Breaking Down Week 6 vs. the Dolphins

thumbThe Packers travel to Miami during Week 6, where they haven’t played since 2006. While Miami is coming off of its bye week, Green Bay also arrives on several extra days of rest, having played its Week 5 game on Thursday night. The Packers’ visit to Miami will serve as a reunion with former offensive coordinator Joe Philbin and offensive lineman Daryn Colledge – as well as a chance to redeem themselves of a bad loss at home against the Dolphins in 2010.

It’s difficult to know the Dolphins’ true identity just five weeks into the season. Outside of topping the Patriots during Week 1, Miami has only beaten a high school-caliber Raiders team. Meanwhile, the Dolphins’ pedestrian offense (that somehow ranks 15th in the NFL) couldn’t keep pace with those of Buffalo and Kansas City during Weeks 2 and 3.

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Early Scouting Report: Miami Dolphins Part 1

The Packers face a Dolphins team that will be fresh off their bye on Sunday. Is this team a threat? dolphinsThe Packers have been trending upward lately but don’t have any wiggle room in the NFC North. While a look at the Dolphins record (2-2) may not seem impressive, one of the Dolphins’ wins came against the New England Patriots.

What will the Packers need to do to secure a win? Read on to find out.

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Keep Your Enemies Closer…

There is an obscure old saying, provenance unknown, but it seems to be either a political or military NORTHexpression. “Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer.” With the Bears still close but falling into the Packers rear view mirror with a loss against the Panthers last Sunday, the Detroit Lions hold serve on the Packers with the season finale as the clincher if things stay as they are.

But there is a LOT of football to be played between now and December 28th for both teams. Right now though, let’s keep our enemies closer. Let’s take a look at the Lions chances to keep it tight for the rest of the season. I think they have another stumble coming up…one that would have the Packers with their destiny in their own hands once more. Read on to find out more! Continue reading

Hidden Gems of the Packers Defense

This offseason, the Packers made a couple valuable changes/additions to the defense that had PackersJulius Peppers 2014 Training Camp fans excited about what this year could bring. The signing of Julius Peppers, drafting of Clinton-Dix, and Micah Hyde’s move to the safety position all indicated that the Packers were no more satisfied with their defense than Packernation.

While it took awhile to come to fruition, and many including myself are still in “wait and see” mode, the Packers defense shows signs that it has turned the corner. This week, some of the things I have been writing about and thinking about were echoed by defensive coordinator Dom Capers. Continue reading

A Delightful Bonus

Well, the Packers big win against the Minnesota Vikings had GPN’s own Jeff Hayes making plans toimages rotate his tires on Sunday. “Hey Jeff…hope ya watched some football!”

Packers fans were treated to a delightful bonus on Sunday, watching the Bears blow a lead to hand their first away loss to the Carolina Panthers AND seeing the Lions find a way to lose (thanks, in large part to Matthew Stafford) to the Kyle-Orton-led Buffalo Bills. If the stars ever aligned like that again, we would have to name the constellation “G-Force Major”. Here are some takeaways from this weekend’s festivities. Continue reading

What We Learned Against the Vikings

UntitledThe Packers picked up where they left off at home with a 42-10 rout of the Vikings, extending CBS’s losing streak on Thursday Night Football. With Minnesota missing starters Teddy Bridgewater, Adrian Peterson and Kyle Rudolph, just about the only obstacle to the Green Bay’s third win of the season was the sloppy weather conditions. And despite some light rain, Aaron Rodgers and company continued to look like the offense that fans raved about during the preseason.

Matched up against a young and athletic Minnesota D-line, the offensive line gave Rodgers all day to find receivers over the middle and downfield. Such continuity was encouraging to see after rough performances by the interior O-line in Detroit and a tough game for David Bakhtiari in Chicago. A common trend for Mike McCarthy’s offenses has been the ‘geling’ that takes place during the first half of the season. This front five appears to have established chemistry with one another, which should make the November return of J.C. Tretter a positive dilemma.

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Into the Second Quarter…

The Packers entered the second quarter of the 2014 season in style, putting up 42 points on the Vikings 2014 Packerswhile only allowing 7, and those came in garbage time. It is easy to blow off a win such as that because of the absence of Teddy Bridgewater. But keep in mind that the Vikings put up 41 on the Atlanta Falcons the game before. The Vikings are a team with some weapons and their running game, in particular, was effective in the absence of Adrian Peterson.

So the Packers have what Mike McCarthy has termed a “mini bye”, skipping Sunday with an authoritative win under their belts. This bodes well for the Packers as they continue into the second game of the second quarter after a string of games versus the NFC North that started with a fizzle in Detroit.  Continue reading

Day After Rants and Raves

Well what was not to like about this game? So I guess I will start with my Packers vs Raiders Preseason 2014Raves,
I was surprised right from the start when McCarthy took the ball after winning the coin toss since he usually defers, Then the offense came out to establish the run and Lacy did just that with 2 big runs that gashed the Vikings on their second drive. Aaron Rodgers then did what he does best… “find the open receiver” and scored with a pass to Cobb. This just set the tone for the rest of the game.
I said before this game started that Lacy would get his first 100 yard game and he did just that with 105 and 2 TD’s. Eddie finally started running with power instead of dancing around looking for holes and he was rewarded with outstanding results!

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