Monday, September 29, 2014

Packers 2015 Mock Draft | Ticket King Green Bay

Packers 2015 mock draft
Every year around this time, I like to do a way to early mock draft for the Green Bay Packers. This year, it appears as if they are staring at needs at defensive tackle, inside linebacker, and right guard.

Round One: Ellis McCarthy/DT/UCLA- The Packers need to find a long term solution at nose tackle as with his season ending injury, it appears as if the Packers are ready to move on without B.J. Raji. At 6’4”, 330 pounds, Ellis McCarthy would be perfect for the Packers 3-4 hybrid scheme.

Round Two: Denzel Perryman/ILB/Miami- The Packers have been playing games with their inside linebackers long enough. Here you go. To the bench goes Hawk or Jones.

Round Three: Corey Robinson/OT/South Carolina- We know a lot of people like Brian Bulaga, but it is time for the Packers to cut bait and move on. Robinson is  big massive man who would fit well on the right side.

Round Four: Eric Rowe/CB/Utah- There is no knowing how long Tramon Williams will be in a Packers uniform for, as he is aging fast. Heyward or House will slide into the starter spot and Rowe could pick up the slack behind them.

Round Five: Wes Saxton/TE/South Alabama- Ted Thompson loves his small school guys, and Saxton is an interesting project at tight end.

Round Six: Jeffery Whitaker/DT/Auburn- The Packers could also use some depth at nose tackle. Whitaker is another wide body that would fit well in this scheme.

Round Seven: Leon Brown/OG/OT/Alabama- Every team late in the draft tries to find a swingman for their offensive line that can provide depth.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Packers Versus Lions Road Game Preview | Ticket King Green Bay

Packers versus Lions
The Green Bay Packers entered last week’s game as the double digit favorites as everyone thought it was going to be an easy win. A bad snap between Corey Linsley and Aaron Rodgers on the first play of the game caused a turnover and next thing they knew, the Packers found themselves trailing 21-3. They fought back and won the game 31-24, as Aaron Rodgers bomb to Jordy Nelson late in the third quarter proved to be the game winner. This week, the Packers travel to Detroit to take on the Lions. Here are our thoughts heading into the game.

Can we please have a game that starts smoothly out of the gate? The Packers fell behind early in week one in Seattle and never recovered. Then last week they turned the ball over on the first play of the game. It would be nice this week to see the Packers not make any errors early in the game.

Can Eddie Lacy return to form? Eddie Lacy, the 2013 offensive rookie of the year, hasn’t exactly gotten off to a roaring start. Lacy suffered a concussion in week one against Seattle. He returned to the lineup quickly but was ineffective last Sunday against the Jets. The Packers will need to him to be the running back everyone thinks he can be if they expect to win this game on Sunday in Detroit.

Can some other receiver other than Jordy Nelson please make a big play? So far this season, the Packers passing game has been the Aaron Rodgers and Jordy Nelson show. Randall Cobb has caught a couple of touchdowns, but other than that he has been ineffective himself. The other receivers need to step up to the plate. Cobb, Devonte Adams, Jarrett Boykin, even perhaps Jeff Janis. Someone needs to step up and start making some big plays.

Can the defense finally settle down and have a good game? During the preseason, the Packers defense played much better than it did the last few years. However they have been unable to translate that to the regular season. First there was the debacle in Seattle to begin the season, and then last week they gave up 21 in the first half to the Jets. If you look at that game last week though, you could probably attribute the horrid start to the opening fumble. Had that fumble not occurred that game may have gone much differently. This defense, specifically the secondary, will have their hands full with Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson this week. At the end of the day, we believe the Packers win this game. Final Score: Packers 34, Lions 23.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Packers Versus Jets Preview | Ticket King Green Bay

Packers versus Jets tickets
Last Thursday, the Packers went on the road to Seattle for what was considered to be their toughest game of the entire season and came away with a 36-16 loss in which mental errors ruled the day. Take that tape and throw it out, not much to see there. Now it is time to move on to their next opponent, the New York Jets. Here is what we will be watching on Sunday at Lambeau Field.

Will Eddie Lacy play? Lacy suffered a concussion week one, which is already the second of his young NFL career. Remember last season he suffered a concussion, then came back and run for 1100 yards, winning offensive rookie of the year honors. Mike McCarthy has said Lacy cleared the first step of the concussion tests, so that is a good sign. If he can’t play, James Starks will get the nod to start. Starks can do fine in a sport start, so I wouldn’t worry much there. Also expect to see Dejaun Harris some, even if Lacy does play. We are beginning to think the Packers goal was to get out of Seattle alive, which is why we didn’t see much from them.

