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Packers vs. Lions Week 13 Game Predictions from AllGreenBayPackers.com

GAME PREDICTIONS
Week 13: Green Bay Packers vs. Detroit Lions
Name Record To-Date This Week’s Pick Score Prediction
Kris Burke 6-5 Detroit Lions 27-20
Matt Flynn gets the start but Sam Shields is really the one everyone needs to see start.  If he can’t go, the Packers stand no chance of shutting down Calvin Johnson.  Even if Shields does play, I lack confidence in the Green Bay defense to stop the Lions
“Jersey” Al Bracco 5-6 Green Bay Packers 20-17
Can the beleaguered Packers defense play a decent game? Well, they get their best coverage guy, Sam Shields back as well as an emotional leader Johnny Jolly. Will it be enough? Probably not. But I’m betting on the longshot here.  
Adam Czech 8-3 Detroit Lions 31-20
Too many injuries. Too many missed tackles. Too many blown coverages. Too much nonsense. The Packers lose on turkey day.
Marques Eversoll 7-4 Detroit Lions 27-21
Fans across America will surely be at the edge of their seat Thursday, as Matt Flynn leads the low-scoring Packers offense against the pass-happy Lions. But. There’s just no way.
Thomas Hobbes 5-6 Green Bay Packers 16-14
In terms on talent on the field, there’s no way that the Packers should win this game.  However, the Lions are incredibly inconsistent and if the Tampa Bay Buccaneers can beat them, so can a injury riddled Packers squad.  Matt Flynn keeps the defense honest and gives Eddie Lacy some more room to run, and the Packers play keep away and squeak out a win.
Cory Jennerjohn 8-3 Detroit Lions 31-23
The Lions are giving just 88 yards rushing a game, which means the biggest matchup of the day will be Matt Flynn vs. the nasty Lions’ front four that has 16 sacks as a group. The Lions already smell chum in the water with the way right guard T.J. Lang and right tackle Marshall Newhouse are playing. Reggie Bush will have a big game because no linebacker will be able to stay with him.
Jason Perone 7-4 Detroit Lions 21-20
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Around the NFC North: Week 13

Around the NFC North

The Bears and Lions remain in first place with Detroit hosting the Packers on Thanksgiving.

The NFC North had a lackluster showing in week 12 with none of the four teams winning their respective games.  As such, the Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears remained tied atop the division with matching 6-5 records.

The Green Bay Packers moved to within a half game of the division lead with a tie against the Minnesota Vikings.  And the Vikings?  Their biggest remaining question mark is how badly they want to finish this season and in preparation for next year’s draft.

The Packers and Vikings tie was Green Bay’s first such result since 1987.  If nothing else, it ended the Packers’ three-game losing streak and also gave the Vikings a moral victory.  Win-win, right?  Not really, but just trying to find some good in it all.

I am not a fan of a tie game and wish the NFL would allow teams to play until there is a winner.  But I digress.

This week, there are two divisional matchups to look at, starting the Thanksgiving Day matchup between the Packers and Lions.

Green Bay Packers (5-5-1) at Detroit Lions (6-5)

I have long wondered how I would react to a Packers tie game.  I can now cross that off of my “life’s mysteries” list and gladly so.  Green Bay was able to mount a comeback against the Vikings after entering the fourth quarter down 23-7.  The Packers, looking for a spark, benched starting quarterback Scott Tolzien in favor of backup Matt Flynn.  Many had been clamoring for Flynn after watching Tolzien struggle to move the ball most of the day.

It was Flynn’s first action since returning to the Packers two weeks ago.  In his last appearance at Lambeau Field in 2011, Flynn started a week 17 game against the Lions and set a Packers franchise record with 480 passing yards and six touchdown passes.  While Flynn’s performance against the Vikings fell way short of those totals, he was able to rally Green Bay to even up the game and with a chance to win.

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Packers vs. Vikings Week 13 Game Predictions from AllGBP.COM (with Podcast)

GAME PREDICTIONS
Week 13: Green Bay Packers vs. Minnesota Vikings
Name Record To-Date This Week’s Pick Score Prediction
Kris Burke 7-4 Green Bay Packers 27-20
The Packers made some very alarming comments this week when they mentioned that they thought their hearts weren’t into the game. Wait, what? You’re professionals and your heart was not into a game against the team that ended your title defense last year?! COME ON! Don’t expect the same this week, however. Rodgers and McCarthy won’t allow it. Expect the same kind of angry performance you saw against the Texans, but the Vikings defense will take advantage of a beaten up Packers offensive line to make the game close.
“Jersey” Al Bracco 6-5 Green Bay Packers 31-17
Having witnessed the horrid performance last week in person, I can’t help but believe we will see a different Packers team this week. They will game plan for Peterson like they did for Arian Foster. We can only hope they play half as hard as they did that game. That should be all it takes.
Adam Czech 8-3 Green Bay Packers 31-17
It looks like another week without Clay Matthews and now C.J. Wilson is hurt. Not good if you hope to contain Adrian Peterson. But did you hear the good news? Aaron Rodgers’ favorite cover-2 fighting device — the Greg Jennings — is out of the repair shop and ready to start killing defensive backs again. If Percy Harvin plays, and my gut tells me he will, the Queens will put up a good fight. But it won’t be enough to slow down Rodgers and a refurbished Jennings.
Marques Eversoll 8-3 Green Bay Packers 31-20
Playing without Clay Matthews and stud run-stopper C.J. Wilson, the Packers have their work cut out for them against Adrian Peterson. However, Aaron Rodgers and the offense could really help out their defense by lighting up the scoreboard and forcing Minnesota to abandon the running game. Ultimately, I think the Packers simply score too many points, and they improve to 8-4 on the season.
Thomas Hobbes 7-4 Green Bay Packers 31-24
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December

