While Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots may not be a must-win for the Packers, the result will surely provide some insight into the type of play that Mike McCarthy’s team is capable of delivering against quality opponents in the postseason.
Though the Packers and Patriots share a number of similarities, the quality of wins between the two teams varies greatly. New England has beaten each of their last four opponents by 22 points or more, including lopsided wins over the play-bound Broncos, Colts and Lions. Meanwhile, the Packers’ most impressive win of the season came two weeks ago against a Nick Foles-less Eagles team.
Many fans shrugged off the notion that last Sunday’s game versus the Vikings would be a trap game – but were unpleasantly surprised in the Packers’ narrow 24-21 win over Minnesota. Perhaps looking ahead to their Week 14 meeting with the Patriots, the Packers were surprised by their division rivals, nearly dropping an important in-division game that could have tie-breaker implications.
If it weren’t for the sporadic play of Teddy Bridgewater, the Packers might still share the NFC North lead with Detroit. Sluggish play from the Green Bay secondary gave Bridgewater a number of opportunities to move the chains and give Minnesota a lead – but the rookie failed to take advantage. With an 11-point lead late in the fourth quarter, the defense failed to shut the door, allowing the Vikings to get within three and forcing the offense to chew up the remaining clock.
There has been a lot of talk about this week’s Packers versus Patriots clash as a possible Super Bowl preview. I think that is putting the cart before the horse. The Super Bowl is a long way off and I fear what might be lost in all such hype is the extreme importance of this game at this point in the season for these two clubs. Continue reading
Let me start with saying, “Hell yeah” With this win and the Lions losing the Packers are now on top
of the NFC North once again, A spot they have not owned solo since the Bears game of 2013, Now they control their own destiny.
I knew this was going to be a tough game as all division games usually are, It doesn’t matter what their records say, The teams know each other so well from having to play twice a year every year it is always tough to get these wins.
The Packers had to go to Minnesota and get a win to keep pace with the Detroit Lions. And lo and behold, the Lions lost to the Patriots in big fashion. This sets up a Clash of the Titans so to speak as the Patriots travel to Lambeau next week and the Packers require this game to make not just a statement, but also to put the pressure on the Lions to run the table and give themselves a chance in the last game of the season. Green Bay is now, officially, the NFC North first place team. Continue reading
The Packers have to go on the road this week, which may be a factor in the game against the Vikings. The Vikings, however, are not playing on their home field either technically speaking. This is an important game for the Packers to win to keep up with the Lions.
The official trailer for “Pitch Perfect 2″ came out and of all things…Clay Matthews and the Packers O-line are in it! Please be advised…if you watch the trailer to the end, there is some inuendo…viewer discretion and all.
Give it a SHARE if you want and let the world know that our Packers are good at more than football! But wait…maybe they need to focus…Ha!
Recent visits to Minneapolis have been all about trying to contain Vikings running back Adrian Peterson. And if Peterson was actually active this week, one could be sure that he would be the center of Dom Capers and the 29th-ranked run defense’s game plan. But with Peterson still suspended, the Packers face a considerably weaker Vikings offense, led by rookies Teddy Bridgewater and Jerick McKinnon.
While the Vikings are missing Peterson, the Packer defense gets a slightly tougher test than their October meeting with Minnesota, where they sacked Christian Ponder six times and picked him off twice. But like Ponder, Bridgewater is more than capable of turning the ball over, having thrown six interceptions in his last five starts. Meanwhile, the Green Bay defense has collected four interceptions since the bye week while consistently forcing bad throws from opposing QBs.
This week there has been a lot of talk about taking the Vikings seriously and what a Vikings upset would do to the playoff picture. Let me set the record straight. The Packers go to Minnesota to do their job. And their job is to WIN, Period. No excuses, no hiccups, no asterisks. What do you do when you play a team that for all intents and purposes should beat? You do your job!
The Packers have the Vikings out manned, out gunned and outmatched in this one. There will be NO excuses, their will be no mercy, there will be no pride or moral victories in this matchup when the dust clears. This is a team that does not belong on the same field as our Packers but if they dare take the field against us, we must do our job. Continue reading
Even Chicago can beat the Vikings…
The Packers travel to Minnesota in what seems to be the perfect game to have after the Eagles and before the Patriots. With Minnesota playing outdoors this year while their new stadium construction continues, and the fact that so many in Minnesota are Packers fans, this game will be as close to a “home away from home” game as the Packers could hope for.
The Vikings had won two in a row and Bridgewater was looking for his third 4th quarter comeback when he threw the pick that effectively ended the game. While the Packers cannot afford to overlook anyone, this game sets up well for a team that has a lot of reasons to expect a win. Continue reading