Hello Wisconsin: Nothing Taken for Granted for This Year’s Packers

It hasn't been easy for the Packers this year, but that could be beneficial.

We’ve reached the home stretch for the 2021 Green Bay Packers.

Coming out of the bye week, the Packers have a fast finish. Five games and a little help needed to get a second consecutive #1 seed. And after that… who knows.

Last year at this time, I was starting to get Team of Destiny vibes from the Packers. In fact, we’re right around the one-year anniversary of the team’s stunning takedown of the Tennessee Titans, a team most predicted would run all over the Packers.

After that blowout win, it felt like a Packers Super Bowl berth was inevitable.

Of course, I don’t need to spend any time revisiting what ended up happening after that.

This year, there’s been no “team of destiny” vibe from this team at all. Nothing has ever felt fortuitous or charmed about this iteration of the Green Bay Packers. Nothing has come easy. 

Instead, this team has had to fight hard for everything it’s achieved so far this year. There have been few blowouts, and nowhere near as many 30-plus point performances. The quarterback isn’t putting up video game numbers, the offense isn’t firing on all cylinders, and the team has had to deal with a massive onslaught of injuries that it largely managed to avoid through most of the 2020 season.

Perhaps this is exactly what the Packers needed to go through to finally get back to another Super Bowl.

We’re going to find out a lot more about this team over the final five weeks of the season, plus however many games lie ahead in January. But I know this much–this is the most scarred, battle-tested Packers team I’ve seen entering the playoffs in over a decade. They’re not finishing the year with a lot of hype. But they’re playing tough, winning football. 

They’re tackling well, playing hard-nosed defense and continually finding role players to step up and fill the gaps in the absence of all-pros.

I think after last year I’ve given up trying to read tea leaves and no longer believe in the idea of a “team of destiny.” Because all it takes is one shitty game to wreck everything.

But I will say that there’s a grit to this team that has been lacking for quite some time. And no matter who they end up playing in the postseason, and regardless of whether they end up with the number one seed… I like their chances.

Buckle up, folks.

Wisconsin Beer of the Week

I frequently talk about how winter is stout season, but it’s really just dark, malty beer season in general. Recently Lakefront Brewery put out a new porter that is just perfect for the season, with a clarity and crispness that makes it drinkable, but a roastiness and flavor that makes it comforting on a chilly day.

The beer is Baltic Fire, a baltic porter with a bit of a twist. This cold-fermented beer features flavors of molasses, toffee, toasted almonds and vanilla. There’s a lot of complexity of flavor here for a beer that is so drinkable.

At 6.8% ABV, this isn’t a heavy hitter at all, so it’s quite versatile. I drank one with some pizza the other day, and could see myself sipping it while sitting next to the fireplace.

As always, Lakefront makes its beers pretty widely available across the state, so if you’re interested you should be able to easily find it at your local liquor store of choice. Strongly recommended for people who enjoy ambers, porters or lighter-bodied stouts and want to try something new.

And if you’re in the Milwaukee area, be sure to hit up Lakefront’s brewery and fish fry at some point, and don’t forget to order the cheese curds!

A chance to clinch the division once again

Depending on what happens tonight in the Vikings/Steelers game, there’s a chance the Packers could be playing for their third consecutive division title on Sunday night.

The Packers need a loss from the Vikings to be able to clinch this week, otherwise they’ll need to wait until at least next week to clinch the division. There are other ways the Packers can clinch a playoff berth this weekend without a division title, but they’re more convoluted.

I was doing a little bit of digging the other night, because I was wondering how many coaches in NFL history had started their head coaching careers with three consecutive division titles. I was only able to find a few instances since the merger: Ted Marchibroda with the Baltimore Colts, Chuck Knox with the Los Angeles Rams and Marty Schottenheimer with the Cleveland Browns.

All of these coaches were solid coaches, but not Hall of Fame guys, so there’s not any real crazy precedent here to discuss. But it is still a pretty notable accomplishment for Matt LaFleur, once the Packers finally clinch the division.

