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by porky88 on 12/2/2014 10:21:08 PM
In front of a record crowd at Lambeau Field, the Green Bay Packers defeated the New England Patriots 26-21 in one of the most thrilling regular-season games you could ask for. The win cements the Pack as Super Bowl contenders, and reinforces their dominance at home.

The Packers scored in each of their first five drives, producing first-half yardage numbers (347) that compared favorably with their first-half performances against Chicago (401) and Philadelphia (323). Unlike Chicago and Philadelphia, New England hunkered down in the red zone, and held the Pack to four field goals. Both of Green Bay‘s touchdowns occurred outside the 20s.

You can bet their bend but don’t break style was part of their game plan. They decided to play coverage, and rush quarterback Aaron Rodgers with three and four men. This approach only works if the defense is able to generate pressure with its down lineman. The Patriots couldn’t, and Rodgers picked them apart.

New England’s offense also didn’t overwhelm Dom Capers’ defense, as many expected. Their 21 points was their lowest since week four, when they put up 14 against the Chiefs. The running game lacked consistency, and their receiving corps failed to generate the explosive plays that Green Bay’s did.

In the end, the game goes down in history as a five-point win for the Packers. Dive a bit deeper, though, and you’ll see just how fortunate the Patriots were to make the game that close.

Turning Point

Prior to this game, opponents hadn’t sacked quarterback Tom Brady in three weeks. It took nearly 57 minutes into Sunday’s game, but linebacker Mike Neal and defensive lineman Mike Daniels combined to get him. On a pivotal third-and-9, Neal beat New England left tackle Nate Solder around the edge and pounced on Brady. Just when it looked as if the two-time MVP may escape, Daniels was there to help finish the sack. The play resulted in a nine-yard loss, forcing New England to attempt a 47-yard field goal with less than three minutes remaining. Kicker Stephen Gostkowski missed. The Patriots never held the ball again.

Stud of the Game

Did you see New England coach Bill Belichick seek out Rodgers after the game? He clearly wanted to show his respect to the man who torched his defense for 368 yards and two touchdowns. The fact Belichick would go out of his way to speak to Rodgers following the game speaks volumes about his performance.

Play of the Game

Good teams score in the closing moments of the half, and that’s exactly what New England did when they scored a touchdown with 1:14 remaining in the first half. Better teams respond. Receiver Jordy Nelson’s 45-yard catch-and-run sucked all the momentum New England had just gained out of them. Cornerback Darrelle Revis made just one mistake on the night, and it came on this play, when he allowed Nelson to get the inside advantage on him. New England also brought pressure on the play, so the middle of the field was open. Rodgers and Nelson made them pay.

Looking Ahead

The Packers are looking to push for home-field advantage, while holding off Detroit in the NFC North.

Arizona currently sits atop the NFC with a 9-3 record, but they’re falling fast, and unlikely to win their division. Meanwhile, Seattle is beginning to hit their stride. They’re healthy, and they’ve returned to their identity on offense. Instead of worrying about getting Percy Harvin touches, they can grind out wins with running back Marshawn Lynch, and have quarterback Russell Wilson contribute with his legs and efficiency.

If the Seahawks don’t lose again this season, then Green Bay must win out to avoid losing the top seed to the defending Super Bowl champions. Therefore, along with the Lions, keep your eyes on Seattle going forward. They need to slip up at least once to give the Packers some breathing room.

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by Zero2Cool on 12/2/2014 7:45:03 AM
The Packers still top the chart. The Steelers loss to the Saints really hit them hard as they dropped -9 and the Seahawks, Saints and Texans moved up +5 spots.

I wasn't expecting to see 5 or more spots moved this late in the season. That 9 spot drop, yikes.

  1. Green Bay Packers 0
  2. Denver Broncos 0
  3. New England Patriots 0
  4. Indianapolis Colts 3
  5. San Francisco 49ers -1
  6. San Diego Chargers 2
  7. Dallas Cowboys -2
  8. Miami Dolphins 2
  9. Buffalo Bills 0
  10. Seattle Seahawks 5
  11. Atlanta Falcons 3
  12. New Orleans Saints 5
  13. Cincinnati Bengals -2
  14. Cleveland Browns -1
  15. Pittsburgh Steelers -9
  16. Arizona Cardinals -4
  17. Houston Texans 5
  18. Kansas City Chiefs -2
  19. Detroit Lions 0
  20. New York Giants -2
  21. Baltimore Ravens 0
  22. Philadelphia Eagles 2
  23. St. Louis Rams 4
  24. Tennessee Titans -4
  25. Chicago Bears -2
  26. Carolina Panthers -1
  27. Washington Redskins -1
  28. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 0
  29. Minnesota Vikings 0
  30. Jacksonville Jaguars 1
  31. Oakland Raiders -1
  32. New York Jets 0
by MintBaconDrivel on 12/2/2014 6:55:40 AM
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Green Bay Packers ( 9 - 3 )
    Total Offense = 7th
    Passing Offense = 8th
    Rushing Offense = 19th

