Packers aren’t freaking out about facing Dez Bryant

AP

When the Packers faced the Cowboys in 2013, Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant had 153 yards on 11 catches in the kind of performance we’ve grown accustomed to seeing from one of the NFL’s hardest receivers to stop.

That memory and the film of Bryant’s exploits this season are on the Packers’ minds heading into Sunday afternoon’s game at Lambeau Field. Defensive back Micah Hyde raved about Bryant on Monday, pointing out that there are “only a few guys in the league” that can do the things Bryant is able to do on offense.

Stopping Bryant will obviously be a crucial part of the defensive game plan this weekend, but Hyde said that the team isn’t going to devote so much attention to Bryant that Jason Witten, Cole Beasley or Terrence Williams is left alone to hurt the Packers.

“It’s a tough task to play guys like that,” Hyde said, via the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “We understand that. We understand they’re going to make their catches, they’re going to make their plays. We’re not going to freak out….So as long as we do what we do, we’ll be fine.”

The Packers secondary has been much better this season than it was in 2013, but the Cowboys will offer them a major challenge through the air and on the ground. Stopping the ground game could require the Packers to devote an extra body in the box, which will force the team’s corners to win their battles with Bryant if the Packers are going to remain unbeaten at home this year.

90 responses to “Packers aren’t freaking out about facing Dez Bryant

  1. They will after that first kickoff – when the Packers take a knee in the end zone, he runs out on the field without a helmet to yell at a ref, and they award the ball to Dallas on the 20.

  2. Bryant is a great receiver, and I’m sure he’ll have a big game.. but the Cowboys are still going to lose this game by 10+ points.

  3. Bryant will eat them alive just like Julio a few weeks ago and Crabtree in the playoffs. This is not a good matchup for GB.

  4. This game is a matchup of two of the most iconic sports franchises in history. Congratulations to both teams on another tremendous season.

    Better football for better people.

  5. While Packers still pull out a win, for some reason Capers will put single coverage on Dez majority of the game, allowing Dez to reach career highs and break NFL records on the Packer’s defense.

  6. They need to freak out about DeMarco, especially considering it’s going to be 20 degrees. The Packers are the only 3-4 defense left in the playoffs. Murray torches 3-4’s. Especially on the road. Stats don’t lie.

  7. The are not worried about his game but the fact that he will on the field without a helmet to argue any pass interference call and the ref will pick up the flag.

    Also the head of NFL Officiating needs to be independent. Not only in fact but in appearance as well. Blandino needs to go because he has shown so much bias and incompetence this past year. This is just the icing on the farewell cake.

    #FireBlandino

    #FireMorelli

    #NFLRefsSuck

    #CowboysBuyingTriptoSuperBowl

  8. As much as I would love to see Dallas win this game, they will not be able to handle Rodgers and all his offensive weapons. It is nice to have an opportunistic defense but in games like this, it just doesn’t cut it. GB wins 34-24

  9. Just an FYI,

    The Packers have only given up 100+ yards to 3 receivers this year. Jordan Matthews in what turned out to be a blowout. Brandon Marshall in what turned out to be a blowout. And a great game played by Julio Jones.

    So what are the trolls going to claim about the packers pass defense being terrible?

  10. Beasley Witten Hanna Escobar Harris Williams Murray Bryant, pick your poison Packers! As Jimmy Johnson said put it in 3 inch print Dallas Cowboys will win

  11. abninf says:
    Jan 6, 2015 10:03 AM
    They need to freak out about DeMarco, especially considering it’s going to be 20 degrees. The Packers are the only 3-4 defense left in the playoffs. Murray torches 3-4’s. Especially on the road. Stats don’t lie.

    —-

    This is true.

    Aaron Rodgers torches visiting teams at Lambeau. Stats don’t lie. Also, the Packers torch bottom half defenses at Lambeau as well. Stats really, really don’t lie.

  12. The Green Bay Press Gazette did an analysis of the 2nd half of the Atlanta game and concluded that the Packers stuck to very Vanilla defenses and rarely doubled Julio. They figured Capers was playing it close to the vest in case they faced the Falcons in the playoffs. I doubt Bryant will get such Vanilla schemes.

  13. Well if Green Bay’s 23rd ranked run D can slow down Murray without dropping a Safety in the box they have nothing to worry about.

    If they can’t, and you’re not able to bracket him anymore, Dez will eat your lunch.

