Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Monday, September 29, 2014
Today's win marked the 700th in #Packers history. Read the full #GBvsCHI recap: http://t.co/Yn33dR6veP pic.twitter.com/QzjipBmCSqAs for the 2014 season, QB Aaron Rodgers was almost perfect (99 out of 100 according to ESPN). There are still too few receivers involved in the offense (WRs Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb were targeted on 21 of 28 pass attempts, but it was a great bounce back performance by the offensive line (though LT David Bakhtiari and C Corey Lindsey were each flagged multiple times, and the run blocking is still lacking). As far as the pass protection went, the Bears didn't record a single QB hit on defense, and I can't remember the that last happened.
— Green Bay Packers (@packers) September 28, 2014
The key for the offense was the pass protection, but it also helped that the Bears played a lot of zone coverage. It can be an effective scheme, though it's useless when the front four rushers can't get to the QB (see zero QB hits above). Aaron Rodgers just had to wait (he had plenty of time) for Nelson or Cobb to find the hole in the zone, and he zipped the ball to them.
This game also featured the almost unheard of stat: no punts for only the second time in NFL history. It's good for the offense, but it's also a sign that the defense had a lot of problems (496 yards of total defense allowed). And they had been pretty good in their last six quarters (second half vs. Jets, last week in Detroit).
They really didn't have an answer for TE Martellus Bennett but the poor run defense was more disturbing. They tried rookie NT Mike Pennel in the middle this week, but it was more of a problem elsewhere along the defensive line. Defenders aren't getting into the backfield and the lineman aren't clogging up the interior rushing lanes.
It was an impressive game for rookie FS HaHa Clinton-Dix. He was very active, a sure tackler, and had that huge stop on the goal line to stop the Bears from scoring before the half. He also got called for pass interference in the end zone, which was his only negative play. A week after his first career INT, he played what I thought was his best game of the season. The Packers haven't gotten much out of their recent 1st round draft picks, but Clinton-Dix is starting to show up.
Get ready for the short week as the Vikings travel to Lambeau on Thursday night. I'm really starting to hate the Thursday night games because the quality of play sucks. The short week usually favours the better team (the Packers) and they'll get some added help in the fact that the Vikings will be on the road and they might have to turn to QB Christian Ponder because QB Teddy Bridgewater is hurting.
Sunday, September 28, 2014
Saturday, September 27, 2014
Friday, September 26, 2014
While the Packers only have six players listed on their injury report, and the only player I expect to miss the game is WR Jarrett Boykin (who was injured this week in practice and hasn't done much of anything this season anyway). On the other hand, the Bears are in bad shape. They'll be without four starters (LB Shea McClellin, G Roberto Garza, DT Jay Ratliff, and G Matt Slauson), and while I expect DE Jared Allen and WR Brandon Marshall will play, they shouldn't be 100%. Ratliff's been playing well this season, so this might be a chance for RB Eddie Lacy to break out.
While neither Garza and Slauson are stars, their absence leaves the Bears thin on the interior of their line. C Brian de la Puente might be a better player than Garza, but G Michael Ola is barely hanging onto his NFL career. According to Pro Football Focus, Ola played well in Week 1 against the Bills, but he's struggled in his last two games.
The Bears's offense has slipped a little bit this season, currently ranked as the No. 11 overall unit by Football Outsiders, because of their injuries on the line and at receiver. While the Packers's defense is only ranked No 18 overall by FO, they've played much better over the past six quarters. The Bears will have as much trouble with the Packer D as the Lions did last week.
I know QB Aaron Rodgers is telling me to relax, but the poor offensive line play and the lack weapons other than Jordy Nelson is a real. The Bears's defense is currently ranked No. 4 overall by Football Outsiders, and they're the fourth quality defense they've played against this season (Seahawks, Jets, Bears, Lions). Only the Seahawks's D is currently ranked outside of the Top 10 this season, so they qualify as the weakest unit they've faced so far (go figure). Against the first three, the Packers's offense struggled for long stretches of the game. The only two NFC teams to have scored fewer points this season are the absolute train wrecks happening in Minnesota and Tampa. I don't see how a struggling offense is going to turn it around on the road against a quality defense.
