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Game Balls and Lame Calls: Packers 24, Jaguars 15

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QB Aaron Rodgers was good but not spectacular for the Packers in their 24-15 win over the Jaguars

It was ugly but the Green Bay Packers will take it.

The Packers offense was not firing on all cylinders Sunday without their top two receivers in Greg Jennings and Jordy Nelson, but thankfully the defense was up to the task against a relatively impotent offense as the Packers hung on in an ugly 24-15 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Aaron Rodgers was good but not stellar as he missed his two favorite targets and Alex Green had a fair if not unimpressive performance against the Jaguars.   The defense, despite a third quarter touchdown, played solid in the red zone and kept the Jaguars out of the end zone for the rest of the game.

It would be unfair to say the Packers offense suddenly regressed thanks to injuries at wide receiver, but the running game needs to get going.  The defense also has been hobbled by injuries, but some bad habits seem to be resurfacing despite the unit’s overall solid play in the win.

Here’s who stood out and who didn’t in the win over the Jaguars.

Game Balls

S Morgan Burnett

People were watching to see how the secondary would do with the loss of Charles Woodson and Burnett came up big.  He had an interception, a sack, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and led the team with nine tackles.

When he wasn’t forcing turnovers, Burnett was constantly around the ball.  He showed solid tackling technique and took care of business in the defensive backfield. It’s not enough to help people forget about a special talent like Woodson, but it’s a reminder of how much young talent the Packers have in their secondary that will continue to improve with experience.

LB Brad Jones

Not to be outdone by Burnett, Jones played well in place of both the injured DJ Smith and Desmond Bishop.  Jones was touted at one time as the heir apparent to Aaron Kampman but thanks to the Packers’ commitment to the 3-4 scheme and the emergence of Clay Matthews, Jones became a forgotten man on the linebacker depth chart.

Thanks to Bishop and Smith landing on season ending injured reserved, Jones finally gets another chance and made the most of his chances against the Jaguars.  Jones also had one sack and a forced fumble plus he finished behind Burnett with seven tackles.

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Packers vs. Jaguars – Game Day First Impressions, Unfiltered: GB 24 JAC 15

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Green Bay Packers vs. Jacksonville Jaguars:

My unfitered game day running blog post of comments, observations and first impressions.

Inactive for Packers today: CB Sam Shields, WR Greg Jennings, S Charles Woodson, WR Jordy Nelson, RB John Kuhn, LB Nick Perry

Inactive for Jaguars today: RB Montell Owens, RB Maurice Jones-Drew, DE D’Anthony Smith, S Dwight Lowery, DT Jeris Pendleton, CB Derek Cox, WR Laurent Robinson

Game Notes:

Packers roster takes a hit today in the defensive backfield and the wide receivers corps. Youth shall be served…

Today’s captains are WR James Jones, LB Erik Walden and LS Brett Goode.

Wow – 44% of #Jaguars offense since 2010 has been from Maurice Jones Drew

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Mike McCarthy Pregame Show on 620 WTMJ:

 

Noon game at home: Love it. Get up early, smells like football. ..

Woodson loss: We’re talking about someone who has been an impact player every year here. When you lose a guy like Charles, you have to use the next group of players to their strengths. I’m looking for our defense to generate turnovers, create fumbles.

Replacing Woodson: Charles plays in a lot of roles. We’ll individuals focus more on ione position in as opposed to charles playing one, tow three, sometime four

Jennings, surgery: We’re all hopeful it’s going to go well. They don’t think it’s a major issue.

Cobb: He’s a playmaker and gives us versatility. He doesn’t just line up in one spot.

Rodgers last 2 weeks: He’s played very well. I think we all got spoiled by last year. There’s a lot of things we probably wouldn’t do if we didn’t have Aaron Rodgers.

Maurice Jones Drew: He’s a fun player to watch – glad I’m not watchng him today. Dynamic, unique guy you can build an offense around

Gabbert:  First thing I’ve always been impressed with is his ability to throw the football. He’s taken big steps from year one to two. He’s in a system that plays to favorable down and distance. Much improved player.

Jaguars: Fundamentally sound team. It’s going to be  challenge.  We look for their DBs to challenge our receivers. This  game will be a lot more competitive than people realize.

Jordy out: Pre-game workout went very well, but then going back out on the field later, he just didn’t feel quite ready.

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Packers Prediction Contest: Win a copy of Football’s Greatest from Sports Illustrated

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Packers Vs Jaguars Prediction Contest

Sports Illustrated has published a fantastic new book, called “Football’s Greatest.”  This massive (10′ x 13′, 288 pages) hard cover book   is a group effort by seven Sports illustrated senior writers and editors who cover the NFL. They’ve taken on the painstaking job of ranking the NFL’s historical best of the best in over 20 categories. Best quarterbacks, best linebackers, best stadiums, best franchises, etc.

