Packers dominate the Giants to keep their playoff hopes alive. Packers 45 – Giants 17.

December 28, 2010 Leave a comment

Packers dominate the Giants to keep their playoff hopes alive. Packers 45 – Giants 17.

This game was a treat to watch as a Green Bay fan. Aaron Rodgers threw for four touchdowns and looked like his old self. Concussion? What concussion? The rumor going around was that he was mad about missing last week’s game against the Patriots and he played like it. I hope he stays mad.

When he wasn’t throwing touchdowns he was running for first downs, and I’m sure we were all breathing a collective sigh of relief after watching him slide on one of his running plays. Safe! The performance of the offensive line in this game was impressive too. They were able to slow down the Giants’ pro-bowl caliber pass rush. It was a  good performance and I’d like to see that carry over to next week. Bryan Bulaga is a rising star at the tackle position. Josh Sitton has become a quality player. Chad Clifton is getting old, but he can still play at a high level.

But the real star of this game was the Green bay defense. Six turnovers! Wow. That was a pretty amazing defensive effort. Even though they gave up two big plays for touchdowns, they absolutely dominated the rest of the game. Eli Manning didn’t have very much time to pass and when he did his receivers were locked down most of the game. Tramon Williams made an incredible interception early in the game, and that really helped to set the tone for the defense during the rest of the game.

I think the game ball must go to Clay Matthews though, who never gives up on any play, and whose hustle to the ball carrier caused a fumble which the Packers eventually recovered. That was a crazy play. I’ve never seen anything like it. But it was a great effort by Nick Collins to recover the fumble after Clay punched the ball loose.

Even though the Packers roster was decimated by injuries this year, this team is still playing like it belongs in the playoffs, and I am keeping hope alive for next week. For those of us who still remember the Packers-Giants NFC championship game back in 2007 (and how could you forget?), this was a nice way of putting the G-Men in their place. We owed them an ass-whipping and they got one. Perhaps the Packers have even gotten another coach fired. Sorry, Tom Coughlin. (Except, not really. Ha ha!)

Now our Packers just have to whip the Bears hairy arses at Lambeau and they are in the playoffs. Pretty simple stuff. If they win they’re in. If they lose they are going home. I believe that they will win. The Bears are the most overrated team in football now in my opinion. Time for us to knock some of the wind out of their sail. Remember, the Packers barely lost to the Bears way back in week 3. If it wasn’t for a James Jones fumble, the Pack probably would have won. We owe the Bears one. Here, eat this while you watch the last regular season Packers game.

I want to thank you all for reading my blog this year. I hope that I will be writing a few more playoff entries for you, but we’ll see.  Fearless prediction for next week’s game: Packers 30 – Bears 21. Happy reading and eating and GO PACK GO!!

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Packers lose a heart breaker in New England. Patriots 31 Packers 27.

December 20, 2010 3 comments

For a game that wasn’t even supposed to be close, it certainly was exciting to watch as a Packers fan. Green Bay came into the game as two score underdogs, but they sure didn’t play like they were.

You can’t ask for much more excitement than a game that comes down to the final play. It’s just too bad that things didn’t work out for the Pack.

There were some good things about this game that the Packers can build on. Mainly that they were finally able to get some running backs going against a good defense. They haven’t run it well all year, but it was a different story in this game. I’d like to see that trend continue.

And how about that onside kick to open the game? Wow! That was pretty ballsy Mike McCarthy. That was a great call. When you play the Patriots on their home field you are going to need to steal a few possessions to win the game and I loved that play to set the tone for the game.

Now for the bad stuff: Poor, poor tackling in critical situations. Namely, the squib kick return by the Pats’ O-line man, Dan (Roseanne) Connonly. I mean seriously… he’s a lineman, there’s just NO WAY the Pack’s special teams unit should let him almost run it back for a touchdown. Also, Sammy (Davis Junior) Shields really has to make that tackle on the Patriots’ tight end, instead of letting him get into the end zone. Another killer was the dropped interception by Charles “Chaz Cheddar Cheese” Woodson in the first quarter. You don’t get many chances to intercept Tom “the Biebster” Brady, so you have to make the most of it when you do.

Even though our beloved Packers lost, there was still some good news for GBP fans coming out of this game: because the Giants and the Buccaneers both lost on Sunday, the Packers still control their own destiny going into the playoffs. If they can beat the Giants and Bears to go 10-6, they are guaranteed a playoff spot. So chin up, Packers faithful.

The defense it still playing at a high level, with rising stars Clay Matthews, B.J. Raji and even Desmond Bishop leading the way. I could  still see the Packers making it into the playoffs as a wild card team. But win or lose, you know I’ll be watching and cheering them on.

If you do feel a little down after the tough Packers loss, try soaking up your tears with this Grilled Beer Cheese Sammy. I can’t think of anything that could be more Wisconsin-y.

As always, happy reading and happy eating. Thanks for viewing my blog, and GO PACK GO!!!

Lions tame the Packers playoff hopes in Detroit, and A-Rod goes down with another concussion. Lions 7 – Packers 3

December 13, 2010 1 comment

By J. Larsen

Well that was one soggy biscuit of a game, wasn’t it? You can bet the Lions fans are out in full force celebrating right now with their Coney dogs, Coney Island chili and Coney island chili-cheese dogs. I bet those bas-tads even use some of our Wisconsin Cheddar cheese to sweeten their doggies up…

But speaking of things that aren’t so sweet right now, how about the Green Bay Packers offense. It was pathetic in this game, folks. Lack of a running game, no pass protection and terrible O-line play all contributed to the Packers only being able to field a single field goal on the day. That wasn’t the only factor, though. Of course there were two costly turnovers.

