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Green Bay Packers ( 1 - 1 )
    Total Offense = 24th
    Passing Offense = 13th
    Rushing Offense = 26th

    Total Defense = 19th
    Passing Defense = 6th
    Rushing Defense = 31st

    Points For = 23.5 (11th)
    Points Against = 30.0 (28th)

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Detroit Lions ( 1 - 1 )
  • Total Offense = 10th
  • Passing Offense = 4th
  • Rushing Offense = 28th

  • Total Defense = 2nd
  • Passing Defense = 9th
  • Rushing Defense = 2nd

  • Points For = 21.0 (22nd)
  • Points Against = 19.0 (11th)

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by porky88 on 9/15/2014 10:58:51 PM
The NFL season is a story. There’s a beginning, middle, and ending. At this time of the year, every team’s ideal ending is to hoist the Lombardi Trophy. For 31 teams, unfortunately, their ending will fail to live up to expectations.

It’s these expectations (legit or not) that often lead to one over-analyzing a specific game. In other words, it’s easy to lose perspective in the now. Only one team can hoist the Lombardi Trophy, making the odds of achieving a so-called satisfying ending slim.

Your perspective will change as time passes, though. Only then will you realize the real thrill of an NFL season is the journey, not the ending.

I suspect that Green Bay’s victory over the N.Y. Jets wasn’t enough to satisfy many fans. The Jets are a team with low expectations, while Green Bay expects to contend for the NFC championship. The Packers’ woeful start, no doubt, leaves fans wanting something more. This perception is fine, given that we’re in the early stage of the ‘14 season.

However, a few years from now, I have a keen suspicion that Packers fans, players, and coaches, will grow to appreciate their first victory of the 2014 season as one of the best during an era.

Regardless of whether this team is the one to hoist the Lombardi Trophy.

Here’s my week 2 breakdown:

Turning Point

With the score tied at 24, Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers connected with receiver Jordy Nelson on an 80-yard touchdown. The score put Green Bay up 31-24, a lead the Packers never relinquished.

Unsung Hero

While Green Bay's defense played poorly in the beginning of the game, they did progress as the game moved forward. One player who deserves immense credit for that is defensive lineman Mike Daniels. The fourth-year player might as well of made a nest in the Jets’ backfield, registering several key stops, including a sack of Jets’ quarterback Geno Smith. However, perhaps Daniels’ biggest play won’t register in the stat column. On a first down play, with the Jets driving to extend their 21-9 lead, Daniels planted Smith in the turf as he threw the ball. The disrupted throw landed in cornerback Tramon Williams hands at the three yard line, giving the Packers the ball back. Green Bay’s offense orchestrated a 97-yard touchdown drive before half, cutting the Jets’ lead to 21-16. This major momentum shift wouldn’t have happened without Daniels’ pressure.

Stud of the Game

After signing a big-money deal in the off-season, Nelson entered the year with perhaps his highest expectations. He delivered on them Sunday afternoon. Nelson notched nine receptions for a career-high 209 yards. He also scored the deciding touchdown. This was the first time since 1996 that a Green Bay receiver went over 200 yards receiving. Then it was Don Beebe, who notched 220 receiving yards in a Monday Night classic against the San Francisco 49ers.

Looking Ahead

In the next three weeks, the Packers face perhaps their most pivotal stretch on the schedule. They play each of their divisional foes (two away, one home) starting with at Detroit next week.

The Lions are coming off a 24-7 loss, but they matchup well with the Pack. At times in week two, Green Bay made Smith look like a seasoned veteran, so you can only imagine how well Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford may play. Additionally, Green Bay’s offensive line continues to disappoint. This season, they’ve done a poor job of opening up running lanes for running back Eddie Lacy and protecting quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Detroit’s front four is among the best in football, so getting right tackle Bryan Bulaga back would be a major boon to the Packers.

Look for the winning team to assert itself early.

