Confessions of a Polluted Mindset 2020 - Packers Bye Week Musings

The Weekly Packers Brain Drain from Jersey Al.

 

 

Scary Rams Defense Against a Top Offense: 

A website called borderduel.com took a look at how the Rams defense did against both very bad and very good offenses this season. Their schedule was fairly easy, and naturally, they beat up on the bad offenses. Against eight of the worst teams in the league, the Ram's defense gave up an average of 11.25 points per game. But when they faced two Top-3 offenses (Tampa Bay and Buffalo), they gave up an average of 29.5 points per game. Doesn't sound so scary, does it?

 

#1 Packers Defense:

I agree wholeheartedly with Maggie Loney, who wrote a fantastic piece on this topic yesterday. The Packers defense is one of two things that will decide this game. I am confident that the Packers offense can score three touchdowns or more on Saturday. What will be key is the defense showing up on Saturday, and not having "one of those games" we've all come to hate from their recent past. Control the Ram's running game and make their quarterback (whoever it ends up being) have to beat you. That tactic will likely lead to a few turnovers and that's all it will take.The defense has been on the upswing the last month - that trajectory needs to continue. 

 

#2 Offensive Line:

The most important thing on the offensive side of the ball will be pass protection. The Rams will stress the line, not just with Aaron Donald, but with a cadre of other fast & physical defensive linemen, unusual formations and unpredictable blitz packages. Deciphering and handling these atypical machinations is the one area where the OL has had their struggles this season. If they can keep Rodgers relatively clean, the Packers will put up a lot of points.

 

Jared Goff:

I keep reading how Goff's thumb injury caused him to ONLY complete 9 of 19 passes for 155 yds and one touchdown against the Seahawks. Never mind ONLY, the fact that he even was able to play and accomplish that much is downright amazing.

 

Beauty of the Bye Week: 

 

 

Punting, ugh.

I read some disturbing stats this week (courtesy of Matt Schneidman of The Athletic) about the Packers' punt and punt return teams, If I were doing a Good, Bad and Ugly, there really wouldn't be a Good. Classified as Bad would be the punt return team, which finished 31st in the NFL with an average of only 4.8 yards gained per punt return. Even more striking, the longest punt return of the year was only eleven yards (that is worst in the league). Much of that has to do with Swervin' Ervin missing so many games, but from my perspective, I'll take a fair catch every time in exchange for no fumbles or muffed punts.

As for the Ugly, the punting of JK Scott and the coverage team stands out. The Packers were 30th in the NFL with a 38.3 net average and 28th in the NFL on punts downed inside the 20. As for punt coverage, the Packers were last in the league with an average return of 17.1 yards. So needless to say, it's extra important to convert those third down opportunities and keep the chains moving. And now that I've said that, bank on Rodgers taking deep shots on third downs just to make my head explode.

 

Jeopardy:

Aaron Rodgers as guest host of Jeopardy? it happened! No details on when the episode will air.

 

 

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"Jersey Al" Bracco is the Editor-In-Chief, part owner and wearer of many hats for CheeseheadTV.com and PackersTalk.com. He is also a recovering Mason Crosby truther.  Follow Al on twitter at @JerseyalGBP

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Cubbygold's picture

January 13, 2021 at 06:31 am

To your point about making Goff win the game... sure would be fun if this is the game that officially turns the Packers fan base into Gary supporters. Getting pressure on Goff is critical, would be great to see Gary have a big day.

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SwedeBayPacker's picture

January 13, 2021 at 06:39 am

I support Gary. Kid's got a lot of heart, and I'm always happy to see him on the field for his grade A effort alone.

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Lphill's picture

January 13, 2021 at 08:34 am

I have been saying from day 1 that Gary is for real and that there was a reason he was the number 1 high school prospect and receiving nothing but thumbs down.

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Lphill's picture

January 13, 2021 at 08:36 am

Also Gary plays the run well and I believe Cam Ackers will be carrying the load regardless of who plays QB.

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PeteK's picture

January 13, 2021 at 10:34 am

Yes, you had patience. Let's all give him a thumbs up so that he'll stop belly aching. Hahaha

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Demon's picture

January 13, 2021 at 10:56 am

How long are you going to keep beating that horse? Congrats. You were supportive of Gary from day 1. Are you satisfied now?

