After years of making people pay over the top, or tearing them apart with yards after the catch, the Green Bay Packers have a different mentality.
They are now here to beat the other team up.
This year’s Packers team does not look like any other Packers team in years. Well, maybe a bit like the 2010 one. And remember where that one went?
Aaron Rodgers was not the reason we were winning games that year. The physicality the team gained in the final six games heading into the playoffs was. They were playing tough, nasty defense and grinding out wins. This team needs to stick with that mentality.
One thing this team has over the Super Bowl XLV winner is that it has a good running game. The Packers can now control the clock, and set Rodgers up to make them pay when they creep up to stop Eddie Lacy. The offensive line is young and inexperienced to a degree, but they are coming together, and that should be troubling to other teams in the league. There is a sense of lethality coming.
The defense still has work to do. Turnovers are far down from where we all would want them to be. Sacks might not be as high as one would hope, but those will come when we have some of our premier players back, A.K.A. Clay Matthews. But for the moment, the “next man up” has done pretty well, even with A.J. Hawk coming up big last game.
Teams cannot run on this Packers defense. This is going to be necessary when we get into December and January, when the weather is cold and the conditions will not work for passing the ball well. Johnny Jolly has been a fantastic story, but also a great player to have back. Jolly’s return was like a return to physicality, turning more of a finesse front three into maulers.
This Packers team is physical, and it is needed. In order to weather these injuries, the Packers need to be able to simply fight pound for pound with another team until something breaks. Get ready fans, a Green Bay storm is brewing.