Nostra-Damon: Regular Season Weeks 8-10
In part three, I peered into the Green Bay Packers’ future and saw the outcome of weeks four through seven. If you missed part three, then click here to catch up! This week I look into the future to see the outcome for the Packers in weeks eight through ten. This is Nostra-Damon: Peering Into The Packers Future Part Four.
Week 8: Vikings at Packers
First of the three matchups talked about in this weeks Nostra-Damon is the contest between the (4-3) Green Bay Packers taking on the (4-4) Minnesota Vikings. Both of these teams have had an up and down start to the season but somehow find themselves competing for the division lead in week eight.
The Vikings lost a ton of talent during the off-season and so far it has showed. If it wasn’t for the elite play by Justin Jefferson, then the Vikings could have been finding themselves competing for the number one overall pick in the draft. Begrudgingly, I have to admit the Vikings offense has been great – their special teams and defense, not so much.
To begin the game, Keisean Nixon did it again.
Nixon scored on a 98 yard kickoff return. The rout was on.
Finally, the Packers were able to put together a complete game. The Packers were able to bottle up the running game of Minnesota. Jaire Alexander played well against Justin Jefferson (he did get his a couple of times). The Packers offense ran the ball effectively and was able to successfully use play action and attack the middle of the field.
The Packers won, easily.
Vikings 14-Packers 38
Week 9: Rams at Packers
Because of the crazy amount of turnover for the Los Angeles Rams on defense, the beginning of the year had not gone as planned. Finding themselves at 3-5, the Rams had simply lost too much over the off-season. Aaron Donald, Ernest Jones, and Jordan Fuller were the only players to have played significant snaps on defense to return this season, and it has shown.
Although the defense hadn’t played well, the offense, on the other hand, had been playing well. Thanks to Matthew Stafford (finally healthy) and Cooper Kupp (also finally healthy), the offense had been finding their rhythm. Matter of fact, they became downright dangerous.
Like a hot knife through butter, the Rams offense was able to make its way down the field on multiple occasions against the Packers. However, the Packers were able to do the same against the Rams. This game quickly became a massive scoring affair.
If it wasn’t for some timely interceptions by Rudy Ford, De’Vondre Campbell, and Jaire Alexander this game could have turned out much differently.
Rams 35-Packers 42
Week 10: Packers at Steelers
Although there have been a ton of changes around him throughout his tenure as the head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Mike Tomlin has always had his team ready to play. Similarly, this season had been no different. Every game they have lost in or won in was by a score of six points or less. Consequently, the Steelers found themselves at a 4-4 record – very hard-earned 4-4 record.
Comparatively, this game was no different. Green Bay at Pittsburgh was a true hard-hitting smash mouth game. Every yard was hard to earn for both teams. The Packers defense was playing well. Equally, the Steelers defense was playing just as well.
With a minute and half left in the game, the Steelers just kicked a go-ahead field goal to take the lead 17-14 against the Packers. As the Packers lined-up to receive the kickoff, everyone began to hear these words play over the loud speaker. “Oh Mama, I’m in fear for my life, from the long arm of the law. Lawman has put an end to my running, and I’m so far from my home.”
Nostra-Damon: Something Began To Change
All of the Steelers fans starting screaming. There was much commotion in the stands. Seemingly, the crowd began to turn into a flash of yellow. The terrible towels made an appearance.
Moreover, the music began to play louder, “Oh, Mama, I can hear you a crying. You’re so scared and all alone. Hangman is coming down from the gallows, and I don’t have very long.”
Because of this, something began to change in the Steelers defenders. They had played hyped all game long but something began to change. The Steelers players began to look possessed. It was almost scary.
Nothing was audible anymore, the crowd was alive and full of energy. Finally, the music stopped playing. However, the yellow towels still owned the air.
Keisean Nixon took the ball out of the end zone but wasn’t able to get past the fifteen yard line. The Steelers gunner ran down faster than ever before and made the impactful tackle. The Packers offense came out on the field and so did the Steelers defenders. First down: Jordan Love had to throw the ball quicker than he wanted because the offensive line was wrecked by the Steelers defensive line. Incomplete.
Second down: Love got the ball to Aaron Jones on the wheel route but he was quickly blown up by Minkah Fitzpatrick. Third down: Love got the ball out of shotgun, but before he could even examine the field TJ Watt smacked the ball out of his hands. There was a skirmish for the loose ball but somehow Cameran Heyward came up with the ball. The Steelers won.
Packers 14-Steelers 17
The Packers finish this stretch with a 6-3 record and even though they just lost to the Steelers and Renegade by Styx, things are looking up for the Jordan Love lead franchise. What could possibly go wrong?
I know what could go wrong.——————
Damon is a diehard, fully-immersed cheesehead who currently lives in southern Missouri. He teaches at a local high school and has a family YouTube channel about all things Packers. You can follow him on twitter at @packersfamily and on YouTube at The Packers Family.