Friday, January 29, 2016

Packers Players to Keep in 2016 | Ticket King Green Bay

Packers to keep in 2016
The Green Bay Packers season came to a heartbreaking end following another miracle hail mary, as they lost 26-20 in overtime on the road against the Arizona Cardinals. The Cardinals game winning score was set up when Larry Fitzgerald pulled off one of the best catch and runs in recent memory. So now we head off into the abyss known as the off season. T.J. Bryce thought about doing a season review, but he decided against it because it would basically be about the same things he has been saying for three months, kind of like a broken record. No need to dwell on it. Let's just move on. Before we dive head first into what the Packers need to do this off season, let's play one big giant game of “Take em or Trash em” with the entire Packers offense. Now we understand some of these are easy, but we listed every player as part of this post.

Aaron Rodgers- Well of course. Take em.
Scott Tolzien- Been in the system for several years now and has improved each year. Won't be any bidding war for his services either. Take em.
Brett Hundley- Very high ceiling, but not quite ready yet to be the backup. Take em.

Running Backs
Eddie Lacy- He can't continue to play at this weight but it is nowhere near time to bail on him. Take em.
James Starks- One of the best backups in the league. Take em.
John Crockett- The Packers need to upgrade their third running back slot with a mid to late round draft choice. Trash him.

Wide Receiver
Jordy Nelson- Oh boy did this team miss him as we outlined in a write up recently. However, he will be 31-years-old coming off a torn ACL. They can't expect him to return to form, so a vertical threat replacement is top priority this offseason. Still, he will be in a Packers uniform next season. Take em. 

James Jones- Jones was signed as mere replacement to Jordy Nelson because they had no other options at the end of August. Trash em.

Randall Cobb- Randall Cobb now has suffered two major injuries. This one, a broken sternum, is not easy to fix. He will be back, that is if he can play again. Take em.

Davante Adams- This man had a nightmare 2015, and I think it is safe to say he is happy it is over. Still, it is way too early to give up on this 2014 2nd round draft choice. They need to get him right mentally. Take em.

Ty Montgomery- The 2015 third round draft choice got injured early in the season and never recovered. They still expect exciting things from him down the road. Take em.

Jeff Janis- The 2014 6th round draft choice finally got to show what he can do against Arizona. He could potentially be that deep threat the Packers need now. Take em.

Jared Abbrederis- A good route runner who finally got on the field the second half of the season. Take em. However like Janis, there is no guarantee he makes the 53 man roster next season.

Tight End
Richard Rodgers- The 2014 3rd round draft choice took major steps forward the second half of the season. Expect him to take even bigger steps next season. Take em.

Andrew Quarless- Goodbye, and good riddance. Trash em.

Justin Perillo- The former undrafted free agent showed nothing. Adios. Trash em.

Kennard Backman- The 2015 6th round draft choice played very little in 2015 but was seen as a long term project to begin with. Take em. Still, the Packers need to add another tight end in the draft.

Offensive Line
David Bakhtiari- The 2013 4th round draft choice has gotten better and better with each game. Take em.
Josh Sitton- Maybe the best interior lineman in the league. He returns for another season in 2016. Take em.
Corey Linsley- Quickly turning into one of the league's best centers. Take em.
T.J. Lang- A good solid professional. Take em.
Brian Bulaga- The Packers can't continue to rely on the injury prone Bulaga long term. But still, they have nobody else at the moment. Take em, for now.
Lane Taylor- A good dependable backup on the interior. Take em.
J.C. Tretter- The Packers supersub along the offensive line. Can play all five positions. Take em.
Josh Walker- Was in over his head. The Packers can do better. Trash em.
Don Barclay- Tries as hard as he can, but at the end of the day, he just isn't very good. Trash em.

Special Teams
Mason Crosby- One of the best in the business. Take em.
Tim Masthay- He has had a nice run as the punter in Green Bay, but you can tell his leg is starting to decline. Trash em.
Brett Goode- Went on IR. Getting up there in years. Trash em.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Can Packers Defeat the Cardinals On The Road This Saturday Night?