    Total Defense = 25th
    Passing Defense = 11th
    Rushing Defense = 28th

    Points For = 31.7 (2nd)
    Points Against = 22.2 (15th)


Atlanta Falcons ( 5 - 7 )
  • Total Offense = 9th
  • Passing Offense =6th
  • Rushing Offense = 25th

  • Total Defense = 32nd
  • Passing Defense = 32nd
  • Rushing Defense = 20th

  • Points For = 24.2. (12th)
  • Points Against = 24.9 (22nd)

by Zero2Cool on 12/1/2014 7:30:01 PM
My daughters said I needed to switch the site over to this theme so, it has been done.

Traditionally PackersHome has always had a dark green background and we have gone back to that. It just feels right.

A few of the changes are ...

Overall Site
Someone convoluted the CSS and had lots of extra elements instead of reusing the same ones. I won't point fingers at who did that. You can just guess. That has been optimized.

Navbar Menu
NFL Picks has been replaced with "Fantasy"and the items listed are "NFL Picks" and "Fantasy Football". We'll add NCAA March Madness when the time comes.

Fantasy > NFL Picks
Sends you to Leaderboard and you can conveniently switch between 'Leaderboard' and 'My Picks' without having to hit the Navbar menu. I think you will like that.

Fantasy > Fantasy Football
This is kind of neat, albeit very old school. The FleaFlicker page is contained within PackersHome here. This is neat because even non fantasy players can see how the fantasy players are doing.

Packers > Roster
This now is contained in a page so you can view the Packers roster without leaving our site.

A few speed enhancements as well from the YAF development team.

Quite a few other things were improved too, just very minor things.


by porky88 on 11/25/2014 6:00:27 PM
In the first outdoor clash in Minnesota between the Packers and Vikings since 1981, it seems appropriate the Packers powered their way to a 24-21 victory behind the legs of running back Eddie Lacy.

Green Bay needed all 60 minutes to put away the pesky Vikings on Sunday, yet there was never a point where they didn’t seem in control of the game. Nonetheless, the Vikings had plenty of opportunities for big plays, particularly in the passing game, but quarterback Teddy Bridgewater was off target with several of his throws. A veteran quarterback would’ve connected on some of them, so this could be a wake-up call for a defense that is currently getting ready for Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.

Penalties were also disconcerting, as the Packers had seven of them for 75 yards. Still, for the first time all season, the Pack stand alone atop the NFC North with an 8-3 record.

Thanksgiving week is when teams hope to begin to hit their strides. Now is the time for the great ones to separate from the herd.

We’ll find out how great Green Bay is next weekend, as the 9-2 Patriots come to Lambeau.

Turning Point

Great teams know how to finish, and the Packers finished this one off with an 11-play, 87-yard touchdown drive that took up nearly half of the fourth quarter. The drive ended when quarterback Aaron Rodgers shuffled the ball to Lacy, who rumbled his way across the end zone.

Stud of the Game

This was Lacy’s game to win. The Packers came out intending to run the ball, and they stuck with it through the game's duration. His 25 carries and 125 yards were both season highs. He also added 13 yards receiving, and scored two touchdowns. More important, he sealed the Vikings' fate on the final drive by carrying the ball on five consecutive plays to kill the clock.

Play of the Game

Lacy’s fourth-quarter touchdown may never have happened if Rodgers and receiver Jordy Nelson didn’t convert a key third down midway through the drive. The Vikings -- especially cornerback Xavier Rhodes -- did a fine job of covering Nelson all game long, but Nelson made them pay on this crucial play. On third-and-2, Nelson beat cornerback Josh Robinson inside, giving Rodgers a huge window to throw the ball into. The play isn’t spectacular, but it shows that the little things matter. Many quarterbacks force their No. 1 receivers the ball, but Rodgers doesn’t. He’s an assassin on the field, who waits patiently for an opportunity to strike. The Vikings finally gave him one by not matching Rhodes up with Nelson on this play, and the Packers’ top duo made them pay for it.

Looking Ahead

There have been many tough hills to climb this season for the Pack, but the New England game has lingered in the background, like a mountain casting a shadow.

Last week, I wrote about Green Bay re-establishing their home-field advantage, so the Packers should have an advantage in Lambeau. Yet, the Patriots are the most respected franchise around the league. Bill Belichick is the reason why, and I worry about him out coaching Mike McCarthy in this matchup.

The key for the Packers is to be themselves. Don’t shy away from Randall Cobb because Darrelle Revis is covering him, and don’t ignore Nelson because Brandon Browner is getting physical. McCarthy should trust his players to challenge New England‘s secondary.

The game will have a playoff atmosphere, as the media hypes it as a Super Bowl preview.

As usual, I say don’t bet against No. 12.

I just don’t know which No. 12 I’m talking about this week.

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