|Last 3 Games||2-1||+0.5||1-2||1-2||21.0||11.3||336.7||(5.4)||1.3||17.0||7.0||293.3||(5.1)||1.3|
|Offense (All Games)||21.2||10.2||23.0||30:35||22-84||(3.8)||27-39||70.1%||249||(6.4)||61-333||(5.4)||(15.7)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||20.1||10.3||20.2||30:09||26-99||(3.9)||23-36||62.3%||234||(6.4)||62-334||(5.4)||(16.6)|
|Offense Road Games||12.0||0.0||22.0||33:39||21-84||(4)||26-39||66.7%||184||(4.7)||60-268||(4.5)||(22.3)|
|Defense (All Games)||20.2||9.2||18.0||29:24||26-113||(4.4)||19-32||59.4%||201||(6.3)||58-314||(5.4)||(15.5)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||24.5||10.5||20.4||30:23||28-125||(4.4)||20-33||60.0%||209||(6.4)||61-334||(5.5)||(13.6)|
|Defense Road Games||14.0||7.0||14.0||26:21||29-127||(4.4)||10-21||47.6%||111||(5.3)||50-238||(4.8)||(17)|
|Stats For (All Games)||0.7||0.5||1.2||-0.2||12-5||42.0%||1-0||66.7%||2-51||(25.6)||2-27||(13.5)||8-75|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||1.2||0.9||2.1||2.7||13-5||37.1%||1-1||78.6%||2-57||(23.5)||18-2||(10.5)||6-54|
|Stats For (Road Games)||0.0||0.0||0.0||0.0||15-7||46.7%||0-0||0.0%||1-23||(23)||3-12||(4)||10-127|
|Stats Against (All Games)||1.0||0.0||1.0|| ||13-4||34.6%||1-1||66.7%||2-55||(27.6)||1-9||(6.2)||10-80|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||1||0.4||1.4|| ||12-4||35.7%||1-1||64.3%||3-75||(28.4)||18-2||(9.4)||7-61|
|Stats Against (Road Games)||0.0||0.0||0.0|| ||11-2||18.2%||3-2||66.7%||2-42||(21)||2-5||(2.5)||14-118|
|Last 3 Games||1-2||-1.2||1-2||1-2||20.3||15.0||357.0||(5.5)||2.0||27.7||11.0||362.7||(6)||0.7|
|Offense (All Games)||20.3||15.0||20.7||28:51||25-90||(3.7)||22-41||53.3%||267||(6.6)||65-357||(5.5)||(17.6)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||19.8||10.6||20.9||31:54||26-101||(3.8)||24-38||62.7%||244||(6.4)||65-345||(5.3)||(17.5)|
|Offense Home Games||20.0||15.5||20.0||31:01||29-104||(3.5)||21-38||54.5%||253||(6.6)||68-357||(5.3)||(17.9)|
|Defense (All Games)||27.7||11.0||20.0||31:09||30-131||(4.3)||19-30||63.7%||231||(7.6)||61-363||(6)||(13.1)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||21.7||8.8||18.1||30:55||28-111||(3.9)||18-30||60.8%||184||(6.2)||58-294||(5.1)||(13.6)|
|Defense Home Games||21.0||4.5||17.0||28:59||29-140||(4.8)||18-28||66.1%||190||(6.8)||57-330||(5.8)||(15.7)|
|Stats For (All Games)||1.3||0.7||2.0||-1.3||15-6||42.2%||1-1||100.0%||3-77||(23.1)||2-17||(7.4)||7-59|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||1.2||0.8||1.9||1.9||14-5||36.8%||1-1||66.7%||2-64||(27.4)||25-3||(9.6)||6-50|
|Stats For (Home Games)||0.5||0.0||0.5||0.0||17-8||48.6%||0-0||0.0%||3-79||(26.3)||2-20||(8)||9-78|
|Stats Against (All Games)||0.3||0.3||0.7|| ||13-5||37.5%||0-0||100.0%||2-60||(25.7)||3-27||(9.1)||8-73|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||0.7||0.7||1.3|| ||13-4||34.8%||1-0||62.5%||3-75||(26.3)||24-2||(11.5)||6-53|
|Stats Against (Home Games)||0.0||0.5||0.5|| ||14-5||39.3%||0-0||100.0%||2-65||(26.2)||4-29||(7.4)||8-86|
|Average power rating of opponents played: GREEN BAY 24.5, INDIANAPOLIS 18.3|
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|10/28/2012||JACKSONVILLE|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|11/4/2012||ARIZONA|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
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|10/14/2012||@ NY JETS|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|10/21/2012||CLEVELAND|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
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|11/4/2012||MIAMI|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|GREEN BAY: The running game is an afterthought for the Packers, more often something Aaron Rodgers audibles to at the line. It's a zone-blocking scheme and they've had good success with it. James Starks is the only back on the roster whose had significant NFL experience, but coach Mike McCarthy has leaned towards a time share in recent years (a big reason why they spent a third-round pick on Alex Green in 2010). Green, if he's recovered from a torn ACL, or Brandon Saine should work their way into a timeshare, with Starks taking about 60 percent of the reps. John Kuhn will take short-yardage duties. The Packers have shown a lot of versatility in their passing