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December

Packers vs. Cowboys Week 15 Game Predictions from AllGreenBayPackers.com

GAME PREDICTIONS
Week 15: Green Bay Packers vs. Dallas Cowboys
Name Record To-Date This Week’s Pick Score Prediction
Kris Burke 8-5 Dallas Cowboys 23-17
Both defenses are terrible but the Packers will have a tougher time with Romo and Dez Bryant than Dallas will with Flynn. Packers lose but it’ll be close.
“Jersey” Al Bracco 6-7 Green Bay Packers 34-31
The Packers will need to score in the thirties to beat the Cowboys. Fortunately, the Dallas defense has been the worse in the league this year. Matt Flynn just needs to be efficient and the defense needs two to create 2 big turnovers.
Adam Czech 9-4 Dallas Cowboys 34-16
The Packers are going to need to score at least 30 points to win this one. Yes, the Cowboys defense is bad, but the Packers only managed to put up 22 at home against a bad Falcons D last Sunday. The Cowboys speed on offense will be too much for the Packers defense at the Jerry Dome and Dallas wins this one going away as Aaron Rodgers collarbone continues healing on the sideline.
Marques Eversoll 8-5 Dallas Cowboys 27-24
Sean Lee isn’t quite as valuable to the Dallas defense as Aaron Rodgers is to the Green Bay offense, but both units are significantly downgraded without their star players. Because of the Cowboys’ porous defense, I think it’ll come down to the wire before Dallas wins a close one.
Thomas Hobbes 6-7 Green Bay Packers 20-17
This game mostly goes back to consistency; if the Cowboys haven’t fixed whatever it was that let the Bears dismantle them last week then the Packers have a shot if the offense can keep the game close. Hopefully last weeks win galvanizes the team and they can grind out another win.
Cory Jennerjohn 10-3 Green Bay Packers 24-20
The Packers defense has been an eyesore this season but the Cowboys D might actually trump them in ugliness. Many are scared with Matt Flynn starting again, but as long as the Packers own the time of possession and don’t allow Dez Bryant to have an All-Galaxy performance, Green Bay should win.
Jason Perone 8-5 Dallas Cowboys 27-14
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December

Packers vs. Falcons Week 14 Game Predictions from AllGreenBayPackers.com

GAME PREDICTIONS
Week 14: Green Bay Packers vs. Atlanta Falcons
Name Record To-Date This Week’s Pick Score Prediction
Kris Burke 7-5 Green Bay Packers 24-20
There is a strong argument against the Packers here, but Green Bay is going up against the one team with a worse defense than them.  Atlanta, a dome team, will struggle in the cold and Green Bay wins a game uglier than your grandmother’s Christmas sweater.
“Jersey” Al Bracco 5-7 Green Bay Packers 20-17
Having stuck with the Packers against my better judgement during this losing streak, I can’t abandon them now. Not even sure what to hang my hat on – I’ll go with lucky bounces and some frozen Falcons not wanting to be out there…
Adam Czech 9-3 Atlanta Falcons 27-24
As I write this, there’s a chance that Marshall Newhouse could start at left tack on Sunday. If that’s the case, the Packers might lose 110-4 and end up with -76 yards of offense. If whatever is wrong with Bakhtiari is cured by Sunday and Newhouse (mercifully) doesn’t play left tackle, the Packers will only lose by a field goal.
Marques Eversoll 8-4 Atlanta Falcons 27-24
I think it’ll be close, but I can’t see the Packers winning this one without Aaron Rodgers. The Falcons aren’t good, either, but they’re a little better than this beaten-up Packers team.
Thomas Hobbes 5-7 Green Bay Packers 13-10
I’m going to try to stay optimistic and assume that anyone on the team who wasn’t afraid of losing their jobs will be on their toes after last week.  Losing more games is likely to start seeing heads roll and everyone knows it.  Luckily the Falcons have had just as much of a nose-dive as the Packers this year and they don’t have the alibi of losing their starting quarterback.
Cory Jennerjohn 9-3 Green Bay Packers 20-16
I realize the Packers are 0-4-1 in their last five but if ever Green Bay needed help from the football gods, this is the perfect time. The Falcons bagged the season the moment Julio Jones went down. This is the classic “I Told You So” game for Ted Thompson. Thirty-year-old Steven Jackson was a target of the Packers in the offseason, but has been a shell of himself while battling injuries as he continues to get slower. Sound the alarm for Eddie Lacy — Atlanta is 30th in the league by allowing 126 rushing yards a game.
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December

