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February

Super Bowl XLVII Predictions: AllGreenBayPackers.com

GAME PREDICTIONS
2012 NFL Playoffs: Super Bowl XLVII
Name Straight Up Against the Spread
San Francisco 49ers vs. Baltimore Ravens (+4)
Kris Burke 49ers Ravens
“Jersey” Al Bracco 49ers Ravens
Adam Czech 49ers 49ers
Marques Eversoll 49ers 49ers
Thomas Hobbes 49ers 49ers
Jason Perone Ravens Ravens
Chad Toporski Ravens Ravens

Current Standings:

Chad Toporski, 14-5
“Jersey” Al Bracco, 13-6
Kris Burke, 12-7
Adam Czech, 10-9
Marques Eversoll, 10-9
Jason Perone, 10-9
Thomas Hobbes, 8-11

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Chad Toporski, a Wisconsin native and current Pittsburgh resident, is a writer for AllGreenBayPackers.com. You can follow Chad on twitter at @ChadToporski

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January

2012 NFL Playoffs Predictions, Conference Championships: AllGreenBayPackers.com

GAME PREDICTIONS
2012 NFL Playoffs: Conference Championships
Name Straight Up Against the Spread
San Francisco 49ers at Atlanta Falcons (+4)
Kris Burke 49ers Falcons
“Jersey” Al Bracco 49ers Falcons
Adam Czech 49ers Falcons
Marques Eversoll 49ers Falcons
Thomas Hobbes 49ers 49ers
Jason Perone Falcons Falcons
Chad Toporski 49ers 49ers
Baltimore Ravens at New England Patriots (-8)
Kris Burke Ravens Ravens
“Jersey” Al Bracco Patriots Ravens
Adam Czech Patriots Ravens
Marques Eversoll Patriots Ravens
Thomas Hobbes Patriots Ravens
Jason Perone Patriots Ravens
Chad Toporski Ravens Ravens

Current Standings:

Kris Burke, 9-7
“Jersey” Al Bracco, 11-5
Adam Czech, 8-8
Marques Eversoll, 8-8
Thomas Hobbes, 6-10
Jason Perone, 9-7
Chad Toporski, 11-5

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Chad Toporski, a Wisconsin native and current Pittsburgh resident, is a writer for AllGreenBayPackers.com. You can follow Chad on twitter at @ChadToporski

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October

Packers Stock Report: Enron to Apple Edition

Clay Matthews

Packers LB Clay Matthews is rising again this week.

If you were an investor, would you invest in the Packers right now?

They’ve been a wildly up-and-down stock so far. Before the season, they were the Apple of the NFL, a juggernaut that struck gold with the iPhone and was almost guaranteed to offer a good return on your investment despite its high buy-in price.

After losing to the 49ers, they fell a bit, but bounced back quickly by rolling over Jay Cutler and the Bears.

The market didn’t know what to think after the Seahawks loss. Was it a fluke because of the replacement refs? Or did allowing eight sacks in the first half point to serious trouble?

Projections leveled again after beating the Saints and investors started buying up as much Packers stock as they could during the first half of the Colts game.

Then there was an Enron-like collapse in the second half against the Colts and investors couldn’t dump their green and gold stock certificates fast enough.

Now the Packers are coming off their biggest win of the season, a 42-24 route over the previously undefeated Texans on the road. If you were smart and bought in when the Packers stock was low after the Colts’ loss, you’re probably set to make a whole bunch of money over the next few weeks.

If you didn’t, you could still buy in if you think the Packers are on pace to return to Apple status.

Rising

Aaron Rodgers
Before Sunday’s breakout against the Texans, there were people clamoring for me to put Rodgers in the falling category. While I acknowledged that Rodgers wasn’t playing his best, he wasn’t falling. Before Sunday, Rodgers was on pace for over 4,000 yards, 30-plus touchdowns and a QB rating around 100. That’s not falling. That’s still pretty damn good. Yes, he missed a few throws he should have made and threw a few bad interceptions, but he wasn’t falling. He was human. Any talk of Rodgers falling was put to rest on Sunday…at least until his next good-but-not-great game.

