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October

Packers vs. Lions Week 5 Game Predictions from AllGreenBayPackers.com

GAME PREDICTIONS
Week 5: Green Bay Packers vs. Detroit Lions
Name Record To-Date This Week’s Pick Score Prediction
Kris Burke 1-2 Detroit Lions 41-38
 Someone has to be the black sheep of the group. The Packers defense has had a lot of trouble stopping that one weapon everyone knows they have to stop and I right now have zero confidence in Dom Capers’ group to get it done against both Reggie Bush and Calvin Johnson. Hopefully they prove me wrong.
“Jersey” Al Bracco 1-2 Green Bay Packers 31-30
My record matches the Packers, which tells you I have a hard time picking against them. I came very close here, as I feel like the Lions are finally playing to their talent level. However, the Packers will pull this one out with, yes, a game-winning TD drive by Aaron Rodgers.
Adam Czech 2-1 Green Bay Packers 31-26
My wife is due to give birth to our first child on Saturday. That means the Packers will win for sure, right?
Marques Eversoll 2-1 Green Bay Packers 34-24
The Lions have enough offensive talent (Bush, Johnson, Bell) to frustrate the Packers defense. But fortunately for the Packers, I don’t see how Detroit’s cornerbacks will adequately match up with Green Bay’s offensive weapons. This could be a big day for Randall Cobb. And Jordy Nelson. And maybe James Jones and Jermichael Finley, too. Packers get a much-needed win.
Thomas Hobbes 1-2 Green Bay Packers 34-27
I’m not predicting a complete points-fest, but don’t expect this to be a defensive battle either.  I think the Lions have the same sort of vibe with the Packers as the Packers have right now with the 49ers, which is no matter what we do, we just can’t beat the Packers at home.  Add to that a overall more healthy team and one that typically doesn’t lose coming out of the bye and the Packers get back to .500 with this one.
Cory Jennerjohn 2-1 Green Bay Packers 34-28
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October

Around the NFC North: Week 5

Around the NFC North

The Packers return from their bye week and look to keep the Detroit Lions winless at Lambeau Field since 1991

The Minnesota Vikings were the last team in the NFC North to notch their first win, besting the Pittsburgh Steelers across the pond in London last week.  This week, the Vikings have their bye, as is customary for teams having just played in London.

That leaves two matchups throughout the division to look at.  The 3-1 Detroit Lions bring their 22-game losing streak at Lambeau Field to town to face the Green Bay Packers.  The Chicago Bears play host to the undefeated New Orleans Saints.  Let’s take a look at each.

New Orleans Saints (4-0) at Chicago Bears (3-1)

Something’s gotta give this week, as the Saints bring their perfect record and a three-game losing streak at Soldier Field to Chicago.  Saints quarterback Drew Brees has started out hot with over 1,400 passing yards and 10 touchdowns to just four interceptions.  At Soldier Field, however, Brees is completing just over 50% of his passes and has seven touchdown passes to six interceptions.

While the players change every year, the Bears surely know that Brees has had his struggles in their house.  Chicago will look to bring pressure and disrupt the timing and rhythm of the Saints passing attack.  Brees has been sacked 12 times this season.  Under pressure, the Bears will look to continue their ball-hawking ways in the secondary and hope to force a bad throw or two into a valuable turnover against New Orleans’ high-octane offense.

The Bears lost their first game of the season last week to the Lions.  Quarterback Jay Cutler threw three interceptions and the Bears had four total turnovers in the loss.  He was also sacked three times.  It is no secret that Cutler has struggled when under pressure in the pocket and the Saints will look to keep him uncomfortable all day long.  Much like the Bears, the Saints have an opportunistic secondary that was able to nab three interceptions in this past Monday Night’s win over the Miami Dolphins.  This is one of those games that could get ugly if Cutler isn’t careful with the football.

With a win, New Orleans takes firm command of the NFC South and jumps into the conversation of legitimate contenders for the NFC this year.  Should the Bears emerge victorious, they make a statement that they should at least be in that same conversation.

