Monday, October 14, 2019

Packers vs Lions 2019 Game Preview | Ticket King Green Bay

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The Green Bay Packers are coming off their most important win the of the season, when they beat the Dallas Cowboys 34-24 after jumping out to a 31-3 lead. This week, the Detroit Lions come to town, looking for their third-straight win at Lambeau Field.

Rodgers is getting more and more comfortable in this offense each week. Even though it didn’t show up on the stat sheet, Rodgers had his best game of the season in Dallas. Without Davante Adams, Rodgers found nine different receivers, and was calm as could be in key moments. The Packers will be without Adams again this week, so they will need a similar game from Rodgers.

 The other Aaron is coming off his best performance of his career, scoring four touchdowns. Without Davante Adams, the Packers are going to need a similar performance from the running game, but unlike last week, Jones will not have to do it all by himself. After the big hit two weeks ago that many feared ended his season, and possibly his career, Jamal Williams has already cleared concussion protocol and is back for the Packers. That is welcome news, as now, with Tra Carson, then Matt LaFleur can split the running load between three running backs, and keep the workload off of Jones so he is fresher for later on in the season.

Even though the focus will be on the running backs this week, the wide receiver core unit will need to provide a similar performance as they had in Dallas. They weren’t special, but they came up big for Aaron Rodgers when they needed to.

The Packers have gotten more than their return on their investment in Za’Darius Smith and Preston Smith. “The Smiths” could very well be the first team All-Pro for both outside linebacker positions at the end of the season. They have been that good. They were in Dak Prescott’s face all day in Dallas, but Prescott was able to slip away on many occasions because of his athletic ability. That will not be happening with Matthew Stafford. The Lions offensive line has their hands full in this one.

This is a young secondary is, talented & opportunistic, and chances, and based on what we have seen so far this season, they will be. Final Score: 24-17 Packers.
Matthew Stafford, for as great as he is, will give the opposing secondary 2-3 chances a game to make a play. They need to be ready for those

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Packers "Stock Report" for Week Three | Ticket King Green Bay

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The Packers almost covered the spread against the Broncos on Sunday, earning a 27-16 victory in the rain and the slog. Vince Lombardi would have been proud. The win puts the Packers at a very surprising 3-0 to begin the season. Let’s review the game in “Stock Market Report” form.

Blue Chip Stocks

Preston Smith/OLB- One of the big free agent signings of the offseason, Preston Smith had himself a monster of a game, finishing with three sacks, two tackles for a loss, and three more quarterback hits on top of that.

Za’Darius Smith/OLB- The other of the Smiths had himself a huge game as well, finishing the day with two sacks, two tackles for a loss, and three quarterback hits of his own. The Smith’s now have more sacks combined than the Packers starting rush linebackers did all of last season TOTAL.

Jaire Alexander/CB- Cornerback’s games don’t show up on the stat sheet, but Alexander is becoming one of the best corners in the league. He had another great game yesterday.

Darnell Savage/S- The Packers moved up to take Savage in the first round this year, and so far, they have gotten more than their investment back in return. Savage has graded out as the eighth-best safety in the league so far this season.

J.K. Scott/P- J.K. Scott has been the Packers best player so far this season, and at the rate he is going, he could very well be the first punter in history to end up on the MVP ballot.

Solid Investments

Marquez Valdes-Scantling/WR- MVS had himself a good game, catching six passes for 99 yards, including the first “Aaron Rodgers $14.95 three-course special- free play, deep pass, and a touchdown” of the season in the first quarter.

Jamal Williams/RB- He bulldozed his way through the mud all game, picking up important first downs and getting that tough yardage all game.

Blake Martinez/ILB- Another game, another solid performance for the All-Pro, finishing the game with 12 tackles.

Junk Bonds
Aaron Rodgers/QB- Rodgers and Matt LaFleur need to get on the same page, and soon.

