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by Zero2Cool on 10/30/2014 7:06:12 AM
Everyone is doing it, why not? We'll base these grades off how the Packers rank vs other teams.

Grading Scale
A = 1 - 5
B = 6 - 10
C = 11 - 16
D = 17 - 24
F = 25 - 32


Offensive:- A Applause
Defense: B+ It Wasn't Me
Special Teams: B+ Think

The Packers offense has been able to put points on the board. The running game is junk, but running efficiency is not correlated to a godo team, its correlated to a balanced team. The Packers not balanced and yet continue to put up points.

The Packers defense has been good against the passing game and vacant for the running game. This is a higher than deserved grade, but when compared to other teams it is how it fits in.

The Packers special teams has been very good. Mason Crosby's only miss was a block, he's doing well on touchbacks and Tim Masthay has had two games he wasn't even needed. That's more a credit to the offense. The return game is what takes this grade down from an A to a B+.


The Zero has spoken!!
hmm sounded better in my head
by porky88 on 10/29/2014 5:58:18 PM
After showing steady progress over a four-game winning streak, Green Bay looked overmanned in the Superdome, losing 44-23 to the New Orleans Saints.

The Packers enter their bye week on a sour note, as the Saints overwhelmed them. New Orleans accumulated 495 total yards (302 passing, 192 rushing) and scored on eight of their 10 possessions.

Green Bay (5-3) is now halfway through their season, and it’s very clear they are a team with many flaws. It starts with coaching, where Coach Mike McCarthy made a couple of mind-numbing decisions on Sunday night.

I won’t fault him for the onside kick attempt, as it has worked in the past. However, McCarthy squandered a goal-line opportunity in the first quarter, after running back Eddie Lacy ran 67 yards on a screen pass to put them in position to take a 14-7 lead.

On first down, McCarthy lined quarterback Aaron Rodgers up in shotgun and ran Lacy to the right side. In order for the play to work, receiver Randall Cobb needed to execute a difficult crack-back block, which is illegal if executed improperly. Cobb missed the block, and the Saints stuffed Lacy. Asking a 192-pound receiver to make that block was probably too much, especially with the Saints playing their goal line defense.

McCarthy’s second-down call was the most controversial of the season. The Packers lined linebacker Julius Peppers out at receiver and opted to throw him a pass. However, instead of throwing Peppers -- who is 6-foot-7 -- a jump ball in the back of the end, the Packers had the veteran linebacker run a slant route. The pass fell incomplete.

The fact Green Bay felt it necessary to try unorthodox plays in order to beat the Saints speaks volume to their confidence entering Sunday night’s game.

The lack of confidence (assuming it existed) was surely the result of the defense, which was undermanned with three starters (cornerback Sam Shields, defensive lineman Datone Jones, and Safety Morgan Burnett) sitting due to injury.

Injuries are no excuse for the performance put forth by the defense, however. I thought I was watching a 2011 game, as Packer defensive backs launched their bodies at running back Mark Ingram instead of wrapping him up. Additionally, the defense looked slow on New Orleans’ turf. Receiver Brandin Cooks and tight Jimmy Graham had no problem leaving Green Bay’s defenders in their dust.

Here’s the rest of my week eight recap:

Turning Point

On New Orleans’ first second-half possession, Green Bay made a potential game-changing stop on fourth-and-2. The Packers took over at their own 43, and drove inside New Orleans’ red zone. On a second-and-3, Rodgers scrambled for about seven yards, and tweaked his hamstring while running out of bounds. He wasn’t the same after the injury. He didn’t trust his mobility in the pocket, and he wasn’t stepping into this throws. As a result, the velocity on his throws fell affecting his accuracy. The injury isn’t severe, but it would’ve been interesting to see how this game unfolded with a healthy Rodgers behind center.

Unsung Hero

Give defensive coordinator Rob Ryan credit for resisting the temptation to blitz Rodgers. The Packers are at their best when teams blitz them, so Ryan had to go against his nature and play coverage. The Saints were going to takeaway anything downfield. In many ways, they played a bend but don’t break defense. They were willing to surrender yards and field goals, as they knew their offense was capable of pouring it on Green Bay’s defense. The strategy worked, though Rodgers’ hamstring deserves an assist.

Dud of the Game

Not only did Green Bay’s corners let them down in the passing game, but they also couldn’t tackle the entire night. Cornerbacks Davone House and Tramon Williams played poorly on the edges, missing a combined five tackles. Perhaps the ankle injury that Williams sustained against Miami a few weeks back still bothers him. However, House had no excuses. He just played bad.