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jannes bjornson's picture

January 14, 2021 at 01:27 am

Pettine has to increase his snap counts. He may dog Goff a bit more and make him release faster than he wants, could get some flutter balls for the pick.

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mnbadger's picture

January 13, 2021 at 06:46 am

No secret that punt team is bad, but if we're giving up 17.1/return, why not go for it in most 4th down situations? Are the stats misleading? If we average a net of 38 yards per punt, does that mean JKScott is averaging 55 yards per kick? Maybe I have too much faith in the offense
but please, fair catch all punts and kickoffs to minimize chance of negative game changing plays. Pack 23-19. GPG

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GregC's picture

January 13, 2021 at 07:13 am

You have to consider that most punts are not returned, due to fair catches or the ball going into the end zone or out of bounds. Special teams have a diminished role in the game now. Most kickoffs are not returned, and I believe there are fewer punt returns too, as punting teams put an emphasis on kicking the ball high and forcing fair catches. The Packers special teams are a concern, but not as much as they would've been ten or twenty years ago.

Fair catching kickoffs, unfortunately, is not an option. If the ball lands short of the goal line, it needs to be fielded and returned. And I don't agree with fair catching all punts. Take whatever yards you can get. Don't play scared.

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cuervo's picture

January 13, 2021 at 09:39 am

Actually a fair catch is acceptable on a kickoff and the Team would get the ball on the 25 yardline. We should be doing that every time.

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jlc1's picture

January 13, 2021 at 10:25 am

I don't think that is right. I think you take the fair catch at the spot of the catch. The question that raises is that all teams are kicking to the Pack at the 2 or so. So would you rather have the offense try to go 98 yards or the return team stroll into action and wind up 10 or 15 yards further downfield with the risk of a turnover? Hard question to answer given how good the offense is and how bad the return team is.

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JerseyAl's picture

January 13, 2021 at 10:39 am

This is true in college football, not really sure about the NFL...

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Leatherhead's picture

January 13, 2021 at 03:12 pm

If you have to, return the kick but get to the ground before you’re hit. You can fair catch, but the ball will be spotted right there.

I would never return punts. The 8 yards you get, on average, don’t balance out the fumbles, penalties, and injurIes that you’ll get.

Don’t give special teams an opportunity to lose the game.

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jannes bjornson's picture

January 14, 2021 at 01:32 am

You made your point, they don't have a PR guy unless Alexander takes the job and they will not risk him. Field position in cold weather playoff games is critical.

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Razer's picture

January 13, 2021 at 08:03 am

Scott has not been good to go with a not been good coverage unit. At this point, aim for the sidelines and hope for the best. Receiving punts - fair catch and get off the field. As for our team on receiving kick offs - bringing the ball out of the end zone should be grounds for dismissal. Until we get some coaching and personnel to fix ST, we need to minimize the negative impact of these teams. Sorry.

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Coldworld's picture

January 13, 2021 at 08:26 am

I agree. Overall, Crosby aside, our special teams have been consistently below acceptable. Over a season, that is inescapably an indictment of the coaching. Let’s face it, none of us feel good when they trot out there, regardless of opponent,

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Bure9620's picture

January 13, 2021 at 08:44 am

I would prefer directional kicks OB, completely take a return out of the equation

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jannes bjornson's picture

January 14, 2021 at 01:36 am

The kicker/punter has to execute the technique. No point in Menenga calling for the hash to sideline coverage and Scott hits it down the middle. Crosby is usually clutch. The blocking assignments were probably scrutinized and worked over during the bye week.

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Leatherhead's picture

January 13, 2021 at 06:51 pm

I like our punt return unit. They fair catch most of the time. One turnover. No fake punts were successful. I’d say we were better than usual in that regard.

Razer has it right: Fair catch and get off the field. Watch for the fake.

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Spock's picture

January 13, 2021 at 06:47 am

Al, This is always one of my favorite Packers articles. I especially loved the line, "And now that I've said that, bank on Rodgers taking deep shots on third downs just to make my head explode." after describing our dismal special teams. Enjoyed the stats about the Rams D when facing good teams! GPG

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MarkinMadison's picture

January 13, 2021 at 06:48 am

Not sure how much stock to put in the Aaron Donald DNP. They could rest him all week, have him watch film, numb him up on Saturday, and he could go out there and still be the same wrecking ball he always has been. Goff is another story.

