Packers Need Some Heat in the Cold

The Green Bay Packers return home this week and host the Carolina Panthers.  Sunday's game was flexed to the late afternoon slot, a 3:25pm local time start.

The high temperature in Green Bay is expected at around 32 degrees with lows possibly down into single digits.  The late start won't make things any warmer so this is officially the first cold game of the year.

The Packers, coming off of one of their worst efforts for as long as I can remember, need to provide the heat this week.  For themselves and for their fans.

After the dud in Los Angeles, fans took to any medium available to them to express their disdain and concern for the team.  Despite Green Bay still being atop the NFC North and having lost only two games, that performance was apparently enough for panic to set in.  Iceberg, right ahead!

Packers players and coaches admitted, they didn't show up prepared to play.  Between the timing of the trip, the travel out west and some cryptic comments about how some players prepared themselves, it was apparent that this week got away from the team.

With this one game ahead of the much-needed bye week, the Packers can't afford another clunker.

The Panthers come in with a 5-3 record and having just placed their starting quarterback Cam Newton on season-ending injured reserve.  Backup Kyle Allen (who grew up and played his high school ball in Scottsdale, Arizona just blocks from yours truly) will take the reins the rest of the way.  With the team not having missed many steps since Allen took over, Carolina is a very hungry team.

The Packers won't likely be sleeping on the Panthers but despite being five-point favorites at home and in the familiar cold, it's far from an easy win.  This past Sunday hopefully reminded the Packers that they need to be present throughout the entire week of preparation and absolutely for at least 60 minutes on Sunday.

Since we know most of them read our work here at CheeseheadTV, I'll add in that I hope they're all staying off of social media this week.  It truly is amazing how panicked Packer nation gets after one bad (OK, really bad) performance.  If up to some of them, Davante Adams would be on another roster and Aaron Jones would call plays.

Every season has a moment or a few moments that everyone points to years later as a key to that team's success.  2010's win over the Vikings and Brett Favre, 2014's win over the Patriots, 2016's win in Philadelphia to start the table run.  Get a win this week and come out and surprise the currently undefeated San Francisco 49ers in two weeks on the road and the Packers can do exactly that.  

Head coach Matt LaFleur said he was out coached.  Love the accountability but will love even more to see an appropriate response one week later.  Despite his unprecedented early success, this week poses a major test for the new head man.

The warm southern California sun didn't work for them last week.  It. Is. Time. .for the Packers to make the Frozen Tundra of Lambeau Field all theirs this Sunday.

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Jason is a freelance writer on staff since 2012 and also co-hosts Cheesehead TV Live, Pulse of the Pack and Pack A Day podcasts.  You can follow him on Twitter here

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Handsback's picture

November 06, 2019 at 01:42 pm

Are the Packers contenders, which I think they are, or pretenders? We will find out this week.

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Tarynfor12's picture

November 06, 2019 at 02:03 pm

It will take more than a loss this week to conclude the Packers are pretenders for the playoffs but couple that with a loss after the bye to SF and the fires will be seen through the smoke possibly being noticed now.

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Hematite's picture

November 06, 2019 at 01:49 pm

After watching the Green Bay Packers shit the bed against the Chargers I find it hard to believe that they will have a bounce back game against the Panthers.
I'm afraid that McCaffrey is going to eat our non tackling defense alive.
Come on guys, don't shit the bed on your home field!

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albert999's picture

November 06, 2019 at 05:43 pm

Have u shit your bed lately?

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Packerpasty's picture

November 07, 2019 at 12:36 pm

its not deer season yet in da U.P....just wait..

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RedRight49's picture

November 06, 2019 at 01:49 pm

Expect the Packers to try and set a fast rhythm offense, with quick short yardage throws to the WRs and RBs and a mix of runs.

And fully expect the defense to play with more aggression and blitz mixes against the Panther's backup quarterback.

With all the TEs on the roster its' time to see some real receiving yardage contribution from them.

Want to believe there will be far more self - discipline re costly penalties and that the Pack will be focused and eager to prove last week was a fluke.

The Pack will bring their A game and beat a good Panthers team, then re-group and re-coup in their bye week before heading into the remainder of the season!

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pacman's picture

November 06, 2019 at 03:10 pm

I expect D to play their annoying 'bend but don't break' against Panthers. They are very good but don't have the rush that SD had on Sunday so O line should be able to hold up. Even if they win, it doesn't mean they would beat someone like Chargers next time. How they play against 49ers will be the telling game. Even if they lose, as long as they make a good showing, it will be a statement.

Correction: I just checked again and they are way up there on sacks/ints. Hmmm?

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Lare's picture

November 06, 2019 at 05:05 pm

You mention Packers fans "panicking" a couple times in your article. While I haven't seen that myself I think it's reasonable for fans to be concerned about the ongoing issues the Packers have been experiencing- special teams, coverage gaps in the middle of the field, inability to stop the run, balanced play-calling, giving up big plays, etc.

