3 Things That Favor the Packers Coming Off The Bye

Well, as much as I miss Packer football, I am pretty happy that the team got the week off. It was 2014 Packersclear that Morgan Burnett, Datone Jones, and Sam Shields were missed against the Saints. Burnett in particular was having a season that was a great improvement over last year and though few are talking about it, safety play upgrade has made a big difference for the Packers defense this year.

But with the bye week over and the team going back to work, the Bears game becomes critical. It’s not just that the Packers look to stay within reach of the Lions should they stumble, but this is THE rivalry of the NFL as far as I’m concerned. The Bears versus the Packers…don’t take anything for granted. That said, I think things are looking pretty good for the Packers moving forward. Here are 3 reasons I think they are primed for success.  Continue reading

3 Teams That Scare Me Going Into The Second Half

Well the Packers go back to work soon, with an admirable record of 5-3 but a bit of a momentum Aaron Rodgers Statsloss against the Saints. Looking forward, there are three teams that really worry me. Three teams that are a big threat to the Packers’ success.

The first one might surprise you:

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Brett Favre Opened the Door to Packer Entitlement

The bye week is a good time to reminisce about our great Packer past. Today, I was thinking about

majikthe great transition that took place on September 20, 1992. On that day Don Majkowski went out of the game and Brett Favre stepped in. And I haven’t thought of “The Majik Man” much since.

But Majkowski doesn’t get enough credit. Anybody remember “The Cardiac Pack”? How exciting it was to have a chance…to have the possibility to be a playoff team? Remember how precious wins were? The NFL is a tough place to win, and the Packers were getting it done if only by field goals…or even extra points. Remember when the Packers finally beat the Bears after getting trounced for all those years?

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What We Learned Against the Saints

The Packers’ October momentum was put to a halt in Week 8 as a desperate Saints team delivered at IMG_0894.JPGhome in prime time. Despite the frustration of falling one game back to the Lions in the division, the loss was the most ‘acceptable’ of any Packers loss this season. The Packers were missing three starters on defense and were facing a New Orleans club that was in the closest must-win situation that a team could be during the month of October.

Without Morgan Burnett, Sam Shields and Datone Jones, the Green Bay defense actually fared well during the first half, allowing 16 points but forcing zero punts. In the second half, things got out of hand quickly, which was mostly due to the defense’s inability to stop the run. Just as has been the case all season, the absence of nose tackle B.J. Raji allowed the opposing offense to pick up yards on early downs and establish a tempo. Inexcusable were the many missed tackles and continued poor play from the inside linebacker spot.

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3 Things the Packers Must Fix over the Bye

Well, the Packers go into the bye with a chance to get healthy while just a game behind the real12thmanLions…with the tie breaker looming at the end of the season. And there is a LOT of football to be played in the meantime which could mean the Lions drop a game in between. But there are three things that worry me about this Packers team going into the second half of this season. Continue reading

Packers Opportunities Await

As hard as it is to see the Detroit Lions on top of the division, they are the team that has stormed real12thmanback from behind to win close games when it mattered. The Packers have one such game under their belt but with the loss to the Saints, the Lions go a game up.

But the Packers have opportunities ahead of them with their toughest second-half opponents having to come to Lambeau as the weather declines. The Eagles, Patriots, Falcons, and finally the Lions all have to travel to Green Bay down the stretch. The final game of the season could once again be loaded with meaning as final seeding is decided in the playoffs.  Continue reading

R&R: Rants and Raves, Packers V Saints

The outcome was not what we would have liked but the game itself was exactly what everyone knewAaron Rodgers Stats it would be, A shootout between two great QB’s. I said if the game came down to this it could go either way and would come down to who made the most mistakes. Low and behold it was our beloved Packers.

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Breaking Down Week 8 vs. the Saints

One look at the Saints’ record and you would think the Packers to be gliding into their bye week. 30123_PL_Saints_2Such is far from the case as the Packers take on an angry Saints team that is known for rising to the occasion at home in prime time. Undoubtedly the toughest game on their schedule, the Packers can only hope to carry over some of the success put on display versus the Panthers last Sunday.

The Packers’ last trip to New Orleans was one to forget, as the defense allowed a field day to Drew Brees, beginning a five-game spiral in Rodgers’ first season as a starter. Six years later, the defense now plays out of a 3-4 base and boasts a true pass rush. However, the 2nd-ranked Saints offense presents the biggest challenge faced by Dom Capers’ defense since facing Brees in the 2011 opener.

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