The punting game is so bad it makes you feel like if the Packers are beyond their own 45 they might as well take the shot on 4th and 5 or less every single time. These stats will kill my wife. She actually owns a JK Scott "game winner" t-shirt.

I seriously doubt that anyone anywhere in the NFL has ever been as happy to see Jared Veldheer as Aaron Rodgers was this week. I posted this in a response yesterday, but the snap counts for back-up offensive linemen this year are telling. In a year where the line has been shuffled multiple times Yosh Nijman has earned 14 snaps, second fewest among linemen who played any snaps at all. In contrast Wagner played over 600 snaps, and Lane Taylor played over 150. Even Runyan Jr. earned over 60 as a rookie. After two years in the program, if he wasn't considered a viable option this year you have to wonder how much longer the Packers will try to develop Nijman.

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Johnblood27's picture

January 13, 2021 at 07:11 am

check your stats on snap counts. Taylor could NOT have played 150 snaps, he was injured in game 1.

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MarkinMadison's picture

January 13, 2021 at 07:13 am

You are correct. I reversed Runyan and Taylor.

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Guam's picture

January 13, 2021 at 07:53 am

Agreed on Nijman. When the Packers signed Veldheer, that said everything you need to know on how the Packers feel about Nijman's development. I was hoping Nijman was coming along and could be the backup tackle next year, but that is now looking unlikely. Unfortunate.

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murf7777's picture

January 13, 2021 at 08:08 am

I don’t think Nijams career is written because of this. All it shows is that after only one + years experience the Packers chose to go with an above average veteran who knows their offense. Veldheer doesn’t hurt their cap and I believe the NFL pays the salary for the playoffs.

Why would the Packers want to throw a player into the playoff game with little playing experience when you have a solid veteran you can play?

just a smart play by Gutey and says very little about Nijam.

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Guam's picture

January 13, 2021 at 09:22 am

Unfortunately Murf it has been two years, not 1+. He was signed in 2019 and was on the 2019 practice squad and the 53 in 2020. While there has been progress and he is an exceptional athlete, he has clearly not developed enough for the Packers to trust him as the backup tackle. You may be right that his story has not yet been written, but after two years I believe there are serious questions about whether he will make it as a starter.

I agree that signing Veldheer was a very smart move by Gute.

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January 13, 2021 at 11:52 am

I think you can take the "playoff game" part out of it since, during the season, when guys got hurt, they shuffled the line rather than putting Nijman on the field.

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

January 14, 2021 at 01:43 am

Tonyan did very little until year 3. OTOH, Tonyan at least got on the field for 67 and 193 snaps and even had some stats. Tonyan had just Jimmy Graham ahead of him (Lewis as well, but that's a different role).

Nijman's inability to displace Wagner, Turner, or Jenkins (though the coaches were correct to put Jenkins out there, after all) is not all that discouraging. I note that the coaches didn't insert Nijman when Wagner struggled at LT.

Nijman earned an accrued season for 2020. He should be an ERFA in 2021 and 2022. Very little downside here other than using up a roster spot.

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flackcatcher's picture

January 13, 2021 at 03:55 pm

The Packers kept both Light and Nijam on the active roster last season, and cut Light early this season. Packers will give players they like a chance, but as they have become playoff contenders that window has gotten smaller. Signing veterans these days, is more a dance between Father Time and Cap Man to determine value. It would have been much easier for the Packer front if the 'light' had gone on for either. It didn't. So that's that.

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jannes bjornson's picture

January 14, 2021 at 01:40 am

An OT will be taken with a high pick next draft, bet on it.

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RCPackerFan's picture

January 13, 2021 at 08:19 am

The great part about signing Veldheer is if they have to play him, they don't have to move Jenkins away from OG. We need Jenkins at OG to help slow down Donald.

I have seen some speculate that they will start Velhdeer at LT and move Turner back to RG. I'm not sure if they will, but they at least have that option.

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Coldworld's picture

January 13, 2021 at 08:55 am

With the confirmation that Stepaniak isn’t ready and has been practicing for experience, as I interpret his move to IR, this move looks even smarter for the reasons that you suggest.

