When the Packers drafted linebacker Nick Perry in the first round of the 2012 NFL draft, the team had very high expectations. But often he seemed to vanish in to the background. Whether he was sidelined with an injury or saddled with a bad case of not living up to the hype, Perry has spent a lot of his first four years in Green Bay an afterthought. There were times last season where he looked out-muscled, out-paced, and a little out of shape.
What a difference a year makes.
I thought we were in for a load of garbage from Perry last week when he started off the game with a boneheaded unsportsmanlike penalty for that stupid throat slashing gesture. I mean, really, this is a well known thing not to do. Was he going to let petty emotions rule the day and neutralize his effectiveness on the field?
Luckily, he redeemed himself several times over through the course of the game. The offense may have fizzled in the second half and the secondary may have seemed lost at the same time. But Nick Perry made up for it and more. He made Clay Matthew’s absence less noticeable. He stepped up because that was what needed to happen. He was able to brush off the penalty. At the end of the day, his play on the field helped set the tone for an aggressive defense.
With Matthews up, Perry picked up the slack and rose to the occasion. Read more...(975 words, estimated 3:54 mins reading time)
For the Green Bay Packers, it’s coming down to the last game of the regular season. While the team has already punched their ticket to the playoffs, a win means a second seed in the post-season, a first round bye, and at least one game on the home turf. But a loss on Sunday means no week off to heal and a trip likely to Dallas to take on the surprisingly formidable Cowboys where they won it all in 2011.
Come to think of it, that was the last time the final game of the season meant so much. Back in 2010 it was win and you’re in, lose and you’re watching XLV from the comfort of your own home.
If you forget about the flaming dumpster fire that is the NFC South (we’ll give them a pass because that roll was played by the NFC North last season), an 11-5 team will be sixth seed this year. It points what’s so painfully overlooked at times. Really good teams sometimes don’t even make the playoffs.
Last year a happily mediocre 8-7-1 Packers fell backwards into playoffs. That type of record is usually reserved for teams with the 16th pick in spring draft. It’s a far cry from the 12-4 the Packers will have if they defeat the Lions this weekend. Read more...(875 words, estimated 3:30 mins reading time)
Due to some shuffling, my new and permanent home will be here, on Fridays under the new title Friday Fast Facts.
After spotting the Jets a quick 21-3 lead, Aaron Rodgers lead a fierce comeback beginning in the second quarter to win the game 31-24. Instrumental to this win was Jordy Nelson and Mason Crosby. Nelson caught nine passes for a franchise record 209 yards and a touchdown. Crosby was incredibly clutch, as the Packers needed his early field goals to remain close. His 55 yard field goal was a Packers franchise record at home.
Packers Offense against Lions Defense:
So far this season, Green Bay has struggled to consistently run the ball and be the dynamic Lacy-Rodgers duo that played against Chicago and San Francisco in the last two games the Packers played. Lacy’s 3.1 yards per carry seems to be more of a product of an offensive line getting a good push than a running back failing to hit the hole. Last week against the Jets, any of his runs that were not behind Bakhtiari and Sitton netted him only 2.1 yards per carry. I cannot imagine this will be turning around this week, as Detroit has stuffed the run for both of its opponents so far. That will leave it up to Rodgers to have another game similar to he did in the Jets game. While Eli Manning was unsurprisingly ineffective against Detroit week one, Cam Newton last week was efficient against Detroit, throwing for 281 yards on a 64% completion percentage. The biggest break coming into this year for the Packers is that the Lions best edge rusher Cliff Avril now plays for Seattle. While the defensive line lead by Suh will still get a good rush, Rodgers will have more time against the Lions than in previous seasons. With Nelson or Cobb receiving single coverage, since they cannot double cover both with Boykin and possibly Adams on the field, look for Detroit’s lackluster secondary to have problems if the rush is not there. Green Bay should be able to put up points earlier this week than they did last week. Read more...(623 words, estimated 2:30 mins reading time)
Chris and Adam are BACK and bring you their latest effort to make sense of the Packers season. Everything is on the table, as they talk about everything from last week’s win over the Lions to debating the merits of Dom Capers. They also take your email questions and answer them online! Don’t miss a second of this week’s Ol’ Bag of Donuts!
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With the Packers winning their 22nd straight regular season home game against the Detroit Lions and the Bears losing, they are in sole possession of first place in the NFC North. Next up is the team right behind them, the Bears. Yes, it’s Bears week!
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Kelly and Colleen discuss the somewhat frustrating, yet very welcome win over the Lions, and find time to talk about Jerry Kramer not being in the Hall of Fame, with the help of very special guest Richard Chang from Dicks Favorite Blog.
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