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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!!!

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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.