Cheese Curds, 9/20: Packers Must Convert Racing Game Talks to Production
After seeing their team’s horrid performance in the first week, Green Bay Packers fans had to wait an extra day to see the team’s response. Tonight, the Packers finally enter the field for the second week in a Monday night game against the Detroit Lions as fans, players and coaches eagerly await the chance to start atoning for a humiliating loss to the Saints last Sunday.
The running game, both establishing and stopping it, was the main reason the Packers fell a week ago. Unsurprisingly, that scenario will take center stage tonight as the Lions – a team with essentially no rating wide receivers – look to try and bring D’Andre Swift and his old friend Jamaal Williams onto the pitch.
The Packers, however, have their own 1-2 punch with Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon. Last year in Week 2 against the Lions, Jones had his most explosive running day of the season, scoring 18 carries for 168 yards and two goals. Anything that comes close to that tonight should be a good sign for the Packers as a whole, as this type of production should open up opportunities for Aaron Rodgers and the passing game.
Tune in tonight to see if Jones and company are actually getting the Packers offense back on track.
Packers seek to restore their pace on the pitch | Packers.com
This must be the case on both sides of the ball. The offense has to move to the ground to keep the Detroit defense out of two high safety glances, while the defense can’t steadily blow the ball away from an attack that wants to operate through its running backs.
Aaron Rodgers’ MNF legacy: win number 1, epic comeback, broken collarbone and more – ESPN
Rodgers could play his last Monday night game as a Packer, and there have been plenty of funny memories in such games. His first victory came in Week 1 of 2008 against the Vikings on MNF, and the Packers have won seven consecutive Monday night games since 2014.
Packers vs Lions: 3 key clashes to watch in week 2 | Wire packer
Preston Smith vs. Penei Sewell is one of the best clashes, as the Packers need Smith to step up in the absence of Za’Darius Smith.
Packers-Lions preview: Can Aaron Rodgers bounce back from a disastrous first game? – Athletics (subscription)
This back-and-forth between Packers and Lions beat writers sets up tonight’s game nicely.
Packers OLB Jonathan Garvin gets opportunity with Za’Darius Smith in injured reserve E! News UK
With Z out for a few weeks, Garvin should have a longer run in defense. He played 27 snaps in Game 1 and is expected to be OLB3 behind Preston and Rashan Gary.
Ind. jailed for repeatedly calling 911 to say he was “tired” | EMS1.com
Look, I’m tired too, most of the time. It is probably the result of * gestures at all *. That’s no reason to call the cops.