FINALLY. The Green Bay Packers won in convincing fashion for the first time since September 30th when they played the Buffalo Bills. Sunday evening, the Packers beat the Miami Dolphins at home, 31-12. The defense did not give up a touchdown all afternoon and only gave up 294 total yards. They were able to sack Dolphins’ quarterback, Brock Osweiler, 6 times for 50 yards lost. There were a lot of players who played great on the defensive side of the ball. Blake Martinez (9 tackles), Dean Lowry (6 tackles, 1 sack), Jaire Alexander (5 tackles, 2 pass deflections) and Kenny Clark (6 tackles, 1 sack) all stepped up for Green Bay against an offensively challenged Miami team. Even safety Josh Jones, who has struggled most of the year, had a nice day in coverage and made open field tackles when necessary. With good games from all of these players, it was difficult to choose a “Defensive Player of the Week,” but the Cream City Central award went to somebody I have not talked about yet.
The Week 10 “Defensive Player of the Week,” was none other than outside linebacker, Reggie Gilbert. Gilbert, who made the team because of a MONSTER pre-season, finally had his regular season breakout game. He had 3 tackles, a sack, and a fumble recovery. His fumble recovery came when the Dolphins threatened to score on the opening drive of the game. Miami was driving down the field behind big carries from running back, Frank Gore (that’s right, Gore is still doing things in the NFL), and they were knocking on Green Bay’s door. However, an erratic snap caused Brock Osweiler to panic while trying to find the ball. Gilbert came flying off the edge and was able to recover the fumble. He halted the Miami drive by corralling the turnover and most likely prevented a field goal or touchdown. If the Dolphins would have scored on that drive, who knows, the game could have played out very differently. Gilbert’s sack came in the 4th quarter with 3:02 left in the game. The Dolphins were trying to produce a late touchdown and Reggie came up with a sack that forced Miami to punt the ball.
Green Bay’s next game is on Thursday night against the Seattle Seahawks (4-5). Starting linebacker, Nick Perry, is questionable for this game meaning Packer fans could be seeing a lot more Reggie Gilbert in Week 11.
*All stats via espn.com*
*Featured image via Evan Siegle, packers.com*