After last year’s 13-3 campaign, most people thought we would have come out playing a little better. At first glance people might say “well ya don’t got Brett Favre, ya maroons!” The quarterback play is a non-issue as far as this 2008 team is concerned. We’ve been hit with some injuries, had a tough game against the Cowboys, then just straight up blew it against the Bucs and Falcons(Matt Ryan IS awesome though).
- We have two Packers players tied for first place in interceptions. Nick Collins and Charles Woodson have been holding it down. Pro Bowl? I think that’s likely.
- Tramon Williams is tied for 5th on that same list. I love this kid!
- Greg Jennings is the league leader in reception yards. The kid has 685 yards already! Is there anything he can’t do?
- Aaron Rodgers has 12 touchdowns to 4 interceptions and is #5 in the league at QB Rating, which I think little of, so I will move on to a better stat. Aaron is 7th in total pass yards with 1668. He’s also 9th in completion percentage (an actual important stat). Those are a lot of stats, so re-read that and let the awesomeness sink in.
- Aaron Kampman has 6 sacks this year. For as bad as this defensive line has been playing, that’s impressive. I still thought he’d have more. He is tied for 6th with most sacks.
- Ryan Grant somehow holds down the 11th spot for rushing yards. Weird.
- Packers scored the 2nd most amount of points in the league so far.
- Our defense owns the #2 spot in pass defense.
- Packers are tied for 1st in turnover differential at +6. That is a KEY stat. It shows we’re careful with the football and that we rock on defense.
- The pack leads the league in interceptions! 13!
- Green Bay leads the league in penalties! Yay! That’s messed up. 58 penalties so far. The fact that we are 4-3 is amazing. If we stop committing penalties and find a consistent running game….CHAMPIONSHIP!
As we all know, the Packers have been dealing with key injuries since week 1. Despite that, we’re 4-3 and looking pretty sharp. After the bye week, Al Harris will be back, putting Tramon “Starter” Williams into the nickel role. Our cornerbacks will rock.
Atari Bigby should be back too – FINALLY. It seems like it’s been forever since he was on the football field. Once again, having three guys you can count on(Collins, Bigby, Rouse) is going to be SWEET!
Aaron Rodgers has been playing with a bad shoulder for weeks, but that hasn’t stopped him from putting up ELITE numbers. Some of his balls in this stretch have been mediocre due to the shoulder and I can’t wait to see Rodgers healthy and with half a season under his belt.
We might even get to see Justin Harrell get hurt again this year! Seriously though, I hope he stays healthy and produces.
Other guys like A.J. Hawk and Scott Wells can get their minor issues under control and get ready to take over the NFC in the second half.
Looking at the remaining schedule makes me smile:
Nov. 2 Titans 12 noon
Nov. 9 Vikings 12 noon
Nov. 16 Bears 12 noon
Nov. 24 Saints 7:30 pm
Nov. 30 Panthers 12 noon
Dec. 7 Texans 12 noon
Dec. 14 Jaguars 12 noon
Dec. 22 Bears 7:30 pm
Dec. 28 Lions 12 noon
In order, I see it like this: We should beat the Titans. The Vikings are imploding as usual so that’s a win. Bears are playing well but I’m not buying it. I’ll say we split the series though. The Saints don’t have Reggie Bush. Win. I don’t know much about the Panthers but that’s a win. The Texans…are still in the NFL? Weird. And a win! To end the season we play a game a lot of people will be watching. People will be watching Packers\Lions to see if the Lions actually end the season 0-16. I think we’ll give the people what they want.
I see us realistically ending this second half 6-3 giving us a 10-6 record and a playoff berth, in which Aaron Rodgers and Greg Jennings lead the team to the Superbowl where they will beat the Favre-led Jets.
What do you guys have to say about our opponents, health situation, and statistics? We got plenty of time to talk about it, so sound off!
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