The Final Hour: Gameday Preview

Eleventh hour skinny for the Packers versus Seahawks:clay


QB Scott Tolzien, LB Jayrone Elliott, CB Demetri Goodson, LB Carl Bradford, WR Jeff Janis, DT Mike Pennel, TE Brandon Bostick

Notable Notes:

The last time these teams met, Green Bay’s running back was Cedrick Benson and the Packers did NOT run the ball until the second half of the game. Aaron Rodgers was sacked 8 times while trying to drive the ball down-field, in the second half, running the no-huddle, the Packers scored the points that should have won them the game.

The Packers started DJ Smith at linebacker and Charles Woodson at safety. Brian Bulaga had a terrible day, allowing multiple sacks and the whole O-line was stressed by the refusal to run the ball.

Who I am watching for:

I predict AJ Hawk will have a big day…I know some will say otherwise but watch and see.

A lot of people will be watching Nelson and Cobb and yes, I can’t wait to see them play. But I think Boykin will be a quiet hero in this game.

Nobody scores more than 17 on the ‘Hawks at home…until now.

Will the refs decide this game?

Will the Packers DB’s get interceptions?

tramon-williamsWill Mike Daniels show off the “new attitude” he has been talking about?

Keys to the game:

  1. Stop the run
  2. pressure the quarterback
  3. Render pressure ineffective with Eddie Lacy (running and passing out of the backfield) and shallow crosses

The Packers are getting no love in this game. LOVE it! If Green Bay can play to its strengths and limit mistakes, they can take this season opener in eye-opening fashion. I have the Packers by double-digits in this one.

That is my take on this one…just an hour to go. But what do you think? Let me know in the comments section below.


Breaking Down the Season Opener in Seattle

In analyzing this year’s season opener between the Packers and Seahawks it’s almost impossible not to think back to Week 3 of 2012 – when these two teams last squared off – ending with one of the more controversial calls in NFL history.

Though there may still exist some bad blood between Mike McCarthy and Pete Carroll’s squads, both teams have experienced significant changes in face over two short years – most notably at the skill positions. In fact, neither player that was involved with the infamous ‘Fail Mary’ – Golden Tate and M.D. Jennings – is with their respective team at present.

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Prognosticate, Predict…And Win $100 At the Packer Pro Shop!

Well, the season is almost upon us and with it a clash between the Packers and the Seahawks to kick real12thmanoff this NFL year. What better way to kick off the season than with a win against the reigning Super Bowl Champions and a team that has truly gotten under the craw of Packers fans since the “Fail Marry” game in 2012.

Today is the day for predictions and if you didn’t get a chance to read Mike’s predictions, check ‘em out here. For my part, what follows is my own shot at predictions, but more importantly, YOUR chance at predictions. This year’s prediction contest winner will win a GPN gift pack which includes a $100.00 gift certificate to the Packers Pro Shop! Read on to find out how to enter: Continue reading

2014 Season Predictions

imagesThe only prediction bolder than picking the Packers to come away with a win on the road against the reigning Super Bowl champions is forecasting a 12-win season for a team that has lost three players for the year before the regular season is even underway.

Starting the season thin on both lines isn’t usually the makeup of a contending club in the NFL. However, the portion of the Packers’ roster that is healthy is about as dangerous as any lineup in the league. Despite the departures of Jermichael Finley, James Jones and Johnathan Franklin, Green Bay has arguably the most electrifying offense in the NFC, with the league’s best quarterback and newfound greatness in the running game.

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The Most Important Piece of the Puzzle

The Packers take on the Super Bowl defending Seahawks tomorrow night in what may be the best game ofJulius Peppers Packers the opening weekend of NFL season play. Green Bay has a revamped defense and Seattle has a defending number one defense. The Packers have a well balanced offensive attack and the Seahawks have a few new toys to play with. What is this game going to look like? Who will be the hero? Who will win…

These are questions that we can all stew about until the pads go on and the players take the field tomorrow night. This is FOOTBALL! Continue reading

Key Matchup: Corey Linsley v. Brandon Mebane

downloadTomorrow night’s game will feature a first start for Packers rookie center Corey Linsley. Bruce Irvin of the Seattle Seahawks has said that he would be “praying for” Linsley because it is going to be a long night. While it is true that the matchup between Linsley and Mebane will be a key to one or the other team’s success, there is reason to believe that Linsely can hold his own when the curtain is pulled back on the 2014 season.

But Linsley, out of Ohio State, is not gonna be the kinda kid that runs scared from a fight. The position of center is played from the mind, through the heart and out to the limbs and I think Linsley has enough to get it done. Here are three reasons I think Linsley will be alright: Continue reading

Will the Packers Rise in this Rank?

Football is a game of organized chaos. Everything is planned down to the last step, and then when the ball is clay matthewssnapped…often times all heck breaks loose. There is an intuitive element to football that is often overlooked by stats and hard data people. And while it is important to control the things you can control in a game, winning teams often win because one guy went with his gut and took a chance. Anybody remember this quote:

“Spill it Pickett…spill it!”

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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.

What do you think?

The Packers' special teams will:

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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.

But what do you think?

The Packers run defense will:

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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!


What 2 Watch 4: Packers Versus Seahawks

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

Julius Peppers Packers

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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