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Packers vs. Giants Week 11 Game Predictions from AllGreenBayPackers.com

GAME PREDICTIONS
Week 11: Green Bay Packers vs. New York Giants
Name Record To-Date This Week’s Pick Score Prediction
Kris Burke 5-4 New York Giants 27-23
The play of Scott Tolzien last week gave fans some hope but another soiling of the bed by the defense shows how much trouble the Packers are still in until Aaron Rodgers returns. The Giants are hot and the Packers are in a tailspin. The defense lets everyone down again as Green Bay loses its third straight.
“Jersey” Al Bracco 5-4 Green Bay Packers 24-14
When Mike McCarthy gets that look in his eye in a post-loss press conference, things usually improve the following week. While the Giants have won three in a row, they have not impressed me at all. Here’s hoping the Packers’ defense shows up this week.
Adam Czech 7-2 New York Giants 22-17
Eli Manning isn’t that great of a quarterback, but like the rest of the team, he’s really lucky. After starting 0-6, the Giants have feasted on a lame-duck Josh Freeman, Matt Barkley and an injured Terrelle Pryor to win three straight. On Sunday, they get the Packers’ third-string QB and will get just enough lucky bounces to win their fourth in a row and send the Packers to their third-straight defeat.
Marques Eversoll 6-3 New York Giants 20-16
While I think the Packers’ defense will step up and force a couple turnovers, the Giants’ defense has been phenomenal the past few weeks. They’ve allowed a total of 13 points in three games, and now they get Scott Tolzien at home. Consider me skeptical.
Thomas Hobbes 5-4 Green Bay Packers 20-17
I said it last week and I guess I have to say it again, the Packers offense will be a lot better when their quarterback has had a week to prepare as the starter.  Considering Tolzein was given an open playbook against the Eagles, I’d expect to see an even more balanced and less predictable offense this week.  As for defense, everyone has to be feeling the heat to perform and hopefully that helps, but what definitely will help is Clay Matthews not having a bowling ball for a hand.
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Around the NFC North: Week 11

Around the NFC North

The Lions are alone atop the NFC North with just a one-game lead over the Bears and Packers

The NFC North continues to be one of the more intriguing divisions in football with the ever-changing landscape from week to week.  The Detroit Lions are now alone in first place after completing a sweep of the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on Sunday.  The Bears and Green Bay Packers now have matching 5-4 records with the Bears holding the tie-breaker with a head-to-head win.

The Packers fell to the Philadelphia Eagles and had more quarterback issues as they lost their second straight game.  The Minnesota Vikings won their Thursday night matchup against the Washington Redskins and improved to 2-7 on the season.

Each of the four North teams have already had their bye so each will face a busy back half of the schedule.  The Packers and Giants matchup was flexed out of the Sunday night primetime slot a few weeks back and that will now be an afternoon contest that starts at 4pm EDT.

The Lions visit the Pittsburgh Steelers while the Bears host the Baltimore Ravens.  The Vikings head to the great Northwest to take on the Seattle Seahawks and the 12th man.

Let’s take a look at each matchup and the implications it could have on the rest of the season.

Minnesota Vikings (2-7) at Seattle Seahawks (9-1)

Both teams are coming off of victories this past week but that’s about where the similarities between these two teams end.  The Seahawks have found countless ways to win games this year.  Low scoring, high scoring, and defensive battles, they have seen it all and done most of it.  With the San Francisco 49ers struggling with some consistency, the NFC West is all but Seattle’s for the taking.

This week’s matchup has them hosting the Vikings, who have struggled through mediocre quarterback play and dealt the injuries on defense that have all but derailed their season.  Minnesota is 0-4 on the road and couldn’t be coming to a more unfriendly road environment this week.  Seattle’s CenturyLink Field boasts one of the loudest crowds in the NFL.

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AllGreenBayPackers.com Fantasy Football League: Week 11 Update & Power Rankings

AllGBP.com Fantasy Football LeagueWelcome to our weekly update for the AllGreenBayPackers.com Fantasy Football League! For those that are unaware, the AllGBP.com staff started a league this year to see who could take home the trophy between them and some of their readers. Please continue to check back each week as the drama unfolds, and don’t at all hesitate to throw around the smack talk! Who knows . . . maybe you could be throwing down the gauntlet with us next season.