Aaron Jones- He scored two touchdowns today but those were both in shorter yardage situations, and Jones only had 19 yards rushing in this one.


Buy: The Packers defense is for real- So far this season, this Packers defense has surrendered the second-fewest points in the league. The pass rush is clicking, and this defense is the real deal.

Sell: They can rely on the defense like this from this point forward- The defense may be for real now, but they can’t ask the defense to just completely shut down opponents every week like this. The offense has got to be better.

Buy: The offense has room for improvement- The offense has been bad, but the potential is there.

Monday, September 16, 2019

Packers Take Down Vikings | Ticket King Green Bay

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The Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings met at Lambeau Field Sunday afternoon in a crucial early NFC North matchup. The winner would stake out to an early division lead through two weeks, and that winner proved to be the Green Bay Packers. The team raced out to a 21-0 lead, and held on for a 21-16 victory. Here are some rapid reactions to the game.

Packers: This game could not have started any better for the Packers. After going deep to Davante Adams on the first play from scrimmage. From there, an Aaron Jones run set up a 15-yard touchdown pass to Jamal Williams. The Vikings first drive ended with a missed field goal. The Packers got the ball back and marched on a methodical, eleven play touchdown drive. The Vikings failed on their next drive when Kirk Cousins fumbled, and the Packers took that gift and scored. That was pretty much the end of the highlights for the Packers offense. Mike Zimmer made adjustments, and the Vikings defense clamped down, keeping the Packers off the scoreboard for the rest of the game. The second half of the game revealed the much expected growing pains for Matt LaFleur.

Vikings: The loss falls upon Kirk Cousins. Cousins finished the day 14-32 for 230 yards, a touchdown, two interceptions, and a lost fumble. The interception in the fourth quarter was a ball Cousins simply should not have thrown. It was first down, the Vikings were running the ball on the Packers, and he had three shots at a touchdown if he just makes the right decisions. Cousins made bad decisions all game and missed open receivers. In the second half, the Vikings didn’t abandon the run game, but they also put too much on Cousins, asking him to throw thirty-plus passes. Cousins is not a game changer, literally. The Vikings will adjust, and their run game is for real. Also, give credit to the Packers defense yet again. They kept the Vikings out of the end zone just enough times to give the Packers the win. It’s another home game for Green Bay this Sunday, when the Denver Broncos come to town.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Packers vs Bears Week One | Ticket King Green Bay

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The 2019 NFL season has finally arrived. Usually the reigning Super Bowl champions kick things off by hosting the season opener.  Since this is NFL’s one hundredth season, they will literally kick things off with the oldest rivalry in the NFL. It’s the Packers versus Bears, and this game will be played at the NFL’s oldest (although modern) stadium, Soldier Field. For the Bears, it begins a season in which they are out to prove they are not a one-hit-wonder and their division title last year was no fluke. For the Packers, it is the start of a new era under head coach Matt LaFleur. It will also be the first time we see Aaron Rodgers in a new offense, or take a snap in 2019 for that matter.

How will Aaron Rodgers look? As stated above, this will be Aaron’s first live game action in this offense. He sat out the preseason due to back tightness, and the hot topic of many football talk shows has been just that. Some are saying it wasn’t a good idea for him to sit out the entire preseason, especially since this is a new offense. Still, he’s led the team through training camp, has studied the scheme, and tested it against the Packers defense. It’s not like he’s just been air dropped into the situation, with just 48 hours to learn the plays.

Tonight signals a change in the Packers offense. Not just because it is a new system, but because of what will be part of the focal point on offense. Aaron Jones and Jamal Williams are essential for setting up the play action, blocking, and keeping opposing defenses in check. These are two very talented young running backs, and it is a matter of them both staying healthy.

Marquez Valdes-Scantling won the third receiver job, Eq. St. Brown goes on injured reserve, J’Mon Moore gets cut, Jake Kumerow is the fourth receiver, and the Packers kept not only Trevor Davis but Darrius Shepherd and Allen Lazard as well.

