18

August

Packers 19, Rams 7: Game Balls and Lame Calls

Johnny Jolly made his presence known against the Rams on Saturday.

B.J. Coleman to Jake Stoneburner.   If you had that as the first Green Bay Packers touchdown of the 2013 season, congratulations on your new found wealth.

For the other 99.999% of Packer Nation, they were just happy to see Green Bay get its first win of the preseason in a 19-7 victory over the St. Louis Rams in St. Louis.  The starting units saw action into the second quarter in preparation for Friday’s “dress rehearsal” against the Seattle Seahawks, and improvement was visible from last week’s loss to the Arizona Cardinals.

Aaron Rodgers was his usual accurate self, finishing 10 for 12 with 134 yards.  The backup quarterbacks improved but still left a lot of room to grow. Defensively, the loathed “soft zone” reared its ugly head again as the Packers gave up chunks of yards but didn’t allow any points until late in the fourth quarter. The “bend but don’t break” defense Green Bay has become known for under Dom Capers seems to still be the name of the game.

As for those who stood out, and those who need to stand down, here is the 2013 premiere of “Game Balls and Lame Calls.”

Game Balls

RB Eddie Lacy

People were closer than they thought when they accused Lacy of being “fat” after an unflattering picture of him emerged from an early training camp practice.

Turns out he wasn’t “fat” but rather “phat.”

The long drought of the Packers not having a powerful and bruising running back seems to finally be over.  Lacy just refuses to go down on first contact. He finished the night with 40 yards on five carries and gained another 11 yards on a swing pass.  His power and spin moves dazzled many Packers fans and have put Lacy at the forefront to be the Packers’ starting running back.

DL Johnny Jolly

So much for Jolly being out of football shape while he was suspended.

Jolly showed what type of player he can be and still is as he made tackles at the line of scrimmage, batted a ball that led to a Jarrett Bush interception and even made an interception  of his own (with a spin move!).

18

August

Surviving Sunday: News, Notes and Analysis from Packers Preseason

Surviving Sundays with no Packers Football

Surviving Sundays with no Packers 

Packers beat Rams
The Packers got an exhibition win over the Rams on Saturday night. I didn’t get a chance to watch the game, but here is what I gathered about the Packers’ performance from those Tweeting while watching: First-team offense looks good, Johnny Jolly took a giant step forward, Micah Hyde has promise, Eddie Lacy is big and tough, the Packers don’t have a kicker, pass-rush from players on the first-team defense not named Clay Matthews isn’t there, D.J. Williams keeps dropping passes. For a more in-depth recap of the game, be sure to check out Jersey Al’s post.

Williams ready for week 1?
Out with a knee bruise since July 30, cornerback Tramon Williams said he should be ready for the season-opener against the 49ers. Of course, in the same interview, Williams also said he thought he’d be back by now. Never trust a player’s timetable for returning from an injury. Players always claim that the injury “isn’t that bad” or “should only take a couple of days.” They’re rarely right. I’m no doctor myself, but given how cautious the Packers are with injuries, it wouldn’t surprise me one bit if Williams misses at least the 49ers game.

Woodson praises Rodgers
Former Packers defensive back Charles Woodson doesn’t understand why Greg Jennings and Donald Driver were questioning Aaron Rodgers’ leadership lately. As soon as Jennings started spouting off, I remembered an interview Rob Demovsky — former Packers beat writer with the Green Bay Press Gazette and now at ESPN — did on Packer Transplants where he called the Packers wide receiving corp “the biggest group of frontrunners he’s ever been around.”  It’s scary how I remembered that quote, but it’s looking more and more like Mr. Demovsky was spot on.

Grading Packers’ rookies
Here’s a nice report card of the Packers rookies’ through three weeks of training camp. If I was the teacher, I’d probably put tackle David Bakhtiari and Datone Jones at the top of the class. I don’t think any parents need to be called in for a special conference yet.

