Harris shuts out Bears WRs

Al Harris defends against a pass intended for Chicago's Devin Hester Sunday in Green Bay. (AP Photo)

Al Harris defends against a pass intended for Chicago's Devin Hester Sunday in Green Bay.

As we noted last week, Al Harris entered Sunday’s game with an amazing streak: He had not allowed a completed pass to his side of the field since returning from a lacerated spleen in Week 8.

And 3irty1 continued his streak Sunday vs. Chicago, using his signature physical style of play, his speed and his smarts to help take Devin Hester, Rashied Davis and Brandon Lloyd completely out of their games.

In fact, Bears QB Kyle Orton did not complete a pass to a Chicago WR until the nine-minute mark of the third quarter.

Chicago wideouts finished the game with a measly four receptions for 60 yards and no scores. And Al Harris extended his streak of not allowing a completed pass to four games and counting.

Afterwards, the Bears showed a healthy amount of respect for the job the Packers secondary performed. Brandon Lloyd:

“I’m a huge fan of Woodson and Harris,” said Lloyd, who was back on the field after missing five games with a sprained knee. “I think those guys are awesome. They get paid a ton of money to do what they do. So it is a lot of work to get open against them.”

And Bears GM Jerry Angelo:

“They’re very good. They’re tough to throw on. If you’re going to do it, you’ve got to execute well.”

Executing “well” is proving to be inadequate against this Packers “D”. In Al Harris’ mind, if opponents want to get anything done on offense, they must execute to perfection:

“If you get pressure when you’re playing press coverage, balls have to be perfectly thrown balls,” said Harris. “That’s the goal. For them to complete a pass, it has to be a perfect pass.

“That’s how I look at it.”

As you know, teams have learned to not throw in Al’s direction and as a result, his stats don’t look impressive on paper. Sunday’s totals: One tackle. No interceptions. But the game isn’t played on paper. It’s played on the field, and fans, coaches and opposing WRs know no stats can describe the effectiveness with which Al Harris is playing on the defensive end.

Just ask Devin Hester, Bernard Berrian and Justin Gage.


4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Maxwell on November 20, 2008 at 12:45 am

    dude you played great that one play they were in shotgun tight and you were covering a wideout you jsut threw him to the ground lol it was awesome. Keep it up man im getting a 3irty1 jersey for christmas its gonna be tite good luck agaisnt the saints ill be right there for you guys


  2. Posted by Karl on November 20, 2008 at 9:10 pm

    AL Harris you and Charles Woodson are the most amazing corners in the whole NFL i live in Virginia and i go to a sports bar to watch all the Packers fans you,Charles,Collins,Rouse,and Bigby should all make one huge website for the Packers DB’s that would be awesome i hope you keep your streak alive for the rest of the year your a beast Fear the Dreads!!! makes me want to grow some go Al i votes for you for the Pro-Bowl
    keep up the great work GOPACKGO!!!


  3. Posted by Maxwell on November 22, 2008 at 11:27 pm

    Good luck on Monday 31 the dirty one. You’re gonna do great


  4. Posted by Danielle C. on November 30, 2008 at 10:13 pm

    Hey Al! Keep up the great work! You are always amazing to watch and half the reason why i watch every game! Keep your head up because you are goin to the Pro Bowl!!!
    How can i get one of your pro bowl jerseys?


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