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albert999's picture

November 06, 2019 at 05:42 pm

Especially when all coaches keep saying we’re gonna get it fixed and things don’t get fixed and that infuses panic

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jannes bjornson's picture

November 06, 2019 at 09:31 pm

Going on Year Eight with the same script.

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ALLGASNOBRAKES's picture

November 08, 2019 at 04:55 am

Maybe "Panicking" wasn't the correct word to use but the negativity in the comments sections on all Packers fan sites like CHTV was pretty unbelievable. Some comments just made me shake my head. I mean the Packers were 7-2, not 2-7.

BUT...I do have concerns about Pettines defense I didn't have at the beginning of the season or even after the first few weeks. Packers CB's, for the most part, are playing so far off is it really that hard to wonder why offenses are going up and down between the 20's on MP defense? They also got caught without anyone to beef up the inside alongside Kenny Clark. BJ Raji where are you???

Last week on a couple of 3rd and longs I thought I was watching McCarthy's offense again. Long throws down the sideline with a LOW % of being completed were suddenly back. I'm assuming this was Rodgers work again with an audible but I HATE those throws, especially when you are struggling to get ANYTHING going. I was also pretty shocked at how much trouble one of the BEST tackle tandems in the NFL had with Bosa & Ingram. Bulaga has been a friggen ROCK this year but I think it's pretty damn obvious Bakhatieri has some serious back issues. More penalties and sacks gave up by DB than the last few years combined.

I think the Packers will be back winning the hearts of Packers Fans this weekend again.

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albert999's picture

November 06, 2019 at 05:48 pm

Carolina has 34 sacks 1st in nfl and 12 interceptions 2nd in nfl
Heard a lot from everyone coaches and players the first 5 or 6 games about attacking the ball and they did
Haven’t heard really any of that last few games and they haven’t?
I’m not saying I’m just saying

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albert999's picture

November 06, 2019 at 05:48 pm

RUN RUN RUN AND RUN

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albert999's picture

November 06, 2019 at 05:46 pm

Turnovers really helped 49ers beat Carolina
Go get that ball boyzz!

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SterlingSharpe's picture

November 06, 2019 at 08:14 pm

We know McCaffrey will get his.
Gotta watch out for DJ Moore & Samuels.

Sidenote, last week it was fun being a huge Chiefs fan!
This Sunday night, I hope it's just as fun being a huge Cowboys fan! I live in their headquarters town Frisco, so I'm gonna watch at a local sportsbar & cheer hard for the Cows! Wearing my Reggie or Rodgers or Freeman or Collins or Woodson jersey. Or Sharpe.

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murf7777's picture

November 07, 2019 at 07:34 am

Go with Woodson cuz we need his style of play to contain McCaffrey. And he was one of my all time fav Packer.

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Jonathan Spader's picture

November 07, 2019 at 08:27 am

Grab a Randall Cobb Packer jersey.

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Handsback's picture

November 07, 2019 at 08:57 am

Dude, I live in McKinney and will be doing the same thing, but at home. Need a two game cushion entering those road games at the end of the year.

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Handsback's picture

November 07, 2019 at 08:57 am

Dude, I live in McKinney and will be doing the same thing, but at home. Need a two game cushion entering those road games at the end of the year.

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Matt Gonzales's picture

November 06, 2019 at 09:23 pm

I think we've hit that point where there's now enough tape out on the Packers new look offense and new players on defense for teams to be able to really effectively scout them and see what has consistently worked to defeat it. As MM was always find of saying (and as much as people hated hearing it), at this point it's all up to individual players to perform.

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Since'61's picture

November 06, 2019 at 09:28 pm

Packers need to run the ball and go with quick passing game. They cannot afford 2nd or 3rd and long against the Panthers pass rush.
Move the sticks chew up clock and hopefully play with a lead. Keep McCaffery off the field. When he is on the field key on him with a fast LB, maybe Burks. When he goes out for a pass cover him under with Burks and over with a DB. We need to stop the big plays and
Mc Caffery is the Panthers playmaker.

Get pressure on Allen and give him plenty of different looks. Send both Smiths from the same side, come with a CB and/or a safety but make hurry him and force him into mistakes. We're playing at home we need to take over this game and set the tone from the beginning.

MLF did well after the first loss to the Eagles, let's see how he overcomes adversity this time. This team needs one solid game before their bye and then they can regroup and recover. Thanks, Since '61

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murf7777's picture

November 07, 2019 at 07:40 am

I agree with run the ball and pressure Allen big time. I think both will happen. Possibly more important is to eliminate pre-snap penalties that put them into predictable play calling. One thought on Burks, yes he has the speed, but does he have the instincts to react to the play quick enough?

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Since'61's picture

November 07, 2019 at 08:59 am

murf7777 - good question about Burks instincts. I'm not sure if he has the instincts but I know that he is faster than Martinez or Goodson and we need someone who can keep up with McCaffery until he is picked up by a DB if he is running a pass route out of the backfield.

