Scouting Report: Carolina Panthers

Well, the Carolina Panthers are coming to Lambeau. They will be as welcome there as Percy Harvin isdownload in Seattle, as welcome as LenDale White at a USC football game, as welcome as…Percy Harvin is in Minnesota….you get the point.

But the Packers have to watch this as it is a classic trap game. No one yet can figure out why the Panthers’ defense has no played like it did last year, Cam Newton is a danger to our defense with both his arm and his leg, and the Packers’ emotional victory last week sets them up for a possible let down in front of the home crowd. But if the Packers can do 3 things (the first of which is apparently brought to you by shamelessalliteration.com), they can get another important victory. Continue reading

Sam Shields Out, Williams Questionable

Packernation has been waiting for word on Sam Shields and Tramon Williams after coach McCarthy111512-NFL-Tramon-Williams-LO_20121115123633113_600_400 has said that neither’s injury was long term. But today, word came out that Sam Shields was out for Sunday’s game against Carolina and Tramon Williams is questionable. This, along with the absence of Datone Jones for a second game, make the Lambeau Field contest against the Carolina Panthers the first with major questions at the start position this year.  Continue reading

Breaking Down Week 7 vs. the Panthers

downloadThe Packers dodged a bullet last week in South Beach – but may not be so lucky on Sunday if sloppiness on both sides of the ball persists. Aaron Rodgers and the offense will look to regain momentum at Lambeau, where they have put up 30-plus points in both home field games this season.

Despite an impressive front seven on paper, the Carolina defense has allowed big games to Le’Veon Bell and Giovani Bernard this season, which has produced the 27th ranked run defense in the league. Now back at home, I expect Mike McCarthy to commit to the run early and allow Eddie Lacy to establish a groove before inserting James Starks into the mix later in the game. With sights set on playing into January, the Packers will need to establish a reliable rushing attack that can take burden off of Rodgers when the temperatures begin to decline.

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Laughing All the Way: Ha Ha Clinton Dix vs. Calvin Pryor

The Packers selection of Ha Ha Clinton Dix in the first round of the 2014 draft was a happy one for gbhaalmost all of Packernation. But Calvin Pryor was another safety that a lot of Packers fans would have liked to see the team get. The questions came again when the Packers had to play the Jets (who selected Pryor) and Rex Ryan made a comment about liking both players but taking “the guy who will knock your face in.” Well…who’s laughing now, Rex.

Here are some key stats in the comparison between Ha Ha and Calvin Pryor. Continue reading