by porky88 on 1/23/2015 7:57:29 PM
Anyone been following the Senior Bowl?

I wanted to compile a list of players worth checking out if you’re following the game tomorrow or just interested in the draft.

If the Packers let Cobb go in free agency (a dumb move, in my opinion), they could look at Kansas State's Tyler Lockett and Duke’s Jamison Crowder as a replacement. Both are ideal slot receivers, while Davante Adams is more of a split end or flanker. I also like Ty Montgomery, but he’s had an up and down week. I have to do a little more homework on his 2014 season. Most of my notes on him are from 2013, where I thought he was a first-round caliber talent.

Grady Jarrett doesn’t have exceptional size, but the Packers seem to like undersized defensive tackles that can rush up field. He certainly does that. He’s quick-footed, and explodes off the ball. He'd be an option in their sub packages.

In the perfect world, Ted Thompson would trade up to select Washington’s Danny Shelton. He’s just a beast. A legit top 10 talent. Think Dontari Poe or even Haloti Ngata. I have more on him in the links below.

If Bryan Bulaga leaves, that puts the Packers in the market for a right tackle. I’m not sure T.J. Cummings is on the board when they pick, but La’el Collins would be. He’d bring a lot of power to the offensive line.

Clive Walford could be really good in Mike McCarthy’s offense. Why not double up on a pair of tight ends? More on him in the links below.

The guy I think would interest us the most is Stephone Anthony. He can play inside in a 34 or 43. He moves really well. We’re talking about a sideline to sideline inside linebacker. I think he’s the perfect compliment to Sam Barrington if the Packers intend to stay with him inside. Anthony also holds up real well in coverage. He’s a three-down, fast, big-hitting linebacker. It'd be great to get him in the second round.

The Packers like to draft Iowa guys. Maybe watch out for Carl Davis. He’s a bigger version of Jarrett. He gets up field and uses his hands to disengage from blockers well. He’s reportedly had a good week.

I think that’s a pretty good rundown of what caught my eye from a Packers perspective.

Here is a link to my Senior Bowl Stock Up Article:

Here is one to my Senior Bowl Stock Down Article:

I’m thinking front seven help for the draft. I’d like to see a nose guard and inside linebackers. Maybe even a cornerback.

Let me know which positions you're looking to see addressed.
by porky88 on 1/18/2015 7:52:46 PM
The quest for a repeat is alive and well.

The Seattle Seahawks overcame a 16-points halftime deficit to stun the Green Bay Packers in front of a rowdy crowd at CenturyLink Field. The victory sends Seattle to the Super Bowl for the second consecutive season, making them the first NFC team to go to back-to-back Super Bowls since the Packers did it in 1996-97.

An abnormal journey gave us the expected outcome. Turnovers allowed Green Bay to jump out to an early lead. The Packers intercepted quarterback Russell Wilson three times in the first half, but their inability to finish in the red zone kept Seattle in the hunt. Green Bay made three trips to the red zone, scoring just one touchdown and settling for two field goals. Early in the first quarter, the Packers faced a fourth and goal from the one-yard line. Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy opted to kick the field goal instead of going for the touchdown. McCarthy’s decision to kick will receive its share of scrutiny this week, but the Packers didn’t blow a 16-point lead because they didn’t go for a touchdown six minutes into the game. They lost because Seattle made the key second-half plays.

In my preview of this game, I picked Seattle because I thought they’d make the big play in crunch time. The Seahawks needed more than just a big play or two, though. Nearly everything had to go their way in the second half, and that’s exactly what happened.

They converted a key third-and-19 midway through the third quarter when Wilson found a wide-open Doug Baldwin. Four plays later, they scored a 19-yard touchdown on a fake field goal when holder Jon Ryan hit Clint Gresham for the score. After cutting Green Bay’s lead to 19-14 in the fourth quarter, they recovered an onside kick after Green Bay tight end Brandon Bostick failed to secure the ball. This led to Seattle taking their first lead of the game with less than two minutes remaining. Green Bay managed to force overtime, but the Packers never saw the ball in the extended period, as Wilson hit Jermaine Kearse for a 35-yard touchdown to send the Seahawks to the Super Bowl.

