Gut Reactions: Wild Card Weekend vs Washington

Aaron's gut reactions from the Packers' win over Washington 

  • There has been an Awakening. Have you felt it?
  • Knew Peppers would come alive a bit against Moses. 
  • I know Hyde got beat a bunch by Reed, but honestly, anyone the Packers would have thrown at him would have been torched a bunch. Thought he did a good job battling all game long. 
  • Loved using Cobb as a half back in base looks and running traditional running plays with him. Think they surprised Washington a bit by not running strictly boundry/spread stuff.
  • As well as the defense played, Capers being content to play soft zone at the end will never sit well with me. 
  • Rodgers created production with the hurry up offense in the second quarter kind of in the same way he created production with the hard count earlier in the year. Whatever works. 
  • 5 sacks. As Corey said on Transplants, pass rush was key to a winning performance. 
  • I was yelling "QB Draw!!!" at the TV right before the QB draw. 
  • Speaking of pass rush, loved the stunt by Matthews when he came screaming around the right side. 
  • And speaking of Behnke, did you see him in the endzone? What a stud. 
  • After a shaky opening, what a job by JC Tretter standing in there. He wasn't an All Pro by any means, of course, but he played a very solid game. 
  • For those of you who love it when I pick against the Packers, don't worry. I still won't be picking them to win a game again this year. 
  • Nice to see that fun moment between Rodgers and McCarthy. 
  • How about that move Abby put on that dude in the endzone? 
  • Hate to see Adams hurt after last week and then what he did today. Starting to show the flashes we've been waiting for. 
  • Packers are playing with house money in Arizona next week. 
  • Go Pack Go. 

 

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Bugeater's picture

January 10, 2016 at 07:20 pm

What a week to have their best game of the year!

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Chad Lundberg's picture

January 10, 2016 at 07:46 pm

The biggest difference about this game was the upgrade at left tackle. If this line continues to play as well as it did today, then there really is a chance.

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Bearmeat's picture

January 10, 2016 at 08:07 pm

IF we are have all our CBs and avoid turnovers. That AZ passing offense is better than Washingtons. And they have a running game and a defense to go with it.

Gonna be tough. But I'm excited to see it.

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Chad Lundberg's picture

January 10, 2016 at 09:31 pm

Packers D did ok against AZ. If Shields, Randall and Rollins all return, they can contain them. Not to mention, they have the tape they need to correct everything that they did wrong. If you ask me, I do think the chances are higher than you think.

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MarkinMadison's picture

January 10, 2016 at 10:38 pm

How do you know what he thinks? He didn't say what he thought the chances were, just that it would be tough. You think it will be easy?

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Chad Lundberg's picture

January 10, 2016 at 11:45 pm

Do you take things way too seriously? I think yes. So what if my interpretation of what he said wasn't what I thought it was. Oh flipping well, who cares?

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dschwalm's picture

January 13, 2016 at 11:33 am

It sure doesn't sound like Shields & Rollins will return.

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Beep's picture

January 10, 2016 at 08:14 pm

Great to see the offense get back in sync, but let's pump the brakes. This Redskins team beat ZERO teams that finished above .500. Not trying to troll or be a wet blanket, but there is a huge difference in the quality of the teams remaining now. We're going to need to play our best games of the year from here on out. Getting Bahktiari and Shields back next week is going to be critical. Let's hope that an underdog mentality can carry us through next week too!

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Oppy's picture

January 10, 2016 at 08:44 pm

The Green Bay Packers players and coaches- they should probably pump the breaks, because their being overconfident could have an affect on future performance.

But us fans? To hell with it, be as overconfident as you like, it has zero impact on what the Packers do or don't. That's why I love being a fan, my cockiness, ineptitude, and laziness has no negative results on the field of play.

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porupack's picture

January 11, 2016 at 01:35 am

There's some perspective, Oppy. Well done.

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Jean Mitchell's picture

January 11, 2016 at 09:27 am

Arizona is probably feeling pretty overconfident right now about a rematch with the Packers - and that may just affect their performance as well. I attended that 38-8 butt kicking in Phoenix and the Cardinal fans were incredibly ungracious (not as bad as Bengals fans though...). Karma, karma, karma.....

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barutanseijin's picture

January 10, 2016 at 10:20 pm

Shields is good. Bakhtiari is nothing special. I think the Packers could survive as well with Tretter in there.

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Joe Michaels's picture

January 11, 2016 at 05:53 am

While I'm inclined to agree based on this game, having him keeps the cohesiveness of that unit intact, and it was arguably considered that it was the best the line has been since Clifton/Wahle/Flanagan/Rivera/Tauscher at the start of the year.

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dschwalm's picture

January 13, 2016 at 11:35 am

With Shields still going through the protocol, he won't be contributing anything on Sunday.

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Marco's picture

January 10, 2016 at 08:48 pm

This is the first victory since the Dallas game I've actually felt good about! There might actually be hope! Keep the pedal to the metal and push guys! Love that defense! Should have had a couple picks there. We'll get 'em in Arizona!

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Amanofthenorth's picture

January 11, 2016 at 02:11 am

What a secondary the Packers are going to have. And to all you regime changers... Go back to Minnesota and leave MM TT and AR the next decade to work in peace.

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dschwalm's picture

January 13, 2016 at 11:36 am

What a Pollyanna! One game and we become world-beaters. :-)

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Wenis's picture

January 10, 2016 at 07:21 pm

Other than a terrible first quarter and McCarthy playing Martyball with 5 minutes left in the game this eas a good win.

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Oppy's picture

January 10, 2016 at 07:28 pm

It's a three possession game with less than 4 minutes on the clock, the opponent is already burning their TO's, there's nothing wrong with running clock, IMO

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D.D.Driver's picture

January 10, 2016 at 08:32 pm

No need to qualify that with an "IMO."