  14. Mr. Romo, meet Mr. Matthews.

    Bryant can’t catch passes that are never thrown.

    Packers will bitch-slap the Cowgirls 42-20.

  15. abninf says:Jan 6, 2015 10:03 AM

    They need to freak out about DeMarco, especially considering it’s going to be 20 degrees. The Packers are the only 3-4 defense left in the playoffs. Murray torches 3-4’s. Especially on the road. Stats don’t lie.

    Stats don’t lie, but people do. Pretty sure that the Ravens & Colts run a base 3-4. The Pats, Seahawks and Broncos (like the Packers) run a hybrid system depending on the situation. Honestly, the Cowboys & Panthers are the only teams left in the playoffs that DON’T run some version of the 3-4. Either way, 3-4 base defenses historically are more stout against the run.

  16. We’re not going to freak out….So as long as we do what we do, we’ll be fine.”

    RIGHT, LIKE GRABBING, HOLDING ON, LATE HITS IN THE PILE. YEP, YOU’LL BE FINE.

  17. jjf82889 says:
    Jan 6, 2015 10:20 AM
    Well if Green Bay’s 23rd ranked run D can slow down Murray without dropping a Safety in the box they have nothing to worry about.

    If they can’t, and you’re not able to bracket him anymore, Dez will eat your lunch.
    _—————————————–

    Well if Dallas’ 26th ranked pass D can’t slow down Rodgers the game will be over before Murray can even get warm.

  18. Refs at Lambeau will work overtime to hand the game to the cheese as usual. Just watch.
    =========

    For once I hope you’re right.

    I would LMAO if Dallas lost based on a terrible call.

  19. abninf says:
    Jan 6, 2015 10:03 AM
    They need to freak out about DeMarco, especially considering it’s going to be 20 degrees. The Packers are the only 3-4 defense left in the playoffs. Murray torches 3-4’s. Especially on the road. Stats don’t lie.
    ———————————————————————
    Green Bay plays the 3-4 about 15% of the time. They also play 4-3, and assorted other packages. They are a multiple defense.

    Stats don’t lie, so you’d also check to see what GBs defense has done in the 2nd half of the season. If I’m not mistaken they allowed fewer than 87yds rushing a game and 3.6yds per carry since week eight.

    The yds/ gm would be 4th best and yds/att would be tied for 3rd if viewed over the entire season.

  20. This is going to be one high scoring game with two terrible defenses and the MVP of the current season against one former MVP. It’s going to be spectacular!!

  21. The Pack faces Megatron and Marshall twice a year, so I doubt they’re all that fragged about Bryant. I suspect Capers’ concern, when he isn’t adjusting his comb-over, is more about the Dallas O-line and Murray.

  22. Blog blog blog, flog flog flog….everyone enjoy the game, it will be a great matchup. I’m “relaxing” 😉 love my Packers and Lambeau field when it’s real cool!

  23. Brandon Marshall/Alshon Jeffery
    Calvin Johnson
    Mike Evans/Vincent Jackson
    Julio Jones

    These are just some of the WRs the Pack have faced this year.

    No, the Packers are not freaking out over facing Dez. They are planning a defensive scheme that accounts for having an exceptional talent at WR…just the same as they have had to do numerous times before.

  24. Bryant isn’t the problem. You will be dealing with an agenda to get the Cowboys to the Super Bowl, at all costs. The giant man in the peach sweater was the signal. Review the end of the Dallas /Detroit “game”. I think you will be able to catch a glimpse of him with J.J.

  25. Nothing matters except to figure out who the NFL wants to win . The refs will make it happen

  26. RomoIsGod says:Jan 6, 2015 10:33 AM

    This is going to be one high scoring game with two terrible defenses and the MVP of the current season against one former MVP. It’s going to be spectacular!!

    You still believe that Romo will win the MVP after seeing how All-Pro QB voting turned out (voted on by the same people)? That’s adorable!

  27. The NFL has planned this game all season, an epic matchup of two storied teams on the frozen tundra of Lambeau.

    Problem being, the turf is neither frozen nor tundra and both teams are in place to play because of favorable at-home refereeing.

    Expect at least two phantom roughing the passer calls when Erin trips over his own shoelaces and ends up on his backside, and two or three pass interference calls against Dallas when Jordy Nelson get’s touched by a dback. They sort of look the other way when he pushes off to get seperation, but that is expected in Lambeau.

    In the end, Joe Buck will be happy as Green Bay and the refs beat Dallas, but karma will come calling the next week, when they meet their doom in Seattle.

