by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer (12/4/13) Despite giving up 40 points and 561 yards to the Lions in Week 13, the Packers DST still had a productive afternoon in Fantasy thanks to two interceptions, two fumble recoveries and a touchdown. With the Falcons coming to town, the Packers might have a few more big plays in store in Week 14.
The Falcons are tied for ninth with 21 giveaways, but 15 have come in the seven games since wide receiver Julio Jones was lost for the season with a foot injury. They just gave up six sacks to the Bills in Week 13, and while the Bills are first in the NFL with 43 sacks, the Packers are tied for third with 38.
Plus, the Falcons don't have quite the offensive firepower the Lions do, especially with Jones down. They scored 34 points against the Bills but averaged 14.8 in their previous five games.
Despite allowing 40 points, Packers defense gets some numbers
by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer (11/28/13) The Packers allowed 40 points and over 500 yards of offense to the Lions on Thanksgiving, so the team's coaches won't be happy. But the Packers defense did force a Matthew Stafford fumble that was returned for a short touchdown and picked him off twice, sacking him once. The Packers lost to the Lions 40-10.
The Packers defense should hang tougher in Week 14 when they welcome the Falcons to their place.
Mike Daniels continues to add onto career-best numbers
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (11/25/13) Packers defensive end Mike Daniels totaled three tackles (two solo) and one sack Week 12 vs. Minnesota. Daniels has 18 tackles and 5 1/2 sacks through 11 games -- both career highs.
Clay Matthews brings down the QB twice Week 12
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (11/25/13) Packers linebacker Clay Matthews totaled just four tackles (three solo) Sunday against the Vikings, but half of his tackles were sacks. Matthews has now totaled three sacks in his last two games and has six in seven games this season.
Mike Neal totals sack in two straight games
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (11/25/13) Packers outside linebacker Mike Neal totaled six tackles (four solo) and one sack Week 12 vs. Minnesota. He had three tackles for loss.
Neal has totaled a sack in two straight games and three in his last eight games. He has 31 tackles (24 solo) through 11 games.
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The Packers defense was flimsy in 2012, but their DST was fine for Fantasy for the second year in a row. Scoring only two touchdowns (Randall Cobb contributed another on a punt return), the Packers defense racked up a whopping 47 sacks, a huge turn around from last year. They faltered against the pass, getting just 18 interceptions after landing 31 of them in 2011 but did hold opponents to 218.3 pass yards per game. Steps in pass defense will only help the unit improve although the offense plays at such a pace that the defense can't help but yield passing yardage. The team cut Charles Woodson this offseason but added a nice group of rookies headlined by defensive end Datone Jones. With nice young talent in Clay Mathews, Morgan Burnett, Casey Hayward and B.J. Raji, they should remain potent. Even with a fairly tough schedule to begin the season and an early bye in Week 5, the Packers DST is worth a final round pick in drafts. (Updated 5/15/13)