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Green Bay Packers Playoff Hopes Are Slipping – Week 11 Grades

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The Green Bay Packers fell to 5-5 after their 27-13 loss to the New York Giants, which is their 3rd consecutive loss. The Packers are still in the playoff race thanks to the Detroit Lions 37-27 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, but the wild card race is getting a little too crowded. With five teams ahead of the Packers in the wild card, it maybe time to worry about winning the NFC North and to do it the Packers hold their own destiny. With games still to play against the Lions, Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings, win those and Packers take the inside track. Before we get to those games we have to look back at this one to see what Green Bay needs to improve on to get the win against the Vikings next Sunday. On to the grades…

Keys to the Game

1. Protect Scott Tolzien from the pass rush. The Packers did not let up any sacks and only 5 QB hits. I wonder if that had more to do with Tolzien’s legs? Eddie Lacy never got going so the play action was never quite there. Grade C

Tramon Williams makes a diving interception

Tramon Williams makes a diving interception

2. Pressure Eli Manning into bad throws. The Packers had 4 sacks and 6 hits on the QB and a hurry led to a rushed throw that was intercepted by Tramon Williams, but I never felt like the pressure was going to get to him. The sacks and hits were after Manning held onto the ball. Grade B-

3. Tackling was terrible. As a team they had 79 tackles, but I would love to know how many missed tackles there were. It was atrocious for the 3rd straight game. Grade F

4. The Packers could not get off the field again. The time of possession was 10 minutes in favor of the Giants and the Packers let up two big runs on 4th and 1, that just can’t happen if you want to win! Grade F

5. Mason Crosby bounced back with a 2-2 day including a 57 yard FG that cut the Giants lead to 4 points going into halftime. Grade A

Player of the Game

Tramon Williams had eight tackles, a pass deflection and an interception, but the Giants had 25 receptions for 279 yards. I didn’t get the feeling that Williams was making tackles on running backs, but more of the fact that he was getting beat and making tackles on the receiver that caught the ball. Jason Pierre-Paul made one play and to me it was the play of the game and that makes him the player of the game! The Packers drove down the field scored a touchdown then came back and forced the Giants to a three and out with two sacks and took the momentum. That is until JPP jumped up and grabbed the ball out of mid-air and returned it for a 24 yard touchdown that provided the final deficit of the game.

Prediction

My prediction was 27-20 and to be honest when I saw the Packers driving in the last 2 minutes I thought I had done it. Close, but not close enough!

The Good

Jarrett Boykin was again Scott Tolzien's favorite target

Jarrett Boykin was again Scott Tolzien’s favorite target

1. Mason Crosby is probably the only bright spot from Sunday. Set a team record for outdoor longest field goal.

2. Brad Jones had his best game of the season with a 13 tackles, a sack and 3 tackles for loss.

3. Scott Tolzien connected on 5 deep balls on Sunday.

The Bad

1. Kick-off return game is bad. Micah Hyde had a 23 yard average, but that was wiped out by 2 penalties.

2. The running game had its worst game of the season with only 55 yards.

3. Tolzien had three interceptions that really hurt the Packers chances in this game.

4. Fake punt of 4th and 7 bringing in a guy who doesn’t usually play punt protector may have let the cat out of the bag.

Mason Crosby sets a Packers outdoor record by hitting a 57 yard field goal

Mason Crosby sets a Packers outdoor record by hitting a 57 yard field goal

The Ugly

Stating the obvious here, but the back-up QBs have not gotten it done here. Three straight loses in damn ugly and it needs to change against the Vikings. Aaron Rodgers may need to find a way to get back because if the Packers lose this game playoff chances are pretty much over.

Next Week

The Packers head back to Lambeau Field to take on the Vikings, but are going to be watching the Lions vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Bears vs St. Louis Rams games.

 

 

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Week 11 Green Bay Packers Preview – New York Giants

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When I saw the 2013 Green Bay Packers schedule I have to be honest I marked the San Francisco game as a loss and the New York Giants game as a loss. Then the Giants started 0-6 and everyone wrote them off, well everyone except me. The Packers have not match-up well with the Giants in the last few seasons. Look at the Giants they have won 3 straight games, granted those games have been against back-up QBs, oh wait they get another back-up or should I say a back-up’s back-up? What can the Packers do to get back to their winning ways, not only this season, but against the Giants?

Keys to the Game

If Scott Tolzien isn't running for his life, the Packers have a chance

If Scott Tolzien isn’t running for his life, the Packers have a chance

1. Protect Scott Tolzien from the Giants pass rush. Yes, I know that the Giants are ranked 32 in the league in sacks for, but the Giants have always given Aaron Rodgers a lot of pressure because they just let loose. That pressure has caused Rodgers into some bad throws. The good news is the Packers finally have a running game and getting Eddie Lacy going will protect Tolzien. Lacy is going to see a ton of eight men in the box defenses just like he saw against the Philadelphia Eagles last week. Play action could play a big part in the protection scheme.

2. Pressure Eli Manning into bad throws. The Packers have to make Manning make bad decisions, he has 6 interceptions for touchdowns and getting Manning on the run could open up chances for the Packers secondary to make plays. Clay Matthews has shed the club cast for a smaller cast that should make it a little easier for him to make the big plays Packer fans are used to seeing.

3. Tackle, Tackle and Tackle some more! The Packers were tackling great through the first 7 games and 3 quarters, but in the 4th quarter of the Chicago Bears game its like they forgot how to do it! Wrap up and gang tackle, the Giants are not a zone read team so if the ball is in Andre Brown’s stomach it is likely staying there.

