Week 14 Grades: Packers 'D' lets down rest of team; Jackson shines
The Pack's problems have been the lack of a consistent running game, an inability to win the close ones and, perhaps most disconcerting for those within the organization, a defense that has fallen off the performance of last year's unit. The latest debacle took place Sunday, when the defense was torched for 549 yards by the Texans at Lambeau.
Green Bay's secondary, once thought to be a strength with the likes of
The run defense hasn't been much better, as the Packers front seven gave up 120 rushing yards on 26 carries to Texans rookie
The only real difference on defense between last year and this year is the loss of tackle
Jackson told me Sunday on Sirius NFL Radio that the demotion was "hard at first, and I had to try and use it as motivation. Coach [
Jackson entered the game after Frerotte went down with a back injury. .He proceeded to go 8-of-10 for 105 yards, throwing a touchdown pass to
It is hard to place a lot of the blame on Lewis given the relative prosperity he brought to the organization in his first couple of years, most notably the division title in 2005. I mean, how can you point the finger at a coach who doesn't even get to say whether or not players like Henry can be on his team? Talk about a credibility issue in the locker room.
The defense that had shown signs of improvement this season was lit-up by
The offense was characteristically poor and could only muster three points.
"He is not healthy. He's healthy enough," explained Eagles safety
Dawkins and the rest of the defense held the Giants to fewer than 100 yards rushing and forced them to be one dimensional, proving the
"The first game was embarrassing. It was a pride thing," said Dawkins, adding that, "There is no room for the feeble-minded in these situations. Leadership is important. They say pressure bursts pipes; well I say pressure shows what type of man you are."