In many ways, the Packers blew it more than Seattle won it. Green Bay mishandled two crucial plays late in the game. Wilson threw his fourth interception of the game with about five minutes remaining. Safety Morgan Burnett, who caught the ball off a deflection, went to the ground immediately after making the play. You don't go to the ground with five minutes left, and Burnett just learned this lesson the hardest of ways. He had a lot of open field to gain yards. A decent return would've put the Packers in field goal range.

Burnett’s running mate in the secondary, rookie Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, had a pair of interceptions on the afternoon, but his judgment on Seattle’s two-point conversion was bizarre. The Packers heavily pressured Wilson on the attempt. He scrambled to his right before throwing the ball across the field. The ball lingered in the air long enough for Clinton-Dix to make a play on it, but he never did. Instead, it landed safety in the arms of tight end Luke Wilson, and Seattle’s improbable lead extended to three.

With less than two minutes remaining, Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers drove the Packers down the field, putting them in position to tie the game. Kicker Mason Crosby connected on a 48-yard field goal, sending the game to overtime. Had Clinton-Dix made a better play on the ball just minutes earlier, Crosby’s kick may have sent the Packers to the Super Bowl.

Wilson is now 10-0 against Super Bowl winning quarterbacks, owning wins over Rodgers, Tom Brady, Drew Brees, and Eli and Peyton Manning. However, Wilson was not the hero of this game. Sure, he made two crucial overtime throws, but Green Bay clearly rattled him early. Seattle offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell recognized this, and turned to running back Marshawn Lynch.

In a performance that’ll surely come up when the Hall of Fame debates Lynch’s candidacy for enshrinement, the Seattle running back steamrolled his way through the heart of Green Bay’s defense. He finished the game with 25 carries for 157 yards and a touchdown.

Seattle’s defensive effort also deserves commendation. Green Bay’s early start had more to do with their field position advantage than their execution against the Seahawks defense. The Packers gained just 306 total yards, with Rodgers throwing for 178 on just 19 completions. Running back Eddie Lacy, who had 100 or more yards in 10 consecutive games, gained just 73 on 21 carries.

The Packers return to Green Bay devastated. They were less than five minutes away from reaching their sixth Super Bowl. Losing in Seattle goes down as one of the most excruciating defeats in the franchise’s history, arguably more so than Super Bowl XXXII and the 2007 NFC Championship.

History awaits Seattle two weeks from now. With a victory, they’ll be just the eighth team in the history of the NFL to win back-to-back Super Bowls, and the first to do so since the 2003-04 New England Patriots.

They’ll also have a legitimate claim as the team of the decade.

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by porky88 on 1/15/2015 5:17:27 PM
For the second consecutive season, the NFC Championship runs through Seattle. The Seahawks, who are looking to become the first team since the 2003-04 New England Patriots to repeat as Super Bowl champions, will host the Green Bay Packers.

Week 1 Rematch

The NFL season opened with Green Bay and Seattle on September 4. The Seahawks, playing in their first game since Super Bowl XLIX, throttled the Packers 36-16 in front of a sold-out crowd at CenturyLink Field.

Despite receiving a lot of coverage on television and radio this week, that game will have little impact on the outcome of this weekend’s rematch. If a couple of weeks are a lifetime in an NFL season, then what does that make four months? I suspect the Seahawks watched more film on the Packers from last week than they did from the season opener. Simply put, the Packers are a much better today than they were in September.

Green Bay entered week one with an inexperienced center. JC Tretter suffered a knee injury in the third preseason game, forcing rookie center Corey Linsley into action. The opener was baptism by fire for Linsley, who has now become one of the best interior offensive linemen in the NFC, and played more snaps (1,072) than any other Packer this season. The Ohio State product is a solid pass protector, and even better run blocker. He finishes blocks, and embodies the nastiness that has defined a Green Bay offensive line that also features all-pro guard Josh Sitton. At this point in his career, Linsley is a seasoned veteran.

