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Game Predictions: Packers vs. Panthers

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C.D. Angeli (@TundraVision): It’s been a great week following a great win. The Packers are going to be heading into this game likely without their starting corners, and while House and Hayward are up to the task, any time you’re putting Jarrett Bush out there in the nickel, you’re playing with fire. While Rodgers continues to play en fuego, the running game has been muted all season long, and that’s going to catch up to you one of these days. I think a solid Panther defense is going to be a change for the Packer offense, which is going to be slowed down just enough with some 3-and-outs to keep the Panthers offense on the field, picking on the young corners and the middle of the field. Don’t like to be “that guy”, but I think the Packers are going to struggle at home and the Panthers just might pull out the game with a big play on special teams or a defensive touchdown.

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John Rehor (@jrehor): The big news this week out of Green Bay is that starting CB Sam Shields is out, and fellow starting CB Tramon Williams will be a game time decision. The good thing is the Packers don’t need either of them. Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin is questionable to play. He is their WR corp. QB Cam Newton is also hurt, playing like a shell of himself. If neither of these guys can make a difference, the Panthers offense is going to struggle. Their defense knows about struggles, giving up an average of 392 yards per game so far in 2014. Now they are strolling into Lambeau Field to take on a Packers offense which has been clicking the past three weeks. This game could get ugly. It should get ugly. That’s a good thing for the Packers and their fans.

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Game Predictions: Packers at Dolphins

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Jacob Westendorf (@JacobWestendorf): This game is being touted as Joe Philbin vs Mike McCarthy. Realistically The coaching battle will not have a large impact on the game. The fact that the Packers have more playmakers will. They have done a good job vs top wideouts, and it will be no exception with Mike Wallace. The Dolphins pass rush will present some problems, but I like the offense to roll, and for the defense to continue its good play on the scoreboard of late. Packers win big coming off a mini-bye.

Packers 31 Dolphins 17

John Rehor (@jrehor): Yes, it will be hot. Yes, the Packers are playing on the road. Yes, they are playing an AFC team they are not that familiar with. None of this matters. The Packers are a better team than the Dolphins from top to bottom. Ryan Tannehill may have a fantasy that Miami can defeat Green Bay in a shootout, but it won’t happen. The Packers will win handily. The Packers have won two in a row. As Lou Brown said in “Major League”, if they can win three in a row, that’s called a winning streak. Consider this game the beginning of a winning streak.

Packers 37 Dolphins 17

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Game Predictions: Packers vs. Vikings

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C.D. Angeli (@TundraVision): On Sunday, we saw a good team with their back against the wall respond before they put themselves so deep down a hole, they’d likely never get out. That, of course, was our 1-2 Packers finding their mojo and staying in the thick of the NFC North race. It might have also been the Minnesota Vikings, who also showed the punchless Falcons they weren’t nearly as bad as we might have hoped. Now, one of two 2-2 teams can make a statement and put themselves potentially in a tie for first in the division, while the other drops into last. I’d give the advantage either way to the team playing at home, and luckily for the Packers, this game is at Lambeau.

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Jacob Westendorf (@JacobWestendorf): The packers offense finally clicked against the Bears. No time will be wasted as they take on another division rival on a short week. The Vikings offense isn’t nearly as formidable as Chicagos, and Christian ponder may be the starting qb. If that is the case he has never played well at Lambeau Field, and I doubt he will this time around. Whether it’s ponder or Teddy Bridgewater, I expect a Packers rout before their mini bye week.

Packers 31 Vikings 13

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Five Letters For the Packers Run Defense: P-A-N-I-C

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During his weekly radio appearance on ESPN Milwaukee last week, Aaron Rodgers had a message for the Packers fans.

“Five letters here, just for everybody out there in Packer land. R-E-L-A-X. Relax. We’re going to be OK.”

This quote was in response to the poor performance of the offense against the Lions, one which saw the Packers gain a mere 223 total yards.

So how did the Packers’ offense respond against the Bears? In Packer-esque fashion.

Rodgers had by far his best game of the season (22/28, 302 yards, 4 TDs) leading Green Bay to a 38-17 victory, and silencing critics of the offense in the process.

While the offense seemingly got back on track, the defense-especially the run defense-left everyone wondering if things could get any worse.

