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.
Moving 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.
By now you’ve heard that Aaron Rodgers will be out for 4 to 6 weeks with a broken collarbone. That means at the earliest he would be back for the Atlanta Falcons game and he’s more likely to be back by the Pittsburgh Steelers game.
This is going of course means several things for the Packers. Continue reading
In parts 1&2 of this series we talked about the role of the play callers and the running backs in creating a balanced 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.
If 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.
We’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.
In the first part of this series, we tried to redefine the “balanced attack” on offense as one that has the pieces
in place to deal with whatever the opposing defense throws at them. Getting closer to a 50/50 split between the run and the pass would have more to do with what makes most sense according to down and distance and what the defense was showing. With that in mind, it all starts with the play calling, and all the communication that takes place on and off the field. But success doesn’t stop there:
This just in…rumor has it the Packers want to limit the number of runs by Eddie Lacy in the Monday Night Football game against the Bears (Lacy has carried the ball more than 20 times each in the last 3 games) …who would’ve thunk it! Continue reading
It is almost mind-boggling what the Packers have been able to do in the absence of some of their most important contributors. Despite missing Clay Matthews, Randall Cobb, James Jones, Brad Jones and Nick Perry (oh, Bryan Bulaga and Jermichael Finley too), the visiting Packers handled Minnesota on prime time in all three facets of the game. Remind you of a certain squad that thrived on adversity just a few years back?
Packers fans have been calling for a more “balanced offensive attack” for several years now, and rightly so. But the thought struck me this week…”What does that mean?” Most of the time when you hear of a balanced attack people mean they want more of a 50/50 split between the run and the pass. And when NFL announcers talk about the new Packers run game they often mention that we hadn’t had a 100 yard rusher in 44 games before this season, but is this really a good way to look at it? I think not. Continue reading
The Packers entered this game with a depleted wide receiver corps and missing key players on defense. Still, they emerged with a win that is even more sweet in light of the losses by the Bears and Lions this week. Who gets the ring and who gets the finger for this game? What were the key stats? What were our reactions to the game?
Click the play button and join us for this episode of Q5.