AllGreenBayPackers.com Fantasy Football League: Week 13 Update & Playoff Bracket

AllGBP.com Fantasy Football LeagueWelcome to our weekly update for the AllGreenBayPackers.com Fantasy Football League! For those that are unaware, the AllGBP.com staff has continued their competitive league this year to pit writers against readers. Please continue to check back each week as the drama unfolds, and don’t at all hesitate to throw around the smack talk! Who knows . . . maybe you could be throwing down the gauntlet with us next season.

Week 13 Summary

Heisenberg thumped Breesus Christ this week to dethrone The Jolly Rodgers from the top of the league and open a one-game lead. Smoking Jay Cutlers punched their ticket into the playoffs. The Jolly Rodgers dropped the hardest this week, plunging from first place to fourth. Optimal Butt Height was a big winner, rising from fourth to second.

Matchup Results

Team blow goats 129.90, TouchedbyTedThompson 114.90

  • Team blow goats (3-10, 1,150.50) took down TouchedbyTedThompson (8-5, 1,477.60), 129.90 – 114.90, thanks to Russell Wilson, who scored 29.10 points on Monday night. Team blow goats beat their 89.26-point projection by 45.5%, the team’s highest percentage of the season.

Optimal Butt Height 147.88, The Jolly Rodgers 112.78

  • Optimal Butt Height (9-4, 1,513.66) led the league in scoring this week and beat The Jolly Rodgers (9-4, 1,408.84), 147.88 – 112.78.

Team Brainwash 93.20, Smoking Jay Cutlers 92.96

  • Although they were projected to lose by 11.00 points, Team Brainwash (5-8, 1,255.12) got past Smoking Jay Cutlers (7-6, 1,343.80), 93.20 – 92.96. The 93.20 points put up by Team Brainwash was the team’s lowest winning score of the season.

Lost in Minnesota 97.52, SuperYooper 61.04

  • Cam Newton scored 29.32 points to help Lost in Minnesota (3-10, 1,006.44) blow out SuperYooper (5-8, 1,186.74), 97.52 – 61.04. It was the biggest margin of victory of the season for Lost in Minnesota.

St. Cecilia’s HS 142.94, The Hoshmazodes 80.32

  • Eric Decker scored 43.00 points, the league’s highest score of the week, to help St. Cecilia’s HS (5-8, 1,366.78) wax The Hoshmazodes (6-7, 1,191.50), 142.94 – 80.32. St. Cecilia’s HS beat their 83.48-point projection by 71.2%, the team’s highest percentage of the season.

Heisenberg 136.98, Breesus Christ 83.48

  • Thanks to 23.68 points from Nick Foles, Heisenberg (10-3, 1,429.40) blew out Breesus Christ (6-7, 1,206.90), 136.98 – 83.48.

Pigskin Perfection 118.50, VanellopeDevoGorilla 92.84

  • Pigskin Perfection (9-4, 1,506.50) benefited from 28.20 points from Ben Tate and defeated VanellopeDevoGorilla (6-7, 1,391.04), 118.50 – 92.84.
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November

AllGreenBayPackers.com Fantasy Football League: Week 12 Update & Power Rankings

AllGBP.com Fantasy Football LeagueWelcome to our weekly update for the AllGreenBayPackers.com Fantasy Football League! For those that are unaware, the AllGBP.com staff has continued their competitive league this year to pit writers against readers. Please continue to check back each week as the drama unfolds, and don’t at all hesitate to throw around the smack talk! Who knows . . . maybe you could be throwing down the gauntlet with us next season.

Week 12 Summary

The Jolly Rodgers destroyed The Hoshmazodes this week to claim first place in AllGBP Official, knocking out Optimal Butt Height. Five teams secured their spot in the playoffs, including The Jolly Rodgers, Heisenberg, and Pigskin Perfection. The Jolly Rodgers gained the most ground, exploding from fourth place to first. Optimal Butt Height was the big loser, plummeting from first to fourth. The Jolly Rodgers has won four consecutive matchups.

