Category Archives: Packers 2013 – 2014 Season

Ol’ Bag of Donuts: Donuts Back in Action!

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Ol’ Bag of Donuts are back from a month-long hiatus refreshed and energized to break down the Green Bay Packers list of pending free agents. Chris and Adam go over what will be a new looking front seven for Dom Capers and also provide their belated thoughts on the coaching staff shake up.

Ol’ Bag of Donuts 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 Twitter, Facebook, and subscribe over at iTunes.

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Chris Lempesis and Adam Somers bring their offbeat brand of podcasting to Packers Talk Radio Network, with the latest rumors, news, and prognostications about your Green Bay Packers.

Follow them on Twitter at @olbagofdonuts and @ASomers_time and stay tuned to Packers Talk Radio Network every week for more of Chris and Adam!

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Green Bay Packers – Clay Matthews, Rejuvenated

Clay Matthews is having an outstanding season.

After a couple of disappointing seasons with the Packers, Clay Matthews is experiencing a resurgence. Why?

Matthews is playing on a level with his Super Bowl XLV season, already amassing 58 tackles, including 10 sacks. He had 2.5 sacks against Tampa Bay alone, and was just named NFC Defensive Player of the Week.

There are specific reasons for his re-emergence as a force on the Packers defense.

First: He’s been healthy. He struggled a bit with a groin injury early in the season, but overall, especially compared to the last few seasons, Matthews has been much less injury prone. He’s played and he’s practiced. Even a talented player needs to practice and Matthews missed a lot of practice during the week over the past three years.

Second: He’s getting double teamed less. It’s very difficult for even the most talented defensive players to make stops when he has two people attempting to block him on every down.

After the 2010 season, in which Matthews became a force on defense, he was a target for offensive lines, and on a defense that admittedly had a lot of holes in it.

Third and probably most importantly: He’s playing in a different position, at least most of the time. This, especially, intrigues me. With the addition of Julius Peppers and a healthy Nick Perry, Matthews is lining up at inside linebacker most of the time.

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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

From the Benches Packers Podcast

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.

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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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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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