Breaking Down Week 2 vs. the Jets

The Packers opened their regular season with a loss for a third straight season last week, with problems evident in all three phases of the game. This week’s home opener against a mediocre Jets Packers Safetyteam on Sunday seems to be the ideal recipe for correcting course, though New York does pose some threats to Mike McCarthy avoiding his first 0-2 start as Packers head coach.

New York committed heavily to the run game on offense against the Raiders in Week 1 – and for good reason. A backfield equipped with Chris Ivory and newly-added Chris Johnson chewed up the Raider defense for 212 yards on 34 carries. With the Packers missing both B.J. Raji and Brad Jones on Sunday, it would seem likely that the Jets stick with this run-first mentality.

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Week 2: Poll Results and Game Report

Well the injury report is in and some questions remain. But the main question for this week is whether 20130911-103350.jpgthe Packers defense will improve. After giving up the second most yards on the ground last week against Seattle, the Packers defense will face a Jets ground game that put up the most yards on the ground last week.

Poll Results: Should he stay or should he go?


Wednesday, GPN put out a poll to see what Packernation thought about Dom Capers. Well the results are in and Packernation has a decided opinion on this one.   Continue reading

What 2 Watch 4: Packers V. Jets

The Packers home opener against the Jets looks like the perfect opportunity for Green Bay to get back on real12thmantrack after an embarrassing showing against the Seahawks. And with three successive games against NFC North opponents to follow, getting back on track is not just important, it is paramount.

But the Packers cannot afford to overlook the Jets in this game, while it could hardly be earlier in the season, with the Packers schedule it looks like a fast start is at stake in this game because with away games at the Bears and the Lions coming up to falter now may jeopardize the Packers situation toward the end of the season.

On the other hand, a good showing against the Jets could be just the confidence boost this team needs. But this will not be a walk in the park. Continue reading


Well, with no more than ONE game in the books, many in Packernation are already calling for Dom Capersvote to be fired. The performance of the defense against the Seahawks was enough to convince fans who were already skeptical from last season, that it is time for Dom to go.

While some would say that anyone who wants Capers fired is just a “hater”, I disagree. People who want Dom Capers fired are not Dom Capers haters…they’re Packers lovers. Those who feel that Dom should stay are Packers lovers too though, so where is is the middle way?

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One Major Change in Post Game News

Packers fans have unfortunately grown accustomed to seeing starters go down and get helped off the field. Bryan Bulaga of the Green Bay PackersBut there is another pattern that I have noticed in the recent past, it starts in the post game press conference and when it is bad, carries through the end of the season.

This week, however, saw the first reversal of that trend that I remember for a long time…and it’s a good thing Packers fans. Continue reading

What We Learned Against the Seahawks

imagesIt was not at all surprising to watch Seattle’s offensive and defensive fronts dominate the Packers in the 2014 season opener, just as they did in Week 3 of 2012. Nor was it surprising that a key starter for the Packers went down early in the game – that has almost become regularity. But what was odd about the Packers’ 16-36 loss in Seattle was the lack of resilience during the second half of the game, as well as the tendency to commit the same errors that they have for the past five seasons.

Let’s start with the positives. Clay Matthews was fresh out of the gate with great pursuit of ball carriers, though the veteran pass rusher failed to tally a single sack all night. Eddie Lacy showed some initial burst in the first quarter (before Bryan Bulaga exited the game) and Mike McCarthy did a nice job inserting James Starks into the mix as a change of pace and much-needed breather for Lacy. For the first quarter, the Packers ran in stride with the Seahawks, leaving doubt that this opener would be anything like the Super Bowl beat down just six months ago.

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It’s NOT Over Yet

Packers fans are disappointed tonight but the war is not yet lost…this is just the first game of the season. aordFrom here on out, the important thing is to improve and begin to shape ourselves into the Packers team that fans everywhere believe we can be. In the midst of a disappointing loss…we have to take a look at some of the good things we saw on the field today. Continue reading

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.