The Packers rebuilt their linebacking unit this off season, specifically the pass rushers. They signed Preston Smith and Za’Darius Smith on the same day and spent their top draft choice on Michigan’s Rashan Gary. MikePettine doesn’t want speed in his front seven. He wants strength and power. He wants to rush the passer by overpowering the offensive line and collapsing the pocket, not trying to run around them.

The Packers begin 2019 with two new starting safeties. They poached Adrian Amos from the Bears in free agency and spent a first-round draft choice on Darnell Savage from Maryland. If Savage and last year’s first-round cornerback Jaire Alexander both pan out, the Packers will be torched vertically no more.

Anything can happen in week number one. Teams that rise above make adjustments mid game, and hold on to get that first win under their belts. Still, few of us expect the Packers to win this game. Final score- 27-13 Bears.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

NFL Backup Quarterbacks Battle Across the League | Ticket King Green Bay

For those of us in Wisconsin, the time discussing the current backup quarterback battle going on in Packers camp between DeShone Kizer and Tim Boyle have taken up all the airspace. However, there are plenty of other backup and third-string quarterback battles going on across the league. Let’s highlight some of them.

Vikings:  This is an organization that has never been to keen on handing the backup quarterback position to a player who has never taken an NFL snap but that is what they are currently considering. Sean Mannion was chosen to be the backup, but Kyle Sloter, the former undrafted free agent, has been nothing but impressive. In his first couple of seasons with the Vikings, during the preseason and practice, Sloter has looked confident and poised. The Vikings could very well hand him the backup quarterback position and cut Mannion. That would probably mean that Jake Browning would head to the practice squad.

Saints: Teddy Bridgewater, the former Vikings first-round draft choice who was signed last year to be the backup, is losing his grip on the role to Taysom Hill. This former undrafted free agent has gotten better and better with each passing day. The Saints could very well elect to trade Bridgewater at the end of camp to a backup quarterback-needy team, recouping a draft choice, and signing somebody they like off of somebody else’s scrap heap to be on their practice squad.

Steelers: This could very well be Big Ben’s final season. If that is the case, the Steelers need to find his replacement. Neither Joshua Dobbs or Mason Rudolph are really the future. They are, however, in a heated battle to be the backup quarterback. Joshua Dobbs’ interception this week didn’t help his cause. This one is really tight.

Chargers: The Chargers backup quarterback battle is between Cardale Jones and the veteran Tyrod Taylor. They are going to have to cut one at some point, as rookie Easton Stick is going to require being kept on the 53-man roster. Right now, the advantage goes to Jones.

Raiders: It should be noted that Jon Gruden has said that Nathan Peterman is growing on him. However, Mike Glennon has been better. In fact, he threw two touchdown passes this week in a very impressive performance that all but solidified his back up job.

Buccaneers: This is a battle between a pair of veterans with some serious game experience. Ryan Griffin is in his sixth season, and in extended play this week he went 14 for 21 for 201 yards and a touchdown pass. Blaine Gabbert meanwhile did not look good, completing 5 of 12 passes, for just 42 yards.

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Packers Family Night Recap 2019 - Ticket King Green Bay

The Packers held their annual Family Fun Night on Friday, which is a glorified scrimmage to help prepare them for preseason play. Let’s go through a rundown of what happened.

Aaron Rodgers- This was our first chance to see Rodgers in this new offense, and he looked very  comfortable. He found the likes of Jake Kumerow, Davante Adams, and Geronimo Allison for big gains down the field and looked sharp on smaller throws as well.

Davante Adams- Adams looked solid when he was on the field, specifically on that big catch from Rodgers. He and Rodgers should be just fine in this new offense.

Geronimo Allison- This was our first chance to see Allison, after missing most of the season a year ago. Allison will be the team’s number two receiver in this new offense. He looked in rhythm with Rodgers early, especially on a quick slant.

