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5 reasons the Packers could lose to the Patriots

The Green Bay Packers are preparing to face off against the New England Patriots this Sunday when they meet at Lambeau Field. This matchup involves the league’s  two hottest teams. With that, here are five reasons why the Packers could lose this week.
5. Patriots are rolling
This team has won seven straight games, and that includes blowout victories over great teams like Cincinnati, Denver, Indianapolis and Detroit. Rob Gronkowski is carrying this Patriots offense, while Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner are shutting down the league’s top receivers.
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5 reasons the Packers will win this Sunday

For the first time ever, Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady will go head-to-head this Sunday. The Packers are trying to catch up to the Arizona Cardinals for first in the NFC. Here are five reasons the Packers will win.
5. Patriots are peaking early
The Patriots have won seven straight games, including dominant victories against elite teams like Cincinnati, Denver, Indianapolis and Detroit. Mind you, we’ve seen plenty of teams do this every year.
Simply playing a long stretch of dominant football is bound to end soon. The Pats have played far too great, and a regress is likely to happen at some point.
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Green Bay Packers avoid NFL’s biggest turkeys, bitter rivals do not

The NFL is a marketing machine, a network of television, online, print and other media platforms that push the league’s message at every turn. It’s a mechanism that churns out stars and makes average Joes household names.
Most of the time, that’s a good thing; the league is promoting the game by highlighting the people who make it click. But it’s not always appropriate. Sometimes, people aren’t ready to be stars and/or household names. Perhaps they don’t have the résumé for it. Maybe they don’t perform well in the limelight.
But once they are there, it’s hard to get them out of the public eye; the toothpaste is already out of the tube. That creates problems, as people who shouldn’t be the face of the NFL are in part serving that role. They’re woefully miscast, but have are stuck on stage.
With that in mind, here are the 10 biggest turkeys in the NFL today:
10. The Mannings
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Which Green Bay Packers, disappointing NFL QBs are on the Week 13 hot seat?

It doesn’t take long for the pressure to mount in the NFL. Thirteen weeks into the 2014 season, plenty of people find themselves under the microscope, trying to answer questions about their most-recent performance.
Who is in that spot? Here are five on the hot seat this weekend:
5. Drew Brees
Brees now has to be a road warrior
At some point, someone is going to have to explain how the Saints lost three straight games at the Superdome, a building where they used to be unbeatable. The only way to avoid heads rolling is to still will the NFC South, which is still ripe for the taking despite a 4-7 record. In order to do so, however, New Orleans will have to win some games on the road, something they’ve never been very good at doing; that means Mr. Brees needs to step up.
Heat Index: 3 – He won’t get benched, but his status as one of the game’s top QBs is on the line in the next couple of weeks

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Green Bay Packers: Five keys to defeating the Patriots in week 13

In what could be dubbed as a potential “Super Bowl preview,” the Green Bay Packers (8-3) play host to the New England Patriots (9-2) from Lambeau Field.  The game will be televised on CBS with kickoff coming at 3:25 CT.  Both teams are riding win streaks, as the Packers have won their last three games, while the Patriots have been the hottest team in the league, winning seven in a row.  Here are five keys for the Packers to end the Patriots win streak on Sunday.
Run the ball
While Eddie Lacy has only rushed for over 100 yards twice this season, one of those came in his last game against the Minnesota Vikings.  The Patriots have the 14 ranked rushing defense, giving up a little over 114 yards a game.  The key for the Packers won’t necessarily be to get huge amounts of yards, but to get Lacy as many touches as possible.  Running the ball keeps Tom Brady off the field, and gives him fewer chances to attack the Packers defense.  While running effectively would help open up some things in the passing

Where does Casey Hayward of the Packers rank among the best cornerbacks?

With 12 weeks in the books this season now seems like a great time to revisit our cornerback position power rankings. This time around they were ranked based on Pro Football Focus’ overall player ratings, with a touch of my own inherent biases thrown in.
Here are the 10 best in the NFL at corner right now…
10. Casey Hayward – Green Bay Packers
Hayward is one of the more versatile defensive backs playing in the league. He can tackle tough running backs, run ear to ear with quick wide receivers, and pick off even the savviest quarterbacks. Hayward’s stock is going nowhere but up.

Packers: Young Packers defensive backs have earned the trust of their veteran teammates.
— Bill Porter (@BillMack764) November 22, 2014

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Aaron Rodgers: Tom Brady ‘One Of My Favorite Guys To Watch’ On Film

A quarterback enters the NFL, starts his career as a backup to a proven veteran, then finally gets his shot and develops into one of the best players in the league.
Sound familiar? The parallels aren’t exact, but Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers took very similar paths to joining NFL’s elite group of signal-callers. On Sunday, they’ll square off for the first time as starters when the New England Patriots play the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field.
Brady, of course, already was a three-time Super Bowl champion before the Packers quarterback got his break. For Rodgers, this meant a valuable opportunity to learn from one of the best.
“I studied him in 2007, a lot in the offseason in ’06 when I was a backup,” Rodgers told New England media in a conference call Wednesday. “… I was a fan in high school. I don’t think he’s that much older than me. I don’t want to date him too much but always been one of my favorite guys to watch on film. If we have a common opponent I

Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers’ very compelling newest quarterback ranking

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.
Twelve weeks into the 2014 season, here’s how the starting quarterbacks in the NFL shake out:
1. Tom Brady – He’s leading a team that is dismantling division leaders on a weekly basis; nobody is playing better right now. (LW: 1)
2. Aaron Rodgers - His performance at Minnesota wasn’t a thing of beauty, but the Packers won; that’s all that matters. (LW: 2)
3. Peyton Manning – A week after being held to seven points, Manning’s offense put up 39 on one of the NFL’s best defenses. (LW: 3)
4. Tony Romo – A game-winning drive in the final three minutes on the road in front of a national TV audience. What else would

Aaron Rodgers Pre-Draft Scouting Reports: ‘System Quarterback,’ Likely Bust

Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady will do battle as starters for the first time in their career Sunday in a matchup of two of the best quarterbacks in the NFL.
The talent level of the two QBs is undeniable at this point, but it hasn’t always been that way. Both players were seen as question marks coming out of college, which has to be something that fuels them to this day.
The doubt over Brady is obvious. The New England Patriots quarterback was a sixth-round pick in 2000, seeing six quarterbacks go off the draft board before him. Rodgers, although drafted in the first round by the Green Bay Packers in 2005, came with question marks, too. dug up a story from the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel looking at pre-draft scouting reports on Rodgers. In hindsight, quite a few teams got it wrong on the 2011 NFL MVP.
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NFL Week 13 TV Schedule Maps: Almost Everyone Gets To Watch Packers-Patriots

The Green Bay Packers and New England Patriots will play one of the biggest regular-season games of the season Sunday, and football fans across America will be able to watch.
Kickoff from Lambeau Field is set for 4:25, but this one might as well be a prime-time matchup, as just about everyone in the United States will see the game on CBS. The one exception, according to the Week 12 TV schedule maps is the Atlanta area. NFL broadcast rules call for that game to be blacked out while the Falcons host the Arizona Cardinals.
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Patriots at Packers: Who will win?




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Two of the NFL’s hottest teams will meet on Sunday afternoon at Lambeau Field when the Green Bay Packers host the New England Patriots.
New England has won seven games in a row, including last week’s 34-9 victory over the Detroit Lions. With the win, the Patriots clinched the team’s 14th consecutive winning season, becoming only the sixth team in NFL history to post at least 14 consecutive winning seasons and the first to accomplish the feat since San Francisco did so in 16 seasons in a row from 1983-1998.
During the team’s current seven-game winning streak, quarterback Tom Brady has thrown 22 touchdowns and posted a 111.7 passer rating.
The Packers are 5-0 at home this season, outscoring opponents 219-85. Green Bay has scored at least 50 points in each of its past two homes games. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers has thrown 322 consecutive passes and 29 touchdowns in a row without an interception at home; both streaks are the lo

Aaron Rodgers blasts those who accused him of trolling Vikings

Green Bay Packers quarterback caused a stir in the media on Sunday, after the Packers defeated the Minnesota Vikings 24-21. In a post-game conference, Rodgers was drinking grape and purple-colored Crush Soda, which resembles the Vikings colors.

#Packers QB Aaron Rodgers swears he wasn’t squeezing Vikings with grape soda.
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Rodgers claims he had no intention of trolling the Vikings, and seemed rather disgusted at the accusation:
“Seven years. To all the idiot trolls out there, seven years. It’s been grape for the last five, the first couple years it was orange or grape. Seven years,â€* Rodgers said.
He then continued: “Anybody who knows, any of the local media or anybody who’s seen me after a game, I’m always carrying that around with me,â€* he went on. “That’s probably the only soda that I ever drink — right after the game, when you’ve got to get those nutrients back with you. So that’s my post-game (snack),â

Packers’ Linsley Perfect Example of Thompson’s Practices

There was much consternation at the beginning of the season.  The Packers spent time and resources developing a plan to keep this team healthier.  If you ask Mike McCarthy that’s a huge part of this team’s success, especially in the regular season.  He claims to have only coached two teams of above average health in his career.  The 2007 Packers that went 12-4 and made it to the NFC Championship and the 2011 team that went 15-1 in the regular season nearly setting several NFL records for offense.
The off season and in season practice schedules were edited.  The team took a different approach to both nutrition and regeneration.  Early on, it appeared that the Packers were on to something.  Despite the inability of the newly signed Letroy Guion and Packers roster disappointment Jerel Worthy to get on the field, Green Bay was staying relatively healthy.  The new practices and measures of prevention appeared to be working.  Then the injury bug bit hard.
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Were any Green Bay Packers named as Week 12′s biggest heroes or goats?

Twelve weeks into 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 12:
Blount looked comfy again in New England
LeGarrette Blount – Less than a week after getting released by the Steelers, the once-former Patriot was back in the lineup in New England, filling the void in the backfield caused by the sudden fall from grace of last week’s fantasy football supernova – Jonas Gray. The vagabond running back responded with 78 yards and two touchdowns on just 12 carries, proving that he’s most at home in the Patriots backfield.
Stanton wasn’t ready for the big time
Drew Stanton – The Cardinals traveled to