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Oppy's picture

January 10, 2016 at 08:41 pm

lol, I know that, but it keeps the jeering down to a minimum ;)

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Flow49's picture

January 10, 2016 at 07:22 pm

That game was so refreshing to watch. Build on that and who knows?

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Flow49's picture

January 10, 2016 at 07:29 pm

And yes Kirk, I liked that!

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dobber's picture

January 10, 2016 at 07:55 pm

"That game was so refreshing to watch."

...once they got out of the first quarter! ;)

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Packer_Pete's picture

January 10, 2016 at 07:23 pm

The problems on O were solved once Rodgers finally got out of his funk! And he did not look good the 1st Q at all. But somehow, turned it around.

But D won that game. I thought this was one of the best games Nick Perry ever played. That Washington LT is a solid player. Perry dominated him at times.
Young guys stepping up. Love it.

Now bring on the Cardinals! GO PACK GO. Had 3 6packs today during the game. Need to go to bed now. Have a good one

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Oppy's picture

January 10, 2016 at 07:32 pm

It sure did seem like Rodgers' attitude made a world of difference, didn't it?

The difference in the way the ball was coming off his hands before and after the first Q was shocking, I haven't seen passing as crisp as that since the bye week.

If he can get his deep accuracy back on track.. Watch out.

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

January 10, 2016 at 08:11 pm

Pete, excellent comment on Perry beating Trent Williams. Opened up the stunts for CM3 as well.

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WKUPackFan's picture

January 11, 2016 at 05:28 am

Nick Perry and Mike Neal each had big plays. The entire league is looking for OLBs, GB has two experienced ones plus CM, Peppers,etc.

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Tundraboy's picture

January 11, 2016 at 05:40 pm

Just have to keep them healthy. So far so good this year.

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jeremyjjbrown's picture

January 10, 2016 at 07:25 pm

Great performance by the defense and the young secondary. Hopefully Adams is back next week and can keep up what he started today. Hopefully the offense keeps playing this kind of football instead of just winging it deep all the time. Gutty performance by Lacy who is playing with a hurt rib.

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Bryce Hansen's picture

January 10, 2016 at 07:25 pm

Like Behnke said, the best games are when they're supposed to lose. Love it.

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Bearmeat's picture

January 10, 2016 at 09:05 pm

I'd like to apologize to all the fans here who rightly called me out for giving up 2 weeks ago. I didn't think the offense could wake itself up until next year. I am VERY happy that I was wrong. Next week they'll be a serious underdog (and they should be). Losing is still quite possible. But this was SO MUCH FUN!

GO PACK GO!

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Nerd's picture

January 10, 2016 at 07:38 pm

Aaron's still playing sloppy. But it was definitely a step in the right direction.

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4thand1's picture

January 10, 2016 at 08:59 pm

Sloppy? Watch it again. He had the Wash D spinning in circles. It was windy as hell, the one long pass to Cobb sailed. When he put zip on it, it cut through the wind. The long Lacy run, he checked out of a play, watch him pat his ass, telling Lacy where to go. AR won this game, and Cobb was great too.

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PackerAaron's picture

January 10, 2016 at 10:13 pm

He was terrible in the first quarter. But once he caught Washington with those quick snaps and was able to fire a few throws without worry, he suddenly caught fire. Sometimes, that's all it takes.

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Packer_Pete's picture

January 11, 2016 at 06:24 am

Agreed, he was terrible in q1. As a coach, I would've pulled the plug. Thankfully, I am not the coach. Just don't know how the switch can be flipped all of a sudden, as the terrible play carried over from prior games.,,

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WKUPackFan's picture

January 11, 2016 at 05:35 am

It's all good Bear! I knew "the real you" would be back.

It's tough watching something we really haven't seen in 25 years.

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Tundraboy's picture

January 10, 2016 at 07:28 pm

Well one thing I never expected today was seeing someone post on the game day blog that we will need to have Shields and ADAMS for next week. What a great win. . Also Tretter playing the way he did today at LT. Maybe he should be the starter here on out.

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Bearmeat's picture

January 10, 2016 at 07:31 pm

We do need Shields next week. And Rollins and Randall. All hands on deck against that passing game.

Although Tretter did very well today, Bakh getting back would be very nice too.

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

January 10, 2016 at 08:14 pm

Getting a healthy Bakh means we have depth on the OL with Tretter freed up. We do need Rollins and Randall healthy, and/or the return of Shields.

Best thing I saw was less happy feet from AR and it seemed like he has his eyes downfield more this game.

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sonomaca's picture

January 10, 2016 at 08:43 pm

Gunter did well in relief.

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NickPerry's picture

January 11, 2016 at 05:28 am

Yes he did, MUCH better than watching Goodson. Would rather have Gunter active over Goodson any game.

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Packer_Pete's picture

January 11, 2016 at 06:26 am

I think goodson is active because of ST only... Even though, he was lucky to on ST not get a flag when he hit the guy out of bounds there...

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DrealynWilliams's picture

January 10, 2016 at 07:29 pm

Instead of going off on those who thought we would lose, I'm going to focus on the positive..

DID Y'ALL NOTICE HOW JOYFUL RODGERS WAS THIS GAME?

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Nerd's picture

January 10, 2016 at 07:31 pm

Mike may have finally hired a sports psychologist. Almost seems like fences have been mended between the two.

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Oppy's picture

January 10, 2016 at 07:33 pm

Dr. Winning was called in.

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DrealynWilliams's picture

January 10, 2016 at 07:36 pm

Exactly @Oppy

That's all it was.

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Nerd's picture

January 10, 2016 at 07:41 pm

Aaron was looking better even before we had the lead.

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Oppy's picture

January 10, 2016 at 08:47 pm

That's fair, but he looked euphoric when administered a shot of 'we're winning handily' right in the rump.

