Packers vs. Cardinals – Game Day First Impressions, Unfiltered: AZ 17 GB 0

Packers Coach Mike McCarthy

I think we might need some better brainwashing…

Green Bay Packers vs. Arizona Cardinals:  2013 Preseason game 1

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

Inactive for Packers today: 

16 WR Kevin Dorsey
17 WR Charles Johnson
18 WR Randall Cobb
26 RB DuJuan Harris
27 RB Eddie Lacy
28 S Sean Richardson
29 CB Casey Hayward
38 CB Tramon Williams
73 T JC Tretter
75 T Bryan Bulaga
77 T Andrew Datko
78 T Derek Sherrod
81 TE Andrew Quarless
82 TE Ryan Taylor
87 WR Jordy Nelson
96 DE Mike Neal
99 DE Jerel Worthy

Inactive for Cardinals today:

10 WR Robert Gill
18 WR Kerry Taylor
23 CB Jamell Fleming
34 RB Ryan Williams
48 LB Dan Giordano
55 LB Karlos Dansby
57 LB Alex Okafor
71 G Daryn Colledge
83 TE Kory Sperry
87 TE Jeff King
92 DT Dan Williams
95 DT Ricky Lumpkin
— DE Cordian Hagans


All eyes will be on Davis Baktiari, entrusted with protecting Aaron Rodgers’ blind side with Bryan Bulaga lost for the season. Can the fourth round draft pick step right in to a starter’s role as a rookie? First test is tonight.

You never could have convinced me that Giorgio Tavecchio had a snowballs’ chance of unseating Mason Crosby as the Packers placekicker. Until Family Night happened. While I’d still be shocked is Crosby lost this battle, this has actually gotten interesting and might just be a real competition, not the sham I thought it was.

Vince Young is slated to see some time in this game, running I’m sure, a very limited offense. By all accounts, he’s been awful in practice. Should be interesting…




Mike McCarthy Pregame Show on 620 WTMJ:

Ready for another team: You get to this point every year when you are competing against your teammates in the dog days of August…

Game Priorities: From an offensive standpoint, calling plays. I’m basically going to call four different games tonight.

Bulaga: We’re giving David a chance to play left tackle, Marshall Newhouse has experience there, so I have confidence in him at that spot. Don Barclay is also a fine player that we can use at either tackle spot.



Packers vs. Cardinals Week 9 Game Predictions from AllGreenBayPackers.com

Week 9: Green Bay Packers vs. Arizona Cardinals
Name Record To-Date This Week’s Pick Score Prediction
Kris Burke 5-3 Green Bay Packers 99-3
(Kris’ fever has apparently made him delirious to predict such a blowout…)
“Jersey” Al Bracco 4-4 Green Bay Packers 27-10
I have to think the Packers players are fairly mad at themselves. For Clay Matthews to come out and question the effort and for McCarthy to have to remind everyone that they won a game last week, I think the annoyance level is fairly high. I’m hoping for an angry effort from the Packers and a more comfortable win than last week.
Adam Czech 5-3 Green Bay Packers 26-17
I’m off the deer stand and ready to watch the Packers. If the Packers O-line holds up, the Packers will be 6-3. If the line struggles, and Rodgers holds the ball and gets jittery, who knows what might happen.
Marques Eversoll 5-3 Green Bay Packers 24-13
Arizona’s defense will keep the Packers in check–especially if Jordy Nelson is unable to play for a second straight week. Fortunately for the Packers, the Cardinals are down to their third-string running back and starting John Skelton at quarterback. Clay Matthews should have a big day against a leaky Arizona offensive line. Packers win, but it may not be pretty.
Thomas Hobbes 5-3 Green Bay Packers 27-20
Actually I think this is going to be harder than most people think; last week people over-estimated how affected the Packers would be with all their injuries and if it wasn’t for an inept Jaguars squad the Packers could have easily lost the game.  Hopefully some of the Packers offensive starters come back, having your 2 starting WRs, RB, 3rd down RB, and TE all hurt isn’t a recipe for much offensive success.  My personal feeling is that if the Packers can grab a two TD lead in the 1st quarter the game will be lopsided.  If not, this one might be a nail biter.
Jason Perone 3-5 Green Bay Packers 24-23


Packers 28 Cardinals 20 – First Impressions of 2011 Preseason Game 2

A little late with this Packers -Cardinals post, as I couldn’t watch the game live. Watching the NFL Network replay, so here goes…

Nice play by Robert Francois on the opening kickoff coverage. Held his lane well and closed down what had been an open   running lane for the returner.

BJ Raji quickly forces a holding penalty coming from the right end position. I personally would rather see Raji stay at nose tackle, but I understand why the Packers are moving him around. His quickness for a guy with that body type is freakish.

Packers trusting Tramon Williams to cover Larry Fitzgerald one on one. Expect him to draw similar assignments all year.

Scott Wells with a very poor effort, which results in Rodgers taking a hit right after throwing. Wells played the part of statue, letting the player bounce to his left without even going after him other than a weak hand swipe. No excuse for that.

Really like what I’m seeing from Erik Walden at ROLB so far. A few nice “force” plays on runs to his side and showing some outside pass rush speed.

Kevin Kolb must be pretty slow to just barely get away from Howard Green and then get caught by Ryan Pickett.

Vic So ‘oto with a nice looking outside pass rush on the play where Larry Fitzgerald makes that diving one-handed catch. Soto is getting a good number of snaps with the “ones”,  sharing Matthews’ spot with Zombo. Coaches obviously like what they’ve seen of Soto. He certainly has the size and strength. The question will be mobility.

Ryan Grant runs into his own lineman for no gain and then on the next play, makes the wrong cut after breaking the line of scrimmage. Just like old times…

Ouch! Awful pass-block technique by Sherrod at guard and Rodgers goes down. He was off-balance from his first step and was way too high – his main problem so far.

Josh Sitton gets beat and gives up a sack – you don’t see that very often.

Tim Masthay – what a find…

D. J. Smith – All out effort all the time. Always in or or around the tackle. He’s a pint-sized keeper.