The Packers weren’t quite playing their type of football until the second half of Week 2 when Aaron Rodgers and Co. finally began lighting up the scoreboard. In the Packers’ 31-24 victory over New York last week, the rest of the league saw just how productive Green Bay’s offense can be when all pieces are in-sync. The possibility of Bryan Bulaga’s return this week suggests that the offense could remain just as lethal in Detroit, which shifts the spotlight to the defensive side of the ball where the Packers face a tall task against Matthew Stafford and the Lions O.
The Lions haven’t been particularly effective running the ball in their first two regular season games, having been held to fewer than 80 yards rushing in each while halfback Joique Bell averaged less than four yards per carry. Not overly active in the Lions’ ground game thus far has been Reggie Bush, who tore apart Green Bay’s defense last Thanksgiving, both between the tackles and in the flat. Despite a knee injury that has kept Bush’s role limited, I expect No.21 to be used at least as a distraction against the Packers.
The Packers travel to Ford Field to take on the Detroit Lions on Sunday. This game marks the beginning of a three game NFC North stretch for the Packers. Two of the games, this one and the one against the Bears, will be played away from Lambeau Field. After a season-opening loss to Seattle and comeback victory against the Jets in week two, the Packers will likely show their true colors in this game.
The Lions are now a force to be reckoned with in the NFC North, and whether or not they blow it down the stretch, they can play spoiler to anyone at any time if they don’t challenge for the NFC North title. Here are a few things to watch for: Continue reading
Jordy Nelson put up 209 yards in the Packers comeback win against the Jets Sunday. The Packers, with the win, squared themselves up with the rest of the division at 1-1. If the second half of Sunday’s game is an indicator of a growing Packers identity, good things are coming our way, Packernation.
The change may be just in time as the Packers hit a critical three-game stretch against division opponents. The only game to be played at Lambeau is the last, versus the Vikings. Facing the Lions and the Bears on their home turf is a daunting task for any team. Will the Packers be up for it? Continue reading
There is one player who made the difference in the game against the Jets yesterday. I have a hunch that no one else in the Packers blogosphere knows who it is. If they do…they are not going to talk about it. But I am here to tell the truth.
When the offense was out of sync, and the defense couldn’t stop the Jets, there was a Packers player who stayed cool and made ALL of his plays. Who is it? Well let me ask Packernation first…if you know who it is, comment on Facebook and then READ the post. SHARE it too…if you are confident that you are right. Continue reading
The morning after each game is a good time to blow off some steam after a big loss or huzzah a big win. What do the Packers need to work on? What did they do well? Each game has its share of little victories and little gripes…let’s call it R&R…”Rant” and “Rave”. So here is my take on the game… Continue reading
One of very few benefits to the Packers’ season opening match in Seattle two Thursdays ago was the extra time allowed to identify and correct issues that went wrong against the defending champs. A 21-3 deficit midway through the first half of Green Bay’s Week 2 game versus the Jets suggested that the game film from Seattle never actually made it back to the Packers practice facilities.
In a sloppy and somewhat-undeserved victory over New York, the Packers continued to commit familiar mistakes, ranging from simple miscommunication to unsportsmanlike conduct penalties to confusion on defensive personnel groups. The first half of the game saw many missed tackles by Packers defenders on New York’s good-but-not-great running back trio.
Well the Packers spotted the Jets too many points in this game. But with a little over five minutes left in the first half…the turnaround began! Hey this team made mistakes, got itself in a hole, and at times frustrated Packers fans…but THIS IS A WIN!
The LAST thing the Packers could afford was to go into the NFC North streak (in which they play all rivals in the next three weeks) 0-2. The Packers got behind early and looked dazed, confused, and lackluster but it all changed toward the end of the second quarter. Continue reading
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The NFL just recently divulged that Adrian Peterson has been indicted for child injury. This in the same week that Ray Rice was cut by the Ravens after evidence surfaced that he had punched his girlfriend in the face. This is the kind of stuff we are supposed to take out on the field guys!
There are those who support Adrian Peterson and the jury is still out..no one really knows what happened or what part Adrian played at this point. But am I the only one who worries when the safety and well-being of this country’s women and children are at risk? Shouldn’t the millions these guys (no matter what team they play for) make go toward their family’s safety and well-being? Continue reading
The Packers opened their regular season with a loss for a third straight season last week, with problems evident in all three phases of the game. This week’s home opener against a mediocre Jets team on Sunday seems to be the ideal recipe for correcting course, though New York does pose some threats to Mike McCarthy avoiding his first 0-2 start as Packers head coach.
New York committed heavily to the run game on offense against the Raiders in Week 1 – and for good reason. A backfield equipped with Chris Ivory and newly-added Chris Johnson chewed up the Raider defense for 212 yards on 34 carries. With the Packers missing both B.J. Raji and Brad Jones on Sunday, it would seem likely that the Jets stick with this run-first mentality.