LaFleur’s intradivisional record has been outstanding. He’s still yet to lose to the Lions or the Bears. And the divisional race really hasn’t been close since he took over the reins.

It’s just one more little factoid that showcases how much LaFleur seems to be taken for granted and overlooked on a national level. He’s probably still not even in the race for Coach of the Year, which is just remarkable.

Around the NFC North

Here we go once again around the NFC North leading into week 13.

-The CHICAGO BEARS continue to spin the wheel of quarterbacks, and Justin Fields now gets his first start at Lambeau Field, and it comes with the Bears all but eliminated from postseason contention. Matt Nagy is basically a dead man walking at this point, but you never really know, I suppose–-perhaps the extension is coming! But then again, maybe the Packers deliver such an embarrassing beatdown that the Bears decide to pull the trigger on Monday.

-The DETROIT LIONS are finally winners! All it took was a game against the greatest losers in the National Football League. There were so many times where it looked like the Lions had completely thrown the game away, but give them credit, they pulled it out in the end and got a victory in the clutch. Believe it or not, this was the first victory in Jared Goff’s NFL career without Sean McVay–a stat that is just unbelievable when you consider he’s now on his third NFL head coach. Now if the Lions aren’t careful they’ll lose the number one overall pick. Better get back to losin’. 

-The MINNESOTA VIKINGS are a soulless, pathetic excuse for a franchise and there is nothing better than watching them lose in embarrassing fashion to the worst team in the league. The only thing emptier than the Vikings’ trophy case are Kirk Cousins’ statistics. Mike ZImmer is going to get fired, the Vikings are stuck with Cousins for at least another year or two, and the Vikings have little to celebrate other than Justin Jefferson.

The band is (maybe) getting back together

Earlier this week, Matt LaFleur hinted that Za’Darius Smith, David Bakhtiari and Jaire Alexander could all be inching toward making their returns. Then the big news on Wednesday was that Jaire practiced with the team for the first time since Octoberr, a huge step toward a potential return.

As of Wednesday, since Alexander practiced the Packers had 21 days to either take him off injured reserve and put him on the 53-man roster or shut him down for the rest of the season. 

Getting Alexander back would be  huge for a defense that already has a secondary playing quite well. It will be fascinating to see what sorts of decisions the team makes with their personnel if/when he returns.

The popular solution I’ve seen floating around Twitter is to keep Eric Stokes and Rasul Douglas on the outslide and to play Jaire in the slot. This is a fine solution to me–Jaire is going to excel wherever you put him, and it beats having Chandon Sullivan or Kevin King on the field instead. 

This means King and Sullivan hit the field only in certain situations or in dime coverage, and you can keep your best three cover guys on the field for the bulk of the game.

Alexander is probably not the player of the three potentially returning All Pros who is most needed, but boy would he still manage to make a big difference in his return. 

I’ll be at the game this weekend!

This weekend will mark my fifth time watching a Packer game live, and my first time watching the Packers play against the Chicago Bears and my first Sunday Night Football game.

I’m very excited to soak in the energy all day long! I’ve never really had an opportunity to enjoy the experience before, as usually I drive up and then have to head to the stadium right away. THis time, though, my friend and I will have a really nice chunk of time before the game so we can really experience the excitement surrounding the stadium.

I’m 4-0 in attendance at Packer games. My four experiences:

  • Minnesota Vikings, 2000 (He did WHAT?!)

  • Detroit Lions, 2011 (Matt Flynn game)

  • Minnesota Vikings, 2016 (Christmas Eve,  Jordy goes off)

  • Detroit Lions, 2019 (Packers win on Crosby field goal as time expires despite never leading in regulation)

I knew I had to take this opportunity to get to a game while Aaron Rodgers is still a Packer, as who knows when his last game with the team will be. Ticket prices dropped a fair amount over the last few weeks so I had to jump on it.

It’s going to be a cold one, but I am very excited to be at Lambeau in primetime for the third time, and to be able to witness the latest chapter in the NFL’s most historic rivalry in person.

