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Anyone can pick games. Whether selecting winners or making guesses against the spread, it’s essentially an exercise in flipping a coin.
But providing some specifics about what’s going to happen in a game, detailing how things are going to play out, takes some thought, imagination and guts. And it actually provides some insight into what’s going to transpire on Sunday and Monday.
So with that thought in mind, here are five bold predictions for Week 9 in the NFL:
5. Robert Griffin III has a big return
Welcome back, RGIII!
Most people are waiting for RGIII to fall on his face when he returns to the Redskins lineup this weekend; it’s almost as though they are rooting for it. But during his absence, Jay Gruden has proven to be a pretty astute coach. So his decision to go back to the former Heisman Trophy winner should be trusted. Watch RGIII prove his coach right, combining for four touchdowns (through the air or on the ground) against the Vikings.
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The Green Bay Packers are 5-3 and on bye week right now. If this team is going to win the NFC North and possibly go far in the playoffs, they’ll need plenty of improvement in all areas. With that in mind, let’s have a look at the grades for each unit so far.
Aaron Rodgers has been sacked 20 times this year, and Eddie Lacy isn’t producing the way he did in his rookie year. Still, the Packers offense has been a machine few could stop.
Rodgers has completed 67.6 percent of his passes for 2,092 yards and 19 touchdowns against just three interceptions with a ridiculous 113.6 rating.
Jordy Nelson has 737 yards and six touchdowns on 50 catches while Randall Cobb has 40 for 578 yards and nine touchdowns.
The Packers are fourth-best in scoring offense. Nothing new here. Aaron Rodgers is an early MVP favorite and has been by far the best quarterback this year.
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The Green Bay Packers’ bye week could not have come at a better time. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers is nursing a hamstring injury he suffered last week against the New Orleans Saints. In that game against the Saints, the Packers were tied at halftime, but fell apart after Rodgers’ injury and lost 44-23. After a tough game like that, a week off gives a team time to rest and recover, and set their focus onto the game following the bye week.
Finally, the bye week comes in week 9, which splits the season in half for the Packers. After going 5-3 through the first eight games, the Packers can set their sights on catching the Detroit Lions for the NFC North lead. With half of the season in the books, here are three takeaways from the Packers’ first half of the season.
Signing Julius Peppers has paid off
Coming over from the rival Chicago Bears, linebackers Julius Peppers hoped that he would be able to win a Super Bowl with the Green Bay Packers. While that Super Bowl ring is still in the
T.J. Lang avoided any major structural damage to his injured left ankle, and the Green Bay Packers’ starting right guard will not need surgery, according to a source. However, the Packers won’t know until next week whether he will be available for their post-bye game against the Chicago Bears on Nov. 9. “Not sure about […]
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Yawn. That’s how the sports world collectively responded to Tuesday’s trade deadline in the NFL, a much-anticipated day that wound up generating less than Al Capone’s vault. Aside from a couple of transactions made by the lowly Buccaneers, involving a couple of players that most people had never heard of, the deadline came and went without anyone noticing.
Given the hype that surrounds the NFL nowadays, where everything that happens in the league is trumpeted like it’s headline news, the trade deadline being much ado about nothing isn’t exactly shocking; it’s to be expected. But it’s also not the only thing that gets more attention than it rightfully deserves.
The league is filled with overhyped things, people, events, etc. From coast to coast, there are aspects of the NFL that garner way more interest than they deserve.
Who and what makes that list? Here are 10 things more overhyped than the NFL trade deadline:
10. Jerry’s World
It’s a stadium, not a UFO
Yes, AT&T Stadium is a state
I have a very special message for Packers Nation. It contains five letters: P – A – N – I – C.
When the 2014 NFL schedule came out most realistic Green Bay Packers fans knew Week 8 in New Orleans was likely going to be a hiccup. The Packers have fallen short there in past trips. The Superdome could serve as the Metrodome of the South.
