The Packers are now 14-3 and playing this coming week for the right to go to the Super Bowl - UNBELIEVABLE!
The Packers are the DREAM WARRIORS!
This was a great home game at Lambeau Field on a cold but calm Sunday evening in Green Bay. Andy and Elliot were lucky enough to be able to get a ticket and see the game live!
Andy's Usher Story:
As a side note, there was an usher that told our entire section in the 3rd quarter that we had to sit back down when every play was over
Some old crotchety fans behind us were complaining non-stop...
I (Andy) have never experienced this at a Packer game at Lambeau...it was ridiculous.
Seattle came into this game pretty banged up and they got down early. The Packers went up by 3 scores going into halftime.
Brian Bulaga was a last-minute scratch due to the flu
He was like the 9th guy on the team that was on the injury report this past week because of the flu
Back-up swing tackle Jared Veldheer was called upon and played great
The Packers should have gotten the ball back immediately after their first touchdown early in the first quarter after they forced a Seahawks fumble, but the officials couldn't determine who had possession of the fumble after reviewing the play...whatever the hell that means.
Davante Adams had a fantastic game with two long touchdown catches.
He is an exquisite route runner - it's pretty special to watch him off the line of scrimmage.
Davante might be emerging as the 2nd coming of Jordy Nelson, in that he and Rodgers have developed all-world chemistry...at just the right time.
Jimmy "Ed West" Graham had the game of his life for the Packers. He had 4 catches, and 3 of them went for big 1st downs. Great to see him show up when it really mattered.
Aaron Rodgers had a QB sneak for a big first down late in the game - his first QB sneak in a long, long time.
Za'darius Smith had another great game, however, his partner Preston Smith might have had the defensive play of the game (or season) with his big third-down sack of Russell Wilson late in the 4th quarter.
J'aire Alexander had a GREAT 2 point conversion "sack" late in the 4th quarter as well.
The 2nd half saw Russell Wilson take over the game - he scored 3 straight TDs in the 2nd half by masterful play, escaping the rush and just making plays.
Jeremy's Packers v. San Francisco Game Plan:
Keep Adams away from Richard Sherman
Other backs are very beatable
Susceptible against the run
The Packers HAVE to run
...but go with what's hot!
Andy asked whether Rodgers should retire.
Andy: Packers will score less than 30 points. 24-21 Packers
Jeremy: 26-24 49ers 😨
Elliot: 17-16 Packers 💚💛
GO PACK GO
The Packers moved to 10-3 (can you believe it?!) after narrowly beating the hapless Washington Redskins 20-15 at Lambeau Field.
Andy attended this snoozefest (errr game) at Lambeau Field.
The weather was beautiful for this time of year...The game was a mess in terms of the Packers' offense. Yikes.
It's pretty amazing that this team is 10-3...I (Andy) picked them to be 8-8 at best - the fact that they have 10 wins with 3 games left in the season is astounding, in a good way!
The offense has morphed into a Frankenstein version of the old late-term McCarthy offense with some things sprinkled in with Aaron Jones...more often than not the offense has looked completely out of sorts.
The 800 lb gorilla in the room is the play of Aaron Rodgers - we can't really tell where his sub-par play ends or begins, but Rodgers hasn't been playing well for at least a month.
Rodgers missed a streaking Jimmy "Ed West" Graham (lol) on a throw that would have been a TD. He also missed a wide open Aaron Jones on a wheel route later in the game. He refuses to take the short dump off passes...it's becoming a big concern.
Geronimo Allison is not long for this team - he has been a major disappointment this season. He's been worse than pedestrian this year.
The defense actually did it's job this week...they weren't lights out but they more than held their own.
The special teams kick/punt return game FINALLY woke up...they are back to positive yardage for the season!
JK Scott punted well for the 2nd straight game...Mason Crosby continues to kick at a pro-bowl level as well.
Packers vs. Bears Predictions:
9-3 is pretty darn good all things considered.
Unfortunately wasn't game isn’t going to tell us anything unless they lost. Even a blowout win tells us nothing.
The Packers did score a TD on their first possession, which was nice to see.
It was a game that saw Aaron Jones mis-used (again) for whatever reason - granted he couldn't get much going in the ground game but given conditions the Packers should have just kept pounding him but they didn't. They continue this odd thing where they have one offensive series with Aaron Jones, then they pull him and give the next series to Jamal Williams
Speaking of Jamal Williams - he played very well, he always plays hard no matter what is at stake.
Brian Bulaga played a week after an MCL sprain and played pretty well - very impressive.
Davante Adams quietly has 3 touchdowns in the last 3 games after having zero for basically the entire season (although he was hurt for a number of games).
Alan Lazard had a nice game with a big 3rd down catch and he had a long TD reception too. He is the team's defacto No. 2 WR
Geronimo Allison had a couple catches but he is very frustrating to watch - there was a sideline pass that went right through his hands - you've got to catch that!
