Posted in 2013 Regular Season
by Jason Perone
Ngata and Suggs remain as standout holdovers from last year’s Super Bowl championship team
The Green Bay Packers will hit the road again and head to Baltimore to face the defending Super Bowl champion Ravens. The Packers have yet to have back-to-back home or road games this season and they will alternate home and road games until early November.
Winning on the road in the NFL is never easy, regardless of the opponent and the Packers have shown a tendency to win the hard way when away from Lambeau Field.
The Ravens entered this season having lost some of their salty veterans, but were still favorites to compete in the AFC in 2013. The Packers were also among the NFC favorites and are looking to take another step towards solidifying that notion with a big road win.
While it has been close to eight years since Green Bay visited Baltimore, quarterback Aaron Rodgers was there. It was his rookie season and he saw some playing time that Monday night. Unfortunately that was because the Ravens were pounding the Packers and then-quarterback Brett Favre. Rodgers was sacked three times and had an interception in relief of Favre. On ESPN’s “Tuesdays with Aaron” show this week, Rodgers recounted that game, showcasing more of his innate memory skills.
While Baltimore has had their share of struggles with a shaky offensive line and a lack of playmakers in the passing game, they are still the defending champions and they have not lost at home yet this season. If the Packers are going to emerge victorious, they will need a top-flight performance all around and mistake-free football to get it done. Read more... (1538 words + 3 images, estimated 6:09 mins reading time)
Posted in 2013 - 2014 Season
,2013 Regular Season
,Around the NFC North
,NFC North Division
by Jason Perone
All four teams play this week and are separated by just two games
The race in the NFC North got a bit tighter in week five. The division-leading Detroit Lions fell to the Green Bay Packers, who evened their record to 2-2. Both the Lions and Chicago Bears, who lost to the New Orleans Saints, are tied atop the North at 3-2 with Detroit having a slight edge due to their head-to-head win over Chicago in week four. The Minnesota Vikings had a bye and enter this week at 1-3.
With a full slate of games this week that kicks off with the Bears hosting the New York Giants on Thursday night, let’s dive into the matchups and storylines of each.
New York Giants (0-5) at Chicago Bears (3-2)
Before this season started, there were more than a handful of fans and experts who had the Giants pegged to lose five games all season, let alone their first five. The Giants were victimized by the visiting Philadelphia Eagles and remain winless on the year. They now face a short week and a road game to boot. Read more... (2131 words + 3 images, estimated 8:31 mins reading time)