Clay Matthews may return this Sunday

Clay Matthews may return this Sunday

The two best quarterbacks Indianapolis has faced this season - Detroit's Matthew Stafford and San Diego's Philip Rivers - combined to throw for 666 yards and three touchdowns. Now, it's just a matter of playing four quarters and being more consistent. An Adam Vinatieri field goal. Andrew Luck is the second-leading rusher on this team. And then with 8:04 left to play in the game, the Colts actually took a 22-21 lead thanks to another Vinatieri field goal. It will be the fifth time in the last six matchups that the Packers will host the Colts in the month of November. The defense hasn't been much better, as it ranks 28th in points per game allowed (28.8) and 29th in yards per game allowed (402.5).

Luck completed 82 of 123 attempts (66.7 percent) for 1,069 yards with eight touchdowns and one interception in those games. In that game, Atlanta QB Matt Ryan hit Mohamed Sanu with a TD pass with 31 seconds remaining to seal the win.

"I was heavily dosed up on meds so I don't remember anything other than the final", Pagano jokingly recalled on Wednesday. First down production pretty good. The team was feeling pain at half but I wasn't. And embattled starters Blake Bortles and Brock Osweiler have enjoyed some of their greatest success against Indianapolis. While they will both score a lot of points, the Packers' defense will force turnovers and make the plays down the stretch to win the game. You nearly expected a detective to step forward and say, "Boss, this Pagano guy is not gonna talk". "It was freaky in a sense". We've all seen what a hamstring injury can do to guys who utilize their speed, and while Hilton has evolved into more than just a fast deep threat, it's still worrisome to me. "I had the privilege of coaching him as a rookie, you could see right away he was going to be a great player in this league". And that's just not reality.

Since Rodgers took over as Green Bay's starter back in 2008, the Packers have dominated at home, with a staple being getting off to tremendous starts in games. The man who was on the opposite sideline in that game and will be again this Sunday was Packers head coach Mike McCarthy, who also remembers that game well.

"I think three games in 11 days is probably hard when you're coming off an injury, so I think that's ultimately the setback which we had", Matthews said of the team's October 9, Oct. 16 and October 20 games against the New York Giants, Dallas Cowboys and Chicago Bears. I truly don't know about this one for this week. I addressed it in the team meeting and everybody was excited about it. "That's the beauty of competing in the National Football League each and every week". "He's got one of the quickest releases in the game". Three of those games are on the road.

"More opportunities for us, " Indianapolis Colts cornerback Darius Butler said.

That's the most important thing: that Pagano is healthy now.

And for the Packers defense, having Matthews back at practice was a the-sooner-the-better situation. As always, I am basing my projections on ESPN standard scoring rules, no ppr, and a 12 team league.



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