Packers vs Colts: Green Bay Secondary Must Limit Big Plays

Injuries have hit the Green Bay Packers at a number of position this season. But at this point, no spot has been hit worse than cornerback.

And that hits just keep on coming as Demetri Goodson, who has started recently with Sam Shields, Damarious Randall and Quinten Rollins all out, is now in the concussion protocol.

Goodson’s chances of playing Sunday are limited. That means Micah Hyde and Josh Hawkins will likely be the second and third corners this week. LaDarius Gunter will be the top guy again.

Against some teams, Chicago for instance, it wouldn’t be frightening. In fact, Gunter has played well against several big-name receivers such as Odell Beckham Jr., Alshon Jeffrey and Julio Jones.

Yet, all three of those players are big receivers. This week, Gunter will be faced with either T.Y. Hilton, Phillip Dorsett or Donte Moncrief.

Moncrief would probably be the best match, but do the Packers really want Hawkins and Hyde covering Hilton and Dorsett, a pair of speedsters. Both average more than 15 yards per reception.

“We have a challenge there again this week trying to take the big play away because when you look at them statistically they can strike with the big play,” Packers defensive coordinator Capers said. “They might be No. 1 in the league of four or less plays in drives for touchdowns. That’s always a concern.”

Now Hyde isn’t a bad player. He’s actually a pretty good nickel corner. But out on the outside, he could be vulnerable. Hawkins, a rookie, actually has sub 4.40 speed and is good in man coverage. The question is, will the Packers trust him?

At this point, Green Bay may not have a choice.

The one weakness for the Colts, is the offensive line. So if Clay Matthews returns, which is expected, it could make a big difference. But with his bottom three corners all playing, don’t expect much blitzing from Capers, who pressured (sent 5 or more) less than 10 percent of the snaps against the Falcons.

That means getting pressure with the front four will be essential. Stopping the run and limiting the play-action game will also help. But in the end, the secondary simply needs to step up and limit big plays.

If not, the Colts could have a chance to pull the upset, in a game that is must win for the Packers.




chris peterson

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He is a horrible play caller and completely lack aggression and it shows as we tend to play to the level of our opponents. We are wasting prime years with a future HOFer at QB and he is squandering opportunities.


McCarthy (and Ted) have had 11 years with one championship and many embarrassments. It’s not that difficult to make the playoffs in the NFC north – can you say Vikings, Lions and Bears. Think about the game in 2011 against KC – they got manhandled and it’s been downhill ever since. Optimism smashed by embarrassment. This is no fun anymore.

Ted’s plan doesn’t work and Mike is in over his head. How to fix? First, retire Ted now and promote E Wolf. Give EW the chance to make some moves this season and replace MM the day after the season ends. (I heard someone mention Darrell Bevel as a possibility – hmm interesting)

Dear Lord – how can we tolerate all the embarrassments and the inconsistent performances. Is that how a championship caliber team performs?

If you were AR, would you be frustrated? Think about it – running game, tight ends, receivers, special teams, linebackers, secondary, head coach.

In conclusion, this is starting to feel like the last three years with Favre – optimism, confusion, dysfunction & disappointment. Mike has had 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016 to show us he can develop and lead a championship team. Results – disappointment and embarrassment. Ditto for Ted.

Definition of insanity – keep doing the same thing and expecting different results.


I don’t think many are calling for McCarthy to be fired in mid-season. I think he should go at the end of the season, however, regardless of the next eight games. The guy is too stubborn, doesn’t listen to anyone. Regardless of injuries, bad breaks, etc., he won’t call a creative play to save his life. Everyone knows McCarthy is too predictable, but he refuses to change. Nor does the team listen to him anymore – as commonly happens as coaching careers run their course. He is also accountable for the team’s lack of energy, juice, spirit, motivation – a sure sign it’s time to change coaches.

chris peterson

I think that he is a better coach that he gets credit for being. That said there is a disturbing trend. But I still think he has earned this year and next.


Things haven’t shown any signs of improvement for years now. How much more time does he need? No, time to move on. And maybe things have gotten a bit stale with our GM, too.


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