The same applies to rookie receiver Davante Adams, who had his coming out party against the New England Patriots the first Sunday after Thanksgiving. Adams caught six passes for 121 yards against the Patriots. He was even better against Dallas last week, catching seven passes for 117 yards and a touchdown. Now the unquestioned No. 3 receiver in Green Bay’s passing attack, Adams played just nine snaps against Seattle.

The running game has been perhaps the biggest improvement in Green Bay’s arsenal since the last time these teams played. Eddie Lacy has totaled at least 100 yards in 10 consecutive games. As he did in 2013, Lacy has gotten better as the season progressed. He also runs well out of the shotgun, which the Packers used on every single play against the Cowboys last weekend. Without defensive tackle Brandon Mebane or his replacement Jordan Hill, the Seahawks could be susceptible to the run.

Extending Plays

By now, you know of the slight tear in Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ left calf. The injury clearly limited him against the Cowboys, as I counted just twice he got outside the pocket. While he still carved Dallas up for 316 yards and three touchdowns, he’ll face an uphill climb against Seattle’s No. 1 pass defense.

Unlike Dallas, Seattle has multiple talented pass rushers. The trio of Michael Bennett, Cliff Avril, and Bruce Irvin combined for 18.5 sacks this season. They will attack Rodgers from all angles, making him even less comfortable than he already is. The Packers went out of their way to avoid cornerback Richard Sherman in the first meeting. Expect them to test him a few times this Sunday, but don’t expect them to deviate too far from their game plan. Rodgers is going to identify the favorable matchup at the line of scrimmage, and that’s going to be where he wants to go with the football. If he doesn’t get enough time in the pocket, he’ll need to extend plays to exploit any favorable matchup. Based on last weekend’s game, he doesn’t appear to have the strength in his calf to extend plays. Even if he gets sufficient protection, his receiving corps is going up against Seattle’s “Legion of Boom”, which hasn’t allowed a 100-yard receiver in eight games.

Extending plays won’t be an issue for Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson. Other than a healthy Rodgers, there is no one better outside the pocket than Wilson is. He senses pressure, and uses his athleticism to maneuver out of harms way. He also keeps his eyes downfield, looking for the open receiver. This is what makes him special, separating him from other scrambling quarterbacks.

And the Winner Is…

Look for the Packers to setoff a different vibe this weekend than they did in week one. September was a bigger game for the Seahawks than it was the Packers. They were playing at home for the first time since winning the franchise’s first Super Bowl. For them, week one was an extension of the previous seasons playoffs. It was just one of 16 for the Packers.

Motivation alone isn’t going to lead Green Bay to victory, though. They’ll need a valiant effort from their defense. Dallas rushed for 145 yards against them last week, but that’s not as bad as it looks on paper. Defensive coordinator Dom Capers calculated that he’d rather lose to DeMarco Murray than Dez Bryant, so he opted to have an extra defender -- usually safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix -- shadow Bryant for much of the game. The Packers won’t have to contend with Seattle’s receivers as they did Bryant. They have the talent in their defensive secondary to matchup with Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse. As a result, they can use an extra defender in the box to help defend the run. This could make things interesting early, especially if the Packers can get an early score. The more this game becomes about Wilson and Rodgers, the better for the Packers. However, the Seahawks are a methodical team. Running back Marshawn Lynch consistently improves as the game progresses. Offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell is a discipline play caller, so in the event of an early Packers lead, it’s unlikely he’ll depart from the game plan.

The Packers will make this game interesting, and despite what the mainstream media is preaching, the Seahawks are beatable in CenturyLink Field. They just won’t lose this Sunday, though. Seattle is notorious for finishing strong and whether it’s their defense, Lynch, or Wilson, somebody will make the critical fourth quarter play needed to send the Seahawks back to the Super Bowl.

Seahawks 26 Packers 16

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by Zero2Cool on 1/13/2015 8:29:10 AM
The Packers will face their week one opponent, Seattle Seahawks, in the NFC Championship this coming Sunday.

During the week one meeting Percy Harvin led the Seahawks with 7 catches for 59 yards and he also had 4 jet sweeps for 41 yards. He is no longer with the Seahawks.

