Another early postseason exit by the Packers in 2013 has left many fans feeling a sense of complacency within the organization, as they watch NFC rivals repeatedly reach the NFC title game and Super Bowl while the green and gold sit at home. It is certainly true that injuries and other bad breaks throughout the season presented hurdles for the 2013 Packers; but the team ultimately had their chance to make a 2010-esque postseason run in January. While the three seasons following Green Bay’s 2010 Super Bowl run can certainly bring about some disappointment, one must appreciate what the franchise has done since Mike McCarthy took over as head coach in 2006.
Well for everyone (including myself) who thought Sam Shields was in for an extended recovery from a serious
knee injury…apparently we can breathe a sigh of relief now. What doctors thought was an MCL strain is only a bruised bone. Whew! Continue reading
The Packers ran out of magic in the Niners’ wild card visit to Lambeau Field as Jim Harbaugh’s crew beat Green Bay for the fourth consecutive time. Colin Kaepernick had his way through the air against a Packers pass defense that saw four starters suffer injuries after kickoff. Davon House was a dark horse in the contest, making several big pass break-ups (with the help of some liberal officiating) while also giving up big gains.
Though the playoff loss at home will be a difficult one to swallow, fans must appreciate what the team was able to accomplish during a season that saw a large portion of the roster miss multiple games. There are several holes on the roster that will need to be addressed in free agency and the 2014 draft, starting with the safety position.
When the Packers take the field against the 49′ers on Sunday, they are going to be in for a battle. These two
teams have history but the most recent history has heavily favored the Niners. We pretty much know what to expect from each of these teams…ground and pound, good quarterback play with great wide receiver corps. When we look back on this game the Monday after, I think we are gonna see that it was the little things that made the difference one way or the other. The little things…stuff the oddsmakers ignore or fantasy owners may overlook. Football is a game of inches and here are a few things few will talk about before the game but we all may be talking about after it.
1. Mason Crosby – Named a postseason captain, Mason Crosby is having a great year. I was predicting a walk off game winner during the Rodgers-less stretch but it didn’t happen. Crosby has been money and this could turn out to be his finest hour. Keep an eye on him.
2. Field position – Lately the Packers have been giving up too much ground on kicks…even saw a punt or two that were less than adequate (a rarity since Masthay has been with Green Bay). The Masthay/Bush combination on punts has been incredible to watch and we will need to force the Niners to earn every INCH of turf on Sunday. Continue reading
Well it’s the last day of 2013 and a time to reflect back on the things we’re grateful for…so today I’m gonna
reflect back on some of the things that have happened this season that I am grateful for:
1. I’ll start with the less noted but noteworthy: First, John Kuhn. Forth and one…mis-communication but he still gets the first down. And a cut block on Julius Peppers to spring Aaron Rodgers free to throw the winning touchdown to Randall Cobb. There are a certain group of guys that you just know will NEVER get the credit they deserve. Kuhn…you are the MAN! Continue reading
Since Mike McCarthy took over as head coach in Green Bay, the games between the Packers and Bears have exhibited an element of weirdness; Sunday’s win-and-in game at Soldier Field was no different. Aaron Rodgers was less-than-spectacular in his first game back since early November but a late touchdown throw to Randall Cobb sealed the deal for Green Bay and stamped their ticket to the playoffs. The Packers have looked far from a playoff team of late but could ride momentum into their playoff game versus the Forty-Niners, who have beaten Green Bay in their last three meetings.
With the exception of a tipped pass that was intercepted early in the game, Nelson was the definition of reliable in Rodgers’s return. Nelson hauled in a number of crucial third-down conversions as well as a season-saving fourth-down pass on the Packers’ final drive. The chemistry between Rodgers and Nelson is clear and, with the return of Randall Cobb, defenses will not be able to double-team Nelson as often.
Before I get too far into this post, I have to give credit where credit is due. Matt Flynn stepped into a very difficult situation and has performed well enough to have the Packers in position where they can make the playoffs with a final win against their arch rivals.
That said, here are three things Matt did wrong that we probably won’t see with Aaron at the helm. Continue reading
One must credit the Matt Flynn-led Packers for the fight they put forth in snowy conditions against a desperate Steelers team in Week 16. Mike McCarthy’s play calling and game plan in general set the team up for victory; but an injury to Clay Matthews and miscue-turned-pick-six left the Packers with a seventh loss on the season. Nonetheless, Green Bay will travel to Chicago next week with a shot at the NFC North title and home playoff game.
Just as fans had begun to write off Hyde as a kick returner, the rookie defensive back turned his best game on the special teams unit, nearly tying the game up on a kickoff late in the fourth quarter. Hyde was also solid in coverage, which could cause the coaching staff to pump the brakes on his move to safety. Hyde will become especially valuable to a Packers secondary that could undergo some major transformation over the next couple of seasons.
So close, and yet so far. However, the Packers are not out of the playoff race.
Well packernation, Sunday will be here way too soon and we can of course expect to see a heavy dose
Eddie Lacy (and Starks as Lacy will need some rest) in this game. The bad news that we all we kind of expecting…no Aaron Rodgers for this game. The good news…the game is at Lambeau and Matt Flynn has had another week taking starter snaps to prepare.
This one should be a doozy! Not nearly the team we met last week…we won’t be able to hope for a second comeback like last Sunday. Here is what I expect to see: Continue reading