Packers vs. Giants: 5 Observations from Green Bay’s 38-35 Win over New York

The Green Bay Packers ran their unbeaten streak to 12 games this season and 18 overall as quarterback Aaron Rodgers led the Packers on a game-winning drive during the final minute to help Green Bay secure a 38-35 win over the New York Giants Sunday from MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Here are five observations from the game:

1. Cross it off

What hasn’t Aaron Rodgers done in 2011? He can officially cross a game-winning drive off the list. After Eli Manning’s short touchdown pass to Hakeem Nicks (and ensuing two-point conversion) tied the game at 35, Rodgers took over at his own 20-yard-line with 58 seconds left and one timeouts. Rodgers hasn’t been in that situation yet this season, but he was calm and razor sharp as he completed all four of his passes—including three of 18 yards or more—to set the Packers up for a 30-yard field goal try. Mason Crosby banged home the kick as the fourth quarter clock expired to push the Packers to 12-0.

In a season full of important drives, Rodgers’ last minute masterpiece was far-and-away the most impressive and important. If they hadn’t already, the engravers for the NFL MVP trophy can begin putting in Rodgers’ name with confidence.

2. Charles…Matthews?

Packers linebacker Clay Matthews did his best Charles Woodson impression in the first half on what turned out to be one of the game’s most important plays. While up just 10-7 to start the second quarter, you got the feeling that the Giants had a pretty good hold of the game’s first 15 minutes. Matthews’ impressive break on Manning’s pass to the flats gave him an easy pick-6, suddenly giving Green Bay a 14-10 lead.

Matthews was a force for most of Sunday’s game, recording a sack, forced fumble and two quarterback hits. By my count, Matthews also had four quarterback hurries. That’s the kind of production in the pass rush that we’ve come to expect from Matthews. His interception return for a touchdown was simply icing on the cake for what was a fantastic performance all-around.

3. Up-and-down up front

The Packers offensive line didn’t play their best game of 2011, but the unit held up as well as you could have asked for against a talented Giants’ front-four. Left tackle Marshall Newhouse had problems at times with Jason Pierre-Paul and Dave Tollefson beat him clean for a sack in the fourth quarter. The Packers gave the left tackle plenty of help throughout.

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Packers vs. Giants Week 13 Game Predictions from AllGreenBayPackers.com

GAME PREDICTIONS
Week 13: Green Bay Packers vs. New York Giants
Name Record To-Date This Week’s Pick Score Prediction
Kris Burke 11-0 New York Giants 28-24
Everything in my gut says this is the week the streak ends for the Packers. I hope I’m wrong.  One big reason is the Giants have a knack for upsetting undefeated teams: the 1998 Broncos and most notably the 2007 New England Patriots.  The Giants defense is still very talented and people are writing them off far too early.  I don’t need to remind people what the Giants did in 2007.
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“Jersey” Al Bracco 11-0 Green Bay Packers 35-13
While the Giants have the “wounded animal” effect going for them, the Packers have had a mini bye week and were able to watch how NO dismantled the Giants D.  Pack rolls on.
Adam Czech 10-1 Green Bay Packers 33-26
I don’t like having two offensive linemen out with injuries, but the way Aaron Rodgers is going, it’s not going to stop the Packers from improving to 12-0.
Thomas Hobbes 11-0 Green Bay Packers 27-17
The Giants are the most schizophrenic team in the NFL; they can be completely dominant or get completely dominated.  Will the defensive front four be like: vs. New England or vs. New Orleans?  Will Brandon Jacobs be the big bruising back that the Packers have trouble with or a aging malcontent averaging 3.1 ypc?  I think it would it would take every phase being on for the Giants to have a shot at beating the Packers and the Packers are simply consistently excellent.
Zach Kruse 9-2 Green Bay Packers 37-30
The Giants team that showed up on Monday night won’t be one the Packers see on Sunday, but what ailed them on defense against the Saints isn’t just a one week fix, especially with the game’s best quarterback coming to town. The Giants offense should score, too, but it won’t be enough to knock the Packers off the unbeaten trail.
Chad Toporski 10-1 Green Bay Packers 34-24
Thanks to my brother’s employer, I will finally have the opportunity to watch my first live Packers game. Metlife Stadium is no Lambeau Field, but watching the Giants’ season continue to deflate will be fun wherever they play. Keep an eye out for me and Al in the green and gold!