Posted in 2013 - 2014 Season
,2013 Regular Season
,Game Balls and Lame Calls
by Thomas Hobbes
Overall, lots of bad but a couple of good things showed up in the Packers loss to the Bengals. On one hand, we haven’t seen a game as messy as this one since maybe the 18 penalty, 2 turnover night against the Bears in 2010. Aaron Rodgers looked a little lost amongst all the new faces making an appearance due to injuries and the Packers didn’t look as sharp as they normally did, though having to put a wide reciever/returner at running back is probably as desperate as I’ve ever seen the Packers get. On the bright side, the Packers look like they may have another viable running back in Johnathan Franklin and the defense was for once the strength of the team. In fact everything was flipped today; the running game was brutally effective while the passing game was wildly inconsistent and the defense was the reason the Packers stayed in the game while the offense basically blew a huge lead late in the game. Read more... (1257 words + 1 image, estimated 5:02 mins reading time)
McCarthy and Rodgers have not fared well when playing from behind late in games
Last season and after the loss to the Seattle Seahawks, I wrote about how the Green Bay Packers were facing a turning point in their early season. It seemed like a knee-jerk reaction to what was a huge debacle by the replacement officials and the NFL because it was after only three games. Turns out, the Packers did get it together enough to win the NFC North and win a playoff game. In looking back at last season, the Seattle loss still looms as the turning point in 2012.
Here we are, three weeks into the 2013 season and seemingly at what could be this season’s turning point. Sure, some will say it’s too early, I’m being hasty, I’m a downer on Twitter and when this team gets all of its injured guys back, the Packers will be fine.
The “problem” that the Packers have, as far as fans are concerned, is that with a quarterback like Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay will always be a contender who can win any game. Therefore, the expectation to win is high. When the Packers don’t win, there is usually an adverse reaction that ranges from mild displeasure to profanity laced rants on twitter to some jumping out the 10th story window. Emotional responses by fans, players and coaches are a part of football. It’s contagious when we are watching a game that thrives on emotion and so we respond in kind. Read more... (1700 words + 3 images, estimated 6:48 mins reading time)
Green Bay Packers vs. Cincinnati Bengals: 2013 Game 3
Unfiltered game day blog post of comments, observations and first impressions.
For the second straight week, the Packers are facing an opponent coming off a Monday Night game. Always an advantage to some degree.
Two Bengals cornerbacks are out today, though neither are major contributors. Still, Aaron Rodgers is presently wiping the saliva off his chin… Pacman Jones, are you ready?
Today’s captains for the Packers: - WR Jordy Nelson (offense), CB Sam Shields (defense) and TE Ryan Taylor(special teams).
Inactives for today:
Green Bay Packers
24 CB Jarrett Bush
27 RB Eddie Lacy
29 CB Casey Hayward
30 FB John Kuhn
42 S Morgan Burnett
65 G Lane Taylor
93 DE Josh Boyd
43 M.D. Jennings & 22 Jerron McMillian will start at safety for the Packers. 44 James Starks will start at RB for 27 Eddie Lacy. In place of 30 John Kuhn, either 89 James Jones is expected to start as a 3rd WR or 81 Andrew Quarless is expected to start as a 2nd TE.
21 CB Brandon Ghee
27 CB Dre Kirkpatrick
33 RB Rex Burkhead
67 G Mike Pollak
73 T Anthony Collins
88 WR Ryan Whalen
99 DE Margus Hunt
Tough stretch: Definitley. You’re going to find out what kind of team you have early on. Read more... (1323 words + 5 images, estimated 5:18 mins reading time)
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Packers vs. Bengals – Game Day First Impressions, Unfiltered: Cin 34 GB 30
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After easily dumping the Washington Redskins last Sunday in their home opener, the Green Bay Packers once again hit the road and tomorrow face the Cincinnati Bengals.
The Bengals, like the Packers, are 1-1 and are tied for first place in the AFC North with the defending world champion Baltimore Ravens. Cincinnati was the chic pick by many to win the AFC North and after an opening day loss to the Chicago Bears, they bounced back nicely against the Pittsburgh Steelers Monday night, defeating their archrival by a score of 20-10.
Despite some accuracy issues by quarterback Andy Dalton, the Bengals were able to move the ball in the second half and a depleted Pittsburgh team just couldn’t keep up. Rookie running back Giovani Bernard took some of the pressure off of Dalton and helped put the Steelers away.
The last time we met
The last time the Bengals and Packers met, the game ended in heartbreak for Green Bay. During their Week 2 game in 2009, the Bengals edged the Packers 31-24 after Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers failed to stop the clocked in a frantic last minute drive to score the game-tying touchdown.
This also was the same game former Cincinnati receiver Chad Ochocinco/Johnson performed the Lambeau Leap he was promising/threatening all week. Carson Palmer was able to move the ball down the field almost at will with Green Bay still adjusting to their new 3-4 defense.
The Bengals lead the overall series between the two teams, 6-5. Read more... (950 words + 1 image, estimated 3:48 mins reading time)
Bernard is the type of dynamic player that the Packers need to key on
The Green Bay Packers will hit the road again after a compelling win at home last week against the Washington Redskins. Week three has the Packers in Cincinnati to face the Bengals.
The NFC/AFC matchups are always intriguing because the opponents are not familiar with each other. It has also produced some of the more exciting games over the past several years. A few that come to mind: At Pittsburgh in 2009, at New England in 2010, at San Diego in 2011 and at Indianapolis last season. I happened to attend the San Diego and the Indianapolis games and I have no idea why I bought a “seat” because I was standing the entire time.
While there is a lot to be encouraged about from last week’s performance by the Packers, let’s keep in mind that the Bengals are not the Redskins. Cincinnati will be playing at home and has quite a bit more talent than does Washington. That talent runs on both sides of the ball.
The Packers bring in their own wealth of talent and will look to score a big road win heading into their very early bye week. Let’s take a look at the keys to this week’s game, from the Packers perspective. Read more... (1948 words + 3 images, estimated 7:48 mins reading time)
Can the Bears stay perfect and will the Vikings get in the win column?
One-eighth of the 2013 season is in the books and as we look ahead to week three. The Chicago Bears improved to 2-0 and scored a big divisional win against the Minnesota Vikings, who are now 0-2. The odds of a team making the postseason after an 0-2 start are well-documented and quite low. The Cleveland Browns visit Minnesota this week so on paper, it seems like a good opportunity for the Vikings to get one in the win column. The Bears will travel to Pittsburgh to take on the ailing Steelers, who will be coming off of a short week after their Monday night game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
The Detroit Lions lost late in Arizona to the Cardinals. The Lions will travel to Washington this week to take on the Redskins, who fell to the Green Bay Packers. Both Detroit and Green Bay are 1-1 on the season. The Packers face another tough road game as they travel to Cincinnati to take on the Bengals. The Bengals will have one fewer day to prepare for the Packers as they will be coming off of the Monday night game against the Steelers.
Let’s take a quick look at each matchup and what is in store for this week’s slate. Read more... (1900 words + 3 images, estimated 7:36 mins reading time)