The Packers’ dismantling of Chicago in Week 10 may have been their most impressive victory of the season but the blowout of Philadelphia in Week 11 was most certainly the most impressive versus a quality team. With the win, the Packers now own an important tie-breaker over the Eagles in the NFC playoff race, which figures to see at least one good team eliminated from the postseason at the end of December.
The offense stole the spotlight against the Eagles as Aaron Rodgers tossed three more touchdowns on 341 passing yards. However, the defense and special teams contributed 21 of the 53 total points, with touchdowns scored on an interception, fumble and punt return. For Julius Peppers and Casey Hayward, these touchdowns were their second on the season – simply outstanding for two players who aren’t every-down starters.
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Coming off of one of their most impressive wins of the season, the Packers host Eagles in a game with big-time playoff implications. Having only beaten one team with a record over .500 this season, we can be sure that Mike McCarthy and the Packers are eager to strengthen their resume at home versus one of the NFC’s most talented teams on paper.
The notable absence in Sunday’s NFC showdown is Eagles quarterback Nick Foles, who shredded the Green Bay defense at Lambeau last November. Instead of Foles, the Packers get Mark Sanchez, who has been surprisingly effective under Chip Kelly in two games as starter. The Packers’ limited exposure to Sanchez is a shutout win in the Meadowlands during their 2010 Super Bowl season, which featured a considerably different set of Packers defensive personnel.
At GPN, we are always interested in great stories that affect Packernaion. Yesterday, many in Packernation celebrated as Melvin Gordon broke the FBS single game rushing record set by LaDanian Tomlinson in 1999, gaining 408 yards in just three quarters of play.
But what those who didn’t see the game may miss is the fact that this record came after Gordon and the Badgers struggled in the first quarter, Gordon having a couple fumbles and unable to get a push up the middle. The Badgers dug themselves a 3-17 hole and the defense that had been the only bright spot, began to tire. Then the coaching staff made some adjustments, and Melvin Gordon took this team on his back. Continue reading
The Packers (6-3) take on the Eagles (7-2) at Lambeau in the afternoon game at Lambeau Field. This one means a LOT for the seeding of the playoffs for two teams that expect to go. For the Packers, it is a chance, with a Lions possible loss, to come even in the NFC North with the head to head at Lambeau at the end of the season to be (once again) winner take all.
The Eagles come into the game with their second string quarterback Mark Sanchez at the helm after a Nick Foles suffered a collar bone injury to his throwing arm. But to me, the key to this game is not stopping Mark Sanchez… Continue reading
When I think of duty, I think of what we are told to “do”. Some action that society, morality, or some person in a superior position commands us to perform. Today I learned that buzzing in the background of every action that duty requires are all the other things we might want to be doing, places we may wish to be…people we wish to see. For every decision a service member makes to do their duty, there are many other dutiful things that they forsake in service of our country. And some of those things buzzing in the background of a dutiful service member are the people they love, who support them, and carry on without their immediate help, struggle through the difficulties life brings, and hope and pray to see their loved ones home safe and sound. I believe that these family members risk “everything” for their country too because a loved one can truly be “everything” to a young family. And that is what this story is about: Continue reading
It’s safe to say that the 2014 NFC North title is a two-team race. On Sunday night, Aaron Rodgers and the Packers routed their division rivals in prime time, delivering one of the most lopsided defeats in the two teams’ rivalry and effectively shutting the door on Chicago’s playoff hopes.
Completing their most dominant sweep of the Bears under Mike McCarthy was undoubtedly a sweet feeling for the Packers. But the ‘moral victory’ of fundamentally sound football in all facets of the game was what reinforced this team’s status as a contender in the NFC.