Can Devonte Adams and/or Jarrett Boykin step it up? The third and fourth receiver positions on this team have been very important the last few years in the Mike McCarthy version of the West Coast spread. However Boykin and Adams were non-factors in week one. We expect that to change in week two. Look for one or both to play a pivotal role this week.

Can Derek Sherrod play as well as he did in the preseason? Brian Bulaga tore his MCL in week  one against Seattle, possibly putting his NFL career in doubt. In steps Derek Sherrod, who has had injury problems himself but is healthy for the first time in his career. Sherrod play very well in the preseason, and looked decent being thrust into action against the Seahawks.

Will Leroy Guion start at nose tackle again? B.J. Raji suffered a season ending injury during the preseason, which left the nose tackle position wide open. Guion got the start possibly due to experience, but he was simply overmatched. We believe Mike Pennel or Josh Boyd should be the starter. Also look for the possibility of either Johnny Jolly or Ryan Pickett being brought back. Both are free agents right now although Jolly would need medical clearance.

We expect the Packers to win this game no matter who plays. Final Score: 31-17 Packers. 

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Packers At Seattle Preview | Green Bay's Toughest Game Of The Season

Packers at Seattle Game Preview
Last week the Packers finished off their 2014 preseason with a solid win over the Kansas City Chiefs at Lambeau Field. The Packers finished the preseason 3-1, but the record means nothing in August. Now, all the games count. The Packers will begin the 2014 season on the road in Seattle, and looking at their schedule at this moment, this is their toughest game of the entire season.

The Packers spent the entire offseason preparing J.C. Tretter to be the starting center. However, Tretter got injured against the Rams and has been placed on injured reserve with designation to return so now rookie Corey Linsley steps into the role. The Packers have faith in Linsley, but his lack of preparation and lack of experience may get the better of him in this game. If he falters, the Packers have practiced with Josh Sitton and T.J. Land at center. Also, the Packers added Garth Gerhart to the 53 man roster. Gerhart has been on the Packers practice squad for a long time now and knows the system well. This entire offensive line will have its hands full against the Seahawks elite pass rush. This game could come down to whether or not this line plays well enough to give Rodgers a chance to make plays.

The running backs look ready to go. In each of his two preseason appearances, Eddie Lacy played the first possession of each game and dragged the Packers offense down the field to a touchdown. James Starks and Dejaun Harris also had great preseasons. If the Packers are going to win this game, these three are going to need to come up big.

The new look defense looked awesome in the preseason for the Packers. Julius Peppers has been good and Jayrone Elliot has been a gold mine. Expect Dom Capers to change out personnel to give the Seahawks different looks. The rumor though is that Capers has something up his sleeve for Seattle tonight. The Packers had a lot of closed practices during training camp and the rumors are that they were preparing something special for Seattle.

At the end of the day we believe this is going to be a close game, very close.

Final score, 24-20 Seattle. (We're sorry Packers fans.) 

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Packers Versus Rams Review | Ticket King Green Bay

The Green Bay Packers traveled to St. Louis to take on the Rams in week two of the 2014 NFL Preseason. Here are our takeaways from that game.

First Team Offense: The first team offense played the first two drives of the game. They played both with perfect precision scoring a touchdown on the first drive, and a field goal on the second drive. Had it not been for a penalty, they would have scored a touchdown on both drives. Both drives were 12 plays each, and the first team offense had no trouble moving the ball at will. Aaron Rodgers looked like Aaron Rodgers, and on several plays showed us why he is the best in the business at what he does. Eddie Lacy looked very sharp on the games opening drive. He ran the ball well and was effective catching it out of the backfield. James Starks played the second drive, and did a very good job.

Scott Tolzien: Scott Tolzien entered this game with a chance to win the backup quarterback job. He did not win it, but he did not lose it ether. He made some good plays, but he also made some bad ones. We will say this though, it is very obvious that Matt Flynn has resigned himself to the fact that nobody wants him to win this job and he is simply plan B. Scott Tolzien is more talented and has a higher upside at the end of the day.

The defensive line: The defensive line played great all game. They consistently pressured whoever was playing quarterback all game. Nothing else to see here, move along.

The Secondary: So just when the Packers finally begin to figure out their front seven, the secondary decides that now is the time to fall apart. This secondary needs to clean up these issues our all of this work spent on fixing the issues up front will be worth nothing.

The errors: The Packers made way too many mistakes and committed way too many penalties in this game. Championship teams do not do these things. Officials: The officials were working out their own kinks in this game, end of story