Last Sunday, the Green Bay Packers defended Lambeau Field by defeating the Atlanta Falcons, 34-20. Both the offense and defense looked solid, and played the most complete game of the season. The defense was lead by cornerback, Bashaud Breeland, who earned this week’s “Defensive Player of the Week,” award. Breeland ended the game with 1 tackle, 1 interception returned for a touchdown, 1 pass deflection, and 1 fumble recovery. Bashaud was a ball hawk all afternoon and was the driving force behind the strong defensive effort.
In a post-game interview, Breeland said his interception, “Meant a lot. Especially with all the emotions of everything going on…it really felt great.”
Breeland’s interception came with 6:11 left in the first half. He was covering Falcons’ tight end, Austin Hooper, ran a rounded out-route that Breeland jumped perfectly. He caught the ball in stride and returned it 22 yards for a touchdown. When it comes to emotion, the Green Bay Packers had one of the most emotional weeks for any team in recent memory. The team fired long-term head coach, Mike McCarthey, and promoted Joe Philbin to interim coach. For a team to be successful with an interim coach everyone on the team has to play with a purpose. Breeland also talked about this in his post-game interview.
Breeland said, “Everyone has really bought in…I just want to do what I can do to help this team (Packers) win.”
In my opinion, Bashaud Breeland has not been very good with Green Bay so far this season. Some of his best plays came when he wasn’t looking at the pass and the ball deflected off of his helmet. However, I will give credit where credit is due and admit Breeland had a terrific game last Sunday. Hopefully he can keep up the solid play next week against the Chicago Bears.
Breeland is the perfect example of how general manager, Brian Gutekunst, is constantly trying to make the Packers better through the free agent market. When he sees a player go down due to injury, he is immediately looking for a viable replacement. This is something former GM, Ted Thompson, seemed to never do. With Gutekunst at the helm of operations in Green Bay, fans can sleep well knowing their team is in good hands.