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Early Bird Breakdown Week 7: Carolina Panthers @ Green Bay Packers

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Early Bird Breakdown Week 7: Carolina Panthers @ Green Bay Packers

 

Hello all, welcome back for week 7 of the Early Bird Breakdown, the Green Bay Packers hosting the Carolina Panthers. Before we dive in, as always, let’s look back at last weeks matchup’s.

 

The Recap: Green Bay Packers @ Miami Dolphins

Aaron Rodgers did what he does best, creating something out of nothing and making magic on the football field. With fifteen-seconds left to go on the clock, Rodgers perfectly executed a fake spike and threw the ball to Adams who dashed to the six yard line before being shoved out of bounds with six-seconds left. It was a play first made legendary by Dan Marino, and Rodgers pulled the trick out in Marino’s old stomping ground.

 

 

Another magical moment for Rodgers’ highlight reel

The following play Rodgers hooked up to Andrew Quareless on a perfect throw to take the lead with only three-seconds remaining. The defense also took a step forward, only allowing 112 total rushing yards, the lowest so far for Green Bay this season. The Packers’ secondary continues to be the strength of the defense, despite late in the game losing both starting corners in Sam Shields and Tramon Williams. As for the Panthers, they went to overtime against Cincinnati and came away with a tie. While impressive as it is to go into Cincinnati and nearly win (Cincinnati has not lost yet at home), the Panthers ended up blowing the game on defense, having a touchdown lead going into the fourth quarter. 

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Packers need to build on momentum

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Two weeks ago, and the Green Bay Packers appeared to be circling the drain and were at the crossroads as a team. Rise to the challenge and finish out the first half of the NFC North match-ups strong, or collapse in epic fashion. The team heads south next Sunday to face Joe Philbin and his Miami Dolphins.

  • While the Dolphins are not exactly juggernauts of the AFC, they are 2-2 and nothing to sneeze at. This could easily be a trap game if the Packers don’t take it seriously. No time for hubris as they head on the road. Stick to their game, and the Packers can be victorious. Think it’s an easy win, and it’s the Chiefs game from 2011 all over again.
  • Remember their head coach Joe Philbin? Don’t forget he was the Packers’ offensive coordinator. It can’t be all hugs and puppies when old friends meet this Sunday. He knows the Packers’ offensive schemes intimately. He knows how Rodgers thinks and his favorite go-to options. Expect him to exploit that knowledge and try to tear down the offense.
  • This is why Lacy is important more than ever. He’s the missing link that Philbin likely dreamed of during his time in Titletown. After last week, I’m not convinced he’s hip-deep in the midst of a sophomore slump. Last week proved he’s still a cannon ball that can barrel for the first down and more.
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From the Benches: First Impressions

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The boys are back with a show that actually involves a football game for them to discuss. The show begins with a brief discussion on the Jordy Nelson hamstring injury, and what encouraged the guys from the first preseason game.

Following that, the boys discuss what disappointed them from the first game. The boys go behind the bench this week with a debate on who they would prefer to be the Packers punt returner if they could pick one guy for the remainder of the season.

Following Jacob’s appearance in the show’s signature segment of you’re gonna want to cut that, the guys conclude the show with the help of Robert Greenfield and Franklin Hillside of Packer Ranter.

From the Benches is a part of the Packers Talk Radio Network, serving up enough weekly podcasts to satisfy the most fervent of Packer fans. Follow us on TwitterFacebook, and subscribe over at iTunes.

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From The Benches is one of the family of podcasts from the Packers Talk Radio Network, featuring hosts Jacob WestendorfRoss Uglem, and Ryan Hillesland. Follow us on TwitterFacebook, and subscribe over at iTunes.

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Jersey Al Bracco is the founder and editor of AllGreenBayPackers.com. He can be heard as one of the Co-Hosts on Cheesehead Radio and is the Green Bay Packers Draft Analyst for Drafttek.com.

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From the Benches: Ted Thompson Time

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The boys are back and better than ever. To start of the show they discuss ESPN’s Mike Sando’s column comparing the number of pro bowlers drafted by Ted Thompson as opposed to Minnesota’s Rick Spielman, and go through other tidbits of information that are circling in Packer land as the draft draws near.

After that the guys go behind the bench assessing draft needs based on Ross’ story that came out earlier in the week. Following that discussion the guys do their Packers version of a mock draft for the team’s first five rounds before Jacob has some words about extending the draft process in the show’s signature segment of You’re gonna want to cut that.

