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

Inactives:

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.

GO PACK!!!

Breaking Down the Season Opener in Seattle

In analyzing this year’s season opener between the Packers and Seahawks it’s almost impossible not to think back to Week 3 of 2012 – when these two teams last squared off – ending with one of the more controversial calls in NFL history.

Though there may still exist some bad blood between Mike McCarthy and Pete Carroll’s squads, both teams have experienced significant changes in face over two short years – most notably at the skill positions. In fact, neither player that was involved with the infamous ‘Fail Mary’ – Golden Tate and M.D. Jennings – is with their respective team at present.

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Prognosticate, Predict…And Win $100 At the Packer Pro Shop!

Well, the season is almost upon us and with it a clash between the Packers and the Seahawks to kick real12thmanoff this NFL year. What better way to kick off the season than with a win against the reigning Super Bowl Champions and a team that has truly gotten under the craw of Packers fans since the “Fail Marry” game in 2012.

Today is the day for predictions and if you didn’t get a chance to read Mike’s predictions, check ‘em out here. For my part, what follows is my own shot at predictions, but more importantly, YOUR chance at predictions. This year’s prediction contest winner will win a GPN gift pack which includes a $100.00 gift certificate to the Packers Pro Shop! Read on to find out how to enter: Continue reading

2014 Season Predictions

imagesThe only prediction bolder than picking the Packers to come away with a win on the road against the reigning Super Bowl champions is forecasting a 12-win season for a team that has lost three players for the year before the regular season is even underway.

Starting the season thin on both lines isn’t usually the makeup of a contending club in the NFL. However, the portion of the Packers’ roster that is healthy is about as dangerous as any lineup in the league. Despite the departures of Jermichael Finley, James Jones and Johnathan Franklin, Green Bay has arguably the most electrifying offense in the NFC, with the league’s best quarterback and newfound greatness in the running game.

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The Most Important Piece of the Puzzle

The Packers take on the Super Bowl defending Seahawks tomorrow night in what may be the best game ofJulius Peppers Packers the opening weekend of NFL season play. Green Bay has a revamped defense and Seattle has a defending number one defense. The Packers have a well balanced offensive attack and the Seahawks have a few new toys to play with. What is this game going to look like? Who will be the hero? Who will win…

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Key Matchup: Corey Linsley v. Brandon Mebane

downloadTomorrow night’s game will feature a first start for Packers rookie center Corey Linsley. Bruce Irvin of the Seattle Seahawks has said that he would be “praying for” Linsley because it is going to be a long night. While it is true that the matchup between Linsley and Mebane will be a key to one or the other team’s success, there is reason to believe that Linsely can hold his own when the curtain is pulled back on the 2014 season.

But Linsley, out of Ohio State, is not gonna be the kinda kid that runs scared from a fight. The position of center is played from the mind, through the heart and out to the limbs and I think Linsley has enough to get it done. Here are three reasons I think Linsley will be alright: Continue reading

Will the Packers Rise in this Rank?

Football is a game of organized chaos. Everything is planned down to the last step, and then when the ball is clay matthewssnapped…often times all heck breaks loose. There is an intuitive element to football that is often overlooked by stats and hard data people. And while it is important to control the things you can control in a game, winning teams often win because one guy went with his gut and took a chance. Anybody remember this quote:

“Spill it Pickett…spill it!”

I thought so.  Continue reading