Looking ahead to Week 4, we will be playing against Detroit @ Green Bay. Matthew Stafford is doubtful again. He's expected to begin light work outs today, but apparently there is "no chance" he will start against Green Bay according to Yahoo Sports news. DE Mike Neal is still considered Questionable. I thought he was going to make his first appearance against Chicago, but he's still not 100%. I would prefer him to rest up because rib injuries. We certainly could use his services, but we don't need him against Detroit.
The biggest focal point this week will be how our Offensive Line matches up against Detroit's Defensive Line. Even though the OL did not allow Aaron Rodgers to get sacked against Chicago, that doesn't mean they played well. DE Julius Peppers played on both sides of the line. His quick burst and tremendous strength made OT Mark Tauscher relatively uncomfortable going one on one against him and little adjustments were made to help him out. This led to numerous false start penalties on him and holding penalties in our dissapointing performance at Chicago. The good news for Green Bay this week is that Detroit DE Kyle Vanden Bosch plays strictly RE, so you won't see Tauscher lined up against him. The last time Green Bay faced Vanden Bosch was in 2008 @ Tennessee. That was a very dissapointing year stat wise for Vanden Bosch, but I wouldn't reflect on that season to determine how successfull he can be against Green Bay. He will be lining up against Clifton who is now 2 years older since the last time they matched up and Clifton has not had that good of a year so far. I watched Vanden Bosch closely against Chicago and Minnesota and can say he still has a motor and is relentless.
The next key defender to look at in Detroit is Ndamakong Suh. Suh may not have the stats this year, but his contributions to the team is well known. He has been a force in stopping the run and generating pressure on the QB. He will be lining up primarily against RG Josh Sitton, our best OG. Sitton has been good this year, with the only noticable setback in that blocked field goal @ Chicago, where he just got ran over by Julius Peppers.
With all that said, how do we slow down the Detroit pass rush? We know that Detroit's secondary is not good, well below average. Rodgers should have a good day, but it will be an unforgettable performance if that pass rush is shut down. One thing Schwartz likes to do when the offense lines up in passing formations is spread his defensive linemen out. This allows his speedy DE's to get after the QB a little quicker off the edge as the DT's have to attack the gaps between the OT and OG. When Detroit does this, many teams (such as Philadelphia in Week 2) audible to a running play up the middle, resulting in big gains. This game may help rejuvinate our running game and allow Kuhn and Jackson to rack up plenty of yards. I would also expect to see Rodgers roll to the right quite often to buy more time and attack the secondary.
Detroit's offense is quite stagnant without Mathew Stafford at QB. Shaun Hill is the QB, and don't be fooled by his stats. Take away HB Jahvid Best, and Hill is far below average in numbers. He rarely ever attacks down field and loves to check down to the running backs. If we can contain Best, our defense will give Detroit a beatdown. CB Charles Woodson had tremendous success against Detroit the past couple years and I don't expect that to change this Sunday. I expect Detroit to try and run against us, so Capers must be prepared.
Last but not least, it has been a LONG time since Detroit won at Lambeau Field. Prediction: Green Bay wins big 34-7. This will be our rebound game and I am expecting our running game to FINALLY show up.