Green Bay Packers Blog
by porky88 on 11/19/2014 12:54:36 AM
Lambeau Field and home-field advantage are synonymous with each other, yet the hollowed grounds of the iconic stadium haven’t been as kind to the Packers in the 21st century as they were in the 20th. While Green Bay continues to win a large majority of their regular-season home games, they’ve posted just a 4-5 home playoff record since the turn of the century.

A once prominent home-field advantage faded to being just noise in the background.

Maybe that’s about to change.

Led by quarterback Aaron Rodgers, the 2014 Packers seem well on their way to restoring home-field dominance. They’re averaging nearly 44 points per game at Lambeau, and have been so good that Rodgers has actually missed large portions of the fourth quarter in four of five games.

For opponents, the fear of going up against one of the greatest quarterbacks in the game today outweighs the appeal of playing at the same venue that once housed Bart Starr, Brett Favre, and Reggie White.

The job is far from finished, though. Winning in the regular-season doesn’t mean a thing if they don’t take care of business in the postseason.

The Packers are clear favorites to win the NFC North, despite holding the same record (7-3) as the Detroit Lions. The Lions and Packers will meet in the regular-season finale. Because the game is at Lambeau, Green Bay has an advantage in the divisional race.

Additionally, the Packers are just two games back of Arizona (9-1) for the conference‘s top seed. The Cardinals, who are without quarterback Carson Palmer for the rest of the season, play four of their final six games on the road.

Next to winning a Super Bowl, re-establishing playoff dominance at Lambeau would be the finest achievement the 2014 Packers may ultimately make.

Let’s hope they have the opportunity in January.

Turning Point

The Packers put forth one of their most complete efforts of the season, scoring in every phase of the game. They threw and ran for touchdowns on offense, scored two defensive touchdowns, and received a huge boost from Micah Hyde who returned a punt 75 yards for a score. Hyde’s return gave them a 17-0 lead, and was the first indication that the rout was on.

Stud of the Game

I know it’s repetitive to keep signaling Rodgers out as each game’s stud, but he is playing a level of football that few have ever achieved. Rodgers threw for 349 yards and three touchdowns on Sunday, bringing his season totals to 28 touchdown passes and 3,149 yards. He’s on pace to throw for about 4,397 yards and 45 touchdowns. Consider him your MVP frontrunner.

Play of the Game

Hyde’s punt return, and outside linebacker Julius Peppers interception return for a touchdown are worth consideration, but the nod goes to running back Eddie Lacy’s 48-yard catch and run for a score. Lacy barreled toward the end zone like a bowling ball. Only instead of knocking over pins, he was running over Philadelphia defenders. I counted as many as five missed tackles by the Eagles.

Looking Ahead

For the first time in over 30 years, the Packers will play outdoors in Minnesota as they take on the Vikings at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.

Last week, the Vikings allowed 330 passing yards to Chicago quarterback Jay Cutler, and 117 rushing yards to running back Matt Forte. Bet on the Packers putting up big offensive numbers again this Sunday.

The defense will get its first look at rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. Bridgewater is currently struggling, but he has all the tools to develop into a very good starting quarterback. His mental capacity is especially great. Coaches gave him free reign over the offense at Louisville. He hasn’t received that kind of accommodation in the pros, but I suspect he will sometime in the future.

While you can expect to see flashes of talent from Minnesota’s young quarterback on Sunday, he remains years away from going toe-to-toe with the game’s top player.

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by Zero2Cool on 11/18/2014 6:03:20 AM
Dolphins moved +5 and Browns moved -5.

  1. Green Bay Packers 0
  2. Denver Broncos 0
  3. San Francisco 49ers 4
  4. New England Patriots -1
  5. Miami Dolphins 5
  6. Dallas Cowboys 0
  7. Pittsburgh Steelers -2
  8. Arizona Cardinals 1
  9. Cleveland Browns -5
  10. Indianapolis Colts 2
  11. San Diego Chargers 3
  12. Buffalo Bills -4
  13. Cincinnati Bengals 3
  14. Detroit Lions -1
  15. New York Giants -4
  16. Atlanta Falcons 2
  17. Kansas City Chiefs 0
  18. New Orleans Saints -3
  19. Houston Texans 2
  20. Seattle Seahawks 0
  21. Baltimore Ravens -2
  22. Tennessee Titans 1
  23. Philadelphia Eagles -1
  24. Carolina Panthers 1
  25. Chicago Bears 1
  26. St. Louis Rams 1
  27. Washington Redskins -3
  28. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2
  29. Minnesota Vikings -1
  30. Jacksonville Jaguars -1
  31. Oakland Raiders 0
  32. New York Jets 0
by MintBaconDrivel on 11/18/2014 5:57:44 AM
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Green Bay Packers ( 7 - 3 )
    Total Offense = 8th
    Passing Offense = 8th
    Rushing Offense = 18th

    Total Defense = 25th
    Passing Defense = 13th
    Rushing Defense = 29th

    Points For = 33.0 (1st)
    Points Against = 22.5 (17th)

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Minnesota Vikings ( 4 - 6 )
  • Total Offense = 30th
  • Passing Offense = 29th
  • Rushing Offense = 12th

  • Total Defense = 12th
  • Passing Defense = 8th
  • Rushing Defense = 21st

  • Points For = 18.1 (28th)
  • Points Against = 22.0 (14th)

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by Zero2Cool on 11/12/2014 7:10:41 AM
The Bengals dropped -11 spots and the Cowboys, ugh, moved up +7 spots and Browns moved up +5 spots. I still think the Eagles are a better team (7 - 2) than their 22nd ranking here. But, this is how the accumulative numbers for the entire season place them and I stand behind them 100%!