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Amanofthenorth's picture

January 11, 2016 at 02:13 am

Not playing against ferocious defenses helped. feels like the packers have been sandbagging all year.

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Flow49's picture

January 10, 2016 at 07:40 pm

That's been missing all season, glad we got to see it tonight and hopefully for a couple more weeks

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DrealynWilliams's picture

January 10, 2016 at 07:47 pm

I'm still waiting for The Belt :)

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ray nichkee's picture

January 10, 2016 at 07:57 pm

I was happy going into the locker room with a lead. The belt belongs in the closet yet. I'd love to see it soon but not yet.

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Bearmeat's picture

January 10, 2016 at 08:12 pm

IF they win on Saturday, then it's time to get a little swagger going - including the belt.

Not yet.

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dasnogs52's picture

January 10, 2016 at 08:15 pm

Was refreshing to see after weeks of BS

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some_guy's picture

January 10, 2016 at 07:35 pm

"As well as the defense played, Capers being content to play soft zone at the end will never sit well with me."

Make a mental note to try and remember games like this next time you're about to get upset at the 3-man rush. Normally we only remember this kind of thing when it fails. Soft zones have been working in the red zone all year and they worked again today. I'd have prefered more aggression in the non-redzone portions of the drive but up 3 scores I can deal, especially given it worked perfectly.

So we struggled against a bad team for another half a game. At least the resurrection came in the second half. I'm still gonna vomit if I see a bunch of y'all running around here acting like we're anything but huge underdogs next week. Now it goes without saying that the only conceivable reason I would ever say that is because I hate the team and secretly am a Bears fan, but seriously: *cautious* optimism is a thing. I promise you that it is, you can look this stuff up.

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dobber's picture

January 10, 2016 at 07:59 pm

"So we struggled against a bad team for another half a game"

Really, for only a little over a quarter.

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murphy's picture

January 10, 2016 at 08:08 pm

"So we struggled against a bad team for another half a game."

Bad first quarter, sure. They scored 17 unanswered points in the second quarter. If that's struggling, let's hope it continues.

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

January 10, 2016 at 08:17 pm

I do not think we used much 3 man rush. We did use a soft zone - Hayward plays much better in zone. Hayward had a very solid day as well, with some fine tackling and pretty good coverage.

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Amanofthenorth's picture

January 11, 2016 at 02:15 am

Hayward was superb. Nice catch. But it all started with our beast up front, Mike Frickin Daniels

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WKUPackFan's picture

January 11, 2016 at 05:41 am

Casey would have had him a pick 6 if Jordan Reed wasn't so good that he catches passes not intended for him.

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jeremyjjbrown's picture

January 10, 2016 at 10:08 pm

The Redskins are not a bad team. They are not as good as the Cardinals, but they are far from bad.

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dschwalm's picture

January 13, 2016 at 11:43 am

BUT, they haven't beaten a winning team all year! How good is that????

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PackerAaron's picture

January 10, 2016 at 10:14 pm

The three man rush is the spawn of Satan. But thanks for the comment.

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jbromusic's picture

January 10, 2016 at 11:20 pm

i always thought that nickleback was the spawn of satan

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Tundraboy's picture

January 10, 2016 at 11:27 pm

Thought Styx was myself.

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

January 11, 2016 at 12:25 am

Styx wanted to be the spawn of Satan, but Dennis DeYoung wanted to be Liberace.

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Packer_Pete's picture

January 11, 2016 at 06:28 am

Nah, just Kilroy :) Guess we are from the same decade LOL... I bet some of the youngster have no idea what we are just talking about.

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January 11, 2016 at 11:37 am

Nickleback takes the cake before styx.

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Tundraboy's picture

January 11, 2016 at 05:48 pm

Is that a good thing?

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PaulRosik's picture

January 11, 2016 at 09:27 pm

Styx - The Grand Illusion was the first album I ever bought. I only owned singles before that (anyone remember singles?). Of course I was 11 in 1977 so can be excused some, but over 3 million others also bought that album and at least some of them must have been adults.

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Tundraboy's picture

January 13, 2016 at 07:40 pm

I was not one of them and I was 20 then. But I had Frampton comes Alive. We all had skeletons in our closet.

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Nerd's picture

January 10, 2016 at 07:30 pm

This team can beat anybody of they show up for 2 quarters. Today they showed up for 3!

WE CAN BEAT THE CARDINALS!

They beat us before because 1: Aaron's INT, 2: Stark's fumble after the half , then 3: The wheels came off, because we didn't have anymore Ts.

If we can protect the football, have at least one T on our active roster and SHOW UP for 2 quarters, WE CAN BEAT THE BEST TEAM IN THE NFL next week.

MARK IT DOWN!

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S-Mahn's picture

January 10, 2016 at 11:21 pm

So right, Nerd! Just Need a really good game plan with solid ( not perfect) execution. Reminds me of how no one gave us a chance in the 2014 NFC Championship game and we came and smacked Seattle down for all but the last 2:37

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Tundraboy's picture

January 11, 2016 at 07:28 am

Happy to say I can see that,hopefully with a different result. As long as we leave everything we have on the field, I'll be happy. Win and I'll be elated.

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dschwalm's picture

January 13, 2016 at 11:46 am

Anybody can make bold claims with a paragraph full of conditional sentences. "If Cleveland had better management, better coaching and a decent QB, they could have a winning record" ;-)

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CallingIt's picture

January 10, 2016 at 07:32 pm

Now THAT was a football game!

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RCPackerFan's picture

January 10, 2016 at 07:34 pm

Great, great win.

After the rocky start to the game it was like someone finally found that hidden switch on the offense. They turned on the offense and never turned it off.

Let's face it, the real season began this weekend. What happened during the regular season really doesn't matter once the playoffs start.

I had a feeling about this game. I predicted the Packers to win 33-20. Not to bad of a prediction.

