by Zero2Cool on 1/11/2016 10:12:55 AM
One of the things that I find rather annoying and obnoxious are fans who think it's more important to be "right" about when their team loses than to have hope that their team will win. I'm going to take on the (admittedly, daunting) task of giving you hope that the Packers can beat the Cardinals Saturday night.

My multi-formula driven rankings say the Cardinals are the 4th best team in the NFL with the Packers being the 7th.

The final score of the game was Cardinals 38 - Packers 8.

Still not feeling the hope, are ya?

Quickly going over last game, the Packers could have closed the half by making the score 7 - 10 or at worse 3 - 10, but a bad decision by Aaron Rodgers gave the Cardinals the ball and they drove 80 yards with 7 plays in 0:51. Result was 0 - 17 at halftime. And on the first play of the second half James Starks fumbles and of course Cardinals go 28 yards in 2 plays to put it 0 - 24. That was ballgame. It was over even with 29 minutes left to play.

If not for the offense having brain fart after brain fart, the defense really gave up just 10 points when they didn't have their backs against the wall.

This isn't an excuse because evidence shows only three teams (Patriots, Seahawks and Chiefs) had fewer giveaways during the season than the Packers. In other words, the Packers play out of character, big time.

Tidbits
  • Cardinals lost twice as many at home as they did on the road. Cool
  • Redskins were 9th (tied) in takeaways.
  • Redskins finished the season as the 17th ranked defense. (Obviously, not great, but clearly not terrible)
  • Redskins put up 35, 38 and 34 points in their final three regular season games.




West Coast Christmas
Consider that the Packers just played out on the West Coast the week prior against Raiders on December 20th. Mike McCarthy gave the Packers off on a day they normally practice due to Christmas and then had to travel all the way back to the West Coast. This is more of an excuse than a reason, I admit that, but it still is something that adds up. You can't play a team like the Cardinals ill-prepared and that's something to be acknowledged.

Left Tackle
Even if we do not get David Bakhtiari back, we should all feel more comfortable having JC Tretter manning left tackle than Don Barclay who let people by him so efficiently turnstiles were worried about being replaced by cardboard cutouts of his likeness.

No Tight End
The Achilles heel's for the Packers defense is a mobile tight end which Panthers have and Cardinals do not. Get this, the Cardinals tight end grades at 67.9 and Packers Richard Rodgers grades at 74.3.

Sam Shields
Cardinals primary offensive weapons are perimeter guys and the strength of the Packers is their secondary. You add in Sam Shields and how the front seven has played and this could be a long game for the Cardinals who have 24 turnovers this season.



Before I end this, I'll add a short video of McCarthy/Rodgers, a graphic I made last night and inquire upon you, ... do you have hope?

by MintBaconDrivel on 1/10/2016 7:26:36 PM
Green Bay Packers ( 11 - 6 )
    Total Offense = 23rd
    Passing Offense = 26th
    Rushing Offense = 12th

    Total Defense = 15th
    Passing Defense = 6th
    Rushing Defense = 21st

    Points For = 23.0 (15th)
    Points Against = 20.2 (12th)

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Arizona Cardinals ( 13 - 3 )
    Total Offense = 1st
    Passing Offense = 2nd
    Rushing Offense = 8th

    Total Defense = 5th
    Passing Defense = 8th
    Rushing Defense = 6th

    Points For = 30.6 (2nd)
    Points Against = 19.6 (8th)


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by Zero2Cool on 1/5/2016 9:35:11 AM
We have had a lot of discussion about needing a threat at the tight end position. When the Packers had a threat at tight end, Jermichael Finely, these same folks bitched that Finley wasn't putting up gaudy statistics and didn't seem to realize how valuable he was to the offense.

Look no further than the Patriots Rob Gronkowski to understand the value of a great tight end opening opportunities for an offense. Patriots have a who-the-hell-is-who group of receivers and the key to their success is the presence of Gronkowski. Finley, while no where near the level of Gronkowski, did the same thing for the Packers -- more talented -- receivers of Donald Driver, Greg Jennings, James Jones and Jordy Nelson.

I'm not trying to shame those who bitched about Finley, rather, credit them for realizing how valuable Finley was and how the Packers need someone of his caliber at tight end once again.

Speaking of shame, I was one of the blowhards who was duped by Richard Rodgers late season success and felt he would progress from year one to year two.

The next threat at tight end is not on the Packers roster at the moment. Do the Packers target one of the guys entering free agency or do you have a draft prospect that you feel would be a good fit?

Some 2016 Tight End Free Agents (under 30)
  • Jermaine Gresham
  • Darren Fells
  • Chase Coffman
  • Bear Pascoe
  • Logan Paulsen
  • Coby Fleener
  • John Phillips
  • Tony Moeaki
  • Anthony McCoy
  • Richard Gordon
by Zero2Cool on 1/4/2016 7:36:54 AM
And here we go with the final Power Rankings for the 2015 season. Teams in Bold are in the playoffs and each of my top 7 teams are in bold. And the 12 playoff teams are in my top 14. The sophisticated algorithm this season was changed quite a bit so it'll be interesting to see if someone in my top 5 will be in the Super Bowl.

I'm rolling with Broncos vs Cardinals in Super Bowl even though somehow the Broncos are only 11th.

