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PACKERS FOOTBALL FRIDAY: Lambeau Field South

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Back before the Buccaneers started playing in Raymond James Stadium they played their games in the old “Big Sombrero”.  More often than not the away game between the Packers and Buccaneers would be scheduled for late in the season and as northerners are wont to do in the colder months Packers fans headed south.

During these times the Buccaneers were not very good.  The stands at the Big Sombrero would often be filled with Green and Gold.  The Packers were very successful in their trips to Tampa.  Since the new stadium was built however, things have not been great.  The Packers have won just once at Raymond James Stadium despite the two franchises having very different levels of success over the past two decades.

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers is winless in Tampa, going 0-2 over two starts in 2008 and 2009 with 3 interceptions in each game.  In fact, games played in Tampa, FL account for 66.67% of Aaron Rodgers’ career 3 INT games.  Considering that Tampa Bay is one of the worst teams in the league and just put their best defensive player on IR, it would be hard to believe that a poor performance would happen again.  After all, Rodgers almost always succeeds after a bad game.  More simply, Rodgers almost always succeeds.

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PACKERS FOOTBALL FRIDAY: Forced to Keep Pace

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The Arizona Cardinals continued to find a way to win last night, despite playing a red hot St. Louis Rams team and losing their second quarterback of the season to a knee injury.  Despite being beat up in a 2012 Packers type of way the Cardinals are grinding out wins in an effort to maintain their status as the #1 seed.  As far as I’m concerned this is both a good thing and a bad thing.  The focus of the Green Bay Packers must stay razor sharp.

If the Packers win on Sunday, and they should, and the Cowboys lose on Sunday, and they should the Packers will qualify for the playoffs.  That’s not really what this is all about, though.  This team has proven that with its current construction it is a brilliant home team.  The goal for this team has to be the #1 seed.  That goal as far as I’m concerned is still in front of them because as impressed as I am by the Cardinal’s resilience I really don’t believe they can run the Seattle/San Francisco table with Ryan Lindley.

The fact that Green Bay has to continue to win is a good thing.  We all remember how the team coasted in to the playoffs in 2011 and  how short that post season was.  Selfishly as a man that predicted that this team would go 13-3 I appreciate the pressure to win every game that still exists.

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Packers 2013, 2014 Draft Classes Making Up for Past Mistakes

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Randall Cobb.  Davon House.  Nick Perry.  Casey Hayward.  Mike Daniels.  That’s it, folks.  That’s the full list of players left on the Green Bay Packers roster from the 2011 and 2012 drafts.  Of the 18 players that Ted Thompson selected (players you would hope are just sliding in to the prime of their careers) five remain.  A stud on offense (Cobb) a stud on defense (Daniels) 2 backup corners and a middling rotational pass rushers.  Yeesh.  If someone is looking for the drop off from the World Championship team in 2010 and the 15-1 squad in 2011 to the 11-5 and 8-7-1 squads of the past two seasons, look no further than that issue right there.

You can certainly make excuses for these classes, there’s no question about that.  I’m not convinced that Derek Sherrod wasn’t going to be a useful left tackle in the NFL before he shattered his leg.  If he and Bryan Bulaga would have ended up being the tackle tandem for a decade like Clifton and Tauscher we would think of the 2011 draft differently.  After winning the Super Bowl you pick last in every round.  The team that picks last in every round should have the worst set of players at the end of the draft, no? In the 2012 draft Thompson didn’t stick to his board, he loaded up on defense.

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PACKERS FOOTBALL FRIDAY: The Home Stretch

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Well that was certainly a lot of fun.  I had a great time this week reveling in the biggest regular season victory since the 2010 win over the Bears to get into the playoffs (a game I also saw from the Lambeau Field stands).  I understand that the Green Bay Packers and the New England Patriots are not in the same conference.  I understand that winning this game did absolutely nothing for the Packers as far as potential tiebreakers are considered.  I understand that these two teams may never play against with these two quarterbacks at the helm.  After all, Rodgers has only ever faced Manning and Brady once apiece and he just turned 31 this week.