Also during that first meeting the Packers were 10 points down when Derek Sherrod became a turnstile and was directly the cause of a safety and ultimately that is when the Seahawks pulled away. He is no longer with the Packers.

Last thing of note about the first match up is James Starks had 7 carries for 37 yards for 5.7 average while Eddie Lacy had 12 carries for 34 yards for 2.8 yards a carry. Something to consider when they rotate Starks in for Lacy.

Seahawks scored 30 or more points three times (Packers, Raiders and Giants) in the regular season.
Packers scored 30 or more points eight times (Jets, Bears, Vikings, Panthers, Bears, Eagles, Falcons and Lions) in the regular season.

Aaron Rodgers vs Seattle Defense
More is being made about this calf than needs to be. Rodgers says it only effects his running mobility, not his rhythm of throwing or planting to throw.
Slight Edge: Seattle

Shawn Slocum vs Kam Chancelor
Kam showed his leaping abilities last week against the Panthers and the Packers absolutely must find a way to take advantage of this. Unfortunately Slocum is a mental midget and the atroticous kicking woes will continue. I just hope Mason Crosby doesn't get killed in the process. What the Packers should do is a hard count or if they see Kam in the air, Tim Masthay (preferably Matt Flynn would hold) would turn and throw it to a streaking TE because that back end will be wide open.
Big Edge: Seattle

Packers Defense vs Russell Wilson
The aforementioned Harvin is longer with the Seahawks and they really do not have anyone other than Ricardo Lockette with threatening speed. The Packers have Sam Shields who is faster than Lockette and if I'm Dom Capers, I lock Shields on to him and bounce Casey Hayward and Tramon Williams on Doug Baldwin.
Edge: Seattle

Packers Tackling vs Marshawn Lynch
Marshawn Lynch is the back breaker and although the Packers have improved their tackling the last month, they haven't faced someone as powerful and menacing as Lynch.
Edge: Seattle

This game will not be decided by Russell Wilson or even Aaron Rodgers. The play of Corey Linsley, Davante Adams, Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix and Richard Rodgers collectively will decide the outcome more than either QB. If they play sound error free football, the Packers will have a chance. If these four falter, the game will be won easily by the Seahawks.

It does not matter who you are, when you are a 2nd year coordinator and teams are lining up to interview you for a head coaching vacancy, that is a distraction. No one is pounding down the doors to hire Packers assistants and Dan Quinn has teams blowing up his phone and that will be a slight advantage to the Packers.

Richard Sherman is going to be on the right side and as you can see from the graphic, that is where Rodgers is most efficient. Sherman will win this battle again and unfortunately for the Packers, the season starts and ends against the same team for the third season in a row.

The grades below are cumulative of the regular season and post season games from

Blocking Grades
Packers Pass: +52.8 (1st) Run: -8.8 (16th)
Seahawks Pass: +25.7 (17th) Run: -15.6 (18th)

Passing Grades
Packers: +57.5 (1st)
Seahawks: +4.0 (13th)

Rushing Grades
Packers: +8.2 (8th)
Seahawks: +30.3 (1st)

Run Defense Grades
Packers: -12.2 (28th)
Seahawks: +24.7 (10th)

Pass Coverage Grades
Packers: -4.7 (14th)
Seahawks: +31.5 (4th)

Pass Rush Grades
Packers: +18.9(13th)
Seahawks: +40.3 (6th)

Packers -14.3 (23rd)
Seahawks +22.8 (10th)

Overall Grades
Packers Offense: +111.9 (2nd) Defense: -12.2 (20th)
Seahawks Offense: -22.3 (13th) Defense: +83.8 (4th)

Zero's Power Ranking
Packers 1st Place
Seahawks 4th Place
by MintBaconDrivel on 1/11/2015 7:19:39 PM
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Green Bay Packers ( 12 - 4 )
    Total Offense = 6th
    Passing Offense = 8th
    Rushing Offense = 11th

    Total Defense = 15th
    Passing Defense = 10th
    Rushing Defense = 23rd

    Points For = 30.4 (1st)
    Points Against = 21.8 (13th)


Seattle Seahawks ( 12 - 4 )
  • Total Offense = 9th
  • Passing Offense = 27th
  • Rushing Offense = 1st

  • Total Defense = 1st
  • Passing Defense = 1st
  • Rushing Defense = 3rd

  • Points For = 24.6 (10th)
  • Points Against = 15.9 (1st)


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by porky88 on 1/11/2015 5:46:56 PM
In a playoff classic, the Green Bay Packers scored 13 unanswered points to beat the Dallas Cowboys 26-21 in front of a sold-out crowd at Lambeau Field.