Week 11 Results:

  • Rockwood Lodge (124.42)
    over Jordy’s Stiff Arm (67.34)
  • St. Cecilia’s HS (112.60)
    over The Gilbert Browns (42.26)
  • Salute Your Jorts (119.66)
    over Calvinball (110.30)
  • Finley Named My Kids (93.12)
    over Cheeseheads (62.94)
  • TouchedByTedThompson (91.00)
    over Lambeau’s Legends (88.22)
  • Milwaukee Packers (131.84)
    over SuperBowl or Bust (118.04)

Standings:

Writers Division

  1. The Gilbert Browns, Adam Czech (7-4-0)
  2. Rockwood Lodge, Marques Eversoll (7-4-0)
  3. St. Cecilia’s HS, “Jersey” Al Bracco (6-5-0)
  4. Calvinball, Thomas Hobbes (4-7-0)
  5. Salute Your Jorts, Kris Burke (4-7-0)
  6. Jordy’s Stiff Arm, Chad Toporski (4-7-0)

Readers Division

  1. Finley Named My Kids, Sam (9-2-0)
  2. Lambeau’s Legends, Henry (7-4-0)
  3. TouchedByTedThompson, Ian (7-4-0)
  4. SuperBowl or Bust, Earl (4-7-0)
  5. Milwaukee Packers, gbmb34 (4-7-0)
  6. Cheeseheads, Matt (3-8-0)

Power Rankings

  1. Rockwood Lodge (1) – This next matchup is going to be huge. In Week 12, The Rock will face off with The Gilbert Browns for first place in the Writers Division, and the loser will be battling it out with a St. Cecilia’s HS that’s not out of the fight.
  2. Finley Named My Kids (4) – They’re almost like the 2011 Green Bay Packers. This team has a great record but some serious weaknesses. Half of the league scored higher than them this week, yet they still walked away with a win.
  3. Lambeau’s Legends (2) – Losing to TouchedByTedThompson this week just put the Legends on notice. The only thing saving them right now is their overall points on the season.
  4. The Gilbert Browns (3) – If this team wants some serious street cred, then they’ll need to do better than 42.26 points . . . the lowest score of any team this season.
  5. TouchedByTedThompson (7) – In a rather inglorious manner, this team just helped their playoff chances immensely. The win over the Legends gives them a tying record, but they’ll need to continue their success in order to take the playoff spot completely.
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Packers vs. Lions Week 11 Game Predictions from AllGreenBayPackers.com (with Podcast)

GAME PREDICTIONS
Week 11: Green Bay Packers vs. Detroit Lions
Name Record To-Date This Week’s Pick Score Prediction
Kris Burke 6-3 Green Bay Packers 28-20
The defense is battered, but the Packers are catching the Lions as Detroit looks to be headed towards a potential tailspin.  Calvin Johnson may have had big numbers last week, but the passing game took time to come to life last week. The Packers hold up against the Lions and Rodgers keeps it rolling with 3 TD passes.
“Jersey” Al Bracco 5-4 Green Bay Packers 31-27
Only the Packers can have a bye week and lose three more starters, two for the season. However, Mike McCarthy’s Packers teams are 5-1 coming off the bye week and I have no doubt they will be well-prepared for the desperate, but just not good enough Lions. It will be a high-scoring affair in the dome and the Packers will prevail.
Adam Czech 6-3 Green Bay Packers 31-21
The Lions are horrible. The Packers are injured. Injured will beat horrible on Sunday. The Lions’ offense will get hot for a stretch, but it won’t be enough to outscore Aaron Rodgers. I’m looking forward to Rodgers going after a Lions secondary that now includes Pat Lee.
Marques Eversoll 6-3 Green Bay Packers 31-24
The Packers are not the same defense without Clay Matthews, so this could end up being a close game. Ultimately, I think the Packers have too many offensive weapons for the Lions to account for. Aaron Rodgers has an Aaron Rodgers-type day, and the Packers put up too many points for the Lions to match. It may be a high-scoring nail-biter, but I think the Packers win on a late touchdown. Packers improve to 7-3.
Thomas Hobbes 6-3 Green Bay Packers 38-31
Losing Clay Matthews hurt; the big question for the Packers now is can the defense play at the same level without a consistent source of pass rush?  Even when Matthews wasn’t rushing the passer, offenses had to account for him and now that Matthews isn’t on the field so it will be interesting to see how offensive lines decide to block the Packers defense.  On offense, hopefully Jordy Nelson is back to 100% after the bye because I think it’s going to end up as a shoot out.
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Packers vs. Buccaneers: 5 Factors That Favor Green Bay on Sunday

