Thursday Can’t Come Soon Enough

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Jordy Nelson 2015Thursday night slates the Packers against the Patriots in a preseason game to which the Packers will have to travel. The preseason is important and risky in that while nobody wants to see any player injured, the coaching staff has to have tape on the young players to help make decisions and move forward with roster cuts. For my part, I just want to see these guys get on the field and start to get a sense of how good this team can be. The Patriots will be a good test when (as limited as it may be) the ones go agains the ones. I will be laser-focused on this team as it takes on the Super Bowl champions. This is a team that I believe won the championship by default (because the Packers were not there) and it is fitting that they are the Packers’ first rival of 2015.

What 2 Watch 4

  1. While most of this game will be the rooks trying to make enough plays to cement roster spots…keep an eye on BJ Raji and Christian Ringo up front. If those two guys get a push up front when they are in, it bodes well for the Packers defense overall and the run game in particular.
  2. Keep an eye on the young corners Damarious Randall and Quinten Rollins. Yes, I know that these guys probably damariousneed time to develop but if one of these can become a Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and contribute immediately, the Packers’ defense is going to be set. We have way more depth at the cornerback position than it would seem with the offseason losses of Williams and House but there are still question marks. I am high on these two young players with their ball skills and it will be interesting to see how they perform against the Patriots.
  3. Does the offense click. There will be limited reps for the Packers number one offense and most of this game will be putting in young players to see how the offense runs with them in the mix. But I do want to see the Packers offense show something in this game. If they don’t it is not to worry but if they do…I might be thinking this could be just the exceptional year that Packernation wants it to be.

So the season is soooo close. This team is starting to come together and Thursday’s game will hopefully be a big step in the right direction. Of course the most important thing is for the team to stay healthy, but along with that I will be paying careful attention to the above items. So what will you be watching for? I know you’ll be watching…let us know in the comments section below or back at the Facebook Fanpage.

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3 Comments

  1.   January 8, 2016, 4:25 pm

    Realistically, Washington hasn’t beaten a team with a winning record all season. I may be underestimating their talent, but my opinion is that they’re the weakest playoff team of both conferences. Their offense is decent, especially if Cousins is allowed to get into a rhythm and they have serious speed at WR. Their front 4 on D is good, but their secondary is full of holes.

    If Rodgers is to get on a roll, this is the team to do it against. Our passing game has responded well late in games against much better Ds than this with no run game. I still think we’ll struggle to run the ball with a banged up O-line and Lacy’s sore ribs. I would never suggest we don’t run at all, but running on 1st and 2nd down and consecutive 1st downs has hurt us all year long. I’d like to see a 75/25 pass/run ratio – including a few runs by Rodgers.

    So my best guess is that it comes down to 5 keys:
    Consistent pressure on Cousins
    Turnovers
    McCarthy’s play calling getting Rodgers into rhythm early with some timing routes and screens to RBs
    Not calling too many run plays which plays to the strength of Redskins’ D
    Rodgers playing well.

    I didn’t list our O-line playing well because Rodgers can overcome most of that when performing like he’s capable, and frankly, I’d prefer to see him tuck it and run to slow down the pass rush a bit. Go Pack go!

  2.   January 8, 2016, 3:12 pm

    Your dreaming if you think they are able to run the ball…….
    They don’t need bounces just a swift kick in the butt to Mc Carthy the play caller( joke)

    •   January 8, 2016, 3:42 pm

      You could be right Bill…I may be dreaming. But I think a bounce or two our way is more likely than anyone giving McCarthy a swift kick in the butt. At this point, I would be content to see some consistent individual wins that add up to an extended drive. 😀

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