No matter what happens moving forward it was great to see this team play exactly how we expected them to play all season in this game.

Great win, let's enjoy this one.

Go Pack Go!!!

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Nerd's picture

January 10, 2016 at 07:35 pm

-Great defensive play by LaDarius Gunter.

-Davante Adams stepped it up today.

-James Jones was solid. He usually is, imo. #hoodie

-Cobb showed up today too.

-The biggest thing was Aaron got right. He's still throwing off his back foot and missing open guys, but he really pulled it together today and actually looked happy.

-This is a very solid D. It's been scorched at times this season, but they fight hard and they really got some pressure today.

-Perry was giving that LT fits, and he's pretty good.

-Left some turnovers on the field. Got one though, huge play.

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sonomaca's picture

January 10, 2016 at 08:47 pm

"That tackle" was one of the best in the league. The Arizona game is worth millions of dollars to Perry and Neal. No doubt the agents are telling them to let it all hang out.

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Dan Stodola's picture

January 11, 2016 at 02:44 am

Good play by Gunter to get the pass defensed. But he was beat clean by the WR who had a good step on him. The pass was behind the WR, which allowed Gunter to make the play. A better pass and he's toasted for a big play.

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NickPerry's picture

January 10, 2016 at 07:36 pm

My Hopes came True!! Before the game I commented if Rodgers found that giant sized chip, Adams caught the ball, Lacy and Starks ran the ball, Abby and Janis caught the ball if Adams didn't, and the defense played like the have most of the year they'd win . They did and they WON!! We have 12 Quarters to go!!!

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Tundraboy's picture

January 10, 2016 at 09:02 pm

Yes and your namesake had his best game in a long time, maybe ever. Great job Nick

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NickPerry's picture

January 11, 2016 at 05:31 am

Thank you, thank you very much! : )

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Tundraboy's picture

January 11, 2016 at 07:35 am

You're welcome. Keep up the good work.

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FrozenTundra's picture

January 10, 2016 at 07:36 pm

They've been playing 'possum the last half of the season. The D played really well. Isn't it amazing when you throw the short routes you complete them and don't get sacked? Turnovers have caused too many negative points. Like the offense is giving up too many points.

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Oppy's picture

January 10, 2016 at 07:57 pm

Confidence is a powerful tonic

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tm_inter's picture

January 10, 2016 at 07:37 pm

Good to see Aaron smile and enjoy himself for the first time in a long while.

Go Pack Go!

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GVPacker's picture

January 10, 2016 at 07:43 pm

Just watched NFL network and Michael Irvin said the Packers will get Schooled by the Red birds next week. Let's see what happens!

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dobber's picture

January 10, 2016 at 08:02 pm

I think he's probably right, but it doesn't mean we can't enjoy this one.

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CallingIt's picture

January 10, 2016 at 08:05 pm

Won't be the blowout it was last time. Much closer game this time I expect.

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Dan Stodola's picture

January 11, 2016 at 02:50 am

This game was a good matchup for the Packers. Wash prefers to play zone and off coverage, which allowed the Packers WR to get a mostly clean release, which made Rodgers job much easier. They also have a pretty bad run D.

Irvin is probably right, since the Cards can and will play press man all game, which has caused most of the Packers problems passing all year.

I don't expect them to get smoked like the last game and hope the Packers can keep it close and have a chance in the 4th qtr. But AZ is definitely NOT a good matchup for the Packers.

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dschwalm's picture

January 13, 2016 at 11:50 am

I think most knowledgeable fans understand that it will be a HUGE upset if the Packers win on Saturday, no 'ifs', 'ands' or 'buts'. Enjoy this last game but be prepared to get schooled

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January 11, 2016 at 06:33 am

Something to remember is the last game they were down 10-0 just before half. Rodgers threw an ill advised INT in the redzone which completely blew all their momentum. It should have at least been 10-3 going into half. Instead Arizona then went down and scored a TD right before half to go up 17-0. Then to make it worst on the opening drive of the 2nd half Starks fumbled and Arizona scored again to make it 24-0. Game was over at that point.

But the biggest thing to remember is that Don Barclay started at LT. Also they lost Bulaga in the game. If I remember right, they also lost Lang and Linsley in the game. If I remember right during one drive they had 1 true starting OL.

I expect a much better performance this time around.

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Tundraboy's picture

January 11, 2016 at 07:43 am

Thanks for reminding me that it still was a game before and briefly after halftime and how that interception changed everything. I had subconsciously and for good reason buried it. Also great point about Oline, we were down to nothing and this game we will have something. Let's hope Shields, Rollins and yes Adams are back. Did I miss anyone?

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Bryce Hansen's picture

January 10, 2016 at 07:45 pm

Could the packers...* Leans in, lowers voice*... Could the packers actually beat the cardinals?

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Nerd's picture

January 10, 2016 at 07:55 pm

Go back and watch the tape.

The wheels came off when we had no more Ts on the roster.

Other than that, they only reason we were behind was Aaron's seemingly purposeful INT and Stark's fumble to start the second half.

If we show up, we CAN beat them.

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Bryce Hansen's picture

January 11, 2016 at 05:47 am

I hope you're right bro. I wanna believe. All your guys optimism my actually get me there.

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January 10, 2016 at 07:47 pm

What if? Just what if this team actually went on a run?

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Oppy's picture

January 10, 2016 at 08:21 pm

There'd be a lot of posters who we wouldn't see for a long time

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January 10, 2016 at 08:55 pm

Just one at a time. Keep that underdog chip. It seems to suit us for some reason.

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Bryce Hansen's picture

January 11, 2016 at 05:48 am

Did you see about Joe whit gong around telling every guy the media picked against them?

