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Packers looking for answers against top receiving targets

Oct. 8, 2012
 

For the second consecutive week, the Packers couldn’t find an answer for the opposing team’s top wide-receiving threat.

A week after New Orleans’ Marques Colston gashed the Packers’ defense for 153 yards and one touchdown on nine receptions, Indianapolis’ Reggie Wayne put together a career day with 13 catches for 212 yards and a touchdown.

If that wasn’t enough, the 33-year-old wide receiver told Yahoo’s Michael Silver afterward he was fighting severe leg cramping prior to catching the game-winning 4-yard pass from Andrew Luck to cap the come-from-behind win.

According to Pro Football Focus, Tramon Williams’ coverage accounted for nine catches and 82 yards of Wayne’s production, but he has had five passes defensed.

Whatever the case, the Packers’ pass defense has jumped from the league’s best after Week 3, allowing 125.3 yards per game, to tied for 16th (230.0).

“He’s a good receiver and he had a good day,” said Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers of Wayne. “There were times where we had him doubled and he caught the ball. Any time that you have two guys committed to one guy, you don’t want him to come up with the ball. The percentages should be in your favor. He had a good day and Luck, as we talked about last week, is a talented young man.”

It won’t get any easier for the Packers on Sunday when they meet Houston and its Pro Bowl wide receiver Andre Johnson.

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