Nothing beats a tailgate brat

Since I’m heading up to the game this weekend, I’ve been reflecting a bit on tailgate foods and which ones are the best. And to me, there are certain foods that are just amplified in a tailgate setting.

For example, a brat always tastes better at a tailgate even than in a backyard cookout. I can’t explain it, and I know it doesn’t make sense at all. There’s just something about the tailgate vibe that makes brats significantly better than usual. Especially when there is sauerkraut present.

Something else that tastes way better at a tailgate: Miller Lite. Now, this might surprise some of you, but I actually don’t consider myself a beer snob. I may be passionate about my craft brews, but I don’t sneer at people who like the cheap macros. You like what you like. Like I wrote the other week, for me sometimes a High Life just really hits the spot, especially at a dive bar.

But Miller Lite at a tailgate just hits different, man. Especially on a cold day, where you barely even have to keep it in a cooler. It just tastes like football. Perhaps it’s something left over from my college days, living right in the shadow of Camp Randall and cracking cold ones at 8 in the morning for the 11 AM games. 

So my question for you today: are there any foods you can think of that just inexplicably taste better in the tailgate setting?

The prediction

Come on now. The Packers are not going to lose this football game. Forget the bye week blues, forget the fact that it’s a divisional game. This is an awful Bears team with a poor quarterback situation, a terrible head coach and a defense that no longer is capable of carrying this team to success.

If the Packers lose this game they should be completely, utterly embarrassed. But they won’t.

Packers 31, Bears 13

 

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Tim Backes is a lifelong Packer fan and a contributor to CheeseheadTV. Follow him on Twitter @timbackes for his Packer takes, random musings and Untappd beer check-ins.

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Coldworld's picture

December 09, 2021 at 06:55 am

I do not want my best boundary corner playing inside. I especially do not want this if he’s nursing a shoulder. On the odd play it’s an option, but this notion is otherwise a poor one.

If all CBs are healthy, the default line up should be Alexander and Stokes on the perimeter. Douglas would be my choice in the middle. While he lacks long speed, he’s very good in short areas and has plus ball skills. As importantly, he’s bigger than Alexander and our best tackling CB by some way. Playing in the middle requires one to be adept in run support and to take on TEs.

King would be my first back up corner at all positions against most opposition, with Sullivan the 5th corner. I accept that Yiadom may get the nod over Sullivan due to his role on special teams. This may be particularly likely now Cobb has a core injury. Almost certainly that means an expanded role for ESB, who has stepped up on STs recently.

Core injuries are debilitating, unless it is very minor Cobb may be out for a while and limited on return, if he indeed does return. Sadly, that’s been the story of Cobb for the last 5 years. Fingers crossed, but it’s a legitimate possibility that we don’t get much more from him based upon that designation.

I love your excitement over going to chilly December game at Lambeau. Right or wrong, one hasn’t fully experienced Lambeau in my mind till one’s spent a day and game there in December in the open air, breath steaming and Bears bleating will make it even better.

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TheKanataThrilla's picture

December 09, 2021 at 07:15 am

Totally agree at not wanting Alexander inside. Bears are going to run the ball and I don't want Alexander and his natural instinct to go in and help make tackles while he is still on the mend.

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dobber's picture

December 09, 2021 at 09:10 am

I tend to agree on your Alexander comment (keeping him mostly on the outside). Douglas would have a physical advantage over smaller slot WR' and can match up with TEs. Stokes could very well play in the slot, too, if Douglas isn't a good match for that spot or doesn't fare well there.

"Core injuries are debilitating..."

...and they don't often get better with rest. They're often a surgical problem.

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jurp's picture

December 09, 2021 at 09:22 am

RE. Cobb's injury - I think we've seen the last of him in Green Bay, unfortunately :(

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Guam's picture

December 09, 2021 at 09:51 am

Agreed Jurp. Unfortunately Cobb has been injury prone in GB and that is the reason he was let go the first time and will be the reason for the second time. $7 million is a lot for a guy that can't stay healthy and isn't a major contributor when he does play.

