The Panthers, whose defense was a league-leader last season, has not been great up front, exposing their weakness in the backfield in 2014. The Packers and in particular Aaron Rodgers, took advantage of that today. Rodgers and the Pack racked up 172 first quarter yards to the Panthers 5. Aaron took apart the Panthers defense with a passer rating of over 150 for the third time in his career. This game was over before the half and though they were ineffective, it was good to see a lot of second stringers get on the field. Continue reading
Aaron Rodgers doesn’t top the stats sheet across the board, but, where it matters, nobody is better.
Well, the Carolina Panthers are coming to Lambeau. They will be as welcome there as Percy Harvin is in Seattle, as welcome as LenDale White at a USC football game, as welcome as…Percy Harvin is in Minnesota….you get the point.
But the Packers have to watch this as it is a classic trap game. No one yet can figure out why the Panthers’ defense has no played like it did last year, Cam Newton is a danger to our defense with both his arm and his leg, and the Packers’ emotional victory last week sets them up for a possible let down in front of the home crowd. But if the Packers can do 3 things (the first of which is apparently brought to you by shamelessalliteration.com), they can get another important victory. Continue reading
Packernation has been waiting for word on Sam Shields and Tramon Williams after coach McCarthy has said that neither’s injury was long term. But today, word came out that Sam Shields was out for Sunday’s game against Carolina and Tramon Williams is questionable. This, along with the absence of Datone Jones for a second game, make the Lambeau Field contest against the Carolina Panthers the first with major questions at the start position this year. Continue reading
The Packers dodged a bullet last week in South Beach – but may not be so lucky on Sunday if sloppiness on both sides of the ball persists. Aaron Rodgers and the offense will look to regain momentum at Lambeau, where they have put up 30-plus points in both home field games this season.
Despite an impressive front seven on paper, the Carolina defense has allowed big games to Le’Veon Bell and Giovani Bernard this season, which has produced the 27th ranked run defense in the league. Now back at home, I expect Mike McCarthy to commit to the run early and allow Eddie Lacy to establish a groove before inserting James Starks into the mix later in the game. With sights set on playing into January, the Packers will need to establish a reliable rushing attack that can take burden off of Rodgers when the temperatures begin to decline.
Peyton Manning has gone on record as saying he hates the media in his face before and after games and now Aaron Rodgers just stated on the Dan Patrick show that he also feels uncomfortable with the way the cameras are being let onto the field.
Should there be a limit to what media can cover? Continue reading
The Packers selection of Ha Ha Clinton Dix in the first round of the 2014 draft was a happy one for almost all of Packernation. But Calvin Pryor was another safety that a lot of Packers fans would have liked to see the team get. The questions came again when the Packers had to play the Jets (who selected Pryor) and Rex Ryan made a comment about liking both players but taking “the guy who will knock your face in.” Well…who’s laughing now, Rex.
Here are some key stats in the comparison between Ha Ha and Calvin Pryor. Continue reading
In July-like playing conditions, the Packers continued their October success against the Dolphins in Week 6. Aaron Rodgers crafted a game-winning drive that should keep Skip Bayless quiet for some time. The win was an expensive one, though, as inside linebacker Jamari Lattimore and cornerbacks Sam Shields and Tramon Williams all left the game early due to injury.
Despite racking up 27 points against a good Miami defense, the Packers offense was inconsistent and, as usual, overly-reliant on the arm of Rodgers. With the offensive line creating few running lanes for Eddie Lacy, Mike McCarthy never allowed the second-year running back to establish a rhythm. Instead, McCarthy leveraged the versatility of James Starks to pick up first downs both on the ground and through the air.
The Packers last second touchdown from Aaron Rodgers to Andrew Quarless put the Packers up to 4-2 overall and with the Detroit Lions looking like they will get a win against the Vikings, the Packers don’t gain ground there.
But the best news of the day is that the Packers don’t LOSE ground…because they looked like they were going to take a loss to the Dolphins until that last second TD pass play. Continue reading