Packers Vikings Game Preview

 

Here we go again the Vikings and the Packers. I remember when it used to mean something. Brett Favre versus the Aaron Rodgers. Adrian Pederson running wild and making it a game. Well it’s changed since after Favre and Pederson is not there anymore. This should be easy win. However, this could be a trap game. There are three things the Packers can do to prevent that.

  1. Defensive line: They cannot let the Vikings get any run game going. Bridgewater is not a good quarterback at this time. He could develop into a good quarterback in time, but he needs a running game.  The Packers cannot afford to have this be his breakout game. The defensive line has to shutdown the running game. Let Bridgewater try to beat them.
  2. Punch them in the mouth: If the Packers get up early. I quote what Mike McCarthy said  the last time they played the Bears. “we need to punch them in the mouth.” The Packers cannot keep the Vikings around and give them any hope.
  3. Tight Ends- Okay, I have been saying this for weeks. The tight ends need to get involved early and often, When December rolls around, and the weather becomes fierce, the running game is sloppy, the long pass is gone because of high winds, blinding snow, and so on. The tight ends can open up the short passing game, and hopefully the running game. The tight ends have been used very often, and that’s because the long passing game is still working.  The tight ends can make a difference. Maybe, even forget about the loss of Finley.

I believe the Vikings can hang with the Packers for the first quarter, in the end talent wins out. Packers 38-Vikings 17.

NFL Picks Week 12

Cleveland Browns (+3) @ Atlanta Falcons- Browns

Green Bay Packers (-9.5) @ Minnesota Vikings-Packers 

Baltimore Ravens (+3.5) @ New Orleans Saints-Ravens

Kansas City Chiefs (-7.5) @ Oakland Raiders-Raiders

New York Jets (+4.5) @ Buffalo Bills-Bills

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+5.5) @ Chicago Bears-Bears

Jacksonville Jaguars (+14) @ Indianapolis Colts-Colts

Cincinnati Bengals (+1.5) @ Houston Texans-Texans

Detroit Lions (+7) @ New England Patriots-Patriots

Tennessee Titans (+11) @ Philadelphia Eagles-Eagles

St. Louis Rams (+4.5) @ San Diego Chargers-Chargers

Arizona Cardinals (+6.5) @ Seattle Seahawks-Seahawks

Miami Dolphins (+7) @ Denver Broncos-Broncos

Washington Redskins (+9) @ San Francisco 49ers-49ers

Dallas Cowboys (+3.5) @ New York Giants-Cowboys

 

 

NFL Week 12 Capsule – Packers vs Vikings

GREEN BAY PACKERS (7-3) AT MINNESOTA VIKINGS (4-6)

SERIES

PACKERS VIKINGS
SERIES LEADER 56-48-2
STREAKS 7 of past 9
COACHES VS. OPP. McCarthy: 13-4-1 Zimmer: 0-1
LAST WEEK W 53-20 vs. Eagles L 21-13 at Bears
LAST GAME 10/2/14: Vikings 10 at Packers 42. Green Bay RB Eddie Lacy rushes 13 times for 105 yards and 2 TDs. Packers QB Aaron Rodgers throws 3 TD passes.
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/27/13: Packers 44, Vikings 31. Green Bay WR Jordy Nelson catches 7 passes for 123 yards & 2 TDs (11, 76). Packers RBs Eddie Lacy & James Starks each add rushing TDs.
BROADCAST FOX (12:00 PM CT): Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa (Field reporter). Westwood One: Dave Sims, Mark Malone. SIRIUS: 126 (GB), 138 (Min.). XM: 230 (Min.).

STATS

PASSING
  1. Rodgers: 209-313-2748 (3C)-28 (1C)-3-120.1 (1L)
Bridgewater (R): 137-225-1479-4-6-75.0
RUSHING Lacy: 129-547-4.2-5 McKinnon (R): 98-484-4.9-0
RECEIVING Nelson: 60-998 (1C)-16.6-9 (T3L) Jennings: 36-463-12.9-2
OFFENSE 369.5 309.1
TAKE/GIVE +14 (1L) +1
DEFENSE 377.4 340.5
SACKS Peppers: 5 Griffen: 9 (2C)
INTs Hayward: 3 (T3C)
  1. Smith: 4 (T1C)
PUNTING Masthay: 46.2 Locke: 44.1
KICKING Crosby: 82 (3C) (37/38 PAT; 15/17 FG) Walsh: 69 (15/15 PAT; 18/22 FG)