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January 11, 2016 at 12:47 am

I believe we are on a run. I posted weeks ago that we would be. We need to get Bak back. Any word on him? I'm not the biggest fan of Sam Shields, but if he is the Best we have, we need him in there next week. Hard to believe he's battling a Concussion. It looked like he might have hurt his shoulder when he went out of bounds. What is the word on Shields, Anything?? DON'T WRITE THIS TEAM OFF. I posted we would play Carolina in the NFCC game weeks ago. I still believe it. It's not that big a stretch that we could host the NFCC game. If, I should say when we Win next week, there are going to be a lot of Surprised people.

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January 11, 2016 at 06:37 am

Put it this way. If you like Shields or not, he is still a ton better then Gunter and Goodson. (Although I like Gunter).

We really need all hands on deck to win. Getting Bakhtiari and Shields back would be huge for us.

The Defense has been very underrated all season. And now they are playing at a higher level.
Mathews, Peppers, the leaders of our defense have turned on a switch to play at a higher level.

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January 11, 2016 at 11:14 am

It was awesome to see Gunter out there over Goodson. I think Gunter is a much better DB than Goodson.

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January 11, 2016 at 02:44 pm

RCPackerFan, AGREE 100%

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January 11, 2016 at 03:01 pm

The GB game opened next week at GB +7 1/2. It's moved down to GB +7
that as a rule is a Good Line for GB. Seldom Seen, but moving in the right direction. Anything below +7 would be a positive Betting line for GB. MY money will be where my mouth is, again next week.

I'M going to be really let down, if this team does not make the NFCC Game. I posted it after the Denver game. I believe it will be against Carolina, but a Seattle game at Lambeau wouldn't totally surprise me. I am totally confident at this point that they will be there. Go Pack!!

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EdsLaces's picture

January 10, 2016 at 07:48 pm

Did this just happen?

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ollie418's picture

January 10, 2016 at 07:52 pm

Great game all around.

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jmac34's picture

January 10, 2016 at 07:53 pm

GB wins
Vikings lose
all is right with the world

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MissKathy's picture

January 10, 2016 at 08:16 pm

AND that damn horn broke. How nice to watch that game without it being heard blowing for no good reason except to blow (which it does!) :-)

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ray nichkee's picture

January 10, 2016 at 08:24 pm

I saw that and hoped it was a sign of things to come. They didnt need it anyway.

Packers 11-6

Queens 10-7

They can have their division hats and t shirts.

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Oppy's picture

January 10, 2016 at 08:51 pm

Let them have the NFCN title this year.

After all, those NFCN trophies are just another 'lil trophy in the Packers trophy room, but it's the biggest trophy in a Vikings trophy case.

I can't begrudge them that thrill. ;)

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sonomaca's picture

January 10, 2016 at 08:50 pm

The Vikes got "Hawked" just like Packers last year.

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porupack's picture

January 11, 2016 at 02:01 am

no kidding....hawks seem to be the luckiest damn team in the final minute...'xcept for Patriots that is.

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Tundraboy's picture

January 11, 2016 at 07:48 am

Sherman actually said yesterday that until then they never get any breaks!

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WinUSA's picture

January 11, 2016 at 10:13 am

No shit....

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D.D.Driver's picture

January 10, 2016 at 08:51 pm

The Vikings lost in the Vikingsest way imaginable. And I loved it.

It made me nostalgic for the Gary-Anderson-Hasn't-Missed-ALL-YEAR shank.

**wipes away tear**

It was just. So beautiful. They should have sent a poet.

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Oppy's picture

January 10, 2016 at 09:06 pm

I used to think the Vikes were perennial cellar dwellers, but as it turns out, they actually just shit the bed. And when I say they shit the bed, I don't mean a little, but a lot.

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January 10, 2016 at 09:15 pm

I dont know if they shit the bed but it is not a coincidence purple is their color and they choke all the time.

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GVPacker's picture

January 10, 2016 at 10:00 pm

How about Blair W dropped a Deuce!

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4thand10's picture

January 10, 2016 at 10:29 pm

I laughed. Someone said "Don't you feel bad for Minnesota? " and I was like...pffft...NOPE.

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4thand10's picture

January 10, 2016 at 10:33 pm

Someone should come in here with a screen name like "BrokenHorn". :-)

#brokenhorn

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WKUPackFan's picture

January 11, 2016 at 05:53 am

It was a Ray Finkle moment! Finkle is Einhorn.

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GVPacker's picture

January 11, 2016 at 08:03 am

Great to see the Vikings once again find a creative way of losing a big game. Ol reliable Blair Walsh missing a Chip Shot Field Goal, SKOL! Hey guys did you hear the Horn Blow after that Kick?

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January 11, 2016 at 11:38 am

The Seahawks are God's team.

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AngryPackersFan's picture

January 10, 2016 at 07:55 pm

The game started out 0-11, finished 35-7. Not bad.

Hopefully Shields, Rollins and and Bakh are all back next week, and Adams too. Speaking of Adams...that sideline catch was inspiring. Hopefully his knee is OK. Rodgers needs all the weapons he can get! Nice to see Abbrederis on that 2-pt conversion catch.

Starks and Lacy had some powerful runs. Both had 12 carries, so they should be fresh for Saturday.

D-Fence. Nice performance overall. The soft zone was frustrating. The D did bend but didn't break.

Oh wow... They have already played all 3 remaining teams in the NFC this season, 2 of them away games. That's good experience to have in the playoffs. If they are healthy Saturday, they have a damn good chance. Revenge would be sweet. Not just for earlier this season, but 2009.

P.S. I realized during the game that Kirk Cousins is the fucking fuck from Michigan State who threw the Hail Mary against the Badgers back in 2011. I had never made that connection before. Made me hate him even more. I hope he's injured.

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Tundraboy's picture

January 10, 2016 at 10:10 pm

Not bad. After being almost lifeless and down 0-11 and then outscoring them 35-7?. That was incredible, especially this year.

