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Packers’ Nelson a Great Wide Receiver, Not Great White Receiver

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The Packers have an elite standing in the NFL.  They are one of the league’s 3 most popular brands every year.  They enjoy a national fan base and  competitive relevance almost every single season.  Because of this, the “national” broadcast teams spend a lot of time doing their games.  I’m talking about Gruden and Tirico.  I’m talking about Michaels and Collinsworth, Simms and Nantz, and most often, Aikman and Buck.  I understand and appreciate the public’s distaste for Aikman and Buck.  They annoy me too, especially Aikman but this is not one of those articles.

What does annoy me specifically is that every time Jordy Nelson catches a long pass (which, by the way, happens like all the time)  Aikman, without fail will mention Nelson’s “deceptive” speed.  Nelson’s speed is never “elite” or “gamebreaking” it’s “sneaky” or “underrated”.  It’s racist.  It is flat out a racist comment, and someone makes it almost every time Nelson makes a big play.

I’m not going to stand up on a soapbox and say that the midwestern white guy is being “oppressed”.  This is not racism in the sense that it’s a social commentary.  This is sports.  This is a game.  Jordy Nelson’s life isn’t being negatively affected because he is white.  In fact, I’m guessing for better or for worse it makes him a bigger star in the mostly Caucasian market in which he plays.

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Packers Therapy #243: The Eagle Has Landed…with a Resounding Thud

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The Green and Gold Kool-Aid glass is half-filled; Chris thinks it’s half empty, Dave sees it as half full. Both our of therapists liked Sunday’s boat-race at Lambeau, but only one was jumping in the Fox to celebrate the regatta.

The guys encourage comments and questions via their Twitter feed @PackersTherapy and read and respond to as many as they can during each show.

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Packers Therapy  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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From The Benches: Firing On All Cylinders

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The Green Bay Packers steamrolled the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, catapulting themselves into a tie for the division lead (and in control of their own destiny) in perhaps the most impressive fashion we’ve ever seen from the Green and Gold. While the kicking game may leave us a little disconcerted, there’s no doubt that no team in the NFL wants to be next on the Packers’ schedule. Listen in as Ryan and Ross sit back and enjoy a great Packer win.

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PACKERS FOOTBALL FRIDAY: Prove It

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The Packers haven’t beaten anybody.  That’s something that you’ll hear on a regular basis.  I’d tend to disagree.  I think that the Dolphins are a couple plays away from being 8-2 and beating them on the road was a heck of a win.  With that said, it’s true.  The combined record of the teams Green Bay has beaten is 18-29-1.  That’s not great.  There is no guarantee that Green Bay has even beaten a playoff team yet.  Miami appears to be on the outside looking in at the AFC playoffs, and it would take a pretty serious collapse from the Saints for the Panthers to make the postseason in the NFC.  I would say that the best 3 teams the Packers have played have all been faced on the road, and all 3 times Green Bay has faltered.

This Sunday is a chance to right all of those wrongs.  The Philadelphia Eagles come flying in (see what I did there?) at 7-2, leading the NFC East.  According to Football Outsiders, there’s an 85.9% chance that Philadelphia qualifies for this year’s postseason.  This is a good test for the Packers and this time it comes at home.  Green bay is 4-0 at Lambeau Field and just 2-3 in road contests.  The team is averaging a staggering 41.5 points per game on their home turf.  Philadelphia comes into town with a competent defense, but an offense that is largely overrated because of head coach Chip Kelly’s reputation.

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From the Benches: The Bears Still Suck

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After a one week hiatus due to the bye week the guys return in good spirits thanks to the Packers dismantling of the Bears on Sunday Night Football.

They start off with some news news from the bye week before getting into a review of the game. A major topic is talk about Clay Matthews as an inside linebacker along with the usual discussion of the most encouraging and discouraging aspects of the contest.

In “Behind the Bench,” the hosts each talk about their biggest key to the rest of the season as well as the upcoming free agent that most needs to be re-signed.

The guys then move on to discussing the upcoming matchup with the Eagles and each give their score predictions. Ryan then finishes the show with “You’re Gonna Wanna Cut That.”

 

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Mike Neal and Nick Perry Hold Key to New Look Packers D

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I’m guessing this week’s episode of From the Benches will air sometime today.  On that show I explained why moving Clay Matthews to inside linebacker on two fronts.  First of all it takes him off of the edge.  I understand that that might be a pessimistic view, but Matthews was really struggling this year as a run defender.  PFF grades both he and Julius Peppers in the negative for run defense.  Having both OLBs in a 3-4 more concerned about hitting the QB than stopping the run makes life difficult.

I had suggested this move for Matthews in this article from May.  It highlighted how making a weakness in this defense a strength would be done the easiest by using Matthews.  Sunday night’s game was Matthew’s best effort against the run by far.  His +1.4 grade and +4.0 overall grade were both season highs.  His ability to positively affect the run game instead of being a liability on the edge is a huge switch for this defense.  This obviously begs the question: who replaces Matthews in the base defense?

The answer is a couple of top 60 picks.  Both Nick Perry and Mike Neal played defensive line in college, and both players have trimmed down and are playing OLB in Dom Capers’ scheme.  One if not both of these players has to hold up against the run and be able to rush the passer on early downs across from Julius Peppers if this experiment is going to work.

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Packers Aftermath: Packers 55, Bears 14

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WELL THAT WAS A LOT OF FUN, YOU GUYS!  The Packers have played 4 prime time games this season.  2 of them have not been very enjoyable, competitive contests that have run away from the Packers after key injuries.  The other two games?  Well those have been great.  Green Bay absolutely eviscerated Chicago last night, in effect ending Chicago’s season.  The team that many pundits had given the North to in the early goings is done.  This ending came at the hands of Aaron Rodgers and his six (!!!!) first half touchdown passes.

Selfishly (as an Aaron Rodgers fan and fantasy owner), I wanted Rodgers to stay in and break the single game record for TD passes.  If the Packers defense and they’re new eater of worlds inside linebacker Clay Matthews hadn’t been so strong last night he would have had a chance to throw his 7th and 8th TDs of the game in the second half.  Besides AR not breaking that record, everything else came up roses for the Packers.  Their longest rival was dispatched in humiliating fashion on national television, and Rodgers and the two guards were able to get out while only playing a half’s worth of football.

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1. Aaron Rodgers- There’s really not much to say about #12.  He’s thrown 26 TD passes since his last INT at Lambeau Field.  His TD/INT ratio is currently 25/3 and 2 of those were deflected by his own receivers.  His passer rating is an unfathomable 120.1 and the only reason that his numbers aren’t gaudy enough to basically guarantee him a second MVP trophy is the obliterations of Chicago (2x) Minnesota and Carolina.  These were all comfortable victories in which Rodgers threw 28 or fewer passes.

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