by porky88 on 12/16/2014 11:03:40 PM
The Packers entered Sunday’s game 0-5 against the Bills in Buffalo. They left 0-6.

Buffalo’s pass defense dismantled Aaron Rodgers and the passing game, preventing him from establishing any rapport with his receivers. Rodgers, who is having an MVP caliber season, played one of his worst games as a pro. He completed a career-low 40.5 percent of his passes for 185 yards and no touchdowns. He also threw two interceptions, and his fumble on the offense's final drive resulted in Buffalo’s game-clinching safety.

The media and fans take trust for granted, but it is one of the underrated variables of football. Coaches must show trust in their players, and players must put their trust in coaches and each other. Green Bay coaches will claim they trust their players. Rodgers will claim he trusts his offensive line. Sunday’s game suggests otherwise.

It appeared as if Rodgers anticipated pressure throughout Sunday, so he rushed many of this throws. However, the Packers’ offensive line held their own against the pass rush. It wasn’t a great game by any means, but it was a good enough performance to get the job done. Rodgers had time to operate in the pocket. He simply played poorly; while Buffalo’s secondary did a fantastic job of disrupting the receivers.

Despite the offense’s performance, Green Bay was in the game from start to finish, yet coach Mike McCarthy chose to call the game as if the Packers were trailing by multiple touchdowns. His play calling showed his lack of trust is not only the running game, but also the defense.

For all its faults, the defense played well. They kept the Bills out of the end zone, allowing just four field goals on the afternoon. Buffalo’s lone touchdown came via Marcus Thigpen’s first-quarter punt return. They also held the Bills to just 4-of-16 (25 percent) on third downs, and managed to get the back to Rodgers with about two minutes remaining.

Meanwhile, running back Eddie Lacy carried the ball 15 times for 97 yards. He’s averaging 4.6 yards per carry this season, an improvement over last year, and is in line to become the first Packers running back since Ahman Green to have 1,000-plus rushing yards and 10-plus touchdowns in back-to-back seasons.

A heavy does of Lacy and James Starks may have changed the outcome of the game.

This isn’t 2011 or 2012. The Packers don’t have to be one-dimensional on offense. They have the offensive line and running game to play old-fashioned football.

Last Sunday called for them to do just that. Unfortunately, McCarthy didn’t have the trust in his players to call that game. He had better find it soon.

Otherwise, the outcome against Buffalo will repeat itself in January.

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by Zero2Cool on 12/16/2014 10:42:01 AM
Only a few more rankings left of the season. New Orleans jumped up +10 spots and Kansas City Chiefs jumped +9 spots while the San Diego Chargers lose -7 positions.

  1. Green Bay Packers 0
  2. Denver Broncos 0
  3. New England Patriots 0
  4. Dallas Cowboys 0
  5. Indianapolis Colts 0
  6. Buffalo Bills 1
  7. New Orleans Saints 10
  8. Seattle Seahawks -2
  9. Cincinnati Bengals 3
  10. Kansas City Chiefs 9
  11. Detroit Lions 0
  12. Miami Dolphins -3
  13. Atlanta Falcons -3
  14. San Francisco 49ers 0
  15. San Diego Chargers -7
  16. Pittsburgh Steelers 0
  17. Arizona Cardinals 1
  18. Houston Texans -5
  19. New York Giants 1
  20. Cleveland Browns -5
  21. Baltimore Ravens 1
  22. St. Louis Rams -1
  23. Carolina Panthers 1
  24. Philadelphia Eagles -1
  25. Tennessee Titans 0
  26. Minnesota Vikings 1
  27. Chicago Bears -1
  28. Washington Redskins 0
  29. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1
  30. Oakland Raiders -1
  31. Jacksonville Jaguars 0
  32. New York Jets 0
by MintBaconDrivel on 12/16/2014 9:13:09 AM
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Green Bay Packers ( 10 - 4 )
    Total Offense = 6th
    Passing Offense = 8th
    Rushing Offense = 11th

    Total Defense = 23rd
    Passing Defense = 15th
    Rushing Defense = 26th

    Points For = 31.1 (2nd)
    Points Against = 23.2 (18th)

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers ( 2 - 12 )
  • Total Offense = 30th
  • Passing Offense = 21st
  • Rushing Offense = 29th

  • Total Defense = 25th
  • Passing Defense = 24th
  • Rushing Defense = 19th

  • Points For = 18.1 (27th)
  • Points Against = 26.2 (25th)

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by porky88 on 12/9/2014 9:25:46 PM
Monday night’s victory over Atlanta wasn’t the thoroughly dominate performance we’re accustom to seeing from the Packers at home, but it counts as a win nonetheless.

Green Bay improved their record to 10-3 this season, fending off a late charge from the Falcons. The Packers led 31-7 at the break, but Atlanta flexed their offensive firepower in front of a national audience, scoring 30 second-half points. The final score was 43-37.