Looking Ahead

Green Bay historically plays well in the months of November and December. Since ‘09, the Packers have a combined November and December record of 29-14-1. Five of the losses were from last season, when Rodgers was out with a fractured collarbone.

The defense obviously needs to get better, especially against the run. The offense also has its faults. Running back Eddie Lacy has yet to carry the ball 20 times in a game this season. I understand the need to conserve him for the playoffs, but Lacy is a bell cow who gets better the more he touches the ball.

The Bears are the Pack‘s next opponent. Chicago’s struggled against the run for the better part of two seasons now. Riding Lacy in this game would be wise, as the second-year running back averaged 5.2 yards per carry in the month of October.
by Zero2Cool on 10/28/2014 6:56:39 AM
I know, you're thinking, what did I do to deserve the Power Rankings a day earlier than normal? Rock On!

This weeks biggest movers were the Bills moving north +10, Steelers moving north +7, and Colts and Bears both dropping -9 spots.

Sadly, the Packers have been dethroned and the teams behind them will probably surpass them this week.

  1. Denver Broncos 1
  2. Green Bay Packers -1
  3. New England Patriots 5
  4. Cincinnati Bengals 2
  5. Pittsburgh Steelers 7
  6. Dallas Cowboys -1
  7. San Diego Chargers -4
  8. New York Giants -1
  9. Buffalo Bills 10
  10. San Francisco 49ers 1
  11. Cleveland Browns 2
  12. Detroit Lions -3
  13. Indianapolis Colts -9
  14. Arizona Cardinals 2
  15. Baltimore Ravens -5
  16. Miami Dolphins -1
  17. Kansas City Chiefs 1
  18. Seattle Seahawks -1
  19. New Orleans Saints 4
  20. Atlanta Falcons 2
  21. Houston Texans -1
  22. Carolina Panthers -1
  23. Chicago Bears -9
  24. Tennessee Titans 0
  25. Washington Redskins 0
  26. Philadelphia Eagles 0
  27. St. Louis Rams 0
  28. Jacksonville Jaguars 0
  29. Minnesota Vikings 1
  30. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1
  31. Oakland Raiders -2
  32. New York Jets 0
by Zero2Cool on 10/27/2014 7:33:56 AM
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by porky88 on 10/22/2014 10:18:05 PM
Last Sunday Green Bay improved its record to 5-2 on the season, defeating the Carolina Panthers 38-17 in front of a sold-out crowd at Lambeau Field.

The Packers jumped on the Panthers early, scoring on their opening drive when quarterback Aaron Rodgers found receiver Jordy Nelson for a 59-yard touchdown. It was the third time this season that Rodgers connected with Nelson on a score of 50 or more yards.

The Panthers couldn’t generate any offense in the first half. Green Bay took advantage of their poor tackle situation, and wreaked havoc on quarterback Cam Newton. Linebacker Julius Peppers had 1.5 sacks, his single-game best as a Packer.

As the offense continues to operate at a high level, the responsibility falls on the defense to develop into a viable partner. Since the awful showing in 2011, Green Bay’s defense has gone through good and bad spurts. The current outlook is positive, but they've been in this situation before. In fact, last year's defense allowed about 276 yards per game in the month of October. Then the injuries hit.

Perhaps I’m knocking on wood, but the regular-season is nearly half over, and the Packers have avoided significant injuries. Staying healthy is crucial, especially on the defensive side of the ball.

The Packers are a dangerous NFC contender if they remain healthy, and the good defensive spurts become the norm.

Turning Point

Rodgers and coach Mike McCarthy clearly knew how to attack the Panthers because of their familiarity with Carolina's cover-2 defense, which is the same defense Chicago ran under former coach Lovie Smith. The Pack relied on their running game early. Establishing the run forced the linebackers and safeties to hesitate, allowing Rodgers to exploit them with play action. The game itself was never in doubt, so there was never a moment on Sunday where it could potentially turn. Simply put, this game turned mid-week when McCarthy implemented his game plan.

Unsung Hero

Running backs Eddie Lacy and James Starks averaged 5.2 yards per carry, thanks to a strong effort from the offensive line. The entire line deserves credit for bouncing back following a tough outing in Miami. The right side of the line particularly played well. As a tandem, tackle Bryan Bulaga and guard T.J. Lang played their best game.