If we take away Allen's primary weapon and force him to go through his progressions will should be able to force him into a few mistakes. Thanks, Since '61

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murf7777's picture

November 07, 2019 at 03:48 pm

Totally agree just don’t know if burks can do it. If we do that We will get interceptions in my opinion

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jannes bjornson's picture

November 07, 2019 at 07:28 pm

Burks is soft.

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jannes bjornson's picture

November 07, 2019 at 07:21 pm

Attack the opposition at ALL levels of the playing field. That is the focus of the hybrid WCO that laFluer and Shanahan run. CAn MVS figure out where to run for daylight and create? Can a so-so D line behind Kenny Cllark show up and return to a proper Pad Level by playing LOW and clogging the Middle. MArtinez is what he is. Pettine should let him free lance and blitz, crash gaps or float, like Belichick would use him for. Pettine has him sitting like a decoy and reacting. Just like Dom.

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Max.Payne's picture

November 07, 2019 at 08:12 am

All I know is if the coach thinks the cold gives him and edge he coaching the wrong way. He should be focused on how to stop the best running back the league and the cold wont effect him one bit.

I got the Panthers winning in a romp unless they have a boner day like the pack had last week. This is a team with a lot of speed on defense and offense

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Packerpasty's picture

November 07, 2019 at 12:39 pm

the Packers have always thought that, I've been to two brutal cold games in my life, one was 5 deg at best, they lost to a warm weather team, the other game they lost to Jacksonville in a real cold game...that cold advantage isn't what its cracked up to be at all....

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November 07, 2019 at 07:24 pm

Put money on it.

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blacke00's picture

November 07, 2019 at 08:34 am

The O Line needs to come to the table for this game. The D Line needs to play with some intensity and the entire "D" needs to decide it will stop the run. If these two units do their job the Packers will win. Can they do it...not very confident.

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Cubbygold's picture

November 07, 2019 at 09:31 am

Dez Bryant looking to be a contributor, not a starter. Gute has to give him a look right?

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November 07, 2019 at 09:51 am

I like the pack at home this week, with a win heading into a bye and a huge game at San Fran. Mcaffery does scare the hell out of me with our defense though. Carolina has one weapon, one. If our defense can’t find a way to take him away or limit him we have serious maybe non playoff or one and done problems.

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stockholder's picture

November 07, 2019 at 10:23 am

1. It's to early to think about the draft. With newton out they should be able to get some turn-overs. This is a Must win.

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ILPackerBacker's picture

November 07, 2019 at 11:55 am

FUN FACT: for all the comments on DL issues the issue is really coaching. Coaching scheme and coaching approach.
DLmen via snap count average less than 2, TWO, yes 2 players per game out of 11. The non DL spot is going to help protect someone in pass coverage. Guess who?

The coach decides blake who wiffs on as many tackles as he makes is on the field. Blake is terrible in coverage....so why not take him out in passing situation. It's not like his run contribution is vital on any play but his lack of speed is a huge issue in long yardage and his repeated failures to be smart enough to drop deep enough are killing the team

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Adorabelle's picture

November 07, 2019 at 01:41 pm

Blake gets a lot of crap but this is actually a good point. On third and long what are you expecting from the middle linebacker and is Martinez the best option to be out there on the field doing it?

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Adorabelle's picture

November 07, 2019 at 01:49 pm

Last weeks game was so bad on offense that you have to just ignore it. The alternative is that you believe the Packers are indeed that bad and won't win another game this season so we don't have to worry about it. You just have to chalk up such a bad performance as a bad plan badly executed. The panthers rush well so if the Pack ends up in a lot of third and long then they will be in trouble again. So as others said its run the ball and quick passes. On d McCaffrey is going to move the ball so the key will be turnovers and stops in the red zone.

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Difer's picture

November 07, 2019 at 04:04 pm

Several different sources (e.g. LaFleur and Rodgers) have attributed the Packers' abysmal performance against the Chargers to, among other things, lack of rest. Notwithstanding the fact that the Packers are a professional football team earning huge salaries, and should know how to prepare for a game, I would urge the coaching staff to impose a mandatory nap period and curfew, so that the team will be sufficiently tested for the remainder of their games. Also, be sure to keep the pad level low.

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Packerpasty's picture

November 07, 2019 at 06:31 pm

no more getting hammered in the nightclubs of la la land for these naughty boys...

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jannes bjornson's picture

November 07, 2019 at 07:34 pm

It worked for Lambert and Jack Youngblood and Max..and....the HUg people will never get you into the winners circle.
LaFleur sent them out a day early instead of honing the game plan, just as Holmgren bought into the soft second week of Superbowl week and was ass kicked by Denver. If they want to Win, follow Belichick's model---always keep the team focused on new ideas and schemes , right up to game time---it's a Business. Do your Job.

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