A brief overview of three storylines that could help determine the outcome of the Week 13 showdown between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. (Nov. 28, 2017)
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We’ll start with Tom Silverstein’s look at the failings of the Packers defense when it comes to stopping opposing receivers throughout 2017 and the need to find a stopper in the secondary.
It is commendable that they aren’t letting receivers beat them over the top, but what the stats show is that opponents own the swath of turf between the safeties and the linebackers.
If this were 2015, the Packers would have stuck Sam Shields on Brown on Sunday night and let the two go at it for 60 minutes. No one can completely stop Brown, but Shields would have made it possible for Capers to blitz quarterback Ben Roethlisberger more because Shields could be trusted to cover Brown one-on-one in those situations.
It’s easy to romanticize Shields’ career and make him out to be a Pro Bowl corner, which he wasn’t. He led the team in 20-yard receptions allowed in 2013 and ’14 and did his share of guessing wrong and peeking in the backfield.
But Shields had 18 career interceptions and was tough in the end zone, giving up just 10 touchdowns in his final four seasons (not counting 2016) before the Packers parted ways due to repeated concussions.
Tom also writes on the final drive in Pittsburgh:
There is dashboard video from Lance Kendricks' traffic stop this fall:
LeRoy Butler and Tom talk Packers and look at some X’s and O’s:
Get ready for a winter wonderland in the Titletown District:
Elsewhere, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix showed off his cleats for My Cause, My Cleats:
A trio of Packers spent their day off mentoring students:
Mike Spofford takes a closer look at the play of Jason Spriggs:
Ben Fennell looked at some game film from Pittsburgh:
Rob Demovsky writes on the play of Jamaal Williams:
Michelle Bruton says Blake Martinez is for real:
Mike McCarthy doesn’t get the hate for his long FG attempt:
The crew at ACME Packing Company talks playoffs:
Let’s just say Vegas doesn’t feel Run the Table 2:
Bring your toys to Lambeau on Sunday:
The Packers Hall of Fame is celebrating the Ice Bowl:
Morgan Burnett recently launched his foundation with a Thanksgiving event: