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Opposition Research: Chicago Bears (NFC Championship)

Opposition Research: Chicago Bears (NFC Championship)

For the Packers to go into Soldier Field and raise the Halas Trophy, they'll have to expunge all of the demons that have followed them since week 3.

Opposition Research: Atlanta Falcons (Divisional Playoff)

Opposition Research: Atlanta Falcons (Divisional Playoff)

The Atlanta Falcons are sick and tired of hearing about how the Packers are going to waltz into Atlanta and win handily. They'd like to remind you that they're the #1 seed, they won the FIRST time, and they're going to do it again.

Opposition Research: Philadelphia Eagles (Wildcard)

Opposition Research: Philadelphia Eagles (Wildcard)

We'll find out on Sunday whether four months of game film was enough for Dom Capers to crack the secret to the Michael Vick-led Eagles offense.

Opposition Research: New England Patriots (W15)

Opposition Research: New England Patriots (W15)

If the Packers want to keep their fading playoff hopes alive, they'll have to steal a win from the Patriots, a team that's playing better than anyone else in the league.

Opposition Research: Detroit Lions (W14)

Opposition Research: Detroit Lions (W14)

In the year's last "easy" game, the Packers face the Lions, who'd love nothing more than spoil the Packers season and break their 19-game division loss streak.

Opposition Research: San Francisco 49ers (W13)

Opposition Research: San Francisco 49ers (W13)

The Packers need to win on Sunday, if only to save us from having to watch the 4-7 49ers make the playoffs.

Opposition Research: Atlanta Falcons (W12)

Opposition Research: Atlanta Falcons (W12)

Last year, the Packers got torched by savvy quarterbacks. Against Atlanta's Matt Ryan, Dom Capers has a chance to prove he's gotten that "cleaned up."

Opposition Research: Minnesota Vikings (W11)

Opposition Research: Minnesota Vikings (W11)

What comes AFTER that emotional release that comes with finally, finally, getting a win over Brett Favre? Potentially, a really good football game.

Opposition Research: New York Jets (W8)

Opposition Research: New York Jets (W8)

It may be "next man up" for the Packers against the Jets this week, but that's a hard game to play when you have to go out and GET a guy to be that “next man.”

Opposition Research: Miami Dolphins (W6)

Opposition Research: Miami Dolphins (W6)

The Dolphins are bye-rested and healthy. After two ugly home losses, a win on the road, against the injury-riddled Packers, would set the team back on track.

Opposition Research: Washington Redskins (W5)

Opposition Research: Washington Redskins (W5)

The Washington Redskins love nothing more than to play the spoiler. Can they pull off the upset...and incite panic in Green Bay?

Opposition Research: Detroit Lions (W4)

Opposition Research: Detroit Lions (W4)

I keep saying that "these aren't last year's Detroit Lions," and I believe it...when everyone's healthy. Injuries are dooming the Lions early this year.

Opposition Research: Chicago Bears (W3)

Opposition Research: Chicago Bears (W3)

Welcome to another edition of Opposition Research, where I’ll be taking a look at the next Packers opponent, the Chicago Bears (2-0).  Before the season started, I’m not sure if there was a team I was less sure about.  Could Cutler adapt to a new scheme? Could Peppers be the key defensive ingredient? Or are Lovie Smith and the Bears just clinging desperately to unrealistic hopes of mediocrity?  Heading into a game that decides the early lead in the divisional race, I’m still not sure I have any answers.  What I do know, however, is that this game is going to be explosive.

Opposition Research: Buffalo Bills (W2)

Opposition Research: Buffalo Bills (W2)

Welcome to another edition of Opposition Research, where I’ll be taking a look at the next Packers opponent, the Buffalo Bills (0-1).  As far as home openers are concerned, this game has the potential to be a cakewalk…provided the Packers show up to play.  It’ll be my first ever game at Lambeau, and so I’m counting on the Packers to put on a clinic.  Let’s take a look at what’s in store for this Sunday, shall we?