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LambeauPlain's picture

December 09, 2021 at 02:28 pm

I agree Alexander the Great needs to play on the boundary. Slot is a cover/tackle job and I believe Douglas is a round peg in a round hole there. Why play the All Pro recovering from a shoulder in slot where he will be hitting twice as much?

Sully over Yiadom as 5th CB 100%. Yiadom is awful at CB.

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NickPerry's picture

December 09, 2021 at 07:11 am

This season has been pretty special thus far. This team has more HEART than any Packers team I've seen since 2010 and if they win the SB this year, they may be viewed as having more. The players injured this year are not just some of the Packers best, but some of the best in the entire NFL at their positions. Let's hope they all return for the playoffs!

I was checking out some grades on PFF this morning and one that surprised me a bit was AJ Dillon's. Dillon is PFF 4th ranked RB in the entire NFL. Aaron Jones was ranked 12th giving the Packers the highest ranked backfield in the NFL. I know there's some who viewed Dillon as a wasted pick, but I for one am happy as hell Gute made that pick. The ground game travels ANYWHERE but it's especially effective in the cold. Starting this weekend IN THE COLD, I can't wait to watch what I hope is the fist of 8 straight wins AFTER the bye with a HUGE dose of the Jones & Dillon show.

MLF will probably never get the respect he should as long as Rodgers is his QB. IMO LaFleur and his staff have done a MASTERFUL job of negotiating a season filled with injuries to ALL PRO players. Making it even more impressive is the Packers 9-3 record without Rodgers having video game numbers. While Rodgers deserves credit, so do the other 52 players on this TEAM. IMO we're just getting started to gel as a team. This offense is ready to explode and can beat you ANYWAY you want to play them. They can finesse you or punch you right in the mouth both offensively and defensively. That's a great way to be able to play heading into the playoffs. Hopefully we get Brady at Lambeau and knock him the F### out!

It starts this weekend...Packers 34 - 13 and it's not even that close!

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dobber's picture

December 09, 2021 at 09:18 am

'This team has more HEART than any Packers team I've seen since 2010 ..."

LaF's teams so far have been pretty resilient--always bouncing back after losses--but this is the first of his teams that feels like it has more attitude and personality. More physicality, especially on defense, which usually spills over to the rest of the team. We've tossed the words "finesse" (you did later, but not in this context) and even "soft" here for a long time. I don't think either of those terms applies to this group.

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jurp's picture

December 09, 2021 at 09:27 am

I don't think MLF will ever truly get the credit he deserves because he's not coaching in a major market, not coaching on one of the coasts, and has a laid-back persona. None of these make for exciting national news for ESPN, Fox, CBS, etc.

The only reason Joe Namath is in the HoF is because he was gregarious, good-enough-looking, knew how to work the press, and smart enough to make a brash prediction that he then followed through on. MLF is the opposite of that (well, he's maybe good-enough-looking given that's he's considered one of the "hot" coaches in the league).

No press = no respect

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LambeauPlain's picture

December 09, 2021 at 02:43 pm

Agree Nick! Resilient is a great adjective. And it mirrors Matt's personality. He is a positive, focused, next game, next man up, leader.

You can see that hard nosed resilience in the players too. A few: Stokes, Douglas, Barnes, Campbell, Gary, P Smith, Kenny and Lowry on D...AJ, AJD, Deguara, ESB, Nijman, Runyan on O.

The Packers under Matt have seeded a potential dynasty legacy.

13-3 as a rookie HC is a fantastic result. 13-3 in year two is a trend. This season could usher in long term excellence.

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Turophile's picture

December 09, 2021 at 07:25 am

Perhaps more impressive than LaFleur's (potential) 3rd divisional championship is his win/loss record over that stretch. Two 13-3 regular seasons and 9-3 this season, despite the injuries. La Fleur is a very strong candidate for coach of the year, imo. As it said on the T shirt Aaron wore recently - "Our coach is hotter than yours".