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by MintBaconDrivel on 9/9/2014 11:52:08 AM

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Green Bay Packers ( 0 - 1 )
    Total Offense = 29th
    Passing Offense = 26th
    Rushing Offense = 23rd

    Total Defense = 21st
    Passing Defense = 10th
    Rushing Defense = 31st

    Points For = 16.0 (25th)
    Points Against = 36.0 (31st)

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New York Jets ( 1 - 0 )
  • Total Offense = 11th
  • Passing Offense = 24th
  • Rushing Offense = 1st

  • Total Defense = 1st
  • Passing Defense = 1st
  • Rushing Defense = 1st

  • Points For = 19.0 (19th)
  • Points Against = 14.0 (5th)

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by porky88 on 9/6/2014 1:54:20 AM
The bar is set. If the 2014 Green Bay Packers are going to contend for a Super Bowl, they know what level of football they’ll have to play. They saw it firsthand Thursday night in the form of the Seattle Seahawks.

Seattle was bigger, stronger, and faster than the Packers were. The Seahawks controlled the tempo of the game by displaying impeccable balance on the offensive side of the ball. Their defense, meanwhile, started where they left off, disrupting yet another elite quarterback.

The Packers clearly came into the game wanting to run the ball and to utilize the short-passing game. Neither worked, as Seattle’s front seven controlled the line of scrimmage, and their edge rushers overwhelmed Green Bay’s tackles. Green Bay’s 20-point margin of defeat (36-16) was their third highest with Aaron Rodgers starting at quarterback. Only a 2008 defeat at New Orleans and a 2012 defeat at the N.Y. Giants were larger.

The NFL is a marathon, not a sprint. The Packers will get better. They must. However, Seattle may improve as well. And that’s a scary thought for the NFC.

Here’s a breakdown of what I saw Thursday night:

Turning Point

Down 20-10 in the third quarter and starting from inside their own 10, Seattle defensive end Michael Bennett embarrassed Green Bay right tackle Derek Sherrod, using his hands to win the battle. The Seattle pass rusher proceeded to strip Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers of the ball, which resulted in a safety. Additionally, the refs flagged left tackle David Bakhtiari for unsportsmanlike conduct, forcing Green Bay to kick the ball to Seattle from their 10-yard line. This setup Seattle with excellent field position, which they took advantage of by cashing in with a touchdown a little over four minutes later. In other words, in about a five-minute span, Green Bay went from being down by 10 to being down by 19.

Unsung Hero

Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman didn’t have one of his best statistical outings. In fact, he posted a zero in all columns. However, that’s because Green Bay didn’t bother to throw his way. It is possible Green Bay thought Sherman would shadow receiver Jordy Nelson all night long, but Sherman plays exclusively on the left side of Seattle’s defense. It’s hard to execute an elite passing attack when you only use two-thirds of the field.

Dud of the Game

When the Packers win, I’ll name the stud of the game. When they lose, I’ll name a dud of the game. This week’s dud was clearly linebacker Brad Jones. Not only did he drop what should’ve been an interception, but he was flagged for two holding calls, one of which came after Green Bay stopped the Seahawks on a crucial fourth-quarter third down. Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch put on a show, rushing for 119 yards and two touchdowns. What made Lynch’s performance so impressive was that Green Bay defenders were in position to stop him most of the time. Simply put, despite filling the right gaps, the Packers couldn't bring him to the ground. Jones was guilty of this all game long. If he doesn’t progress soon, he’ll be a real liability on the defensive side of the ball.

Looking Ahead

Sometimes you need to take a step backward before moving two steps forward. The defense took a step backward Thursday night, but they did flash potential. Rookie safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix missed a few tackles, but he also made several nice plays, including taking an excellent angle in bringing down Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson on a first quarter scramble. I suspect that as the year moves forward, we’ll see more Clinton-Dix on the field with Micah Hyde and less Morgan Burnett.

