Game Balls and Lame Calls: Packers 31, Browns 13

Packers receiver Jarrett Boykin enjoyed his first career Lambeau Leap following his fourth-quarter touchdown against the Browns.

Packers receiver Jarrett Boykin enjoyed his first career Lambeau Leap following his fourth-quarter touchdown against the Browns.

Already shorthanded on defense the previous week against the Ravens, the Green Bay Packers offense joined the club, heading into their matchup with the Cleveland Browns severely undermanned.

But despite being without receivers Randall Cobb and James Jones, quarterback Aaron Rodgers led the Packers offense up and down the field, scoring 31 points against a solid Browns defense. For Rodgers, it may have been his best performance of the season despite throwing for a modest (by his standards) 260 yards.

Unfortunately for the Packers, the injury bug continued to hang around the team Sunday, as tight end Jermichael Finley suffered a neck injury on a vicious head to the head from Browns safety Tashaun Gipson. Finley was loaded onto a stretcher and taken off the field, although he did show movement in his extremities.

Of course, just a few years after former Packers safety Nick Collins’ career was cut short by a neck injury, many will fear the worst any time a Packers suffers an injury to his head or neck. I’m not a doctor and don’t pretend to assume to know the extent of Finley’s injury, but it certainly looked bad. Originally, I assumed Finley had suffered only(?) another concussion, which would have been his second of the season, but it’s pretty clear that’s not the case.

This is a neck injury, and it’s anyone’s guess as to when he’ll return to the field. If at all.

He stayed in intensive care overnight at the hospital, but according to Mike Garafolo’s official Twitter account, Finley was up and walking as of Monday morning. Walking is a good first step for Finley, but football continues to be an afterthought in the grand scheme of his serious injury.

On the bright side, it was another dominating performance by Dom Capers and the Packers defense.

Sam Shields, once again, shut down the opponent’s No. 1 receiver, Davon House stepped up and picked up a pass on fourth down and A.J. Hawk continues to look like the All-American he was at Ohio State University. Shields, specifically, is deserving of a great deal of credit for his job on Browns receiver Josh Gordon.



Meet Gilbert Brown at Throwback Weekend III!

Gilbert Brown Autographed Items PACKERS MEMORABILIA
Are you going to be in Green Bay for the game this weekend? Want to participate in what is becoming one of the largest and most prominent annual gatherings of Packers Fans?

If so, then make sure you check out Throwback Weekend III this weekend at the Green Bay Distillery.   To give you a little bit of a background, according to their website Throwback Weekend all started as one fan, Colleen Brenton of Pocket Doppler, planning to attend a game in Green Bay during the 2011 season.   What followed was incredible. More and more people were selecting the same game as their “Lambeau visit” for the year and Throwback Weekend was born.

A simple, small gathering blew up into a two-day event.  A tweet-up on Saturday followed by a tailgate on Sunday before the game were organized by Kyle Cousineau and a legend was born.  The name “Throwback Weekend” was coined by CheesheadTV’s Brian Carriveau who linked together the gathering along with the throwback uniforms the Packers wore against the Rams during the game.

Last year, Throwback Weekend II was moved to the Green Bay Distillery for both days to accommodate the larger crowds and that is where this year’s event will be held as well.

Sound like fun? It definitely is, and I speak as an attendee of (soon to be) all three Throwback Weekends.

If you’re not convinced, “The Grave Digger” and Super Bowl XXXI champion Gilbert Brown will be in attendance at the “tweet-up” Saturday night courtesy of Mayfield Sports Marketing where autographed items will be available for purchase. There will also be signed items from Leroy Butler, Eddie Lacy, Nick Perry, Jerron McMillian and more!

Don’t let the name “tweet-up” fool you.  You’re still invited even if you avoid Twitter with a ten-foot pole.  It’s a party to celebrate what brings all of us together regardless of age, race, gender or political views: the Green Bay Packers.

As I said, I’ll be there too.  Feel free to introduce yourself and if you have any “feedback” on ALLGBP.com, feel free to take it out on me.  Jersey Al is sending me a representative/scapegoat/whipping boy.

See you in Green Bay this weekend!

NOTE: There will be an opportunity for Throwback Weekend attendees to win an Eddie Lacy autographed helmet. One winner chosen at random – Good Luck!

Packers running back Eddie Lacy enjoyed his first career 100-yard rushing day against the Baltimore Ravens.



2012 Green Bay Packers: Season Predictions

Green Bay Packers 2012 Season Predictions

Aaron Rodgers and crew will return to the Super Bowl in 2013.

I’ve embarrassed myself enough already this preseason by trying to predict the Packers 53-man roster. Why not keep the embarrassment going by predicting how each and every Packers game will turn out this season?

A lot of this is tongue-in-cheek, so don’t take my predictions too seriously. But my overall prediction is dead serious: The Packers will finish 12-4 and lose to New England in the Super Bowl.*

*I reserve the right to change my prediction whenever I want without repercussions and any loss of credibility.

Packers 27, 49ers 23
Aaron Rodgers threw for 312 yards and three touchdowns despite getting sacked three times to lead the Green Bay Packers to a 27-23 win over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.

Packers 24, Bears 18
Jay Cutler needed three boxes of tissues on Thursday night instead of the usual two after throwing four interceptions in the Packers 24-18 win over the Bears at Lambeau Field.

Seahawks 30, Packers 26
Matt Flynn torched his former team for 275 yards and three touchdowns in his first start since taking over for struggling rookie Russell Wilson, leading the Seahawks to a 30-26 upset victory over the Packers.

Packers 33, Saints 24
In an effort to get a contract extension worth at least twice Drew Brees’ new salary, Aaron Rodgers threw for 401 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Packers to a 33-24 win over the Saints on Sunday. A group of rowdy Packers fans celebrating something called Throwback Weekend were ejected from the stadium in the fourth quarter after drunkenly streaking across the field. After the group was released on bail, they returned to Lambeau Field and tried to steal all the cheese curds from the stadium.

Packers 41, Colts 10
Aaron Rodgers threw for 428 yards and five touchdowns, Green Bay’s defense battered rookie Andrew Luck, and the Packers beat the Colts 41-10 on Sunday.

Texans 27, Packers 20
Arian Foster rolled over the Packers for 187 yards and the Texans defense intercepted Aaron Rodgers twice as Houston beat Green Bay 27-20 on Sunday night.

Packers 32, Rams 20
Cedric Benson lost two fumbles early, but it didn’t matter as James Starks returned from an injured toe and ran for 103 yards and two touchdowns in the Packers 32-20 win over the Rams on Sunday.