The two iconic franchises will remember this game for two very different reasons.

For Dallas, it’s the controversial overturn of an apparent Dez Bryant reception late in the fourth quarter. Facing a fourth-and-2 from Green Bay’s 32-yard line, the Cowboys bypassed a long field goal attempt and went for it.

Quarterback Tony Romo, recognizing one-on-one coverage on the outside against Bryant, killed the play called in the huddle and took a shot down the sidelines to his all-pro receiver.

Bryant went up and plucked the ball out of the air, appearing to make one of the finest plays in NFL playoff history. The officials ruled completion, giving the Cowboys the ball at Green Bay’s one-yard line.

Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy, watching on Lambeau Field’s jumbotron, saw that the ball came loose upon making impact with the ground. He challenged the play, arguing that Bryant did not complete the process of the catch going to the ground. Bryant did manage to pull the ball in while laying on the turf, but the fact that the ground jarred the ball loose was enough to result in the officials overturning the call on the field.

Common sense says Bryant caught the ball, but the NFL playbook is not a book of sense.

By rule, if a player does not complete the process of the catch going to the ground, the officials are obligated to rule incomplete. In other words, according to the rules instituted by the NFL, this wasn’t a catch. Fox’s rules expert Mike Pereira, who astutely compared the play to the infamous Calvin Johnson catch that wasn’t in week one of 2010, emphasized this point during the telecast and post game.

All that said, it’s a bad rule and I suspect the competition committee will receive more pressure this off-season than ever before to do away with the rule.

The other storyline, one that will go down in Green Bay lore, was the courageous performance by quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

Limited because of a tear in his left calf, Rodgers played perhaps the best postseason game of his career, completing 24-of-35 passes for 316 yards and three touchdowns. He extended his home streak of no interceptions to 17 games.

Rodgers, doing most of his work from the pocket, played better as the game progressed. He completed his final 10 pass attempts, including going a perfect 9-for-9 in the fourth quarter.

He saved his best for third down.

Facing a third-and-15 late in the third quarter, he hit Davante Adams for a 46-yard touchdown. Adams, who made a great move on Dallas safety J.J. Wilcox in the open field, finished the game with seven receptions for 117 yards.

Green Bay finished the game 9-for-14 (64 percent) on third downs. It was their ninth conversion that sealed victory.

Up against a third-and-11 with two minutes remaining, Rodgers connected with receiver Randall Cobb for a gain of 12 yards. Cobb, who finished the game with eight receptions for 116 yards, had to go down to the ground to secure the catch because a Dallas defender managed to knick the ball just as Rodgers released it.

The catch clinched victory for the Packers, who now travel to Seattle where their season began last September.

Next Sunday, the Packers hope Seattle isn’t where it ends.

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by porky88 on 1/9/2015 8:08:59 PM
For the first time since the 1967 NFL Championship, the Dallas Cowboys are playing a postseason game at Lambeau Field. The Cowboys take a red-hot team (winners of their last five games) into the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field for a date with the 12-4 Packers.

Home and Away

Sunday marks the first time in playoff history that an 8-0 home team faces a road team with the same record.

Dallas averages a league-best 34 points per game away from AT&T Stadium. They scored less than 30 just once, and that was in their road opener at Tennessee back in September.

Establishing the run is a big reason for their road success. Running back DeMarco Murray rushed for at least 100 yards in seven road games. His finest performance came at Seattle in week 6 when he ran for 115 yards and a touchdown. Exploiting Green Bay’s run defense will be one of the keys to victory for the Cowboys, who have won in Lambeau just once (200Cool in the history of their franchise.