  1. Carolina Panthers
  2. Seattle Seahawks
  3. Cincinnati Bengals
  4. Arizona Cardinals
  5. Kansas City Chiefs
  6. New England Patriots
  7. Green Bay Packers
  8. New York Jets
  9. Buffalo Bills
  10. Washington Redskins
  11. Denver Broncos
  12. Houston Texans
  13. Pittsburgh Steelers
  14. Minnesota Vikings
  15. Oakland Raiders
  16. Atlanta Falcons
  17. New York Giants
  18. San Diego Chargers
  19. Detroit Lions
  20. Philadelphia Eagles
  21. Indianapolis Colts
  22. Miami Dolphins
  23. Chicago Bears
  24. Jacksonville Jaguars
  25. New Orleans Saints
  26. St. Louis Rams
  27. San Francisco 49ers
  28. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  29. Dallas Cowboys
  30. Tennessee Titans
  31. Baltimore Ravens
  32. Cleveland Browns
by MintBaconDrivel on 1/4/2016 7:19:58 AM
Green Bay Packers ( 10 - 6 )
    Total Offense = 23rd
    Passing Offense = 26th
    Rushing Offense = 12th

    Total Defense = 15th
    Passing Defense = 6th
    Rushing Defense = 21st

    Points For = 23.0 (15th)
    Points Against = 20.2 (12th)

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Washington Redskins ( 9 - 7 )
    Total Offense = 17th
    Passing Offense = 11th
    Rushing Offense = 20th

    Total Defense = 28th
    Passing Defense = 25th
    Rushing Defense = 26th

    Points For = 24.2 (10th)
    Points Against = 23.7 (17th)


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by Zero2Cool on 12/29/2015 11:01:54 AM
It's pretty exciting seeing how the rankings have come to form even with the added algorithms of sophistic nature. I'm thinking you all agree with them because no one is posting their rankings in comparison. I am flattered. Blushing

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


Last week's upset came up just a itty bit short. Maybe we'll have gooder luck this week!

Upset alert: Seahawks over Cardinals
by Zero2Cool on 12/29/2015 10:54:25 AM
Last season a good deal of football fans, not just Packers fans, felt the Packers were going to win it all. This season nearly everyone (e.g. Peter King -"I give up. Anyone got a solution for this team? If so, you’ve got five days to forward it to Mike McCarthy") is claiming the Packers don't deserve to be one of the six seeds in the NFC, so where did it all go wrong? What happened to that prolific offense everyone has been accustomed to watching?

Regardless of the rule changes. Regardless of the size of the players. Regardless of the speed of the players. Regardless of newly implemented schemes. Football always has been and always will be won and lost in the trenches. If you control the line of scrimmage, you control the game.

In 2014 the Green Bay Packers had 1,050 offensive snaps and the offensive line was intact nearly every game from start to finish. That continuity is what made the Packers offensive line regarded as one of the best in the NFL and allowed the Packers offense to flourish with playing 4,925 snaps out of 5,250 or 93.8% of the offensive snaps. That is simply remarkable.

Here is where it gets interesting because in the 15 games of the 2015 season (997 offensive snaps) the the starting offensive line unit played 4,186 out of 4,985 or 84% of the offensive snaps together.

That's over a 10% drop off from the previous season and it's no secret what is ailing the Packers offense.
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by MintBaconDrivel on 12/29/2015 7:59:27 AM
Green Bay Packers ( 10 - 5 )
    Total Offense = 24th
    Passing Offense = 26th
    Rushing Offense = 10th

    Total Defense = 19th
    Passing Defense = 13th
    Rushing Defense = 21st

    Points For = 23.7 (13th)
    Points Against = 20.2 (10th)

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Minnessota Vikings ( 10 - 5 )
    Total Offense = 26th
    Passing Offense = 31st
    Rushing Offense = 5th

    Total Defense = 14th
    Passing Defense = 9th
    Rushing Defense = 18th

    Points For = 23.0 (15th)
    Points Against = 19.3 (6th)


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by Zero2Cool on 12/27/2015 12:06:13 PM
The most likely scenario for the NFC seeds are as shown below.

  1. Panthers
  2. Cardinals
  3. Packers
  4. Redskins
  5. Seahawks
  6. Vikings



Putting on the Green and Gold goggles ...

Week 16
Packers over Cardinals
Giants over Vikings
Rams over Seahawks

Week 17
Packers over Vikings
Seahawks over Cardinals

  1. Panthers
  2. Packers
  3. Cardinals
  4. Redskins
  5. Seahawks
  6. Vikings


If Packers win both games and Cardinals lose to Seahawks, Packers get 2nd seed. The other games don't matter for Packers 2nd seed.
by Zero2Cool on 12/22/2015 11:39:10 AM
Against teams with a winning record at the time they played.

Packers are 1 - 2. Packers beat Vikings and lost to Broncos and Panthers. Final two games Cardinals (12 wins) and Vikings (9 wins).

Panthers are 1 - 0. Panthers beat the Packers. Final two games Falcons (7 wins) and Buccaneers (6 wins).

Cardinals are 2 - 1. Cardinals beat Bengals and Vikings while losing to Steelers. Final two games Packers (10 wins) and Seahawks (9 wins).

Seahawks are 2 - 4. Seahawks beat Vikings and Steelers and losing to Packers, Bengals, Panthers and Cardinals. Final two games Rams (6 wins) and Cardinals (12 wins).
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