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Not sure if I'm just missing it or what but I could've swore their was already a Packers vs Falcons thread for tonight's game but can't find it now.

Falcons have had their wings clipped in the 1st half as the Packers have been pretty dominant in the 1st half with the score 31-7. The defense struggled on the first drive of the Falcons but have been very good since then. The offense has been excellent as well. Aaron Rodgers has had lots of time to throw for the most part and has been able to create time when he needs to. Special teams even stepping up with a blocked FG to end the half.
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macandcheese
Julio Jones is a beast!
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Right now, I view Capers as not adjusting enough.

With the way that Julio Jones is playing, you have to do something to take him out of the game. Line up a LB or a big safety (Richardson) 3 yards off the line on him every play and tell them to come up and smack him every snap. Knock him off his route, knock him over, who cares. Just send the message you will not let him get an easy release off the line.
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nyybball
This has been a horrific half of defense. You have to double up on Jones.
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hgerner13
This team just doesn't have a lockdown corner. Hard to just rely on drafting good corners, hopefully at least 1 is picked up via free agency.
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nyybball
That was an escape. There is no excuse for the way the defense performed in the second half. I hope tonight was just a bad night and the D doesn't fall apart like past seasons.
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wiscopetty
Felt pretty good after the first half.

Not so much by the end of the game.
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db11
Can't play like "pussycats" vs. guys like Jones and White. Didn't get the soft zones. Allowed Ryan to make quick reads, nullified any sort of pass rush and exhausted the front seven. Bad scheming from Capers and lousy execution on the back end.

Team seemed to relax, as did the fans after getting out to another halftime lead. This second half better be a wake-up call that it's not always a cakewalk...even going up big early.

The reality of this team is the offense guides the defense. Defense was set up perfectly to make a statement to start the second half, instead they immediately got torched. They get a stop there and it probably gets ugly, they didn't and the game changed. Offense sputtered on first drive and ended up chasing points the second half...luckily they accrued just enough. The NFL is an incredible game of momentum.

The bright side is Ryan and his receiving core are on the upper echelon of what the Packers will see down the stretch.
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I read a pretty incredible tidbit yesterday...with this past Monday being Aaron Rodgers' 100th. career NFL start, he could've gone 0-69 passing with all 69 passes being interceptions and STILL set the NFL record for highest passer rating through 100 career starts. That is just sick.
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safetysqueezepleezzee11
wiscopetty wrote:
Felt pretty good after the first half.

Not so much by the end of the game.


I feel the same way. Admittedly, I didn't watch the 2nd half all that close, but it appeared Capers
let his defense play 'off' and didn't 'press' the offense.
I was wondering if Peppers played much in the 2nd half. It appeared when I did watch in the 2nd
1/2 that I didn't see Peppers. Either he was in there and just not doing much or Capers
decided to keep him out and perhaps rest him a bit.

Anyone watch the 2nd half close enough to tell if Peppers 'was' used the same as in the 1st half?
Perhaps he was, but there was almost no pressure on Ryan in the 2nd half. Also, it appeared
Williams was really playing off the guy he was covering and both him and Shields got beat deep.

I think the defense on this team has to 'press' things all the time like they did against NE to beat
top teams. Obviously, if this game goes even 2 more minutes - the Packers would have lost.
Bad habits on defense seem to have a pattern with Capers' defenses.

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warrior2spartan
safetysqueezepleezzee11 wrote:
wiscopetty wrote:
Felt pretty good after the first half.

Not so much by the end of the game.


I feel the same way. Admittedly, I didn't watch the 2nd half all that close, but it appeared Capers
let his defense play 'off' and didn't 'press' the offense.
I was wondering if Peppers played much in the 2nd half. It appeared when I did watch in the 2nd
1/2 that I didn't see Peppers. Either he was in there and just not doing much or Capers
decided to keep him out and perhaps rest him a bit.

Anyone watch the 2nd half close enough to tell if Peppers 'was' used the same as in the 1st half?
Perhaps he was, but there was almost no pressure on Ryan in the 2nd half. Also, it appeared
Williams was really playing off the guy he was covering and both him and Shields got beat deep.

I think the defense on this team has to 'press' things all the time like they did against NE to beat
top teams. Obviously, if this game goes even 2 more minutes - the Packers would have lost.
Bad habits on defense seem to have a pattern with Capers' defenses.



Peppers played 58 out of a possible 67 defensive snaps on Monday night, the second most for the linebacker group. Clay, Tramon, Ha Ha played all 67 while Morgan Burnett played 66 and were the only guys to play more snaps then Peppers.

Although the Falcons 2nd half performance left little to be desired from the Packers defense, I would like to believe it was planned soft zone strategy with having such a big lead.
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