because we are playing prevent defense like Capers likes to do. Newton is very athletic, has some wheels, and is young so he knows how to use his legs but after seeing him throw for 422 yards in the opener, apparently he knows how to throw as well."
Don't write off wide receiver James Jones, warns Adam Czech of AllGreenBayPackers.com. "If the Packers luck on keeping their WRs healthy runs out, someone is going to have to fill in," writes Czech. "Like Frank Zombo, Charlie Peprah and (Brandon) Jackson/(John) Kuhn/(James) Starks were at various positions last season, Jones is an ideal depth guy at WR and could adequately replace one of the other guys."
It pains me to even give this post attention it doesn't deserve, but a Bleacher Report writer lists the Packers most overrated players as James Jones, Ryan Grant, Jermichael Finley and Tramon Williams. Of Williams, Daniel Adler writes, "To say he is a top five corner in the league (like he was voted in a recent poll on ESPN by fans) is just stupid. Don’t get me wrong, Williams is a great defender, I just believe that he is getting too much credit too fast."
Dam Pompei makes mention of Clay Matthews and Bart Starr in his Sunday blog column at the National Football Post.
The agony and ecstasy of Thursday's win over the New Orleans Saints is brought to you by "Jersey" Al Bracco in video form.
A post on defensive lineman Jarius Wynn appears at Bleacher Report.
A post on Curly Lambeau appears at Packerville, U.S.A.
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