Senior writer jclombardi highlights Packers headlines.
Packers want better line of attack: If the Packers are going to have any success against the Vikings on Sunday at Lambeau Field, they’re going to have to avoid so many donuts. Defensive coordinator Dom Capers’ 3-4 scheme is structured so that the first job of the defensive line is to stop the run, and if they don’t get a lot of sacks, it’s not the end of the world. But if they don’t get pressure, the chances of linebacker Clay Matthews ending plays with a sack go way down. “I think the first thing playing the Vikings, you have to stop Adrian Peterson,” Pickett said of the Vikings’ star running back. “We know it’s definitely the reason we didn’t win,” Pickett said of failing to pressure Favre. “You have to hit Brett. Look at all the teams that have had success against the Vikings; it all comes down to the same thing. “They all got pressure on him. We realize we have to make it uncomfortable for him.”
Packers pleased with rookie OT Bulaga’s play: In the two games Tauscher has missed, there have been good times and some not-so-good ones for Bulaga, the rookie first-round draft choice. “He’s playing hard,” offensive coordinator Joe Philbin said. “He’s doing a lot of good things. He’s playing physical. Fundamentally, not surprisingly at this stage — Week 6 for a 21-year-old kid — fundamentally there are some things to work on. His punch, etc. He’s got good feet, good balance. “He’s going to get better.”
Christl column: Don’t dump too much on Favre without knowing history of Lambeau, Lombardi: There’s nothing wrong with fans voicing their displeasure or treating Favre as a public enemy for signing with the Minnesota Vikings. And there’s nothing unusual about pundits writing or babbling about subjects on which they have little or no historical perspective. But in truth, the messy divorce between Favre and the Packers is just history recycling itself. And unless human behavior has changed as the result of web rants, around-the-clock sports talk and instant communication, all will be forgiven and forgotten in due time. Want evidence of that? It can be seen in those two imposing statues that greet visitors to the Lambeau Field Atrium. If you’re going to talk about bitter breakups or someone putting the screws to the Packers organization, the conversation probably should start with Curly Lambeau and Vince Lombardi.
Packers: Officials flags have CB Woodson seeing red: Whitt was particularly frustrated after the Packers’ 23-20 overtime loss to the Miami Dolphins last Sunday. Whitt felt wide receiver Brandon Marshall, who finished with 10 receptions for 127 yards, was allowed to manhandle Green Bay defensive backs at times. Woodson was called for two penalties while defending Marshall. “It’s a slanted field, but we’re not going to talk about penalties,” said Whitt, who then proceeded to talk about penalties. “We know how they’re going to allow (wide receivers) to play. It’s not even, but we’ve got to play with what is happening.” Woodson has been visibly frustrated on the field during the past two games. After being flagged three times during an overtime loss at Washington in Week 5 and twice against the Dolphins, Woodson has nine penalties for 76 yards on the season. They could be an indication that physical defensive backs such as Woodson are being watched more closely than ever by officials. Whitt would be fine with that if he wasn’t seeing opposing wide receivers being allowed to push off on defensive backs without being penalized.