As good as Dallas plays on the road, Green Bay is even better at home. Behind the arm of quarterback Aaron Rodgers, the Packers put up monstrous numbers in 2014. They average nearly 40 points per game at Lambeau, where Rodgers hasn’t thrown an interception since week 13 of 2012. This year alone, he’s averaging about 292 yards and three touchdowns per home game. In fact, the Patriots are the only team to hold him to less than three touchdowns in Lambeau.

Despite their regular-season success, Green Bay still needs to re-establish their home dominance in the postseason. They’re just 4-5 in home playoff games since the turn of the century. Recent losses include the 2011 NFC Divisional to the N.Y. Giants and the 2013 NFC Wild Card to the San Francisco 49ers.

Both teams were able to outmuscle the Packers at the line of scrimmage, something the Cowboys have done to their opponents all year with their offensive line.

Offensive Juggernauts

Efficient quarterbacks, explosive receivers, bell cow running backs, and tough offensive lines. If you love offense, this game is for you.

Dallas quarterback Tony Romo completed a league-best 69.9 percent of his passes for 3,705 yards and 34 touchdowns. Not to be outdone, Rodgers threw for 38 touchdowns, 4,381 yards, and just 5 interceptions.

Both have a plethora of talent surrounding them. Dallas receiver Dez Bryant caught a league-best 16 touchdowns, and Murray won the NFL rushing title with 1,845 yards. Ball control will be important for the Cowboys, as their defense faces issues matching up against the Packers.

Eddie Lacy, who has totaled 100 yards in nine consecutive games, rushed for 1,139 yards and had 13 total touchdowns this season. He’s the first Packers running back since Ahman Green to score double-digit touchdowns in back-to-back seasons. He’s also fresh. Mike McCarthy did a fine job of monitoring his carries in September and October, knowing he’d be a big part of any playoff run.

Lacy carried the ball just 246 times this season. He’s gone over 20 carries just three times, all three coming in November and December. This is in stark contrast with Murray, who carried the ball less than 20 times in four of 17 games. He enters this weekend with a league-high 411 carries.

As if dealing with Lacy’s fresh legs isn’t hard enough, the Cowboys will have to deal with arguably the league’s top receiver tandem. Green Bay’s Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb combined for 189 catches, 2,806 receiving yards, and 25 touchdowns. Nelson scored nine of his 13 touchdowns at home this season, with eight of them being 40 yards or more. Dallas finished 26th in the NFL against the pass.

Last week, they allowed 323 yards to Matthew Stafford and the Lions.

And the Winner is...

The left calf of Rodgers is a major story heading into this weekend’s game. We learned this week he has a slight tear in his calf to go along with a strain, but the Packers seem confident it won’t be a problem.

Mobility is a big part of Rodgers' arsenal. Many of Green Bay’s explosive pass plays occur when he’s outside the pocket. As he demonstrated against Detroit, though, he has no problem carving up a secondary from within the pocket. A persistent pass rush will give him issues because of his calf. Unfortunately, for Dallas, they have no such pass rush. They also don't have a good secondary. As a result, they'll struggle to defend Green Bay's passing attack. Their defense, which lives and dies by forcing turnovers, is going up against a team that doesn’t turn the ball over (plus-14), especially at home. Many expect the offensive line to dominate Green Bay’s front seven, but the Cowboys have struggled against blitzing teams. Washington exploited this in week 8, and Detroit did last Sunday. The Packers blitz about as much as any team in football, giving them another advantage.

Dallas probably fares better playing in Seattle this weekend than in Green Bay. Going to Seattle won’t be in the cards for Jerry Jones, however. The Packers and Seahawks are the two best teams in the NFC, and next weekend, they will meet in Seattle to determine the NFC champion.

Packers 38 Cowboys 28

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by Zero2Cool on 1/5/2015 9:11:39 AM
Let's take a quick peak as some of the key match ups going into the NFC Divisional match up between Green Bay Packers and Dallas Cowboys.

