If I Told You Lacy Would Average 6.5 A Carry…

If somebody had told me Eddie Lacy would average 6.5 yards a carry and have a touchdown in the aordPackers versus Bills game, I would have guessed it was a win…period. We expected the Packers offense to be slowed by the Bills top five defense, but I don’t think anybody expected the torture of seeing Aaron go 17/42 and throw two interceptions (though one was tipped) and no touchdowns. I don’t think we expected to see Jordy Nelson short-arm an easy completion that would have gone big if not for a tochdown…one that would have allowed the Packers last series to require nothing more than grinding out a first down and running out the clock.  Continue reading

Post-Game R&R by Jeff

RantsEddie Lacy vs Atlanta

Well the Packers lose a tough one to the Bills, Right from the start you could see Rodgers and his receivers were not on the same page this game.

While he did give them a chance to make plays most of his passes were just off the mark. Nelson had one that could have been a TD go right through his hands which is very uncharacteristic of him, But it was just the way this game went for the most part. Continue reading

Rant Here Packernation…

Eddie Lacy vs AtlantaWell I am opening up a “safe” space for Packernation to rant about today’s game. This was a comedy of errors from start to finish…oh, and by the way…the defense did enough to get the job done.

What can you say about the dropped balls…missed opportunities…and failure to cash in on a hurt Eddie Lacy’s exceptional game. Wuh??? Well, you can say a LOT in the comments section below. We want to hear Continue reading

Here’s What I’m Lookin’ For

Aaron RodgersAaron Rodgers does not play the same way against pressure as he did when the Packers first met the Lions early in the season. Rodgers gets rid of the ball to his checkdown quickly while still extending plays with his feet when necessary. This Green Bay Packers team is outscoring everybody in the first quarter of games and needs to keep this trend up to be successful against the Bills today.

Kickoff is just minutes away. Will the Packers defense step it up today? Will the offense continue to be dominant? I believe they will be. There is still some question as to whether this Packer offense can be successful against top ten defenses and today will be a GREAT day to prove it! Continue reading

Defense Has Something To Prove

If there is one aspect of this year’s Packers team that Packernation is yet to be sold on, it is the Packers vs Read Optiondefense. Through 13 games, we have seen some great plays, and the addition of Julius Peppers has been a plus. The drafting of Ha Ha Clinton Dix has been a great improvement and Morgan Burnett has upped his safety play as well. But the second half of Monday’s game against the Falcons has had Packers fans once again questioning not just the defense, but also the defensive coordinator.

Early in the year, the Packers were weak against the run, but moving Clay Matthews to the inside linebacker position seemed to be, if not a remedy, at least an improvement. But in the Atlanta game, we saw the Packers defense taken apart in the passing game…not by a bevy of receivers but pretty much by Julio Jones alone (to the tune of 250+ yards). The Packers defense is 20th against the pass and 25th against the run and that fact has the Buffalo Bills thinking this defense can be a remedy for their lack of scoringContinue reading

3 Things the Packers Must Do to Beat the Bills

Aaron Rodgers StatsArizona squeaked a win with their third string quarterback so the Packers need a win just to keep pace. Travelling to Buffalo, the Packers have a chance to prove that they can get it done against a top ten defense on the road. While I think the Packers would win going away even if they had to play in Arizona for a Super Bowl bid, the very best scenario for the Packers here is (obviously) to win out and see the Cardinals drop a game.

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UnPACK the Play: Morgan Burnett INT Return

Packers SafetyThere has been a lot of negative talk about the defense in the Atlanta game. But here’s a play that needs to be remembered. It reminded me of Nick Collins’ INT return in SB XLV. It wasn’t returned for a touchdown but a lot of good things happened during this play. Of course, the best thing was the interception itself. The Packers had great coverage and Matt Ryan had to hold the ball too long until Nick Perry got free up the middle. Feeling the pressure, Ryan made the decision to force the ball rather than take a sack. The ball went high and downfield on him and Devin Hester had no chance against Morgan Burnett. But an important aspect of a turnover is what is called “transition” the defense becomes the offense and in this case, the Packers transition was exceptional.  Continue reading

R&R by Jeff

Well the Packers move to 10-3 and stay in first place in the NFC North with a win over the Falcons Lacy Touchdownlast night.

Raves

The offense was spot on during the first half. They made a statement on the first drive of the game letting the defense know they were going to dominate them, And they did for the better part of the game.

Lacy was a beast his style of running is a pleasure to watch, When he doesn’t dance and hits his marks the defenses secondary has to make those business decisions as he say’s and when they do it will usually mean getting their block knocked off. Starks was a big factor this game as well.
Even Kuuuuhhhnn got a few carries that resulted in first downs to keep drives alive so all the running backs were stellar this game.

It was a WIN that’s all

Rants

Where to start, Defense, Defense, Defense, this is a game of 60 minutes not 30 or 45, Capers called a good game the first half, Then came out with the we got a big lead mentality so we can play soft in the second half and that type of thinking will lose against a team like Seattle or Philly in the playoffs. Hell it almost lost to the Falcons.

It was very obvious that Shields was not himself this game, While playing ok and hanging tough on some plays he was beat up bad by Jones most of the second half until being benched. When House came in he fared better against Jones and almost had a INT on a play that could have been a easy TD.

Julius Peppers PackersWhere was the pass rush this game? I for one am still waiting on this Peppers/Matthews domination from the edge that was suppose to happen this year! Daniels was not even a factor this game, Guion and D. Jones played well but not outstanding. I guess as a whole the defense did just enough to squeak out a win. But if they plan on making a run this year they will need to play 60 minutes of GREAT ball instead of 30. With that said I hope Capers can look at this game to realize just how close he came to blowing a 31-7 lead at halftime by his soft coverage and pass rush mentality.

We have a short week and go on the road to Buffalo who are playing very well so we can only hope Capers will get it right by then or the Packers could be in for a long day.

Let us know your thoughts on the game and where you think the team is at going into the last 3 games.

Go Pack Go!

Jeff

Breaking Down Week 15 vs. the Bills

2011-Buffalo-Bills-Replica-HelmetThere’s a first for everything, as they say. On Sunday, Mike McCarthy and the Packers look to get the franchise’s first ever victory in Buffalo. In what some consider Green Bay’s most difficult challenge left on the schedule, the Packers will square off against a 7-6 Bills team that must win to keep any realistic playoff hopes alive.

Jim Schwartz may not have had much success against the Packers as Lions head coach but is equipped with a talented set of defensive personnel in Buffalo that is capable of slowing down the Packer offense. The Bills defense ranks 5th versus the pass while leading the league in sacks, led by defensive ends Mario Williams and Jerry Hughes.

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