Keys to the Game: Packers vs. Vikings

min-vikings-revolutionWell, the Packers’ season has reached its turning point. How many people picked this week’s game at Lambeau as the pivotal game in the 2013 season? If you had that one “circled” on your calendar, let me know. Yet here we are looking down the barrel of a 5-6 record and possible two game shortfall in the division and for this week at least, Aaron Rodgers will again watch from the sidelines.

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Q5 Podcast: Packers vs Giants

Q5 GreenBay Packer Nation PodcastThree interceptions were too much for the Packers offense to overcome in this loss to the Giants. Who gets the Ring and who gets the Finger? What other key stats contributed to this loss? Find out on this episode of Q5.

Week 11 Takeaways

untitledThree interceptions by Scott Tolzien and more poor play out of the defense generated a third straight loss and further dimmed the Packers’ playoff hopes ahead of Aaron Rodgers’ return. Green Bay now sits a full game back of both the Lions and Bears in the NFC North, making next week’s meeting with the Vikings a must-win to keep pace in the division. The outcome will be largely dependent on the defense’s ability to return to form against the run and establish some sort of pass rush.

Positives

Tramon Williams

The highly-criticized cornerback made a big pitch to remain a Packer beyond this season, tallying a number of key tackles and an interception against the Giants. This type of performance was needed on a day where Davon House was forced to fill in for Sam Shields at the cornerback spot opposite Williams. It will be interesting to see what Ted Thompson and the front office do with Williams with one year left on his contract.

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Defining the “Balanced Attack” Part 4

For those of you who have followed the first three parts of this series, you may have noticed a missing piece.

McCarthy will need to manage Tolzien and the passing game for success in the coming weeks.

McCarthy will need to manage Tolzien and the passing game for success in the coming weeks.

One big gaping hole in the argument that sticks out like the gap in a hockey player’s smile. This gap is that passing attack. Why didn’t I talk about it? Shouldn’t our passing game be at the top of the list? Well, because we have been trying to define a balanced attack and the Packers have had the passing game as their bread and butter for so many years…I saved it for last.

Note: In light of the injuries that we have seen to Randall Cobb, Jermichael Finley, and (until recently) James Jones, and now Aaron Rodgers – the passing game has begun to rely on the run…what an irony! Continue reading

Week 10 Takeaways

P_144_SM_EaglesHelmet_md[1]It’s easy to make excuses for the November turmoil that could keep the Packers from the playoffs this season. Having lost Aaron Rodgers last week and a number of other key contributors throughout the fall, the Packers are now on a two-game losing streak with few promising signs for the weeks ahead. To make matters worse, second string quarterback Seneca Wallace was injured in Sunday’s loss to the Eagles, leaving Green Bay to put their faith in former Wisconsin Badger Scott Tolzien.

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Q5 Podcast: Packers vs Eagles

Q5 GreenBay Packer Nation PodcastMoving quickly from our #2 quarterback to our #3 quarterback, a very winnable game for the Packers became a nightmare. Even with Tolzien at the helm, we had every opportunity to win this game and just didn’t pull it off. Who gets the Ring and who gets the Finger? What were the key stats? Click the link to get our thoughts or even download the episode for your ride to work.

Defining the “Balanced Attack” Part 3

In parts 1&2 of this series we talked about the role of the play callers and the running backs in creating a Bearsbalanced offensive attack. Today we’re going to talk about the role of the O-line in the Packers success against any defensive set.

In my opinion Green Bay’s ability to run block is the single biggest improvement the team has seen this year. If you’ll recall this comes after a preseason which saw a lot of shake up on the offense of line. Before the season started the O-line for the Packers was very much in question and saw the early exit of starting right tackle Brian Bulaga. I give Ted Thompson a lot of credit for drafting David Bakhatiari in the first round. While Bakhtiari has not been stellar in pass protection (sometimes he doesn’t move his feet so well) he has held up well facing premier pass rushers as the only rookie starter in the league at left tackle.

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Week 9 Takeaways

2769_largeIf someone had said that the Packers would commit zero penalties and only one turnover in Monday night’s game against the Jay Cutler-less Bears, I would have predicted a blowout. Instead, an injury to Aaron Rodgers on the opening drive helped the Bears get their first win at Lambeau Field since 2007. The Packers fell at home for the first time since last season’s opener against San Francisco and now sit in a three-way tie with the Bears and Lions in the NFC North.

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Q5 Podcast: Packers vs Bears

Q5 GreenBay Packer Nation PodcastWe’re coming off a disappointing loss to our arch rivals the Bears and waiting on the news about Aaron Rodgers. Who gets the Ring and the Finger in this game? What were the key stats? And how will the Packers react in the coming weeks if they don’t have Aaron Rodgers on the field?

We discuss all this and more in this episode of Q5.