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September

Packers vs. Bengals Week 3 Game Predictions from AllGreenBayPackers.com

GAME PREDICTIONS
Week 3: Green Bay Packers vs. Cincinnati Bengals
Name Record To-Date This Week’s Pick Score Prediction
Kris Burke 1-1 Green Bay Packers 28-17
I still don’t trust the Green Bay secondary, especially with Burnett likely still out. The Bengals also have a strong front four so this won’t be the cakewalk the Washington game was. The Packers offense is still a juggernaut however and Green Bay is 2-1 going into the bye
“Jersey” Al Bracco 1-1 Green Bay Packers 31-19
Most everyone is expecting a close game, but I think it will be easier than that. The much improved Packers defense will force the Bengals to kick field goals and the offense is primed for another big day.
Adam Czech 2-0 Green Bay Packers 30-22
I don’t like this matchup for the Packers. The Bengals remind me of a poorman’s version of the 49ers: Physical d-line, good running game, a lot of athleticism. The Packers almost beat the 49ers, though, and I think they will beat the Bengals. Aaron Rodgers is too good to lose to a poorman’s version of San Francisco.
Marques Eversoll 2-0 Green Bay Packers 24-23
There are some very interesting matchups in this game. The Packers’ defense is weak in the middle of the field, and the Bengals have two talented tight ends (Gresham, Eifert) and a speedy air back in Gio Bernard, whereas Bengals’ defense is weak at safety, and the Packers are really, really good at wide receiver. It’s going to come down to the wire, but I think the Packers win, all thanks to Mason “Money” Crosby.
Thomas Hobbes 1-1 Green Bay Packers 24-21
I said it on the podcast and I will say it again: if the Chicago Bears can beat the Bengals so can the Packers.  Chicago has a long storied tradition of fielding poor offensive lines and while that has improved this year, I don’t think anyone would claim they are way better than the Packers line.  Also while the Bengals have many offensive weapons, the Packers have even more.
Cory Jennerjohn 2-0 Green Bay Packers 23-21
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September

Around the NFC North: Week 3

Around the NFC North

Can the Bears stay perfect and will the Vikings get in the win column?

One-eighth of the 2013 season is in the books and as we look ahead to week three.  The Chicago Bears improved to 2-0 and scored a big divisional win against the Minnesota Vikings, who are now 0-2.  The odds of a team making the postseason after an 0-2 start are well-documented and quite low.  The Cleveland Browns visit Minnesota this week so on paper, it seems like a good opportunity for the Vikings to get one in the win column.  The Bears will travel to Pittsburgh to take on the ailing Steelers, who will be coming off of a short week after their Monday night game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

The Detroit Lions lost late in Arizona to the Cardinals.  The Lions will travel to Washington this week to take on the Redskins, who fell to the Green Bay Packers.  Both Detroit and Green Bay are 1-1 on the season.  The Packers face another tough road game as they travel to Cincinnati to take on the Bengals.  The Bengals will have one fewer day to prepare for the Packers as they will be coming off of the Monday night game against the Steelers.

Let’s take a quick look at each matchup and what is in store for this week’s slate.

Detroit Lions (1-1) at Washington Redskins (0-2)

The Redskins have given up over 1,000 total yards in two games.  The Lions have just over 800 yards in total offense over their two games.  I’ll go out on a limb here and say that we won’t be seeing a defensive battle in Washington this week.

The Redskins have sputtered out of the gate and face the dreaded 0-2 start.  The play of quarterback Robert Griffin III has come under some question after two games in which he posted a subpar performance.  The effects of offseason knee surgery appear to still be affecting Griffin’s play, although he did have over 300 yards passing in each of his games this season.

Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford is averaging 40 pass attempts in his two games and that won’t likely change this week.  Washington’s secondary was shredded by Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers for 480 yards this past weekend.  In addition, the Redskins also may be without starting safety Brandon Meriweather, who left Sunday’s game with a head injury after going in head-first on Packers running back James Starks.

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August

Packers 10 vs. Seachickens 17 – Game Day First Impressions, Unfiltered

Green Bay Packers vs. Seattle Seachickens: 2013 Preseason Week 3

Weary of dealing with myself and the rest of the AllGreenBayPackers.com writing staff, fearless leader Jersey Al Bracco is off on a much needed vacation to parts unknown.  So in the meanwhile you get me, who is about as accomplished on the “tweeter” as Mike McCarthy, so visit the blog and comment!

