Packers vs. Falcons – Game Day First Impressions, Unfiltered: GB 22 ATL 21

Packers TJ Lang hustling his ass off. on interception return - Atlanta.

TJ Lang hustling his ass off.

Green Bay Packers vs. Atlanta Falcons:  2013 Game 13

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


Evan Dietrich Smith is playing, which means the Packers can prevent the OL shuffle, which has not worked out well at all. Even better, Marshall Newhouse reported with flu symptoms, so Derek Sherrod will be the first tackle off the bench, if needed.

Matt Flynn get the call again at QB, despite a dismal performance last week against the Lions.

Snowing in Green Bay – perfect football weather and a great welcome for the 3-9 Falcons.


Today’s captains for the Packers: - James Jones, Clay Matthews and Jarrett Bush


Inactives for today’s game:


Green Bay PackersGreen Bay Packers
12 QB Aaron Rodgers
13 WR Chris Harper
22 RB Kahlil Bell
51 LB Nate Palmer
74 T Marshall Newhouse
98 DE C.J. Wilson
99 DE Jerel Worthy

10 QB Matt Flynn will start for Rodgers.

Atlanta Falcons
30 RB Josh Vaughn
36 S Kemal Ishmael
53 LB Omar Gaither
69 G Harland Gunn
74 T Terren Jones
77 T Sean Locklear
92 DT Travian Robertson

Mike McCarthy Pregame Show on 620 WTMJ:

Weather: Smells like Green Bay Packer football. Importance of the game is evident to us all.

Game plan for weather: You have to look at the whole picture. You have to look at the field – it was beat up a little after the Vikings game. the wind will be a factor.

EDS: Evan responded very well to the rehab. Everyone felt really good about his workout yesterday. he says he feels great and he’s ready to go.

Time off: Definitely helped. Our energy level is as high as it had been in quite some time. There’s a different energy about ourselves this week and it has to show up today,.

Flynn:  A liittle up and down this week in practice but I thought Friday was the best day he’s had since he’s been here.

Decline of Defense: Energy and finish is what we focused on. Schematically we’re fine. Frankly, we need to get off the damn block and tackle the football.

Atlanta: Good football team going through a lot of challenges. They’re playing some young guys. Frankly, I’m going to focus on our own football team and what we’re going through.



Packers vs. Falcons Week 14 Game Predictions from AllGreenBayPackers.com

Week 14: Green Bay Packers vs. Atlanta Falcons
Name Record To-Date This Week’s Pick Score Prediction
Kris Burke 7-5 Green Bay Packers 24-20
There is a strong argument against the Packers here, but Green Bay is going up against the one team with a worse defense than them.  Atlanta, a dome team, will struggle in the cold and Green Bay wins a game uglier than your grandmother’s Christmas sweater.
“Jersey” Al Bracco 5-7 Green Bay Packers 20-17
Having stuck with the Packers against my better judgement during this losing streak, I can’t abandon them now. Not even sure what to hang my hat on – I’ll go with lucky bounces and some frozen Falcons not wanting to be out there…
Adam Czech 9-3 Atlanta Falcons 27-24
As I write this, there’s a chance that Marshall Newhouse could start at left tack on Sunday. If that’s the case, the Packers might lose 110-4 and end up with -76 yards of offense. If whatever is wrong with Bakhtiari is cured by Sunday and Newhouse (mercifully) doesn’t play left tackle, the Packers will only lose by a field goal.
Marques Eversoll 8-4 Atlanta Falcons 27-24
I think it’ll be close, but I can’t see the Packers winning this one without Aaron Rodgers. The Falcons aren’t good, either, but they’re a little better than this beaten-up Packers team.
Thomas Hobbes 5-7 Green Bay Packers 13-10
I’m going to try to stay optimistic and assume that anyone on the team who wasn’t afraid of losing their jobs will be on their toes after last week.  Losing more games is likely to start seeing heads roll and everyone knows it.  Luckily the Falcons have had just as much of a nose-dive as the Packers this year and they don’t have the alibi of losing their starting quarterback.
Cory Jennerjohn 9-3 Green Bay Packers 20-16
I realize the Packers are 0-4-1 in their last five but if ever Green Bay needed help from the football gods, this is the perfect time. The Falcons bagged the season the moment Julio Jones went down. This is the classic “I Told You So” game for Ted Thompson. Thirty-year-old Steven Jackson was a target of the Packers in the offseason, but has been a shell of himself while battling injuries as he continues to get slower. Sound the alarm for Eddie Lacy — Atlanta is 30th in the league by allowing 126 rushing yards a game.


Packers Week 6 Stock Report: Bishop and Jennings Rising, Hawk and Clifton’s Health Falling

Desmond Bishop joins the rising category this week.

Packers Week 6 Stock Report: The Green Bay Packers improved to 5-0 by beating the Atlanta Falcons 25-14 on Sunday night. The Packers overcame a 14-0 deficit and the loss of Chad Clifton to get the win.