NOTES

PACKERS: Are 2nd team in NFL history (1950 Rams) to score 53+ points in consecutive games…QB AARON RODGERS has won 8 of past 9 vs. Min. (incl. playoffs) with 24 TDs, 3 INTs & 125.2 rating. In 13 starts vs. Min., has 30 TDs, 4 INTs & 118.5 rating, incl. 138.7 mark in Week 5. Leads NFL with 120.1 rating…RB EDDIE LACY has rushed for 309 yards (103 per game) & 4 TDs in 3 meetings, incl. 105 yards & 2 TDs in Week 5. Has 232 scrimmage yards (116 per game) & 3 TDs (2 rec., 1 rush) in past 2…WRs RANDALL COBB & JORDY NELSON each had TD in Week 5. Cobb leads NFL WRs with 10 TDs & Nelson ties for 2nd with 9. Cobb has TD in 6 of past 7 (7 TDs). Since 2011, Nelson is 1 of 2 in NFL with 4,000+ yards (4,320), 30+ rec. TDs (39) & 16+ avg. (16.5). Rookie WR DAVANTE ADAMS had 1st career TD in last meeting…LB JULIUS PEPPERS had 49-yard INT-TD in Week 5 & became 1st player in NFL history with 100+ sacks & 10+ INTs. Had 52-yard INT-TD last week. LB CLAY MATTHEWS has 3.5 sacks in past 4. In past 5, CB CASEY HAYWARD has 3 INTs & scored 2 TDs (82-yard INT-TD, 49-yard FR-TD)…VIKINGS: QB TEDDY BRIDGEWATER aims for 5th in row with TD pass…RB JERICK MC KINNON leads NFC rookies with 484 rush yards. In past 6 at home, RB MATT ASIATA has 10 TDs (9 rush, 1 rec.)…WR-KR CORDARRELLE PATTERSON had 109-yard KR-TD in only home meeting vs. GB. Has TD in 7 of past 15 (4 rush, 4 rec.). WR CHARLES JOHNSON had 6 catches for 87 yards last week, both career-highs. WR GREG JENNINGS needs 37 rec. yards to reach 500 for 8th time in career…LB ANTHONY BARR leads NFL rookies with 3 FRs & is tied for rookie lead with 4 sacks. Has 62 tackles, 4 sacks, 3 FRs (1 TD) & FF. DE EVERSON GRIFFEN is 2nd in NFC with 9 sacks. Has 7 sacks in past 6. Has 5 sacks in past 5 vs. GB (incl. playoffs). S HARRISON SMITH had INT in Week 5 & has INT in 2 of 3 meetings. Since 2012, CB CAPTAIN MUNNERLYN ties for NFL lead with 4 INT-TDs & Smith ties for 3rd with 3 INT-TDs. CB XAVIER RHODES had INT last week.

NFL Week 12 Lines – Packers Big Road Favorites vs Vikings

Kansas City Chiefs v Oakland Raiders

Date & Time Favorite Line Underdog Total
11/20 8:25 ET Kansas City -7 At Oakland 43
11/23 1:00 ET At Atlanta -3 Cleveland 47
11/23 1:00 ET At Philadelphia -11.5 Tennessee 48
11/23 1:00 ET At New England -7 Detroit 48
11/23 1:00 ET Green Bay -9.5 At Minnesota 48.5
11/23 1:00 ET At Indianapolis -13.5 Jacksonville 50
11/23 1:00 ET At Houston -2 Cincinnati 43.5
11/23 1:00 ET At Buffalo -4.5 NY Jets 40
11/23 1:00 ET At Chicago -6 Tampa Bay 46.5
11/23 4:05 ET At Seattle -6.5 Arizona 42
11/23 4:05 ET At San Diego -6 St. Louis 44
11/23 4:25 ET At Denver -7.5 Miami 49.5
11/23 4:25 ET At San Francisco -8.5 Washington 44.5
11/23 8:30 ET Dallas -3.5 At NY Giants 47.5

Monday Night Football Line

11/24 8:30 ET At New Orleans -3.5 Baltimore 49.5

Packers Eagles Game Review

This is to easy.  Back to Back Fifty point games. It has been a whirlwind since Rodgers famous word relax. The defense and offense look better and have a new fire lit under them. The signing of Peppers looks like genius. He reminds of Woodson when he was with the Packers. Woodson made the Packers a better team when he was out there. We can only hope this is a sign of great things to come.  We still have to get pass Detroit.  Let’s look at the good, bad, and what were you thinking?

The good- The offense is still clicking with Rodgers continuing his mastering of the game. The defense is flying to the ball, and Matthews looks like he’s possessed. The secondary is still the strong point of the defense.  Peppers continues to show everyone age is just a state of mind.

The bad- Special teams. The special teams did have a punt return for a touchdown. But, Crosby missed a field goal, had two extra points blocked, and a punt blocked. This cannot continue if the Packers are go deep into the postseason. Slocum has never been my favorite, he seems to have nine lives as a coach.