While the Bears have won their last two games, they're not blowing anyone away. They've been averaging 25 points per game in large part because their defense is scoring or giving them great field position. Aaron Rodgers has only 1 INT in his first three games, so as long as Lacy doesn't fumble again, the Packers offense shouldn't be giving them great field position. The Bears are going to have to work down the length of the field for their points so they might be held to 20 points or less. Unfortunately, the Packers are only averaging 11 points in their first two road games, so it's going to be a challenge for them to score 20 points. Bears 20, Packers 14.
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix grabbed his 1st career career INT on Sunday. #GBvsDET Game highlights: http://t.co/C24up63FTq pic.twitter.com/nAOvx6qO6tThe good news is that the defense is looking much better. They got big plays from two new faces (LB Julius Peppers and FS HaHa Clinton-Dix) and another one from a player who was seldom used in the past (CB Davon House). Though House's INT was probably the least helpful turnover I've ever seen since it pinned the Packers on the goal line and led to safety. The defense wore out late in the game as RB Reggie Bush ran for a long TD and even WR Golden Tate was running through tackles on the final drive. The defense could have done more, but overall they held a good offense in check.
— Green Bay Packers (@packers) September 21, 2014
I wrote last week about the lack of help from the offensive skill players. The Lions double-teamed WR Jordy Nelson (who still managed to lead the team in receiving) and it left the offense without a big play threat. TE Andrew Quarless had a great game, but that can't be said for any of the other receiver or back. However, the big problem was that the offensive line had a bad, bad day.
This isn't the first time they struggled badly trying to stop Suh and Fairley. While neither Lion had a huge stat line, they were shoving lineman out of the way at times and Rodgers was throwing a lot of quick passes. He couldn't take a few seconds to let a route develop. The Packers had done a pretty good job against them in recent seasons but this wasn't one of those moments.
LT David Bakhitari. Pro Football Focus gives him the worst run blocking grade of any lineman this season, and the visual evidence would confirm that. However, he does have a positive pass blocking grade, which might be good enough for Mike McCarthy. Former LT Chad Clifton was rarely an asset as a run blocker, but it didn't matter because of his reliable pass blocking.
LG Josh Sitton. He still has the best overall grade at Pro Football Focus of any lineman despite having his worst game of the season. He usually has one bad game per year (in 2013 it was the home opener against the 49ers). I expect he'll bounce back.
C Corey Linsley. He looked like a rookie trying to fill in for a starter last Sunday. Suh especially was shoving him around. He's probably not a long-term starter and he held up as best he could considering neither of the two veterans playing alongside him played well.
RG T.J. Lang. I lost track of the number of times I saw Lang on the ground. He was the lineman watching LB DeAndre Levy running by him on his way to tackling RB Eddie Lacy in the end zone for a safety. He was the only lineman charged with a sack by Pro Football Focus but he still ended up with a positive grade from them on Sunday. Go figure. It looked like a forgettable game for him.
RT Bryan Bulaga. With his surprising return from a knee injury, I'd expected the line to play well, but that didn't happen. Still, it wasn't his fault and he was the only lineman with a positive grade from Pro Football Focus.
The combination of arguably the best two defensive tackles going up against a line featuring a rookie center ended up going about as bad as you might expect. Hopefully it goes better against the Bears next week, but DT Stephen Paea had a good game against the Jets and DT Jeremiah Ratliff is having a good season (assuming he returns from a concussion). At this point, there's no big fix coming until JC Tretter returns later this season, but Sitton and Lang should bounce back from their poor game against the Lions.
Monday, September 22, 2014
"Our defense played their butts off tonight," Cobb said. "We did nothing for them. It was kind of embarrassing as an offense, embarrassing myself the way I played."
Yes it was. Nonetheless, since Green Bay's next contest is a winnable one at Soldier Field now appears to be a time for patience if you're a supporter of the Green and Gold, who have started off their schedule 1-2 for the second consecutive season.
Sunday, September 21, 2014
Saturday, September 20, 2014
Friday, September 19, 2014
So far in 2014, both teams are 1-1 and on similar tracks. Both have lost by double digits on the road against a likely playoff team (Seahawks and Panthers) and both beat a struggling New York team at home. Pro Football Focus currently has the Lions ranked as the No. 4 overall team based on the dominance of their victory over the Giants (currently ranked as the No. 25 team overall) and the Packers at No. 15 because they spotted the Jets an 18 point lead before turning it around. If momentum means anything, the Packers went on a tear in the second half against the Jets as they came back for the win, while QB Matthew Stafford struggled after they fell further behind and the Panthers started getting after him in the second half.
