As Projected, Walden Making an Impact for the Defense

Erik Walden of the Green Bay PackersIn the Packers’ 30-20 win over the St. Louis Rams on Sunday, the team’s leading tackler was a player many fans didn’t want to see on this year’s roster: outside linebacker Erik Walden. Back in August after starting inside linebacker Desmond Bishop got injured, I suggested that Walden would make a good candidate to replace Bishop on the inside.

I remember many some not liking that idea. And without D.J. Smith now, I still think it’s a good idea for Dom Capers to get all three of his best outside linebackers on the field in passing situations. Before injury, Smith struggled downfield in coverage on running backs and tight ends and we’ve all seen A.J. Hawk’s struggles when he’s exposed in the middle of the field. Continue reading

What We Learned Against the Texans

            Aaron Rodgers can return to MVP form on any given week. That’s right – any week. The Houston defense under Wade Phillips is no joke and Rodgers flat out torched them on Sunday night. The former MVP flashed brilliance on more than one occasion as his offensive line provided adequate yet not perfect protection. His six touchdowns may be just the spark the Packers needed to get the offense rolling.

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What We Learned Against the Colts

           A young secondary is also an inconsistent secondary. Amidst the early season struggles have been flashes of greatness out of the Green Bay secondary. However, Colts rookie quarterback Andrew Luck brought out the worst in the group in the second half of Sunday’s loss. Reggie Wayne had his way against an overall talented set of players.

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A Closer Look at the Indianapolis Colts

            The Packers have faced all sorts of unfamiliarity since kicking off the 2012 regular season, from starting 1-2 to struggling offensively. Green Bay will get more of that in Indianapolis as they line up against Andrew Luck and the new look Colts. What shouldn’t be different is the Packers’ path to victory, which starts with consistency on the O-line and pressure from the pass rush.

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A Closer Look at the Chicago Bears

            The Bears and Packers kicked off the 2012 season on very different notes, Chicago showcasing some offensive firepower with Green Bay failing to establish any sort of rhythm on either side of the ball. Most would argue that there is no such thing as a “must-win” game in Week 2 of the regular season. However, the Packers would put themselves in a very undesirable hole with a loss against the Bears in the league’s Thursday night opener.

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A Closer Look at the San Francisco 49ers

           The Packers thought for sure they would play host to the 49ers in the NFC Championship game last January. Instead, that game was never played and both teams fell short of the Super Bowl. While it is indeed a long season, it’s safe to say that the winner of this Week 1 showdown will have the inside track on getting to New Orleans.

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Reactions to the Final Offensive Roster

The NFL’s most talented offense showed minimal capacity for new bodies heading into the 2012 season. With that, fans spent the past four months pondering whether there would be room for wide receivers Tori Gurley or Diondre Borel on the 2012 roster. Close to no one predicted that unknown receiver Jarrett Boykin would be the sixth member of the famed Packer wide receiver corps.

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5 Ways to Have Fun at the Most Boring Game of the Year

Packer FansUnless you really get into the battle for the remaining positions, game four of the preseason is booorrriiiinnnggg… Oh sure, we all watch it. After all, the Packers are on the field, and the Packers can sell out an intra-squad scrimmage. But, that doesn’t change the fact that the game is usually a huge yawner.

So, here are a few brief tips to make the game more fun. Continue reading