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October

Packers vs. Browns Week 7 Game Predictions from AllGreenBayPackers.com

GAME PREDICTIONS
Week 7: Green Bay Packers vs. Cleveland Browns
Name Record To-Date This Week’s Pick Score Prediction
Kris Burke 2-3 Green Bay Packers 31-14
Everyone is thinking the Packers will struggle with the pass thanks to injuries at receiver, but I think this is the game he erupts. Look for 350 yards from Rodgers and 125 from Lacy as Green Bay rolls.
“Jersey” Al Bracco 3-2 Green Bay Packers 23-13
Defense comes up big in this game, causing turnovers and helping out the Packers receivers-challenged offense with great field position. Crosby will be called upon again to make 2-3 field goals.
Adam Czech 4-1 Green Bay Packers 27-17
Who’s ready for a 5 WR set featuring Jordy Nelson, Jermichael Finley, Jarrett Boykin, Myles White and Jake Stoneburner? *crickets* Nobody? Oh well. We might not see a spread formation featuring Jordy, Jermichael and a bunch of guys we never heard of, but that doesn’t mean the Packers offense will go in the tank. They’ll have to work for it, but they’ll put up some points and back up another nice defensive performance for a shorthanded win.
Marques Eversoll 4-1 Green Bay Packers 24-13
Despite being without Clay Matthews and Nick Perry, I think the Green Bay defense will force Brandon Weeden into a couple turnovers. Offensively, I’d be surprised if James Jones can play, but I think they’ll put enough points because of two things: Eddie and Lacy. Packers win.
Thomas Hobbes 3-2 Green Bay Packers 21-10
This will be an interesting game to see how the Packers adapt to losing so many players last week; luckily Cleveland isn’t a powerhouse team and the Packers can make a couple mistakes without costing them the game.  Figure to see a more balanced offense as the McCarthy adapts to losing Cobb and potentially Jones while Capers likely dials up more exotic blitzes to account for losing Perry and Matthews.
Cory Jennerjohn 4-1 Green Bay Packers 23-10
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October

Around the NFC North: Week 7

Around the NFC North

One game separates three teams in the NFC North in week 7

Another week is in the books and the divisional races are starting to take shape.  In the NFC North, the Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions all won their games while the Minnesota Vikings fell to the Carolina Panthers.

That puts the Lions and Bears atop the division with 4-2 records and with Detroit having a tiebreaker with a win over Chicago.  Green Bay is in second place at 3-2 and is above the .500 mark for the first time this season.  Minnesota dropped to 1-4 and are cellar-dwelling.

In looking ahead to this week’s schedule in the North, there are two more NFC/AFC matchups and two road games.  The Lions will host the Cincinnati Bengals while the Packers will welcome the Cleveland Browns to Lambeau Field.  The Bears travel to Washington to take on the Redskins and the Vikings will head to New York and square off with the reeling New York Giants.

With four games to look at, let’s jump in and see what is in store for each.

Chicago Bears (4-2) at Washington Redskins (1-4)

The Bears last played on Thursday night of last week and will have a few extra days to prepare for the Redskins.  Washington, on the other hand, played in Sunday night’s game and on the road against the Dallas Cowboys so their week is slightly shortened.

Chicago comes off of a victory over the winless Giants and ended the Bears’ two-game losing skid.  After this week’s game at Washington, the Bears have their bye week and then face a tough stretch with a road game in Green Bay against the Packers followed by home games against the Lions and Baltimore Ravens.  Afterwards are road games at the St. Louis Rams and in Minnesota.  While the Vikings are struggling this year, divisional matchups are never easy.

The Redskins are coming off of a road loss to division rival Dallas Cowboys.  Washington had their chances to make a game of it but a fourth quarter fumble by quarterback Robert Griffin III was recovered by the Cowboys and Dallas never looked back from there.  This has been a disappointing season for the Redskins, both in their record and in the playing abilities of Griffin.  He just is not the same quarterback that he was last season as he continues to work his way back from offseason ACL surgery.

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October

Packers vs. Rams Week 7 Game Predictions from AllGreenBayPackers.com

GAME PREDICTIONS
Week 7: Green Bay Packers vs. St. Louis Rams
Name Record To-Date This Week’s Pick Score Prediction
Kris Burke 3-3 Green Bay Packers 34-17
The Pack is for sure back as they finally beat a team that they’re supposed to beat. Rodgers keeps rolling and the defense eats up a weak Rams offensive line.
“Jersey” Al Bracco 2-4 Green Bay Packers 31-13
the Rams can’t score, the Packers defense is a pass rush threat once more and Aaron Rodgers has found his mojo. Not a good recipe for St. Louis.
Adam Czech 3-3 Green Bay Packers 27-17
The Rams have talented and physical CBs and an elite pass rusher. It’s a formula that gives the Packers fits. But the Packers have too many weapons to be shut down for an entire game. Sunday won’t be a cakewalk, but it’ll be a victory.
Marques Eversoll 3-3 Green Bay Packers 28-13
The Rams have a good defense, with a capable pass rush and physical corners on the perimeter. Cortland Finnegan makes a living by getting inside the head of wide receivers, but I think Jordy Nelson & Co. will keep their cool. Call me crazy, but I think Jermichael Finley has a big week for the Pack. They move to 4-3.
Thomas Hobbes 3-3 Green Bay Packers 35-16
Which Packers team will show up, the one that went to Houston or the one that went to Indianapolis?  Probably neither, I doubt they will be as abysmal as they were against the Colts or as dominant as they were against the Texans.  I think the Packers are going in the right direction, but it will probably take a game or two before things start clicking on a consistent rate.  Overall, I think the general flow of the game will be the Packers score touchdowns while the Rams score field goals.  As long as the Packers defense doesn’t give up yards and points in bunches and the offensive line doesn’t give up sacks in bunches the Packers should win this one.
Jason Perone 1-5 Green Bay Packers 27-17
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April

