Packers Patriots Game Preview

 

Detroit Lions v Green Bay Packers

Brady versus Rodgers let the mega powers collide. Okay, it’s a team game not Rodgers and Brady. But, that’s what sell tickets. The team that played last week will not win this game.  Especially, since our linebackers have to cover Gronk this week, and have to deal with Revis island.  What three things do we have to win this game.

  1. Running game- Lacy and Starks have to a great game. A good game will not win this  game.  McCarthy needs to attack the Patriot defense. Lacy has to pound them, and Starks needs to hang onto the ball and wear the Patriot defense out. Also, Lacy and Starks need to pass protect to win this game.
  2. Linebackers- Hawk had a terrible game last week. Kyle Rudolph the Vikings tight end owned Hawk. Also, the linebackers couldn’t stop the run against a third rate back. The Patriots will exploit the linebacking corp with short passes and draw plays. I know it sounds crazy but how about Peppers cover Gronk. Who knew Matthews would play inside linebacker?
  3. Turnovers- The Packers are towards the top in the league in turnovers. The Packers need to turnovers to win this game. On the flip side, we cannot turn over the ball. Rodgers has to make the right decisions. He has take what the Patriot defense give him. Brady has made his career out of it.

The Packers and Patriots are the best in the NFL. I am thinking the Packers pull this one out. Packers 27-23 Patriots.

NFL Picks Week 13

New England Patriots (+3) @ Green Bay Packers-Packers

Denver Broncos (-1.5) @ Kansas City Chiefs-Chiefs

Philadelphia Eagles (+3) @ Dallas Cowboys-Eagles

New Orleans Saints (+4) @ Pittsburgh Steelers-Steelers

Oakland Raiders (+7) @ St. Louis Rams-Rams

San Diego Chargers (+5.5) @ Baltimore Ravens-Ravens

New York Giants (-2.5) @ Jacksonville Jaguars-Giants

Carolina Panthers (+3) @ Minnesota Vikings-Vikings

Miami Dolphins (-6) @ New York Jets-Dolphins

Chicago Bears (+7) @ Detroit Lions-Lions

Seattle Seahawks (+1) @ San Francisco 49ers-Seahawks

Washington Redskins (+9.5) @ Indianapolis Colts-Colts

Cleveland Browns (+2) @ Buffalo Bills-Bills

Tennessee Titans (+6.5) @ Houston Texans-Texans

Cincinnati Bengals (-4) @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers-Bengals

Arizona Cardinals (-2.5) @ Atlanta Falcons-Cardinals

Packers Vikings Game Review

Chicago Bears v Green Bay Packers

I really don’t like when the Packers look like a completely different team. The Packers looked almost bored against the Vikings. It was like watching a child play with a new toy, then walk away after a few minutes playing with it. That’s the only to explain their performance against the Vikings which have the 3oth ranked offense in the NFL.  The Packers have destroyed the Eagles and the Bears. The Vikings are even in the same class as them. I know I used class and the Bears. Sorry about that.  Let’s look at the good, the bad, and the what were you thinking?

  • The good: It’s easy to say Rodgers and Lacy. But, I’m going with TJ Lang and Josh Sitton. These guys are tough bastards. Every week they pound away on the opposition and get pounded on. To hold up like they have only proves they want to win. If you doubt it check review the game and watch Lang trying to stand on foot. It’s hard enough to block well on two feet in the NFL, yet alone one foot. Game ball to Lang and Sitton.
  • The bad: The rush defense for the Packers. Where is it? I realize that when Raji sucked he was still better than we have now. Capers better fix it and quickly. If the Packers want to win another Super bowl they have to stop it quickly. Where’s Howard Green when we need him?
  • What were you thinking? The defense play calling on Minnesota’s fourth quarter touchdown and two point conversion. It looked like almost the same play to me. We can’t cover Jennings? Come on, man.

The Patriots come to Lambeau and if we have a chance to beat them. The Packers better be on top of their game or the Patriots will be treating us like a toy.

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.