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Packers fall on late field goal in HOT-lanta. Falcons 20 – Packers 17.

November 29, 2010 3 comments

Michael "The Burner" Turner

Tough day for the Packers today, they played a good game but came up just short.

 

If there was one play that turned the tide of the game in the Falcons’ favor, it would have to be the fumble in the end zone by the Packers. At that point, it looked like the Packers were going to take control of the game, but instead they gave Atlanta the ball and it led to a huge momentum swing.

For me the difference in the game was the running backs. The Packers could get nothing going at all on the ground, and their running backs even had negative yards rushing. It is going to be a problem when your quarterback is the leading rusher on the team. On the flip side, Micheal “the burner” Turner was solid for the Falcons, gaining over 100 yards on the ground and helping the Falcons control the clock.

The Packers didn’t have that luxury and so they had to rely on the legs and the arm of Aaron Rodgers. I thought he played an excellent game, minus the goal-line fumble.

The running backs for the Packers had a terrible game, and the Packers o-line just didn’t open up many holes for them. Give credit to Atlanta’s defense for that, they completely shut down the run and made the Packers offense one-dimensional.I still felt like the Packers were the better team on the field, but obviously the ball just didn’t bounce their way very many times in this game.

The Packers defense played well and they shut down one of the premiere receivers in the NFL today – “Hot” Roddy White. I am going to say that is mostly thanks to Charles Woodson. The only thing that the defense could have done better was to stop the run, but it is nearly impossible to stop Michael Turner, he is some kind of freak of nature.

The only other thing the defense could have done was force a turnover, but Atlanta’s offense is very effective at not turning the ball over and making the most of their opportunities.

For me, the plays of the game were both made by Aaron Rodgers on 4th down – the escape and the shovel pass for a key first down on the last drive and also the extension of a play until he could fire the ball to Jordy “White Lightning” Nelson in the endzone for the touchdown to tie the game. That was just an incredible job by Rodgers escaping the rush and waiting until someone could finally get open. That late touchdown of course tied the game at 17.

You know what happened next, of course, a face-mask penalty on the ensuing kickoff and some good throws by Matt Ryan led to the game-winning field goal for Atlanta with close to no time left on the clock. The packers had one chance at the Hail Mary, but they came up short. Final score 20-17 in a real barn-burner. You can’t say it wasn’t exciting, though.

Speaking of burners, I’ve decided to call this Michael Turner’s Burner Burger. Don’t Burn your mouth off! Eat this and feel better about the Pack’s loss. Of course they play San Fransisco next week and I will be looking for them to bounce back in a big way. Those sourdough-heads don’t stand a chance.

Happy reading, happy eating and GO PACK GO!!!

Vikings fire Brad Childress. Packers are the COACH Killers!

November 22, 2010 Leave a comment

The Minnesota Vikings have fired head coach Brad Childress. He will be replaced by Minnesota Defensive Coordinator Leslie Frazer. This is the second time this year that the Packers routing a team has led to a coach being fired. The first time was a little more than two weeks ago when the Cowboys fired (former) head coach Wade Phillips after they were dominated by the Packers.

I guess this means we can give our Packers a new nickname – the Coach Killers. I also like “the Legend Killer” for Mr. Aaron Rodgers. Why?

A) Because he killed Favre’s legend, B) because he does that ‘title belt’ celebration after a run, and C) you know it’s just awesome.

I also need to correct something from my last post – the Packers are a 1/2 game behind the Bears in the NFC North, not ahead of them. Thanks for reading!

Packers SPANK the Vikings in Minnesota. Packers 31 – Vikings 3.

November 21, 2010 Leave a comment

Mr. Touchdown himself - Aaron Rodgers.



1-2-3 Dominate!!!

That is the chant that the Packers use after warm-ups and that is exactly what they did today. Brett Who? Am I right?

Packers fans were already treated to an exorcism of some #4 demons earlier this year when the Packers beat the Vikings at Lambeau Field. But this… well, for the Vikings this game was just embarrassing. Poor coaching, poor playing, poor everything. Poor Brett Favre.

Oh wait…

I don’t feel sorry for you anymore, Brett. You turned out to be kind of a dick. I didn’t need the text messages you sent me to prove it. You had an amazing season last year, but you threw that fatal pick just as you always do. You should have hung it up. We might have been able to forgive you for one year in Minnesota, for your “revenge” season. But coming back this year… saying this was ‘the best team you’ve ever been on’?

No. That ain’t right. And it obviously wasn’t the best team today. Just look at the 31-3 SPANKING the Packers handed you. The best team YOU ever played on was the one in 1996 (in Green Bay). That team won a Super Bowl? Remember???  Maybe you don’t… maybe you really have taken one too many shots to the head. Maybe that’s why you can’t remember what text messages you sent and to whom. But I can see how you would be confused with Deanna Favre‘s striking resemblance to Jenn Sterger. Well… at least it’s obvious that you have a type.

Ok, enough of the Favre-bashing. You’ve taken your lumps now #4. You can’t say you haven’t gotten what you deserved. On to the game…

Let’s see, Aaron Rodgers, 4 passing touchdowns and a 141.3 passer rating. Greg Jennings had 3 touchdown catches, and was his awesome self. Driver looked decent coming back from injury and James Jones had a beautiful corner catch in the end zone. But as great as the offense was today, the real credit goes to…

the Defense! Just another dominant performance from the Green Bay defense today, and I loved watching every second of it. Woodson was great, as usual. Matthews only had 1 sack, but he freed up someone else on nearly every single play. Tramon Williams had an awesome pick, which led to the James Jones score just before half time. Collins and Peprah are playing pretty well at safety too.