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October

AllGreenBayPackers.com Fantasy Football League: Week 5 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 5 Results:

Lambeau’s Legends (119.60) over Jordy’s Stiff Arm (88.30)
Rockwood Lodge (163.48) over TouchedByTedThompson (96.28)
St. Cecilia’s HS (89.06) over Cheeseheads (65.28)
Finley Named My Kids (136.96) over The Gilbert Browns (115.30)
SuperBowl or Bust (114.72) over Calvinball (110.04)
Milwaukee Packers (94.76) over Salute Your Jorts (76.34)

Standings:

Writers Division

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

Readers Division

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

Power Rankings

  1. Rockwood Lodge (Up 1) – Finally made it to the top of the heap with a statement win. Though it was against a much inferior opponent, The Rock put up enough points this week to put any team to shame.
  2. Finley Named My Kids (Up 1) – In giving the Gilbert Browns their first loss of the season, this has become the team to beat in the Readers Division.
  3. Lambeau’s Legends (Down 2) – As was expected, the Legends didn’t spend long at Number One, but they’re breathing heavily down the neck of Finley Named My Kids.
  4. The Gilbert Browns (Same) – They put up a respectable fight this past week, but it wasn’t enough against a top-tier team. They’ll need to do more to make themselves a force to be reckoned with.
  5. SuperBowl or Bust (Same) – Squeaking out a win by just a 4-point margin, this team maintains its place above Calvinball for another week.
  6. Calvinball (Same) – Losing RGIII hurts, especially when they were just four points away from winning. Matt Ryan should be a suitable replacement, but it’s not a complete fix.
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October

Week 5 Around the NFC North

Around the NFC North

Around the NFC North

We head into week 5 and thus begins the 2nd quarter of the 2012 season.  A season that has already brought plenty of interesting story lines in the NFC North.  There’s the 3-1 Minnesota Vikings who have decisive wins against San Francisco and Detroit Lions on the road to at least raise the question of whether or not they can contend.

The Chicago Bears continue to roll with a big win on Monday Night at Dallas and not-so-surprising are the antics of Bears QB Jay Cutler on the sideline.

The Lions, who were thought by many to be strong contenders in the division have underwhelemd so far and limp into their bye week on a 3 game losing streak.

The reigning divsion champion Green Bay Packers seemingly turned things around last week with a tough win at home against the still-winless New Orleans Saints and evened their record at 2-2.

With the Lions off this week, let’s look at the upcoming games for the Vikings, Packers and Bears

Tennessee Titans (1-3) at Minnesota Vikings (3-1)

The Vikings return home to face the Tennessee Titans after handing Head Coach Leslie Frazier his first divisional win since taking over the team late in the 2010 season.  Hard to fathom:  1st divisional win in almost 2 years!  But that’s how much the Vikings had fallen off since their NFC Championship game appearance after the 2009 season.

The Vikes continue their early roll and this past week, followed up an impressive win vs. the previously undefeated San Francisco 49ers in week 3 with an upset win on the road at Detroit.  With that win, we must now at least entertain the question as to how good they really are.

One big reason for the Vikes’ success has been RB Adrian Peterson, who against the Lions had his 1st 100-yard game since October of 2011.  Peterson has seen an increased work load each week since returning from offseason ACL surgery and doesn’t appear to be hampered by the injury at all.  In fact, he has only 2 less carries so far this season than he did through 4 games last year and is only about 50 yards behind last year’s total during that same span.