From the Benches is a part of the Packers Talk Radio Network, serving up enough weekly podcasts to satisfy the most fervent of Packer fans. Follow us on TwitterFacebook, and subscribe over at iTunes.

Find Additional Football Podcasts with Packers Talk Radio Network on BlogTalkRadio

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From The Benches is one of the family of podcasts from the Packers Talk Radio Network, featuring hosts Jacob WestendorfRoss Uglum, and Ryan Hillesland.

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Follow Packers Talk Radio Network:

Add to Circleson Google+

Jersey Al Bracco is the founder and editor of AllGreenBayPackers.com. He can be heard as one of the Co-Hosts on Cheesehead Radio and is the Green Bay Packers Draft Analyst for Drafttek.com.

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The Very Earliest Season Prediction for the Green Bay Packers

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The NFL released the 2014-15 season schedule, and almost immediately fans began speculating what their favorite team’s record would be for the upcoming season.

Before the Draft, before OTA’s, before mini camp and loooong before Training Camp, semi-professional prognosticators put win-loss predictions on their favorite teams. Optimism runs high at this time of the year, and the schedule release is just one more reason for fans across the globe to believe that THIS is the year their team will bring the Lombardi Trophy home.

Packers fans are no different. Analysis of the schedule technically began when the 2014-15 opponents were announced last year. Now that the schedule has been released, the full dissection can take place.

With that said, here is the very earliest season prediction for the 2014-15 Green Bay Packers:

Week 1 at Seattle (9/4/14): At Seattle-no better chance to prove you deserve to be mentioned among the best teams in the league than the season kickoff against the defending Super Bowl champions. In this rematch of the Fail Mary game, the Packers are going to face one tough opponent in a hostile road enviroment. As much as I want to pick Green Bay to win this game, I just can’t do it. Loss

Week 2 vs NY Jets (9/14/14): Rex Ryan and the Jets stroll into Lambeau Field for the Packers’ home opener. And go home losers. Win

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Packers Get A Steal In Compensatory Picks

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Ted Thompson probably popped champagne in his office after the 2014 NFL Draft compensatory picks were announced yesterday.

The Packers received a third-round pick for losing wide receiver Greg Jennings to the Minnesota Vikings and a fifth-round pick for losing outside linebacker Erik Walden to the Indianapolis Colts. Green Bay receiving those two picks for Jennings and Walden is larceny.

Jennings received a five-year, $45 million contract with Minnesota last offseason. He caught 45 passes for 804 yards and four touchdowns. It is safe to say that the Packers did not miss his presence much, as Jordy Nelson, James Jones and Jarrett Boykin all had very solid seasons.

The Packers are getting Jennings for a third-round pick when the Philadelphia Eagles are just trying to get any pick they can for DeSean Jackson. Jackson is one of the fastest wide receivers in the NFL, is in his prime and made the Pro Bowl last season, while Jennings is 30 years old and on the downside of his career. Something doesn’t seem right there, and this is Thompson at his finest.

Thompson drafted Jennings in the second round back in 2006 and was greatly rewarded. Jennings caught 377 passes for 6,023 yards and 51 touchdowns in seven seasons for Green Bay. Now, he nearly got the draft pick that he spent on Jennings back instead of paying him big money on the downside of his career. That is pure brilliance.

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Starks Solidifies Running Back Group

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The Green Bay Packers have transformed their running back position from a big weakness to a huge strength in about a year.

If somebody would have said at this time last year that the Packers would have one of the best running back groups in the NFL you would have thought that they were crazy. However, right now it is the absolute truth.

Earlier this week, Green Bay signed running back James Starks to a two-year, $3.17 million contract. The prevailing thought was that that Starks would be offered a chance at increased playing time elsewhere after performing very well as Eddie Lacy’s backup. However, that proved not to be the case and the Packers retained Starks in a steal of a deal.

Starks leaving would not have been a devastating loss with even more good depth behind him, but getting him back is a really nice luxury. You can never have too many running backs and Lacy and Starks gives them a powerful duo at the position.

Lacy received all the attention for Green Bay’s vastly improved running game, and he deserved it. However, the drop off to Starks was not huge when Lacy was having issues with his ankle at the end of the year or when he just needed a breather.

Starks had 493 yards rushing and three touchdowns on 89 carries last season. His 5.5 yards per carry would have led the NFL had he had enough attempts to qualify. Starks didn’t get a ton of carries because Lacy is such a workhorse, but he should have gotten more down the stretch when Lacy was not fully healthy.

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