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johngalt's picture

January 10, 2016 at 11:16 pm

Why would you wish injury on someone? It's a game man. Relax

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dschwalm's picture

January 13, 2016 at 11:56 am

Hear! Hear!!

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porupack's picture

January 11, 2016 at 02:10 am

I can't relate to that wishing injury thing you posted.
The Bengals showed what your wishes might look like. How poetic justice that Bengals lost in final seconds on hot tempers and revenge.

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January 11, 2016 at 05:51 am

I was with you until the injury part

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J0hn Denver's Gavel's picture

January 11, 2016 at 11:40 am

"The game started out 0-11, finished 35-7. Not bad."

The best part was when the Redskins had that scoring play that gave them -4 points.

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January 10, 2016 at 07:56 pm

Good solid win. I was confident that if our OL played well and if we held Wash to less than 20 points we could take them and we did. Only one sack allowed and Rodgers looked sharp for the first time in quite a while. Solid running game and another strong defensive effort. Nice job by the whole team. On to AZ. Go Pack Go! Thanks, Since '61

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January 11, 2016 at 06:34 am

You are right. But I have to admit, after that sack I immediately felt as if our OL struggles would continue. but fortunately, Tretter settled down after that, and it was all better. Remember Aikman saying in Q1, after another terrible throw, that the protection was actually good, and it remained that way :) And opening lanes for the running game in half 2 was huge.

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January 10, 2016 at 07:58 pm

If you all read the game blog right after I said the Packers are going to get rolling , they scored on their next 5 possessions , keep the faith . Live another week. Nobody wants to see the Pack get rolling.

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Tundraboy's picture

January 10, 2016 at 10:12 pm

You did. I doubted but you were right.!

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pacman's picture

January 10, 2016 at 07:59 pm

At least they salvaged a little pride. I was almost ready to turn it off after the first few possessions.

Sorry, just no comparison between Wash and Ariz.

AR finding Adams in the end zone was his best throw in a LONG while. (Detroit does not count).

Pretty sure Lacey is pretty banged up.

Still saw WR's sitting in coverage dancing nowhere.

I'll be hoping against Arizona. Anything can happen. But I'm not betting anything. Too many injured.

Why no throws to Quarless?

Keep hope alive. 1 week at a time.

This bears repeating:
Just no comparison between Wash and Ariz.

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Oppy's picture

January 10, 2016 at 08:26 pm

I thought the pass to Cobb in the end zone was a greater display of prowess than the Adams toss- Adams was open in the corner, just had to get it over the defender. Cobb's was a toss through somewhat of a window.

I don't even know if Quarless even saw the field today..?

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January 10, 2016 at 08:41 pm

He was for at least a play, I saw him.

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January 10, 2016 at 08:58 pm

I like Quarless. I would have liked to see him get more PT after his reinstatement/return from IR. I don't know if he'll be a Packer next year, but off-field stuff aside, he had a horribly trying year than nobody should have to endure, and I wish him the best.

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January 10, 2016 at 10:22 pm

He played really well as an inline blocker today. I think he actually blocks better than some give him credit for. I feel he had a quiet game, but his role was important.

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January 11, 2016 at 12:58 am

I saw RR throw a couple of nice run blocks, both downfield. As someone who has criticized RR for his blocking, I try to keep track of him. He has taken some baby steps as a blocker.

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January 10, 2016 at 08:01 pm

I love that Mashed Potato Mikes Applebees menu blew away in that gusty wind and Arodge called everything at the line in the hurry up. They didn't have to wait for the play to come in and waste timeouts. Taters Mike had the personnel flowing in and out and Arodge read the defense and the O- line found some rhythm as well as the WRs. The defense and ST were solid as usual.

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Tundraboy's picture

January 10, 2016 at 08:28 pm

Applebee's menu LMAO. I did notice it disappeared for a while. Coincidence?

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ray nichkee's picture

January 10, 2016 at 08:02 pm

I didnt check the stats but on tv it looked like tretter had a better day than pro bowler trent williams did today. Id still rather have bakhtiari in though.

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Oppy's picture

January 10, 2016 at 08:02 pm

This upcoming AZI game will be more than just business, it'll be personal.

Post game locker room speech from HC Arians:

something to the effect of, 'okay guys, be humble and respectful of the Packers when you talk to the media about this win, so they don't have bulletin board material when we see them again in the playoffs, because there butts are still going to be sore from the ass whipping we gave them today"

THat's not the exact quote, but it was something like that, he was mic'd up.

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TommyG's picture

January 10, 2016 at 08:06 pm

-it was hard being surrounded by skins fans in the cave. The view from those seats sucks and the fans were obnoxious.
-this fan was obnoxious when the stadium started to empty with 12 minutes remaining.
-those seats we ended up in were great!
-seriously though, AR struggled with those rainbow throws he used to make look easy.
-the oline looked pretty good all things considered.
-pounding that ball took all the energy out of the Redskins players and FedEx field.
-dang that was a lot of fun!
-Arizona is beatable if our line plays that way, our WR catch like that, if AR throws just a smidge better, and the defense keeps up its assault.
-1.5 hour drive home here we go!

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January 10, 2016 at 08:18 pm

"seriously though, AR struggled with those rainbow throws he used to make look easy."

He used to have a receiver who could get to the spot...that and those receivers weren't double and triple covered. Glad that he adjusted and played to move the chains a little more this week.

It was really good to see this team converting third downs for a change.

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Oppy's picture

January 10, 2016 at 08:29 pm

Look, I'm not trying to rain on the happy feelings, but are you seriously attempting to deny that Rodgers was overthrowing WR's deep all day long today?

It's okay to make observations that are critical of AR.. He was missing the deep accuracy today. It's okay. He had an otherwise great outing for the most part.