What were you thinking? Aaron Rodgers scrambling. I know he keeps play alive. But, he already pulled a hamstring. The cold weather is not good for a hamstring. I would rather have him throw the ball away than risk pulling a hamstring. Rodgers can score anywhere on the field, why risk a pulled hamstring.

The Vikings are up next. Let’s hope the Packers can cruise to an early lead and get more rest. They’ll need it for rest of the season with some tough road games upcoming.

Packers Build Huge Early Lead; Roll Past Eagles 53-20

Philadelphia Eagles v Green Bay Packers

The Packers offensive is on a historic ride, putting up for the second straight week 50 plus points, this time topping the Eagles 53-20 in front of the home crowd at Lambeau Field.

As one would imagine putting up 53 points, Aaron Rodgers had a monster day, throwing for 341 yards and three touchdowns.

Running back Eddie Lacy accounted for two scores, and the Packers defense scored two TD’s of their own, one on a pick 6 by Julius Peppers and another on a fumble return.

“This is not easy,” Rodgers said. “There’s a lot of preparation that goes into it. It takes 11 guys to win, to do the job to make something like that happen.”

The Packers rolled to a 30-6 halftime lead. Rodgers threw for two touchdowns in the first half, while Micah Hyde scored on a 75-yard punt return.

Peppers finished off the Eagles by returning Mark Sanchez’s pass 52 yards for a 39-6 lead in the third quarter, the second interception return for a score this season for the veteran.

“It’s good to see that. He pretty much got a gift,” linebacker Clay Matthews said.
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Philadelphia (7-3) was held to 11 points below its NFC-leading scoring average by a Packers defense rejuvenated since Matthews started getting more time at inside linebacker.

Matthews finished with five tackles and a sack after rushing from his traditional outside spot unabated to Sanchez.

Rodgers finished 22 of 36 for the Pack, who are now 7-3 on the year and are tied with the Lions for the lead in the NFC North. Detroit fell to the Cardinals in Arizona.

The Packers set another record by putting up at least 28 points in a first half for the fourth straight home game. They’ve outscored opponents 128-9 before halftime during that stretch.

“We felt strongly that this game was going to come down to big plays, the big-play opportunities,” coach Mike McCarthy said, “and I thought our players did an excellent job in all three phases.”

The Pack are in action next Sunday as they take on the Vikings in Minnesoa.

Packers Eagles Preview

This game is hard to pick who will win. The Eagles and Packers both have elite offenses. The Eagles defense has been on a tear lately. The defensive line has over ten sacks in last three games. The Packers defense has been a turn over machine. Mathews new position at inside linebacker looked like a good choice. Of course McCarthy is not saying if Matthews will stay there. Let’s look at the three areas the Packers need to address if they have a chance to win this game.

  1. The offensive line: Lang and Sitton are still hurt. The news is that they are probable for Sunday. The offensive needs to get the running game going early, and keep the Eagles offense off the field. Also, they need to keep Rodgers untouched so he is able to extend plays. If the Packers can keep a balance between the run and pass they should be able to win this game.
  2. Defensive line: The Packers need to keep pressure on Sanchez to force him into bad throws. Packers are no longer dead last against the run. McCoy is not having a great year, that could change if the defensive line doesn’t stop McCoy. This game is the perfect time for the defensive line to step up.
  3. Special teams- The Packers have to win the special teams battle. McCarthy needs to take advantage of the Eagles by using a different gadget plays. What I mean by that is the Packers take a playbook from the Rams who always seems to have great special teams play, especially the play did against the Seahawks.  Mason Crosby could be the deciding factor in this game, if it goes to overtime.

I believe this will be a close game, maybe not as many points as expected. In the end the Packers 31-27 Eagles.

NFL Weeks 11

Seattle Seahawks (+1.5) @ Kansas City Chiefs-Seahawks

Philadelphia Eagles @Green Bay Packers-Packers

New England Patriots (+3) @ Indianapolis Colts-Patriots

Cincinnati Bengals (+7) @ New Orleans Saints-Saints

Atlanta Falcons (+1.5) @ Carolina Panthers-Panthers

Buffalo Bills (+6) @ Miami Dolphins-Dolphins

Minnesota Vikings (+3) @ Chicago Bears-Vikings

Houston Texans (+3) @ Cleveland Browns-Browns

San Francisco 49ers (-4) @ New York Giants-49ers

Denver Broncos (-9.5) @ St. Louis Rams-Broncos

 

Oakland Raiders (+10) @ San Diego Chargers-Chargers

Detroit Lions (+2) @ Arizona Cardinals-Cardinals

Pittsburgh Steelers (-6) @ Tennessee Titans-Steelers