Packers versus Cardinals
The Green Bay Packers are coming off one of their finest on the field performances in quite some time, defeating the Washington Redskins last week on the road by a score of 35-18. This was a game that (pretty-much) nobody expected the Packers to win. Not only did they win, but they won quite impressively. Meanwhile the Vikings lost at home to the Seattle Seahawks 10-9 due to missed 27-yard field goal in the game's final minute by Vikings kickerBlair Walsh, in what might go down as one of the most famous missed field goals of all time. In fact, this game is already being dubbed as “The shank at the Bank”, in reference to TCF Bank Stadium, which is where the Vikings have played their home games the last two years while they wait for the completion of U.S. Bank Stadium. This means the Packers will travel to Arizona this week to play the Cardinals on Saturday night while the Seahawks will travel to Carolina to play the Panthers Sunday afternoon. So what does this all mean for the Packers this week?

Can Aaron Rodgers continue the swagger he got back last week against the Redskins? Last week in the third quarter, as the Packers were in the midst of going down the field time and time again, six straight times to be exact, for scoring drives, five of them touchdowns, you could tell that number 12 was playing with swagger again for the first time in a long time. However, it was against the Redskins, and the Cardinals are a much better team than the Redskins. If the Packers are going to somehow pull this off, Aaron will need another game like he had on Sunday.

Can the running game do that again? The Packers abandoned the running game against the Vikings in week 17 and it cost them. They made sure to not make the same mistake twice. As a team the Packers ran for 141 yards, and used a running back by committee approach, as Eddie Lacy is dealing with some bad ribs at the moment. The Packers got 63 from Lacy, 53 from Starks, 24 from Cobb, and two more from Kuhn. Add -1 in for Aaron Rodgers and you have 141. They did most of this in the second half however. They will need to get the running game going early to have a chance.

Will the entire offensive line be intact? The Packers offensive line injuries have been well documented this season. All five starters have missed time with injuries. For the first time in two months, it appears as if the entire offensive line will be intact for this game. That could potentially make a big difference.

Which wide receiver will step up this week? Last week, for the first time in three months, the Packers wide receivers were able to create separation. Davante Adams will miss this game with an MCL sprain, so that means Jared Abbrederis will get the start. He looked pretty solid last week in the second half, and the coaches have talked about his polished route running. Expect some snaps for Jeff Janis as well.

Can the secondary cover this time around? In the Packers first trip to Arizona in week 16, they got burned by Michael Floyd and running back David Johnson out of the backfield. An important part of that to note is that Micah Hyde, who is the Packers running back and tight end coverage specialist in the secondary, did not play in that game. He will play this time around. Also, Sam Shields is practicing but has yet to clear concussion protocol. If he can somehow clear protocol, that will go a long way to the Packers chances in this game.

Final Score: Yes the Packers played a great game last week, but at the end of the day, I don't think it is going to mean much in this game. I do think this game won't be as ugly as it was the first time around. If Sam Shields plays, the Packers lose 24-17. If he doesn't play, 31-17.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Packers vs Cardinals Tickets | Ticket King Green Bay

Packers vs Cardinals playoff tickets
The Green Bay Packers defeated the Washington Redskins in their first NFL playoff game of 2015. The team came together at just the right time, and now they head to Arizona, to face the Cardinals next Saturday. Ticket King is a great source for Packers vs Cardinals tickets.

Fans expected the Packers to bow out gracefully in the playoffs.  In the first quarter, it sure looked like the same issues that have troubled the Packers had not been resolved. The offense gave up a safety, and field goal early in the game. At one point, Green Bay was down by eleven points.  That's when the team got hot.  They scored seventeen unanswered points, before Washington came back to life. The Pack wasn't finished. They let the run game loose on Washington, and that gave Rodgers time to find open receivers. The Packers took care of business on the road. Will the team find a way to defeat the Cardinals? Stay tuned.