We did see glimpses of a versatile front seven. The combination of Julius Peppers and Clay Matthews did so some positive things, though Seattle’s short-passing game neutralize much of their rush. Still, it was encouraging to see Peppers moving well at outside linebacker. He didn’t look uncomfortable (ala Aaron Kampman). In fact, he looked natural. On one play, Matthews lined up on the same side as Peppers, and exploded into the backfield to make the stop. Another play had Green Bay running a middle stunt with Matthews. Peppers’ presence gives defensive coordinator Dom Capers the freedom to use Matthews creatively.

Offensively, Green Bay dodged a bullet on the injury front. Bryan Bulaga suffered a sprained MCL and will probably miss 2-4 weeks. The Packers should be able to manage without him in the short-term so long as they give Sherrod help. Perhaps the biggest red flag on offense was the lack of production from a No. 3 wide receiver. Rodgers leaned on Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, and the running backs Thursday night. Jarrett Boykin was nowhere in sight. In his defense, Green Bay chose to line him up outside against Sherman a lot, so that Nelson and Cobb had favorable matchups.

The Packers play the Jets next week in their home opener. The Jets have a suspect secondary, so I suspect Green Bay will move the ball well on them. Their offensive line also isn’t very good, so we may see the impact from Matthews and Peppers show up in the stat column. A blowout defeat stings, but losing to the Seahawks in Seattle wasn’t surprising.

Losing to the Jets at home would be.

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by Zero2Cool on 9/5/2014 12:06:57 PM
When the schedule was released I think most of us Packers fans expected a loss against the Seahawks and every single one of us hoped for a win. A loss is okay, but to look like a D1 collegiate team after months of preparation and perceived "secrecy" is uninspiring. When your team loses to a better team, that is a lot easier to swallow knowing your team gave its best and just came up short. We witnessed too many mental mistakes. It's not the loss that is upsetting, its how unprepared and how poorly the Packers executed that is most upsetting.


Stop The Cute Stuff
The Packers have this philosophy of trying to one over a team or be secretive to get an edge. I yearn for the days of the '03 Packers when they had about half dozen running plays and everyone knew what was coming and still couldn't stop it. The game of football is not about catching someone off guard. It is about executing better than the man across from you. That is the philosophy this team needs to employ, just like it did towards the end of the '10 season.

Defense
I admit it. I bit. Hook. Line. Sinker. They kept saying how they had new stuff for Seahawks. They kept saying we have new schemes for Seahawks. I was excited to see it. I noticed quite a few different schemes and the same results as last season. Players looking confused, out of place and failed to wrap up.


Offense
I really believed Aaron Rodgers was going to have a top game, smart and efficient. I didn't expect him to look more confused than Scott Tolzien against the Giants. Rodgers missed a first down run opportunity that made all of us ask, "WTF Rodgers!!". Derek Sherrod played well and then just got ran over again and again. I watched him a few plays and he held his own and poof, just like that, he was a turnstile. All week long I heard coach and players say they will play "their" game and yet they cowardly avoided Richard Sherman's entire side of the field. Grow a pair already!


Injuries
TE Richard Rodgers seems to be okay based on reports. RT Bryan Bulaga has a "knee sprain", so basically we can measure him for his casket. RB Eddie Lacy has another concussion.


Misc
Lacy is going to have a short career, shorter than normal RB's and it is going to be due to his concussions and his unwillingness to want to continue risking brain issues. Linsley played fairly well at Center. I would rather see Sean Richardson at Linebacker next to A.J. Hawk than see Brad Jones on the field again. We all knew Brad Jones is not a good player dating back to his rookie season. It's time to give someone else the spot.

Anyone else tired of Mike McCarthy saying over and over after each game how he knows he made mistakes and yet continues to make the same mistakes in judgment? I'm not saying he's a bad Head Coach. I'm not saying he's a bad Play Caller. I just don't think he can do both at the same time. Maybe give Clements play calling and just do your coaching thing or let Clements make those coaching decisions and focus on play calling?

