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What We Learned Against the Lions

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For the third time in five years, the Packers were on the upper end of a big-time Week 17 game – this time versus the Lions. The offense rose to the occasion, generating 21 points and 377 yards against the league’s number two defense. In the victory over Detroit, we learned that Eddie Lacy can overcome the league’s best D-line and that Richard Rodgers could be a viable TE1 next season. But perhaps most obvious after the Packers’ twelfth win of the season is that Aaron Rodgers is the NFL’s MVP. When Rodgers aggravated his calf injury in the second…

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Breaking Down Week 17 vs. the Lions

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On Sunday, the Packers will play in yet another significant Week 17 game with playoff implications – this year versus the Detroit Lions. Both teams own a respectable 11-4 record and figure to be playing with at least some level of vengeance. The Packers were embarrassed offensively in September when Detroit ran away with a 19-7 victory at Ford Field. Meanwhile, the Lions have not won in Green Bay since 1991 – a streak that could be ended if Detroit continues to play at a Super Bowl level on defense. On paper, Detroit’s defense poses the toughest challenge of any…

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Breaking Down Week 16 vs. the Buccaneers

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On paper, the Packers couldn’t have asked for a better opportunity to rebound from last week’s offensive disaster in Buffalo, traveling to Tampa Bay to face the NFC’s cellar-dwelling Buccaneers. Despite owning a 2-12 record in the NFL’s worst division, the Bucs have played opponents tough all season long. Seven of Tampa Bay’s 12 losses have been by six points or less, including last week’s 17-19 loss in Charlotte. At the same time, the talent gap between the two teams couldn’t be clearer. The Bucs don’t pose the same defensive challenge that the Packers offense encountered last week in Buffalo…

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What We Learned Against the Bills

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It was going to be difficult for Mike McCarthy’s Packers to sustain the winning streak that they had carried since Week 10. Most thought that the Packers would stub their toes versus New England – and when that didn’t happen, running the table seemed plausible. But Green Bay caught Buffalo at the perfectly wrong time – with Doug Marrone’s Bills playing at home and in playoff desperation mode. It’s obvious that the Packers weren’t themselves on Sunday. Rodgers and his receivers seemed to lack chemistry from start to finish, evidenced by many errant throws by Rodgers and general miscommunication on…

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Breaking Down Week 15 vs. the Bills

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There’s a first for everything, as they say. On Sunday, Mike McCarthy and the Packers look to get the franchise’s first ever victory in Buffalo. In what some consider Green Bay’s most difficult challenge left on the schedule, the Packers will square off against a 7-6 Bills team that must win to keep any realistic playoff hopes alive. Jim Schwartz may not have had much success against the Packers as Lions head coach but is equipped with a talented set of defensive personnel in Buffalo that is capable of slowing down the Packer offense. The Bills defense ranks 5th versus…

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