The key to this game might be the Lions secondary. It was a big question mark coming into the season and it's been wrecked by injuries. Though it took the Packers almost the entire first half to get the passing attack going against a struggling Jets secondary. Also, the healthy starters in the Lions's secondary (Glover Quin and Darius Slay) have positive grades from Pro Football Focus and their pass defense is ranked ninth overall according to Football Outsiders.
On the other hand, the Lions have the third ranked run defense so far according to Football Outsiders. This is probably not the week to expect a breakout game from RB Eddie Lacy.
The Packers's defense has been a disappointment so far this season, outside of a dominant game from DE Mike Daniels and solid play overall at cornerback. As usual, the Lions can throw it and WR Calvin Johnson is a dominant receiver, but they still don't have a solid No. 2 receiver (the only receiver other Johnson with a positive receiving grade currently according to Pro Football Focus is TE Joseph Fauria). The Packers are one of the worst teams at stopping the run so far this season, but the Lions are just as bad at running the ball, so no team should have an advantage in that regard. This is probably the hardest area to predict because I don't know what to expect from Stafford. He's had some great games against them (his start against them in Detroit in 2013), but he's also had some stinkers (his start against them in Detroit in 2012).
Is RT Derek Sherrod the worst starting right tackle in the NFL? This doesn't look like it's Bryan Bulaga's week to return, so they're going probably going to start Sherrod again. Surprisingly, I don't think Sherrod is the key to the game. While keeping the quarterback protected is always going to lead to better results on the field, on some plays last week, Rodgers had a ton of time to throw but he was eventually taken down on a coverage sack. Sherrod has to protect better, but it's also time for the receivers other than Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb to get involved, especially if Lacy is likely to be shut down by a great run defense.
If the Packers are going to win, it's going to be a close victory. The defense has to play better. So far this season, the Lion passing attack has been better the Packer passing attack, and that has to reverse. Packers 24, Lions 20.
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
I'd expect the top two receivers (Nelson and Cobb) to be targeted on 20-25% of pass attempts, the number three wide receiver at 15-20%, and the number one tight end at about 15%. But that's not at all what's happened so far this season.
Coming into this season, Boykin was expected to be the number three WR and he's only been targeted three times in two games (one reception). The starting TE, Richard Rodgers, hasn't been targeted a single time. Instead, 30 of 75 pass attempts (40%) have been thrown to Nelson. That might not seem like such a bad idea, targeting their best receiver 40% of the time (Cobb's at 20%), but Aaron Rodgers's yards per game are at 242.5 in 2014 (down from 268.8 in 2013) and RB Eddie Lacy's per game yardage is half of what he had in 2013. The offense hasn't been as effective when they can only count on Nelson for yards and Cobb for touchdown receptions.
I don't know why Boykin or Richard Rodgers have been invisible in the first two games, but rookie WR Davante Adams did emerge against the Jets with 5 receptions on 7 targets. Adams played little against the Seahawks in Week 1 (no targets) but if he kept up his Week 2 usage over the course of the entire season, he would receive about 20% of all pass attempt. That's the usage I was expecting from their number three receiver. Maybe Boykin is better suited as the number four receiver and Adams will move ahead of him shortly.
Whatever happens, the Packers have to find away to get more receivers involved in the offense.
Rookie WR Davante Adams makes a splash in home opener. Read more: http://t.co/TUUUKzwqRi #NYJvsGB pic.twitter.com/y2LJbZuiL2
— Green Bay Packers (@packers) September 15, 2014
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Right now on the defensive side of the ball in GB, they are out thinking themselves like no other. #unleash @ClayMatthews52 and j.peppersI can recall one play when Matthews was acting like a middle linebacker in pass coverage, and also the one pass down the sidelines that was covered by LB Julius Peppers, who was tied for the team lead last Sunday with two pass defenses. So far, Mike McCarthy is supportive of deploying two of the best pass rushers in the NFL into coverage, but it's obvious the coaches aren't playing to those players' strengths. An occasional zone blitz can be useful to give the defense some unpredictability, but I find it hard to defend dropping Matthews into coverage 35% of the time. Matthews and Peppers are known for making plays at or behind the line of scrimmage, and moving them away from it doesn't make a lot of sense.
