Chest Bumps from the Lions-Packers game
Chest Bump – to WR James Jones. Jones had 4 catches for 127 yards and a TD, but all of his catches were huge in the game. Great job Mr. Jones! Just work on your stamina a little bit please. That aborted Lambeau Leap after your 83 yard TD catch and run will make every highlight reel. Of course so will the play that got you there. Fair trade I guess.
Chest Bump – to RB Eddie Lacy. Eddie Lacy came up one yard shy of the 100 yard mark for the game. He was the workhorse I’m sure the Packers brain trust was expecting him to be. While not the fastest guy on the field, he showed some open-field elusiveness that made up for the apparent lack of straight-line speed. My only concern is that in this game Lacy didn’t look (to me) as if he was getting much yardage after initial contact. Granted the Lions were tackling him low or diving at his legs, which will definitely impede additional gains, but I’m still wondering when we’ll see him break loose. Well he did break loose late, but the play was called back for a senseless holding call.
Chest Bump- to PK Mason Crosby. You can’t rationally ask any more of Crosby than he has delivered so far this season. Every time I mention his excellent work I’m concerned I might jinx it (I can do that you know…ask around!). But Crosby has delivered. He’s my co-offensive MVP of this game (along with James Jones). Keep up the good work 2…I’ll keep knocking wood every time I write or talk about your super start!
Chest Bump- to WR /RB / KR Randall Cobb. I’ve said before that I’m not really down with Mike McCarthy putting “Cobbernicus” in the backfield and using him as a running back. However, it sure worked today. But consider why he had to do it. Franklin was probably just as good an option but he had already fumbled and gotten the hook. The offense was not getting it done. So Cobb goes in and the Detroit defensive players simply weren’t prepared for it. The result: 18 scampers 67 yards down the sideline. Cobb also had 4 catches for 35 yards, none better than the “da na na da na na” one-handed grab he had early in the game. Is it too soon to start calling him Slashinator?
Chest Bump- to LB A.J. Hawk. Hawk played like a man possessed in this game, leading the team with seven tackles and two assists. More importantly he was making the defensive calls after LB Brad Jones went down early in the game. I don’t think Hawk gets the credit he deserves for being a solid, week-in-week-out contributor on the defensive side of the ball.
Chest Bump- to Jordy Nelson. As usual, Nelson had one of those sideline toe-dragging catches he’s well on his way to patenting. He had 5 catches for 82 yards total and made a couple of nice blocks in the run game too. His recovery of the late onside kick was a big play in its own right. Nelson just goes out and does his job week in and week out. He makes the difficult look routine and the nearly impossible merely pedestrian by comparison. When my grandkids are season ticket holders I’ll explain to them how sideline catches with nothing but toes in bounds came to known as “Nelsons” back in the twenty-teens.
Chest Bump- to the Packers LB coaches. The Packers were losing linebackers at a prodigious rate today. LBs Brad Jones (hamstring), Robert Francois (torn Achilles), and Clay Matthews (broken thumb) all had to leave the game and LB Nick Perry was forced out but returned in time to get a second sack. Credit goes to the coaches (Kevin Greene and Winston Moss) for coaching these guys well enough for them to maintain their play with that kind of attrition. We’ll have to see if Matthews can play with his thumb in a cast and how long it takes for Jones to return, but look at it like this: the Packers have always been a next-man-up team. And so it goes.
Chest Bump- to Mike Neal. Neal played a whale of a game today. He had four tackles, two assists, and a sack. He started the game at left OLB in place of Nick Perry. He played on both sides of the defense as well as at ILB and always seemed to be either in the middle of the action or forcing a play toward other defenders. With the injuries sustained by the LB corps today Neal will probably play a larger role in the defensive scheme. It’s not hard to see that as a good thing right now. Well done Mr. Neal!