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November

Packers vs. Bears Week 9 Game Predictions from AllGreenBayPackers.com

GAME PREDICTIONS
Week 9: Green Bay Packers vs. Chicago Bears
Name Record To-Date This Week’s Pick Score Prediction
Kris Burke 4-3 Green Bay Packers 27-14
No Jay Cutler, but the Packers will still need to account for Brandon Marshall. The Bears defense, meanwhile, is in shambles and will struggled containing the Packers’ balanced attack.
“Jersey” Al Bracco 5-2 Green Bay Packers 27-17
The Bears’ injuries trump the Packers’ injuries – what I had previously believed would be a dead-even game turns into a fairly comfortable win for Green Bay.
Adam Czech 6-1 Green Bay Packers 31-17
Keep taking away weapons from Aaron Rodgers and he keeps getting better. Will he keep it up against the Bears? I think so, and it will lead to another divisional win for the Packers.
Marques Eversoll 6-1 Green Bay Packers 34-13
This isn’t an Urlacher-in-his-prime kind of Bears defense. Chicago’s secondary is solid, but the front seven is weak, which means Eddie Lacy is in store for a really big day. The Packers won’t overlook the Cutler-less Bears, and when it’s all said and done, this will be another relatively easy divisional win for the Packers in primetime.
Thomas Hobbes 5-2 Green Bay Packers 27-16
No Jay Cutler and no Lance Briggs can only be a good thing, but with two weeks to install some unscouted looks and get Josh McCown ready and I don’t see this as a easy game.  However, if the Packers can be as methodical against the Bears as they were against the Vikings last week and I don’t think the Bears can keep trading punches with the Packers.
Cory Jennerjohn 6-1 Green Bay Packers 35-13
Chicago’s lynchpins on offense and defense — Jay Cutler and Lance Briggs — will be missed severely. Two weeks ago, the Bears allowed 209 yards rushing to Washington, so expect Eddie Lacy to punish the Chicago defense with his physical style. Aaron Rodgers has proven that it doesn’t matter who the receivers are, he’s still going to put up big numbers.
Jason Perone 6-1 Green Bay Packers  31-13
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October

Around The NFC North: Week 9

Around the NFC North

A big divisional matchup pits the Bears vs. Packers on Monday Night football in Week 9

At the halfway point in the NFL schedule, the divisional races are starting to legitimize themselves.  The Green Bay Packers earned a road victory over the division rival Minnesota Vikings last week and maintained their lead in the NFC North.  The Detroit Lions eeked out a last-second win at home over the Dallas Cowboys after some heroics by quarterback Matthew Stafford.

The Chicago Bears had a bye last week and now look forward to preparing for a Monday night showdown against the Packers at Lambeau Field.  The Vikings will head to Dallas to take on the Cowboys and the Lions have their bye this week.  That leaves just two games within the Black n’ Blue division to review.

Minnesota Vikings (1-6) at Dallas Cowboys (4-4)

The Cowboys have to be reeling after suffering a heart-breaking loss on the game’s final play in Detroit.  Dallas now holds a very modest one-game lead in the NFC East and with just two games separating them and last place (New York Giants).  On paper, this looks like a good opportunity for the Cowboys to get back on track.

The Vikings continue to struggle in nearly every phase of the game, save for special teams.  With lingering quarterback issues, Minnesota’s season is quickly going down the drain and there were serious trade rumors floating around about top defensive end Jared Allen prior to the deadline this week.  Christian Ponder was re-inserted as the starter last week against the Packers and was just 14 of 21 in passing with no touchdowns.  On several of his throws, NBC analyst Chris Collinsworth was pointing out obvious reads that Ponder flat-out missed.  When Josh Freeman is cleared to play again, I would assume he will take over the starting duties.

In Dallas, they have some problems of their own.  Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant was very animated towards his coaches and teammates during Sunday’s game.  While most have come forward and said that it was a healthy display of passion and desire to win by Bryant, the facial expressions and body language suggested sheer frustration.

A loss to Minnesota would be a huge setback to the Cowboys quest to win the East.  The following week, Dallas plays at New Orleans on Monday night.  After that, the Cowboys have their bye and then games at the Giants and home against the Raiders.  Dallas should win three of their next four, but “should” and “will” are not always friends.

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November

Packers vs. Cardinals Week 9 Game Predictions from AllGreenBayPackers.com

GAME PREDICTIONS
Week 9: Green Bay Packers vs. Arizona Cardinals
Name Record To-Date This Week’s Pick Score Prediction
Kris Burke 5-3 Green Bay Packers 99-3
(Kris’ fever has apparently made him delirious to predict such a blowout…)
“Jersey” Al Bracco 4-4 Green Bay Packers 27-10
I have to think the Packers players are fairly mad at themselves. For Clay Matthews to come out and question the effort and for McCarthy to have to remind everyone that they won a game last week, I think the annoyance level is fairly high. I’m hoping for an angry effort from the Packers and a more comfortable win than last week.
Adam Czech 5-3 Green Bay Packers 26-17
I’m off the deer stand and ready to watch the Packers. If the Packers O-line holds up, the Packers will be 6-3. If the line struggles, and Rodgers holds the ball and gets jittery, who knows what might happen.
Marques Eversoll 5-3 Green Bay Packers 24-13
Arizona’s defense will keep the Packers in check–especially if Jordy Nelson is unable to play for a second straight week. Fortunately for the Packers, the Cardinals are down to their third-string running back and starting John Skelton at quarterback. Clay Matthews should have a big day against a leaky Arizona offensive line. Packers win, but it may not be pretty.
Thomas Hobbes 5-3 Green Bay Packers 27-20
Actually I think this is going to be harder than most people think; last week people over-estimated how affected the Packers would be with all their injuries and if it wasn’t for an inept Jaguars squad the Packers could have easily lost the game.  Hopefully some of the Packers offensive starters come back, having your 2 starting WRs, RB, 3rd down RB, and TE all hurt isn’t a recipe for much offensive success.  My personal feeling is that if the Packers can grab a two TD lead in the 1st quarter the game will be lopsided.  If not, this one might be a nail biter.
Jason Perone 3-5 Green Bay Packers 24-23
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May

