I was born in August of 1970 into a family of rabid Packer fans. It was NOT the best era to grow up a Packer fan, but growing up in that era really helps put things like losses in the divisional round of the playoffs into perspective.
I was born on August 20th. On September 3rd, the great Vince Lombardi died, and so did the Packers’ era of dominance. Continue reading
Now that the sting of the loss to the 49ers has finally begun to wear off, I thought I’d spend some time reviewing the 2012 season. Obviously, the 2012 season didn’t end the way we wanted it to and there were a lot of frustrations along the way, but there was a lot of fun stuff too.
So, grab yourself a beer or a cup of coffee and let’s go back in time to review some of my favorite plays from 2012. If you have others that you really enjoyed, drop a comment below to let us know which were your favorite. Continue reading
Packers fans hoping for a lengthy playoff run were disappointed as Green Bay couldn’t find an answer to Colin Kaepernick and the Niners in the second round of the playoffs. For a second year in a row, the Packers were a popular Super Bowl pick amongst experts and simply failed to deliver. And like last season, fundamental flaws were hidden in sloppy, uninspiring victories during the regular season, just to be exposed in the postseason.
The 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.
In 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.
There are two types of mobile quarterbacks, the “he’s getting away” type and the “where the heck did he go” type. Tomorrow the Packers meet one of these mobile quarterbacks…
But, which one? Continue reading
Charles Woodson will be back in action against the Vikings tonight, and are we glad to see him return. Charles adds an element that other teams have trouble preparing for. He’s good against both the pass AND the run.
Let’s face it, the man just seems to be everywhere, and his teammates feed off that playmaking ability. Continue reading
In 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.
The 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.
Typically, 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…