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Late in games, Packers’ defense can’t get off the field

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The Packers’ four losses have had one thing in common: In the fourth quarter, the opposing team has had a long, sustained drive that Green Bay’s defense couldn’t stop.

In Week One, the 49ers got the ball at their own 35-yard line with 4:52 to play and proceeded to run 11 plays, gain 50 yards, and kick a field goal with only 26 seconds left.

In Week Three, the Bengals got the ball at their own 5-yard line, trailing 30-21 in the fourth quarter, and marched 95 yards for a touchdown that closed the gap to 30-27 before a Cincinnati defensive touchdown gave the Bengals a 34-30 win.

In Week Nine, the Bears put the game away with an 18-play, 80-yard drive that took 8:58 off the clock and ended with a field goal that gave the Packers a 27-20 deficit with just 50 seconds left.

In Week Ten, the Eagles’ took the ball over with 9:32 remaining and ended up running out that entire 9:32 with a 15-play, 70-yard drive.

Packers linebacker A.J. Hawk says the defense needs a sense of urgency.

We think we do have that urgency,” Hawk told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “And when things like this happen, sometimes that’ll get that urgency at a higher level even. Maybe it will. We’re going to be battling. I’m not quitting.”

The good news, in Hawk’s opinion, is that the Packers’ defense has what it takes to play a lot better than it has been.

“With how quickly it’s gone south, we can turn that around really quick,” Hawk said.

With Aaron Rodgers no longer around to win high-scoring games for them, the Packers’ defense needs to turn things around now.

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  1. officialgame says: Nov 14, 2013 8:04 AM

    Could it be the out of shape, and over weight dinosaurs they have playing on the defensive line? More and more teams are getting away from that body type to combat the increasing speed the game is being played at.

  2. jbeagles23 says: Nov 14, 2013 8:06 AM

    Lets be honest. That defence is awful

  3. contra74 says: Nov 14, 2013 8:11 AM

    Too bad Rodgers isn’t around to help the defense get off! Matthews can’t get everyone off on his own, he needs Rodgers to help as well. Nobody is getting off without their assistance!

  4. doner80 says: Nov 14, 2013 8:17 AM

    The piffers just plain suck!!!

  5. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Nov 14, 2013 8:17 AM

    No doubt, it’s been a tough slog this year. But, we’re getting our pieces back little by little, this week it’s part of Clay’s hand, the rest will come in time and we’ll be fine. Don’t worry about us. #Warriors.

  6. shlort says: Nov 14, 2013 8:17 AM

    MDS, you are wrong on the Bengals game. The Bengals were behind after that drive. They only took the lead when Franklin fumbled the ball as GB was trying to salt that game away later in the 4th Quarter with a long drive of their own.

    Your point is valid on GB needing to keep opponents from making long drives late in games. Long drives at any point in a game make it hard to win those games, but long drives in the 4th quater kill any hopes a team might have had of getting the ball back to score again.

    Michael David Smith: You are correct. Thanks.

  7. notrelated says: Nov 14, 2013 8:19 AM

    “In Week Ten, the Eagles’ took the ball over with 9:32 remaining and ended up running out that entire 9:32 with a 15-play, 70-yard drive.”

    LOL

  8. jemeehan318 says: Nov 14, 2013 8:20 AM

    In the Bears loss, Mark Trestman called a game for the first three quarters that had Raji running from sideline to sideline. By the time that last drive came around, big boy was out of gas.

  9. shlort says: Nov 14, 2013 8:21 AM

    After reading “Franlin fumbled the ball” Insert “And the Bengals returned that fumble for the game winning touchdown” In my prevous post.

  10. aa1829 says: Nov 14, 2013 8:22 AM

    I admit that I am no football player, but this must be Dom Capers fault. Who tells these guys to play 15 yards off the line of scrimmage, and why is there no Packer player on the TV screen when a receiver makes a reception? Must win Sunday or the season is over. You can’t leave that many wins on the field against weak opponents and expect to make it to the playoffs. GO PACKERS GO!!!

  11. glennsyank13 says: Nov 14, 2013 8:26 AM

    Capers should have been gone after the 2011 season. Actually, the 2009 season…..

  12. timegambit says: Nov 14, 2013 8:28 AM

    All they’re doing is screwing up their draft position.

    Little fat coaches wreck everything.

  13. doner80 says: Nov 14, 2013 8:28 AM

    Whether it’s duck dodgers, the terrible o-line or that atrocious defense this team is done reality check Queenbay!!!

  14. dkrause71 says: Nov 14, 2013 8:30 AM

    A few things come to mind when reading this article

    Pro Packers
    +They have missed many of their better defensive players for long stretches -Burnett, Mathews, Perry, B Jones, C Hayward

    Con Packers
    -They desperately need an upgrade at the safety opposite Burnett.
    -They need more speed in the back 7

  15. filthymcnasty1 says: Nov 14, 2013 8:46 AM

    No doubt there is room for improvement. On the bright side, they still have the best defense in the NFC North, ranked 17th in points per game, and 18th in yards per game.

