On Now
Coming Up
  • Mon., Jul. 13, 2015 7:00 AM CDT Packers Hall of Fame Inc. Golf Classic

    The Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame Inc. Golf Classic is set for Monday, July 13, 2015, at The Bull in Sheboygan Falls, WI. Those interested in participating in the event can contact Holly Borga (920-965-6986; hollyb@packershalloffame.com) for more information.

  • Sat., Jul. 18, 2015 7:00 PM CDT Brett Favre's Packers HOF Induction Banquet

    The Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame Inc. will induct former Packers quarterback Brett Favre at the 45th Annual Hall of Fame Induction Banquet. The event will also feature the retirement of Favre’s No. 4. This dual recognition is an honor that is unprecedented in Green Bay Packers history. The banquet will be held on Saturday, July 18, 2015, in the Lambeau Field Atrium.

  • Fri., Jul. 24, 2015 11:00 AM CDT 1919 Kitchen & Tap opens

    1919 Kitchen & Tap is scheduled to open on July 24, 2015 on the first floor of the Atrium (below where Curly's Pub was located).  We hope you'll join us at our new restaurant as we continue to make history with respect to our past!

  • Tue., Jul. 28, 2015 11:00 AM CDT Shareholders Meeting

    The Green Bay Packers 2015 Annual Meeting of Shareholders will be held Tuesday, July 28, at 11 a.m., at Lambeau Field. The meeting will take place rain or shine.

  • Thu., Jul. 30, 2015 8:20 AM - 10:20 AM CDT *Public practice *Any practices moved inside to the Don Hutson Center due to inclement weather, poor field conditions or for any other reason will be closed to the public due to space limitations. All other practices listed are expected to be open unless listed otherwise. All outdoor practices are expected to be held on Ray Nitschke Field (across from the Resch Center). All times indicated are Central.
  • Fri., Jul. 31, 2015 8:20 AM - 10:20 AM CDT *Public practice *Any practices moved inside to the Don Hutson Center due to inclement weather, poor field conditions or for any other reason will be closed to the public due to space limitations. All other practices listed are expected to be open unless listed otherwise. All outdoor practices are expected to be held on Ray Nitschke Field (across from the Resch Center). All times indicated are Central.

News

Print
RSS

Dom Capers wants Packers to get that look of 2010

Posted Dec 7, 2012

Packers have intercepted QB Matthew Stafford seven times in last three games against Lions

GREEN BAY—The Packers defense had an unmistakably hot look to it late in the 2010 season.

“You pick up momentum. You take the ball away. Down the stretch, we played very, very well and we had a lot of takeaways,” Packers Defensive Coordinator Dom Capers said as he looked back on those days from two years ago, when his defense caught fire at the same time the Packers’ young quarterback did.

“In the playoffs, we had interceptions for touchdowns in the last three games,” Capers said, remembering the heroics of Tramon Williams against Atlanta, B.J. Raji against Chicago and Nick Collins in the Packers’ Super Bowl win over the Steelers.

So what about this year’s Packers defense as we turn into the final four games of the season? Does it have the look of a defense about to get hot?

It was an interception and subsequent 72-yard return for a touchdown by safety M.D. Jennings that was one of the big plays in the Packers’ 24-20 win in Detroit three weeks ago, and it was safety Morgan Burnett’s two interceptions that turned the game in the Packers’ favor in their win over the Vikings last Sunday.

“We had six three-and-outs,” Capers added of the defense’s performance against the Vikings. “What I don’t want to say every week is ‘if we take those two, three plays out.’ ”

Three long runs by Adrian Peterson spoiled an otherwise outstanding performance by the defense last Sunday. Can the Packers defense eliminate big plays by their opponents and provide their own big plays? The answer to that question will determine whether the Packers defense might get hot late in the season.

They’ll try to do that this Sunday night against the visiting Detroit Lions, in a game against the NFL’s No. 1 passing attack and No. 2 team in total offense. It’s a game that might be played in the first wintry conditions of the season.

“We haven’t had to play in snow yet. We try to work outside as much as we can. We’ve been outside every day this week,” Capers said.

The Lions, of course, are a dome team, but they gained 575 yards of offense on a cold, windy and snowy New Year’s Day at Lambeau Field last season.

“We know the way those guys are built. They spread you out. They have a receiver (Calvin Johnson) who’s a rare guy,” Capers said.

The Packers have intercepted Lions quarterback Matt Stafford seven times in the last three games between the two teams. Should that trend hold true this Sunday, the Packers might take a hot defense to Chicago next week for an NFC North showdown with the Bears.

“You better never underestimate this team,” Capers said of the Lions. “This is the best fourth-quarter team … 131 points, which is the most of any team in the league. They’re just a few plays from being in playoff contention.”

At 4-8, the Lions have fallen out of playoff contention in a four-game losing streak that includes the Packers’ late-game rally in Detroit, Houston’s overtime win on Thanksgiving Day, and the Colts’ game-winning, last-play-of-the-game touchdown last Sunday.

Does being out of playoff contention make the Lions an even more dangerous opponent?

“It affects different teams differently,” Capers said. “We’re going to get their best effort. We’re going to get their best game of the season; that’s what we have to prepare for.”

Additional coverage - Dec. 7
 
blog comments powered by Disqus

You May Also Be Interested in...

Recent Videos

  • Which QB should be ranked highest?

    (00:01:38:18) Posted 15 hours ago

    The "NFL Total Access" crew debates which quarterback should be ranked highest on the "Top 100 Players of 2015."

  • One of a Kind: Favre's relationship with Holmgren

    (1:00) Posted Jul 6, 2015

    Brett Favre discusses just how ready he was to take the reins in Green Bay after the trade from Atlanta. "One of a Kind" airs July 14th at 9pm on Today's TMJ4 in Milwaukee and NBC 26 in Green Bay, your official Packers stations.

  • Anderson, Grabowski thrilled to be part of Packers

    (6:00) Posted Jul 5, 2015

    In this edition of Alumni Spotlight, Packers.com Senior Writer Mike Spofford sat down with former Packers RBs Donny Anderson and Jim Grabowski. Anderson and Grabowski talk about being drafted by Green Bay, playing in the first two Super Bowls, and being coached by Vince Lombardi.