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Posted on: October 18, 2008 11:57 am
 

Week 7: Indianapolis at Green Bay

Green Bay (3-3) and Indianapolis (3-2) are set for what should be a great game. Green Bay has the 7th-Ranked Pass Defense in the NFL at 178.8 Yards per game, while Indianapolis has the 7th-Ranked Passing Offense (248 YPG) this year.

If Indianapolis hopes to pull out a victory, they need to do it on the ground, where the Packers are ranked 26th at 153.3 Yards allowed per game. However, Indianapolis is without Joseph Addai, which is why this should be a great game. The Packers lead the League in Interceptions (Tied with Tampa Bay at 11), and they are holding opposing QB's to a rating of 62.3 (3rd Best in the League).

I believe the Packers' pass defense, while missing a few key players, will still be able to keep Peyton Manning under control, and their defense will win them this game. If the Colts had Joseph Addai, I'd give the edge to Indianapolis, however, Dominic Rhodes is starting, and while he's proven to be a good backup, he's not as good as Joseph Addai.

My Prediction:
Final Score: Green Bay 24, Indianapolis 21
Posted on: September 29, 2008 1:40 am
 

Week 4: Green Bay

This week, the Buccaneers became Packer Smackers. They found a vital weakness in the Packers O-Line and exploited it to keep pressure on Rodgers throughout the game.

The Bucs collected three sacks Sunday along their way to a strong defensive showing that included those three sacks, three interceptions, a forced fumble, and a defensive touchdown off of that forced fumble upon its recovery.

The Bucs earned this win moreso than the scoreboard indicates, and if you had seen just the teams' stat sheets, you would have never guessed Green Bay was within 9 points.  Tampa Bay outgained Green Bay in total yards 327-181, and they out-rushed Green Bay 178-28.
Tampa also controlled the clock, with their total time of possession at 36:50. One other telling statistic was their First Down total compared to Green Bays'-- 20 to 8.

Green Bay was unable to sack Griese, and they were also unable to stop the run. They were fairly effective at stopping the Pass (Held Griese to 50% completion, only 1 touchdown, and had 3 interceptions), however, and that seemed to be the only bright spot in an otherwise disappointing defensive showing by a Packers defense, that, coming into 2008, was considered to be a Top 10 defense by many.

Green Bay hopes to get Pro-Bowl Corner Al Harris back within the next few weeks, and they have several key Defensive players playing with injuries already. Charles Woodson has been playing with a broken toe. Atari Bigby was out with a hamstring injury, and Kabeer Gbaja Biamila played with an injured knee.

The Packers will look to get back into the Win column next week, when they host the Falcons. The Falcons were held to 9 points, and failed to score a touchdown while losing 9-24 to the Carolina Panthers Sunday.

Fellow Packers Fans:
Hopefully we'll get back on track next week against Atlanta. Rodgers will look to carve up the same secondary Jake Delhomme was able to successfully overcome this week. We are now tied with the Bears at 2-2 for the NFC North lead, so we will be needing this win, especially with games against Indianapolis and Tennessee upcoming in Weeks 7 and 9.

Posted on: September 22, 2008 3:28 am
Edited on: September 22, 2008 3:29 am
 

Packers: Where They Are & Where They Are Going

As you may well know, the Green Bay Packers are now 2-1, after a tough game against a very talented Cowboys team. They kept pressure on Aaron Rodgers throughout the game, and they didn't allow the Packers to establish their running game. Although the Packers' defense was able to keep Tony Romo under control for the majority of the game, it was Marion Barber and Felix Jones who wreaked havoc on the Packers' D. The Packers were simply not ready for the Cowboys' rushing attack, and it was most likely due to them awaiting the Cowboys' normally potent passing attack; however, Wade Phillips had other plans.

The Cowboys took the lead early and forced Green Bay to pass, something they were clearly ready to defend. The only time the Packers could get any momentum going was when the Cowboys allowed them many short completions late in the game, but, that's all they were allowing, and at that point, the Packers' attempts were futile.

The Cowboys played a great game, tiring the Packers' defense by running right at them, and the Cowboys' defense was fresh every time they hit the field, ready to put a stop to the Green Bay offense. They grinded their way to the victory, and earned it.

The Packers next game is next Sunday afternoon @ Tampa Bay (2-1). That should prove to be a tough game, as the Buccaneers have won their last 2 games, manhandling the Falcons in Week 2, and defeating a tough Bears squad this week.

Now that we're approaching Week 4, we're beginning to see which teams are proving to be true playoff contenders, and which teams may not be playoff-worthy. Looking down the road, the Packers could be in contention for a division title. They currently have a game lead over the Bears and Vikings, and 2 games over the Lions. While it is still extremely early, the Packers have proven to be more formidable than many expected. I believe they've got a good shot at the playoffs this year, barring any significant injuries that disrupt their gameplan.

I'm going to make an early-season prediction for the Packers' season:
11-5, NFC North Champs, 2nd Round Playoff Loss

As a Packers fan, I know I'm expected to predict a Super Bowl victory here, but I'm being completely honest, and trying my best to give an objective opinion. What are your predictions for the Packers or your Favorite Team?
 
 
 
 
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