GREEN BAY—Even in their worst year, the Packers could count on their defense taking the ball away. They were the kings of it. They’ve lost their crown this year.
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“We know we’re capable of it. We just haven’t done it,” Capers said as he spoke with reporters on Friday, two days prior to Sunday’s critical NFC North game against the visiting Minnesota Vikings.
Battle of the passer ratings? The Packers are losing it this season, 98.8 to 96.6, a product of
“I think we’ve gotten consistent pressure on the quarterback. I’ve always felt that if you get good pressure on the quarterback, the interceptions will come. They haven’t come. We have to find ways to get takeaways,” Capers said.
The Packers might have to depend on Williams again this week to be their top coverage guy.
“You wish you were healthy. We’ll go with the combination available. We’re not sure where Sam is. Tramon played the whole game outside last week. We could end up with the same situation,” Capers said. “Tramon played his best game of the year. Hopefully, that’ll be the way it is this week.”
Both teams are currently passer rating challenged. Packers starting quarterback
Vikings starting quarterback Christian Ponder is playing for his future. In his third season, the 2011 first-round draft choice has a passer rating of 74.9.
“After the bye week, the thing we didn’t do is give up big plays,” Capers said of a Packers four-game winning streak. In the following three games, the Packers have given up several big plays and now find themselves trying to avoid a fourth consecutive loss.
“I expect us to perform as we did up in Minnesota, except for the two-minute drills,” the Packers defensive coordinator said of a 44-31 win on Oct. 27.
Sunday’s game will be played in the first cold weather of the season. Temperatures are forecast to hover near 20 degrees at Lambeau Field on Sunday.
“I don’t think the cold is that big of a deal. We seem to do fairly well in the cold throwing the ball,” Offensive Coordinator Tom Clements said.
The Packers would, no doubt, like to run the ball commensurate with their No. 6 rush ranking. The Giants overplayed the run last Sunday and held the Packers’ rush offense to 55 yards.Additional coverage - Nov. 22