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November

Packers vs. Vikings – Game Day First Impressions, Unfiltered: GB 26 MIN 26, OT

Marshall Newhouse

Packers, Vikings Tie 26-26

Green Bay Packers vs. Minnesota Vikings:  2013 Game 11

Unfiltered game day blog post of comments, observations and first impressions.

GAME NOTES:

A big problem is how many healthy cornerbacks the Packers have today? One they won’t have is Casey Hayward, whose season is over. Placed on IR for what has to bee the most persistent pulled hamstring in the history of he Packers, who have had some experience in that department. Sam Shields is also out.

This is a game the Packers MUST have. If they trip up here, I’ll be ready to start looking forward to the draft and next season.

 

Tonight’s captains for the Packers: - Eddie Lacy, Mike Daniels, Tim Masthay

 

Inactives for today’s game:

Green Bay PackersGreen Bay Packers
12 QB Aaron Rodgers
13 WR Chris Harper
37 CB Sam Shields
51 LB Nate Palmer
53 LB Nick Perry
67 T/G Don Barclay
97 DE Johnny Jolly

Starting lineup changes: 16 QB Scott Tolzien starts for Rodgers, 31 CB Davon House for Shields, 74 T Marshall Newhouse for Barclay, 96 LB Mike Neal for Perry and 76 DE Mike Daniels for Jolly.

Minnesota Vikings
12 QB Josh Freeman
21 CB Josh Robinson
50 LB Erin Henderson
60 G Jeff Baca
82 TE Kyle Rudolph
83 WR Rodney Smith
91 DT Chris Baker

Starting lineup changes: 29 CB Xavier Rhodes starts for Robinson, 57 LB Audie Cole for Henderson and 89 TE John Carlson for Rudolph.

 

 

 

Mike McCarthy Pregame Show on 620 WTMJ:

urgency  of game:  No question. For everything that’s going on with our football team., this is a win we need and a win we’re going to go out and get.

Wayne reads injury list: That was exhausting Wayne… It’s pro football. Injuries is the unfortunate part of our game. it’s really about the opportuniteis given to the other individuals. We need to take a one game focus – nail this thing down.

Group effort: There’s 46 guys that line up every week. They’re representing the team on that day and all have to be accountable. Likewise, the decision makers have a responsibility to be giving them everything they need, in terms of information, motivation, keeping the adrenilin flowing, etc.  Just trying to get everybody to exceed expectations.

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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 Periscope: Week 12 vs Minnesota Vikings

The Past: The Packers played their last game at the Mall of America Field at the Metrodome in week 8 and showed exactly how dangerous a balanced Packers offense could be.  In short, the offense was brutally efficient; even without Randall Cobb, James Jones and Jermichael Finley, quarterback Aaron Rodgers completed 24 passes out of 29 for 285 yards and two touchdowns to Jordy Nelson while adding 31 yards on 6 scrambles.  However the running attack needed no help from Rodgers this time as Eddie Lacy ground the Vikings defense for 94 yards on 29 carries and a touchdown while James Starks provided the change of pace with 57 yards on only 7 carries (8.1 ypc) and a touchdown.

On defense, the loss of Clay Matthews and Nick Perry certainly didn’t help with the pass rush, but with Adrian Peterson’s body obviously starting to break down plus a “give up” call to put Christian Ponder back after perhaps the worst quarterback play in the history of the NFL by Josh Freeman the week against the Giants before left the Vikings offense in shambles; Peterson only managed 60 yards on a paltry 13 attempts while Ponder completed 50% of his passes for only 145 yards.

Perhaps the most interesting story of the night happened after the game where Greg Jennings purposefully pulled Aaron Rodgers aside and proceeded to awkwardly hug/presumable apologize for about 5 minutes to which Rodgers just nodded dutifully.  Neither Rodgers nor Jennings has fully disclosed what was said on the field, but as both players might be watching from the sidelines this game probably means that this will be a non-issue for either team (not that that will stop the media from covering it like it was).

The Present: The Vikings are perhaps as injury riddled in key positions as the Packers are, which is no small task.  Star running back Adrian Peterson has been hobbled by a groin injury and hasn’t been as explosive as he once was.  Leading wide receiver Greg Jennings was a surprise scratch from last weeks game against the Seattle Seahawks, much to the dismay of head coach Leslie Frasier. If Jennings does indeed miss his homecoming against the Packers, how much of it will because he simply doesn’t want to be on the field when he knows he can’t win back the fans?  The Vikings still also have questions at quarterback, Josh Freeman was expected to see the field at some point after recovering from his concussion due to his relatively large contract, but hasn’t seen the field as Matt Cassel played in relief of starter Christian Ponder when he dislocated his shoulder two weeks ago.  Aside from Christian Ponder’s shoulder injury, he will also be without his favorite target in tight end Kyle Rudolph, who is likely to be out with a broken foot.

