Packers fans received an early Christmas gift on Sunday when the Titans visited Lambeau for the first time since 2004. A 12.5-point spread proved far too narrow as the Packers hung 55 on the Titans and moved to 11-4 on the season. The win was arguably the most impressive since Green Bay’s Week 6 romp over the Texans. After starting the season 2-3, Mike McCarthy’s club has won nine of their last ten games.
The key to the game every time the Packers meet the Vikings is stop Adrian Peterson. When the Packers met the Texans, the key to the game was stopping Arian Foster. This week, against the Titans, the story will be much the same. Stop Chris Johnson and you stop the main threat the Titans have.
What may surprise Packer fans is that the Titans will also need to stop the Packer run game.
It’s still too early for the Packers to be looking past the regular season and planning for the playoffs but the picture is looking much better than it did a couple of weeks ago. Still it looks like the Pack will be in the playoffs this post-season.
This week I started wondering about which teams are hot in the NFL right now and how the Pack might fare against them if we met them in the playoffs.
First of all, I don’t think season-long record gives an accurate indication of who’s hot right now. Case-in-point, Indianapolis began the season like they ended last season, losing two of their first three games. However, since then they’ve gone on a tear and have won seven of their last eight games.
The chart below shows the teams that have really turned it on in the most recent eight games of the 2012 season. Look it over and then we’ll talk about each of them. Continue reading
Three weeks ago, the Packers eeked out a crucial win in Detroit that should have crushed the lowly Lions’ playoff hopes. Despite two hard-fought games against Houston and Indianapolis, the Lions have two more losses under their belts and are most certainly out of the NFC North conversation. Yet, in a prime time Lambeau Field environment with division rivals in town, anything can happen. The Packers haven’t lost a division game yet this season and love to move to 4-0 with a win over Detroit.