Silver linings could be found in Sunday night’s loss though. For two and a half quarters Aaron Rodgers battled it out with Drew Brees on even terms. Then Rodgers tweaked his hamstring running out of bounds and the game changed instantly. Fortunately Green Bay is now on its bye and Rodgers is dealing with a one-week injury and not the six weeks like his broken collarbone from last season.
The real concern (besides not even having a Brandon Weeden-quality backup) comes on defense and the team’s inability to stop the run. If Mark Ingram can run wild on the Packers then what would DeMarco Murray do in a potential playoff game?
A 5-3 record is what most pundits f
Here are the top five NFL teams that have the best chance to win a ring over the next three years:
5. Green Bay Packers
Having Aaron Rodgers alone is usually enough to guarantee a playoff spot, and the Packers have built a really solid team around him.
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Sophomore running back Eddie Lacy is one of the best power rushers in the game and Green Bay’s receiver corps is ridiculously talented, featuring the most underrated pass catcher in football, Jordy Nelson.
Don’t blink. Mike McCarthy’s Packers could be back at the top before you know it.
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Every week, from now through the Wednesday before the Super Bowl, the editors at cover32 will gather to rank the NFL’s 32 starting quarterbacks. Depending on what’s happened the previous week, some will rise and some will fall, and even some of the names on the list will change. It’s a never-ending evolution, as the status of the league’s top signal callers is always in flux.
Eight weeks into the 2014 season, here’s how the starting quarterbacks in the NFL shake out:
1. Peyton Manning – He put up mind-boggling numbers and wins games; there’s nothing more anyone could want from their quarterback. (LW: 1)
2. Aaron Rodgers - Up until he pulled his hamstring, Rodgers was going toe to toe with Drew Brees in the Superdome. Relax, people; it’s one loss. (LW: 2)
3. Tom Brady – During the past four weeks, Brady has proven that he’s still among the best quarterbacks in the NFL. (LW: 6)
4. Drew Brees - With Jimmy Graham getting healthier and Brandin Cooks turning into a player, Brees finally has
Rest easy Packer nation, your quarterback is going to be just fine. So fine in fact that Aaron Rodgers won’t have to stick around to enjoy the gradually cooling fall weather of Wisconsin (which is calling for the potential of snow flurries come Halloween morning) during his off week to receive medical treatment on the injury. Jason Wilde of ESPNWisconsin.com first reported that Rodgers had been approved by the Packers medical staff to leave town on Monday afternoon for his mid-season vacation. Wilde also reported that Rodgers did not disclose where he would be spending his week off (though it undoubtedly will include some time with Miss Olivia Munn). In his report, Wilde seemed to allude that the medical staff wasn’t concerned about Rodgers hamstring tweak, a sentiment Rodgers endorsed with his statement on Tuesday that he “will not miss any time” because of the ordeal. Rodgers suffered a strained hamstring in the second half of Green Bay’s 44-23 loss to the New Orleans Saints at the Superdome Su
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You could say that bye week came at the right time for the Green Bay Packers. They are currently dealing with injuries, and after a blowout loss to the Saints in New Orleans, the team needs to scatter for the bye week.
They need to rest and get healthy.
Also, they need to forget about this game. They can burn the film and move on because there’s not much to learn from it. At this point, the Packers are who they are and no amount of corrections will ever change that.
So, for this column this week, we’ll also burn the film. We’ll talk about some key observations that no amount of keen film study is needed to understand.
The Packers Offense
We are now are now nine years into McCarthy era and the seventh year with Aaron Rodgers pulling the trigger. The Packers offensive philosophy is clearly established and ingrained throughout the organization. You could say that play calls are predictable, albeit highly effective with the current talent on the field. The P…
If you ever find yourself wondering where all the great gunslinger quarterbacks have gone, the answer is the NFC North division, which features three of the best in the game.
Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers is the best player at the position, Matt Stafford has a ridiculous cannon for a right arm, and Jay Cutler can get it down the field with the best of them. There’s also the rookie Teddy Bridgewater, who has been known to air it out a bit occasionally himself:
We can reasonable say that Rodgers is the best all-around quarterback in the division, but which one of them has the most powerful arm? Let’s vote.