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October

Packers vs. Vikings – Game Day First Impressions, Unfiltered: GB 44 MIN 31

Green Bay Packers vs. Minnesota Vikings:  2013 Game 7

Unfiltered game day blog post of comments, observations and first impressions.

GAME NOTES:

The 1-5 Vikings host the 4-2 Packers in the teams’ first meeting of the season. Though the Packers have rebounded from a slow start and fight through a number of injuries to key starters, the Vikings just seem to be in shambles. Christian Ponder will start today after recently-signed Josh Freeman took the nod last week. Greg Jennings will want to light up his former team, especially after all of the controversial sound bites, and Adrian Peterson will want to get back to form after rushing for a total of only 90 yards across the past two games. On the other side of the ball, James Starks is back to possible spell Eddie Lacy in the ground game, while the Packers defense looks to maintain their dominance at the line.

Today’s captains for the Packers: - C/G Evan Dietrich-Smith, DT Johnny Jolly, K Mason Crosby.

 

Inactives for today:

The following players have been declared as inactive for tonight’s game between the Green Bay Packers and the Minnesota Vikings.

Green Bay PackersGreen Bay Packers
25 CB James Nixon
52 LB Clay Matthews
53 LB Nick Perry
59 LB Brad Jones
82 TE Ryan Taylor
88 TE Jermichael Finley
89 WR James Jones

Starting lineup changes: 81 Andrew Quarless will start at TE in place of Finley, 11 Jarrett Boykin at WR for J. Jones, 96 Mike Neal at OLB for Perry, 55 Andy Mulumba at OLB for Matthews, and 57 Jamari Lattimore at ILB for B. Jones.

Minnesota Vikings
12 QB Josh Freeman
27 CB Shaun Prater
40 FB Rhett Ellison
44 RB Matt Asiata
60 G Jeff Baca
83 WR Rodney Smith
91 DT Chase Baker

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Mike McCarthy Pregame Show on 620 WTMJ:

Recent success in Metrodome: Communication, verbal and visual. Have to be able to overcome it, especially in big situations.

Rivalries for fans vs. players: Players and coaches still feel rivalry. Not beneficial to get involved in emotions of it. Need to play emotionally, mentally disciplined.

Finley’s health: He’s getting better. Testing is still going on. No timetable at this point.

Bush, Hayward returning: Always want them involved on special teams. How Vikings play will determine Hayward’s participation.

James Starks returning: Would like to get him involved tonight.

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October

Packers vs. Vikings Week 8 Game Predictions from AllGreenBayPackers.com

GAME PREDICTIONS
Week 8: Green Bay Packers vs. Minnesota Vikings
Name Record To-Date This Week’s Pick Score Prediction
Kris Burke 3-3 Green Bay Packers 28-17
Adrian Peterson will still have a solid game, but he is going to learn this is not the 2012 Packers defense. Jared Allen is the lone bright spot on an otherwise woeful defense and will challenge David Bakhtiari.  Still, the Vikings are terrible and Green Bay wins this one pretty easily.
“Jersey” Al Bracco 4-2 Green Bay Packers 33-19
If Christian Ponder starts, I think this game will be a little closer than expected. Not that I’m impressed at all, but Ponder has had some success against Green Bay, he’s playing for his job, and the games are always closer in the Metrodome. 
Adam Czech 5-1 Green Bay Packers 27-24
This game is going to be closer than people think. I know, I know. It’s the Queens, and they’re even more of a mess than usual right now, but you don’t lose the caliber of players that the Packers have lost and just waltz into the Metrodome and cruise to an easy win. Adrian Peterson will want to show that he’s still the best RB in the league after a slow last couple of weeks. Christian Ponder will want to show that he deserves his starting job back. Leslie Frazier is coaching for his job. The Packers will win, but expect a battle.
Marques Eversoll 5-1 Green Bay Packers 23-17
Fortunately for the WR-thin Packers, Minnesota’s secondary is atrocious. If the Packers’ offensive line can keep Aaron Rodgers upright, they should have no problem outscoring the Vikings. Ultimately, it’s too much Eddie Lacy, too much Jordy Nelson and too many points for the Vikings to match. However, I do think it’ll be closer than many are expecting. If I were a gambling man, I’d take the Vikings with the points (+9).
Thomas Hobbes 4-2 Green Bay Packers 27-13
I think the biggest concern for the Packers is how well their newbie outside linebackers handle Adrian Peterson, both Mulumba and Palmer graded out negatively against the run last game as both overran running backs trying to get to the quarterback; if they can keep in line with a strong defensive line I think they can hold Peterson to manageable gains.  On offense, Aaron Rodgers will have to continue to make something out of nothing while Eddie Lacy churns out yards
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October

