The Packers’ October momentum was put to a halt in Week 8 as a desperate Saints team delivered at home 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.
Well, the Packers go into the bye with a chance to get healthy while just a game behind the Lions…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
As hard as it is to see the Detroit Lions on top of the division, they are the team that has stormed back 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
I’m about as disheartened about the loss to the Saints as anyone, but Aaron told us all to relax. So, I’m going to relax and talk about one thing I really liked about the game against the Saints. (Yes, there was some good stuff to talk about.) Continue reading
One look at the Saints’ record and you would think the Packers to be gliding into their bye week. Such 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.
The Packers travel to New Orleans to take on the Saints under the bright lights of Sunday Night Football. This final game before the bye also signals the halfway point in the season for the Packers. If the Packers can get a win against the Saints, they will be in a very enviable position going into the second half of the season, tied with the Lions with the tie breaker at Lambeau. Continue reading
This was all over Facebook earlier today. I just now got permission to post it.
8 year old Gabe White is one of the “managers” of the Rhinelander High School Freshman football team. He has Down’s Syndrome. If you’ve spent any time in the last few months wondering what is wrong with the world, just take a look. There is still a LOT that is right with the world. The Mosinee team gets in on it and makes this little boy’s day! Gabe’s brother is number 84 and is the first to congratulate Gabe after he makes the score. This took place after the game was over but the Rhinelander team asked little Gabe to score the “winning touchdown”. Take a look: Continue reading
Brett Favre has postponed this year’s meeting at Lambeau with Bart Starr and Aaron Rodgers because Bart Starr’s health is still in question and Brett doesn’t want to visit without him. This one small statement forced me to pause and consider two things:
1. How great it is to be a Packers fan
2. How great Packers fans are Continue reading
After a 1-2 start to the regular season, the Packers have finally hit their stride, trouncing a good Panthers team at home in Week 7. Aaron Rodgers was near unstoppable as the seven-year starter hit each of his primary targets for scores and improved his QB rating to 117.3 (second best in the NFL).
Part of the reason behind Aaron Rodgers’s MVP-quality day was outstanding protection up front. Rodgers played three quarters of football largely untouched, thanks to pro bowl-caliber play from the entire offensive line. The front five also created big holes for Eddie Lacy, who has enjoyed few big performances since the season’s start but has now upped his yards per carry to 4.0 on the season. Further, play calling from Mike McCarthy was balanced and hard to predict, which produced long drives on offense and good rest for the defense.