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Packers win a close one as they beat the Bears to make the playoffs!!! Packers 10 – Bears 3

January 3, 2011 Leave a comment


As I sat there watching the game at The Bar in Wausau, I had the sinking feeling that the Packers were going to blow it and miss the playoffs this year. Boy, was I glad that I was wrong.

Because that feeling came before the Green Bay defense took charge and said oh no Jay Cutler, you and your double-chin are not going to beat us. Not today. After all, THE BEARS STILL SUCK! Game ball for the game has to go to the entire Packers defense for a dominant performance.

When the offense was struggling, the defense just kept coming up with big stops again and again. Of course the stars on the defense all played well: B.J. Raji, Charles Woodson, Tramon Williams, Clay Matthews and Nick Collins all made big plays. It was the usual cast of characters.

Some of the other credit for the great defensive performance needs to go to some of the more unknown players. For instance, CB Sam Shields came up huge time and again for the defense, and Safety Charlie Peprah had the crucial interception in the end zone. You’ve also got to give some props to Punter Tim Masthay for keeping the ball away from the dangerous Devin Hester and for having two punts downed inside the 5-yard line. Now that’s how you win with special teams.

As far as the Green Bay offense goes, it was bad man. Pretty unspectacular. They couldn’t ever really get anything going except for the few big passing plays. Give the Bears defense credit, they were able to shut down one of the best offenses in football for more than three quarters. But it wasn’t enough. I’d like to thank Greg Jennings for making the play of the day. I was also happy to see Donald Lee finally make a catch in the end zone. It never hurts to be that wide open, either.

There were some problems with the offense that the Packers will need to fix before next week. Bryan Bulaga had a few too many penalties for holding and for false starts. The running game could not get going. Neither Brandon Jackson or James Starks could gain much traction. Donald Driver had an uncharacteristic fumble. These are a few things that they will need to improve to beat the Eagles.

Your food for this week is going to be some Barb‘s best Bear Meat. After all, the stupid Bears played their stupid starters for the whole stupid game and we still ate them up. Yum Nom Nom Nom!! We should also share some with Lovie Smith and that Bears offensive coordinator for calling a timeout right before they could have gained 15 yards and a critical first down. And if we don’t share our man meat, the least we can do is send one of them a thank you card. It should probably read: thanks for calling us a timeout, Dumbass!!! 🙂 🙂 😉

Looking ahead, the packers will play the Philly Eagles on Sunday at 4 p.m. in Philadelphia. It will be the Mike Vick show vs. the Aaron Rodgers show. Personally, I think that the Packers defense is better than the Philly defense and that the Packers have a great chance to win this game. Either way, it is soooo exciting to have another game to write about! Fearless prediction: Packers beat the Iggles 38-35 in a shootout.

Happy Reading and Happy Eating!!! 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!!!

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.