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Packers have decision to make with Josh Jackson as injuries hit cornerback room

Packers have decision to make with Josh Jackson as injuries hit cornerback room

Kevin King’s groin injury likely will keep him out of Week 3 against Washington. Where does Mike Pettine slot in his rookie playmaker? When Davon House replaced Kevin King on Sunday, Packers fans collectively groaned. Those pained noises turned to agonizing screams when House gave up a 75-yard touchdown to Stefon Diggs, no thanks to safety non-help from Kentrell Brice. Mike McCarthy pointed specifically to the King injury as a turning point in the game, claiming the team didn’t respond well to the injury. The easy rebuttal is neither did Mike Pettine by putting House on the boundary...
Sep 18, 2018
Packers should explore trading for disgruntled Seahawks safety Earl Thomas

Packers should explore trading for disgruntled Seahawks safety Earl Thomas

With Mike Pettine’s safeties struggling and the Seahawks looking at a rebuild, there could be an opportunity for Green Bay to add an All-Pro player at a position of need. The team formerly led by the Legion of Boom sits at 0-2, with losses to teams quarterbacked by Case Keenum and Mitch Trubisky to open the season. Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has been running for his life. His best receiver is hurt. His best teammate is hurt. And his best offensive lineman is one of the mannequins at the Nike store. With that in mind, Green Bay Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst...
Sep 17, 2018
Packers proved they belong in elite company despite Week 2 tie with Vikings

Packers proved they belong in elite company despite Week 2 tie with Vikings

Green Bay should have beaten the Vikings, but there’s plenty of good to take away from the bizarre 29-29 game at Lambeau. The Green Bay Packers took the Minnesota Vikings’ best punch and stayed upright. Kirk Cousins played his best game as a pro in a big spot. It took an act of God for Adam Thielen to catch what turned out to be the game-tying touchdown, plus an act of ineptitude to set it up. Green Bay withstood the best that the NFC’s best had to offer without playing their own best. There was the wonky officiating (a generous description). A Mason Crosby missed field goal could...
Sep 14, 2018
Packers don’t have to dink and dunk even with a gimpy Aaron Rodgers

Packers don’t have to dink and dunk even with a gimpy Aaron Rodgers

Getting the ball out on time doesn’t have to mean short passes, as Rodgers showed in Week 1. Early in the second half against the Chicago Bears, Aaron Rodgers nearly fell over trying to plant on a balky left knee to make a throw. A few plays later, he dropped an all-time throw into a window the size of a coffee cup for a 39-yard Geronimo Allison touchdown, the first trip to the end zone for the Green Bay Packers on their way to a 24-23 comeback victory. The talking point about a Rodgers-led offense with his injured knee called for quick passes. Get the ball out of his hands and let the...
Sep 13, 2018
Expect Packers’ Mike Pettine to keep loading up on DBs in matchup with Vikings

Expect Packers’ Mike Pettine to keep loading up on DBs in matchup with Vikings

After daring the Bears to run against light personnel, Pettine could take similar approach to Minnesota’s more dangerous passing offense. When most offenses line up with two running backs and a fullback in the backfield, they’re expecting to see heavy personnel across the line of scrimmage. A couple 300-pound defensive tackles, run-stuffing inside linebackers, and a box safety. Instead, last Sunday night the Chicago Bears saw a host of players with 20’s and 30’s on their jerseys. New Green Bay Packers defensive coordinator Mike Pettine went with six defensive backs or more on over...
Sep 12, 2018
Spreading the Vikings out could be the best way to attack dominating defense

Spreading the Vikings out could be the best way to attack dominating defense

Even against a great pass rush, Mike McCarthy should attack a thin secondary with Aaron Rodgers. Most teams with an ailing quarterback would decide to play more with two tight ends, run the game, and limit the amount of shots an opponent can take at their signal caller. The Green Bay Packers aren’t most teams because Aaron Rodgers isn’t more quarterbacks. Adding Jimmy Graham and Marcedes Lewis to Lance Kendricks this offseason set the Green Bay offense up to play much more heavy personnel, with two tight ends on the field. Considering Graham’s skill as a receiver, it was more like...
Sep 10, 2018
Packers DC Mike Pettine goes small amid injuries, puts clamps on Bears passing game

Packers DC Mike Pettine goes small amid injuries, puts clamps on Bears passing game