Opposition Research: Philadelphia Eagles (W1)

Opposition Research: Philadelphia Eagles (W1)

Welcome to another edition of Opposition Research, where I’ll be taking a look at the first Packers opponent in the 2010 regular season, the Philadelphia Eagles.  As a programming note, I tried writing something for last week, but it’s awfully hard to write about a meaningless game.  This week, however, IS meaningful, and I must admit…I'm pretty excited.  Heck, I started looking for articles back in July.  But enough about my sad life…let’s take a look at the first match-up in what looks to be a pretty spectacular season.

Opposition Research: Indianapolis Colts (PW3)

Opposition Research: Indianapolis Colts (PW3)

The Indianapolis Colts are a perennial playoff contender. And as you look closer at the match-up, it's like looking into a mirror. Holly gets you caught up for tonight's primetime game.

Opposition Research: Seattle Seahawks (PW2)

Opposition Research: Seattle Seahawks (PW2)

There wasn't an NFL coach more excited about the start of preseason than Seattle's Pete Carroll. Clearly, you should be too. Holly helps you prep for Saturday's game.

Opposition Research: Cleveland Browns (PW1)

Opposition Research: Cleveland Browns (PW1)

Welcome to the second season of Opposition Research, where I take a look at Packers opponents and give you the inside scoop about who they are and what they’re expecting from a game against Green Bay.  The outcome of preseason games may be meaningless, but I’ll try to give you some insight about the team on the opposite sideline this Saturday, the Cleveland Browns.

Opposition Research: Arizona Cardinals (Wild Card)

Opposition Research: Arizona Cardinals (Wild Card)

Welcome to the first playoff edition of Opposition Research, where I’ll be taking stock of the Packers instant-replay wild card opponent, the Arizona Cardinals.  Considering that the two teams just played, there isn’t much to add or change from last week’s more standard take on the Cardinals.  With the national media descending on the match, there’s no shortage of articles, angles, and predictions.  Let me walk you through just a few as we get set for the Packers return to the postseason.

Opposition Research: Arizona Cardinals (W17)

Opposition Research: Arizona Cardinals (W17)

Welcome to another edition of Opposition Research, where I’ll be taking a look at the final Packers opponent for the regular season, the Arizona Cardinals.  This W17 match-up is unique, since each team has clinched a playoff berth and 6 of 8 scenarios have the two teams battling it out again a week from now.  Who’s going to play and for how long are the great unknowns, and with the coaches keeping mum, I’m going to wing it and assume that we’ll get a real game for at least a quarter.  With that in mind, let’s do this.

Opposition Research: Seattle Seahawks (W16)

Opposition Research: Seattle Seahawks (W16)

Welcome to another edition of Opposition Research, where I’ll be taking a look at the penultimate Packers opponent for the regular season, the Seattle Seahawks.  In light of the holiday season (and the fact that the Seahawks have been mathematically eliminated from the playoffs), news on this match-up has been sparse.  But just because the Seahawks may phone it in this week doesn’t mean that we will, so let’s get started.

Opposition Research: Pittsburgh Steelers (W15)

Opposition Research: Pittsburgh Steelers (W15)

Welcome to another edition of Opposition Research, where I’ll be taking a look at the next Packers opponent, the Pittsburgh Steelers.  The Steelers are 10 months removed from a Super Bowl victory, and will be 41 days removed from a regular season victory when the Packers visit Heinz Field on Sunday afternoon.  In 1969, Elisabeth Kübler-Ross introduced a model mapping the stages of human grief.  The discrete five-stage model, which shows the transition from denial to acceptance, may shed some light on how the Steelers are approaching this Week 15 match-up.

Opposition Research: Chicago Bears (W14)

Opposition Research: Chicago Bears (W14)

Welcome to another edition of Opposition Research, where I’ll be taking a look at the next Packers opponent, the Chicago Bears.  To be honest with you, this game feels a little like a high school reunion.  Back in W1, we both thought we were cool, we both had primetime QBs and in-your-face defenses, and so we talked big games.  Now, meeting again after such a long time, the Packers have the hotter date and a brighter future, while the Bears are muttering under their breath about how unfair life is.  I’m not saying this isn’t a tough game for the Packers – it’s never easy to go back to a reunion without slipping into old (bad) habits – I’m just saying that this game will show just how far the Packers have come since the beginning of the 2009 season.