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October

Packers vs. Colts Week 5 Game Predictions from AllGreenBayPackers.com

GAME PREDICTIONS
Week 5: Green Bay Packers vs. Indianapolis Colts
Name Record To-Date This Week’s Pick Score Prediction
Kris Burke 2-2 Green Bay Packers 34-20
No reason for the Packers to lose this game. None.  Still, I’m a buyer on Andrew Luck and think he will have a decent game but the Packers offense appears to have finally discovered the gas pedal.  Look for the Packers to ride their newly discovered balanced offense thanks to Cedric Benson and win this one fairly easily.
“Jersey” Al Bracco 2-2 Green Bay Packers 38-13
After surviving a scare from the Saints and once again the referees, the Packers finally have a laugher they can enjoy from start to finish. Benson and Cobb have big days and the Packers D picks off 2 passes, as “Luck” is on their side…
Adam Czech 3-1 Green Bay Packers 31-19
The defense will bend, but rarely break, Rodgers will build off last week’s game, and the Packers will roll. The Packers need to score early in this one. Can’t give the Colts any hope.
Marques Eversoll 2-2 Green Bay Packers 31-16
I’m buying all the hype on Andrew Luck. I really do believe he’ll be one of the best quarterbacks in the league in a few years. But in 2012, I think Dom Capers will throw some confusing looks at Luck and force a couple turnovers. With a healthy Greg Jennings, I think this might have been a 40-point explosion. The Colts move the ball on the Packers, but they can’t find the endzone as much as they’d like. Packers win 31-16, and move to 3-2.
Thomas Hobbes 2-2 Green Bay Packers 31-20
Previous history of games between the Packers and Colts would indicate that a ton of points are going to be scored.  I think the Packers offense will stay in their groove that they found against the Saints, but the Colts will probably score a fair amount as well with first overall pick Andrew Luck.  While Luck may be congruent to Peyton Manning in the future, at the moment he’s still a rookie who can get easily flustered, so expect to see exotic blitzes and probably a couple turnovers by the Colts.  One advantage that the Colts do have is that Packers seem to have some issues with quarterbacks and coaches they aren’t expecting (Micheal Vick and Caleb Hanie in 2010, Romeo Crennel in 2011), and new interm head coach Bruce Arians is likely to throw some things that the Packers aren’t prepared for.
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April

Watch the Video: Week 5 of Packers’ Donald Driver on Dancing With the Stars: Argentine Tango

Video from week 5 of ABC’s Dancing With the Stars. Lets see how Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd perform the Argentine Tango:

Donald and Peta received a  total score of 27, a perfect 10 from Carrie Ann Inaba, an 8 from Len Goodman and a 9 from Bruno Tonioli.  This matches their total score from Week 4 and breaks Driver’s streak of a higher score every week.

 

 

 

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October

Packers vs. Falcons Week 5 Game Predictions from AllGreenBayPackers.com

GAME PREDICTIONS
Week 5: Green Bay Packers vs. Atlanta Falcons
Name Record To-Date This Week’s Pick Score Prediction
Kris Burke 4-0 Green Bay Packers 33-24
It won’t be a blowout this time. The Georgia Dome crowd will be fired up and the Falcons will be looking for revenge. That said, can anyone stop Aaron Rodgers right now? Not this mediocre Atlanta defense.
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“Jersey” Al Bracco 4-0 Green Bay Packers 38-24
Atlanta is a team many picked to go all the way but they’re 2-2 and haven’t even looked that good. They will play their hearts out in desperation, but it won’t be enough.
Adam Czech 3-1 Green Bay Packers 31-27
If the Packers defense gets off the field on third down, it might be another repeat of last year’s playoff game. But I expect the Falcons to throw everything they have at the Packers and make this a close one.
Thomas Hobbes 4-0 Green Bay Packers 31-20
I guess we’ll finally see if Julio Jones was worth a king’s ransom. I think the Falcons are drifting away from their identity; they are a fundamentally solid team with an emphasis on the run but now they are trying to be an explosive team with an emphasis on the pass (like the Packers). Simply put, the Falcons aren’t ready to play that way and if the Packers can stuff the run and get a lead early on, the Falcon will again show that they aren’t as good as the Packers
Zach Kruse 2-2 Green Bay Packers 34-13
Aaron Rodgers will be facing essentially the same secondary he burned to the ground in January, and he’s playing better right now then he was during that stretch. I just can’t see how they don’t score more than 30 Sunday night. The pass defense finally shows up, too, leading to a Packers blowout in primetime.
Chad Toporski 4-0 Green Bay Packers 38-30
Despite Atlanta selling the world for Julio Jones, he can’t do much for their ailing defense. We’ve seen what Rodgers and his receivers can accomplish on the fast dome track, so it’s doubtful that the touchdown machine will be slowing down this week.