What that game did do though, is answer a lot of questions.  Can the Packers win a game against an elite team?  Can the Packers beat an elite quarterback?  (By the way quick tangent: against Brady, Rivers, Brees and Manning, the Packers are 5-2 under Rodgers, so that narrative was extra dumb) Can the defense hold up in a big spot?  All of these questions are fine, and I’m glad they got answered but it appears that none of them are key.

The big question is whether or not the Packers are going to have to avenge one of their losses this season to win the division.  It appears that the NFC North and the NFC East are going to have the representatives for the 1 and 2 seed.  The NFC West is beating up on one another too much.  The Cardinals are in first place, but have to play the feisty Kansas City Chiefs and all 3 of their division rivals with an increasingly battered squad and without Carson Palmer.  The NFC South is atrocious.

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Packers Earn a Different Kind of Victory

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One might look at that headline and assume I’m just talking about a really big win.  That’s not what I mean.  I don’t mean a win against an elite team.  I don’t even mean mean a win aganst an elite quarterback.  I’m not trying to use this win to satisfy any of the misplaced narratives used by people to downplay the success of the 2014 Green Bay Packers. I really do mean a completely different kind of victory.

This year’s Packers have lost 3 games.  All of those losses can be “explained”.  What an explanation is is really an excuse for losing.  That’s fine.  This team wasn’t going 16-0.  Going undefeated hasn’t happened since 1972.  In Seattle the game was competitive until Bryan Bulaga went out with an injury.  Derek Sherrod gave up a sack on a 4th down and then gave up a sack in his own end zone, effectively ending the game.  The Lions game never really got going as a first-play-of-the-game Eddie Lacy fumble turned into a touchdown and the Lions set the tone for the rest of the contest. In New Orleans, the game was tied, Green Bay was in the red zone to take the lead and Aaron Rodgers got hurt.  The QB having to play on one leg backed by a defense missing 3 starters (2 in the secondary) wasn’t able to keep up with a red-hot Drew Brees.  All of those losses are understandable.

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Behind Enemy Lines with Erik Frenz from Bleacher Report/Boston.com

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In the Week 13 edition of Behind Enemy Lines, Amanda and Chris talk about how much they love having Eddie Lacy after watching the Green Bay Packers edge out the Vikings on the road, plus Chris shares a bit about going…behind enemy lines…at TCF Bank Stadium this past weekend. They then welcome Erik Frenz from Bleacher Report and Boston.com to talk about the matchup between the two best teams in the NFL as the New England Patriots head to Lambeau this weekend. They talk Rob Gronkowski, Darrelle Revis, and then obviously more about Eddie Lacy.

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Packers’ Linsley Perfect Example of Thompson’s Practices

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There was much consternation at the beginning of the season.  The Packers spent time and resources developing a plan to keep this team healthier.  If you ask Mike McCarthy that’s a huge part of this team’s success, especially in the regular season.  He claims to have only coached two teams of above average health in his career.  The 2007 Packers that went 12-4 and made it to the NFC Championship and the 2011 team that went 15-1 in the regular season nearly setting several NFL records for offense.

The off season and in season practice schedules were edited.  The team took a different approach to both nutrition and regeneration.  Early on, it appeared that the Packers were on to something.  Despite the inability of the newly signed Letroy Guion and Packers roster disappointment Jerel Worthy to get on the field, Green Bay was staying relatively healthy.  The new practices and measures of prevention appeared to be working.  Then the injury bug bit hard.

The Packers’ top utility man Don Barclay went down for the season with a torn ACL, and promising young local prodcut Jared Abbrederis did as well.  When the Packers got into the preseason they lost BJ Raji for the year with a torn bicep.  At least for the season it appeared that the Packers were headed down the same road that causes Aaron Rodgers to have to carry the team to a 10-6 or 11-5 record.

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