Matchup Results

TouchedbyTedThompson 91.32, VanellopeDevoGorilla 89.46

  • Facing a 1.74-point deficit on Monday night, TouchedbyTedThompson (8-4, 1,362.70) scored 3.60 points to come back and slip by VanellopeDevoGorilla (6-6, 1,298.20), 91.32 – 89.46. The 91.32 points put up by TouchedbyTedThompson was the team’s lowest winning score of the season.

Heisenberg 132.10, Team blow goats 75.88

  • Colin Kaepernick scored 23.40 points to help Heisenberg (9-3, 1,292.42) pound Team blow goats (2-10, 1,020.60), 132.10 – 75.88. It was the biggest margin of victory of the season for Heisenberg.

Smoking Jay Cutlers 118.68, Optimal Butt Height 101.48

  • Smoking Jay Cutlers (7-5, 1,250.84) got 24.80 points from Julian Edelman on Sunday night to defeat Optimal Butt Height (8-4, 1,365.64), 118.68 – 101.48. Smoking Jay Cutlers scored 20.0% more points than projected (98.94), the highest percentage in the league this week.

SuperYooper 104.40, Pigskin Perfection 90.38

  • SuperYooper (5-7, 1,125.70) took down Pigskin Perfection (8-4, 1,388.00), 104.40 – 90.38, thanks to Anquan Boldin, who scored 22.40 points on Monday night.

St. Cecilia’s HS 88.92, Lost in Minnesota 73.76

  • On Sunday night, Knowshon Moreno scored 29.20 points to help St. Cecilia’s HS (4-8, 1,223.84) defeat Lost in Minnesota (2-10, 908.92), 88.92 – 73.76.

The Jolly Rodgers 122.48, The Hoshmazodes 71.80

  • The Jolly Rodgers (9-3, 1,296.06) blew out The Hoshmazodes (6-6, 1,109.18), 122.48 – 71.80, behind 27.78 points from Philip Rivers. The Jolly Rodgers scored 10.8% more points than projected (110.58) and has now beaten expectations for five straight weeks.

Breesus Christ 71.12, Team Brainwash 69.16

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November

Packers vs. Lions Week 13 Game Predictions from AllGreenBayPackers.com

GAME PREDICTIONS
Week 13: Green Bay Packers vs. Detroit Lions
Name Record To-Date This Week’s Pick Score Prediction
Kris Burke 6-5 Detroit Lions 27-20
Matt Flynn gets the start but Sam Shields is really the one everyone needs to see start.  If he can’t go, the Packers stand no chance of shutting down Calvin Johnson.  Even if Shields does play, I lack confidence in the Green Bay defense to stop the Lions
“Jersey” Al Bracco 5-6 Green Bay Packers 20-17
Can the beleaguered Packers defense play a decent game? Well, they get their best coverage guy, Sam Shields back as well as an emotional leader Johnny Jolly. Will it be enough? Probably not. But I’m betting on the longshot here.  
Adam Czech 8-3 Detroit Lions 31-20
Too many injuries. Too many missed tackles. Too many blown coverages. Too much nonsense. The Packers lose on turkey day.
Marques Eversoll 7-4 Detroit Lions 27-21
Fans across America will surely be at the edge of their seat Thursday, as Matt Flynn leads the low-scoring Packers offense against the pass-happy Lions. But. There’s just no way.
Thomas Hobbes 5-6 Green Bay Packers 16-14
In terms on talent on the field, there’s no way that the Packers should win this game.  However, the Lions are incredibly inconsistent and if the Tampa Bay Buccaneers can beat them, so can a injury riddled Packers squad.  Matt Flynn keeps the defense honest and gives Eddie Lacy some more room to run, and the Packers play keep away and squeak out a win.
Cory Jennerjohn 8-3 Detroit Lions 31-23
The Lions are giving just 88 yards rushing a game, which means the biggest matchup of the day will be Matt Flynn vs. the nasty Lions’ front four that has 16 sacks as a group. The Lions already smell chum in the water with the way right guard T.J. Lang and right tackle Marshall Newhouse are playing. Reggie Bush will have a big game because no linebacker will be able to stay with him.
Jason Perone 7-4 Detroit Lions 21-20
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November

