The State of the NFC: 1st Quarter of the Season

Mike McCarthy has said the Green Bay Packers first quarter of the season was over after week 3, which both befuddles mathematicians everywhere and gives us a chance to evaluate where the Packers sit in the NFC.

A 2-1 start shouldn’t concern fans too much, but the inconsistency of the offense against the Vikings defense, and the lack of development in the secondary is causing many fans to pump the breaks on the typical Super Bowl expectations. So, what kind of competition are the Packers facing in the Conference?

 

The Good:

The Carolina Panthers and Arizona Cardinals are both off to 1-3 starts. With stellar defenses and offenses capable of putting up big numbers, the Panthers and Cardinals are both bad matchups for the Packers in the playoffs.

The Eagles and Rams are in first place of their respective divisions. There’s always a couple of surprise teams that push for the playoffs, and here’s to hoping Philly and LA do so. While the Rams pass rush will give any team problems, I would gladly take the matchup of the Packers top rushing defense against Todd Gurley and whatever Case Keenum can provide. The Eagles have looked solid so far, but Dom Capers excels at confusing rookie QBs, and the Eagles offense likely wouldn’t have much success against the Green Bay front 7.

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Cheesehead Radio: Shattered Dreams with ESPNWisconsin’s Bill Johnson

 

It all could have been so beautiful…another Hail Mary, another amazing win, another charmed playoff season on the road….until Larry Fitzgerald single-handedly stole the Packers’ mojo and ended their season, leading Packer fans to turn on the nearest available targets to take out their frustration: Aaron Rodgers, Mike McCarthy, Ted Thompson, Eddie Lacy, fellow Packer fans…. But one person is clearly free of any blame for anything: JEFF JANIS. Janis Truthers, you were right.

Someone else who is always right is the amazing Bill Johnson of ESPN Wisconsin,back to talk all things Packers as we head into an uncertain offseason. Don’t miss a minute of this week’s Cheesehead Radio!

Listen in as the Cheesehead Radio gang come together one final time for the 2015-2016 season and break down everything you need to know about the end of the season, and the beginning of another.

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From The Benches: The Offseason Is Coming

Ross and Ryan return for the final episode of the season. They begin, as usual, with news. Then they painfully describe their feelings after the Packers’ loss to the Arizona Cardinals. The end of season awards are up next. Followed by a discussion of Ross’s piece on the upcoming offseason. Each of the guys gives their preliminary thoughts on the NFL Draft before some way-too-early predictions for 2016.

From The Benches is a part of Packers Talk, 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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From The Benches is one of the family of podcasts from the Packers Talk Network, featuring hosts Ross Uglem and Ryan Hillesland. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and subscribe over at iTunes.

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TTSO Packers Podcast: Packer Hibernation

On this edition of Titletown Sound, Jeremy and Chris talk about the future of Eddie Lacy, the legitimacy of Jeff Janis, and they learn who won the season-long Fantasy Pick’em battle. Join us for our 2015 Green Bay Packers wrap-up show, and don’t forget to pet your cat!

TTSO is brought to you by hosts, Jeremy VanderLinden, Chris Kristofco, and David “Bobbo” Bobke. Follow occasional guest host James Korsmo, too!

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TTSO is just one great podcast in a great lineup of Packers’s podcasts from the Packers Talk, 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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2-Pack: Going For Two

This week, Nick and Alex try to understand why NFL coaches shy away from risks in big spots, and question whether or not McCarthy should have done it after Saturday’s Hail Mary. They also debut another terrible new game and question why fat guys get to call Eddie Lacy fat.

 

2-Pack, brought to you by Alex Petakas and Nick Bornheimer, is just one of many great Green Bay Packers podcasts you will find at PackersTalk. Keep up on all the latest Packers news by following us on iTunes, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

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Pack to the Future: Wailing and Gnashing of Teeth

In the final show of the 2015-16 season, the guys break down what happened in the desert on Saturday before discussing the firings of Sam Gash and Jerry Fontenot. 

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After Squeaking by the Packers, 2 Questions for the Cardinals defense

The Arizona Cardinals have done a convincing job of sailing beneath the radar this season, happy to let such teams as the Packers and the Panthers take all of the press. However, the Cardinals have one of the best defenses in the NFL, ranking #5 in yards permitted during the regular season, plus they have been favorites in most games throughout online betting sites. It’s true that defensive back Tyrann Mathieu went down with a knee injury late in the season, but the Cardinals have been mostly solid on passing defense since then (although those two late bombs they let Aaron Rodgers throw last week have to be a little bit worrisome for the Cards faithful).

Can other Teams run on the Cardinals?

It’s true — the Cardinals gave up 381 yards on the ground in their last three games. However, one of those games (Week 17) was a rout at the hands of the Seattle Seahawks, a game that the Cardinals used to rest Carson Palmer for the second half and could not use to advance to the #1 seed in the playoffs — and the loss did not take away their bye in the wild card round. So that’s a bit of a distortion. In Week 16, the Cardinals were busy routing the Green Bay Packers, and in the divisional round, they saw the Packers again, but it was the passing game that gave them the most fits. So it looks like you can believe in the front seven of the Cardinals.

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