Scouting Report 1: Vikings @ Packers : Packers Insider

Scouting Report 1: Vikings @ Packers

October 19, 2010 by  
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Oct 19, 2010 ~ by Sam Monson of ProFootballFocus.com

~Before the season began, the debate was whether the Minnesota Vikings or Green Bay Packers would win the NFC North crown and which one would get the wild-card spot. The Vikings’ win over Dallas means they’re now only one game back of the .500 Packers, who have had problems of their own. Sam Monson from ProFootballFocus.com, which breaks down film from every NFL game, takes an inside look at the at the Packers.

Scheme

Green Bay plays a mix of zone- and man-blocking schemes up front on the O-line. They ran the ball just eight times in the first half last week: three of those runs from zone schemes, five of them from a man-blocking, power scheme.

Some people, including some uneducated Packers fans, thought that Ryan Grant was a weakness that needed upgrading. Now they, and everyone else, are seeing how important he was to this overall offense. The saddest thing is Ted Thompson could have upgraded the position by adding Marshawn Lynch for just a 3rd round pick in 2011.

With the loss of HB Ryan Grant (6-foot-1, 222 pounds), they have also become one of the most one-dimensional teams in the league, running the ball on just 30.9% of their plays in the last two games.

The Packers spread the field as much as any team in the league, lining up in multiple-receiver sets and splitting tight ends out wide in the formation, even since the loss of their top tight end, Jermichael Finley (6-5, 247). Few teams go empty in the backfield as much as the Packers, and they will test your coverage all over the field.

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