Inactives:

Green Bay PackersGreen Bay Packers
18 WR Randall Cobb
25 CB James Nixon
28 S Sean Richardson
38 CB Tramon Williams
73 T JC Tretter
75 T Bryan Bulaga
78 T Derek Sherrod
85 TE Matthew Mulligan
87 WR Jordy Nelson
99 DE Jerel Worthy

Seattle Seahawks
11 WR Percy Harvin
18 WR Sidney Rice
19 WR Bryan Walters
26 FB Michael Robinson
34 CB Tharold Simon
36 CB Ron Parker
56 DE Cliff Avril
58 LB Ty Powell
59 LB Korey Toomer
77 G James Carpenter
86 TE Zach Miller
90 DT Jesse Williams
91 DE Chris Clemons
97 DT Jordan Hill
98 DE Greg Scruggs

 

Mike McCarthy Pregame Show on 620 WTMJ:

  • Preseason week 3 will be different than previous years, need to give everyone an opportunity to play.  Our goal is to have everyone play
  • The quality of play has gone up from week 1 to week 2; our defense is ahead of our offense in terms of efficiency
  • Dujuan Harris and Eddie Lacy will rotate with the starters
  • The kicking competition is dead even between Mason Crosby and Giorgio Tavecchio
  • Seattle is a excellent challenge for us tonight, this is exactly what we need.  There no secret what the Seahawks are going to do on defense, much like how we are on offense.

 

Game Notes: Week 3 is the big one of the preseason schedule and the Packers couldn’t have gotten a better opponent than Seattle, who will test both their offense and defense.  Expect to see the bulk of the starters get a good set of reps while the best backups will float to the top of the pecking order.  Good news is that Datone Jones

 

First Quarter

  • Man at least we don’t have to listen to Torry Holt attempt to color comment……
  • Rodgers sporting the porn mustache, Harrell the lumberjack beard, wonder what Vince Young is doing?
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September

AllGreenBayPackers.com Fantasy Football League: Week 3 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 3 Results:

Salute Your Jorts (80.18) over Jordy’s Stiff Arm (73.52)
The Gilbert Browns (126.80) over Rockwood Lodge (112.82)
Calvinball (114.34) over St. Cecilia’s HS (96.82)
Finley Named My Kids (105.72) over Lambeau’s Legends (93.38)
TouchedByTedThompson (111.00) over SuperBowl or Bust (97.20)
Cheeseheads (103.12) over Milwaukee Packers (96.62)

Standings:

Writers Division

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

Readers Division

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

Power Rankings

  1. Finley Named My Kids (Same) – They put up their lowest score of the season in Week 3, and yet it was still over 100 points. Their greatest challenge may be this next game, when they take on the #2 ranked Rockwood Lodge.
  2. Rockwood Lodge (Up 1) – Though they lost to The Gilbert Browns in Week 3, their opponents did boast the highest score in all the match-ups. The Lodge has put up at least 108 points each week, and that kind of production will get a team far. A win in Week 4 would be huge.
  3. Calvinball (Up 3) – You have to admire perseverance. After two straight disappointing losses, Calvinball made a big jump this week with a solid win over St. Cecilia’s. This team might just be warming up.
  4. The Gilbert Browns (Up 4) – After being shafted in last week’s ranking, the Gilbert Browns took the biggest leap up within the league. With an undefeated record and a statement win over the #2 ranked Rockwood Lodge, it’s clear this team is not just a group of LFL lightweights.
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September

Week 3 Key Matchups: Green Bay Packers vs. Seattle Seahawks

Packers Aaron Rodgers vs. Seattle Seahawks

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers looks for a tough road win in Seattle

Week 3 is here and it’s time to look at some of the key matchups in the Monday Night game featuring the Green Bay Packers at the Seattle Seahawks.  On paper, this has the makings of an evenly-matched contest that will likely come down to who wins the turnover battle.

The Packers are the better overall team but CenturyLink Field and their raucous crowd, aka the 12th man in Seattle, has turned many super powers into chumps.  Let’s take a look at what I see as the keys to who comes out of this one with the “W”.

Russell Wilson vs. the Packer front 7

Rookie QB Russell Wilson won the starting job in training camp over newly acquired and former Green Bay Packer Matt Flynn.  Many were surprised as it seemed Flynn was the clear-cut choice to start after deciding to leave Green Bay where he had become a solid backup QB and had that monster game in week 17 of last season.

Flynn signed a hefty free agent contract with Seattle and was on his way but he finds himself, once again, on the sideline carrying the clipboard.  Wilson played very well during the preseason.  He was 35-of-52 (67.3%) for 464 yds, 5 TDs and just 1 INT.  Wilson also had 10 rushes for 150 yds and a TD.  That was enough to put him under center when the Seahawks opened the 2012 season.

