by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (9/14/14) The Packers defense managed two sacks and one interception in the team's 31-24 win over the Jets in Week 2.
The defense intercepted a pass on its own three-yard line with less than two minutes left in the first half after hitting Geno Smith on a pass attempt. Smith was hit on another pass early in the third quarter that appeared to cause the ball to go backwards in the air, with the defense recovering the fumble, but the play was questionably overturned and ruled incomplete, leaving the Packers with the lone turnover. One of the team's two sacks came on the only Jets play of the game that featured Michael Vick at quarterback.
The Packers will head to Detroit to take on the Lions in Week 3.
Demetri Goodson overcomes concussion, cleared to play
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (9/12/14) Packers defensive back Demetri Goodson has been cleared to play in Week 2 against the Jets, despite dealing with a concussion suffered in the preseason. He is officially probable for Sunday's game after getting through the week in practice without limitation.
Brad Jones ruled out for Week 2
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (9/12/14) Packers linebacker Brad Jones has been ruled out for Week 2 against the Jets, as a result of a quadriceps injury that kept him out of practice all week. Jones was able to play through the injury in Week 1, but suffered a setback at some point since.
Packers DST can't contain the defending champs
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (9/5/14) The Packers DST had a rough game against the Seahawks Week 1.
Green Bay allowed 36 points to the defending champs during the game. The team had no answer for Marshawn Lynch, who gained 110 yards and two touchdowns during the game. Green Bay also had a difficult time dealing with the read-option and play-action looks the Seahawks gave them during the start. Both the Seahawks passing touchdowns came on plays where Russell Wilson faked a handoff.
The Packers did have some poor luck during the outing. The Packers were able to sack Wilson one time, but we managed to use his legs to escape a couple other close calls. On top of that, the team had multiple drives extended by defensive holding penalties and a running into the kicker call. They also dropped two possible interceptions, and were put in some bad field situations by the offense.
The Packers will look to rebound against the Jets Week 2.
Packers DST looking at a tough task Week 1
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (9/3/14) The Packers DST should have a tough time Week 1 against the Seahawks.
The Packers didn’t have a strong Fantasy defense last season, but made strides during the offseason to correct those flaws. Safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix was selected in the first round of the draft, and Julius Peppers was brought in to give the club another pass rusher.
Though the Seahawks aren’t thought of as an offensive juggernaut, the team did a great job putting up points against Fantasy defenses last season. Defenses posted 7.42 Fantasy points per game when facing Seattle. That was one of the lowest rates in the league.
On top of that, there are reasons to think Seattle will be better on the offensive side of the ball. Percy Harvin is healthy, and Russell Wilson should be given more responsibilities in his third season. Marshawn Lynch is expected to be the team’s bell cow once again, so the loss of B.J. Raji could really come into play during the game.
The Packers have emerged as more of a sleeper Fantasy defense in drafts, and, because of that, owners should wait to see if the team lives up to that status. The Packers aren’t a recommended start Week 1.
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The Packers defense is restocked and healthy coming into 2014 -- a dangerous combination for their opponents. Clay Matthews will be fine after messing up his thumb last year and he'll be joined on the pass rush by ex-Bears end-turned-linebacker Julius Peppers. Casey Hayward will return to the secondary after missing 13 games with hamstring issues while rookie Ha Ha Clinton-Dix joins him at safety. The defensive line boasts some pretty good depth including rookie Khyri Thornton coming aboard. The Packers will surely have some tough weeks (playing at Seattle makes for a tough Week 1 draw) but there's still enough talent there to cause some problems and get more than the 11 interceptions and three touchdowns the defense got last year (the special teams delivered one touchdown). Though they have a lot of front-seven members getting older, the Packers should still be considered good enough to consider with a final-round pick.