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Packers Daily Links: Playoffs, On The Outside Looking In

The Packers wouldn't qualify for the NFL playoffs if they started today notes Mike Vandermause of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. "The Giants (6-3) and Saints (6-3) would edge out the Packers for wild-card berths based on better records against NFC teams," writes Vandermause. The Packers have the same record as the Chicago Bears, but would lose the head-t0-head tiebreaker for the NFC North crown. But yes, as everyone knows, there's a lot of time and games left for things to change.

Newly activated rookie running back James Starks is battling with Dimitri Nance for playing time. "While Starks took his snaps with the scout team Monday during the portion of practice open to the media, Nance ran a lot of plays with the regular offense," reports Lori Nickel of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "He wasn't on the scout team at all." There's no rule that says Starks has to play. If he stays healthy and keeps plugging away, his chance may come before the end of the season.

The Packers have allowed the fewest points in the NFL says Acme Packing Company. "Also, the Packers D is tied for first in the league in INTs (14) and sacks (28), and ranks second in Defensive Touchdowns (4)," according to the article. Defensive coordinator Dom Capers' defense may have started the season a little slowly, but they're definitely building some momentum. Points allowed is very likely a better indicator of performance than yards allowed.

Recognizing the past, Mike Spofford of the Packers official website notes how the Lombardi play acknowledges Glory Years personnel director Jack Vainisi. "In the play, there’s a flashback scene from late 1958 in which Lombardi returns a phone call from Vainisi during the preliminary search for a new head coach and general manager in Green Bay," writes Spofford at

The placing of Mark Tauscher on injured reserve is contrasted with the release of Al Harris by John Rehor of Green Bay Packer Nation. "They could have made a similar decision with Harris, keeping him on the roster to teach the younger players some of the nuances of playing cornerback in the NFL, being a positive influence in the locker room," writes Rehor. "Instead, they rehabbed him until they decided he could not contribute any more and sent him on his way. Harris voiced his displeasure on his way to Miami and both teams moved on. Do I think his release had somewhat to do with his reduced role with the team? Absolutely. Do I also think it had something to do with a perceived poor attitude? In light of how Tauscher was handled, absolutely." A key difference could be that Harris wants to play this year while Tauscher may not have that option.

In light of accusations that the University of Wisconsin "ran up the score" on Indiana this past weekend, Packer World Central applies that reasoning to the pro game and the Packers. "Miracles happen, and one almost happened for Detroit," according to the post. "The Packers held a comfortable lead in the earlier game in the season, but Detroit came back within two points. In the NFL, where any play can suddenly become a fumble recovery or a pick-6, a team in comfortable control of a game must maintain that control at all costs. Sportsmanship does not mean sacrificing your control of a game, as comebacks like Detroit's are always possible. Of course, a team cannot play their starters in a blowout, and things like that, but those decisions need to be left up to the coaches, and need to be made in the best interest of winning the game."

Ol' Bag of Donuts hands out some mid-season awards to the Packers. makes the case for Clay Matthews as the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year.

The dangers of "looking back" are considered by Colleen at PocketDoppler.

Railbird endorsed video: Ryan Grant tells the Journal Sentinel about the status of his ankle injury...

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JerseyCheese's picture

This is a weird year for the NFL. It's funny to think we're out of the playoffs right now and this is why these next few games are HUGE. The Bears lucked out when they play Miami on Thurs because they don't even know who their quarterback will be.

Everyone thinks the Bears will show their true selves with a hard schedule remaining, but ours may be just as hard.

Vikings will be HARD, Falcons and Patriots of course, 49ers is no picnic, going to Detroit? These are some HARD games we have lined up. You can't take any game for granite because you don't know how each week will go. There are NO powerhouses this year.

The division might come down to week 17 when the Bears come to Lambeau. Wouldn't that be something?

hyperRevue's picture

"You can’t take any game for granite..."

I'm not one to point out typos, but this one made me giggle.

JerseyCheese's picture

No typo, that's what I meant to write. We have to continue to ROCK this igneous ROCK this damn division. LOL

hyperRevue's picture

haha. Glad that that's settled.

If this season has taught us anything it's that no game can be taken for granite. That said, I don't see the Bears beating the Jets, Eagles (boy did the Pack luck out with the timing of that game), Pats or Packers. That's 9-7. Throw in tough games at Miami and at Minny and 8-8 is a distinct possibility.

I mean, other than the Packers historic collapse, have the Bears beaten a team with a winning record yet?

Glorious80s's picture

The Pats just put on a clinic on how to beat the Steeler's 3-4 defense, which is similar to Capers'.
Also, the Bears were able to beat the Favre Vikings handilly at home, something GB has had trouble with. And make no mistake, the Vikes will be primed.
These next 7 games are going to be very tough, physically and emotionally. Even Detroit is going to be a challenge.
We'll see what the Packers are made of.

WoodyG's picture

The only team they’ve beaten with a winning record is GB …. The rest are: Det. (2-7), Dallas (2-7), Carolina (1-8), Buffalo (1-8) & Minn. (3-6) …… Five of the Bears wins have come against teams with a combined record of 9-36 .... Who you have played means alot.

foundinidaho's picture

Thanks for the mention, Brian. I have to say between your Daily Links and Wally's Daybreak Doppler I don't have to search all over for Packers news - very handy! :)

rick pisaturo's picture

still alot of football to be played and we're hot right now. just have to keep up the intensity and don't take any game for "Granite", maybe pewter.

bogmon's picture

Packers continue to build momentum while the Bears have plateaued. Not concerned at all about the division (yet anyway).

If it comes down to Bears vs. Packers on Jan. 2 for the division then I fully expect Jay Cutler to commit to failure as usual.

The only thing that concerns me at this point is having to face Mike Vick in Lambeau in the playoffs...and as an Eagle no less...that combination doesn't bode well for the Packers...historically speaking.

Chad's picture

That would be one crazy game.

bogmon's picture

which one?

Chad's picture

Yes. ;-)

WoodyG's picture

As good as Vick looks at this time, his odds of being able to play come playoff time diminish everytime he runs with the ball ...... He's an injury just waiting to happen ..... He's played 5 1/2 games, has 44 rushes & has been sacked 15 times ..... If Andy Reid doesn't curtail his running by throwing the ball away on occasion, Vick will be on the sidelines watching the playoffs ..... That's his history.

jack in jersey city's picture

that's weird. i saw a graphic on the nfl network on sunday that showed green bay would make it as a wild card. i guess they messed up. it looks like the bears will be about 9-7 at the end of the season so we can only afford to lose 3 more games.

Tarynfor 12's picture

Winning the first of two road games is a must and this one will be even more so.We don't need a two game losing streak at this point.

PackersRS's picture

"A key difference could be that Harris wants to play this year while Tauscher may not have that option."


JD's picture

If the Packers can go 4-3 at the least in these last 7 I think they are in the playoffs and probably even the division. Got to win the 3 home games and get 1 maybe 2 of the road games.

PWC's picture

Thanks for the link, Brian. :)

thepretzelhead's picture

The Bears? Are you kidding me. If they win more than one more game I'm buying pints at (insert location).

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