2013 Playoff Run Draws Parallels to Past

Ernie+Sims+Wild+Card+Playoffs+Green+Bay+Packers+YSILZ1Qme6OlThe Green Bay Packers’ 2010 run to a Super Bowl championship had a theme of revenge and redemption in all four playoffs games and this year it could be déjà vu.

In 2010, the Packers avenged a past heartbreaking playoff defeat, got even for a close regular season loss over a team it was much better than, won the rubber match with a division rival and atoned for Super Bowl XXXII with its own Super Bowl victory.

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Cobb Instrumental to Packers’ Success in San Francisco

San Francisco 49ers v Green Bay PackersIn Week 1 of the 2012 season, the Green Bay Packers unveiled Randall Cobb as their all-purpose weapon. It worked in the 30-22 loss to the 49ers, to the tune of a team-leading nine catches.

He was their version of Percy Harvin; being used out of the backfield, the slot position and out wide. And to a degree, he was going to be the X-factor that Darren Sproles is to the New Orleans offense. Remember that Sproles guy had 15 catches for 116 yards in the 49ers playoff win over the Saints last January.

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Packers Need to Re-establish Lambeau Postseason Dominance

imageIn the playoffs on the Frozen Tundra of Lambeau Field, the Green Bay Packers used to be automatic at home. In their first 13 home playoff games, the Packers were victorious. Teams used to fear coming to Green Bay and having to win in the Wisconsin winter.

However, the confines are friendlier for the visitors now than they are for the Packers. Since 2002, the Packers are just 2-4 in home playoff games. The home winning streak was snapped 10 years ago on a Saturday night in the Wild Card round when the Atlanta Falcons came into Lambeau and had a dominant 27-7 win.

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What We Learned Against the Vikings

min-vikings-revolutionThe Packers didn’t come away with the victory they needed on Sunday to clinch a first-round bye and, as a result, will host the surging Vikings in the wild card round of the playoffs. Multiple changes need to be made on both sides of the ball before the Packers take the field against the Vikings for a second week in a row. To no one’s surprise, those changes start on defense.

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Packers Vikings Rivalry: Now More Than Stopping Peterson

Packers Vikings Week 17 2012Typically, when the Packers meet the Vikings things are pretty straight-forward. Beat Adrian Peterson and you win the game. The Vikings are such a one-dimensional team that you don’t really have to go beyond that as a key to winning the game. This was also the case when we met the Vikings in week 13.

But week 17 will be different…

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Cobb Too Special for Special Teams?

090911_Randall-Cobb_400            An ankle injury to Randall Cobb in the Packers’ blowout of the Titans put a bad taste in fans’ mouths and has many calling for Cobb’s removal as a return specialist. Cobb’s expanding role on offense means that the Packers can afford to lose him less. However, special teams remain a sizable portion of Cobb’s total threat to opponents and a major reason for his drafting by Ted Thompson.

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What We Learned Against the Titans

ten-titans-revolution            Packers fans received an early Christmas gift on Sunday when the Titans visited Lambeau for the first time since 2004. A 12.5-point spread proved far too narrow as the Packers hung 55 on the Titans and moved to 11-4 on the season. The win was arguably the most impressive since Green Bay’s Week 6 romp over the Texans. After starting the season 2-3, Mike McCarthy’s club has won nine of their last ten games.

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Keep an Eye on the Running Backs

Packer Running GameThe key to the game every time the Packers meet the Vikings is stop Adrian Peterson. When the Packers met the Texans, the key to the game was stopping Arian Foster. This week, against the Titans, the story will be much the same. Stop Chris Johnson and you stop the main threat the Titans have.

What may surprise Packer fans is that the Titans will also need to stop the Packer run game.

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