ASK THE EXPERT
Q: Why wasn’ t Jordy playing more in the slot?
A: I wondered the same thing. It was pretty clear after the first quarter or two that Jordy could not get open against Darius Slay, the Lions’ top corner, and the success he did find came against zone coverage or on plays where he lined up in the slot. He did move to the slot pretty heavily for parts of the second half, but it wasn’t as often as I would have guessed. We’ll see what happens this week against Janoris Jenkins of the Giants. He’s just as good if not better than Slay.
Q: Is Josh Hawkins a serviceable guy to play next Sunday?
A: This is the position I’m most interested in for Sunday’s game. I have no idea who will be healthy enough to play against the Giants aside from Gunter and Hyde. Randall, Rollins and Dorleant are all question marks. As for Hawkins, he made that one terrible mistake against the Lions and we haven’t really seen him from scrimmage since then. The fact that Dorleant passed him almost immediately after coming back from IR gives you an idea of what the coaches think of Hawkins right now. He’s low on their trust list.
Q: With this defense unable to stop the pass how will the Pack stop OBJ?
A: There’s no doubt Odell Beckham Jr. is going to be a difficult matchup for the Packers, especially if all their corners are banged up like I mentioned in the previous answer. But the Packers can take solace in this: They limited OBJ to five catches for 56 yards and a touchdown in the first meeting earlier this year. LaDarius Gunter did the job for most of the afternoon despite a significant speed disadvantage. I would imagine they follow a similar plan with Gunter on OBJ this week.
Q: Packers played all 5 NFC playoff teams during the regular season. I can’t imagine that’s happened too often.
A: I didn’t realize that until now. Pretty interesting quirk. I bet you’re right.