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Ol’ Bag of Donuts: Riding High to ‘Nawlins

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This week Chris and Adam ask “Are the Green Bay Packers defense for real?” heading into a tough road game at the Superdome.

The guys also look into how great of a season Jordy Nelson is actually having and where it stacks up all-time.

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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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PACKERS FOOTBALL FRIDAY: Dazed and Confused

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I cannot remember the last time I was this conflicted about predicting the result of a football game.  Spoiler alert, I’m going to pick the Saints to win on Sunday.  I can’t really tell you why I’m going to do this but I promise you, I am going to do this.  Aaron Rodgers is now clearly better than Drew Brees.  I’m not sure if it’s because Brees is at least a little washed up or if it’s just because Rodgers is so good but the difference is clear.  Offensively the Packers are better.  Defensively the Packers are clearly better.  The New Orleans Saints rank 32nd in Defensive DVOA (FootballOutsiders).  There isn’t a 33rd team in the National Football League.

So why? Why am I picking against the Packers, quite possibly the NFC’s hottest team? A building.  I’m picking against the Packers because of the Superdome.  This is a scary game.  If the Packers go into New Orleans and win on Sunday night I have to believe in this team 100%.  YOU have to believe in this team 100%.  I know that sounds nuts because of the Saints’ record but it’s true.

Barring injuries that occur in the Saints game, the Packers should come back from the bye week completely healthy.  All of their currently injured players, PLUS JC Tretter all appear healthy enough to possibly play against New Orleans.  I can’t honestly imagine that any of them would be sidelined after a bye week.  All hands on deck is not something that the Packers have been able to say in week 10 in a very long time.

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Packers’ 2014 Draft Class Paying Early Dividends

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As I sat in the Lambeau Field bleachers and watched the Panthers game, I couldn’t help but to think of how well the 2014 draft class is panning out.  Now there are certainly disappointments.  It’s possible (maybe even likely) that Khyri Thornton Carl Bradford and Demetri Goodson can’t play.  Jared Abbrederis was lost for the season with an ACL injury.  Other than that though, things look great.

I know that kind of sounds like “other than that, Mrs. Lincoln how was the play?” but it isn’t.  It’s possible that one of those 3 defenders will turn into a decent rotational piece.  Josh Boyd looked just as lost as Thornton early on in his career and he’s a perfectly capable fill-in on the defensive line.  Obviously if you take a defensive linemen in the top 100 you’d prefer he not be a fill-in but it happens.  Goodson was always going to be a project and Bradford is going through a position change a la Jamari Lattimore.

This much I do know.  The Packers have found 3 rock solid starters, possibly a 4th starter and another player that will contribute in a positive way.  I don’t care how many draft picks you have, if you come away with a haul like that it was a success.  The fact that Green Bay didn’t have drafts with that success rate in 2011 and 2012 largely attributes to the lack of playoff success after the 15-1 season.

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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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Ol’ Bag of Donuts: Carolina On My Mind…

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This week Chris and Adam preview the Green Bay Packers tilt against the Carolina Panthers. They also break down the greatness of Rodgers, weakness of Matthews and the intrigue of Lorenzen?

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 TwitterFacebook, 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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PACKERS FOOTBALL FRIDAY: Coming Home

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I swear it seems like the Packers are never playing at Lambeau Field on Sundays.  This sucks because honestly there is no better Sunday than one spent at Lambeau Field and the surrounding area.  Honestly it feels that way because it’s accurate.  The Packers have played one home game on a Sunday so far.  The team has 10 games left and six of those are at home.  Green Bay has already played 4 of their 8 road games this season and has been able to split those contests.  This leaves a very inviting schedule in which the packers have a 6/4 home-road split in their last 10 games with 2 of those road games (Min, TB) being played against teams in the league’s bottom 5.

There’s no excitement for a displaced member of Packer Nation like an upcoming pilgrimage to Lambeau Field.  It takes about 7 1/2 hours to get from my driveway to the promised land of Green Bay, WI.  It’s the shortest 7 1/2 hours there is.  The first time that we made the trip the anticipation was high, never having seen the field before.  Having experienced Packers Gamedays over and over has done nothing to temper the excitement.  It’s still the most wonderful place on earth.

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How is Davante Adams Coming Along?

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Whether it’s fair or not (and it’s probably not) Davante Adams is going to be constantly compared to other Packers wide receivers selected in the top 100 picks.  Ted Thompson has made a pretty solid career out of cultivating wide receivers in the 2nd and 3rd rounds.  Because of this ability, he has never had to spend a 1st round selection on a weapon for Aaron Rodgers.  Greg Jennings, James Jones, Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb and now Davante Adams were all drafted in the second round or later.

If you’ve been reading my work for long enough you know that there are certain positions where a lot should be expected of a player in his first year, and there are certain positions where that is not the case.  You can expect a lot from linebackers, running backs and interior offensive lineman.  Pass rushers, defensive linemen and specifically in the case I’m referring to wide receivers should not have much expected of them in year one.

While this exercise might be futile and is certainly of a small sample size I’d like to take a look at the first 6 games of the careers of the other highly drafted wide receivers during Ted Thompson’s tenure:

Greg Jennings- drafted 52nd overall- 2006
21 REC 364 YDs 3 TDs

James Jones- drafted 78th overall- 2007
26 REC 400 YDs 2 TDs

Jordy Nelson- drafted 36th overall- 2008
16 REC 177 YDs 1 TD

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