Posted in 2012 - 2013 Season
,2012 Regular Season
by Jason Perone
The Packers are hoping they don’t see their #12 in this predicament on Sunday night
Packers Offensive Line vs. Giants Defensive Line
This is probably THE key to this game for the Packers. Their offensive line has struggled when all of their regular starters were healthy and in position. Now add to that a shuffled line to account for the loss of right tackle Bryan Bulaga against one of the best front four in the game.
While the Giants defensive front hasn’t had the mind-blowing season like they had a year ago, they are still very formidable. After the success they had in getting to Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers in last season’s divisional playoff game, they will be looking to duplicate that output. Jason Pierre-Paul, Chris Canty, Linval Joseph and Justin Tuck have accounted for 14.5 of the team’s 25 sacks this season. Throw in four more by veteran end Osi Umenyiora and the Giants have a very deep and talented pass rush.
Dubbed the “NASCAR” package, New York’s front line will be looking to simply overpower and out-maneuver the Packers. They want to collapse the pocket back into Rodgers and try to force a bad throw or get the sack. They were able to wreak havoc on the Packers offense in that playoff game and it led to some turnovers. Rodgers typically fares well against the blitz but the Giants may not have to bring extra bodies if their front four can get a push on their own. Read more... (1497 words + 3 images, estimated 5:59 mins reading time)
Posted in 2011 - 2012 Season
by Kris Burke
After a very difficult and emotional week, the Green Bay Packers have a playoff game to play.
With the passing this week of offensive coordinator Joe Philbin’s son Michael, the Packers had a tough go during the lead up to a game they must win or see their outstanding 15-1 season come to an end.
Throw in the unfortunate trash talk thrown in the direction of Lambeau Field by their opponents, the New York Giants, and the Packers have had one of the most unusual weeks before a playoff game in franchise history.
Last week, the Giants defeated the Atlanta Falcons 24-2 at home in an NFC Wild Card matchup. The Giants played their best defense of the season with the only points for the Falcons coming from an Eli Manning intentional grounding penalty while he was in his own end zone. The Giants gained a lot of confidence from that performance and led some of their players to guarantee victory against the team that finished the regular season with the best record in the league.
Let’s take a look at New York.
Key Giants Players
QB Eli Manning Manning is a very streaky quarterback. When he’s hot, he’s incredibly tough to beat and especially so for a struggling Packers defense. When Manning is off, however, he’s a gift that keeps on giving to opposing defenses. Read more... (1079 words + 1 image, estimated 4:19 mins reading time)
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Victor Cruz will be a lot for the Atlanta Falcons to handle
The Packers will face the Giants, Falcons or Lions on Jan. 15 in a divisional round playoff game at Lambeau Field. All three teams gave the Packers everything they could handle in regular season games, and lost.
Looking ahead to the divisional round, I expect one of these three teams to again give the Packers a helluva game…and lose.
All three teams present unique challenges for the Packers, but none have enough talent in the secondary to keep the Packers out of the end zone often enough to win.
But before we can focus in on who the Packers will face next week, the wild card round needs to be played. Here is a closer look at those matchups:
Saturday, January 7
AFC: 3:30 PM
Cincinnati at Houston (NBC)
Breakdown: Those of you that are sickened by the lack of defense in modern football should watch this game. Bengals QB Andy Dalton struggled in the second half of the season while the Texans were forced to turn things over to third-string QB T.J. Yates. Yates got the best of Dalton in an earlier matchup, but I think Dalton gets revenge this time around. The Bengals will win and snap the NFL’s longest stretch without a playoff victory (1990, wild-card round).
NFC: 7 PM
Detroit at New Orleans (NBC) Read more... (559 words + 1 image, estimated 2:14 mins reading time)
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