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January 13, 2021 at 08:51 am

Nijman is a physical freak, even by NFL standards. The problem was that he came out of college where he dominated simply on physical ability. He never developed technique. There was a debate about whether the coaches just let him play or whether he couldn’t be coached.

Nijman therefore has phenomenally high upside but came in almost certainly unready for the NFL. He is the definition of a long term project. If he was felt uncoachable, I suspect he would have been released by now. If correct, he is on a path to catch up that is likely far from done, especially as he is a type for whom a standard off season and camp this year would have been especially valuable. It is interesting that the team chose to train him exclusively at LT. That tells you what they think of his potential. RT would potentially have been a shorter journey to playing time.

When you have a physical exception at a premium position (one that often takes time to develop into for normal players), that justifies the investment. He is on the roster because the Packers won’t want another poaching if they think he is progressing. As long as he is, Nijman will remain there as a result of the potential return.

Blooding a player like that at LT in the playoffs would be a last resort, for obvious reasons. That says nothing about how he is progressing and how long they will invest. With his upside, development could continue a while. Gute has shown a willingness to take players with the potential to be true plus players and bring them in slowly. Nijman is one and he had a longer distance to travel and plays a position where risk to Rodgers argues for caution.

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Guam's picture

January 13, 2021 at 09:28 am

CW: I know you have been on the Nijman bandwagon since the Packers signed him out of Va Tech in 2019, but he has had two full years of development work and plays only on special teams. I think next year will be a make or break year for Nijman and given the slow progress to date despite his physical prowess, I question whether he will become a starter in the NFL. It would be great if he could, but I think it is a long shot at this stage.

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January 13, 2021 at 06:31 pm

I like his exceptional upside. I like his price. I have no idea if he can develop, but I saw this as a multi year process based on the amount of learning he needed. As I said, that was likely only extended by the Covid off season and camp. I am not at all against Valdheer, though he’s now on Covid reserve and may not play this week or perhaps at all. I thought that was smart. I just reject the conclusion that this speaks to Nijman in any way. I’d have been shocked if he took the field this year with Rodgers.

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PeteK's picture

January 13, 2021 at 10:51 am

I would be happy if he becomes a viable backup at both T positions.

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PatrickGB's picture

January 13, 2021 at 02:33 pm

Tight end? ;-)
An extra lineman in goal line?

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CheesyTex's picture

January 13, 2021 at 11:51 am

Excellent take, Coldworld. Many wondered why Gute stuck with Tonyan. Nijman's physical traits are indeed rare, and patience is a virtue when it comes to grooming a left tackle. Still hoping Nijman has the drive that pushed Tonyan to make it.

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dobber's picture

January 13, 2021 at 11:54 am

"These stats will kill my wife. She actually owns a JK Scott "game winner" t-shirt."

She might own the only one...

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Coldworld's picture

January 13, 2021 at 06:32 pm

Does it say for whom he won it?

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January 13, 2021 at 06:51 am

When you've been a fan as long as Al & I have, you've seen & experienced a LOT.
We've ridden the ride to victory with the 2010 run & the 1996 run, but we've been on so many rollercoaster rides where the damn train went off the track in heartbreaking fashion. Ones that leave long-lasting scars on our hearts & memories.
From leading in the 4th quarter in Dallas in the 1995 NFC Championship game & wilting, to totally failing to stop Terrell Davis in the 1997 season Super Bowl, to the blind zebra not seeing Jerry Rice's clear fumble & then a mini-Hail Mary from Young to Owens....and a 4th & 26 chokejob about 5 years later, many home playoff losses as 7+ point favorites, to losing to Kappernick 2 playoffs in a row, overtime heartbreaking losses in Arizona not once but twice, overtime all-time heartbreak in Seattle with the Super Bowl so close we could taste it, etc.

So we are well-aware that we could come out & stumble, as we did at home vs the Giants in 2011 as #1 seeds. As we did vs Atlanta & Minnesota with Favre. Losing 2 home playoff games.

But if WE play our A or B-game, & there's no catastrophic injuries or turnovers, we'll beat the Rams & host one of those 40-year old legend QBs & it will be a huge step up from Jared tiny hands Goff.

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January 13, 2021 at 06:54 am

Aaron guest hosting Jeopardy will be a fun watch. His stint on the show as a player was amazing. His “smartest guy in the room” attitude probably annoyed McCarthy, but most of the time, he actually is.

