Oct 2, 2014; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers linebackerJulius Peppers
(56) returns an interception for a touchdown during the second quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
Green Bay got easily the best performance by their defense this year in the Vikings game. Everything they could have possibly wanted to have happen did so – and with little resistance.
They got 6 sacks and 16 quarterback hits. Sixteen! That is utterly ridiculous, even facing a team with a line that has struggled and a QB that shouldn’t be playing.
They were able to get two interceptions from players in the LB corps that needed to start making plays (Julius Peppers and Jamari Lattimore), a fumble forced by their much-maligned top safety (Morgan Burnett) and the recovery by a struggling player in the secondary (Casey Hayward). Those turnover-forcing days of previous years may finally be coming back!
A matchup against the Dolphins, a team built to run that also has a decent group of receivers, is not the best for these guys. Having Knowshon Moreno returning this week makes it even more difficult. Add in how much the offensive line has improved over last year – and also getting its top player back in Mike Pouncey – and this could be a long day for these guys.
They have been steadily improving every week so far, so maybe we could see some more of that success continue here. The LBs have all been playing well, the secondary has been also, and the D-line may have a redux in stock of the great performance they put on last week. Mike Daniels and Letroy Guion (combined 3 sacks against Minnesota), it is up to you!
Look for a decent effort overall, but a bit of wilting toward the end of the game, especially if that Miami run game is working well.
Prediction: 23 points allowed, 1 turnover
Verdict: Do Not Start