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Packers Bow in DC, Lose Wilkerson, and Welcome Bills in Week 4

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Packers Bow in DC, Lose Wilkerson, and Welcome Bills in Week 4

John Lennon sang, “Nobody told me there’d be days like these. Strange days indeed.” Well, Packers fans can relate because after three weeks of football the Packers are oddly enough, 1-1-1, and dropped a 31-17 decision to the Redskins as two-point road favorites last week after a wild 29-29 tie to Minnesota the week before.

The truth be told we could see this loss coming a mile away as the Packers were still gassed and emotionally spent after getting robbed of a victory over a divisional rival on what can only be described as a spectacularly stupid roughing the passer call on Clay Matthews. It was not only the catalyst to a Minnesota rally but sent the game into overtime which just put more wear and tear on players from both teams. If you think the Packers were the only ones affected the following week, think again because the Vikings were downright stunned in a 27-6 Week 3 loss to the Buffalo Bills as 17-point favorites. At home no less!

As if it weren’t bad enough to get spanked by the Redskins, Green Bay lost defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson to a gruesome ankle injury which will be a void that the Packers must fill immediately. Oh, and if you’re in the mood for more bad news then look no further than starting right guard Justin McCray who will be sidelined this week with a shoulder injury. While we’re at it, step on over to the surgeon’s table where you will find cornerback Davon House undergoing season ending shoulder surgery.

It’s all a bit of a mess in Cheesehead Nation but the Packers may have gotten themselves a steal with the signing of free agent cornerback Bashaud Breeland. The 26-year-old Breeland spent his four career as a member of the Redskins and then signed a three-year $24 million pact with the Panthers in free agency before it was voided due to a failed physical. It was a non-football related injury to his foot but apparently, it is fully healed and Breeland is ready to rock the green and gold.

As the Packers prepare to entertain the Buffalo Bills, the question on everyone’s mind is the status of Aaron Rodgers. After recovering from a broken collarbone last season Rodgers roared into 2018 healthy as a horse. Unfortunately, after Week 1 he was dealt a knee injury and reports are that is still feeling the effects and his status is questionable for this Sunday. Oh, come on, who’s kidding who?! You’re damn right Rodgers will play and he’ll put up crooked numbers as he always does and make the Bills cry on their way home back to Buffalo.

Speaking of their date with Buffalo, let’s see what the NFL odds boards are telling us at Sportsbook Review. According to SBR Odds, we see that most of the major online sportsbooks are offering the Packers as double-digit favorites over the Bills despite Green Bay’s recent spate of injuries. Perhaps we’re reading this all wrong but didn’t the Bills just beat up the Vikings, the same team that tied the Packers two weeks ago? Yet, the Packers are 10 ½ point favorites over the Bills who made the Vikings look like a sandlot team. Sounds perfectly reasonable to me because the Bills played their finest game of the year last week and the Packers are hell bent on redeeming themselves after a poor showing. So for all of you who like to put your money where your mouth is, get on over to Sportsbook Review and check out the odds on this and every other game on the board. 

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Rossonero's picture

Bills are also getting LeSean McCoy back for this week's game.

I'm most worried about our beat up offensive line protecting a gimpy Aaron Rodgers. With McCray out and Bulaga being limited, the Bills have to be licking their chops at the prospect of facing potentially two back-ups.

What pains me the most will be seeing Micah Hyde wearing Bills colors. Here we are, fuming over Kentrell Brice's stupid mistakes while this whole situation could've been avoided if Ted had just opened his wallet.

Royalty Free GM's picture

Or maybe Hyde is just better coached and his skills are better utilised in Bills?
Just maybe... our coaches suck. They do.

Think about what Rodgers would be able to do somewhere else with better coaches.

Nick Perry's picture

"What pains me the most will be seeing Micah Hyde wearing Bills colors. Here we are, fuming over Kentrell Brice's stupid mistakes while this whole situation could've been avoided if Ted had just opened his wallet."

Ted did open his wallet...It was just for the wrong players.

dobber's picture

Micah who?

Fordham Ram's picture

Formica Hyde

dobber's picture

If Bulaga plays, I think they can slow down the Bills' pass rush. It likely means we see more of Jamaal Williams than Aaron Jones, though (because that's how MM rolls). I don't worry about the person plugged in at RG if Bulaga plays. McCray is proving to be a below average RG and I don't think Bell or Patrick will be any worse.

Tundraboy's picture

McCray with a bad shoulder would be ugly.

Nick Perry's picture

Watching last nights game the thing that stood out to me other than the outstanding play formations and designs by both teams (Take Notes McCarthy) was the speed by players like Cook and Diggs.

How many plays did we watch a quick pass out to the left or right and watch Diggs or Cook race up-field and pick up 8, 10, 15 yards. The Packers have someone like that with that speed...MVS.

Put him in the slot or out wide and get him the ball quickly and see what happens. These are simple routes, easy catches which would actually take advantage of some of the speed Gute tried to add this last draft

Mike McCarthy....SIGH...I really believe this is his last year. I think creativity is some that is completely foreign to McCarthy.

The TKstinator's picture

I guess when they rewrote the playbook, they left out the “cool formations” section. How dumb!

dobber's picture

They referenced it based on type of plays, called it "Cool Runnings" and ended up watching an out-of-date movie about bobsledding...

The TKstinator's picture

Yah mon!

Royalty Free GM's picture

The Packers is now broken in so many ways. If there is one thing that is not broken, it is a QB.

Lphill's picture

Yes Nick we need MVS and Allison to open up the passing attack the Bills will focus on Adams and Cobb , so it's time to open up the playbook and get more speed guys involved.

The TKstinator's picture

I like speed guys.
Mostly because they’re fast.

Johnblood27's picture

In other news, bacon tastes good... pork chops taste good...

dobber's picture

I like pork chops
we ate a lot of pork chops
I still like pork chops

The TKstinator's picture

Confucius say, "He who uses karate against a pig has pork chops"

Doug Niemczynski's picture

The one thing I do not understand about
MM is his constant wanting to save plays and players. For instance, last year in the Carolina game MM finally decides to put GMO in without any real playing time during the year to build up his toughness by getting hit and defenses trying to rip the ball out. Well, MM puts him in on a crucial play the ball gets stripped. So, it didn't supruse

Doug Niemczynski's picture

sorry..dog in my phone. (continued) surprise me GMO had the ball stripped. So, now I feel McCarthy is saving M . Lewis. Three games and not 1 pass thrown to him.

NJMagic's picture

I am going to post this on both threads- but I don't understand the offensive coach criticism. In the last two games, and WAS especially, we had WR running free all over the field. Literally, every other play had someone open... But it was just missed by AR or the ball dropped or ...

Creativity and evolution are a necessity, but he clearly has done enough "tweaking" to scheme his players open and to Aaron 's strengths.

I am not a MM applogist, and could easily see this as his last year if the team underperforms, but his scheme hasn't really been the issue.

Now clock mabagem

NJMagic's picture

*management...

Spock's picture

*covfefe... :)

PatrickGB's picture

I am with you MJ, now we need speedy receivers or a stout line on the right.

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