Author Archives for Mitch McLaughlin

2013 Playoff Run Draws Parallels to Past

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The Green Bay Packers’ 2010 run to a Super Bowl championship had a theme of revenge and redemption in all four playoffs games and this year it could be déjà vu. In 2010, the Packers avenged a past heartbreaking playoff defeat, got even for a close regular season loss over a team it was much better than, won the rubber match with a division rival and atoned for Super Bowl XXXII with its own Super Bowl victory. (more…)

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Cobb Instrumental to Packers’ Success in San Francisco

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In Week 1 of the 2012 season, the Green Bay Packers unveiled Randall Cobb as their all-purpose weapon. It worked in the 30-22 loss to the 49ers, to the tune of a team-leading nine catches. He was their version of Percy Harvin; being used out of the backfield, the slot position and out wide. And to a degree, he was going to be the X-factor that Darren Sproles is to the New Orleans offense. Remember that Sproles guy had 15 catches for 116 yards in the 49ers playoff win over the Saints last January. (more…)

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Packers Need to Re-establish Lambeau Postseason Dominance

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In the playoffs on the Frozen Tundra of Lambeau Field, the Green Bay Packers used to be automatic at home. In their first 13 home playoff games, the Packers were victorious. Teams used to fear coming to Green Bay and having to win in the Wisconsin winter. However, the confines are friendlier for the visitors now than they are for the Packers. Since 2002, the Packers are just 2-4 in home playoff games. The home winning streak was snapped 10 years ago on a Saturday night in the Wild Card round when the Atlanta Falcons came into Lambeau and had…

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As Projected, Walden Making an Impact for the Defense

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In the Packers' 30-20 win over the St. Louis Rams on Sunday, the team's leading tackler was a player many fans didn't want to see on this year's roster: outside linebacker Erik Walden. Back in August after starting inside linebacker Desmond Bishop got injured, I suggested that Walden would make a good candidate to replace Bishop on the inside. I remember many some not liking that idea. And without D.J. Smith now, I still think it's a good idea for Dom Capers to get all three of his best outside linebackers on the field in passing situations. Before injury, Smith…

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Bishop’s Injury an Opportunity for Walden

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With the prospects of Desmond Bishop being out for several months, or even the entire 2012 season, the Green Bay Packers could be in a pinch at inside linebacker. Second-year man D.J. Smith is the logical choice to line up next to A.J. Hawk in the Green Bay 3-4 alignment, but there's another guy on the roster who I feel could make an impact in Bishop's place. That player is Erik Walden. With rookie Nick Perry replacing Walden on the outside, the former starter actually has better size for an inside 'backer in a 3-4 and his athleticism would be…

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