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


Last week my upset was Jaguars over Cowboys and then Tony Romo decided at the last minute to play with a broken back and broke the Jaguars back. Assclown. I'm going Rams over Broncos for an upset this week.
by porky88 on 11/11/2014 9:15:39 PM
In the near 100-year rivalry between Green Bay and Chicago, there hasn’t been an outcome as one-sided as the 55-14 drubbing the Packers put on the Bears Sunday night.

The Packers deserve credit for coming out of their bye re-energized and prepared. However, Sunday night was more about Chicago than the green and gold. Blowouts aren’t new to the rivalry, but the Bears were saying “uncle” midway through the second quarter. They were undisciplined, committing 11 penalties for 163 yards. Their stoic response to Green Bay moving Clay Matthews to inside linebacker was frustrating to watch. Simply put, their sorry excuse of an effort made them unworthy of playing at Lambeau Field.

Football is better when its greatest rivalry means something. The Bears aren’t holding up their end of the bargain, and this could be the revelation the McCaskey family needed to clean house.

Chicago’s performance should also give Packers fans perspective. Fans have a love or hate relationship regarding coach Mike McCarthy and general manager Ted Thompson.

Nowhere does the hate come out more than during free agency, when fans are watching other teams attempt to get better by spending on outside talent. The Bears have been among the most active teams over the last several off-seasons, a fact highlighted by NBC’s telecast of the game. The Packers usually sit still, accepting that their improvements will come from within. The approach tests the patience of many fans, I included, but the Packers have never suffered an embarrassment like the one Chicago did Sunday night with Thompson and McCarthy at the helm. With both of them signing long-term extensions this season, they aren’t likely to anytime soon.

Sure, Green Bay has had its share of poor performances. Last Thanksgiving in Detroit immediately comes to mind, yet the Packers always put forth an effort. The game plan or execution might be off, but the effort is always there.

You can always count on them to compete on Sundays whether they miss the playoffs, bow out early, or win the Super Bowl.

Bears fans don’t have the luxury of feeling the same way.

Turning Point

On the first play of the second quarter, Rodgers hit receiver Jordy Nelson for a 73-yard touchdown pass. Chicago’s secondary was completely out-of-sync on the play. Nelson ran cleanly by cornerback Tim Jennings, who was playing cover two. The other corner was in man. Jennings looks at fault, but the Bears did check their coverage prior to the snap. Jennings appeared to have gotten the call, while the safeties did not. Blame them for missing the call.

Stud of the Game

Despite not playing a vast majority of the second half, Rodgers finished the game with 6 touchdowns passes and 315 passing yards. Most quarterbacks, notably Denver’s Peyton Manning, would stay in the game until midway through the fourth quarter and attempt to inflate their stats. Rodgers wisely bowed out midway through the third.

Play of the Game

Facing third-and-10 with 19 seconds remaining in the first half, Rodgers lofted a throw to the left side of the end zone, where receiver Randall Cobb made a spectacular one-handed grab. With that pass, Rodgers became just the second player in NFL history (Oakland’s Daryl Lamonica in 1969) to throw for six scores in the first half. The touchdown was also Cobb’s 10th of the season.

Looking Ahead

The Packers need to keep pace with Detroit in the NFC North, but if the Lions were to win the division, then Green Bay needs to qualify as a wild card. A win over Philadelphia, who is also in the thick of the playoff chase, is crucial if Green Bay is to qualify for the postseason.

The Eagles don’t have a good secondary, so you can expect the Packers to attack them through the air, and have success doing so. Protection could be an issue, as Philadelphia’s front is sneaky athletic. They’ll give Rodgers a plethora of different looks.

The defense faces a challenge matching up with Philadelphia’s high-octane offense. There might be enough pieces in the secondary to slow down the pass, but Philadelphia’s dynamic running game will give the front seven problems.

Expect Matthews to continue to play inside during running situations. He played well against the Bears, but Chicago was never in position to establish the run, so it’s still up in the air as to whether he has the discipline to read coverage and the athleticism to play in space.

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by MintBaconDrivel on 11/11/2014 6:48:19 AM
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Green Bay Packers ( 6 - 3 )
    Total Offense = 12th
    Passing Offense = 10th
    Rushing Offense = 18th

    Total Defense = 23rd
    Passing Defense = 10th
    Rushing Defense = 30th

    Points For = 30.8 (5th)
    Points Against = 22.8 (17th)

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Philadelphia Eagles ( 7 - 2 )
  • Total Offense = 5th
  • Passing Offense = 5th
  • Rushing Offense = 13th

  • Total Defense = 21st
  • Passing Defense = 22nd
  • Rushing Defense = 19th

  • Points For = 31.0 (4th)
  • Points Against = 22.0 (12th)

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by Zero2Cool on 11/4/2014 6:54:54 AM
The BYE week was good to the Packers as they regain the number one spot in the Power Rankings. The Dolphins improved 9 spots while the Cowboys dropped 7 spots.

You are free to make your NFL Picks ... now! Applause

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




If you're looking for an upset, I'm going Jaguars over Cowboys and I won't deny part of this is because I hate the Cowboys.
by MintBaconDrivel on 11/4/2014 6:50:19 AM
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Green Bay Packers ( 5 - 3 )
    Total Offense = 17th
    Passing Offense = 13th
    Rushing Offense = 24th

    Total Defense = 14th
    Passing Defense = 9th
    Rushing Defense = 32nd

    Points For = 27.8 (6th)
    Points Against = 23.9 (19th)

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Chicago Bears ( 3 - 5 )
  • Total Offense = 13th
  • Passing Offense = 11th
  • Rushing Offense = 18th

  • Total Defense = 21st
  • Passing Defense = 23rd
  • Rushing Defense = 13th

  • Points For = 22.5 (19th)
  • Points Against = 27.8 (29th)

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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.
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