GREEN BAY PACKERS
Newton is dinged up a bit with a shoulder injury. While he is more likely to beat you with his running than passing, our pitiful cornerback situation worries us all. Funchess is a big receiver although not that fast. McCaffrey is a matchup nightmare in the passing game and Stewart is a load running the ball. Defense should hold up against the run and Kalil is vunerable so Perry or Matthews should be able to beat him or draw holds. For us the running game has improved but they are going against a nasty d front of Short and Lotulelei backed by Kuechly. It will tough to run up the middle. Passing, the weak spot will be Spriggs (who is dinged) going against Addison in obvious passing situations but Addison is dinged up as well. Spriggs will need help. Peppers plays opposite Bahk. so I think that's a wash.
Inside 'backer. I think GB is great there. Not fine, but great. Ryan is a very good run stuffing ILB. And he's got some wheels. Martinez is an up and coming (maybe already there) talent. You can build around him. Josh Jones/Burnett can play the hybrid role and Clay can sneak inside. Right now? Problem solved. Could use a late round pick to serve as back end depth and push Joe Thomas.
Containing Cam. As I've seen him contained, it happens with excellent coverage. Cam doesn't read defenses well, and if you zone under with man on the receivers, he doesn't see the game quickly enough to pick it apart. If they get the running game going and inside backers bite on the fake, that leaves a lot of holes for him to hit and that's what he is good at.
If it were me, I'd play coverage and mix up a blitz or two...off of the edge, never up the middle leaving a gaping hole in front of his face to see it. Hope to get home with 4, and play coverage. Someone needs to spy him, too, so it is much easier said than done.
Offensively, I hope we are a more balanced offense with #12 back there. We need a good run game to keep him clean.
I would love to see Capers come out this week and sit in his base 3-4, shut down the running game and blitz the heck out of Cam from everywhere. As beat up as our secondary is the faster we can get the ball out of his hands the better. Sitting back in that 4-2 that Capers loves is going to be like a slow death where Carolina pounds us into submission and when Cam has to pass he will have all day to wait for sometime to come open.