Where Are They Now: Following Former Packers

With the 2013 season now a quarter of the way over, I thought it would be a good idea to take a look at all the Packers who played for the 2012 team who are now playing somewhere else.  Have the Packers really missed them?  Have they made a contribution to their new teams?  (note: snaps are only counting offense and defense, not special teams)

Alex Green (New York Jets)

  • 2012 season: 343 snaps, 135 attempts for 464 Yds, 3.4ypc, 0 TDs, 1 Fum
  • 2013 season (projected): 40 snaps, 28 rushing attempts for 60 Yds, 2.1ypc, 0 TDs, 0 Fum
  • Alex Green never really was able to overcome the ACL injury he suffered as a rookie and became one of the few high draft picks to be quickly dumped by the Ted Thompson regime.  Green quickly found a new home with the New York Jets, one of the teams that curiously have been linked to the Packers (numerous trades of picks, Caleb Schlauderaff and of course Brett Favre).  As of yet, Green hasn’t been able to make much of an impact even with an apparent opening at the running back position with the Jets; Chris Ivory has been hobbled with injuries, Mike Goodson just returned from suspension and KR/RB Joe McKnight was sent packing.  At the moment, Green is projected as the 3rd running back and is on pace for about 60 yards rushing with a 2.1 average.   For the Packers James Starks has played pretty well and Eddie Lacy and Johnathan Franklin have both showed promise.  the Packers are fine at running back without Green.

Greg Jennings (Minnesota Vikings)

  • 2012 season: 416 snaps, 36 Rec for 366 Yds, 10.2 YPC, 4 TDs, 0 Fum
  • 2013 season (projected): 664 snaps, 56 Rec, 1,008 Yds, 18.0 ypc, 8 TD, 0 Fum
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September

Around the NFC North: Week 1

Around the NFC North

Week 1 of the 2013 season is finally here!

Seven months later, football is back!  The 2013 NFL season will kick off this week as the Denver Broncos host the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens on Thursday.

Preseason is over, rosters are set and fans are itching to see their team play a game that matters.  As we look at the NFC North heading into week one, there is a storyline to be found with each team.

The Chicago Bears fired head coach Lovie Smith and have begun the Marc Trestman era.  The Bears hope that Trestman can get more out of quarterback Jay Cutler than could the defensive-minded Smith.  The Bears will also be without star linebacker Brian Urlacher for the first time in over 12 seasons.

The Detroit Lions return much of their 2012 roster, which finished last season with a 4-12 record.  It was a disappointment after the Lions made a playoff appearance following the 2011 season.  Lost in last year’s dismal record was receiver Calvin Johnson’s record-setting season.  Johnson broke Jerry Rice’s record for receiving yards in a season with 1,892.  Johnson has said he has his sights set on a 2,000 yard season.  On the defensive side of the ball, Detroit drafted defensive lineman Ezekiel “Ziggy” Ansah, who had a strong preseason.  Ansah joins a formidable Detroit defensive line that already includes Nick Fairley and Ndamukong Suh.

The Green Bay Packers let long-time veterans Greg Jennings and Charles Woodson go and locked up quarterback Aaron Rodgers and linebacker Clay Matthews to lucrative contract extensions.  Green Bay also drafted two running backs in the early rounds of this year’s draft.  Eddie Lacy figures to be the team’s starting back come week one and will try to help balance the Packers offense and open up more opportunities for Rodgers to make plays with his arm.

In Minnesota, the Vikings signed more former Packers in Jennings and linebacker Desmond Bishop.  Jennings will be called on to help quarterback Christian Ponder take steps forward within the offense as well as mentor rookie receiver Cordarelle Patterson.  Minnesota got busy on the draft’s opening day and ended up with three picks in the first round.  In addition to Patterson, the Vikings also selected defensive lineman Sharrif Floyd and cornerback Xavier Rhodes.  In the end, it will all come down to how well Ponder can play.