Another week, another disappointing loss for the Green Bay Packers. In the Week 11 Thursday night game, Green Bay lost to the Seattle Seahawks, 27-24. After a solid first half, it looked like the Packers would win this game handedly. However, Green Bay’s offense stalled like an old car in the second half and the Seahawks were able to score late to put the Packers at 4-5-1 on the season. Defensive coordinator, Mike Pettine, had the Packers defense ready but injuries derailed Green Bay’s chances to have a strong defensive showing. Per usual, Blake Martinez and Kenny Clark had very good games totaling 10 tackles, 2 of them for losses together. 32 year-old linebacker, Clay Matthews, played better than he usually does and finished the game with 5 tackles (1 for a loss), 1 quarterback hit, and 1 forced fumble. The three solid games from these players were nothing compared to the Week 11, “Defensive Player of the Week.”
Linebacker, Kyler Fackrell, earned this week’s Cream City Central award and it wasn’t even close. Fackrell ended the game with 6 tackles, 4 of them for a loss, 4 quarterback hits, 3 sacks, and 1 pass deflection. Fackrell came into the game when Nick Perry got injured early and made the most of it. After his spectacular game all he had to say was,
The win is all that matters. The plays just kind of come to you…you have those kind of nights.
His best play of the evening came with 13:37 left in the 4th quarter. Fackrell was lined up on the left edge when Seattle tried to run a play action pass. The Green Bay linebacker diagnosed the play perfectly, did not bite on the run fake, and sacked the mobile, Russell Wilson, for a 10-yard loss. Besides a missed tackle behind the line of scrimmage in the 1st quarter, Kyler Fackrell played a perfect game against the Seahawks.
After 10 games for Green Bay, Kyler Fackrell, has 24 tackles, 9 for a loss, 9 quarterback hits, and 8 sacks. This is more sacks than he has had in the previous two years combined. His 8 sacks is only 2 sacks behind players like J.J. Watt, Von Miller, 1 sack behind Myles Garrett, and is tied with Khalil Mack. He has more sacks than Jadeveon Clowney, Ryan Kerrigan, Cameron Jordan, and Geno Atkins. Perhaps it is time for Green Bay to let Kyler Fackrell loose and let him impact more games like he did against the Seahawks. Watch Fackrell’s Week 11 Highlights Here.
*Stats according to espn.com and pro-football-reference.com*
*Quotes via packers.com*
*Featured image via Evan Siegle, packers.com*