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On second try, pass rush goes silent without Matthews

Nov. 26, 2012
 

This time around, the Green Bay Packers didn't fare quite as well without Clay Matthews.

One week after getting five sacks minus Matthews against Detroit, the Packers’ pass rush struggled mightily to generate pressure on Eli Manning during Sunday's 38-10 loss to the New York Giants.

Manning, who entered the game with a 48.8 quarterback rating when facing pressure this season, was hit only three times with rookie Dezman Moses accounting for the Packers’ only sack.

"I think it’s like any game in this league: If you can mix the run, if you can get your run game going a little bit, you’ve got to play both," Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers said.

"Our objective’s always to turn it into a one-dimensional game. When we can do that, our success rate normally goes up. They were able to mix the run and the pass; play pass. They’ve got a veteran quarterback and they’ve got good skill people. They made some plays and I give them credit."

Veteran Erik Walden, who had two sacks last week, gave way to Frank Zombo at outside linebacker midway through the third quarter of Sunday’s game, but Capers insisted he wasn’t benched.

Coming into the game, Packers outside linebackers coach Kevin Greene said the team planned to rotate Zombo, who recently returned from a hamstring injury, with the rookie Moses, who wound up playing all 65 snaps.

Instead, Zombo played another 31 in relief of Walden, who had only one tackle and one quarterback hit during his 34 snaps.

“We planned on having a three-man rotation with Frank Zombo and Erik, so really the second half, you look and we only had three series in the second half on defense,” Capers said.

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