Stud of the Game

Any worries concerning receiver Randall Cobb’s long-term status with the team has quelled. The fourth-year receiver caught six passes for 121 yards and a touchdown last Sunday. He was terrific after the catch, using his quickness to make defenders miss in the open field. Cobb and receiver Jordy Nelson have at least one touchdown in four consecutive games.

Looking Ahead

On Fox’s NFL pregame show, studio host Curt Menefee proclaimed that the six best teams in football are beginning to distinguish themselves from the rest of the field.

The six teams Menefee cited were Arizona, Dallas, Denver, New England, Philadelphia and San Diego. Two of them loss on Sunday.

The omissions of Baltimore, Green Bay, and Indianapolis surprised me. The Colts and Packers have elite quarterbacks while Baltimore has a good, well-rounded team.

Based on the results of last week, there is no elite team in the NFL. Maybe Denver can stake claim to the top spot, as they have impressive victories over Arizona and San Francisco. However, both wins were at home.

Clearly, the Packers are among the top under-the-radar teams. That may change next week, as Green Bay travels to New Orleans for a matchup with the Saints on NBC’s Sunday Night Football. The Saints (2-4) are coming off a tough 24-23 loss to Detroit, a game they led at the two-minute warning.

Football is a game of matchups, and the Packers matchup very well with the Saints. New Orleans’ defense is struggling. Their secondary is reeling and their pass rush is non-existent. Green Bay will score points, putting pressure on Saints quarterback Drew Brees to match them.

Brees is among the best quarterbacks in football. His pocket presence is remarkable and he uses his eyes as well as any quarterback does. He’ll challenge the secondary, while a healthy Mark Ingram will challenge the front seven.

If the defense fails to answer the challenges, Sunday's game will be a shootout between two of the game’s best quarterbacks. However, if the defense is up to the tasks, then the Packers win in a rout.

Under the latter scenario, the number of teams distinguishing themselves grows to seven.

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by Zero2Cool on 10/22/2014 7:07:48 AM
The rankings you've all been waiting for has arrived! You. Are. Welcome!

The 49ers and Panthers were the biggest droppers this week in losing six spots each.

The Dolphins made the biggest hop moving from 15th to 20th. The Colts and Bills both jumped up four spots.


  1. Green Bay Packers 0
  2. Denver Broncos 0
  3. San Diego Chargers 1
  4. Indianapolis Colts 4
  5. Dallas Cowboys 2
  6. Cincinnati Bengals -3
  7. New York Giants -1
  8. New England Patriots 2
  9. Detroit Lions 0
  10. Baltimore Ravens 2
  11. San Francisco 49ers -6
  12. Pittsburgh Steelers 2
  13. Cleveland Browns 0
  14. Chicago Bears -3
  15. Miami Dolphins 5
  16. Arizona Cardinals 2
  17. Seattle Seahawks -1
  18. Kansas City Chiefs 3
  19. Buffalo Bills 4
  20. Houston Texans -3
  21. Carolina Panthers -6
  22. Atlanta Falcons -3
  23. New Orleans Saints 1
  24. Tennessee Titans -2
  25. Washington Redskins 1
  26. Philadelphia Eagles -1
  27. St. Louis Rams 0
  28. Jacksonville Jaguars 2
  29. Oakland Raiders -1
  30. Minnesota Vikings -1
  31. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 0
  32. New York Jets 0
by MintBaconDrivel on 10/21/2014 6:17:59 AM
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Green Bay Packers ( 5 - 2 )
    Total Offense = 25th
    Passing Offense = 20th
    Rushing Offense = 22nd

    Total Defense = 19th
    Passing Defense = 6th
    Rushing Defense = 31st

    Points For = 28.4 (4th)
    Points Against = 21.0 (10th)

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New Orleans Saints ( 2 - 4 )
  • Total Offense = 2nd
  • Passing Offense = 2nd
  • Rushing Offense = 13th

  • Total Defense = 21st
  • Passing Defense = 28th
  • Rushing Defense = 11th

  • Points For = 25.8 (10th)
  • Points Against = 27.5 (28th)

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by porky88 on 10/15/2014 9:00:06 PM
The Packers won their third consecutive game on Sunday, defeating the Dolphins 27-24 in anything but relaxing fashion.