Aaron Rodgers vs Rod Marinelli
Can you name any defensive coordinator that would have the edge over Aaron Rodgers? I can't think of one and surely a coach who lead a team to an 0 - 16 record doesn't have said edge.
Big Edge: Aaron Rodgers

Tony Romo vs Dom Capers
Teryl Austin dialed up some well timed blitz's that got Romo off his game quite a bit and while I think he might be a better DC than Capers, the edge here goes to Capers because he has better talent depth than Austin.
Slight Edge: Dom Capers

Eddie Lacy vs Bruce Carter, Rolando McClain & Anthony Hitchens
If McClain is starting and is as 100% as a NFL player can be at this stage of the season, the edge goes to the LB group. McClain is the key cog to this defensive group and if his concussion like symptions are nothing, it could be a 3 yards and dust for Lacy.
Edge: Dallas Linebackers

DeMarco Murray vs Julius Peppers, Sam Barrington, Clay Matthews III & Mike Neal
Murray has averaged 4.7 yards a carry during the regular season racking up 1,845 yards. That's over 115 yards per game and the Packers defense has been giving up around 80 yards rushing per game the last half of the season. The latter stat is more of an illusion and Murray has the edge here.
Edge: DeMarco Murray

Jordy Nelson & Randall Cobb vs Brandon Carr & Orlando Scandrick
The Packers top wideouts have snagged 189 catches for 2,806 yards and 25 touchdowns during the 2014 regular season. I don't think you need to know anything else to determine who gets the edge here.
Big Edge: Packers WR's

Dez Bryant & Terrance Williams vs Sam Shields & Tramon Williams
Bryant is going to win some battles here and for those who think the grass will slow him down, do you not remember Julio Jones?
Edge: Dallas WR's

And now for the trenches, where every game is won or lost.

Packers OL vs Cowboys DL
Packers pass blocking grade is 47.6 (1st) while the Cowboys pass rush grade is 25.9 (8th).
Packers run blocking grade is -11.8 (17th) and Cowboys run defense grade is -20.0 (22nd).
Slight Edge: Packers OL primarily because of Rodgers

Cowboys OL vs Packers DL
Packers pass rush grade is 18.5 (13th) while the Cowboys pass block grade is 22.4 (2nd).
Packers run defense grade is -31.8 (28th) and Cowboys run block grade is 60.7 (2nd).
Big Edge: Cowboys OL

Special Teams Grades
Packers -12.4 (24th)
Cowboys 28.0 (9th)
Big Edge: Cowboys

Overall Grades
Packers Offense 98.8 (2nd) and Cowboys Defense 3.3 (17th)
Cowboys Offense 143.2 (1st) and Packers Defense -4.5 (19th)
Edge: Tie

Zero's Power Ranking
Packers held onto 1st place with a +28.0 differential while the Cowboys took 2nd place with a +22.0 differential.
Slight Edge: Packers was used as the source for all grades mentioned.
by MintBaconDrivel on 1/4/2015 7:42:43 PM
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This is being billed as Ice Bowl II.

Green Bay Packers ( 12 - 4 )
    Total Offense = 6th
    Passing Offense = 8th
    Rushing Offense = 11th

    Total Defense = 15th
    Passing Defense = 10th
    Rushing Defense = 23rd

    Points For = 30.4 (1st)
    Points Against = 21.8 (13th)


Dallas Cowboys ( 12 - 4 )
  • Total Offense = 7th
  • Passing Offense = 16th
  • Rushing Offense = 2nd

  • Total Defense = 19th
  • Passing Defense = 26th
  • Rushing Defense = 8th

  • Points For = 29.2 (5th)
  • Points Against = 22.0 (15th)

by Zero2Cool on 12/29/2014 7:41:04 AM
The 2014 Regular Season has concluded and so have the weekly power rankings. To the handful or so who picked up on the "sophisticated algorithm" predicated these rankings and kept quiet, thank you.

The rankings are merely the teams passer rating differential. What that means is any individual who threw a pass for the team is calculated in the quarterback passer rating. That also applies for the defense too. Both of the values are are compared and the team with the highest differential has the highest rank. This season it is the Green Bay Packers.

You can read about the validity of this by clicking this link here.

I am confident that between the top five in these rankings, at least one will be in the Super Bowl, if not the winner.

The Colts and Texans jumped up +7 positions while the Dolphins fell -7 positions.

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