David Bakhtiari is having a down year - he had his 12th penalty today on offense. Not exactly all-pro...
This defense leaves so much to be desired - they basically have had all 11 preferred starters for the entire year and they rank in the bottom 1/4 of the league in every major defensive category. Don't let the 31-13 score fool you - this is a terrible Giants team and the Packers defense was their usual self for about 3 full quarters.
Kevin King is an incredibly inconsistent player - he flashes a lot of potential, but gives up way too many big plays considering it is his 3rd year in the league. He is what he is at this point - inconsistent.
Kenny Clark played better today and had a great 3 yard run stuffing TFL in the 1st quarter. They desperately need him to emerge down the stretch.
Mason Crosby is having a very good year, good for him - the rest of his unit is shitting the bed every week. ST is a disaster
JK Scott had a much better game today vs. his past 3-4 games. Good to see him punt well in crappy weather too as he has struggled with that in his first two years in the league.
Predictions: Andy 27-17 Elliot 28-14
The APP gang had some personal stuff to attend to during the past few weeks, but we're back at it!
The Packers suffered a humiliating defeat the weak prior against the LA Chargers - a game which saw them get their asses handed to them in all 3 phases of the game...the beginning of this game saw them pick up right where they left off with a flat first quarter full of pre-snap penalties, mistakes or whatever.
The Packers defense is a real concern right now - the unit that was dominating the first 3 weeks has been replaced with a defense that is hemorrhaging yards and explosive plays.
The run defense was not solved. Game predicated Carolina to pass more in the second half.
The run defense needs to work at keeping down and distance in their favor. The defense needs a yard to convert situations to set up pass rush which is their best asset.
Defense dedicated manpower to stop the run. Lancaster and Goodson were in on the majority of early downs.
Kevin King plays zone while the rest of the D plays man. WTF?
The Packers can't cover a tight end to save their lives - crossing routes are always, always wide open vs. this defense.
The offense got going with the now lethal 1-2 punch of Aaron Jones + Jamal Williams at RB.
Aaron Jones leads the league in TDs - 14 this year already! He is a GAM.
Rodgers did miss wide-open receivers.
Davante Adams might be the best route runner in the NFL - he is sooooo smooth off the line and breaks CBs' ankles all the time. Good to have him back.
Speaking of Receivers: Geronimo Allison and MVS have completely disappeared in the passing offense.
Jace Sternberger played a decent amount and actually help up ok in run blocking. He was just recently activated of the IR return designation
Rodgers downfield touch is suspect.
Bahktiari is playing hurt. He needs to get healthy.
Special teams coverage units on special teams still are a concern.
The Packers have NEGATIVE YARDAGE on punt returns this year - that is beyond pitiful.
Jeremy, as always, had a great recap HERE.
Andy was actually at this game at Lambeau Field, his first since attending the Packers vs. Vikings last year.
It was rainy and dreary for basically the entire contest but the conditions weren't bad enough to inhibit any game plans from either team.
The Packers scored a TD on a free-play/offsides on the opening series, with Rodgers connecting with MVS for a long touchdown in the endzone.
The Packers had a sort of bend but not break approach to their defense against the Broncos, but they did give up two +7 minute TD drives.
The Packers' run defense has been suspect vs. the Vikings and Broncos...it needs to be shored up quickly
Andy counted at least 15 missed tackles midway through the third quarter - they probably had +20 missed tackles in the entire game(!)
On a super-positive note: Jaire Alexander is an all-pro CB right now - he is incredible.
1st Round Pick Rashan Gary had his first sack and he had a fumble recovery.
The Packers have a speed & talent issue on offense and it reared it's ugly head in this game:
Davante was double-teamed and had a pedestrian game (Zero TD's in the first 3 games this season)
MVS constantly teases us, but he was basically 0-3 on plays in this game that could have allowed him to take the next step
Jimmy Graham is worthless and might be in the top 3 of overpaid players in the entire NFL - he really should be benched at this point, regardless of his $12MM salary.
Geronimo Allison is who he is - a UDFA receiver who struggles to get open
Rodgers himself hasn't had a hot start to the season, he needs to play better as well. We've seen glimpses of greatness but on the whole the entire offense has been massively inconsistent.
I (Andy) took notice of the crowd at Lambeau and how they interacted when prompted to "get loud" while the Packers' defense was on the field - while improved, the crowd could still be better.
The jumbotron screens both showed "The Smith brothers" trying to get the crowd amped up on 3rd down, etc. -it's pretty amazing how quickly Za-darius Smith & Preston Smith have endeared themselves to the Packers and the city of Green Bay...it's fantastic.
JK Scott is officially a weapon for this team - he has had an incredible start to the season.
Eagles @ Packers Predictions:
Elliot 24-21 Packers Win
Andy 24-17 Packers Win
Jeremy 20-15 Packers Win