There are also the unknown heroes on the D-line: Raji, Pickett and Jenkins. They are getting better every week. Let’s also credit Hawk, Zombo and Bishop for shutting down Adrian Peterson. And Clay Matthews too, of course. They made the Purple Jesus look average in the game, something that not many teams can do.

This victory pulls the Packers ahead of the Bears with a 7-3 record and an ever so slight lead in the NFC North. It was a great day to be a Packer fan. To those Vikings fans out there… hope you enjoyed our sloppy seconds! Sucks to be you!

I guess I’m supposed to mention a food here too – I got pretty cheesy today, so let’s talk about Cheez Whiz. Is it really cheese? Is it really whiz? I don’t think anybody is really sure what it is. It tastes good on crackers, though. And here’s something you can do with it… this makes a great game day snack.

Happy Reading and Happy eating y’all!! Have a great Thanksgiving, and-
Go Pack Go!!

Packers rout the Cowboys – and Jerry Jones fires the Cowboys coach. Packers 45 – Cowboys 7.

November 10, 2010 Leave a comment

The Green Bay Packers dominated the Cowboys on Sunday night, routing them in a 45 to 7 victory.

The Cowboys are a poor excuse for a team this year, and the Packers won a game that no one expected them to lose.
That was about as close to pure domination as a team can get, and it thrilled the 70,000+ fans at Lambeau Field.

Aaron Rodgers played lights out, finding open receivers all over the field. He passed for three touchdowns and also ran for almost 50 yards before giving way to Matt Flynn in the fourth quarter who came in for mop-up duty.

The packers Defense was dominant for the second game in a row, and the charge was led by last year’s defensive MVP Charles Woodson and one of this year’s top candidates for the award, Clay Matthews. The kickoff unit also provided a spark when a fumble was recovered by Nick Collins and returned for a touchdown. On the replay it looked as though the Cowboys’ return man was down on the play, but the Cowboys could not challenge because they were out of timeouts.

Wade Phillips, the Cowboys head coach, was fired less than two days after the game. This wasn’t really shocking to anyone, considering how pathetically awful the Cowboys have been so far this season. Jason Garrett will now be the Cowboys head coach after being promoted from the offensive coordinator position.

It was a great WIN for the Packers as they can now feel confident heading into their bye week. Sadly, there is no Packer game next week – but I will be watching the Vikings-Bears game closely. Normally I would want both of these teams to lose, but if one has to win we should root for the Vikings because a victory for them could help the Packers build a lead on the second-place Bears in the NFC North division. Right now the Bears sit at 5-3, while the Packers are 6-3. The Vikings are 3-5.

Well, that’s all for this week – Check the video for the full highlights. and GO PACK GO!!

Packers shut out the J-E-T-S, Rex Ryan speechless. Packers 9 – Jets 0.

November 1, 2010 Leave a comment

Rex Ryan - Don't write checks with your mouth...

Jets coach Rex Ryan has a big mouth. He likes to talk a lot. He likes to talk about how his team is the best in the NFL.

But it only took two words to shut him up this week:

De-Fense! De-Fense! Okay… so that’s one word said twice, but you get the point. Dear Rex, how would you like a nice tall glass of shut the hell up? You’re welcome America. Courtesy of our very own Green Bay Packers.

We know what helped the Packers to victory this week. Defense and Special Teams. Game ball goes to Tramon Williams for his incredible play this week. The defense played great the entire game, giving the Pack their first shut out of the year. Hopefully this is a sign of things to come.

I want to mention every player who contributed on defense, they earned the shutout this week. In the Secondary – Charles Woodson, Williams, Nick Collins and yes, even Charlie Peprah. 4 turnovers forced by the Pack’s D this week! You can’t ask for anything more than that. The linebackers absolutely shut down the Jets scary two-headed green running machine starring LaDanian Tomlinson and Shonn Greene. Credit goes to A.J. Hawk, Desmond Bishop, Clay Matthews III, Frank Zombo and Brandon Chillar for their great tackling. Can’t forget the big boys up front either – B.J. Raji, Cullen Jenkins, Ryan Pickett, Howard Green and Co. made it tough sledding for Gang Green.

I’d also like to thank Packers Punter Tim Masthay for consistently pinning the Jets deep into their own territory. Mason Crosby made 3 of 4 field goals as well – giving the Packers their only points for the day.

I don’t think anyone predicted a 9-0 victory for the Packers this week, and that makes the win all the sweeter for die-hard Packers faithful.

Now, we’ve given credit where credit was due but there are still things that the Packers need to work on. First and foremost – they still need to develop a running game. Right now it just isn’t good enough. The Jets have a great defense but your team needs help when you can’t even make 1 yard on a third down. They also could improve their pass protection. I would also like to see some more catches from the tight ends who are filling in for the injured Jermichael Finley.

The Packers did improve with a reduction in penalties this week and Mike McCarthy also had a nice play challenge on the Jets’ fake punt. What was up with that call too? That was so stupid. At least the Packers stopped them.

With a sweet victory like that, this weeks treat is a hot fudge sundae (Check out these recipes for hot fudge) – just in time for the cold November weather. Enjoy. After two straight wins Packers fans have a reason to celebrate –  this dessert should just be the icing on the cake.

Happy reading and happy eating!!

The Packers are now at the top of the NFC North with a 5-3 record, one game ahead of the Chicago Bears (4-3, did not play this week.)
Next week’s game is at home (Lambeau Field) on Sunday night vs. the Dallas Cowboys. Go Pack!

Tramon Williams - I believe he should get a game ball this week.