3. Kenny Clark
Stat line: 6 tackles, 1 sack
Since returning from injury, Kenny Clark hasn’t really been the same player. Hurting his groin in Week 1 versus the Minnesota Vikings, Clark missed the next three games and returned in Week 6 against Tampa.
He barely made the stat sheets and was missing in action in the pass rush.
If Sunday’s game was an indication of what’s to come, that all seems to be behind him.
Clark was pushing the pocket in the pass game and held his own against two first-round picks from the Colts offensive line.
It wasn’t all perfect as Clark was also part of the problem when the Colts switched it up and ran the ball right through the Packers defense in the second half.
Although I feel more of that blame should land at the feet of Mike Pettine. He stubbornly refuses to break away from his dime defense despite the Colts showing a heavy run formation with multiple tight ends.
In years past, Clark seems to get stronger once the weather gets colder and the calendar turns to December. I feel we are going to see the best Kenny Clark we have seen in the remaining six-plus games to come. He is just going to need help from his coordinator and get more beef on the field when teams are content on running.
If Green Bay wants to make a serious run to the Super Bowl, the coaches are going to have to adjust better than they did in this game.
Indy made all the right ones after the half and deserved to win. Green Bay failed to make changes and still had a chance to win. Fans are calling for the defensive coordinator’s head and with good reason.
If Pettine can’t make the adjustments in his run defense as the season moves along, the Packers will be stuck watching the game from the comfort of their home yet again.