There was some fear that the Green Bay Packers wouldn’t have running back Ty Montgomery available for their divisional round matchup with the Dallas Cowboys. This should eliminate that.
Montgomery, who injured his ankle and gave way to Christine Michael in the second half of the win over the Giants, was not listed on Wednesday’s injury report at all. That technically means he isn’t injured.
Montgomery ran 11 times for just 27 yards against the Giants, but he caught three balls for 41 yards. One of those receptions was a 34-yarder, which demonstrates exactly the type of big-play ability Montgomery brings to the table.
With Montgomery limited, a fired-up Michael came in and ran for 47 yards on 10 carries. He gives the Packers a nice one-two punch, especially at this time of year.
This week, things are going to get tougher for the Packers’ ground game, regardless of who is toting the ball. The Cowboys had the No. 1 rushing defense in the NFL during the regular season, allowing just 83.5 yards per game. Some of that no doubt had to do with the opposition playing from behind so often and having to pass the ball, but they were still stout.
In the last 3 games Ty has ran for 97 yards on 28 attempts for a 3.3 average. With Nelson out, he’s more productive as a wide receiver against the Cowboys.
Any word on Blake Martinez? We need him
To imitate AJ Hawk?
Are we back up for comments…?
Testing 1, 2, 3 . . .
Give the ball to Michael more. That guy hits the hole harder and faster than any Packer I ever remember.
I agree. If Michael was running for the Cowboys, i think he’d have 5-6 yards per carry.
Agreed. Like to see 5 more touches a game for Michael
The Cowboys do have a good run defense. I do not believe they are #1. When you look at run defenses it is better to look at ypc allowed. The Seahawks were #1 and the Giants were #2. The Cowboys are #8 tied with three other teams. So the run game is not going to get tougher than Seattle or the Giants.
You may see Ty as a running back, but if he does not hit runs early his run attempts will go to Michael or Rip. That does not mean Ty will not get his touches through the air. Ty may line up in the backfield to start. As the game proceeds Ty will be moved all around. Ty when on the field creates matchup problems in the pass game. In addition he causes the opponent to show Rodgers and MM matchup problems that they can exploited with the other receivers.
The luster of Ty at running back has diminished the last 3 games. I’d rather see him as a receiver for this game with Nelson out, he’ll be far more productive i think.
Agreed. I liked him at WR his Rookie year before the ankle injury