  28. I’ve been waiting on this forever, GreenBay doesn’t have a d-line no where near as good as Detroit, DeMarco gonna get 100 yards, and if you think Dez is only getting 3 catches for 48 yards, your sadly mistaken, winning this game is a team effort, besides they have the “MVP” even though Romo has played just as great as Rodgers

  29. As long as Pack wins, I don’t care if Bryant gets 250 yards. Just hope the refs don’t decide to be the biggest story of the game AGAIN this week.

  30. I wouldn’t be freaking out at all about facing Dez Bryant. The guy’s clearly nuts. I’d be a lot more worried about the 3 other guys mentioned in the article if I were the Packers.

  31. Dallas fans forget about all of green bays weapons on offense. Lacy will easily rack up 100 yards rushing, keeping Dallas offense off of the field. Jordy and Randall will eat that secondary alive. Dallas fans have no idea what they’re in for. Yes, you won at Seattle. Great win. But the other 7 wins on the road aren’t all that impressive, and Lambeau is a whole other animal that I don’t think you don’t understand how good Green Bay is.

  32. emoney826 says:
    Jan 6, 2015 10:12 AM
    Just an FYI,

    The Packers have only given up 100+ yards to 3 receivers this year. Jordan Matthews in what turned out to be a blowout. Brandon Marshall in what turned out to be a blowout. And a great game played by Julio Jones.

    So what are the trolls going to claim about the packers pass defense being terrible?


    Although, in favor of full disclosure, they did give up 105 to Greg Olsen and 134 to Martellus Bennett, both in blowouts as well. I sense a pattern here. Dez can have all the yards he wants, Dallas still gets the L.

  33. they should be way more worried about Murray.Cold weather games seem to favor the better rushing attack,Dallas gets the checkmark here.If Dallas can control the clock with that amazing offensive line,they should be okay.If they can’t it is going to be a very long day for that Dallas D.Should be a fantastic game.

  34. I bet my money 1 to 100, the Cowboys will win for sure. I can’t take Packers bc Rodgers is too soft and he’ll eventually pretend injury to his ACL. Cowboys are a much better team than the Packers, plus I pick either the Cowboys or Seahawks to win Super Bowl this year. Hahahaha loser Packass, one and done, that’s all you can do.

  35. It’s Murray that they need to worry about. The Packers have shored up the run defense throughout the season, but Murray and that OLine will still be able to run on them.

    I don’t think the Dallas defense is good enough to stop Rodgers at all, so it will be important for Dallas to score on all their possessions early in the game so Rodgers doesn’t make them one dimensional the way he normally does in the first quarter at home.

  36. You know who the real losers are? The people who keep thinking that 1 bad call decided the lions fate. This story has been beaten to death but yet some just can’t move on from it. If your lives are so pethic that you base your whole life on a football game I actually feel sorry for you. Not because your team couldn’t step up and take care of business when they had opportunities to do so but because you can’t move on. The game this weekend is between Dallas and Green Bay and the story is about that and that only. I didn’t read anything about bad calls, refs favoring one team or the other, and the fix being in. YES IT WAS A BAD CALL but it had nothing to do with why the lions lost. And if you still believe that after it has been discussed over and over again then I feel sorry for you. Go Cowboys!!!!!!

  37. Bryant is obviously really good, but it’s not as though the Packers don’t face really good receivers in their own division. Dallas will get their points, but the Packers will put up even more. Both defenses are mediocre, but Rodgers goes nuts at Lambeau.

  38. RomoIsGod says:
    Jan 6, 2015 10:33 AM

    This is going to be one high scoring game with two terrible defenses and the MVP of the current season against one former MVP. It’s going to be spectacular!!
    _________________________________

    Of the remaining teams in the hunt, Green Bay’s defense is #4 with Seattle, Baltimore, and New England only being better than them.

    Of the remaining offenses in the hunt, Green Bay’s is #1.

    Dallas is 8-0 on the road this year and Green Bay is 8-0 at home.

    It will be 17 degrees at game time and close to 0 by the time it’s over…wind chills making it colder than that. It will be loud. Tony Romo will be 150 miles from where he grew up sucking his thumb and holding his blankie and will have every friend and family in house to watch him regress to Slippery Hands Tony of old, all while watching Air Rodgers finish putting the seal on an MVP season and scorching that defense.

