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by porky88 on 11/25/2014 6:00:27 PM
In the first outdoor clash in Minnesota between the Packers and Vikings since 1981, it seems appropriate the Packers powered their way to a 24-21 victory behind the legs of running back Eddie Lacy.

Green Bay needed all 60 minutes to put away the pesky Vikings on Sunday, yet there was never a point where they didn’t seem in control of the game. Nonetheless, the Vikings had plenty of opportunities for big plays, particularly in the passing game, but quarterback Teddy Bridgewater was off target with several of his throws. A veteran quarterback would’ve connected on some of them, so this could be a wake-up call for a defense that is currently getting ready for Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.

Penalties were also disconcerting, as the Packers had seven of them for 75 yards. Still, for the first time all season, the Pack stand alone atop the NFC North with an 8-3 record.

Thanksgiving week is when teams hope to begin to hit their strides. Now is the time for the great ones to separate from the herd.

We’ll find out how great Green Bay is next weekend, as the 9-2 Patriots come to Lambeau.

Turning Point

Great teams know how to finish, and the Packers finished this one off with an 11-play, 87-yard touchdown drive that took up nearly half of the fourth quarter. The drive ended when quarterback Aaron Rodgers shuffled the ball to Lacy, who rumbled his way across the end zone.

Stud of the Game

This was Lacy’s game to win. The Packers came out intending to run the ball, and they stuck with it through the game's duration. His 25 carries and 125 yards were both season highs. He also added 13 yards receiving, and scored two touchdowns. More important, he sealed the Vikings' fate on the final drive by carrying the ball on five consecutive plays to kill the clock.

Play of the Game

Lacy’s fourth-quarter touchdown may never have happened if Rodgers and receiver Jordy Nelson didn’t convert a key third down midway through the drive. The Vikings -- especially cornerback Xavier Rhodes -- did a fine job of covering Nelson all game long, but Nelson made them pay on this crucial play. On third-and-2, Nelson beat cornerback Josh Robinson inside, giving Rodgers a huge window to throw the ball into. The play isn’t spectacular, but it shows that the little things matter. Many quarterbacks force their No. 1 receivers the ball, but Rodgers doesn’t. He’s an assassin on the field, who waits patiently for an opportunity to strike. The Vikings finally gave him one by not matching Rhodes up with Nelson on this play, and the Packers’ top duo made them pay for it.

Looking Ahead

There have been many tough hills to climb this season for the Pack, but the New England game has lingered in the background, like a mountain casting a shadow.

Last week, I wrote about Green Bay re-establishing their home-field advantage, so the Packers should have an advantage in Lambeau. Yet, the Patriots are the most respected franchise around the league. Bill Belichick is the reason why, and I worry about him out coaching Mike McCarthy in this matchup.

The key for the Packers is to be themselves. Don’t shy away from Randall Cobb because Darrelle Revis is covering him, and don’t ignore Nelson because Brandon Browner is getting physical. McCarthy should trust his players to challenge New England‘s secondary.

The game will have a playoff atmosphere, as the media hypes it as a Super Bowl preview.

As usual, I say don’t bet against No. 12.

I just don’t know which No. 12 I’m talking about this week.

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by Zero2Cool on 11/25/2014 7:18:31 AM
I can't help notice the ones loudest to bash are now silent. I know, saying positive things is just too hard for some of you, but no worries, I know what you want to say. I told you these rankings would be more solid as the season went on. Big Grin

The Seahawks jumped +5 and Lions and Dolphins dropped -5 spots.

  1. Green Bay Packers 0
  2. Denver Broncos 0
  3. New England Patriots 1
  4. San Francisco 49ers -1
  5. Dallas Cowboys 1
  6. Pittsburgh Steelers 1
  7. Indianapolis Colts 3
  8. San Diego Chargers 3
  9. Buffalo Bills 3
  10. Miami Dolphins -5
  11. Cincinnati Bengals 2
  12. Arizona Cardinals -4
  13. Cleveland Browns -4
  14. Atlanta Falcons 2
  15. Seattle Seahawks 5
  16. Kansas City Chiefs 1
  17. New Orleans Saints 1
  18. New York Giants -3
  19. Detroit Lions -5
  20. Tennessee Titans 2
  21. Baltimore Ravens 0
  22. Houston Texans -3
  23. Chicago Bears 2
  24. Philadelphia Eagles -1
  25. Carolina Panthers -1
  26. Washington Redskins 1
  27. St. Louis Rams -1
  28. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 0
  29. Minnesota Vikings 0
  30. Oakland Raiders 1
  31. Jacksonville Jaguars -1
  32. New York Jets 0
by MintBaconDrivel on 11/24/2014 8:49:01 AM
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Green Bay Packers ( 8 - 3 )
    Total Offense = 9th
    Passing Offense = 8th
    Rushing Offense = 18th

    Total Defense = 23rd
    Passing Defense = 13th
    Rushing Defense = 30th

    Points For = 32.2 (2nd)
    Points Against = 22.4 (16th)

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New England Patriots ( 9 - 2 )
  • Total Offense = 7th
  • Passing Offense =6th
  • Rushing Offense = 15th

  • Total Defense = 14th
  • Passing Defense = 17th
  • Rushing Defense = 14th

  • Points For = 32.5 (1st)
  • Points Against = 20.6 (12th)

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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




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