game, throwing almost everything downfield. Greg Jennings still gets the most looks, with Jordy Nelson taking advantage of single coverage and out-producing him despite fewer targets. They'll primarily play three-wide and go four-wide often, with James Jones set to take on a bigger role as the third receiver. They also rotate their receivers frequently, even Jennings and Nelson. Jermichael Finley works medium-to-deep in the middle of the field. The backs serve as check downs, but Rodgers is often willing to throw into coverage and trust his receivers. Green Bay is very pass-happy in the red zone; they threw more than 70 percent of the time in goal-to-go situations, a higher rate than any team in the NFL. Green Bay tied for the league lead with 38 forced turnovers last year, and will continue to pick off passes with a ball-hungry secondary that frequently takes chances. The addition of run-clogging DTs Anthony Hargrove and Daniel Muir will allow relentless pass rusher Clay Matthews to get to the quarterback. Desmond Bishop has been a rock since moving into the starting lineup in 2010, averaging 8.5 tackles per game over 25 career starts. He's also the rare inside linebacker who can pick up a sack nearly every other game. Despite his age, Charles Woodson is still a force who will force turnovers whether he plays cornerback or safety, and he has become one of the NFL's better defensive backs in run support. The other starters in the secondary'Morgan Burnett, Tramon Williams and Charles Peprah'go for the big play, but end up surrendering as many as they make. |
|INDIANAPOLIS: There's been a lot of turnover with the Colts, and it should be evident in the new look of their running game. Offensive line coach Harold Goodwin, who came over from Pittsburgh with new offensive coordinator Bruce Arians, is versed in more of a power man-blocking scheme. Indy will try to be much more physical up front as opposed to past years. It will be a huge adjustment for their smallish o-line. Delone Carter would seem to be a better fit for their new style than Donald Brown, but Brown's more well-rounded skill set will likely make this at least a time share. Carter seems likely to get the first crack at goal-line carries. Andrew Luck essentially ran his own offense at Stanford and did it with surprising balance. This offense will feature a lot of timing routes and the Colts figure to install a two-tight end base after drafting Coby Fleener and Dwayne Allen in the top 70. Fleener may be their top deep threat, stretching the middle of the field for Reggie Wayne (who will be Luck's No. 1 target). Arians ran a lot of deep crossing routes in Pittsburgh, but Donnie Avery and rookie T.Y. Hilton are Indy's only WRs with speed. Luck figures to get a little more freedom in the red zone than the typical rookie quarterback. The Colts don't have the line to really get a push in a short field, so they'll have to get creative. Fleener and Wayne are both capable red zone targets. The Colts defense was atrocious in 2011, and they could be just as bad this season. Andrew Luck might lower Indy's time on the defensive end of the field (NFL-high 33:46 per game last year), but this is a unit with a bunch of holes to patch up, and Indy focused more on offensive improvements in the draft. Dwight Freeney will shift to outside linebacker this season with Indy switching to a 3-4 under new defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano'although it will be adjustment for the veteran, he should be an effective pass rusher as long as he remains healthy. The undersized Pat Angerer made a lot of tackles last season after moving to middle LB in Week 2, and he'll be the team's primary run-stopper in Pagano's 3-4. Antoine Bethea is more effective in run support than he is in pass coverage, and his contributions will be key playing behind an undermanned front seven that will be transitioning to a new scheme. |
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER PRO FOOTBALL PREVIEW (GREEN BAY-INDIANAPOLIS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Packers-Colts Preview* =======================
By MATT BECKER STATS Senior Writer
Following a sluggish start, the Green Bay Packers like the direction their offense is headed.
