The Packers have signed 28-year old DT Daniel Muir. Muir played in 4 games for the Colts last year and he had 11 tackles. Muir has now played in 43 games in his first five years in the NFL and he has 108 tackles, 6 tackles for a loss, 1/2 a sack and 1 pass defensed. This was a good move for the Packers as Muir is a solid player when healthy.
The Packers played this game like it was the first round of the playoffs, except without Aaron Rodgers. Matt Flynn was excellent in his only start of the season yesterday. He completed 31 of 44 passes for 480 yards with 6 TD passes and 1 INT yesterday as he was awesome. Ryan Grant led the way on the ground for the Packers in this game with 48 yards rushing on 12 carries (4.0 ypc) and he also caught 1 pass for an 80 yard TD. Brandon Saine pitched in with 8 carries for 28 yards (3.5 ypc) and he also caught 3 passes for 17 yards (5.7 avg) in this game. WR Jordy Nelson led the way in the passing game with 9 grabs for 162 yards (18.0 avg) with 3 TD grabs. James Jones (6 rec, 89 yards), Jermichael Finley (7 rec, 64 yards, TD) and Donald Driver (2 rec, 52 yards, TD) also had solid games catching the football yesterday. The Packers finished up with 81 yards rushing on 24 carries (3.4 ypc) and they also completed 31 of 44 passes (70.5%) for 469 yards as they had possession of the ball for 31:40.
The defense had big issues trying to stop Matt Stafford and his receivers yesterday. Safety Charlie Peprah (11 tackles), CB Tramon Williams (9 tackles and 2 passes defensed) and safety Morgan Burnett (7 tackles, 1 pass defensed and 1 fumble recovery) led the way for the Packers in this game on D. CB Jarrett Bush (4 tackles, 2 passes defensed and 1 interception) and CB Sam Shields (4 tackles, 1 pass defensed and a interception) also pitched in for the Packers in this game. The Lions finished up with 73 yards rushing on 15 carries (4.9 ypc) and they also completed 36 of 59 passes (61%) for 502 yards. The Packers finish the regular season with a 15-1 record and they will have home field advantage all the way to the Super Bowl at Lambeau Field.
The NFL has suspended 24-year old DE Mike Neal for the first four games of the 2012 season as he has tested positive for performance enhancing drugs. Neal played in 7 games for the Packers last year and he had 3 tackles. He has now played in 9 games in his first two year with the Packers and he has 6 tackles, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble and 1 fumble recovery. This could hurt Neal’s career with the Packers.
28-year old QB Aaron Rodgers led the Packers to a 14-1 record in his starts and he set a new all-time record for QB Rating in a season with a mark of 122.5. Rodgers played in 15 games (all starts) for the Packers this year and he completed 343 of 502 passes (68.3%) for 4,643 yards with 45 TD passes and only 6 INTs (122.5 QB Rating). He also carried the ball 60 times for 257 yards (4.3 ypc) with 3 TD runs this year. Rodgers has now played in 69 games (62 starts) in his NFL career so far and he has completed 1,381 of 2,113 passes (65.4%) for 17,366 yards with 132 TD passes and 38 INTs (104.1 QB Rating). He also has carried the ball 249 times for 1,183 yards (4.8 ypc) with 16 TD runs so far in his NFL career. Rodgers is now 41-21 (66.1%) as a starting QB during the regular season in his NFL career.
26-year old Matt Flynn has turned into a pretty darn good QB behind Aaron Rodgers. He won his only start this year. Flynn played in 5 games (1 start) for the Packers this year and he completed 33 of 49 passes (67.3%) for 518 yards with 6 TD passes and 2 INTs (124.8 QB Rating). He also carried the ball 13 times for -6 yards (-0.5 ypc) this year. Flynn has now played in 34 games (2 starts) so far in his NFL career and he has completed 82 of 132 passes (62.1%) for 1,015 yards with 9 TD passes and 5 INTs (92.8 QB Rating). Flynn has also carried the ball 31 times for 19 yards (0.6 ypc) with 1 TD run so far in his NFL career. Flynn is 1-1 (50%) as a starting QB for the Packers.
UPDATE: (2/5/2012) – Aaron Rodgers has been named the MVP of the NFL for the 2011 season.
The Packers have re-signed Jermichael Finley to a new 2-year, million dollar deal. Finley played in all 16 games for the Packers last year and he caught 55 passes for 767 yards (13.9 avg) with 8 TD grabs. He has now played in 48 games in his first four years with the Packers and he has caught 137 passes for 1,818 yards (13.3 avg) with 15 TD grabs. This was a smart move for the Packers as Finley is one of the best TEs in the NFL.