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porupack's picture

January 11, 2016 at 02:31 am

Oppy,
I've been very defensive of AR since the critics came out enforce. I think his performance was more symptom of many other problems, not a cause of offensive problems.
But either way, whether cause or effect, this game proved me your point about AR accuracy issues remain, b/c in this game MM created lots of variations in play and formations, the Oline provided sufficient protection, the running game was sufficient (barely), and WRs did get separation, and hung on to their catches.

So yes, to your point....AR missed some clear deep targets, but still had good game.
If MM continues with creative game strategy, and Oline is healthy next week and opens up a respectable run game, AR will probably improve his sync with WRs and all stats should improve further.

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Dan Stodola's picture

January 11, 2016 at 03:07 am

Rodgers was 1-8 in the 1st qtr, then started 7-8 in the 2nd. The difference was the wind. He had some difficulty w/ throws that were in the air a little longer. The one to Cobb in particular. Its tough to have to adjust for the wind.

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Oppy's picture

January 11, 2016 at 05:42 pm

Packers racked up 141 on the ground, averaging 4.4 YPC as a team (including Starks, Lacy, Cobb who all averaged close to 5 YPC and Kuhn and Rodgers). They did well enough on the ground.

Rodgers had a very good game. The best he's had since the bye week in terms of throwing the ball. You can eliminate scheme, routes and drops- just watch Aaron Rodgers throwing the ball, not the result of the play. Rodgers has thrown the ball for the last 10 weeks far below his standard. Today, after the first quarter, he was throwing the ball noticeably better than he has in a long, long time. More zip, more accurate (with exception to the deep balls), getting it out of his hands more quickly at the top of his drop, better decisions.

I guess it doesn't matter to me if you choose to believe that Rodgers hasn't been a contributing factor to the offensive woes or not. However, the information suggesting he was is all there on film. He hasn't thrown the ball very well this season. I hope he continues to throw it like he was yesterday.

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Nerd's picture

January 10, 2016 at 08:20 pm

I thought the wind may have been a significant factor, especially in the first quarter.

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jh9's picture

January 10, 2016 at 08:10 pm

It was great to see the offense resemble the offense we’ve seen over the last four years.
All Packers fans should enjoy this win. However, I thought we found something after we beat Dallas this year, too.
For me, I’m happy to have another game to look forward to but I’ll start to get excited if we play against Arizona as well as we played against Washington.

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Oppy's picture

January 10, 2016 at 08:33 pm

What you are saying is more than fair, and I am inclined to agree.

However, the big difference is in the attitude.

We whooped Dallas, and Rodgers reacted like a brooding teenager who just got grounded. You would have thought we lost the NFC Championship game to the Bears after watching his post game presser.

Today, Rodgers just seemed like he had a huge weight lifted off his shoulders. He had fun. He seemed upbeat post game. He was rallying the troops during the game. I've NEVER seen Rodgers so interested in vocal leadership before.

I think there is reason to be optimistic about the offense right now. We may or may not win this saturday, but I actually think there is more reason to believe the offense has turned the corner than there was after the Dallas game.

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jh9's picture

January 10, 2016 at 08:59 pm

I hope you're right, but I also remember the Miracle in Motown this year too when Rodgers almost cried tears of joy while being interviewed on the field right after his Hail Mary completion to Richard Rodgers. I thought that game might be a turning point also.

I feel like I've been emotionally burned one too many times this season. However, if we can play against Arizona like we did against Washington and win that game I swear I'll run to my closet and pull out my green and gold pompoms!

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Oppy's picture

January 10, 2016 at 09:13 pm

DET was completely different- the offense played like garbage all game long, there was no continuity, Rodgers was still barky and not throwing particularly well all game, it was a brief moment of amazing followed by a lot of outpouring emotion. I did also feel like it was momentum that could be a turning point, which clearly didn't pan out.

Today was a near complete game, excluding the first Q. The energy was different, even (especially) on the field. You are correct, we won't know for sure until next week if it bleeds over or not, but I do think there are some solid signs it may.

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dschwalm's picture

January 13, 2016 at 12:02 pm

Most times a poor team will make you look good.

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January 10, 2016 at 08:11 pm

Anyone here calling for MM's Head, doesn't know football. He's a Great Coach. I wish I could explain it to you. The last thing this team wants to do is get rid of MM or James Jones. I'll say it again. Let's trade our #1 next year for Joe Thomas. Tretter did a Great Job today, but we can use him somewhere else, Just My Opinion. LVT

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January 10, 2016 at 10:14 pm

He left Kuhn in at critical times. Seeing Kuhn and Lacy chipping Tretter's man was refreshing to see. Tretter did ok, but it was nice that McCarthy didn't just leave him on an island. I do agree that he plays the center position really well.

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Tundraboy's picture

January 10, 2016 at 09:13 pm

Gut reactions

I hated that first Q for so many reasons until they held them to FG. Thought for sure being on 1 yard line Skins would score.

D was outstanding.

Rollins and Randall can cover and tackle.
Hayward can't and doesn't want to or know how.

Tretter blocks on Starks run stood out as did he.. Great to have a game where nobody had clean shots on Rodgers from that side.

Great to see them hold Skins to only 18 at the end.

Great to see Raji make a play and showing emotion

Perry played a great game especially when it mattered.

No blatant ugly performances.

And there were more positives as well, more than there is room to list. Just saying that is a pleasant change.

Enjoy it all.

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Oppy's picture

January 10, 2016 at 08:35 pm

I thought Hayward had a kinda outstanding game today.

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Idiot Fan's picture

January 10, 2016 at 08:42 pm

Bah, you beat me to it!

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sonomaca's picture

January 10, 2016 at 08:52 pm

Make that a triple.

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

January 11, 2016 at 01:04 am

I wrote it above: Hayward had a nice day, particularly tackling.