After allowing an astonishing 235 yards on the ground to the Bears, the Packers find themselves at the bottom of the league in this category, allowing a ridiculous 176 yards per game through the first four games of the season.

Perhaps the most embarrassing part of the total allowed to the Bears was they had entered the game as the worst rushing offense in the league.

Their performance Sunday continued their deterioration into the worst run defense the Packers have put on the field in recent memory.

Just how bad have they been at stopping the run? Since Week 9 of the 2013 season, the Packers have played 14 games, giving up 2,258 rushing yards (161 yards/game).

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Game Predictions: Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears

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C.D. Angeli (@TundraVision): The Green Bay Packers, 1-2 and 0-1 in the division, have another early must-win early in the season against their border rival. The Bears looked sharp on Monday night, but will take a short week against the team that seems to know which buttons to push. The Packers haven’t been able to put it together, particularly on offense, but when Aaron Rodgers goes public with criticism of criticism, it usually means he’s gotten his head on straight. And not a moment too soon. R-E-L-A-X.

Packers 27 Bears 21

 

Jacob Westendorf (@JacobWestendorf): At some point the Packers offense has to get clicking, this game should be a step toward that. Chicago is very banged up in the secondary. Defensively Green Bay has improved dramatically since the first half of the Jets game, and they are facing another conventional offense. Look for Julius Peppers to have a big game and force Jay Cutler into a few mistakes so we can all say our favorite Charles Woodson phrase “Same Old Jay.”

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John Rehor (@jrehor): If this game was being held at Lambeau Field, I would pick the Packers to win in a blowout. They need to get back on track, and there would be no better way to do it than against their old rivals. But the game isn’t at Lambeau Field-it’s at Soldier Field, and the Packers are coming in facing a Bears team which is playing very well right now. Sure, they still can’t stop the run. But the Packers suddenly can’t run the ball. I bet that is a major reason why the Packers head back to Green Bay 1-3, desperate for answers.

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Depleted Receiving Corps Greatly Affecting the Packers Offense

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It was not that long ago that the Green Bay Packers offense was unstoppable.

During the 2011 season, the Packers put up yards (6,482) and points (560) at an unprecedented rate. A ridiculous rate. A rate which resulted in an MVP season for Aaron Rodgers, a 15-1 regular season record, and homefield advantage throughout the playoffs.

When the Packers offense took the field that season, it was almost a given that they were going to score.

A big reason for their success that season was the quality of depth at the wide receiver position they were able to trot out week after week after week.

Greg Jennings and Jordy Nelson were the “starters”, a term that is loosely used in the Mike McCarthy offense. While they combined for 2,300 yards and 24 touchdowns, the rest of the receiving corp was not too shabby either.

You know things are good when Donald Driver, the Packers all time leading receiver is the team’s number four receiver. You also know things are good when Randall Cobb, a rookie at the time, was the team’s number five receiver.

Things were so good, this receiving group, completed with James Jones and Jermichael Finley, was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated during the Packers’ quest for an undefeated season:

 

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To say things have changed in Green Bay since that memorable 2011 season is an understatement.

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Packers Aftermath: Packers at Lions

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There was a time when the Green Bay Packers had the Detroit Lions’ number.

It was as regular as the spring thaw and summer road construction. When the Packers played the Lions, it was a win.

How much of a one sided affair was this rivalry? The Packers went 17-3 in the 2000’s against the Motor City. Three losses in a decade.

In the 2010’s, they already have as many losses as they did the previous decade.

Now granted, the Lions are substantially improved over the teams they trotted out against the Packers in the 2000’s. After so many early draft choices, they should be. So one should not be shocked that the Lions would defeat the Packers.

What is shocking is the manner in which they have done so the past two times they have played each other.

These games were not just Lions wins. They were beatdowns.

Remember the Thanksgiving Day disaster last year? A 40-10 obliteration in front of a national audience? It was one of if not the lowest point of Mike McCarthy’s tenure as the Head Coach of the Packers. Nothing worked that day. The defense was non existent. The offense was pitiful. Everyone knows Aaron Rodgers was out that game, but still, the offense did nothing that day.

Now that he is back, the first game against their long time rival should have yielded some better results, right?

Wrong. Absolutely, completely wrong.

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