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Matthews: We Haven’t Played Our Best Ball Yet

Clay Matthews

Speaks the truth.

Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews had a thought after his team beat the Atlanta Falcons that should scare the shit out of the rest of the NFL.

The Packers haven’t played their best football yet.

“It’s nice to know that we’re not playing our best ball, yet we’re getting better and at the same time we’re still winning,” Matthews said, “so we’re 5-0, got a chance to go 6-0 and play better ball next week heading in to Week 7 and just continue to develop and progress as a football team.

“That’s what’s encouraging.”

Encouraging indeed.

Anyone that’s watched the Packers this season knows Matthews is right.

While the offense has been hitting on all cylinders, the Packers’ defense started the season slowly. They’ve improved as the season has progressed, but are nowhere near the level they played at last year.

Simply, it hasn’t been necessary and defensive coordinator Dom Capers hasn’t shown opposing offenses a lot of different looks, blitzed heavily or employed a truly aggressive game plan. The second half of the Atlanta game might be the first time all season Capers turned past page three in the defensive playbook. The team’s pass rush has been non-existent at times and Matthews has only one sack on the season.

When you think about it, there’s really nowhere to go but up.

The Packers are already the best team in the NFL. When everything really comes together and they utilize their full playbook, they can, realistically, be even better.

Monty McMahon

Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.



  1. Savage57 October 11, 2011

    As this team continues to get the job done while the engine is still running rough, it is plain scary to think of what this team might be capable of if and when they work the kinks out and go another run like last year.

    Question is, who is this year’s New England game, where the Pack collectively decides to mash the pedal to the floor and see what this team can really do?

    1. Packerfan2008 October 11, 2011

      they have a pretty easy schedule. their toughest matches will be at San Diego and at Detroit so maybe then.

  2. DoubleDave October 11, 2011

    Yeah, I think that stretch going into Detroit and playing three games in like eleven days will test this team’s mettle.

  3. Rob October 12, 2011

    I hate to say it but if we were to lose it would probably be to the Lions in Detroit on Thanksgiving.

  4. Andy October 12, 2011

    its definatley interesting that the packers and lions will both have a lot to play for when they play each other, as this could be a year when 13 wins doesnt even get you the division