Looking a little deeper into the injuries, it's not so much about how many the Packers have suffered this year. The last couple of years they have been pretty healthy over the season. This year is a return to a more usual number of injuries, but what really hurt the Packers is how many of those injuries happened to the best players. Z.Smith, Bakhtiari (carry-over from last year), Jaire Alexander, Elgton Jenkins, these are all blue chip players and I haven't even counted lost games from short-term injuries like A.Jones or a loss due to covid by Rodgers.

One injury that tends to get forgotten is the injury to Tonyan. Given that Sternberger never developed and was cut, his loss was keenly felt.

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dobber's picture

December 09, 2021 at 09:22 am

I don't know where this team would be if Jenkins got hurt much earlier in the season. They're fortunate to only have to navigate a couple games before Bakhtiari comes back.

Tonyan's injury has been important because he's a bigger body who was becoming at least a willing blocker. At some point, you knew he was going to warm up, and #12 was going to start getting him the ball more. He got hurt first. They can run his routes with WR (and they have, based on the amounts of 11 personnel they've played since his injury), but you don't get the same bang from Deguara or Dafney.

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Bearmeat's picture

December 09, 2021 at 07:37 am

Green Bay has choked in January when they could or should have won it all EIGHT TIMES since 1995. They’ve sealed the deal twice.

I hope this time is different but I’m mot going to lie, 95,97,03,07,09,11,14 and 20 sucked. They hurt. Especially 07, 14 and 20.

Does this team have what it takes? I don’t know and I’m already insulating myself in case it doesn’t. Blame has been cast all around - rightly. The personnel staff, coaches, defense, special teams and (yes) QBs all deserve to get it in the ear.

Call me a bad fan. That’s fine. Just so tired of being close and not sealing it.

Tired.

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Guam's picture

December 09, 2021 at 07:55 am

I hear you Bearmeat. I am also a wary fan who would love to see another SB from Rodgers and Company, but just have a hard time with unbridled enthusiasm. I have been disappointed too many times by Rodgers' poor performances in big games to fully believe this is the year. I will keep hoping however........

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dobber's picture

December 09, 2021 at 09:37 am

January is just a different situation. Single-elimination tournaments in any sport are about matchups, injuries, and what team shows up to play that day. Basketball, baseball, hockey--they play multigame series in the playoffs because...
1. ...they want the revenue (this is the main reason)
2. ...these are sports with much shorter recovery time
3. ...in a "best-of" format, you presume that the better team will usually win out
Superior teams get a whoopin' laid on them from time to time by a weaker team that's well equipped to exploit their weaknesses...or a team that just comes to play on that day with an intensity the superior team doesn't bring. Inferior teams just aren't as inferior in the playoffs.

Whatever the case, this Packers team feels meaningfully different from 2020 and 2019--a real change from the Groundhog's Day teams we frequently ran into during the MM era. They're playing defense, for one, and they're more physical. They're getting healthier. They're deep and they've demonstrated they can win with their depth. The offense seems to be rallying from one that looked a lot like 2019 early on, to a team that's different from both 2019 and 2020.

The one thing that I'm most concerned for this team in playoff is the HC. LaF can get his guys to play, and has put together good game plans, but he hasn't graduated to a superior in-game coach, and that has cost them games. He and his staff have to move to that next level.

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Guam's picture

December 09, 2021 at 10:06 am

MLF's in-game abilities (or inabilities) is certainly an issue, but I am more concerned that Rodgers has simply not played well in the last four NFCCG's.

Barry seems to make better in-game adjustments than Pettine so I have become less concerned about our defense. MLF still struggles to make offensive in-game adjustments, but I thought he has done a little better this year than in prior years. On balance (and particularly because of Barry), I have become less concerned about the in-game problems this year.

OTOH I have no evidence that Rodgers is going to play better in the next "big game". He is a HOF regular season QB, but his post season record is not nearly as good. That will have to change for the Pack to win a Super Bowl.

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Coldworld's picture

December 09, 2021 at 11:44 am

Rodgers is what he is in terms of mental make up at this point. LaFleur has been out coached in his biggest games more often than not. It’s not just in game adjustment, it’s coming out with a winning game plan more often than not that he needs to master. His core scheme is good, but he has to get better at planning for individual critical games. If he does, and the injury gods relent, then Rodgers’ aptitude battling back from a hole won’t be as much of an issue.