The Packers new defensive coordinator said before the year he was focused on stopping passing games. He delivered in Week 1. Before the historic comeback, the Aaron Rodgers dramatics, and a heart-pounding 24-23 win in Week 1, the Chicago Bears opened their offensive season going 86 yards in 10 plays for an impressive touchdown. The drive ate up over six minutes of clock and the Green Bay Packers’ switch from Dom Capers to Mike Pettine didn’t appear to change much at all. Tackling was shoddy. Assignments weren’t sure. Coverage was soft and Green Bay’s defense was once again in...
Sep 9, 2018
Recap: Packers beat Bears 24-23 after Aaron Rodgers returns from knee injury

Recap: Packers beat Bears 24-23 after Aaron Rodgers returns from knee injury

Rodgers left the game on a cart in the second quarter. The Bears led 20-0. Ballgame? No way. An offseason of change, of promise, and of projected rebirth came crashing to a deadening halt in the first half of the Packers 2018 season opener. As the first seconds in the second quarter ticked away, the Bears took a 10-0 lead and it was Chicago looking like the Super Bowl contender with a revamped scheme and a razor sharp quarterback. Matt Nagy’s team led by Mitchell Trubisky put up 139 yards of offense to the Packers’ 24 with just -3 net passing yards for Aaron Rodgers. Another...
Sep 7, 2018
Oren Burks’ potential return from injury can mitigate Josh Jones absence

Oren Burks’ potential return from injury can mitigate Josh Jones absence

Losing an ultra-athletic safety for a team with versatile tight ends and running backs isn’t ideal, but the Packers rookie linebacker was brought to Green Bay specifically for these moments. For once, the Packers come into a season at or near full health. With just Jake Ryan missing, 21 preferred starters will be healthy when the Bears come to Lambeau Field on Sunday night, but one key sub-package player won’t suit up. Josh Jones will miss the game with an ankle injury, leaving Green Bay potentially vulnerable in sub-package situations in which Mike Pettine might be inclined to deploy...
Sep 5, 2018
Bears D presents tough matchup for Packers’ two-tight end sets

Bears D presents tough matchup for Packers’ two-tight end sets

Green Bay has four tight ends on the roster and has been utilizing them in preseason, but Chicago’s defense is stout in those matchups. When the Green Bay Packers have had a tight end who can split out to create mismatches, their offense has been unstoppable so long as Aaron Rodgers is under center. In 2018, Green Bay might have four players capable of filling that role. On Wednesday, Ben Fennell of The Athletic wrote about the myriad ways in which Mike McCarthy and Joe Philbin can deploy a deep group of tight ends for the Packers this season. Many coaches and players consider 12...
Sep 4, 2018
Aaron Rodgers means Packers can afford not to take risks, not other way around

Aaron Rodgers means Packers can afford not to take risks, not other way around

Critics will insist the window is closing and Green Bay must take big swings to maximize it. The presence of Rodgers means exactly the opposite. The Green Bay Packers don’t have to take risks because they have Aaron Rodgers. It’s a sentence that can be read two ways. Some argue that the team should pay whatever it takes. That Time is running out. That because Aaron Rodgers will be gone soon anyway, the Packers have to do whatever it takes to win another Super Bowl now even if it means mortgaging the future. Instead and in order, no, no it isn’t, and no they don’t. In fact, the...
Aug 22, 2018
Could 2018 finally spell the end of Mike McCarthy's fullback love affair?

Could 2018 finally spell the end of Mike McCarthy's fullback love affair?

With a crowded backfield, added tight ends, and tough decisions elsewhere, the Packers could go without a fullback for the first team in years. Any true Green Bay Packes fan has had the following text exchange with a fellow Cheesehead: “If they run that fucking fullback dive play one more time, I’m going to throw something.” When it works, the existential questions about wanting your team to succeed while balancing Mike McCarthy’s willingness to once again reach for that playcall tortures any astute fan of the Green & Gold. “Dammit, now MM is going to call it again,” might...
Aug 20, 2018
Retooled Packers bring excitement for possible redemption in 2018

Retooled Packers bring excitement for possible redemption in 2018

After hanging on just below championship level the last few season, an offseason of change has Green Bay feeling Super. Every season brings renewed excitement and vigor in an NFL team, players returning from offseason work feeling better than ever and coaches coming with scheme tweaks they’re sure will push their team to the next level. Over the better part of the last decade, the P Green Bay Packers have returned each July believing they were just fingertips away from getting their hands on the Lombardi trophy. That was literally true in 2014 (We’re looking at you, Brandon Bostick)....

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