Trevor Davis- He has a lot of work to do this preseason to keep his roster spot. It was a case of “So far, so good.” He was the best player on the field Friday night, making big plays and leaping catches downfield for big gains. Still, it was just a glorified practice and we will see how he does in preseason play.

Jake Kumerow- If Kumerow wants to be the third receiver he sure helped his cause Friday night. He made a big catch downfield from Rodgers and showed off his footwork along the sidelines as well.

Marquez Valdes-Scantling- The second of three receivers battling for the slot job, Scantling looked solid, nothing impressive though.

J’Mon Moore- Moore struggled in front of the friendly crowd, and will be taking a seat on the back of Packers wide receiver bus soon.

Deshone Kizer/Tim Boyle- The backup quarterback battle got a lot more interesting Friday Night. Kizer strubbled when outside of the big rush, and that is not a measurement of NFL quarterback success. His worst moment was the interception and run back by Tony Brown. Boyle didn’t look spectacular, but he he made up ground, based on Kizer’s performance.

Sam Ficken- This backup kicker had the moment of the night, finishing Family Night with a 64-yard field goal.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Packers Position Battles Begin | Ticket King Inc.

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The Green Bay Packers are set to begin their 2019 Training Camp this week. However, position battles began as soon as offseason activities started after the draft. Let’s take a look at where we stand heading into camp.

Backup Quarterback Battle: Deshone Kizer vs. Tim Boyle- Let’s begin by saying that undrafted free agent rookie Manny Wilkens is not competing for the backup quarterback position. Rather, he is competing to get some other team’s attention, or possibly perform so well he makes the Packers choose between Kizer and Boyle, cutting the loser, and putting Wilkens on the practice squad. But back to Kizer vs. Boyle. As of this moment, Kizer is holding the edge. Boyle has a live arm, as we saw last year in camp, and if he performs well, he could take the job from Kizer.

Right Side of the Offensive Line: (Cole Madison vs. Lane Taylor vs. Jason Spriggs vs. Brian Bulaga vs. Elgton Jenkins) The three to the left, David Bakhtiari, Billy Turner, and Corey Linsley, that’s about as good as it gets in the NFL. The Packers signed Billy Turner to a big free-agent contract this offseason, Corey Linsley is an All-Pro, and I dare you to find me a better offensive lineman on the planet right now than David Bakhtiari. But the right side of this line, it’s anyone’s ball game. From what we are hearing, right now it’s still Taylor and Bulaga, but they are hanging in there by a thread. Some are cheering for Madison and Jenkins. Spriggs is getting one last shot. This is going to be the battle of camp.

Third Wide Receiver Position: (J’Mon Moore vs. Eq. St. Brown vs. Marquez Valdes-Scantling vs. Jake Kumerow) Davante Adams has grown into a monster of an ace receiver and despite his injuries last year, Geronimo Allison is going to be the number two. The third spot is up for grabs. The three draft choices a year ago all had their moments, and nobody had a better camp in the league a year ago than Kumerow. As of this moment, St. Brown holds the edge, slightly, over MVS.

First Defensive Lineman Off the Bench:
(Rashan Gary vs. Montravius Adams vs. Kinglsey Keke vs. Tyler Lancaster) Two of the three starting defensive lineman are going to be Dean Lowry, who was recently signed to a contract extension, and Kenny Clark. We know this for a fact, and they are all both outstanding talents. In a shocking move, the Packers cut lose former All-Pro Mike Daniels, who was aging, and coming off a major injury. This was done to save cap space, possibly to extend Blake Martinez and/or Kenny Clark. But who will be the third starter? Adams begins this battle at the top by default. However, the rookie Keke has looked good and Lancaster wants it bad. Don’t forget about the first-round draft choice Rashan Gary, who will split time between rushing as a defensive lineman on passing downs and playing outside linebacker on rushing downs."