Solid piece from Mark Titus over @ Club Trillion.
Great piece from the fine folks over @ Grantland
To the question of whether or not the Pacers are back, the answer is pretty clear. No. Hell no.
Not after Washington cracked them 102-96 in a classic case of a game that wasn’t nearly as close as it indicated. But it wasn’t all bad for Indy last night. Check out Big Hibbs, finally showing up and going for 18. 18 minutes that is.
And by now, I’m sure you know how the rest of his stat line read: zero boards and the same amount of points I had. I’m telling you, one of these nights; I’m going to find a way to outscore Roy Hibbert.
The man with the monacle didn’t hit any shots, but he did get lit up with potshots from a couple of former NBA’ers, Tracy McGrady and Gilbert Arenas. What? Steve Francis and J.R. Rider didn’t want any of that. McGrady tweeted the same scud…
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All the guy has done is carry the entire team since the Seattle days
Who cares … yes, the guy is a giant POS but that’s what we’re concerned with these days? Something he said in supposed confidence to his mistress … that was broken by TMZ of all places. Additionally, most everyone within his circle (NBA owners) knew the guy was a racist bigot, now that this information becomes public they want to jump in and ostracize the guy? Talk about hypocrites …
It’s amazing how quickly the media (and our president) likes to leech onto anything involving race. Isn’t there anything better going on? Like the NBA and NHL playoffs for instance and the Brewers hot start, for example.
Let’s take a look at Detroit. First of all, what was going on with Fairley and Suh? I understand Green Bay’s running game has improved but I wasn’t expecting them to put up 180 yards on the ground (I’m aware Ansah was far from healthy). In addition to stopping the run game, Detroit was only able to get to Rodgers once behind the line of scrimmage. I thought the secondary and linebackers looked tough all day aside from a few missed tackles and 1 big play to James Jones. On the plus side, the defense did a great job of buckling down in the red zone, holding Green Bay to 2 field goals on their two redzone trips.
Offensively for Detroit, there’s not a whole lot that can be said about the game when you’re essentially missing 2/3 of your offense. Green Bay was able to put a decent amount of pressure on Stafford as Detroit’s run game was never able to get going. Moving forward, I’d like to see Scott Linehan implement more 3 step drops to ease some of the pressure on the o-line and Stafford. The bright spot for the offense: Brandon Pettigrew is quickly becoming a big threat at TE, his versatility makes him a pain to matchup with.
Looking at Green Bay’s offense, the biggest concern lies in the redzone offense. If you’ve followed Green Bay since Rodgers took over then you’ve probably become accustomed to redzone TD passes, however, such has not been the case this year as McCarthy is still trying to figure out his plan of attack when he’s inside the oppositions 20. Moving forward, I think you can expect to see McCarthy lean heavily on his run game in an effort to limit the hits Rodgers takes. The o-line only gave up one sack on the day and as mentioned earlier, Green Bay racked up 180 yards on the ground. Final thoughts on the offense: Taylor and Jones each had costly drops that could’ve easily led to TD’s, Jordy Nelson continues to make incredible catches, Randall Cobb played a big role in the run game and pass game.
Defensively for Green Bay, the biggest story is 52’s thumb, reports are saying he’s probably out for a month. Thumb injuries to linebackers are extremely debilitating as they really hamper your ability to shed run/pass blockers. Overall, however, Green Bay’s defense had a great day, the d-line and linebackers dominated the line of scrimmage giving up only 64 yards on the ground and picking up 5 sacks. I’m going to avoid commenting on the secondary due to the absence of Megatron and Burleson. My only concern with Green Bay’s defense has been their inability to force turnovers. Few more thoughts on the defense: Hawk had a solid day, Perry picked up 2 sacks, Francois is lost for the season.
- Mason Crosby went 5-5 on FG’s and connected on a 52 yarder
- DeAndre Levy is a force at linebacker for Detroit, 3 tfl’s on the day and 14 combined tackles
- I think Detroit gets back on track next week vs. Cleveland
- Rodgers will have a big week against the Ravens
- If James Jones attempted Lambeau leap isn’t on ‘C’mon Man’ tonight I’ll be pissed