17

August

Packers vs. Rams – Game Day First Impressions, Unfiltered: GB 19 STL 7

Packers - Rams

Green Bay Packers vs. St. Louis Rams:  2013 Preseason game 2

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

Inactives for today:

Green Bay PackersGreen Bay Packers
16 WR Kevin Dorsey
17 WR Charles Johnson
18 WR Randall Cobb
26 RB DuJuan Harris
28 S Sean Richardson
29 CB Casey Hayward
38 CB Tramon Williams
73 T JC Tretter
75 T Bryan Bulaga
78 T Derek Sherrod
81 TE Andrew Quarless
82 TE Ryan Taylor
87 WR Jordy Nelson
95 DE Datone Jones
99 DE Jerel Worthy

St. Louis Rams
27 S Matt Giordano
30 RB Zac Stacy
54 LB Jabara Williams
57 LB Sammy Brown
64o OL Sean Hooey
76 T Rodger Saffold
97 DE Eugene Sims

 

 GAME NOTES:

All eyes will be on the Packers offense. Mike McCarthy earlier in the week said he’s looking for a much better performance from them in this game. Since Aaron Rodgers will still get limited snaps, that means one of their backup quarterbacks will actually have to look like, you know, a quarterback.

My eyes will be looking for Eddie Lacy. Want to see if he’s as good against real competition as he looked on family night…

 

 

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Mike McCarthy Pregame Show on 620 WTMJ:

Keys to 2nd preseson game:  Develop team personality.  See guys step into leadership roles.  Have a lot of guys who need to play better and need to take advantage of opportunities with guys out injured

Eddie Lacy:  Biggest thing is how he responds.  Hasn’t played since Family Night so will play rep count by ear

Kick Returner:  Big week for Jeremy Ross.  Needs to play well at both receiver and in return game.  Micah Hyde going to get a chance to return kicks in second half as well

Mike Neal at OLB:  Mike will play in some rush situations

Quarterback situation:  Vince Young’s playlist has increased and will have more opportunities than last week.  Plan is to give Rodgers twice as many snaps as last week

Preseason play calling:  Not a big believer of calling “gadget” plays in preseason.  Save those for regular season.

Adversity defense:  How the defense prepares for the game and responds after other team makes a big play.  This is a focus this season

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22

October

Game Balls and Lame Calls: Packers 30, Rams 20

Aaron Rodgers and Jordy Nelson

Aaron Rodgers and Jordy Nelson were locked in during the Green Bay Packers’ 30-20 victory over the St. Louis Rams

After a bit of a shaky start, the Green Bay Packers have won two in a row and have a winning record for the first time in 2012.

With a 30-20 victory over the St. Louis Rams, the Packers improved to 4-3 and have their first winning streak of the season.  After the offense struggled to get going early in the first quarter, Aaron Rodgers and the passing game roared to life and the Packers never looked back. The offensive line got beat regularly by the Rams pass rush, but thanks to Rodgers’ uncanny ability to extend plays the Packers offense roared to life as the game went on.

After struggling against inferior teams most of the season, the Packers finally came in and dominated a game they were supposed to.  The defense still had some hiccups but overall kept the Rams in check.  There still were some problems with tackling and the Packers had a hard time stopping the run in the first half, but the defense did just enough that the Packers never were in great danger of losing the game

So who stood up and who sat down?

Game Balls

QB Aaron Rodgers

Just when you were beginning to think you could run out of ways to describe Rodgers, the quarterback does something that takes your breath away and make you shake your head in disbelief.

Such was the reaction late in the game when Rodgers rolled to his left and uncorked a laser to the outstretch arms of Randall Cobb for the touchdown that put the game out of reach.   It was one of Rodgers’ best throws of the season and further dismantled the notion that there is something wrong with the play of the NFL’s reigning MVP.

Aside from that play, Rodgers was surgical in tearing apart the Rams’ secondary. With a quarterback rating of 134.0, Rodgers finished 30 of 37 for 342 yards and three touchdowns.   Rodgers now has 19 touchdowns against four interceptions.  Rodgers had 20 touchdown passes at this point last season when was named NFL MVP.

Still think something is wrong with Rodgers? Like the quarterback said last week, “Shhhhhh…….”

WR Randall Cobb

21

October

Playmakers Emerging for Surging Packers

Randall Cobb vs St. Louis Rams

Cobb had 2 TD’s in Sunday’s win vs. the Rams

The Packers earned a second straight win today vs. the Rams and are above .500 for the first time this year.   The story today was the playmakers.  Great teams find a way to make plays and it’s the playmakers who make it happen.  Green Bay has to continue to find a way to get the ball into their hands each week and the results will be fruitful.

