Packers Therapy #280: Detroit’s Lambeau Winning Streak Ends at One

With Chris and Dave in attendance (courtesy of generous listeners), the Packers rode a strong first half to declaw the Lions at Lambeau. The fellas talk about their experience at the game, focusing on the things that often don’t show up on TV. Listener eMail is answered. Betting lines are set. Pop culture is discussed. A splendid time is had by all.

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Posting its first show in 2005, Packers Therapy is the longest-running Packers podcast on the Internet. Hosts Chris and Dave began the show as a way of capturing the spirited chats the two co-workers had about the team around the office. The two have no pretense about being experts: they are just two opinionated shareholders who love the team, follow it closely, but don’t always see the Packers fortunes eye to eye.

The guys encourage comments and questions via their Twitter feed @PackersTherapy and read and respond to as many as they can during each show. Or you can sent them an email to packerstherapy at packerstalk.com

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A Second Look at Bold Predictions

As we ease into the bye week, it’s time to take a look back at my Bold Predictions series from the past offseason.

 

Jayrone Elliott will make the Pro Bowl

Everybody is going to pretend I wrote Nick Perry, right? Jayrone has largely been the odd man out, but the pass rush hasn’t missed a beat. Elliott made some excellent special teams plays, but Perry is the guy who will make the Pro Bowl if he continues on his current pace.

 

The Packers will have a Top 10 Defense

Currently, the Packers defense sits at 13th in yards allowed and 15th in points allowed. They are by far the best defense in the NFL against the run, but have been miserable against the pass. The injury to Sam Shields has been devastating, and his recovery from his concussion will be a major factor in the Packers success this season. Morgan Burnett has not lived up to expectations, and Damarious Randall has not stepped up when forced into the role of the number one Cornerback. Mike Daniels, Clay Matthews, and Nick Perry have been phenomenal, and the entire front seven has been outstanding. The secondary has to improve for the Packers to have any chance of being a factor in the playoffs.

 

Davante Adams will lead the Team in TD Catches

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The Best and the Wurst: Lions at Packers

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Aaron Rodgers

After placing Aaron in The Wurst last week, Rodgers bounced back with his best performance since a 5 TD rout of the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 3 of 2015. Finishing with a 129.3 QB rating, Rodgers looked like himself. He was making quick, accurate hits with his receivers. Gone were the happy feet. Rodgers was making confident throws in the pocket and extending plays only when he really needed to do so.

First Half Mike McCarthy

Last week, many of the problems that we saw all throughout the 2015 season seemed to return. Rodgers was inaccurate, the offensive timing was off, etc. Major credit needs to be given to McCarthy for developing a game plan that eradicated all of those problems. McCarthy’s offense was focused on getting the ball out quickly, running short slant routes which sliced up the defense while providing a much-needed rhythm for Rodgers and Co. The offense was just efficient, putting up 31 points in the first half of the home-opener.

Nick Perry

Perry is finally healthy and playing like a first round selection. Perry absolutely dominated in all aspects of the game against the Lions. He made 6 solo tackles, often coming up and stuffing runs along the edge. He broke through for 2 sacks of Matthew Stafford and even batted down a pass. With Perry playing this well, the Packers didn’t even look like they particularly missed Clay Matthews. Dom Capers is clearly attempting to save Julius Peppers for later in the season, but if Perry keeps playing like this, it will be Peppers relegated to a duty of giving Perry a breather rather than the other way around.

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Packers’ Stellar First Half Propels Green Bay to 34-27 Win

Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers’ offense exploded for four first half touchdowns, and the team held on late to defeat the Detroit Lions 34-27 at Lambeau Field.

After hearing criticism all week about the offensive issues from last week’s loss to the Vikings, the offense came out firing to the tune of 31 first half points. The Packers scored on five of its six possessions in the half, with the only non-scoring drive coming as the half ended.

The Packers, at least for now, were able to silence the critics thanks to a balanced offensive performance. Rodgers threw for 205 yards and four touchdowns on just 15 completions, and posted a quarterback rating of 129.3, his highest since Week 3 of last year.

Green Bay finally got Eddie Lacy more involved, which should remain a part of the game plan moving forward. He rushed 17 times for 103 yards, averaging 6.1 yards per carry and thriving when running up the middle.

After such a dominant first half, the Packers’ opportunities were limited in the second half. Green Bay scored a field goal on its first drive of the third, but only got the ball three more times in the game. Right when the Packers’ offense started to slow down, the Lions’ began to heat up.

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Packers vs. Lions in 3…2…1…

Well here we are. Another week, another Packer game that will no doubt either reaffirm fan’s faith in the team or create so many questions heading into the bye. But this week could be really telling about where the team is headed.

Apologies for missing last week’s edition of 3…2…1…, I got caught up in my new job at the radio station and got back so late that my brain wouldn’t function the way I prefer to write. But I’m fully functioning now, used to the grind of working nights again and ready for another edition of 3…2…1…, this time focusing on the Lions.

For those of you who didn’t read here last year, the 3…2…1… series is a countdown of things the team needs to do to win. I highlight 3 key players (usually not big name guys), 2 bold predictions, and 1 key stat that the Packers need to win. But before I jump into it, let’s take a quick look at last week. Once the regular season starts, I’ll start keeping track week to week to see if I have been effective in predicting the Packers keys.

3 KEY PLAYERS

  • #53 NICK PERRY
    • No Clay Matthews means a heavy dose of Perry in all situations. He is off to a great start now that he is heathy to start a season for the first time. Holding the edge very well against the run, he has arguably been the best Packer defender in that aspect, and he has also gotten to the quarterback effectively (1.5 sacks). And he will need to have a game like that Sunday, causing havoc the entire time to help overcome the loss of Matthews.
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After Further Review: Fundamental Breakdown

In After Further Review’s second episode, Ross and Zach break down just exactly what went wrong on Sunday night in Minnesota and how the Packers could possibly rebound from that despicable performance against Detroit.

An in-depth look into Aaron Rodgers and his fundamentals – or lack thereof, as well as how well the defensive front has performed in their two debut games as a cohesive unit.

The two hosts look ahead to Detroit and give their predictions. Will the Packers bounce back? Or are they doomed to the same offensive failures they suffered the season prior?


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Pack to the Future #22: Perturbed

The guys hold back their tears just long enough to break down what went wrong in Minnesota’s new stapler. Brian breaks down why he’s so angry about McCarthy’s Monday morning press conference. Then, with the help of Ryan Mathews of SB Nation’s Pride of Detroit, the guys look forward to Sunday’s matchup with the Detroit Lions and figure out how the Packers can get back on track.

Listen to Pack to the Future every week, featuring co-hosts Jordan Peck, Brian Fonfara, and Dusty Evely. Pack to the Future is a great podcast brought to you by Titletown Sound and 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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