Watch the Video: Week 9 (Semi-Finals) of Packers’ Donald Driver on Dancing With the Stars: Samba

Video from week 9 (Semi-Finals) of ABC’s Dancing With the Stars. Lets see how Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd perform the Samba:

Donald and Peta reached a new season high with a score of 29 from judges Carrie Ann Inaba (10), Len Goodman (9) and Bruno Tonioli (10). Goodman has still not awarded the pair a 10, consistently finding something technically imperfect with Donald and Peta’s performances.

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May

Watch the Video: Week 9 (Semi-Finals) of Packers’ Donald Driver on Dancing With the Stars: Waltz

Video from week 9 (Semi-Finals) of ABC’s Dancing With the Stars. Lets see how Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd perform the Waltz:

 

 

Donald and Peta received a total score of 28 from judges Carrie Ann Inaba (9), Len Goodman (9) and Bruno Tonioli (10). This matches their high overall score of the season, recorded just last week.

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November

Packers vs. Chargers: 5 Observations from Green Bay’s 45-38 Win over San Diego

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Aaron Rodgers threw for four scores, Tramon Williams and Charlie Peprah each had interception returns for touchdowns, and the defense held off a frenzied fourth quarter rally as the Green Bay Packers beat the San Diego Chargers, 45-38, on Sunday to remain the NFL’s lone undefeated team at 8-0.

Here are five observations from the game:

1. Defensive issues

There was optimism that the Packers defense might rebound after a bye week in which some key players were getting healthy and an adjustment or two could be made. That wishful thinking was dashed in San Diego with another disappointing performance. Philip Rivers threw for 385 yards and four touchdowns, and there were times in which the Chargers marched up and down the field seemingly at will. San Diego finished with 460 total yards on offense. So what are the issues? Or maybe the better question, what isn’t an issue? The Packers had breakdowns in both man and zone coverages on Sunday. Tramon Williams, Charles Woodson and Sam Shields were beaten several times, and each is having a considerably worse season than they did a year ago. No one in the front seven can consistently pressure the quarterback either. That’s a frightening combination for any pass defense. And don’t forget, the tackling has been atrocious through eight games. Mike Tolbert ran through several more arm tackles on Sunday.

At this point, it might be time to start considering that the Packers 2011 defense might be more like their ’09 version than ’10—at least in terms of yards and points. Even slightly above average offenses are going to move the football against the Packers. But you can’t overlook the fact that the defense got two stops—a punt and a pick—once the Chargers pulled with seven late in the fourth quarter. They have pushed “bend but don’t break” to its very limits, and to this point, the Packers defense hasn’t completely broken down. Turnovers have held this group’s head above water, as the Packers extended their NFL lead in interceptions with three more on Sunday. The defense gives plenty but they also take it away. That’s likely how the rest of the 2011 will go for the Packers on that side of the ball.

2. The Packers’ great equalizer

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November

Packers vs. Chargers: 5 Things to Watch

Fresh off their bye week, the Green Bay Packers (7-0) travel west to take on the reeling San Diego Chargers (4-3) in Week 9 NFL action.

The basics 

When: 3:15 CDT; Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011.

Where: Qualcomm Stadium; San Diego, CA.

TV: FOX; Thom Brennaman and Brian Billick with the call, Laura Okmin on the sidelines.

Radio: 620 AM WTMJ (Milwaukee), Packers Radio Network, Westwood One, NFL Sunday Drive (Sirius Radio).

Series: Packers lead, 8-1-0 (Packers won last regular season game, 31-24, in Green Bay on Sept. 23, 2007).

Five things to watch

1. Banged up Bolts

If the Chargers are to knock the Packers off the NFL’s undefeated perch on Sunday, they’ll have to do it by taking a page from Green Bay’s 2010 book. San Diego is a hurting bunch leading into Week 9, and a quick scan through the Chargers injury report shows a frightening list of talented players who will either be out or playing hurt. Defensive end Luis Castillo (tibia) and guard Kris Dielman (concussion/seizure) have both been ruled out. Shaun Phillips, arguably the Chargers best defensive player, is doubtful with a foot injury and not expected to play. Key offensive playmakers Ryan Mathews (groin) and Malcolm Floyd (hips) are both questionable, along with former Packers linebacker Na’il Diggs, who is fighting a knee injury. Mike Tolbert (hamstring), Antonio Gates (foot), Vincent Jackson (hamstring) and Curtis Brinkley (concussion) are also playing and practicing with lingering injuries.

And don’t forget; there’s been a lot of talk around the league about the health status of quarterback Philip Rivers. Some have speculated that his fall from grace in 2011 is the result of something structurally wrong in his arm or shoulder. As bad as that list sounds, the Packers know a thing or two about rallying together despite a long injury list. They won the Super Bowl in 2010 with 15 players on IR. There shouldn’t be anything taken for granted by Green Bay because of a Chargers team that is limping into this contest.

2. Attacking the tackles