Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Packers Versus Vikings At The Metrodome | Packers Tickets For Road Games

Packers Versus Vikings
It’s that time again. That’s right, you guessed it. It’s the Packers versus Vikings week, part one. It’s the time of year when common friends in the States of Minnesota and Wisconsin often become enemies. It’s that time of year when Vikings fans list their reasons for why they might not like Packers fans, and Packers fans remember all of the reasons they have the same feelings for Vikings fans. This season, game one is played in the bubble-top barnyard known as the Metrodome.

The Vikings are coming off an embarrassing Monday Night Football performance in the Meadowlands against the New York Giants. Both teams seemed to lack any type of drive or desire.
But enough of that. It’s back to the task at hand. My first question is how will the Packers handle the absences of Randall Cobb and Jermichael Finley? On Sunday, the Packers played without James Jones and Randall Cobb, and then Jarrett Boykin responded with the game of his life. As I watched that game, I noticed that Jarrett Boykin learned to use what he has to his advantage.  I’m talking about strength and size. On that last touchdown, Boykin didn’t try to go around the corner back; he went right at him at goal line and stretched across the end zone for the touchdown. But now, Jermichael Finley might be done for the season and his career may be over. On top of that, the Packers will not have Cobb until December. The good news is James Jones will probably return this week.

My other question is how Eddie Lacy will respond in such a tough environment. Lacy has had a great start to his NFL career. In fact, right now, I would say Lacy is the MVP of the Packers. But he hasn’t played in a threatening place like the Metrodome. Yes the Vikings may be a bad team this year. They may be coming off an embarrassing performance, and yes they may have the most unstable quarterback position in the league, but when the Packers come to town, that building comes alive with some of the loudest fans in the NFL. How will Lacy respond to the situation? Yes it is true in these divisional games the record books get thrown out. Despite the injuries, I expect another Packers win. Final Score: 34-20 Packers.  

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Thursday, October 17, 2013

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As of right now, the Packers are a banged up and beat up football team. Brad Jones, Clay Matthews, Nick Perry, James Jones, and Randall Cobb are all, at the moment, sitting on the sidelines with injuries. This leads me to question number one.

Who will play on Sunday? Well, let’s start with who we know will not play. We know that Clay Matthews, Nick Perry, and Randall Cobb will not play. What about Brad Jones and James Jones though? If either plays neither of them will be at 100%. Simply put, other plays, such as Jamari Lattimore, who played in the place of Brad Jones last Sunday and play rather well, need to step up to plate. With the injuries to Cobb and James Jones, Jarrett Boykin needs to step up and show us all why the coaches all seem to like him so much.

Can the running game continue to build momentum? The Packers are 1 yard from having a 100 yards rusher in four straight weeks. All of a sudden, the running game and the offensive line are the strengths of this team at the moment? How did that happen? Regardless, McCarthy needs to continue to rely on this newfound dominant running game.

Will Aaron Rodgers start playing better this week? Rodgers has not played well at all recently. His overall numbers are down, and he is missing open pass catchers that he would never miss. Rodgers needs to get it going soon or the Packers will be in big trouble.

Overall, despite the injuries, and despite poor play from Rodgers, I still expect the Packers to win this game, but not by as much as I thought they would in the preseason. Final Score 31-20. 

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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

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Packers versus Ravens
The Packers will have to take on the Ravens without the help of Clay Matthews. Matthews will be out for at least a month with a broken thumb.  The Ravens are not the same team that won the Super Bowl, but they manage to make the playoffs year after year.  The payout to Joe Flacco forced Baltimore to let key players go.  After all, the funds weren't there for the team to cover every salary.

At the same time, The Packers have found a run game worth worrying about, if you are on the opposite side of the ball. Green Bay is averaging over five yards per carry, and that represents a 30% increase in yards per carry. That's one huge improvement. On the flip side, the Ravens' featured back has dropped in production over 30%.  Losing key linemen has surely made Ray Rice's job that much harder.

The key threat in the Raven's backfield has returned, and so has his "off the charts" numbers. Aaron Rodgers will certainly be scrambling for his life from play to play, but with that pass rush we're hoping to see good one on one match-ups that Rodgers can exploit.  Add to that the fact that the Ravens will have to honor the run, and there are solid hopes that the Packers will find a way to move the ball. 

Who else is missing on that now famous Ravens roster? Ray Lewis of course. He wasn't the fastest guy at that position, but he was certainly a leader on the field.  Terrell Suggs has stepped in as captain, and it's going to take a few more games for everything to gel. We hope that the Packers squeak out a victory at Baltimore this Sunday.  Go Packers!


Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Packers Versus Lions | Morgan Burnett Returns To Practice Field

Packers Versus Lions
The Green Bay Packers return from their bye week this Sunday to host the Detroit Lions, who are in first place in the NFC North. Yep, that’s right, the first place Lions. So what are the Packers chances in this game?

Who will be ready to play and who will still be out due to injury? In case you didn’t notice, the Packers suffered a few injuries the first few weeks of the season, most notably in week three against the Bengals. By the end of the Cincinnati game, the Packers were without Morgan Burnett, Casey Heyward, Clay Matthews, Jermichael Finley, Eddie Lacy, and James Starks. That is a good portion of the roster out with injuries. There is some good news though, looks like Matthews will play and both Lacy and Burnett returned to practice this week. No word on the rest of them though.

Can Aaron Rodgers rebound from his poor week three performance? Here we have a very unlikely situation; Aaron Rodgers is looking for a rebound performance. Indeed Rodgers perhaps played the worst game of his NFL career in week three against Cincinnati, missing receivers and throwing two interceptions is a game for the first time in three years. I fully expect him to.

Morgan Burnett Returns To Field 

How much will the presence of Morgan Burnett affect the secondary? The Packers played the first three weeks of the season without their leader in the secondary, safety Morgan Burnett. It appears as if Burnett will be ready to go this week, and that bodes well for a Packers secondary that has been lit up through three weeks of the season like the Time Square on New Years Eve. I have almost fully contributed the Packers secondary issues to the absences of Burnett and Casey Heyward. Burnett returns, so I one half of what I believe to be the problem with the Packers secondary can now be judged.

Will the offensive line hold up? One of the bright spots through three weeks has been the offensive line. A question mark in the preseason, the offensive line has played very, very well. They face another tough defensive line this weekend with Detroit. . We expect the Packers to win this game, 38-27.