Randall Cobb was magnificent today with his first 2-TD game of his career.  Many have been calling for the Pack to get the ball into Cobb’s hands and today proved why.  On more than one occasion, Rodgers flipped a short pass to Cobb behind or near the line of scrimmage and he gained his yards with his feet.  With Aaron Rodgers dealing with a sore calf, his mobility was limited today.  Cobb made up for that when the pocket was closing in.

Jordy Nelson put together another solid outing.  He was constantly open and had several catches for 7+ yards to keep drives moving and the clock rolling.  He muscled his way for some extra yardage and showed, once again, that his size is an advantage for him.  The TD catch was more Jordy being Jordy.  Great chemistry with Rodgers on the back shoulder and just went up and got it.

James Jones had a few key catches today and continues to be very effective in the place of the injured Greg Jennings.  Jones has honed in on being a primary target of late and will create a huge headache for opposing defenses when Jennings returns.

Clay Matthews just won’t quit.  He had the Packers’ only true sack today and was the only defender who even sniffed Rams QB Sam Bradford.  His motor is high and he is very disruptive.  On one pass attempt he got a hand on a short pass by Bradford, which is something he has done many times in the past.  Unfortunately the ball was still completed for a long play but Matthews gives the other defenders a chance to make plays as defenses have to account for and slide protection to him.

21

October

Packers vs. Rams – Game Day First Impressions, Unfiltered: GB 30 STL 20

Jordy Nelson vs Rams

Jordy Nelson vs Rams – Picture by Rick Wood, JsOnline.com

Green Bay Packers vs. St. Louis Rams:

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

Inactive for Packers today:

  • LB D.J. Smith
  • LB Nick Perry
  • CB Sam Shields
  • WR Greg Jennings
  • DT B.J. Raji
  • OL Greg Van Roten
  • RB Johnny White

Inactive for Rams today:

  • WR Danny Amendola
  • DT Matt Conrath
  • QB Austin Davis
  • RB Terence Ganaway
  • LB Mario Haggan
  • T Wayne Hunter
  • T Roger Saffold

Game Notes:

 

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Mike McCarthy Pregame Show on 620 WTMJ:

 

Big Win: The best part is we were able to play a complete sixty minutes and excelled in all three phases of the game. Easily our best performance of the year.

Moving forward:   Consistency is a big part of our business. We’ve been able to do that in the past. it’s time for this 2012 team to do the same.

B Jones / Hayward: They both have practiced hard and are ready to go. Jones is extremely consistent and dependable and he has had a great week of practice. Casey keeps getting better with each opportunity. the game will dictate what we do but I look for both of these guys to play an important role.

Rams a year later: There’s a lot of things different. Their talent level has definitely increased. Their younger players and draft picks are playing well. Jeff Fisher is clearly one of the best coaches in our league.

Ram’s’ Defense: Good depth on the DL, very aggressive on the front seven. It’s a defense that will definitely challenge us today.

Bradford: He”s had a challenge of going through different systems. he’s now in a QB-friendly system that I think he can propser in.

RB Daryl Richards0n: From Abilene Christian – he’s explosive. Watched the Sunday night game against the Cardinals – he definitely jumped out at me.

3rd week on the road: Don’t get me wrong, it will be good to be home next week, but we don’t mind these 55 minute flights.

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Packers vs. Rams – First Impressions – First Half:

Packers win the toss and defer.

Rams show early the Packers can expect a heavy diet of running plays. At least as long as the game is close.

21

October

Packers Prediction Contest: Win a copy of the Official Super Bowl XLV Commemorative Book

One - Official Commemorative Book of the Packers Super Bowl XLV Journey

*** WIN THIS BOOK ***

One Mind, One Heart, One Purpose. Charles Woodson spoke those words and it became the official mantra of the Packers’ 2010 Super Bowl Journey.

As the 2012 Packers try to find their own path to the Super Bowl, it never hurts to look back and reminisce on the great ride the 2010 Packers took to the organization’s 13th world championship.

This beautifully produced hardcover book features original and in-depth stories from the Packers editorial staff writers, as well as hundreds of photographs.

You’ll be treated to insider insights and behind-the-scenes images, many never before published, including photos from the team plane on the ride home, the triumphant return to Lambeau Field, the jubilant parade, even inside the invitation-only private ring ceremony.

The book also includes a forward by Charles Woodson, an introduction by Mike McCarthy and an afterword by Mark Murphy.

 

Packers Vs Rams Prediction Contest.

Now you can win a copy of this fantastic book.

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 10/21/12 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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