Here are your candidates:
Jay Cutler – Chicago Bears
Jay Cutler smiles and wears a pom pom hat.
That’s not the narrative, Jay.
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— Amanda Kaschube (@amandakaschube) October 26, 2014
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When any team enters its bye week, there are always questions to be asked. Sometimes those questions have answers, sometimes they don’t.
For the Green Bay Packers, the bye week almost arrived without much cause for concern at all. Heading into Sunday night’s 44-23 defeat at the hands of the struggling New Orleans Saints, Green Bay had won four games straight, three of which were by margins of 20+ points.
But now, at a less-than-polished mark of 5-3, and a full game back of the never-say-die Detroit Lions in the NFC North, the Green Bay Packers are back in the hot seat. Beware, some problems seem to be here for the long run. Others are simply one or two game phenomena that fans shouldn’t expect to see continue.
The “Jekyll and Hyde” running game
We’ve seen the good and the bad of Green Bay’s running game this season (perhaps the ugly as well if you count week four versus Chicago), but the team seems to be headed in the right direction.
After rushing for 80 yards or fewer for four consecutive w
Nearly midway through the 2014 NFL season, the league is starting to take shape. It’s easier and easier to see what teams are contenders and which ones are just not ready for primetime.
How did each team get to their current point? In part, it was because of the performance, good or bad, of some key players and coaches. Some helped their team, while others hurt the squad.
Who fell into each category? Here are the “Heroes and Goats” from Week 8:
HERO NO. 5
New Orleans rode Ingram to a big home win
Mark Ingram – The Saints hung 44 points on the Packers en route to a big win a home, a victory that keeps them right in the thick of things in the extremely mediocre NFC South. That type of output would lead most to believe that Drew Brees carried New Orleans, but that’s only part of the story. On Sunday night, it was the Saints running game that opened up the offense, led by Ingram’s 24-carry, 172-yard, one-touchdown performance against Green Bay.
GOAT NO. 5
Jones was among many goats for Atlanta
After eight games and heading into the bye week, the Green Bay Packers are about what we thought they were (cue the Denny Green soundbite).
Aaron Rodgers is amazing and does amazing things.
When Rodgers get hurt, even if it’s just a silly hamstring pull that he plays through, things go to hell in a hurry.
The defense is better, but still not quite where it needs to be.
The safety position is better than last year because 1) it couldn’t get much worse, 2) Ha Ha Clinton-Dix has a future and 3) Morgan Burnett looks improved.
Inside linebacker hasn’t gotten worse, but it’s still no good.
The injury situation is better, mainly because it couldn’t get much worse than it has been in recent years.
The defensive line might be the one position that hasn’t lived up to expectations, even though those expectations were modest.
Add all that up and you get a team that’s 5-3 at the bye and on pace for around 11 wins and another division title despite its flaws. That’s about where most reasonable …
The Green Bay Packers looked to ride a five game winning streak into their bye week if they could defeat the New Orleans Saints on Sunday night. The game started off promising as Aaron Rodgers found Randall Cobb for a 70 yard touchdown on the Packers’ opening drive. However, an Aaron Rodgers tweaked hamstring changed to momentum of the game and the Saints pulled away for a 44-23 victory. Here is what went wrong for the Packers on Sunday night.
Rodgers wasn’t the same after his injury
After stopping the Saints on fourth down to begin the second half, the Packers marched the ball deep into Saints territory. On a 2nd and three at the Saints 13 yard line, Aaron Rodgers scrambled to his right for a 7 yard gain. As Rodgers headed out of bounds, he appeared to tweak his hamstring. Two plays later, Rodgers’ pass hit tight end Andrew Quarless in the helmet, and was intercepted. Rodgers played the remainder of the game, but obviously was bothered by his hamstring. He was very slow just trying to h