If Eli Manning looks like this on Sunday, its a good thing for the Packers

If Eli Manning looks like this on Sunday, its a good thing for the Packers

4. Get off the field on 3rd down. The last drive of the Bears and Eagles games were over 9 minutes each with multiple chances to get off the field on the 3rd down. Make a play.

5. Mason Crosby has to make field goals. Yes Tolzien looked good last week, but it was at home. The Packers need points and Crosby can’t go back to his ways of last year when he was 60%, if he does he will be looking for a job.

Player of the Game

For the Packers to win this game the defense has to step up. Tramon Williams has not looked good this season, but it’s time for him to step his game up and make the play. He could have had 2 interceptions last week, but was knocked to the ground by teammate Morgan Burnett on one and the second one went right through his hands. Manning has 16 interceptions, we need to make that total 18 at the end of this game.

Prediction

I am truly worried about this game, why?

1. Crosby’s recent struggles

2. No Aaron Rodgers

3. Andre Brown is back

4. Clay Matthews not being himself

Can Clay get back to his play making self?

Can Clay get back to his play making self?

With those reason I don’t know if I can predict a Packers win, even with the Giants being 3-6. Giants beat the Packers 27-20.

Week 11 Packers Game Gets Flexed Out of Night Game

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The Green Bay Packers are sitting at 5-2 a top the NFC North and fighting for the first round byes. Sounds like a good team to have in prime time, am I right? Oh that’s right the New York Giants are sitting at 2-6 and in last place in the NFC East. Last place teams don’t make for good television, just ask ESPN and their Monday Night Football line-up.

The other reason is the 7-1 Denver Broncos are playing the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs for the AFC West Division lead, so I get it. It just stinks for non-Wisconsin Packers fans because now we are off to the bar to watch the game with no sound or need to find a friend with Sunday Ticket (thankfully I have that friend!). I completely understand why games get flexed out, but it doesn’t mean I have to like it.

P.S. Side note, I am not feeling good about the week 14 match-up with the Atlanta Falcon, that is definitely getting flexed out also!

Hoboken Mayoral Candidate Writes a Letter to Peyton About Help for Eli

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Dear Peyton,

We write to you today, speaking as football fans and dedicated servants to our great city. We are candidates for Mayor and City Council in Hoboken, NJ – hometown to a fellow quarterback who shares the last name Manning. 

You must have been proud of little brother Eli Manning, when he hoisted the Lombardi Trophy a few years ago, winning the Super Bowl in a dramatic fashion and earning his second ring and second Most Valuable Player Award. Now, with the Giants starting 0-4, it is looking as if you might be the only Manning playing in the Super bowl in NJ this February. We are writing this letter in the hopes of changing that, though. We are hoping you can talk some sense into our Giants quarterback. 

In the past few weeks since baby brother agreed to throw his hat into Hoboken politics, and agreed to attend our opponent’s fundraiser; the Giants have lost every game, and Eli has had a very tough go of it. 

We are not sure whether it’s the 14 sacks he has endured that made his off the field political decision-making questionable –or if the 9 interceptions and 2 fumbles this year show that he is making questionable decisions on and off the field. 

What we do know is that concentrating on football alone could help our team get back on track.

Peyton, you are breaking records with the Denver Broncos this year. On the field, you are known for fourth-quarter comebacks, incredible production, leadership, sportsmanship, a Lombardi trophy and your 12 Pro Bowl selections stand as the most in NFL history at the quarterback position. Your intensity level and your will to win are legendary, and you are widely known to limit distractions. 

As the wiser, more productive, older brother, please talk to Eli. Please remind baby brother that four more years of no parking, flooding issues, bloated administration salaries and budgetary mismanagement are not what Hoboken needs. We need a new energy for all of Hoboken that will bring people together and get things done. When we are not distracted by the lack of production in city hall, we need a football team that produces wins and a quarterback that only concentrates on winning on Sundays. 

Please Peyton, talk to Eli and help us get another championship. Let baby brother know that we believe in his football skills. We know his recent questionable judgment on the field and in Hoboken politics can be corrected. The Giants can get back on track and back to their winning ways! Let him know that 0-4 quarterbacks get involved in politics. Winning quarterbacks stick with what is happening on the field. Go Big Blue.

Warm Regards,

Tim Occhipinti (1J) for Mayor , Frank Raia (5K), Peter Biancamano (6K) and Britney Montgomery-Cook (7K) for Council At Large

The One Hoboken Team for Mayor and Council at Large

(Giant fans, Manning fans, and a team dedicated to a better Hoboken)

So it looks like this Tim Occhipinti guy is pissed because Eli Manning is supporting the candidate that is running against him and blames Eli’s struggles on that fact. Hey why not write Eli’s older brother to help change Eli’s ways and help them win the Super Bowl. Wait, he wants Peyton to help Eli win the Super Bowl? Does that even make sense? Just goes to show that politicians don’t get it. Peyton plays for the Denver Broncos, he has no interest in the New York Giants winning and making it to the Super Bowl. All Peyton cares about is winning another Super Bowl not Tim Occhipinti’s race for mayor of Hoboken.

Also, Peyton has bigger worries this week than dealing with Mr. Occhipinti’s letter, such as the Jacksonville Jaguars coming to town! This is probably more important than winning the Super Bowl. Can Peyton lead the Broncos to cover the 28 point spread, the highest in history?

What’s next? Mayor Dawn Zimmer is going to send a text to Archie Manning thanking him for Eli’s support and asking Archie to slow down Peyton’s record breaking run?