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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.

Packers 25 Vikings 17

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.”

Packers 21 Bears 17

 

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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Your Voices Are Heard Loud and Clear Packers Fans

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If there is one thing that I understand fairly well, it is Green Bay Packers fans.

Being one myself, it is easy to feel what you feel, say what you say, and think what you think with regards to the team we pour our hearts and souls into. Day after day, week after week, year after year, the green and gold pumps through our veins. It is who we are.

When the Packers win, we celebrate in unison. When they lose, we collectively slam our heads against the wall trying to figure out what went wrong. I am one of you, and have a full understanding of the highs and lows that are associated with being a Packers fan.

We all felt the same after the debacle against the Seahawks this past Thursday to kickoff the 2014 season.

A blowout loss on national television against the defending Super Bowl champions to start the season. Not exactly the way the Packers wanted to come out of the gate.

After the game, your voices were heard. Loud and clear.

Yet another loss to an NFC West team. More proof that other teams have passed by the Packers. The Packers can’t beat good teams. All of these and more are some of the edited versions of comments that were being mentioned all over Twitter and Facebook after the game.

I should know. I was right there with you.

 

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The Packers-and Their Fans-Need to Forget About the Fail Mary

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Remember the last time the Packers played the Seahawks?

Of course you do.

September 24, 2012.

The Packers were taking on the Seahawks at Century Link Field. The Seahawks offense was being handled quite capably by the Packers defense. And Aaron Rodgers was taking a beating at the hands of the Seahawks defense, having been sacked 8 times in the first half.

The Packers led 12-7 as time ticked down, when it happened.

Seattle QB Russell Wilson evaded Clay Matthews, and launched a pass into the endzone, right into the hands of Packers Safety MD Jennings for a game ending interception.

That is until the tool known as Lance Easley, a replacement ref hired by the NFL since the regular league officials were on strike, overturned the call.

Touchdown Seattle. Game over. Seattle wins 14-12.

It’s become known as the Fail Mary game, although there are many other colorful adjectives which can be used to describe the game, and especially Lance Easley.

Now two years removed from that game, the Packers are set to take on the Seahawks Thursday night in the 2014 NFL season kickoff game. The scene will be a repeat of that infamous game. Century Link Field, under the lights, the “12th man” roaring in the background.

Only this time, the Seahawks will be able to boast that they are Super Bowl champs.

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