The Indianapolis Colts still have plenty of room for improvement on both sides of the ball, but the the field isn't their only concern.
After learning their coach could miss the rest of the season recovering from cancer, the Colts will be playing for Chuck Pagano in Sunday's matchup with the visiting Packers.
In a somber news conference Monday, Indianapolis (1-2) announced Pagano had been diagnosed with leukemia and is expected to be hospitalized six to eight weeks as he undergoes treatment. The first-year coach, who turned 52 years old Tuesday, will be treated with chemotherapy and drugs, said Dr. Larry Cripe, Pagano's physician.
"I think short of death, this is the worst type of news you want to hear," Andrew Luck said. "We'll do everything we can in honor of what coach Pagano is going through in honor of his fight, which is much more important than this kid's game we play."
Offensive coordinator Bruce Arians, who was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2007, will coach Indianapolis on an interim basis, though Pagano probably won't resume his full coaching duties this season. The Colts, who are coming off their bye week, are hoping they can make the playoffs to give Pagano a better shot at returning, and at the very least, win this week for their coach.
"I know in meeting with the team, in meeting with the coaches, there's nothing more than we want to get that Green Bay game ball and have a victory game ball and be able to walk that into the hospital and put that in his hands," team owner Jim Irsay said. "That's our goal."
That might not be easy, however, given the way Green Bay (2-2) looked in beating New Orleans 28-27 last Sunday.
The Packers got in the end zone on their second possession - the first time all season they scored in the first quarter - and finished with their highest scoring output of the season. They had averaged 19.0 points in their first three games after averaging 35.0 - the fifth-highest total in NFL history - a year ago.
"The offense (was) playing more the way we're accustomed to playing here the last couple years," Aaron Rodgers said. "Felt good to get back on track. Felt good to score in the first half and first quarter. ... It was important for us to start fast."
Rodgers, who had been in the middle of the offensive struggles, finished with seasons highs of 319 yards and four touchdowns and wasn't sacked. The reigning league MVP had averaged 248.3 yards with three TDs and two picks while getting sacked 16 times in his first three games.
The ground game also got in gear, with Cedric Benson rushing for a season-best 84 yards on 18 carries. The Packers finished with 102 rushing yards, and have won both their games when eclipsing 100 yards on the ground.
"If we keep that going, we can run the table here," tight end Jermichael Finley said.
Although Indianapolis outside linebacker Dwight Freeney (sprained ankle) is expected to return, Green Bay could be poised for another big game against a Colts team allowing an average of 27.7 points. A critical mistake by Indianapolis' defense in its last game against Jacksonville on Sept. 23 cost the team a shot at victory.
After taking a 17-16 lead with 56 seconds to go on an Adam Vinatieri field goal, the Colts abruptly allowed an 80-yard touchdown pass and suffered a 22-17 defeat.
The defense, however, wasn't the only unit at fault.
Vinatieri, the best clutch kicker in NFL history, missed a fourth-quarter field goal attempt, and Luck misfired on 5 of 6 passes after Indianapolis got the ball back following the Jaguars' final score.
"I point the finger at myself, some bad decisions," said Luck, who finished 22 of 46 for 313 yards with two scores and an interception. "I think the big finger should be pointed at me. I'm sure everybody feels like they have something to clean up."
This will be Indianapolis' first game against the Packers since a 34-14 loss at Lambeau Field in 2008.
|Last Updated: 9/23/2014 11:23:22 AM EST|