CLICK to Fill in the Blanks: 3 Wildcards “Suck” or “Shine”

real12thmanThe game against the Seahawks is gonna be here before we know it. There are a few things we can be certain about with this Packers team…most of those things are on the offense though. Although to my mind it is almost a certainty that this year’s defense will be much improved.

There are wildcards in this game, however. CLICK to read and make your calls as to whether each wildcard will “Suck” or “Shine”.

Wildcard #1: Packers Special Teams

We have said that the Packers return and coverage units need work. The field position battle could be crucial in this game. Give Aaron Rodgers a short field and the Packers score total likely climbs. On the other hand, if the offense has to cover 90 yards a series, the risk of three-and-outs goes up. That could have a domino effect that hurts the Packers.

On the other hand, if the Packers special teams units (and I am not counting the kicking game which is fine right now) can cover well when necessary and return the ball well enough to start the Packers on or near the 20, it could take pressure off an already potent Green Bay offense.

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 Wildcard #2: The Refs

READ THIS PARAGRAPH BEFORE VOTING! The obvious leaning would be to hit the “suck” button right off. But keep in mind, the (in my estimation, misguided) NFL emphasis on illegal hands to the face and downfield may play to the Packers favor.

The Seattle Seahawks are known for being physical but our receivers are known for being smart. I could just as easily see the Seahawks hurt by the new emphasis as the Packers. No one knows right now just how tight the calls will be in the regular season. Hopefully, they just let ‘em play but until we see this game we won’t know. That could put the Seahawks in a compromising position of hesitation.

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Wildcard #3: The Run Defense

The Packers run defense played well during the preseason but that was the preseason. Marshawn ajLynch will be the first quality back that the Pack will face. The run defense had one bad play but was much improved. However, in last season’s opener, the run defense showed up, stopping Frank Gore. But later on faltered. The addition of Julius Peppers should help contain Russell Wilson and improve the defense against the run.

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Well, it all starts in a couple days! The end of the offseason, the start of the regular season…football is almost here! This year’s Packers are primed to do some good things. But keeping healthy is the most important thing. If they can do that…the sky is the limit!

GO PACK!!!

What 2 Watch 4: Packers Versus Seahawks

Happy Labor Day everyone! Hope you have nothing but fun on the calendar for today! Relax and

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Julius Peppers looks rejuvenated…is there some weird science going on?

enjoy some Packers talk, you deserve it. To all the workers who make this country “work” we salute you! Hope you enjoy your day off and some Packers v. Seahawks talk!

Packernation, if I could put you in a time machine and warp forward to Thursday night, I would do that…I would really. But unfortunately, my portal is down for service. Maybe I should talk to Julius Peppers…that guy looks like he’s young again!

Well, the Packers take on the Seahawks and our favorite NFL humor site, The Cheese is already layin’ down the smack about the Packers gettin’ revenge in this one. But will it happen? Here is the matchup as I see it:

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Packers 53-man Roster Prediction

tolzienPackers training camp saw its regular share of injuries and UDFA surprises, all of which have given way to an interesting round of final cuts. The Packers will be without nose tackle B.J. Raji, offensive tackle Don Barclay and rookie receiver Jared Abbrederis for the entire season and will be missing tight end Brandon Bostick and center J.C. Tretter for multiple weeks.

It’s certainly possible that GM Ted Thompson makes an unexpected move or two before next Thursday’s season opener in Seattle. One such move could be the addition of a veteran O-lineman, which I’ve incorporated into my 53-man roster predictions below. Or, Ted could entertain the trade of outside linebacker Nick Perry, whose playing time should be suppressed by free agent acquisition Julius Peppers.

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Roster Cuts Looming For Packer Hopefuls: 3 Thoughts

After a long and arduous training camp, four pre-season games, and numerous bumps and bruises, rodgers mcmany hopeful young man awake this Saturday not knowing their future. Will they be invited to play on the most storied franchise in the history of football, or will they be seeking work elsewhere with another team or outside of football altogether.

So first, congratulations go out to all the young men who tried out for this team. Packernation is excited, however, to see what the exact makeup of this year’s team will be. Here are my pleas for this year’s roster cuts.

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Who Will Have a Bigger Impact?

Wow! The season is here and the Packers offense looks to be in prime condition. We have Eddie Julius Peppers PackersLacy and two other running backs who can be difference makers. We have Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, Jarrett Boykin and…well…whomever the Packers keep after that.

And…we have Aaron Rodgers. This guy is a favorite for league MVP and one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play the game. How did we get this rich??? Ted Thompson and Mike McCarthy have kept the right players for the Pack!

But the defense has been criticized…suspect even… Continue reading

It’s Game Week! Three Keys to Victory Against the Former Champs

The Packers v. Seahawks game is a week away! I have to hand it to the NFL for creating a winning 090911_Randall-Cobb_400matchup in week one. The reigning Super Bowl Champions play host to a team that a LOT of people have slated for the Super Bowl this year. This is an important game for Green Bay as a chance to start with a splash and strike fear in the hearts of NFC North teams…all of which the Packers will face within the first five games.

So here’s the straight skinny. For the Packers to win, they must… Continue reading

Ted Thompson Presser

Ted Thompson spoke to the press today in a conference regarding the final preseason game and the ttimpending roster cuts.Thompson expressed a good deal of empathy for guys who “have done a good job but will not make it past this weekend”.

As far as the final cuts go, Thompson made it clear that while the assistant coaches have already made their opinions known, the final conversations will be between Ted and coach McCarthy. Green Bay’s scouts, for their part, are doing their due diligence in follow up with other team’s cuts. Looking for players cut by other teams that could contribute in Green Bay goes back to each players college evaluations as well as their preseason work. “Trying to figure out who the bubble players are…It’s an interesting time to be a scout. A lot of projection.” Continue reading

One Thing the Packers Need to Get Straightened Out…

The Green Bay Packers have done some good things in the preseason. Aaron Rodgers looks fit and sharp Randall Cobb No Huddle Offenseand the no huddle offense looks to be ready to impose itself on defenses from the start of the year. The defensive pass-rush has already shown improvement even though they are playing things close to the vest right now and Julius Peppers looks to be a guy that can help us get to the next level in that regard. The backfield is still suspect and we still show a weakness when ILB’s end up in pass coverage but really…that will always be a problem because that is exactly the kind of mismatch offenses try to create.

But there is one problem that has not gone away and it WILL hurt us against the Seahawks… Continue reading