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Guam's picture

December 09, 2021 at 12:30 pm

I think MLF has helped his case this year with wins over all of the NFC West teams. That is a pretty good collection of coaches and he beat all of them with an injured team. I'm not saying MLF has mastered the game yet, but I see improvement from his first two seasons. And part of that improvement is Barry. This gives me hope that he will be better during the playoff games this year.

"Rodgers is what he is in terms of mental make up at this point." It is precisely that point that scares me the most about our Super Bowl aspirations. MLF can help him with an excellent game plan, but Rodgers has to buy into that plan and execute. He hasn't in too many previous tries.

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Johnblood27's picture

December 09, 2021 at 07:49 am

Around the NFC North update...

Bi-queens - soulless shell of a franchise says it all

bares - this just in... duh bares STILL suck!

LOLions - revised season kneecap record, 1 bite! 10 gummers 1 nibble

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Guam's picture

December 09, 2021 at 01:26 pm

Love the description of the Lion's season! LOL.

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stockholder's picture

December 09, 2021 at 07:56 am

With All the pieces involved. WE still look to Rodgers. Looking around the North. We still look to Rodgers. Lets just face facts. Rodgers is the face of the Green Bay Packers. If you want to judge this team. Pull Rodgers. But we Can't. Life may go on. But this team would not be able to handle it's injuries without him. Your opportunity to get to a game while we still have him. Speaks Volumes. The DRAMA in Green Bay. Should have never happened. Rodgers is the Greatest of all Time; per Packers history. (GOAT!!) It just seems to me that if everybody believes in Gutey as they say. Rodgers will be a packer for life.

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jurp's picture

December 09, 2021 at 09:31 am

Yeah,. Rodgers' defensive prowess. is really keeping the team. Afloat. Starr was. much better leader. Than Rodgers. If everybody believes in Gutey. Then Rodgers is gone. Next year.

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Johnblood27's picture

December 09, 2021 at 05:06 pm

It must suck to be Rodgers and have all the statistical data that shows how great he has been over his entire career and yet just be the THIRD best QB of the franchise.

THIRD taking into account that nobody even considers Arnie Herber.

from Packers.com History
Herber was the first passer in NFL history to throw for more than 1,000 yards in a season, finishing with 1,239 in 1936 when the Packers won their fourth NFL title. Herber also led the league in passing in three of the first five seasons that statistics were kept. In addition to winning the passing crown in 1932, '34 and '36, he also led the league in touchdown passes in each of those three seasons.
When Herber's time with the Packers ended following the 1940 season, he held the NFL record for most passing yards with 6,741 and should have been credited with more. That total didn't account for any yardage from his first two seasons, before statistics were officially kept.

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ricky's picture

December 09, 2021 at 08:21 am

You make the Vikings out to be a pathetic laughingstock. But they beat the Packers. Then the Vikings lose to the Lions. Then again, the Lions are playing tough, hard-nosed football. They are not getting blown out in games on a regular basis. Instead, they just don't have the players to compete. Dan Campbell still has the team playing with fire and determination, even though their record is pathetic. That is admirable. Too bad the QB class coming out this year stinks. But if they concentrate on shoring up other areas of need- basically everywhere on the team- they could slowly climb into being respectable. And never, ever think a divisional game is going to be a cakewalk. Because that is when you get kicked in the shins, and an inferior team beats a much better rival.

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Since'61's picture

December 09, 2021 at 08:57 am

The Vikings are pathetic. They are soon to be 0 for 61 seasons in terms of Super Bowls. As for the Packers, the Packers beat themselves the last time the 2 teams played. It was the Vikings annual SB for them. They followed it up with a miserable loss to an 0-10 team. Very impressive.

As for the Lions they haven't won anything since 1957. This season marks 64 seasons of futility for them. Yes they play hard but it doesn't matter. Yes they could climb back to respectability but only if the rest of the league stops playing.