    But the Packers deserve better.

  16. stevenwilliams2013 says: Nov 14, 2013 8:55 AM

    Even if your QB, Karen Rodgers comes back this team is going nowhere because defense is so bad.

  17. jtgush says: Nov 14, 2013 9:03 AM

    problem with the defense……Dum Capers!
    Kevin Greene needs to take control and make a bad azz defense……too soft……

  18. cmstrick says: Nov 14, 2013 9:15 AM

    We still haven’t replaced Nick Collins. Capers doesn’t seem capable (or willing) to change his defense to account for the lack of a good Free Safety…

  19. vegasgreek says: Nov 14, 2013 9:23 AM

    It’s NOT Capers’ fault . he can only scheme to put the players in place to perform . Ted Thompson never drafted a guy to help out Clay Mathews and Nick Collins suffered a tragic injury. Usually the Packers play ahead in the 4th quarter when Rodgers is there and the running game is in full throttle. The Raiders almost beat the ny giants . he Packers can do it even with a 3rd string QB. They have a running game now. All the haters and trolls will eat their words when Rodgers comes back on December 8th and they run the table and make the playoffs.

  20. zam0854 says: Nov 14, 2013 9:46 AM

    Packers are competing for a wildcard spot now with other teams like 49ers, Panthers, Bears, Eagles/Cowboys…They have zero passing game and zero defense and zero chances of getting one of the wildcard spots.

  21. fground says: Nov 14, 2013 10:13 AM

    so the Packers without about 15 injuries including one to Rodgers, are essentially the Minnesota Vikings.

  22. esotericmindguy says: Nov 14, 2013 11:14 AM

    It’s not just this year, it’s every year. Rodgers first year starting he got ripped for losing games in the 4th quarter. However, the packers lead the league in 4th quarter scoring that year. Defense sucks, has since Nick Collins was injured.

  23. linemanguy74 says: Nov 14, 2013 11:46 AM

    I see Raja waving his finger first part of game as game goes on he is waving at the ball carriers as they run by him

  24. shlort says: Nov 14, 2013 12:55 PM

    Rodgers said he’ll be back for the Vikings game. If the Pack can manage to go into the Meadowlands and stun the Giants, they are in contention for the division title. That is a little update for ya’ll.

  25. duece5 says: Nov 14, 2013 1:09 PM

    NOBODY is worried about the packers……and no, Erin will not be back until it is too late.

    Keep in mind, when the packers are 5-7 or 5-8 on Rodgas return, you didn’t win all your games early in the year WHEN YOU HAD RODGERS.

    So, yes, the season is over.

    nest 2 games;

    Giants 31
    Pukes 17

    Vikings 34
    Pukes 19

  26. duece5 says: Nov 14, 2013 1:11 PM

    shlort says: Nov 14, 2013 12:55 PM

    Rodgers said he’ll be back for the Vikings game. If the Pack can manage to go into the Meadowlands and stun the Giants, they are in contention for the division title. That is a little update for ya’ll.

    duece5 says:

    Uhhh….earth to pack fan……earth to pack fan!!!!!

    You guys are funny!!!!!!!!

  27. allday28mvpmvp says: Nov 14, 2013 1:33 PM

    When the Vikes win in Lambaeu next week, it will prove the Pack are nothing without Rodgers and are far from being a legit contender

  28. allday420ap says: Nov 14, 2013 1:41 PM

    honestly they r far and away the worst in the nfc

  29. The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says: Nov 14, 2013 1:44 PM

    It’s fun reading comments from Packer fans about the season being over, the defense being terrible, don’t ruin your draft pick, and the terrible quarterback gives us hope with small glimmers of competence. All the things they were making fun of Viking fans for earlier in the year.

  30. aldante66 says: Nov 14, 2013 1:58 PM

    Could it be the out of shape, and over weight dinosaurs they have playing on the defensive line? More and more teams are getting away from that body type to combat the increasing speed the game is being played at.

    ———————————————

    You’ve got half of it. The second part is the dbacks and linebackers (minus Hawk) were all late round picks because they were smallish, slow and lacked play at div I level. There is not one defensive back on this team that could play second string on any other team. They can’t tackle, cover or even figure how to defend complex multiple formations.

    But they come cheap. You can pay three of them for one top 1st round bone crushing corner or safety so that’s saying something.

  31. aldante66 says: Nov 14, 2013 2:04 PM

    Ted never replaced Jenkins our top pass rusher, Collins via injury, Woodson via old age, Wells a pro bowl center with anyone of quality.

    Perry and Datone have not shown first round draft pick potential. James Worthy is so bad as a two pick there is talk he may get cut this week.

    I thought I saw a ray of hope for the Pack when they cut 5 or 6 players I called ‘dead wood’. Now, they have another 10 to 15 players who are marginal at best. They need a three year plan via the draft and free agency to be contenders again.