Except on third and short...
*rolls eyes*

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January 13, 2021 at 11:03 am

It was a long time ago, but Starr had a habit of throwing long on 3rd and short.

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Johnblood27's picture

January 13, 2021 at 07:08 am

Thoughts...

Injury list... I hope Keke is able to play effectively, an effective rotation will be critical for the DL, gotta keep the big guys fresh. EQS just does not seem to have an NFL body, the talent is there, but the physical sturdiness seems to be lacking...King with an achilles? That could be the undoing of the secondary, it would take consistent safety help to make up, thus limiting what has become a very good safety tandem.... Lazard listed with a core and Lewis on the list, it looks like our receiving group is a bit banged up, I hope the others can take up the slack, the Rams have a hard hitting secondary.

GBP running game. I hope MLF challenges the Rams early with a combination of Jones and Dillon running a combination of outside zone and inside traps to establish the OL as a physical force against an aggressive Rams DL group. I believe this is the key to the entire game. From offensive production and scoring, to moving the chains, to winning TOP, to maintaining an aggressive mindset, to overcoming the mental challenge of Aaron Donald, to making the Ram secondary tackle, to making them respect the run and look into the backfield first and on and on and on. Pass protection will become more manageable and better if the OL has an aggressive mindset and the running game will determine if the GBP will be effective on Offense and win.

Holy crap the GBP kicking game is just woeful. This needs to become the number one area of emphasis this offseason. For the now, I agree in just limiting the suck and minimize exposure. Fair catch everything and consider adding a veteran starter or two on Teams for the playoffs. Jaire, Amos, Tonyan, whatever it takes. This deficiency may be why the GBP end up trailing on the scoreboard when the clock says zeros. It is THAT bad.

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HawkPacker's picture

January 13, 2021 at 10:24 am

Speaking of injury lists, Swervin Ervin and Raven Green were injured about 4 weeks ago and I thought that they were supposed to return in 3+weeks. I have not heard anything about either of them returning. Anyone know their status?

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Coldworld's picture

January 13, 2021 at 07:34 pm

Greene was rumored to be done for the season. Winn and Ervin were considered possibly able to return. Heard nothing since.

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PatrickGB's picture

January 13, 2021 at 02:37 pm

Well, Crosby is doing good so not all of our special teams play suck. And I read that we have a kicker (I am not sure if he is a PC or a punter) on our practice squad.

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January 13, 2021 at 07:57 am

Scary Rams Defense Against a Top Offense:
I brought this up yesterday. Not these exact details, but that the Rams defense only faced 3 top 10 offenses. One of them being the Seahawks who were a different team offensively the 2nd half. They faced 7 teams with 22nd and lower ranking.

#1 Packers Defense:
Fun fact about the Packers offense. They have allowed 4- 100 yard rushers this year. They have not allowed one since Week 12 against the Bears. Montgomery had 11 carries for 102 yards. But 57 came on one play early in the game. Our run defense has been quietly really good. And its been really good of late. Barnes becoming the starting LB really made a huge difference. Also, allowing Amos and Savage to get closer to the LOS more often has really helped. And now we have added Snacks to the mix in the front. I feel good out about defense.

#2 Offensive Line:
I think the game is decided on the Packers offensive line. If they open holes for the RB's and keep Rodgers upright, they win this game.

Jared Goff:
I would assume he will be the starting QB. But his surgically repaired thumb probably won't feel to well in the cold. Going from 80's to 20's will be a huge change for him. Trying to throw the cold ball won't be easy for him.

Beauty of the Bye Week:
It is nice to get some guys healthy again.

Punting, ugh.
Our special teams have not been special. I just hope it doesn't cost us in the playoffs.
I don't know why, but I feel like Austin may make a big return sometime soon. I don't know why, I just have that feeling.

Jeopardy:
I'm not a jeopardy fan. But I will watch the one Rodgers hosts.

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Razer's picture

January 13, 2021 at 08:15 am

...I think the game is decided on the Packers offensive line. If they open holes for the RB's and keep Rodgers upright, they win this game...

To me, this is also the key to this game. The Rams rushing 4 and playing the run on the way to the QB is not good for our offense unless we pound the ball at them. Giving Rodgers time will be key for this match.

