Scouting Report: New Orleans Saints

The Packers travel to New Orleans to take on the Saints under the bright lights of Sunday Night saintsFootball. This final game before the bye also signals the halfway point in the season for the Packers. If the Packers can get a win against the Saints, they will be in a very enviable position going into the second half of the season, tied with the Lions with the tie breaker at Lambeau.

Notable Saints Injuries:

NT Brodrick Bunkley went out of last week’s game against the Lions with a concussion and was limited in practice Wednesday. Center Jonathan Goodwin went out with a knee injury and did not participate in practice on Wednesday. Pierre Thomas’ rib/shoulder injury kept him out of practice. This injury is expected to keep Thomas out for 2-3 weeks.

What 2 Watch 4

Jimmy_GrahamDrew Brees. Brees put up over 342 yards and 2 touchdowns against the Lions in a one point loss. That game was played in Detroit. The Saints will still be sore about the loss (in more ways then one), and will look to take their frustration at not being able to win on the road out on the Packers at home. Brees is great at looking off coverage but if the Packers can get to him quickly, it can offset his ability to use his eyes. The opportunity for interceptions is there if the D-line gets to Brees early and often. Kenny Stills is a dangerous WR and had a 46 yard touchdown reception versus the Lions, and Jimmy Graham will be expected to play more than he did last week, he was a limited participant in practice but creates mismatch problems for a Packers team that struggles against good tight ends.

The Saints love to use Pierre Thomas out of the backfield and will miss him in this game. But the Packers need to keep the pressure on and have good play in the defensive backfield if they want to keep the Saints from scoring 20 or more points.

Defensively, the Saints have struggled all year…all year, except last weekend in Detroit. The Lions had to storm back from down 10-23 to win the game and won on a drive that had a pass interference called on forth down…on a play that would not have gone for a first down anyway.

But the defense, while effective for the most part, found itself out of position several times before the snap. If the Packers roll out the no-huddle, look to see Aaron Rodgers take advantage of that.

The Saints defense got pressure on Stafford, played well on the backend but came up short in the end. Aaron Rodgers is a much better Quarterback and will be a much bigger test for the Saints in terms of matchups. But our O-line will have to continue the improved play that we have seen in the last couple games.

If Eddie Lacy can stay North and South against the Saints defense and establish the run early, this should be another opportunity for the Pack to keep pace with the Lions. But if the Packers can’t get home against Drew Brees, It could be a long night Sunday Night.

GO PACK!!!

8 Year Old With Down’s Syndrome Scores “Winning Touchdown” for Rhinelander

This was all over Facebook earlier today. I just now got permission to post it.Gabe-and-Coach-685x913

8 year old Gabe White is one of the “managers” of the Rhinelander High School Freshman football team. He has Down’s Syndrome. If you’ve spent any time in the last few months wondering what is wrong with the world, just take a look. There is still a LOT that is right with the world. The Mosinee team gets in on it and makes this little boy’s day! Gabe’s brother is number 84 and is the first to congratulate Gabe after he makes the score. This took place after the game was over but the Rhinelander team asked little Gabe to score the “winning touchdown”. Take a look: Continue reading

Count Your Blessings

Brett Favre has postponed this year’s meeting at Lambeau with Bart Starr and Aaron Rodgers because Bart Starr’s health is still in question and Brett doesn’t want to visit without him. This one brettkidsmall statement forced me to pause and consider two things:

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What We Learned Against the Panthers

After a 1-2 start to the regular season, the Packers have finally hit their stride, trouncing a good Aaron Rodgers TD PercentagePanthers team at home in Week 7. Aaron Rodgers was near unstoppable as the seven-year starter hit each of his primary targets for scores and improved his QB rating to 117.3 (second best in the NFL).

Part of the reason behind Aaron Rodgers’s MVP-quality day was outstanding protection up front. Rodgers played three quarters of football largely untouched, thanks to pro bowl-caliber play from the entire offensive line. The front five also created big holes for Eddie Lacy, who has enjoyed few big performances since the season’s start but has now upped his yards per carry to 4.0 on the season. Further, play calling from Mike McCarthy was balanced and hard to predict, which produced long drives on offense and good rest for the defense.

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Post-Game Rant and Rave

I really don’t have much to rant about except maybe the active list. I feel Tolzien should be starting in2014 Packers place of Flynn. What little time we have seen Flynn this year he has not impressed me. He throws very dangerous passes when he does throw and even on the hand offs he is either running into the running back or he telegraphs his play so the defense knows whats coming. Also I understand that Janis is still raw and they are bringing him along slow but I believe he is better than Dorsey so why was Janis benched again soon as they brought Dorsey of the practice squad? This in my opinion does not make much sense!

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Brett Favre Speaks to Mooch About The TD Record

Brett Favre sat down with Steve Mariucci on the morning that Peyton Manning goes out on the field brettkidwith a realistic chance of breaking the career touchdown record. No Packers fan will forget the day that Favre broke the record, with an in route to Greg Jennings, a “Monumental milestone in a legendary career.”

But few records stand the test of time and when Peyton breaks Favre’s record…it will be temporary bliss and one day, Manning will have to watch someone surpass him. But there are is one thing  I love about Brett Favre’s career in touchdowns. Continue reading

Packers Tame Panthers 38-17

Well the Packers won a thriller in Miami last week but then followed it up with a dominant Aaron Rodgers Statsperformance against the Panthers this afternoon.

The Panthers, whose defense was a league-leader last season, has not been great up front, exposing their weakness in the backfield in 2014. The Packers and in particular Aaron Rodgers, took advantage of that today. Rodgers and the Pack racked up 172 first quarter yards to the Panthers 5. Aaron took apart the Panthers defense with a passer rating of over 150 for the third time in his career. This game was over before the half and though they were ineffective, it was good to see a lot of second stringers get on the field. Continue reading

Scouting Report: Carolina Panthers

Well, the Carolina Panthers are coming to Lambeau. They will be as welcome there as Percy Harvin isdownload in Seattle, as welcome as LenDale White at a USC football game, as welcome as…Percy Harvin is in Minnesota….you get the point.

But the Packers have to watch this as it is a classic trap game. No one yet can figure out why the Panthers’ defense has no played like it did last year, Cam Newton is a danger to our defense with both his arm and his leg, and the Packers’ emotional victory last week sets them up for a possible let down in front of the home crowd. But if the Packers can do 3 things (the first of which is apparently brought to you by shamelessalliteration.com), they can get another important victory. Continue reading

Sam Shields Out, Williams Questionable

Packernation has been waiting for word on Sam Shields and Tramon Williams after coach McCarthy111512-NFL-Tramon-Williams-LO_20121115123633113_600_400 has said that neither’s injury was long term. But today, word came out that Sam Shields was out for Sunday’s game against Carolina and Tramon Williams is questionable. This, along with the absence of Datone Jones for a second game, make the Lambeau Field contest against the Carolina Panthers the first with major questions at the start position this year.  Continue reading