Packers vs. Vikings Week 12 Game Predictions from AllGreenBayPackers.com

GAME PREDICTIONS
Week 12: Green Bay Packers vs. Minnesota Vikings
Name Record To-Date This Week’s Pick Score Prediction
Kris Burke 6-4 Green Bay Packers 24-13
As bad as the Packers are right now, the Vikings are worse.  Green Bay gets enough out of Tolzien as Lacy carries the team. The Packers win to stay in the thick of the NFC North race.
“Jersey” Al Bracco 5-5 Green Bay Packers 23-17
Three weeks in a row I’ve picked the Packers without really believing in my pick – trying the reverse psychology method, I suppose. This week, I figured, why change? I’m letting it roll with the Packers. Very scientific, I know…
Adam Czech 8-2 Green Bay Packers 24-20
The Packers might be bad, but not as bad as the Vikings.
Marques Eversoll 7-3 Green Bay Packers 23-17
If the offensive line can keep pressure off Scott Tolzien, he’ll be able to exploit a vulnerable Vikings secondary and put up more than enough points. The first time these teams squared off, Aaron Rodgers threw threw perfect touchdown balls. Tolzien isn’t Rodgers, but I think he’s got a big day in store. I’m saying 250+ yards, two touchdowns and–most importantly–no turnovers.
Thomas Hobbes 5-5 Green Bay Packers 17-10
This is perhaps the most winnable game the Packers have without Rodgers; Adrian Peterson body looks to finally be breaking down and Greg Jennings might not suit up either.  Add to that Ponder is likely still recovering from dislocating his shoulder and this team is maybe as beat up in key spots as the Packers.
Cory Jennerjohn 8-2 Green Bay Packers 23-13
Don’t expect a lot of highlight-reel plays from this one. The Packers only need to corral a hobbled Adrian Peterson (groin) and allow Christian Ponder to fail. Look for the secondary to take chances at the line of scrimmage — which could mean another big game from Tramon Williams. Scott Tolzien must recognize pressure from a stout front four to pick on a very weak Vikings’ secondary.
Jason Perone 7-3 Green Bay Packers 21-10
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November

Packers Defense Does Not Measure Up to Its Talent

lombardi_quoteBefore school started this year, I ordered three motivational tin posters for my music classroom. One of these posters features Babe Ruth, while the other two feature none other than Vince Lombardi, legendary Green Bay Packers coach. Each one is a black and white photo prominently displaying an inspirational quote, and I often reference them when my students need some guidance.

After the past few weeks, with the struggles of a Packers team sans Aaron Rodgers, I have been unable to get one of those quotations out of my mind:

“The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.” –Vince Lombardi

I selected this particular poster, because it suggests that measuring ourselves against others is a fool’s errand. As I have often said, there will always be people out there better than us at something, and there will always be people who are worse than us. We should be looking at success as a measure of what we’ve been able to accomplish from where we’ve started.

How does this apply to the Packers’ current situation? Like many other fans, in my frustration with this injury-riddled season, my contempt for the defense and its failures has grown. Every year since the abysmal 2011 season – and a defense that, on average, gave up over 400 yards per game – I’ve been praying that Dom Capers would turn it around.

“Just get some good players in the draft, and we’ll be set,” I told myself. “Then we can get back to the 2010 defense that allowed the second fewest points per game in the league.”

Of course, this year, I started the season with a different tune. “Just get some key players healthy, and this defense will be unmovable.” Names like Casey Hayward, Morgan Burnett, and eventually Clay Matthews and Nick Perry kept popping up in this conversation. Green Bay just needed to get over the injury bug. That’s all.

It hasn’t gotten better, though. And average quarterbacks are making the pass defense look downright silly.

Unlike some fans, I’m not going to point my finger at Ted Thompson. I believe that he is good at acquiring talent for this team. Guys like Clay Matthews, Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, and Eddie Lacey were unbelievable draft picks. Then consider players like David Bakhtiari, Morgan Burnett, and Josh Sitton, who have been some solid acquisitions in the middle rounds. And don’t forget the undrafted diamonds like Sam Shields and DuJuan Harris that Thompson has unearthed.