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January 13, 2021 at 08:47 am

Out of the teams in the Playoffs the Rams were one of the teams I thought could give us a hard time. They do have a really good defense. I do question how good they really are based on the offenses they have played. But they still are a very good defense with really good players. They have a good front 7 and Ramsey is one of the best CB's out there.

However if the OL does open up some holes for the running game, and the offense gets the ball out fast, I think we will be just fine.

One combination that they have used a bit lately is using Dillon and Jones together. I think we will see more of that. Dillon in January is a RB teams won't want to tackle. And Jones is so damn dynamic. I also think we will see more Austin in this game. To get that side to side action going. Keeping the defense on their toes will really help slow down rushes.

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January 13, 2021 at 12:27 pm

You're right on Razer, any time a team can rush 4 and play 7 back and get pressure that is the ultimate tough D. To counter that, is to run down their throat and bring those backers closer to the LOS and then hurt them deep and over the middle. Strategies will be fun to watch especially since these two coaches know each other so well.

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January 13, 2021 at 08:33 am

My hat's off to Goff for playing last week just 12 days (?) after surgery, show's real grit. But you are right, the cold weather will be a challenge for that thumb. Forecast for Saturday calls for 33 degrees at kick off and 80% humidity- my knees ache just writing that

Their offensive strategy will certainly take this into account- lean heavily on the run, especially to the right side. Short passes etc.

I have to believe the Packer's defensive strategy will be similar to what we watched against TN- crowd the box, eliminate the run

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January 13, 2021 at 12:10 pm

"33 degrees at kick off and 80% humidity" is an awful combination.

I absolutely hate it when I go Deer hunting and the temp hasn't gone down to at least 30 to frost all of the humidity out of the air. It feels like frigid cold damp hands reaching under your clothes and your joins all start to ache.

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x24's picture

January 13, 2021 at 12:34 pm

Right? We always say the 33 degrees is the coldest... But then, we HAVE achieved a certain age...

Goff is only 26, but metal pins and all- it has to effect him somewhat

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January 13, 2021 at 08:27 am

As RCPackerFan mentioned, solid O-line play will determine how well we do against a solid defense and particularly a very good defensive line. Our offense has not faired well against solid four man lines that can pressure the QB. Bakhtiari will be missed.

Ultimately I only have two concerns for this game. Aaron Rodgers needs to play solid and we will win. If he gets rattled and becomes pouty face (Tampa Bay) we will not fair well. This team only goes as far as he takes them so he needs to take us to the Super Bowl.

My other concern is that we don't get outcoached. Matt Lafleur has not done well against his mentors nor coming out of rest weeks. He need to punch McVay in the face - period. In game adjustments need to happen quickly to avoid lost quarters. I am think of Pettine on this one as we seem to be slow to react to scheme changes. Let's not lose this one because the coaches are not up to the task.

Finally - use AJ Dillon. Pound the ball at this line and particularly at Aaron Donald. If he is going to play with tender ribs then lets tenderize them further.

Go Packers

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Since'61's picture

January 13, 2021 at 09:33 am

Back on Monday I posted that I expect the defense to be dominant in this game. They should play like they played against the Titans. If they can shut down Henry they should be able to do the same with Akers.

The Rams will try to keep Rodgers off the field. Stop Akers get off the field and let Rodgers wear down the Rams D. We should see a healthy does of Dillon this week to give out some punishment to the Rams defenders.

Once we build a lead in this game and take the run game out we pressure Goff and force a few turnovers. I see the Packers controlling and pulling away in this game in the 2nd half.

Special teams need to fair catch on returns and punt out of bounds. Maybe we have a game where we don’t punt at all.

Good to have Valdheer back. Go Pack Go!
Thanks, Since ‘61

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PeteK's picture

January 13, 2021 at 01:45 pm

Akers is a quick change of direction back that could give us problems( quicker Montgomery). However, Cards contained him as he performed poorly against them in recent wks.

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nostradanus's picture

January 13, 2021 at 10:09 am

I’m looking for several Goff fumbles with his bad thumb combined with the cold. A defensive score or two for the Packers would be sweet!!!!

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TarynsEyes's picture

January 13, 2021 at 10:15 am

All these articles about the defense, which was and is the focal point of all my worry about this team this year and many in the recent past.