As for taking the Bears lightly check the Packers record against the Bears during the Rodgers era. We've all watched enough sports to know that anything can happen on any given day. However, Sunday will not be that day. Thanks, Since '61

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Johnblood27's picture

December 09, 2021 at 05:09 pm

YEAH! What '61 said!

Also, add in the Favre years to the bare dominance, Favre set the tone for what currently is an extremely one-sided rivalry these days.

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Brockrice99's picture

December 09, 2021 at 08:29 am

In 2010/2011 the Super Bowl season I was 11 years old, just had really started to fall in love with football and really starting to understand the game more. When we won that Super Bowl that night and following days were some of the best days of my life. With the team we had then and how young everyone was, I thought that was going to be one of many Super Bowl celebrations in my lifetime. Boy did I take that Super Bowl 45 for granted, because now I am almost 23 years old and the Packers are a huge part of my life and football is a huge part of my life, and these last few years have just been devastating ways to end the season. I would do almost anything to see Aaron Rodgers lead us to another Lombardi trophy and just ride off into the sunset. I hate to say it, but I would accept mediocre Packer teams for the next 10 seasons, if I could feel the happiness I did when I was 11, but multiply it by 10 because I understand football so much more now. Just bring me home a Lombardi, I can not take another crushing playoff defeat, the Packers have probably already taken years off my life, do not take any more.

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jurp's picture

December 09, 2021 at 09:37 am

I was 8 during the Ice Bowl and Super Bowl II, and 37 when the Packers won SB XXXI. Lots and lots and lots of losing during the intervening years. The losing has a purpose - it helps you learn to be less personally involved in the game, so that in-season and playoff losses matter less and are therefore not devastating. Unless you're a Vikings fan, of course - then losing just turns you into a whiny masochist.

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Brockrice99's picture

December 09, 2021 at 10:34 am

Losing definitely has a purpose, it helps you cherish the wins so much more. I want to cherish another Super Bowl, because of some of the recent crushing postseason defeats. As well as losing in the postseason (again) and losing a generational HOF talent QB at the same time would be absolutely catastrophic.

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RCPackerFan's picture

December 09, 2021 at 09:05 am

double post. its been a while since i have had that happen.

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dobber's picture

December 09, 2021 at 01:15 pm

You can say that again...

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RCPackerFan's picture

December 09, 2021 at 09:05 am

NFC North -

Bears - Its Bears week. Perhaps we can see a Bear beatdown this weekend. That is my hope.

Lions - Well they finally got their first win. 1 week after I said they probably wouldn't win a game this year.

Vikings - Losing a game to the only team that hasn't won a game all year. Not a good look for the Vikings. And I love it.

Have fun at the game!

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dobber's picture

December 09, 2021 at 09:48 am

I said the same thing about the Lions (they wouldn't win a game) after Thanksgiving. The moral of the story: never underestimate the ability of the Vikings to shit the bed.

The Bears will be game on Sunday night. Even without Mack, they're not getting run off the field. They still play hard on defense, and I think Fields will make some plays with his legs (although I'm sure he's being told not to take any hits). It's a good warm-up for this defense with Lamar Jackson waiting next week.

My expectation is that this will be closer than we think...the kind of game where it slowly creeps out of reach for the Bears, and keeps us nervous, until you look at the score in the 4th quarter and realize you're up 2+ scores. 27-17-ish.

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RCPackerFan's picture

December 09, 2021 at 01:12 pm

I remember that.
Love your moral of the story.

Honestly I think this goes 1 of 2 ways. This will be a close game. Packers go up a TD late. Or completely blow out. I can see it either way honestly. The bye has seemed to have been something that has hurt GB under LaFleur. It will be interesting to see how they do this year coming out of the bye.

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Ya_tittle's picture

December 09, 2021 at 01:01 pm

Division games usually are closer than we expect.

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LambeauPlain's picture

December 09, 2021 at 02:57 pm

The 2010 SB team and this team have similarities that are quite interesting.

Same accurate throwing field general QB, a solid D (2010 was Capers best bunch), lots of injuries to top players, and the next men up performed very well.

And both teams had solid leadership and locker room.

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