    Dez will have issues with cold hands and will be acting like a 3rd grader by mid second quarter. Packers roll by 20 – with a defensive score to boot, Cowboys fight with each other, Dez gets punched by a Cowboy DB or safety.

    Book it.

  39. tokyosandblaster says:
    Jan 6, 2015 10:15 AM

    This is true.

    Aaron Rodgers torches visiting teams at Lambeau. Stats don’t lie. Also, the Packers torch bottom half defenses at Lambeau as well. Stats really, really don’t lie.
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    Romo torches teams everywhere. Stats really, really don’t lie. He torches defenses much better than what the Packers are going to put on the field. He torched Seattle, in Seattle. And with the fact that DeMarco is going to shred that weak azz 3-4, you would be an idiot to bet on GB. And I’m hearing Rodgers still isn’t even practicing.

  40. Packers 8-0 HOME
    Cowboys 8-0 ROAD

    QB-
    Rodgers- 40 TD (2 RUN TDS) , 5 INTS
    Romo- 34 TD, 9 INTS

    WR
    Jordy-Cobb- 189 REC, 2806 YRDS, 25 TDS
    Dez- Williams- 125 REC, 1941 YRDS, 24 TDS

    Passing Game goes to Packers, X Factor Rodgers 0 INTs at Home

    RB
    Lacy- 246 CAR, 1139 Yards, 4.6 AVG, 9 TDs
    Murray- 392 CAR, 1845 Yards, 4.7 AVG, 13 TDs

    Running Game goes to DAL, X Factor is the cold weather and Murray’s broken bone.

    OFF should be fun to watch, DEF I think it will come down to who gets any turnovers.

    Out come, Packers on top I think.

  41. irishddddd says:
    Jan 6, 2015 11:42 AM

    First round loss incoming
    _______________________
    Seeing how it’s the second round of the playoffs, you are wrong. That’s ok, your comment fits with about 80% of the blather above.

  42. Dallas fans you are delusional. That wasn’t just a bad call. It was a game Detroit had clearly won. It was handed to the Cowboys by the refs. Detroit outplayed you guys and it was obvious who the better football team was and they did not win. The only vindication will be the Packers dealing out the punishment this weekend. It will be swift, righteous, and just. Can I get an amen Packer fans!

  43. RomoIsGod says: Jan 6, 2015 10:33 AM
    This is going to be one high scoring game with two terrible defenses and the MVP of the current season against one former MVP. It’s going to be spectacular!!
    =======================================

    Huh? Romo never won the MVP!

  44. I love how all the bad call cost Detroit the game comments are from fans of teams Dallas already beat or fans of teams that know Dallas will beat them. And I’m sorry the lions weren’t handed any more gimme gimme TD drives after their second. All this talk over 5 seconds from a 60 minute game 8 of which still had yet to be played. If it was the other way around the only talk you’d hear out of the media and all you idiots would be about Garrett’s future, Romo being a choker and Jerry being a terrible GM for not signing a punter that can kick more than 10 yards. Blaming the refs for your teams failure to show up for the 2nd half and breaking all 60 minutes down into a 5 second play are bit** moves. Stafford is a choker and Caldwell’s clearly not good with decision making not taking the chance to go for it on 4th and 1. You lost suck it up and for the love of God please shut the hell up.

  45. And while we’re obviously on the topic anybody care to bring up the PI called against Terrance Williams where he was pushed into the lions fed fender making a first down 3rd and long? That too was a bad call against Dallas and what did Dallas do? They responded with a 76 yard TD pass. Detroit however folded up shop and took to blaming everybody but themselves.

  46. Cowboys will only win three games

    No way Cowboys beat Seattle in Seattle

    Cowboys will be forever 8-8

    Cowboys will Fail In December

    Romo Chokes in big games

    Cowboys can not win a playoff game

    No way Cowboys can beat The packers

    At some point all you haters are going to say “I told ya so” But until then admit you have been wrong all year.

  47. The script for this game is already written.The refs are going to call EVERY little borderline call on Dallas as payback.Especially in Green Bay where if you come close to Rodgers your going to get a call.

  48. Just to clarify – this is a secondary that shut down Brandon Marshall, Alshon, Calvin, Golden Tate, and Gronk.

    Aside from Julio running wild in the 2nd half of a blowout game, this secondary has been lock down good.