When a 9-0 team like the Green Bay Packers welcomes a 4-5 club like the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, there are going to be a number of factors that favor the undefeated team at home. And really, Packers fans probably don’t need much for comfort as they head into Sunday. I’ve haven’t witnessed much nail-biting in the lead up to Week 11. However, if you are one of those fans who is sweating the Packers upcoming game against the Bucs, maybe the following five factors will calm your mind.

1. The Bucs really struggle on D

The Packers offense is playing well enough right now that matchups become more or less a moot point. But when scanning the Buccaneers’ defensive numbers in 2011, it’s hard to ignore the kind of mismatch we could see on Sunday. Through nine games, the Bucs currently rank No. 31 in total defense (401.2 yards/game), No. 28 in pass defense (263/game), No. 29 in rush defense (138.2/game) and No. 27 in points allowed (25.9/game). According to Pro Football Focus, the Bucs are the third-worst rated defense in the NFL. It’s bad across the board. Aaron Rodgers and Co. is always a threat to put a big number on the board, but it looks like a near certainty on Sunday against this Bucs defense.

2. End of a tough stretch

Bucs coach Raheem Morris talked this week about how much harder the schedule has been in 2011, which is theoretically a true statement but also one that completely undermines their 10-win season from a year ago. They’ll finally get a break after Week 11. Sunday’s game with the Packers ends a horrific stretch of games for the Bucs which included the 49ers (8-1), Saints x 2 (7-3), Bears (6-3) and Texans (7-3). Including the 9-0 Packers, that’s a 34-13 record of teams that has faced the Bucs since Week 5. They’ve went just 1-5 during that stretch. If the Packers get up early at home on Sunday, the Bucs might be inclined to pack it in. Also, don’t forget that Sunday will be the first game that the Bucs have played in the cold in 2011. They’ve been either indoors or in warm weather in all nine games of 2011.

3. No pass rush

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Packers vs. Buccaneers Week 11 Game Predictions from AllGreenBayPackers.com

GAME PREDICTIONS
Week 10: Green Bay Packers vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Name Record To-Date This Week’s Pick Score Prediction
Kris Burke 9-0 Green Bay Packers 31-14
I am thinking blowout but my nerves are telling me otherwise. Finley has a big game against the Bucs LBs
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“Jersey” Al Bracco 9-0 Green Bay Packers 42-13
This will NOT be a repeat of two years ago, when the Packers suffered an embarrassing loss to the Bucs. Packers win total hits double digits – 10-0
Adam Czech 8-1 Green Bay Packers 31-17
I’d predict more of a blowout, but I think the Packers might be a little bored this Sunday.
Thomas Hobbes 9-0 Green Bay Packers 31-10
Well at least it can’t be a trap game with the Bucs.  I think this will also be a good indication of what the Packers are going to try to do in their remaining games, will they throw as efficiently as they do in warm weather?
Zach Kruse 7-2 Green Bay Packers 38-13
The Buccaneers defense can’t stop a nose bleed, Josh Freeman is second in the NFL in interceptions and Tampa Bay hasn’t played a game in the cold all season. The Packers make getting to 10-0 look easy.
Chad Toporski 9-0 Green Bay Packers 37-17
Packers are at home for the second week in a row, the defense has regained its spark, and Aaron Rodgers has three straight games with passer rating of over 140. There’s no way this team lets the Bucs back into the game like they did in 2009.
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Chad Toporski, a Wisconsin native and current Pittsburgh resident, is a writer for AllGreenBayPackers.com. You can follow Chad on twitter at @ChadToporski

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