The defense will be as successful as the Packer offense dictates, as I do not believe the Packer defense can carry a misfiring offense to a win.

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jlc1's picture

January 13, 2021 at 10:28 am

Which is another way of saying that the offense needs to score more points than the defense gives up. Unless special teams gets involved with the scoreboard other than field goals. Sadly, they might.

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TarynsEyes's picture

January 13, 2021 at 11:37 am

Perhaps.
However, the play of the defense will decide how much time and possessions the offense has the ball to score. I wouldn't expect the Packer offense to score 5 TD's against the Rams, as like against the Bears, and with only 44 offensive plays. IMHO, the Packer offense scoring as quickly, if able, will be a self-created disadvantage for the defense and will allow the Rams to possibly make it a last possession winner of the game.

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PeteK's picture

January 13, 2021 at 11:28 am

Taryn, as is the case with a vast majority of teams in todays NFL. I just feel more confident because our D has definitely been playing better of late.

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fansince1959's picture

January 13, 2021 at 11:20 am

My birthday wish is that we finally find a ST coach who we are not afraid to pay what he's worth!!!!

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jannes bjornson's picture

January 14, 2021 at 01:55 am

Gutedkunst has to procure a slot WR or two with speed and quicks to create field position as a PR/KR. Scott will have some camp competition. Another CB(s) and LB for the coverage units. They need better gunners.

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LayingTheLawe's picture

January 13, 2021 at 11:35 am

I know the national media's job is to make this an interesting matchup no matter what. I don't see it. The Packers offense has averaged over 30 points per game all season and has been even hotter lately averaging 34 points per game since their last loss. In addition, the Packers defense has given up 20 points per game over their last 9 games - 18 points per game over their last 6. The normal "but" to this is that it was mostly against bad offenses. BUT the Rams ARE one of these bad offenses. They are 21st in the league in points per game tied with the Chicago Bears. They went on a 2 game losing streak in games 14 and 15 that put their playoff entry in doubt and had to scratch out an ugly win in game 16 to make it.

I really don't see how the Rams score with the Packers unless they cause turnovers. If the Packers are patient and hold on to the ball they would appear to be in good shape against this team. And oh the Packers had the lowest number of giveaways in the NFL this season.

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Packers0808's picture

January 13, 2021 at 02:16 pm

Have a feeling you will see both a lot of Clark and Harrison on field at same time! Betting on Adams and Jones and Dillon having big days! Gut feeling here see a lot of Dillon because of Donald, with Dillons power to break tackles!

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dobber's picture

January 13, 2021 at 12:00 pm

I agree: Packers will play a lot of base or heavy nickel on Saturday...at least to start out.

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Coldworld's picture

January 13, 2021 at 07:38 pm

One hopes

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PeteK's picture

January 13, 2021 at 01:49 pm

Oh Oh, 0808 miss spelling will put some here over the edge, get ready. I have to admit , you have butchered the name. LOL

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Packers0808's picture

January 13, 2021 at 02:22 pm

@ PeteK Maybe you should work on your spelling, seeing you didn't correctly do MISSPELLING instead of worrying about someone else's! And what one is wrong above?

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Swisch's picture

January 13, 2021 at 04:57 pm

I think Pete was joking around.
It's probably all a miss understanding.

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PeteK's picture

January 13, 2021 at 06:36 pm

Hahahahaha, you sly 0808 you.

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Packers0808's picture

January 13, 2021 at 09:08 pm

Me sly, you are the one who can't spell, not me!

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PatrickGB's picture

January 13, 2021 at 02:41 pm

Perhaps utilize our RB’s as receivers. Set up in a two back look and motion one out.

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Swisch's picture

January 13, 2021 at 05:11 pm

I'm confident of a Packers victory, but am wondering if fans here are overconfident.
After all, it's a playoff game.
Who saw the Rams beating the Seahawks and the Browns beating the Steelers?
If we were playing the Jaguars or Jets this week, I'd be concerned.
Yes, the Packers can beat any team in the NFL, but also could lose to any team in the NFL.
If the Packers don't play with energy and toughness and smarts throughout the game this Saturday, it could very well be a bleak outcome.
I'm picking the Packers to win, but only if they're ready for a battle.

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