Last season at this time, there’s no way the Packers win that game. But Aaron Rodgers is so good right now that the Packers are never out of a game.

It was tough finding candidates for the falling category this week. It was equally as tough limiting the rising category to three players.


Aaron Rodgers
Rodgers is the best player in the league right now. The Packers probably lose Sunday night if their quarterback is merely good. But Rodgers is great, and he played great once again on Sunday.

Desmond Bishop
Bishop keyed the defensive turnaround by slicing through a gap and bringing down Michael Turner early in the second quarter. From there, the Packers D controlled the game and looked like the defense from last season.

Greg Jennings
Jennings typically hovers between steady and rising, but there’s no doubt where he belongs after five games. He’s one of the best route runners in the game and he’s been making plays in every game this season.


Mason Crosby
Crosby is a perfect 9 for 9 on FG attempts, including a huge 57-yarder on Sunday. Can’t be much more steady than that.

Mike McCarthy
McCarthy should probably go in the rising category, but we’ll keep him here for now. I love how open-minded McCarthy has become. He’s allowed Capers to make any type of adjustments needed on defense and he’s constantly trying new things throughout the course of a game on offense.

BJ Raji
Not only did Raji continue his stellar play on Sunday, he let the Falcons have it during postgame interviews. Much respect to Raji for taking care of business on the field, then calling it like he sees it after the game.


AJ Hawk
For those of you that play video games, go fire up your old Sega Genesis and play a version of Madden from the mid 90s, then play the latest version of Madden for the PS3. You’ll notice that the old Madden is much…more…slower than the latest PS3 version. Unfortunately, Hawk is stuck in the old version of Madden. He looks slow, and there’s no explosion whatsoever when he tries to make a play on the ball.



Packers vs. Falcons – Game Day First Impressions, Unfiltered: Packers 25, Falcons 14

Photo courtesy of Getty ImagesGreen Bay Packers vs. Atlanta Falcons:

Green Bay Packers vs. Atlanta Falcons:

Here is my unfiltered game day blog post of comments, observations and first impressions.

The Packers steamrolled the Falcons in the divisional round of the playoffs last season. Much to the amusement of Aaron Rodgers and the Packers, Atlanta WR Roddy White has hinted that the Falcons were actually the better team. This one should be a lot of fun.

Inactive for the Packers today are:

CB Davon House, S Nick Collins, LB Frank Zombo, T Brian Bulaga, TE Andrew Quarless, DE Mike Neal, LB Vic So’oto.

Falcons DE John Abraham (hip) is out. That’s a significant loss for Atlanta.

Mike McCarthy Pregame Show on 620 WTMJ:

When I pulled up the 620 WTMJ streaming window, the Brewers postgame show was still going on. No summary of McCarthy’s pregame interview in this space tonight.

Packers vs. Falcons – First Impressions – First Half:

Hawk gets dragged three yards by Turner on the second play of the game. Hawk just doesn’t look explosive at all this season.

Turner’s lower body should have its own zip code. It’s massive.

I said in our predictions post that getting off the field on 3rd down is key to this game. Not a good start at all on that first drive. And where exactly was Woodson going on White’s TD catch?

Grant fumbles. Can’t remember the last time that happened.

Tacklers bouncing off Turner, the Falcons controlling the clock, the Packers turning the ball over during a nice drive…this looks an awful lot like last year’s regular season loss to the Falcons.

Hawk couldn’t even slow Turner down on the TD dive. There’s just no explosiveness there. He looks sluggish.

Clifton goes down with a hamstring injury. Not a good situation when both of your starting tackles are out.

I prefer Crabtree over Williams as the blocking back in passing situations.

Slocum needs to teach Cobb how to signal for a fair catch.

On the 3rd and 12 at the end of the half, I told my wife there’s no way Rodgers will stand in the pocket and look to the end zone. I thought it would be a dumpoff pass followed by a field goal. Of course, Rodgers stands in the pocket and hits Finley at the goal line. And Finley dropped the pass. Doh!



Packers vs. Falcons Week 5 Game Predictions from AllGreenBayPackers.com

Week 5: Green Bay Packers vs. Atlanta Falcons
Name Record To-Date This Week’s Pick Score Prediction
Kris Burke 4-0 Green Bay Packers 33-24
It won’t be a blowout this time. The Georgia Dome crowd will be fired up and the Falcons will be looking for revenge. That said, can anyone stop Aaron Rodgers right now? Not this mediocre Atlanta defense.
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“Jersey” Al Bracco 4-0 Green Bay Packers 38-24
Atlanta is a team many picked to go all the way but they’re 2-2 and haven’t even looked that good. They will play their hearts out in desperation, but it won’t be enough.
Adam Czech 3-1 Green Bay Packers 31-27
If the Packers defense gets off the field on third down, it might be another repeat of last year’s playoff game. But I expect the Falcons to throw everything they have at the Packers and make this a close one.
Thomas Hobbes 4-0 Green Bay Packers 31-20
I guess we’ll finally see if Julio Jones was worth a king’s ransom. I think the Falcons are drifting away from their identity; they are a fundamentally solid team with an emphasis on the run but now they are trying to be an explosive team with an emphasis on the pass (like the Packers). Simply put, the Falcons aren’t ready to play that way and if the Packers can stuff the run and get a lead early on, the Falcon will again show that they aren’t as good as the Packers
Zach Kruse 2-2 Green Bay Packers 34-13
Aaron Rodgers will be facing essentially the same secondary he burned to the ground in January, and he’s playing better right now then he was during that stretch. I just can’t see how they don’t score more than 30 Sunday night. The pass defense finally shows up, too, leading to a Packers blowout in primetime.
Chad Toporski 4-0 Green Bay Packers 38-30
Despite Atlanta selling the world for Julio Jones, he can’t do much for their ailing defense. We’ve seen what Rodgers and his receivers can accomplish on the fast dome track, so it’s doubtful that the touchdown machine will be slowing down this week.