— Brady poppinga (@BradyPoppinga) September 15, 2014
Jamari Lattimore or Brad Jones? While Jones was a disaster against the Seahawks (he was probably playing hurt), Lattimore earned a positive grade from Pro Football Focus for his start against the Jets. I'm not a huge Jones fan, but he has played very well at times, and it's hard to believe Lattimore can be anything more than an adequate starter. I'd like to see what Lattimore would do with another start, and I wouldn't mind if they kept Sam Barrington loose in the bullpen either.
Where in the world is Casey Hayward? I did notice during the Jets game that Hayward seemed to be riding the bike on the sidelines instead of lining up on the field. If the Packers were going to improve their defense, I expected Hayward (who was arguably their 2nd best defensive player in 2012 before an injury plagued 2013 season) would be a big factor. There currently seems to be a mystery injury surrounding him, but there could be another couple factors as to why he's on the bench. One of his final plays in Week 1 was a killer 15 yard personal foul that ended their slim comeback hopes against the Seahawks. Also, CB Davon House played very well this preseason and he's clearly outplayed Hayward so far this season (two pass defenses for House against the Jets and a positive rating from Pro Football Focus). The defense needs to force more turnovers and no one has more potential for grabbing INTs than Hayward (6 INTs during his rookie season) but he injuries and more competition might be pushing him to the sidelines.
So the defense is still a work in progress. Despite having the entire preseason to figure everything out, everything is not figured out. There isn't an obvious fix here, expect that it's time to unleash Matthews and Peppers, and it's something to keep an eye on.
Monday, September 15, 2014
Jordy Nelson becomes ‘Mr. 200’ Read more: http://t.co/HHXhAed4uP Nelson highlights: http://t.co/QKskckPtdo pic.twitter.com/xIL6BwibHzHere's the big question; What the hell happened to the defense? After allowing touchdowns on the Jets' first three possessions, the defense held them to only 132 yards on their final eight drives. Here are a few observations:
— Green Bay Packers (@packers) September 15, 2014
The defense is soft up the middle. It seems like Dom Capers is daring the opposing offense to call a running play right up the middle on 3rd and long. I guess the idea is that the defensive players will swarm to make the tackle. Well, early in the game, the Jets had a few big plays right up the middle. A 13 yard pass to WR Jeremy Kerley on 3rd and 11. QB Geno Smith scrambled for 9 yards on 3rd and 6. RB Bilal Powell ran for 11 yards on 3rd and 13 (the Jets converted on 4th down). Eventually the defense adjusted. DE Datone Jones said they stopped a lot of substitutions, and also DE Mike Daniels started to take over. It also looked like DT Josh Boyd held up pretty well inside too. Those plays weren't there for the Jets by the middle of the second quarter.
LB Clay Matthews stopped overrunning plays. It wasn't just Matthews, but the Packers have been terrible at stopping change of direction because they are over pursuing on the fake. Matthews was especially fond of running hard down the line of scrimmage, only to watch Smith roll to the other side. At some time during the 2nd quarter, either the Packers adjusted or the Jets stopped trying to exploit it.
The Jets couldn't run the ball. For a team that is expected to be a good running team, RB Chris Ivory and RB Chris Johnson did little on the ground. So it was up to Geno Smith to make plays, which leads into my last point.
Smith couldn't complete anything. After starting out 8 for 10 passing on the Jets' opening three touchdown drives, he completed only 8 of 22 on their final eight drives. He went on a long drought with several incompletions in a row. He only completed 55.8 percent of his passes in 2013, so accuracy is not his strong suit. Going through a long stretch with no completions and no running game is going to create a come back opportunity. While the defense was improving, Smith seemed to go into a funk at the right time.
So the defense remains a big question mark. After struggling badly Week 1 in Seattle, they looked completely outplayed for over a quarter against an offense led by Geno Smith. The talent/production looks overmatched on the inside of the defense (defensive tackle/inside linebacker) and there aren't enough splash plays/turnovers created by the big playmakers to offset it (only 1 turnover recovered in each of their first two games).
