It Ain’t Over Til It’s Over

rodgers mcAfter one of the worst Thanksgiving Day showings in recent memory, the Packers and their fans can all feel playoff hopes ebbing. But it is not over yet. With the Vikings overtime defeat of the Bears, the Pack could find themselves a half game back with a chance to get it done the last game of the season. Mostly likely losses for the Bears before final head-to-head would come from the Eagles and the Dallas Cowboys. Detroit (7-5) is the team we have to hope loses. They still have to play the Eagles, Ravens, Giants, and Vikings and while the former three are playoff contenders, the Vikings play detroit at the Metrodome, a game that could potentially be the last NFL game played at the Metrodome. One can imagine the Vikings wanting that one pretty bad and with the win over the Bears and tie with the Pack, a victory could show that they are still respectable in the division.

So with help, the playoff hopes are still alive and as we’ve heard in the past…after that, you never know…especially with a healthy, rested, hungry Aaron Rodgers behind center.

For Packer fans like me, the bigger question is…what is wrong with this team? Ted Thompson’s philosophy has been build through the draft coupled with a pretty solid track record of trading down to stockpile picks. All of this is to train players in our system and to have GOOD DEPTH. We are not seeing the next man up getting the job done right now. Criticism, also is swelling about the coaching staff and Dom Capers in particular.

So what does Packer Nation think?

Week 13 Takeaways

Lions helmetIn prior seasons, Mike McCarthy didn’t want to discuss the playoffs until the team notched its tenth win of the season. With ten wins now unattainable the conversation has been more about what fundamental changes will take place in the offseason. It seems to be a virtual certainty amongst fans that Dom Capers will be out of a job come January and that personnel holes on defense will be addressed in next April’s draft.

A Thanksgiving Day beat-down in Detroit has casted doubt that the Packers would be able to compete at a high level even with Aaron Rodgers under center. Can they run the table in December while getting help from other teams? It’s possible but unlikely. In the season’s final month, it will be interesting to see whether or not players throw in the towel with such a minute chance at the postseason.

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Q5 Podcast: Packers vs Lions

Q5 GreenBay Packer Nation PodcastThe Packers decided to give their fans a little reminder of what the 70s and the 80s were like for the team when they faced the Lions. Who gets the Finger in this game? Who (if anyone) gets a Ring? Were there any stats worth talking about? Find out in this episode of Q5.

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Q5 Podcast: Packers vs Vikings

Q5 GreenBay Packer Nation PodcastA late effort by Matt Flynn was enough to close the gap and force an overtime, but not enough to pull off the win. Who gets the Ring and the Finger this week and what were the key stats? Join us on this episode of Q5.

Week 12 Takeaways

Lions helmetThe Packers’ chances in NFC North race may have been more impacted by what happened away from Lambeau Field on Sunday as the Bears and Lions both dropped very winnable games. Though their playoff hopes remain very much intact, the Packers will need to repair fundamental flaws on defense that could still plague the team as a whole even with Aaron Rodgers back.

Positives

Eddie Lacy

An in-game swap of quarterbacks put pressure on the running game – and Eddie Lacy in particular – to power the offense against a tough Minnesota front seven. The rookie did just that, amassing 110 yards on 25 carries and a score before briefly exiting the game during overtime. Lacy has put the offense on his back in the nine games where he saw the field and can be considered one of the team’s most valuable players this season.

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Keys to the Game: Packers vs. Vikings

min-vikings-revolutionWell, the Packers’ season has reached its turning point. How many people picked this week’s game at Lambeau as the pivotal game in the 2013 season? If you had that one “circled” on your calendar, let me know. Yet here we are looking down the barrel of a 5-6 record and possible two game shortfall in the division and for this week at least, Aaron Rodgers will again watch from the sidelines.

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Q5 Podcast: Packers vs Giants

Q5 GreenBay Packer Nation PodcastThree interceptions were too much for the Packers offense to overcome in this loss to the Giants. Who gets the Ring and who gets the Finger? What other key stats contributed to this loss? Find out on this episode of Q5.

Week 11 Takeaways

untitledThree interceptions by Scott Tolzien and more poor play out of the defense generated a third straight loss and further dimmed the Packers’ playoff hopes ahead of Aaron Rodgers’ return. Green Bay now sits a full game back of both the Lions and Bears in the NFC North, making next week’s meeting with the Vikings a must-win to keep pace in the division. The outcome will be largely dependent on the defense’s ability to return to form against the run and establish some sort of pass rush.

Positives

Tramon Williams

The highly-criticized cornerback made a big pitch to remain a Packer beyond this season, tallying a number of key tackles and an interception against the Giants. This type of performance was needed on a day where Davon House was forced to fill in for Sam Shields at the cornerback spot opposite Williams. It will be interesting to see what Ted Thompson and the front office do with Williams with one year left on his contract.

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Defining the “Balanced Attack” Part 4

For those of you who have followed the first three parts of this series, you may have noticed a missing piece.

McCarthy will need to manage Tolzien and the passing game for success in the coming weeks.

McCarthy will need to manage Tolzien and the passing game for success in the coming weeks.

One big gaping hole in the argument that sticks out like the gap in a hockey player’s smile. This gap is that passing attack. Why didn’t I talk about it? Shouldn’t our passing game be at the top of the list? Well, because we have been trying to define a balanced attack and the Packers have had the passing game as their bread and butter for so many years…I saved it for last.

Note: In light of the injuries that we have seen to Randall Cobb, Jermichael Finley, and (until recently) James Jones, and now Aaron Rodgers – the passing game has begun to rely on the run…what an irony! Continue reading

Week 10 Takeaways

P_144_SM_EaglesHelmet_md[1]It’s easy to make excuses for the November turmoil that could keep the Packers from the playoffs this season. Having lost Aaron Rodgers last week and a number of other key contributors throughout the fall, the Packers are now on a two-game losing streak with few promising signs for the weeks ahead. To make matters worse, second string quarterback Seneca Wallace was injured in Sunday’s loss to the Eagles, leaving Green Bay to put their faith in former Wisconsin Badger Scott Tolzien.

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