Watch the Video: Week 7 of Packers’ Donald Driver on Dancing With the Stars: Viennese Waltz

Video from week 7 of ABC’s Dancing With the Stars. Lets see how Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd perform the Viennese Waltz:

Donald and Peta received a  total score of 27, a string of nines across the board  from judges Carrie Ann Inaba,  Len Goodman and  Bruno Tonioli.  This is their fourh straight week with a score of 27. The elusive perfect 10 score still eludes Donald and Peta.

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October

Packers vs. Vikings Week 7 Game Predictions from AllGreenBayPackers.com

GAME PREDICTIONS
Week 7: Green Bay Packers vs. Minnesota Vikings
Name Record To-Date This Week’s Pick Score Prediction
Kris Burke 6-0 Green Bay Packers 27-17
This would be a barn burner if the Vikings started Packer killer Donovan McNabb, but instead Christian Ponder gets the start.  The Vikings defense gives the Packers some fits, but the rookie struggles enough that the Packers move to 7-0 heading into their bye
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“Jersey” Al Bracco 6-0 Green Bay Packers 31-10
The Christian Ponder era gets off to a rough start, as Dom Capers succeeds at confusing the rookie, resulting in mistakes. the GB offense is, well, the GB offense. Roll Packers…
 
Adam Czech 5-1 Green Bay Packers 33-17
Christian Ponder will be better than Donovan McNabb, but not good enough to beat the Packers. Look for the Vikes to try and get Visanthe Shiancoe and Kyle Rudolph involved early. However, Minnesota’s lack of explosiveness on offense will ultimately be too much to overcome.
 
Thomas Hobbes 6-0 Green Bay Packers 24-10
The Packers do seem to have some trouble with quarterbacks they don’t have much tape on, like Vick last year and Newton this year; then again Vick and Newton both have legs nowhere Ponder’s.  Also figure to see a lot of Jared Allen on Marshall Newhouse which probably will cause some problems.  I don’t see the Packers losing, but I don’t see it being easy either.
 
Zach Kruse 4-2 Green Bay Packers 27-17
Christian Ponder can give the Vikings a spark offensively, but he’s not ready to pull off one of the bigger upsets to date in this series. DEs Jared Allen and Brian Robison, mixed with the Dome crowd, will limit the Packers from getting to 30 points for the third straight week.
 
Chad Toporski 6-0 Green Bay Packers 30-20
Teams have had some success running the ball on the Packers defense lately, and with Marshall Newhouse in for Chad Clifton, the two guys the Packers need to contain are Adrian Peterson and Jared Allen. I expect the Vikings to hit an early lead in the noisy Metrodome, but the Packers fans will be the only ones left cheering at the end.
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October

McCarthy: Packers Won’t Overlook Struggling Vikings

The Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers are just two years removed from playing a pair of games that essentially decided the NFC North in 2009, but the franchises couldn’t have veered in more different directions since then.

The Packers rebounded from two crippling losses to Brett Favre in ’09 to win the Super Bowl last season, and they’ve started 2011 with six straight victories. Green Bay is the last remaining undefeated team in the NFL and the odds-on favorite to win the Super Bowl for the second consecutive season.

The Vikings, on the other hand, went through a circus year in 2010 which saw them stumble to a disappointing 6-10 record. Things haven’t gotten better this season under coach Leslie Frazier, as the Vikings are fresh off a 39-10 drubbing at the hands of the Chicago Bears which dropped them to 1-5.

But despite everything suggesting an easy path for Green Bay to get to 7-0 this week in Minnesota, Packers head coach Mike McCarthy is standing firm that Sunday isn’t a game that his team will overlook on the schedule.

“We’re not overlooking the Minnesota Vikings, I can promise you that,” McCarthy said during his Monday press conference. “The Vikings are a different team in the Metrodome than they are on natural grass. Hard lesson this team has learned in years past.”

The Packers have won three of the past five games at the Metrodome, including a 31-3 win there last season. The two losses during that stretch came in ’09 when the Vikings beat the Packers, 30-23, on Monday Night Football, and in ’08, when Adrian Peterson’s late touchdown run gave the Vikings a 28-27 win.

The Vikings quarterback situation is as foggy this week as it was at times during the 2010 season, when Favre was hurt for most of the year. Minnesota has started 34-year-old Donovan McNabb, whom they traded for this past offseason, in each of the Vikings first six games. But he’s struggled mightily at times, and McNabb has just a 82.9 passer rating with four touchdowns so far in 2011. In the second half Sunday night, Frazier pulled McNabb in favor of rookie Christian Ponder, and the first rounder showed some poise behind the Vikings leaky offensive line. Ponder saw both his drives end with completions short of the sticks on fourth down, but he finished the night 9-of-17 for 99 yards and wasn’t sacked.