Green Bay suffered a tough loss last Sunday against division rival, the Detroit Lions. The defense failed to capture the magic they had against the Buffalo Bills and looked out of place all afternoon. The Packers gave up 24 first half points that created a deficit too large to overcome. They only gave up 7 points in the second half which is frustrating for Packer fans because it seem as if the defense doesn’t hone in until it’s too late. However, week 5 had some upsides from the defensive side of the ball. Reggie Gilbert, the man who had a monster preseason, looked solid against the Lions, he provided pressure on Matthew Stafford and even registered a tackle for a loss. Pro-Bowl safety, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, continued his good 2018 campaign and recorded 1 of the team’s 3 sacks.
There was one player who rose above everybody else on the defense and played at an above average level. Blake Martinez was the week 5, “Defensive Player of the Week,” thus making him the first two-time winner of the Cream City Central award. He earned the award this week by leading the team in tackles with 5, that brought his season total to 39. He has more tackles than star linebackers Myles Jack, Bobby Wagner, and Lorenzo Alexander. “Machinez” also had 2 sacks, which is his career high, 2 tackles for a loss, and 2 quarterback hits. Week in and week out Blake Martinez continues to be the most consistent player on the Packers defense. He always does his job not over pursuing and making the correct football move. His great play is even being noticed nationwide. Pro Football Focus named Martinez to their first quarter All-Pro team. Number 50 is the catalyst for the Green Bay D and analysts outside of Wisconsin are starting to take notice.
Monday Night Football this week, the Blake Martinez lead Green Bay defense will have a favorable matchup against the 49ers. San Francisco will be without their week 1 starting quarterback, Jimmy Garoppolo, and dynamic running back, Matt Breida. Look for the Packers to get back on track after the loss to the Lions.
*All stats according to espn.com*