Pro Bowl tackle and former Wisconsin Badger Joe Thomas returns to his home state to face the team he grew up cheering for
I could make this extremely short and simply say the Green Bay Packers just need to avoid injuries to come out of this game alive. That’s it. Done. But I still have no reason to think the Packers can’t win this game at home and during Throwback Weekend! I almost want to wait to write this until the very last minute, just to be sure that they can dress enough guys to play on Sunday. Hopefully the equipment staff has some oxygen masks on hand for all of the snaps that some of these guys are going to see.
With that, let’s jump right into the keys to this game and how Green Bay can dispatch the visiting Cleveland Browns.
No More Injuries. . Please
It’s not hyperbole to say that the Packers cannot afford another injury. Not one. As of right now (Friday), the team is practically pulling guys off the streets of Green Bay in order to suit up enough players on Sunday.
Just when Packer nation was already reeling from the loss of James Jones, Randall Cobb and Nick Perry, we learned that tight end Ryan Taylor was also hurt and had minor knee surgery this week. But there was more. Oh yes. On Wednesday, we learned that defensive lineman/linebacker Mike Neal was not at practice on Wednesday with a shoulder injury. Neal also did not practice on Thursday or Friday. On Mike McCarthy’s team, if you can’t practice, you can’t play. Without Neal, the Packers would be down to Andy Mulumba and Nate Palmer at outside linebacker this week. Read more... (1512 words + 3 images, estimated 6:03 mins reading time)
Posted in 2013 - 2014 Season
,2013 Regular Season
,Around the NFC North
,NFC North Division
by Jason Perone
One game separates three teams in the NFC North in week 7
Another week is in the books and the divisional races are starting to take shape. In the NFC North, the Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions all won their games while the Minnesota Vikings fell to the Carolina Panthers.
That puts the Lions and Bears atop the division with 4-2 records and with Detroit having a tiebreaker with a win over Chicago. Green Bay is in second place at 3-2 and is above the .500 mark for the first time this season. Minnesota dropped to 1-4 and are cellar-dwelling.
In looking ahead to this week’s schedule in the North, there are two more NFC/AFC matchups and two road games. The Lions will host the Cincinnati Bengals while the Packers will welcome the Cleveland Browns to Lambeau Field. The Bears travel to Washington to take on the Redskins and the Vikings will head to New York and square off with the reeling New York Giants.
With four games to look at, let’s jump in and see what is in store for each.
Chicago Bears (4-2) at Washington Redskins (1-4)
The Bears last played on Thursday night of last week and will have a few extra days to prepare for the Redskins. Washington, on the other hand, played in Sunday night’s game and on the road against the Dallas Cowboys so their week is slightly shortened. Read more... (1895 words + 3 images, estimated 7:35 mins reading time)