The Green Bay defense was huge in last Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Bills. The Bills put up a donut and the Packers won, 22-0. This was Green Bay’s first shutout since October 31st, 2010 when they blanked the Mark Sanchez led New York Jets. Some well-known defensive players on that team included, B.J. Raji, A.J. Hawk, Charles Woodson, and Nick Collins. Yikes…those names make me feel old. Another remarkable stat, the defense in Sunday’s game only allowed 145 total yards, the fewest they have given up since December 21st, 2014.
Many players came up big last Sunday making it difficult to chose a “Defensive Player of the Week.” Ha Ha Clinton-Dix had an interception in traffic that garnered a lot of “Ooos” and “Ahhs.” Jaire Alexander had two great coverage plays in the first quarter on Kelvin Benjamin causing the receiver to be visibly upset. Alexander also had an interception at the end of the first half that halted any sort of Buffalo momentum. Kyler Fackrell had 3 of the team’s 7 total sacks and proved to be a problem all afternoon for Buffalo’s offensive line.
There was one player who bested the others while he was on the field. Blake “Machinez” Martinez was week four’s “Defensive Player of the Week.” His final stat line read 9 tackles (6 solo), 1 sack, 2 tackles for a loss, and 2 quarterback hits. This was his third straight game with 9 tackles. “Machinez” was a beast all game, he stopped the run, rushed the quarterback, and dropped back into coverage all at an elite level. Dare I say Luke Kuechly-esque? Anyways, his best play of the afternoon did not show up in the box score. On Jaire Alexander’s interception, Martinez was the Packer who provided pressure on Bill’s rookie quarterback, Josh Allen, and caused him to throw an interception 35 yards downfield.
Next week Green Bay travels to Detroit to take on the Lions at 12:00 pm (CT). Blake Martinez and the rest of the Green Bay Packer defense will have to continue their exceptional level of play against a quarterback who can get blazing hot in Matthew Stafford.
*All stats via packers.com and espn.com*