It was a tale of two halves for the defense, which surrendered just 92 yards of offense in the first half. The highlight of the day came late in the first quarter when safety Morgan Burnett stopped running back Knowshon Moreno two yards behind the line of scrimmage on fourth down. Penetration from defensive lineman Letroy Guion allowed Burnett to make the play, as Moreno was unable to cut back inside.

Aaron Rodgers once praised Joe Philbin’s ability to adjust at halftime, and the Dolphins head coach -- who was Green Bay’s offensive coordinator from 2007-11 -- proved the Packers’ quarterback right.

In the final 30 minutes, Philbin leaned more on the run. Additionally, they placed an emphasis on getting the ball to their playmakers in space. Injuries to cornerbacks Sam Shields and Tramon Williams didn’t help matters, either. The Dolphins managed to score 21 second-half points, totaling 273 yards of offense.

Green Bay’s offense started fast. They marched 80 yards in 4:51 to score a touchdown on their opening drive. It was the only touchdown-drive of the first half, as Miami’s front seven prevented the Packers from getting into any kind of a rhythm in the first three quarters.

Whether it was the play calling or the persistence from Rodgers, the Packers managed to find their rhythm just in time.

Rodgers led the Pack to 10 fourth-quarter points, orchestrating perhaps a career-defining drive in the closing minutes. The Packers drove 60 yards in 2:04, the drive ending in the final seconds when Rodgers found tight end Andrew Quarless for a four-yard touchdown.

The Packers completed the game-winning drive without any timeouts.

Turning Point

Facing fourth-and-10 with 1:07 remaining, Rodgers hit receiver Jordy Nelson for an 18-yard completion. The throw by Rodgers, a display of incredible arm strength and accuracy, may go down as one of the finest of his career as he let the ball rip just as defenders crashed down on him. The completion kept alive one of the finest drives of Rodgers’ 10-year NFL career.

Unsung Hero

Running back James Starks accounted for 23 yards on Green Bay’s game-winning drive. His greatest impact in the game was as a pass protector, though. He knew his assignments and executed them without issues. Starks picked up a blitz on a third-and-4 play early in the second quarter. He also had a key pickup during Green Bay’s third-quarter touchdown drive.

Stud of the Game

The five best quarterbacks in football are Rodgers, Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Andrew Luck, and Peyton Manning. Each player demonstrates a skill setting them apart from other quarterbacks. Brady is living proof that intangibles matter, Brees is a master at using his eyes to move defenders, and Manning out prepares his opponents. Luck and Rodgers share several traits. Both anticipate receivers coming open, and both have the ability to extend plays. The latter ability was on full display for Rodgers on Sunday, as he used his legs to turn nine potentially negative plays into positives ones.

Looking Ahead

Now midway through their road schedule, the Packers return home for just the third time in 2014. They’ll face the Carolina Panthers, who are fresh off a tie against Cincinnati.

Preparation is crucial to every game, but I’m especially intrigued to see how Green Bay’s defense responds following their second-half performance against Miami.

The Packers had no respect for Miami quarterback Ryan Tannehill’s athletic ability, thus they appeared unprepared for the read-option. The Panthers will see linebacker Clay Matthews looking lifeless on film, so I suspect they’ll run the read-option at him with quarterback Cam Newton.

Mike McCarthy’s offense shouldn’t have any issues preparing for Carolina’s defense. Their coach, Ron Rivera, is a disciple of former Bears head coach Lovie Smith. They shouldn’t see many unfamiliar looks on Sunday.

Establishing the run early could create opportunities for big plays. The Pack will attempt to force the linebackers to commit against the run, opening up the middle of the field. Linebacker Luke Kuechly is incredibly discipline, but the Panthers are allowing a league-high 5.5 yards per carry.

An early indication of Green Bay’s commitment to run is whether Rodgers lines up under center. He'll come out slinging it if he's in shotgun. McCarthy tends to lean on the run more if Rodgers is under center.

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by Zero2Cool on 10/15/2014 6:14:17 AM
The moment you have all been waiting for is here!

The biggest losers are Seahawks and Steelers where they dropped 9 and 6 spots respectively. Okay, if you watched those games, there was nothing respectable 'bout it!!

The biggest winners were the Cardinals who jumped up 5 spots and the 49ers, Cowboys and Browns each climbed up 4.


Study this thoroughly and you can confidently submit your NFL Picks for this weeks slew of games!

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



The crystal ball sees the Rams upsetting the Seahawks.




by Zero2Cool on 10/14/2014 7:20:25 AM
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