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January

2011 NFL Conference Championships – Game Predictions from AllGreenBayPackers.com

GAME PREDICTIONS
2011 NFL Playoffs: Conference Championships
Name Straight Up
Against the Spread
Baltimore Ravens at New England Patriots (-7.5)
Kris Burke Patriots Patriots
“Jersey” Al Bracco Ravens Ravens
Adam Czech Patriots Patriots
Thomas Hobbes Patriots Patriots
Zach Kruse Patriots Patriots
Chad Toporski Ravens Ravens
New York Giants at San Francisco 49ers (-2.5)
Kris Burke 49ers 49ers
“Jersey” Al Bracco 49ers 49ers
Adam Czech Giants 49ers
Thomas Hobbes Giants Giants
Zach Kruse Giants Giants
Chad Toporski 49ers 49ers

Current Standings:

Chad Toporski, 12-4
“Jersey” Al Bracco, 10-6
Zach Kruse, 10-6
Thomas Hobbes, 9-7
Kris Burke, 5-11
Adam Czech, 5-3 *(missed Wild Card round)

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Chad Toporski, a Wisconsin native and current Pittsburgh resident, is a writer for AllGreenBayPackers.com. You can follow Chad on twitter at @ChadToporski

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December

How Did We Get Here? 5 Plays Responsible for the Green Bay Packers’ 2010 Playoffs Predicament

Having now lost five games this season (all by four points or fewer), the Green Bay Packers  now find themselves in serious danger of missing the playoffs.

How did it come to this for the Packers? Of course we all know about the injuries, but that’s not an excuse. Plenty of playoff-bound teams, like the Patriots for example,  have their share of players on IR.

When you lose close games, you can often target a few key plays or decisions throughout the season that highlight why you are in the position you are in.

1. James Jones’ fumble against the Bears
Even though the Packers were racking up a record number of penalty yards and finding new ways to shoot themselves in the foot, Aaron Rodgers appeared poised to lead a fourth-quarter comeback victory against a hated division rival.

Then James Jones reminded us that he’s, well, still James Jones.

You can’t fault Jones for trying to make a play, but where would this season be if he just went out of bounds?

2. Rodgers chooses not to slide and gets a concussion
Some people pin last week’s loss to the Lions on Aaron Rodgers. They say his decision to not slide was selfish and he is now a “concussion prone player.”

Rodgers should have slid, no doubt. But his ill-advised decision does not mean he’s selfish and does not make him more concussion prone than any other player.

Rodgers is playing without arguably his top receiving target, his 1,200-yard rusher and his veteran right tackle. He also lost his starting guard early against the Lions. In order for the Packers to score points, Rodgers has to make plays.

Rodgers chose not to slide because he was trying to make a play. It was not a good decision, but it had nothing to do with acting like a tough guy, proving a point or being selfish.

3. Going for it on 4th and goal against the Redskins
If I was an NFL coach, I would probably be much more conservative than most fans could handle. However, if I coached the Packers, my conservatism would have resulted in an extra win this season.

Thanks to the benefit of hindsight, we realize that Mike McCarthy should have kicked the field goal when faced with a 4th and goal from the Redskins 1-yard line early in the second quarter. Those extra three points likely would have changed the game’s outcome and given the Packers another conference win over an opponent that ended up beating the Bears a few weeks later.

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November

Back to Work: How the Packers Stack up Against the NFC

Sunday’s dismantling of the Vikings was the Packers most enjoyable win in a long time. The game has already been adequately covered on this blog, so in an attempt to get Packers fans re-focused on the rest of the season, I thought I would take a look at the bigger picture in the NFC and try to figure out where the Packers fit and how they stack up against the other top teams in the conference.

I’ll start with a basic set of NFC power rankings. From there, I’ll break down the top six teams with a focus on how they match-up against the Packers. This is not a predictions piece (I learned my lesson the last time I tried to make predictions). Rather, it’s an examination of where the NFC stands right now, factors that could influence where it might be at the end of the season, and how the Packers might figure into the whole thing.

By now, the hangover from the win over the Vikings should have worn off. It’s time to get back to work.

NFC North Power Rankings

1.       Eagles

2.       Packers

3.       Falcons

4.       Saints

5.       Giants

6.       Buccaneers

7.       Bears

8.       Redskins

9.       Rams

10.   Cowboys

11.    Seahawks

12.   Lions

13.   49ers

14.   Vikings

15.   Cardinals

16.   Panthers

Eagles

The Eagles sort of remind me of the 2009 Vikings. They have a quarterback that is exceeding expectations, an all-around threat in DeSean Jackson (kind of like Percy Harvin) an emerging receiver receiver in Jeremy Maclin (Sidney Rice) and a defense that plays well with a lead.

However, no matter how well he is playing, the wild card for the Eagles is still Vick. Can he stay healthy? He’s already missed three starts and has carried the ball 29 times since returning (that’s a lot of hits). Can he hold up in a close game? The Packers appear to have the right combination of offense and defense to always be in games. I am still not convinced that Vick is capable of leading a composed and methodical drive down the field late in a game to rally the Eagles to a win.