Baltimore Ravens (W13): A Statistical Appendix

Baltimore Ravens (W13): A Statistical Appendix

So, basically, I decided that my normal stats overview wouldn’t be enough for this game.  If this is a show-me game for the Packers, I ought to put in my best effort as well.  Through the lens of Football Outsiders, the matchup is a unique one for the Packers on both sides of the ball.  Instead of taking you to FO, I’ve decided to bring the stats to you.  I warn you that this post is not for the faint of heart – if you are anti-math, I understand if you don’t read further.  Numbers, ahoy!

Opposition Research: Baltimore Ravens (W13)

Opposition Research: Baltimore Ravens (W13)

Welcome to another edition of Opposition Research, where I’ll be taking a look at the Packers primetime opponent, the Baltimore Ravens.  Aaron and Corey covered a lot of ground during last night’s interviews with Ravens experts Chris Pika and John Eisenberg, so make sure you watch the show first.  As an NFC-oriented fan, the AFC has always seemed a little strange to me, so figuring out this matchup has been an adventure.  Without further ado, let’s dive in to Week 13.

Opposition Research: Detroit Lions (W12)

Opposition Research: Detroit Lions (W12)

Welcome to a special early edition of Opposition Research, where I’ll be taking a look at the Packers Thanksgiving opponent, the Detroit Lions.  It’s been 6 weeks since the 26-0 shutout at Lambeau Field, with the Lions spending the intervening weeks losing to the Rams, Seahawks, and Vikings by a combined 40-76, before earning win #2 over the Browns 38-37 (Btw, Mangini's an idiot).  It’s a quick turnaround for both teams, so let’s get look at what awaits the Packers in Detroit Rock City this year.

Opposition Research: San Francisco 49ers (W11)

Opposition Research: San Francisco 49ers (W11)

Welcome to Opposition Research, where I’ll be taking a look at the next Packers opponent, the San Francisco 49ers (4-5). Coming off the high of the victory over Dallas, many now see this as a winnable game. Not so fast, Packer fans. There are a lot of things to be wary about in this Week 11 match-up between NFC teams on the playoff periphery.

Opposition Research: Dallas Cowboys (W10)

Opposition Research: Dallas Cowboys (W10)

Welcome to Opposition Research, where I’ll be taking a look at the next Packers opponent, the Dallas Cowboys. At 6-2, the Cowboys are the first ‘real’ team that the Packers have to beat if they are going to be taken seriously by anyone this year. If it were up to me, Dallas would lose on account of the commercialization (read, bastardization) of the team and its players (BAL’s Jim Harbaugh agrees with me). But, since it’s not, let’s take a look at what the Packers are facing in this Week 10 grudge match.

Opposition Research: Tampa Bay Buccaneers (W9)

Opposition Research: Tampa Bay Buccaneers (W9)

Welcome to Opposition Research, where I’ll be taking a look at the next Packers opponent, the thoroughly winless Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  I'll admit that I’m actually looking forward to games against teams with winning records.  See, I like to add some snark, and I feel bad picking on teams that lose to the Redskins.  But, someone has to do it.  Let’s take a look at the team against whom the Packers can take out all their post-Vikings rage.

Opposition Research: Minnesota Vikings (W8)

Opposition Research: Minnesota Vikings (W8)

Welcome to Opposition Research, where I’ll be taking a look at the next Packers opponent, the (now 6-1) Minnesota Vikings.  I feel a little déjà-vu with this one, having done a Vikings post four short weeks ago, but that can’t be helped.  Now at the season’s halfway point, this game is as much about ownership of the NFC North as it is about Favre.  Win, and the Packers tie it up in the loss column.  Lose, and the season looks measurably bleaker.  With all the hype swirling again, let’s take a look at what the Vikings have been up to since Week 4.

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