  49. tokyosandblaster says:
    Jan 6, 2015 10:15 AM

    Romo torches teams everywhere. Stats really, really don’t lie. He torches defenses much better than what the Packers are going to put on the field. He torched Seattle, in Seattle. And with the fact that DeMarco is going to shred that weak azz 3-4, you would be an idiot to bet on GB. And I’m hearing Rodgers still isn’t even practicing.

    ——-

    Interesting. Isn’t Tony 14th in passing yards this year?

    That’s not torching. But… I mean, if you really have to tell yourself that to think your team has a snowball’s chance in hell, so be it.

    Packers 37, Cowboys 26.

  50. Going further, Aaron Rodgers has more passing yards, more TDs, and fewer interceptions.

    The Packers also gashed the best defense in football. The lions allowed 70 yards per game, Green Bay ran for 149 yards. I’m sure that Murray ran for more than that, then, right? Wait, just 75 rushing yards? Yikes.

    Also, here are the rankings for both teams. Just so you know:

    Offense
    Yards: Green Bay 6, Dallas 7
    Points: Green Bay 1, Dallas 5.

    Defense
    Yards: Green Bay 15, Dallas 19
    Points: Green Bay 13, Dallas 15.

    It would seem that Green Bay is better at offense AND defense.

    Uh oh.

  51. Either one of these teams is capable of winning this weekend. The team that wins, is the team that plays within themselves without making costly mistakes and capitalizes when they can.

    The Packers have had very good playoff-qualifying teams five years in a row, but they shoot themselves in the foot in the postseason.

    For example…last year…Micah Hyde…game turning and likely game winning interception IN HIS HANDS!!!….and he can’t hang on. That’s what I’m talking about.

    Get it done this time Packers.

  52. Just R-E-L-A-X. Aaron Rodgers has been carving up Marinelli defenses for years. The league’s 26th rated pass defense is ripe for the picking.

  53. Bryant got his yards.
    Packers got 2 INTs.
    And the win.
    History may not repeat itself, but it will rhyme.

  54. Let’s all be honest people. Cowboys and Packer fans are nervous about this game. Yes Packers have Aaron Rodger, Cobb and Nelson. Cowboys have Romo, Bryant and DeMarco, this game is going to come down to who has time to throw the ball. In the trenches! Honestly it’s a toss up. Like Rodgers said ” R-E-L-A-X”. This will be a great game 4 the ages! Let’s go Cowboys!

  55. Julio Jones had a great game against the Packers, that was the worst D the Packers had played since the bye. That was only for 2 quarters. The D has given up 3 TDs and 5 FGs the last 3 weeks. If the Packers allow 21 points or less this weekend, There offense should be able to to give them enough points to win that game,

    My only concern is that Rodgers had a slow starts in a few games, like Detroit week 3 NYJ Buf and TB. Since he hasn’t practiced it is possible that the scenario is a little more likely.

    Hopefully they come out, start strong, and play a full 4 quarters, and send the Cowboys back to Dallas with a Loss. Lacy and the D was a big part of their amazing comeback last year. I like GBs chances.

  56. They’re freaking out because it’s the second weekend of the playoffs and they haven’t been bounced yet.

  57. Who won that game against ATL regardless of Jones, HMMMM…
    The Cowboys are a good team, but in the past 8 weeks the packers D has held QBs to under an 80 passer rating and RBs to under 90 yards per game.
    Dez is no Julio Jones, he’s slower.
    Packers controlled Detroit better and won outright, didn’t have to come from behind.
    Lacy was the first back to rush for 100+ against them, Murray couldn’t put up 90.
    Head to head Packers win + home field.
    Packers 38-24

  58. the only thing to be concerned with Dez about…..the fact he may take off his helmet on the field, yell at the ref about how he paid him in full, pick up that flag now, and he won’t get a flag for it.

  59. I think it will take a football miracle for Dallas to come to Lambeau in these conditions with a red hot Packers team.

    This is not a cushy little dome down south with a roof.

    All the talk of Dez Bryant, lets not forget about Jordy Nelson, that could be a big mistake. He is mature and composed on the sideline. In Green Bay they call that discipline and good coaching.

  60. If Dallas put their best game on the field last week, there is no way that is good enough to beat Green Bay if Green Bay puts their best performance on the field. That is what NFL football comes down to in a game like this. Packers versus Cowboys at Lambeau Field. Best game against best game. Packers win. In order for Dallas to have a realistic chance of winning the game, the Packers will have to play bad. Stats this and stats that, whatever. Green Bay is a better football team than Dallas right now.

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