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What We Learned Against the Saints

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The Packers’ October momentum was put to a halt in Week 8 as a desperate Saints team delivered at home in prime time. Despite the frustration of falling one game back to the Lions in the division, the loss was the most ‘acceptable’ of any Packers loss this season. The Packers were missing three starters on defense and were facing a New Orleans club that was in the closest must-win situation that a team could be during the month of October. Without Morgan Burnett, Sam Shields and Datone Jones, the Green Bay defense actually fared well during the first half,…

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Breaking Down Week 8 vs. the Saints

  3 years ago     122 Views     3 Comments  

One look at the Saints’ record and you would think the Packers to be gliding into their bye week. Such is far from the case as the Packers take on an angry Saints team that is known for rising to the occasion at home in prime time. Undoubtedly the toughest game on their schedule, the Packers can only hope to carry over some of the success put on display versus the Panthers last Sunday. The Packers’ last trip to New Orleans was one to forget, as the defense allowed a field day to Drew Brees, beginning a five-game spiral in…

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What We Learned Against the Panthers

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After a 1-2 start to the regular season, the Packers have finally hit their stride, trouncing a good Panthers 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…

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Breaking Down Week 7 vs. the Panthers

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The Packers dodged a bullet last week in South Beach – but may not be so lucky on Sunday if sloppiness on both sides of the ball persists. Aaron Rodgers and the offense will look to regain momentum at Lambeau, where they have put up 30-plus points in both home field games this season. Despite an impressive front seven on paper, the Carolina defense has allowed big games to Le’Veon Bell and Giovani Bernard this season, which has produced the 27th ranked run defense in the league. Now back at home, I expect Mike McCarthy to commit to the run…

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What We Learned Against the Dolphins

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In July-like playing conditions, the Packers continued their October success against the Dolphins in Week 6. Aaron Rodgers crafted a game-winning drive that should keep Skip Bayless quiet for some time. The win was an expensive one, though, as inside linebacker Jamari Lattimore and cornerbacks Sam Shields and Tramon Williams all left the game early due to injury. Despite racking up 27 points against a good Miami defense, the Packers offense was inconsistent and, as usual, overly-reliant on the arm of Rodgers. With the offensive line creating few running lanes for Eddie Lacy, Mike McCarthy never allowed the second-year running…

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