Saturday, September 13, 2014
Friday, September 12, 2014
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Looks like Eddie Lacy has been cleared. He's in full pads for practice. McCarthy will update status after. #Packers pic.twitter.com/s1hxCfIpSQ
— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) September 11, 2014
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Bulaga worked through some drills with the #packers O-Line. ... pic.twitter.com/rdeo2klYbiI think we saw the worst of RT Derek Sherrod against the Seahawks, he generally played better during the preseason, but Bulaga's return would be welcomed. Right now, it looks like career start number one for Sherrod will be happening soon.
— Tyler Dunne (@TyDunne) September 10, 2014
On the other hand, RB Eddie Lacy didn't practice though he might be back very soon. He's already passed the first concussion protocol step. The Packers aren't going to rush him back, so if he does play on Sunday, I wouldn't have any concerns about him.
It seems like LB Brad Jones played awful last Thursday night because he's playing hurt (he always seems to be hurting) but that doesn't explain why he played all 70 defensive snaps against the Seahawks (one of only four defenders to do so). Maybe he aggravated the quad injury he suffered in late August at some point during the game and the coaches didn't realize it. But he was limited in practice for most of last week. Why would they rely so heavily on a player who wasn't 100%.
Despite all the talk about a big makeover on defense this season, they're still relying on a former 7th round pick who's inconsistent and/or injured and the only two options are another former 7th round pick (Sam Barrington) and an undrafted college defensive end (Jamari Lattimore). Maybe LB Carl Bradford is the answer, but he just made the switch inside a couple weeks ago. Due to missed tackles and penalties in pass coverage, inside linebacker is looking like the weak link on defense.
Tuesday, September 09, 2014
Monday, September 08, 2014
Below, guest writer Lance Fleury wrote a sponsored article about the inflated value of Lacy.
QB Aaron Rodgers wasn't sharp, the defense couldn't tackle or force a turnover, they burned a couple timeouts early due to general confusion, and they had some killer penalties (one on DE Mike Daniels for running into the kicker and a holding penalty on LB Brad Jones that extended Seattle's 4th quarter drive that led to their final touchdown). It was a sloppy mess of a game and this is the best that can be said about it:
“We’ll move on to the Jets. It’s not a one-game season.” Read more: http://t.co/usma0179vy pic.twitter.com/KfPDEW8nuVOn Thursday I wrote about two keys to the game, and the Packers failed badly on both fronts.
— Green Bay Packers (@packers) September 6, 2014
The first key was RT Bryan Bulaga, whose game was unfortunately cut short due to a knee injury that could keep him out for a few weeks. Backup RT Derek Sherrod allowed a sack on a 4th down attempt and surrendered the sack that forced a fumble/safety. And to keep up with the sloppy theme, LT David Bakhtiari had a personal foul after the fumble/safety. The line had to protect Aaron Rodgers, and they did a pretty good job for most of the game (3 sacks and 4 QB hits) but those two sacks allowed by Sherrod were such big, negative plays that they overshadowed the rest of the line's good work.
Obviously Sherrod's someone to watch closely over the next few games (depending on the severity of Bulaga's injury). If there is a silver lining, it's that he was pretty inconsistent during the preseason. He was terrible last month in St. Louis, but he was solid in their other three preseason games. Hopefully the Seattle game was his bad week, and he'll look much better over the next few games.
The second key was to attack QB Russell Wilson. He didn't have a monster game, he was held under 200 yards passing and a couple of tipped passes could have easily been intercepted (also a long incompletion to FS HaHa Clinton-Dix probably should have been picked off), but the defense didn't make him pay for his mistakes/bad luck. They only recorded one sack and one QB hit. Basically everything bad from the 2013 defense (terrible run defense, poor tackling, no turnovers, little pass rush) returned for Week 1.
They won't look back (they rallied from a disastrous 30-point loss on Thanksgiving last season to win three of their final four games) and this game in Seattle was their toughest road match-up of the year. I'm looking forward to see them bounce back next week.
Sunday, September 07, 2014
Saturday, September 06, 2014
Friday, September 05, 2014
Thursday, September 04, 2014
The day is finally here. RT if you're ready to get this #Packers season started. #GBvsSEA pic.twitter.com/bW3zNC0sd4The usual formula for success for Mike McCarthy's team is to get the offense in a rhythm and have the defense force turnovers. QB Aaron Rodgers isn't known for winning low scoring affairs. But the Packers are much more likely to win if they keep the score down.