Cheesehead Radio News – 1/21/11 – 1/27/11, News From the Packers Twitterverse and Beyond

Weekly Green Bay Packers News from Twitter and other Sources by Al Bracco and Jayme Joers. (As heard on Cheesehead Radio 1/27/11 )

Al: Well, what can I say. After 13 long years, the Packers are back in the Super Bowl. Having survived a season racked with injuries and in jeopardy of not making the playoffs at all, the Packers found themselves winning 5 straight elimination games to propel themselves into the big game. The sweetest part, of course, was beating the Bears in their home for the NFC Championship.

Jayme: And the week that followed could easily be called controversy gate. We had Cutler-gate, Concussion-gate and Photo-gate. The Bears Jay Cutler was criticized by some former and current NFL players for supposedly tanking on his team. Bears fans vilified him, with some taking to burning his jersey. Never mind that this was a huge rush to judgement and Cutler really did have a serious injury.

Al: Yes Jayme, but I think Cutler brought this on himself. His dispassionate attitude on the sidelines would surely infuriate me if I was a Bears fan. Fortunately, I’m not and my quarterback is Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers, by the way, did a classy thing by coming out and saying he was very disappointed by the way Cutler was treated. Rodgers then mentioned the airport incident and noted that he has come to realize that you can never make everyone happy and as long as you know you’re a good person, that’s all that matters.

Jayme: And one thing that matters quite a bit to Packer Nation is the health of one Aaron Rodgers. Many in the media and even observers in the medical profession have speculated that he  may have suffered a concussion from the vicious hit by Julius Peppers. Rodgers has insisted that he absolutely did not and that the new helmet he has been wearing did it’s job.

Al: And finally, we had photo-gate. When it was announced that the Packers team picture would not include the players on injured reserve, some of those players objected. Turns out it was really just a logistics and scheduling issue for the Packers, but after much media attention, Green Bay announced they would move the picture day back to the Friday before the game, when all of the players on IR will be in Dallas with the team.



Cheesehead Radio News – 1/14/11 – 1/20/11, News From the Packers Twitterverse and Beyond

Weekly Green Bay Packers News from Twitter and other Sources by Al Bracco and Holly Phelps. (As heard on Cheesehead Radio 1/20/11 )

Al: There was a big to-do in CheeseheadNation this week about a scathing article Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk wrote about Aaron Rodgers. Accusing Rodgers of being a cad for not signing an autograph at the Green Bay airport, Florio got quite wholier than thou, lecturing Rodgers in his hack job piece on how Aaron needs to remember who pays his salary. Florio, of course, played up the “snubbed cancer patient” angle, essentially calling Rodgers a heel for not signing.

Holly: Soon after the initial hubub, the fan involved, Jan Cavanaugh, who is admittedly a serial autograph seeker and one that Rodgers signed for just the previous week, was aghast at the way Rodgers was being portrayed. She was not happy about it, and neither were the legions of fans on twitter who bombarded Florio with angry expressions of what they thought of him.  Surprisingly, the previously defiant Florio later did a complete turn-around and wrote a long, supposedly sincere apology to Aaron Rodgers and Jan Cavanaugh.

Al: I’m not buying that apology for a minute, Holly, but let’s not give him any more attention. The bigger news this week, was the dismantling of the #1 seed Atlanta Falcons by the lowly 6th seed Green Bay Packers. The Falcons were reportedly upset before the game about not receiving the respect they deserved as the #1 seed in the NFC. Well, I think the Packers gave them just as much respect as they were due. Seems everyone was right and the Falcons were wrong.

Holly: Well, you would be hard pressed to find anything wrong with Aaron Rodgers on Sunday. His 31- of 36, 3 TD performance is being hailed as one of the top five by a quarterback in playoff history. Rodgers was a model of calm and confidence for the Packers, always finding a way to make a play, whether by land or by air. And by the way, Aaron Rodgers has now won a playoff game.

Al: Yes, and that’s something that Matty Ice, who was voted to the Pro Bowl ahead of Rodgers, can not say. Of course, it’s just as well Rodgers wasn’t voted in – he’s going to be busy that weekend anyway.