On a positive note, it was just one game and good to get your worst game out of the way. I had the 49ers added to my dislike list, but if I'm going to add every team that shows up the Packers, I'd end up hating two thirds of the NFL! (joke) I still think the Packers win double digit wins, but this loss, this lack of preparation is disheartening.
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by porky88 on 9/2/2014 4:18:54 AM
Below is my Green Bay preview I wrote for Row12. You find the rest of my NFC preview here. My AFC preview is here.

I had them going 9-7 last year, so I was pretty close. Here's what I think this year:

Key Games: Week 1 at Seattle, Week 4 at Chicago, & Week 8 at New Orleans

Breakout Player: A couple of years have passed since defensive coordinator Dom Capers had a versatile defensive back at his disposal. The last was Charles Woodson, but his last great year in Green Bay was 2010. Micah Hyde can fill the void Woodson left behind. The second-year defensive back does it all. He’ll start at safety in the base packages and move to slot corner during certain sub packages. He can blitz from either position or play coverage. He also takes great angles to the ball and is a competent run defender.

Fantasy Impact: No other team in football can top Green Bay’s fantastic four. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers, running back Eddie Lacy, and wide receivers Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson are all No. 1 fantasy players at their positions. Together, using standard scoring, the four project to score 986.06 fantasy points.

Prediction: Overlook the Packers at your own peril. Rodgers, who is arguably the top quarterback in the league, has never had a better running game around him. Lacy’s presence forces defense to pick their poison. Will they stack the box and risk Rodgers burning them through the air or will they play off and risk Lacy bruising his way up the middle? Simply put, it doesn’t matter. This could be the best offense of the Rodgers Era. Defensively, Green Bay is betting on Julius Peppers having gas left in his tank. Peppers, who has had a strong August, will play mostly outside linebacker opposite of Clay Matthews. Many fans compare the signing of Peppers to Reggie White, but the minister of defense was Green Bay‘s top defensive player the day he walked through the door. These Packers already have a No. 1 pass rusher in Matthews. In many ways, the signing of Peppers compares more to Sean Jones, who joined the Pack in 1994. Jones became a staple part of the mid ‘90s Packers by playing opposite of White along the defensive line. If Peppers can be to Matthews what Jones was to White, then Green Bay’s pass rush will deliver. Overall, improvements to the defense, running game, and even offense line makes this the best Packers team assembled since their Super Bowl run of 2010.

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by MintBaconDrivel on 8/29/2014 8:55:11 PM
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Green Bay Packers ( 0 - 0 )
    Total Offense = 1st
    Passing Offense = 1st
    Rushing Offense = 1st

    Total Defense = 1st
    Passing Defense = 1st
    Rushing Defense = 1st

    Points For = 0.0 (1st)
    Points Against = 0.0 (1st)

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Seattle Seahawks ( 0 - 0 )
  • Total Offense = 32nd
  • Passing Offense = 32nd
  • Rushing Offense = 32nd

  • Total Defense = 32nd
  • Passing Defense = 32nd
  • Rushing Defense = 32nd

  • Points For = 0.0 (32nd)
  • Points Against = 0.0 (32nd)

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by Zero2Cool on 8/28/2014 10:25:36 PM
You ever wonder what round the Packers spend the most money on? No? Too bad, here's the break down and it excludes dead money.


Free Agents - Waiver Claims - Undrafted Rookies (including Peppers, Shields, Kuhn )
$39,180,626 - 37 Players


Players Packers Drafted (excluding Matt Flynn)
Round 1 - $44,838,501 - 8 Players
Round 2 - $13,085,049 - 6 Players
Round 3 - $5,951,067 - 3 Players
Round 4 - $14,600,443 - 7 Players
Round 5 - $2,786,917 - 4 Players
Round 6 - $5,735,825 - 4 Players
Round 7 - $7,027,229 - 6 Players


Salary Cap Source - link
by MintBaconDrivel on 8/26/2014 9:52:13 PM
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