— Green Bay Packers (@packers) September 4, 2014
What I want to see on offense. RT Bryan Bulaga has to have a great game. This memory pales in comparison to the not-touchdown pass to end the Fail Mary game in 2012, but Bulaga was terrible. Rodgers was sacked 8 times, most of them coming in the first half, and most of them recorded by the defender who was running at Bulaga. Seattle's secondary is very good, but Rodgers will have some success if they can protect him. To a lesser extent, the first NFL start for C Corey Lindsey is also a factor, but the Packers can help him on the interior and Seattle's outside pass rush is the main concern.
What I want to see on defense. It's all about stopping QB Russell Wilson. The last time these teams played in Seattle, Wilson had a poor game (it was only his third NFL start) and he completed only 10 passes (9 in reality). The Packers only scored 12 points but they held Seattle to 14 (7 in reality). The Cardinals did the same thing to the Seahawks last season in Week 16; keep the score low and win with a late touchdown. The Cardinals put a ton of pressure on Wilson, kept him from scrambling (only 2 recorded rushes), and allowed only 11 completions. They need to hit the quarterback but keep him contained in the pocket. It's time to see why the Packers signed LB Julius Peppers.
This isn't a projection, the formula for beating the Seahawks is easier said then done, but if the Packers do win it'll be in a low scoring game. Packers 17, Seattle 13.
Wednesday, September 03, 2014
Tuesday, September 02, 2014
Monday, September 01, 2014
Hear from Coach McCarthy & #Packers players as they talk about the upcoming roster decisions: http://t.co/PpYfPY8dSG pic.twitter.com/2FBsD2TnkaLB Jayrone Elliott. He led the team with 5 sacks and was by far the biggest playmaker this preseason. Some of the tackles assigned to block him were bad players, but some other team would have claimed him if they tried to move him to the practice squad. However, once the regular season starts, I expect he'll be left inactive. But they had a ton of injuries at outside linebacker last season and you never know when he'll be needed.
— Green Bay Packers (@packers) August 30, 2014
QB Matt Flynn and QB Scott Tolzien. Flynn's stats were OK, his accuracy was poor (47.4% completion) and he threw the lone INT of the preseason. Tolzien looked sharper this preseason and he should have won the job if it was a straight-up competition. Flynn, however, was better suited as the starter last season and that can't be discounted. But after last season's backup roller coaster of Graham Harrell to Vince Young to Seneca Wallace (all out of the NFL now), they needed some stability and I'm glad they kept both.
WR Jeff Janis. He didn't touch the ball a whole lot, but every time he did it was a big play. His route running looks like a work in process, but he showed good hands and big play potential as a receiver and returner. I hope he plays a lot on special teams even if he doesn't play at all on offense this season.
C Corey Lindsey. A month ago, it wasn't even guaranteed that the rookie 5th round pick would make the roster, and now he opens the season as the starter. I expect LG Josh Sitton will make the line calls on Thursday night, but Lindsey looked like a capable player against the Chiefs.
CB Demetri Goodson. This is a minor disagreement, but I didn't see anything that made me think their 6th round rookie CB should make the roster. But he didn't have a lot of competition, other than undrafted CB Jumal Rolle (who outplayed him this preseason, but was also kept on the practice squad) and Goodson probably won't be active in Week 1 anyway. He remains a project.
LB Andy Mulumba. His retention is minor too, but they needed another defensive lineman more than Mulumba, who didn't make much of an impact this preseason. Maybe he would have been released had not DT Khyri Thornton ended up on I.R.
S Sean Richardson and S Chris Banjo. Both can play on special teams, but Richardson looked better on defense. I'm glad they were able to keep Banjo on the practice squad. They don't have a player the caliber of Nick Collins anymore, but the safety position is as deep as it's been in years.
OT Derek Sherrod. He struggled in his second preseason game in St. Louis but otherwise he's looked solid. It's great to see the former 1st round pick back on the field. With Sherrod and RT Bryan Bulaga returning from injuries, despite the season ending loss of OL Don Barclay, the line with Lindsey, Sherrod and G Lane Taylor is deep.