AM Quickslant: Time To Move On

Posted by  Brady Augustine   in  ,      2 years ago     86 Views     1 Comment  

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Aaron Rodgers INT PercentageWith the Steelers game in the rear-view mirror and the Eagles Saturday game on the horizon, the Packers will quickly begin to find out what they have in their young wide receivers. The loss of Jordy Nelson also must be put behind them if they are going to maintain the goals set at the beginning of the year. Saturday will be a big day, one in which the ones will play their most football of the preseason but for the Packers it will also be a time to give opportunities to players filling in for the injured. 

Of course, the most talked about injured player is Jordy Nelson who was lost for the year due to a significant knee injury. The young wide receivers on this team all just got bumped up a spot on the roster because of his loss. This is the worst possible way to keep a spot on a team but as they say (whether it means anything or not) “It is what it is”.

But there is also the injury to Bhaktiari to worry about. Don Barclay no sooner stepped on the field it seemed than he was responsible for the sack/safety in which Aaron Rodgers sustained a bruised right arm. The line between bruised and broken can be very thin…so we have more to worry about than who Rodgers is throwing to. We also need to make sure he can throw at all. Barclay will presumably get plenty of reps in the upcoming game though they may move Brian Bulaga to the left tackle position after what happened last Sunday.

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The Steelers game will be a chance to restore the belief that this team can be dominant without Jordy Nelson. If Barclay performs, we will all feel a lot better. I think our young receivers have the chance to make names for themselves and have the physical tools to do it. They also couldn’t be in a better place with the best coaching staff to move them forward quickly.

I also want to see the defense take the loss of Nelson seriously. This defense did some good things especially toward theclay end of last season and we have not seen Clay Matthews on the field yet. They need to take the loss of Nelson personally. Let me repeat that…they need to take the loss of Nelson personally. The fact that Packernation sunk into a funk with the loss of a star offensive player should be a call for this defense to make up in points defensed for the points Jordy would have scored. Our defense did some good things at the end of last season and they need to continue to be at their most dominant when the offense sputters. Time will tell and the defense has youth of its own to develop but I think this is the year that our defense needs to take a step forward.

Well, it’s Wednesday folks and football is coming again soon. This Saturday’s game has suddenly taken on a whole new meaning. Will the Packers languish in the loss of Jordy Nelson, or will they accept this challenge as the way in which Championship teams are forged.

What do you think? Will the Packers take up for their fallen brother? Let us know in the comments below or back on the Facebook Fanpage.

Go Pack!

 

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Brady Augustine is co-owner and content creator for www.greenbaypackernation.com. He currently resides in Tennessee and also conspires with brother, JR on www.cheesnewswire.com

3 Comments

  1.   January 8, 2016, 4:25 pm

    Realistically, Washington hasn’t beaten a team with a winning record all season. I may be underestimating their talent, but my opinion is that they’re the weakest playoff team of both conferences. Their offense is decent, especially if Cousins is allowed to get into a rhythm and they have serious speed at WR. Their front 4 on D is good, but their secondary is full of holes.

    If Rodgers is to get on a roll, this is the team to do it against. Our passing game has responded well late in games against much better Ds than this with no run game. I still think we’ll struggle to run the ball with a banged up O-line and Lacy’s sore ribs. I would never suggest we don’t run at all, but running on 1st and 2nd down and consecutive 1st downs has hurt us all year long. I’d like to see a 75/25 pass/run ratio – including a few runs by Rodgers.

    So my best guess is that it comes down to 5 keys:
    Consistent pressure on Cousins
    Turnovers
    McCarthy’s play calling getting Rodgers into rhythm early with some timing routes and screens to RBs
    Not calling too many run plays which plays to the strength of Redskins’ D
    Rodgers playing well.

    I didn’t list our O-line playing well because Rodgers can overcome most of that when performing like he’s capable, and frankly, I’d prefer to see him tuck it and run to slow down the pass rush a bit. Go Pack go!

  2.   January 8, 2016, 3:12 pm

    Your dreaming if you think they are able to run the ball…….
    They don’t need bounces just a swift kick in the butt to Mc Carthy the play caller( joke)

    •   January 8, 2016, 3:42 pm

      You could be right Bill…I may be dreaming. But I think a bounce or two our way is more likely than anyone giving McCarthy a swift kick in the butt. At this point, I would be content to see some consistent individual wins that add up to an extended drive. 😀

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