The Green Bay Packers are well represented in this book, with 22 selections in 17 categories, including three #1 rankings and 14 in the top five. You NEED this book on your bookshelf.

So here we are to give you a chance to own one. (If you don’t win and want to buy one, just click on the image)

Make your picks in the comments below.   The person with the correct winning team and the closest overall in point differential wins the T-shirt.

Don’t forget the tiebreaker question… (you won’t be eligible if you don’t answer it.)

 

Winning Team:

Final Score:

Tiebreaker: (Total net yards of offense for the Packers):

Post your entry in the comments below. Only entries posted here and received by 1:00PM EasternTime on 10/28/12 will be considered. ALLGBP writers are not eligible. The winner will be announced in the comments section of this post, so check back if you think you did well.

 

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Packers vs. Jaguars Week 8 Game Predictions from AllGreenBayPackers.com

GAME PREDICTIONS
Week 8: Green Bay Packers vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
Name Record To-Date This Week’s Pick Score Prediction
Kris Burke 4-3 Green Bay Packers 31-21
Not going with the blowout here.  The bitter taste of the Colts game is still lingering.  Until I see the Packers bury an opponent and have Dom Capers standing on the gas for 60 minutes, caution is the word.
“Jersey” Al Bracco 3-4 Green Bay Packers 35-6
If in any way, the Packers don’t win this game by at least 3 touchdowns, then either something is very wrong or they just got bored.
Adam Czech 4-3 Green Bay Packers 30-13
This is going to be one of those games that’s never really close, but isn’t necessarily a blowout, either. At no point will we feel like the Jaguars will win, but every now and then we might grumble that the game shouldn’t be as close as it is. The Jags d-line is scrappy and will probably frustrate the Packers running game a bit, but ultimately, that won’t matter much once Aaron Rodgers cuts loose.
Marques Eversoll 4-3 Green Bay Packers 34-13
Attention, fans of running the football: this is the week. I think Alex Green will become the Packers’ first 100-yard rusher since October 2010. Aaron Rodgers will build a comfortable halftime lead, allowing the run game to take advantage of a weak Jacksonville run defense. The Jags are without Maurice Jones-Drew, so the Packers win this one easily.
Thomas Hobbes 4-3 Green Bay Packers 31-9
Maurice Jones Drew is responsible for 41% of the Jaguars offensive yardage and at an average of 235 yards over 6 games, the loss of MJD should result in 139 yards against the Packers (naturally Rashad Jennings will make back some of those yards but you get the point).  Furthermore the Jaguars go about 16 yards per point so in rough estimate they should gain 9 points.  The only thing I can think of that’s in their favor is that traditionally the Packers don’t do as well with opponents that they don’t know well or against players they didn’t account for, and the Jaguars are definitely that type of team.
Jason Perone 2-5 Green Bay Packers 35-7
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2012 NFL Regular Season Week 8: Packers vs Jaguars Preview

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The Packers offense and Aaron Rodgers should keep rolling against the Jaguars

The Green Bay Packers seem to be on a roll.

One week after their statement victory over the Houston Texans, the Packers followed it up with a 30-20 win over the improved St. Louis Rams.  Aaron Rodgers continued his recent hot streak, going 30 of 37 for 342 yards and three touchdowns.  The offense seemingly has emerged from doldrums it was in early in the season.

This week, the Packers go into a game that by all signs appears to be a cakewalk against the Jacksonville Jaguars.  The Jaguars very likely will go into the game without their star running back Maurice Jones-Drew and their improving but still struggling starting quarterback Blaine Gabbert.   In their places will be Rashad Jennings at running back and Chad Henne at quarterback.

The Packers come into the game without Greg Jennings and perhaps without Jordy Nelson, who is nursing a hamstring injury.  This would leave a receiver group of James Jones, Randall Cobb, Donald Driver and Jarrett Boykin.  The Packers will also not have Charles Woodson on defense who will be out for six weeks with a broken collarbone.

Scouting the Jaguars

On paper, it looks like the Jaguars don’t have a fighting chance against the Packers but it’s still the NFL.  They still have to play the games and anything can happen.

With Henne likely at quarterback, it bears revisiting that Henne beat the Packers at Lambeau Field in 2010 when he was with the Miami Dolphins.   Yes, he had Brandon Marshall at receiver but Henne also took care of the ball and didn’t cost the Dolphins a chance to win the game.  Sometimes that’s the best an underdog can hope for from a mediocre quarterback.

Rashad Jennings has 34 carries for 90 yards and one touchdown.  He’s definitely no MJD and the Jaguars will definitely miss him more than they will miss Gabbert.

At receiver, the Jaguars hoped Justin Blackmon would be the next superstar receiver in the AFC South when they selected him with the fifth pick in this spring’s NFL Draft.  So far, not so good for Blackmon. 14 catches for 126 yards and zero touchdowns.  Maybe he will have some better luck with a veteran like Henne throwing the ball, but so far it seems like Blackmon is in the running for poorest performance by a top five draft pick.