Green Bay Packers’ Defense A Pleasant Surprise in New York


The Green Bay Packers defied all odds on Sunday by coming out victorious in a hard-fought battle at the New Meadowlands Stadium. Packers’ kicker Mason Crosby booted three field goals en route to a 9-0 victory. The New York Jets’ defense was good, but not as good as their counterparts in the Packers’ defense.

The shut-out marked the first time the Packers have held an opponent scoreless on the road since 1991. Tramon Williams, Charles Woodson and Clay Matthews all came up big when it counted. Could the recent surge of the defensive unit save the Packers’ season from the injury bug?

By: Nick Grays

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NFC North Review: Minnesota Vikings Gain Ground


It wasn’t the prettiest of wins, but a win nonetheless as the Minnesota Vikings beat the Dallas Cowboys 24-21 in the hyped-up “Panic Bowl.” The Vikings were the only team in the NFC North to grab a win this past Sunday while the other three teams all lost in close games decided by single digits.

If Week Six provided any message about the NFC North, it was regarding the division title being up for grabs.

Here’s a look at each team in the highly competitive NFC North:

By: Nick Grays

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Miami at Green Bay: Inexperienced Packers to Watch

Brace yourselves Packers fans, the team’s line-up on Sunday will be reminiscent of a pre-season game during the third and fourth quarters. That means the roster will be full of guys who are not regular starters or possibly have never started in an NFL game at all.

The Packers were dealt with more bad news on Wednesday when they learned that rising-star Jermichael Finley would be out 8-10 weeks, essentially the rest of the season. This adds to the already long list of key players out for the season (RB Ryan Grant, S Morgan Burnett and LB Nick Barnett). Don’t forget the players who are banged up and questionable for the game with the Dolphins this weekend (QB Aaron Rodgers, LB Clay Matthews, TE Donald Lee, etc…).

Here’s a chance to check out some of the inexperienced Packers who will need to step up for the team to stay in contention for the NFC North title.

By: Nick Grays

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Green Bay Packers Ever-Growing Injury List Headlined by Rodgers and Finley

The injury bug won’t leave the Green Bay Packers alone as TE Jermichael Finley, DT Ryan Pickett, TE Donald Lee, LB Clay Matthews and QB Aaron Rodgers joined the already extensive list of team-injuries in a 16-13 loss to the Washington Redskins.

The timing couldn’t be any worse for the Packers as the team was already without RB Ryan Grant, RT Mark Tauscher, LB Nick Barnett, LB Brandon Chillar and S Morgan Burnett.

With the injuries piling on, Packer Nation seems bound for an agonizing season with many questions surrounding the actions of Head Coach Mike McCarthy and General Manager Ted Thompson.

By: Nick Grays

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What Else Can Go Wrong For The Green Bay Packers?

Entering the season, the Green Bay Packers were the trendy pick for the NFC’s representative in the Super Bowl. I would be interested to see how many of those people would like to go back and change their predictions after watching the team lose three key starters to significant injuries. To make matters worse, the Packers failed at pursuing RB Marshawn Lynch and now have to play the Vikings’ Randy Moss (historically a Packer killer) at least twice this season.

Here’s a breakdown of each of the Packers’ early misfortunes and what they need to do to win the NFC North.

By: Nick Grays

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NFC North Review: Chicago Bears Grab Early Supremacy

With a dramatic 20-17 win over the Green Bay Packers, the Chicago Bears join the Kansas City Chiefs and Pittsburgh Steelers as the only 3-0 teams in the NFL. You would be hard-pressed to find anyone who predicted those three teams to have a perfect start to the season. Nonetheless, the Bears have shown vast improvement from their 7-9 record in 2009. In fact, the team from Chi-Town last started 3-0 in 2006; a year in which the Bears started 7-0 and eventually played in the Super Bowl.

It all starts with the defense as the acquisition of Julius Peppers seems to be a great one. Anyone who watched the Monday Night game could see how big of a match-up problem Peppers was for the entire Packers’ offensive line. Half of the Packers’ franchise record-tying 17 penalties were directly or indirectly related to keeping Peppers away from Aaron Rodgers. Additionally, Brian Urlacher looks like he has returned to form with a game-high nine tackles (Lance Briggs also had nine) and the clutch strip of wideout James Jones late in the fourth quarter.

Before we jump to any conclusions, let’s take a quick look at the status of each team in the NFC North:

By: Nick Grays

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The Good, the Bad, and the Vikings

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As bad as this game may have seemed for the Vikings, there is plenty of silver lining.

The fact that Minnesota had the opportunity to beat the defending World Champions in their home arena deep into the fourth quarter is  not too shabby. To quote Bobby Boucher from The Waterboy, my mama says in life you should always look at things from a positive light. So, out of respect for mama, here are four positives to take out of Thursday night’s game.

By the way, I think we can all figure out why I picked four reasons. Yeah I know, it’s kind of a cheap way to be creative, but it works.

By: Justin Mertes-Mistretta

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