This has been a busy week for current and former Green Bay Packers. We learned early in the week that former Packer’s head coach Mike McCarthy was hired to replace Jason Garrett as the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys. This of course once again ignited the nonsense concerning Aaron Rodgers and McCarthy. I will tell you this, McCarthy should have been fired after the 2014 season (NFCCG loss to Seattle). His post game comment, “I didn’t know Clay Matthews had taken himself out of the game,” at the most critical time, infuriated myself and his critics. You’re the coach, you have to know where your star players are at all times. To top it off 2017 should also have been his last season when he declared, “Brett Hundley is ready to be the QB of the Green Bay Packers. I’ve trained him for this moment (following Aaron’s season ending injury versus the Vikings) for three years. He’s ready.” Well, Hundley wasn’t ready and when you stake your reputation on someone who fails miserably, you should be done. As they say, the rest is history.
On to the NFC Divisional game versus Pete Carroll and his Seattle Seahawks. The undebatable stars for the Seahawks are QB Russel Wilson, LB Bobby Wagner and possibly DE Jadaveon Clowny. Clowny’s play has always been sporadic, if our Oline can neutralize him, he will make himself a non-factor. Matt LaFleur and Mike Pettine must account for those players in the game plans and throughout the game. The Packers offense is near the top of the NFL in fast starts and Red Zone scoring. While the defense shines in Red Zone defense and quarterback pressures. If the Packers continue that trend, win the turnover battle and TOP, they win.
In past contests between the two teams Seattle always had the power run game and Green Bay had the prolific passing game. In this meeting the roles are reversed. Green Bay enters Sunday with a better run game and Wilson has better statistics than Rodgers. If you have been paying attention to Matt LaFleur at all this season, the passing game reduction is by design. LaFleur’s offensive scheme creates more balance (Jone’s/William’s produced 17 Rushing TD’s and 1544 yards.). As for the passing game in 2019 it produced 4017 yds and 26 TD’s to 13 different receivers. Let’s just agree on the fact the QB Aaron Rodgers is having a “LaFleur” season. Aaron has been perfect once, versus the Raiders (158.3) with QBR’s of 101.2, 129.0, and 125.4, versus the Vikings, Chiefs and Giants. The Packer’s need Aaron to have an efficient game against Seattle, no turnovers, timely passes and receivers who run the correct route without dropping the ball.
My prediction, Packer’s 31, Seahawks 17. Check out the Link below for Aaron’s perspective.
As Always, Go Pack Go!
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