It’s hard to believe Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan picked apart the same defense that allowed just 21 points to New England quarterback Tom Brady just a week ago.

Behind a makeshift offensive line, Ryan carved up Green Bay’s secondary for 375 yards. He had total command over the offense, calling his own shots at the line of scrimmage. The Packers played a lot of zone, and their performance was reminiscent to their late-season struggles in 2009, when they allowed major passing numbers to Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger and Arizona’s Kurt Warner.

The secondary had no answer to receiver Julio Jones, who caught 11 passes for 259 yards and a touchdown. His 259 yards is the most single-game receiving yardage allowed by the Packers in team history. Atlanta used motion and bunch sets to get the matchups they wanted. The Packers made very few adjustments, opting to live and die with their zone coverage.

In the end, though, Green Bay prevailed behind the arm of quarterback Aaron Rodgers. The Falcons opted to play coverage rather than bring pressure, a tactic not very different from what New England used last week. Unlike against the Patriots, the Packers converted in the red zone.

The defense should be on alert following their lackluster play. However, despite what the final score says, the Packers were never in real danger of losing the game.

Turning Point

Atlanta’s biggest misstep came in the second quarter when they were trailing 17-7. On the second play of the drive, safety Morgan Burnett intercepted Ryan‘s nonchalant pass toward the sideline. Burnett returned the ball 32 yards to the 15-yard line, setting up a touchdown for the Packers who extended their lead to 17 points.

Stud of the Game

Rodgers went 24-of-36 for 327 yards and three touchdowns, yet the star of Monday’s game was on the other sideline. Julio Jones routinely won his one-on-on matchups, catching everything thrown his way. While he was unable to finish the game, he was the primary reason the Falcons were able to make it interesting in the fourth quarter. The debate over the best receiver in the league normally centers on Dez Bryant, A.J. Green, and Calvin Johnson. Last night, Jones proved he belonged in that class.

Play of the Game

The offense had a rather methodical night through the first three quarters. Instead of relying on explosive plays, they were content with spurts of 10 to 15-yard gains. That all changed on one play, though. Nursing a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter, Rodgers found receiver Jordy Nelson for a 60-yard touchdown off play action. Nelson beat his man with a double move, and the safety help was late coming over the top. It was the seventh time this season that Nelson had a touchdown of 60 or more yards. All of them have come in Lambeau.

Looking Ahead

The numbers may suggest otherwise, but this is the best Green Bay’s offense has played in the Mike McCarthy Era.

In previous years, the offense was dependent on passing. No longer is that the case, as the running game is performing admirably, and the offensive line continues to exceed expectations. The latter is a huge development.

The Packers are finally playing well in the trenches. In fact, this is the best the unit has played during Ted Thompson’s tenure as general manager. They’re moving defenders off the ball in the running game, and keeping Rodgers upright in the pocket. They also don’t commit many penalties.

That could all change on Sunday. The Bills have arguably the nastiest front in the AFC. Two of their defenders, Marcell Dareus and Mario Williams, have double-digit sacks. They’re also respectable against the run, allowing just 3.9 yards per carry.

The Packers have a good offensive line. The film confirms this.

They’ll need to be great if they’re to come out of Buffalo with a victory.

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by Zero2Cool on 12/8/2014 11:25:44 PM
We're getting down to the final weeks of the regular season and the power rankings are showing to be more and more accurate. The haters have been silenced because they can't give props where it is due. Rolling Eyes

The Detroit Lions jumped a whopping +8 positions while the San Francisco 49ers fell -9 positions.

I'd like to add, when nearly everyone was annoiting Colin Kaepernick as a Great QB, I kept saying over and over, he is a great athlete, not QB. That too has been showing as well.

Okay, enough patting myself on the back here and I'll give you what you all love most. The power rankings!

  1. Green Bay Packers 0
  2. Denver Broncos 0
  3. New England Patriots 0
  4. Dallas Cowboys 3
  5. Indianapolis Colts -1
  6. Seattle Seahawks 4
  7. Buffalo Bills 2
  8. San Diego Chargers -2
  9. Miami Dolphins -1
  10. Atlanta Falcons 1
  11. Detroit Lions 8
  12. Cincinnati Bengals 1
  13. Houston Texans 4
  14. San Francisco 49ers -9
  15. Cleveland Browns -1
  16. Pittsburgh Steelers -1
  17. New Orleans Saints -5
  18. Arizona Cardinals -2
  19. Kansas City Chiefs -1
  20. New York Giants 0
  21. St. Louis Rams 2
  22. Baltimore Ravens -1
  23. Philadelphia Eagles -1
  24. Carolina Panthers 2
  25. Tennessee Titans -1
  26. Chicago Bears -1
  27. Minnesota Vikings 2
  28. Washington Redskins -1
  29. Oakland Raiders 2
  30. Tampa Bay Buccaneers -2
  31. Jacksonville Jaguars -1
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