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Amanofthenorth's picture

January 11, 2016 at 03:58 am

I'll make it a Gorman Thomas four bagger The man was everywhere he needed to be.

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Idiot Fan's picture

January 10, 2016 at 08:42 pm

I've been hard on Hayward this year, but I actually thought he played a real solid game today. Best I've seen from him in a while.

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Tundraboy's picture

January 10, 2016 at 09:44 pm

Guess I don't like how he tackles, or maybe it was seeing how much better Rollins is at it.

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January 10, 2016 at 09:48 pm

Yep.

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J0hn Denver's Gavel's picture

January 11, 2016 at 11:56 am

Did you watch the game? Hayward played GREAT. Probably his best game of the year, man.

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Tundraboy's picture

January 11, 2016 at 06:05 pm

Upon further review. I was wrong about Hayward yesterday.

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Nerd's picture

January 10, 2016 at 08:22 pm

Nice to see Datone Jones back out there!

Anytime this team has a neck injury I just assume their career is over until confirmed otherwise.

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RCPackerFan's picture

January 11, 2016 at 06:41 am

I was very happy to see him out there.

I thought during the game it looked like a stinger. Looks like that was probably what it was. At least I'm assuming that.

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Bugeater's picture

January 10, 2016 at 08:22 pm

I think Cobb's performance was so much bigger than anything that will show up on a stat sheet. Courageous would be an understatement. Just inspiring.

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January 10, 2016 at 08:23 pm

Arz a completely different bird than DC. But They are not unbeatable. They could either be extremely peeved after the Seattle game, or be over confident after beating us.

A-Rod was much more accurate today but still not in the zone. Still, if we get that attitude and confidence that goes with a laser focus, we have more than just a shot.

Hope D-Adams is OK. Good to see him getting over the mental hurdle last two games. Good to see Abby in there making plays too. Don't know Rollin's status, he and Randall are both money draft picks showing it these past few games with Shields on the sideline. Great play Gunter! Will be great to see how these guys progress in the off season.

D-Line making some push there today. O-Line, great game.

Hey, just plain fun to watch again. No matter what happens next week, this week they came to play and live to fight again. Golf will have to wait at least one more week...

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January 11, 2016 at 06:52 am

The biggest thing to remember in our first match up against Arizona was we started Barclay at LT, and lost Bulaga in the game. Also our other OL got hurt in the game as well...

Arizona is beatable, as Seattle proved. Also Green Bay was in the game until Rodgers threw that horrible INT in the endzone. What would have been 10-3 at half ended up into 17-0 at half. And then a fumble on the next drive turned it into a 24-0 within a minute of the start of the 3rd quarter. Add in 2 fumbles returned for TD's by the Packers offense, created a blow out.

I expect a much better showing this week.

Rodgers finally found some Rhythm. He cut it loose and trusted his WR's to make plays. Something he really hasn't done lately.
And look at the fun he had yesterday. A fun Rodgers is an exciting Rodgers, and dangerous Rodgers.

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chugwater's picture

January 10, 2016 at 08:24 pm

Love these rookie corners. Gunter came in and we didn't miss a beat. TT got three winners in last years draft.

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DrealynWilliams's picture

January 10, 2016 at 08:39 pm

I'm proud of that guy. His time will come. Gotta stay down to come up.

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Oppy's picture

January 10, 2016 at 08:40 pm

I could be wrong, but I think Gunter went undrafted, largely due to his world-record worst combine showing ever. When he ran the 40, they didn't use a stop watch, they ran to a diner and grabbed a bottle of heinz ketchup, turned it upside down, and counted how many plops hit the ground.

At any rate, yeah, they scored big time on CB's this season, Gunter included.

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Idiot Fan's picture

January 10, 2016 at 08:43 pm

Yep, he was undrafted. Here's to hoping they can pull off a similar feat with LB in the 2016 draft...

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January 10, 2016 at 08:52 pm

I think Hayward will be let go because of the depth provided by these three.

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January 10, 2016 at 09:09 pm

He's a playmaker, I don't think he'll be let go. If anything - he might price himself too high and force the Pack to end pursuit .

One thing is for sure, the depth is great for the long run. Casey won't be a for sure starter next season.

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January 10, 2016 at 09:11 pm

Agreed. He's this year's Davon House.

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Dan Stodola's picture

January 11, 2016 at 03:21 am

I like Gunter and think he has a future, but he was beat clean on that play and was saved by a bad pass that was about a full step late. A good throw there and the WR has a BIG gain. Gunter made a nice diving play to break up the pass, but he was beat in a bad way. Poor throw and decent recovery play by Gunter. Overall not a great play by any means.

Thompson hit it big time at CB in the draft tho, no doubt about it.

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January 10, 2016 at 08:38 pm

I can't wait to watch this film

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DrealynWilliams's picture

January 10, 2016 at 08:40 pm

Am I the only one that thought, "it's only a matter of time until Hayward jumps a route and take it back for 6"?

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4thand10's picture

January 10, 2016 at 08:57 pm

No, I've been thinking that and waiting.

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Idiot Fan's picture

January 10, 2016 at 08:50 pm

What I loved about this game was that it was a solid team win with lots of guys making little (and big) plays.

I do wonder though why it took them so long to remember that they were playing the 31st-ranked run defense.

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sonomaca's picture

January 10, 2016 at 09:03 pm

The pass opened up the run in the second half today. Washington's pass defense is poor, although they played pretty well today.

After weeks of watching the Pack try to run the ball early, I think the best chance is to start with the pass. If Adams can't go, that's going to hurt, though.

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porupack's picture

January 11, 2016 at 02:38 am

Totally Agree. Sometimes MM tried too hard to run on 1st and 2nd downs. Loved the pass on first play.

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GVPacker's picture

January 10, 2016 at 10:08 pm

Yea their D is nothing to write home about but I believe they were 6-2 at home this season, just sayin.

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