  32. filthymcnasty1 says: Nov 14, 2013 2:09 PM

    I’m reminded of a quote by the late, great Bud Grant who once famously said “Viking fans are small people (figuratively speaking), living small lives, beneath the giant shadow of the Green Bay Packers.

    The wonderful thing about the Packers latest quest to win a NFL record 14 World Championship is that they still have 13 if it doesn’t work out. After all, other teams sometimes win championships too (except for the Vikings).

  33. mtreilly99 says: Nov 14, 2013 2:14 PM

    It’s fun reading comments from Packer fans about the season being over, the defense being terrible, don’t ruin your draft pick, and the terrible quarterback gives us hope with small glimmers of competence. All the things they were making fun of Viking fans for earlier in the year.

    You know what is funny? The packers 3rd string practice squad QB is already better than any of the Vikings QB’s will ever be.

  34. swaggyy says: Nov 14, 2013 2:18 PM

    The Packers “defense” is terrible. No surprise here.

  35. mtreilly99 says: Nov 14, 2013 2:21 PM

    Funny, Vikqueen fans trolling about Rodgers and the Pack. Keep riding or ‘rolling’ that Duante Culpepper train until they are out of the twin cities and in LA. Clown.

  36. shlort says: Nov 14, 2013 2:38 PM

    duece5 says:Nov 14, 2013 1:11 PM

    shlort says: Nov 14, 2013 12:55 PM

    Rodgers said he’ll be back for the Vikings game. If the Pack can manage to go into the Meadowlands and stun the Giants, they are in contention for the division title. That is a little update for ya’ll.

    duece5 says:

    Uhhh….earth to pack fan……earth to pack fan!!!!!

    You guys are funny!!!!!!!!

    _____________________

    Duece, It didn’t come from me, it came from Rodgers. He said he should be ready to go for the Vikings game. I am sure he knows more about it than you or I do. I’ll believe Rodgers at this point.

  37. jjblueflames says: Nov 14, 2013 2:41 PM

    What frustrates me about the Packers defense is it’s keyed on rushing the quarterback at any expense. There isn’t proper containment of the pocket. As defensive rushers over reach for the sack, they put themselves well past the edge of the pocket. Too many times, the QB or back can find a seam to exploit or escape around the corner. Meanwhile, the DBs sit in zone coverage seemingly unaware of receivers occupying their area. And the tackling by the secondary is laughable. Reminds me of Bobby Bouche trying to tackle the QB before he learned to vent his anger. Well, guess what defense? Momma says, “we’re all angry now.”

  38. duece5 says: Nov 14, 2013 2:43 PM

    filthymcnasty1 says: Nov 14, 2013 2:09 PM

    I’m reminded of a quote by the late, great Bud Grant who once famously said “Viking fans are small people (figuratively speaking), living small lives, beneath the giant shadow of the Green Bay Packers.

    The wonderful thing about the Packers latest quest to win a NFL record 14 World Championship is that they still have 13 if it doesn’t work out. After all, other teams sometimes win championships too (except for the Vikings).

    duece5 says:

    Yes the packers have won ONE more NFL Championship than the Vikes since 1969.

    But hey, if those leather-headed, no helmet wearing championships against the Sioux City Chiefs in the 30s/40s make you feel good……great.

    For the record, the packers have won 2 championships, and our Vikings have won once since 1969.

    Neither have over performed in that category in modern football.

    But hey, since you are the historian, filthy, you don’t want to talk about the TWENTY year period in the 70s and 80 s where the record of gbay was one of the worst in the NFL….

  39. jerrykramer says: Nov 14, 2013 3:32 PM

    The vikings never won a championship. Ever.

    And yes, the Packers can’t stop anyone in the 4th quarter. But, they’re a hell of a lot closer to a championship than most of the other teams in the league. Especially any teams in their division.

  40. filthymcnasty1 says: Nov 14, 2013 3:39 PM

    The NFL and football fans around the globe say the Packers have 13 World Championships.

    Loser Viking fans say we have 2.

    Who should we believe?

  41. axespray says: Nov 14, 2013 6:51 PM

    But I thought Cowherd and Skip said it was all Rodger’s fault for not being “clutch enough” …smh.

    By the way, Trade Dom Capers for San Fran’s D-Coordinator and we’re in the same situation we’re in now… Get Rid of AJ Hawk for the love of gawd.

  42. johngaltwho says: Nov 14, 2013 7:26 PM

    We’re Packer fans. That means we support our team through adversity and through championships. We watch the games, we fill the seats at Lambeau, and we keep a positive attitude about the efforts of our players and coaches. Bears fans get that. They root for Da Bears through thick and thin. Thats something they dont get in Detroit or Minnesota. We all know, as soon as the team falters, they will tune out the games, and lament another season of disappointment. Well, here’s a gift for you, Aaron Rodgers is hurt, Clay Matthews has a broken hand and half the squad is banged up. Cheer hard and cheer loud Detroit and Minnesota. Laugh at the Packers and talk about “Sharon” on the blogs. But enjoy this moment in the warm sunshine, because be warned, winter is coming.

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