Reactions to Preseason Week 2

Packers vs Rams 2014The biggest win for the Packers during Week 2 of the preseason may not have been their 21-7 victory over the Rams but rather the ability to come away from the game without a single serious injury. Though one could argue that the pass defense allowed too much productivity from a pedestrian St. Louis offense, the Packers looked sharp in most other aspects of the game.

Mike McCarthy played the starters for two series and then allocated the remainder of the game to players fighting for roster spots. Green Bay’s third preseason game scheduled for next Friday should feature at least a full half of playing time for starters. One must consider whether the extra playing time for Aaron Rodgers and Eddie Lacy warrants the additional injury risk. Furthermore, every series played by Rodgers takes time away from Scott Tolzien and Matt Flynn, who are battling for the No.2 quarterback spot.

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Quickslant: I am LOVING the tempo

We have talked about how the Packers would have to shorten their routes and use Eddie Lacy out of 2014 Packersthe backfield to reach play count goal that McCarthy has for this team. Well, we are seeing it. I am LOVING the tempo of this Packers team.

It’s not just going “no huddle”, there’s more to it than that. The Packers put the Rams against the ropes…and then pushed. I see three things that I like about the Packers no huddle offense in this game. Continue reading

AM Quickslant: Trading Places

Well, apart from the obvious desire to see Aaron Rodgers in action again (though hopefully notrodgers mc MUCH action…let’s keep the guys safe and healthy), There are several positional battles I am interested in…this list could go on forever but I’m gonna choose three.

  1. The backup quarterback position
  2. The starting tight end
  3. Inside linebacker

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AM Quickslant: The Key to the North

Well the Packers second preseason game against the Rams is almost here and Packernation looks 2014 Packersforward to watching their team play a dry game this time. The Rams will be a serious test for the Pack when starters meet starters. This is a team that has not made the playoffs since 2004, right about the time the balance of power shifted to the Seahawks. Now with the 49’ers also recently winning in the playoffs, the Rams have all but drifted into the Mississippi and floated away into the gulf of Mexico to NFL fans. But this is a good team with 53 sacks, 14 interceptions and 21 forced fumbles last season.

This team gets pressure and will give the Packers O-line a chance to show their mettle. At the same time, we will perhaps see a glimpse of a new focus for offense. Now, we know that teams are not going to show their hand in the preseason, but we could see some shorter passes and throwing over pressure in this game which is how Green Bay will need to manage the pressure (along with, of course, a strong running game) of the St. Louis defensive line. Continue reading

It’s All About the Fans

We try to talk about the team on the AM Quickslant but hey…what’s a team without fans! I can say firsthand that the fans that went to the Packers/Titans game last Saturday were DIE NEVER fans (that’s a step above die hard and describes MOST Packers fans btw)!

Amanda and this group of loyal Packers fans not only braved the rain but even purchased a ticket for Amanda’s brother, Adam “AJ” Ransom, who died in a motorcycle accident. Amanda, we KNOW Adam was with you and LOVED watching the Packers game. Besides, there’s no rain in heaven…right? RIP “AJ” you are loved and never forgotten. Enjoy the season too because it will be a long one…Packers be goin’ to the Super Bowl!

Say “Hi” to Amanda Renae, Amanda Vincent, Bubba Vincent, Shannon Gold, Tommy Littlepage:amanda3

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AM Quickslant: 3 Targets for Aaron Rodgers Versus the Rams

It’s Wednesday…”hump daaaaayyyyeah!” More preseason games again tomorrow and the Pack at aordthe Rams on Saturday. I was watching the Aaron Rodgers interview today and three things jumped out at me.

But first, let me just say that it was good to hear Aaron’s thoughts on the passing of Robin Williams. We know the guy was not perfect but he gave some many people SO MANY laughs…sad. The Cheese did a little memorial post, if you want to make a comment, you can see that here.

So here are a few targets that I have for Aaron Rodgers on Saturday. The first two are from Rodgers himself and the last I read between the lines: Continue reading

And the Final Plus

Well, tomorrow it will be time to focus on the game against the Rams Saturday but for right now, ten-titans-revolutionthere is one more thing I want to mention about last Saturday’s game against the Titans.

Remember last season when our defensive backfield couldn’t stop anybody? I don’t know about you but I have a feeling, after watching the Titans game, that this season will be different in that regard. I loved how Ha Ha played in the Titans game…sure, he missed a tackle but he also was disruptive back there, broke up a pass and hammered the ball out of a receiver’s hands. This guy got tested…and it looked like he liked it! Continue reading

AM Quickslant: One BIG Question Answered

Tomorrow starts the short downhill stretch to the preseason game versus the Rams…woot! So today JC TretterI want to close up the conversation on the preseason game against the Titans with a couple posts about what went right in what on paper just looks like a loss in the rain.

The more I review this game, the more there is to like. There is a reason Mike McCarthy was so happy to have played in such wet conditions on Saturday. The fact that the players got the experience was not the only reason. The fact that some critical players played very well is another. Continue reading

The Green Cheesebox

20140809_220937OK…anybody who saw this vehicle between Milwaukee and Nashville…let us know who you are 20140809_221336and where you saw it. This…is the Green Cheesebox, and it just might be the coolest, bestest vehicle on the highway today.

The Green Cheesebox is a “shortbus” for Packers fans. Outside, on the side it says “Lambeau Field School District” and on the back it says “Green Cheese Box”. Inside, the Green Cheese Box has seating for six, Packer lighting and other hangings…and a bunch of the coolest Packers fans you’ll find anywhere, including one (Ewan) from Glasgow, Scotland. Continue reading