Wilson has, at times, played beyond the typical rookie tendencies.   In watching the game vs. the Dallas Cowboys last week, Wilson was fundamentally sound and well-composed against a pretty good Cowboy pass rush.  He plays within the system and we can’t forget all of the success Seattle Head Coach Pete Carroll had at USC with his quarterbacks.  Wilson is not even a full year removed from his playing days at the University of Wisconsin and is still on the low end of his NFL learning curve.

Carroll has helped assemble a team and created an offensive system that doesn’t put it all on Wilson’s back.  Very composed and with a good pocket presence, Wilson is proving to be a key to the defensive game plan.  He plays it safe for the most part, and takes what the defense gives him.  Many of his completions last week were shorter routes with a few shots downfield.  Those high percentage throws can prove detrimental to the defense.  If Wilson is able to sustain long drives and tire the Packer defense, it will shift favor toward the Seattle side.

23

September

Around the NFC North: Week 3 Games

Jay Cutler

Jay Cutler needs a bounce-back game after a rough outing in Green Bay in week 2 and amid questions about his leadership style

Week 3 in the NFC North offers some opportunities for teams to make a statement as they near the end of the season’s first quarter.  The matchups are headlined by a Monday Night contest in Seattle where the Seahawks (1-1)will host the Green Bay Packers (1-1).  The Packers look to make a statement with a tough road win and re-solidify themselves as top contenders for their division and in the NFC.  The Seahawks are at home again after a solid win against the Dallas Cowboys last Sunday.

The Chicago Bears (1-1) will play host to the St. Louis Rams (1-1) and new Head Coach Jeff Fisher.  Both teams are dealing with injuries to and may be without their starting running backs.  Each looks to get over .500 and build some momentum.

The Detroit Lions (1-1) head to Tennessee (0-2) to take on a struggling Titans team that is 0-2.  The Titans are struggling on offense led by star running back Chris Johnson, who averages less than a yard per carry so far in 2012.  They are searching for their first win of the season.  The Lions are coming off a tough loss at San Francisco this past Sunday night.  Lions All-Pro WR Calvin Johnson leads the team in catches but has yet to find the end zone.

The Minnesota Vikings (1-1) are at home and are visited by the San Francisco 49ers (2-0).  The 49ers look to continue their roll over the NFC North, having already beaten the Packers in week 1 and the Lions last week.  Their smash-mouth defense and efficient offense make them a very tough matchup for any opposing team.  The Vikings return home and look to increase the work load of their star running back Adrian Peterson.  A win over the staunch 49ers would create quite a stir in the NFC North and catapult the Vikings into the conversation as division contenders.

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September

Packers vs. Seahawks Week 3 Game Predictions from AllGreenBayPackers.com

GAME PREDICTIONS
Week 3: Green Bay Packers vs. Seattle Seahawks
Name Record To-Date This Week’s Pick Score Prediction
Kris Burke 1-1 Green Bay Packers 28-21
The Packers at times have let rookie quarterbacks have their way with them. Look at the start Christian Ponder at the Metrodome last year, even though the Packers won a close game.  The Seattle defense will hinder the Packers offense enough that it won’t stop the “what’s wrong with the offense?” debate but it should be enough to put an end to the ridiculous critique of Aaron Rodgers’ leadership skills.
“Jersey” Al Bracco 1-1 Green Bay Packers 31-20
The Seahawks are the flavor of the week after their beat-down of the Cowboys. I’m not buying it. If this were at Lambeau it’s a blowout. Playing in Seattle on a Monday night will even the playing field a bit, but the Packers still win comfortably.
Adam Czech 1-1 Seattle Seachickens 26-24
I circled this game as an upset special before the season and (unfortunately), I’m not changing my mind. The Seachickens have two good safeties, excellent run defense, and they light you up when making tackles. Oh, and they have Marshawn Lynch paired with a mobile QB. I just don’t like this match-up.
Marques Eversoll 1-1 Green Bay Packers 27-23
The recipe to disrupt a talented spread offense is to pressure the quarterback with four down linemen. The Seahawks not only boast a stout defensive line, but they have a very deep and talented secondary as well. This will be a close game if Russell Wilson and the Seahawks take care of the ball. But ultimately, I think Clay Matthews and the pass rush will torch the Seahawks’ shaky O-Line. The Packers win at Seattle, but it won’t be easy.
Thomas Hobbes 1-1 Green Bay Packers 27-17