Now, I enjoy apple turnovers as much as the next guy, but the football kind leave a sour taste in my mouth. I hated the interception that bounced out of Greg Jennings’ hands and right to a Lions’ defender. And I HATED even more the Matt Flynn interception in the end zone. That could’ve been seven points either time for our boys. But instead it turned out to be zero. Proof that you can’t win in the NFL if you turn the ball over.

But do you know what I hated most of all? The play calling. It was atrocious, especially at the end of the game. You absolutely, unequivocally, without a shadow of a doubt, DO NOT call a bomb to the end zone on 4th and 1 with time running out. Not when your backup QB is in and he has struggled all game. Seriously, Mike McCarthy, what is wrong with you? Please, Mr. McCarthy, try coaching your way out of a soggy paper bag. But don’t worry, I won’t hold my breath, because this could take forever.

Other errors by McCarthy were made as well. He should have challenged the play that might have been a Jennings catch for a touchdown. It was close enough that it was worth a review. He should have called more running back and wide receiver screens to offset the Lions (somehow) incredible pass rush. And he never should have called a running play with under two minutes left in the game, not to mention the last idiot call and fourth and 1. If you need only one yard to save the game, maybe just try to get ONE YARD! Arrgggghhhhh!!!!!!!!!  Ok, it’s okay. I feel much better now.

I bet Aaron Rodgers might not be feeling so hot after suffering his second concussion of this season and being held out of the rest of the game on Sunday. He is not going to have a very long NFL career if he doesn’t learn how to protect himself. Come on Rodgers, learn how to slide! I don’t want to be screaming Flynn to Win(!) at my TV every week. The Packers are going to need Mr. Rodgers neighborhood if they stand any chance at all of making the playoffs. His status for next week’s game is still uncertain.

If you’re  feeling down like me, then pick yourself up with some of these delicious treats, great for a desert on game day. The Packers aren’t out of the playoff hunt yet, but their window is closing. I will be hoping for some help from other teams who can beat the Bears, as well as the Pack to try and close out strong with some wins. The defense is still playing great right now. Let’s just pray they can get the offense going.

The Packers still  have three games left to try and make a playoff push. Next week they play the Patriots in New England and will be the underdogs away from home. The Pats just CRUSHED the Bears, so I will be hoping that this could be one of those let-down games for them after a big win. Still even if the Packers and the Bears both lose next week, I believe Green Bay will have a fighting chance to make the playoffs. I would love nothing more than to watch the Bears have a late-season meltdown. Wouldn’t you? That’s what I thought.

Happy Holidays everyone, and hey – Happy Reading and Happy Eating!! Thanks for supporting my blog.

Packers don some hideous uniforms and down the sinking 49ers. Packers 34 – 49ers 16.

December 6, 2010 Leave a comment

Rodgers to JacksonFirst, let me address those uniforms. Yes, they were 1929 Green Bay throwbacks. And yes, they were hideous. But even the worst uniforms in the world couldn’t stop the Packers today.They took it to those sourdough bread heads. (In case you don’t know, they wear sourdough bread on their heads in San Fran, kinda like we do with cheese here. I know, sounds crazy right?)

Great overall win for the team, a game that they played well in even after falling behind in the first quarter. It seemed like the Packers started out slow, not getting much going on offense in the first few series of the game, but the defense did well to hold up during that stretch.

In case you haven’t noticed by now, this Aaron Rodgers kid is pretty good. I bet the ‘Niners are kicking themselves every time they have to play Green Bay for not drafting Rodgers # 1 overall when they had the chance. Nope, instead they took Alex Smith once upon a time, but since he was out with an injury, we got to see Troy Smith, a.k.a. Mike Vick-lite.

I like Troy Smith, he can run a little, he can pass, he won the Heisman trophy in college. He made some great throws. He also never get into trouble for dog-fighting. He seems like a nice guy. He might have a decent career in the NFL. I am just glad that he didn’t blow up against the Packers. I hope he plays better next week.

But honestly, how can you stop the Packers’ receivers? Greg Jennings made a ridiculous catch for the Packers’ first touchdown and that totally changed the momentum of the game. Donald Driver broke (what?!!) more than five tackles on a catch and run for a touchdown. And if it wasn’t for a play that was wrongly whistled dead early (defense off-sides), James Jones would have had an incredible bobbling catch for a huge gain. And even without that gain, this is a hard group to stop. Defensive coordinators probably have nightmares about going up against them. I know I would.

And how about Aaron Rodgers? Isn’t it great to have a QB who can make plays with both his arm and his feet? I believe that the Packers have really found something special with Rodgers. When he can’t find someone open, he can often make the play with his feet. And I love to watch him run. It is pretty exciting when he takes of on a 3rd-and-6 or even longer. He was extremely accurate today, and took care of the football. I don’t know about you, but I love that the Pack has a QB who rarely fumbles or throws a pick. (I wonder what other QB’s have that problem?…)

Well, enough of the love-fest. I was happy to see the Packers win a game that they were expected to win. At 8-4, they are still a game behind the bears in the NFC North, but they are in the thick of the playoff race. That’s all we can ask for at this point. And as long as they don’t wear those uniforms again, they should be fun to watch. We decided that the uniforms looked like a cross between Michigan’s and Wausau West’s. Ugh. Lee.  Please bring back the Green and Gold right away!

Next week we can see our teams’ sharp-looking away uniforms as they travel to Ford Field to take on the Lions. This is another game that the Pack should win. I look forward to watching it!!! Thanks for reading!

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!!