Packers Periscope: Week 2 vs Minnesota Vikings

Taking a look at Sunday's matchup between the Packers and the Vikings. 

Will it be the Packers or Vikings that find success through the air first during their week two matchup?

Last Sunday, Minnesota ran through Atlanta’s defense for 172 rushing yards and three touchdowns. That meant their franchise quarterback Kirk Cousins only had to throw the ball 10 times. 2018 was Cousins’ first season in the NFC North and he tied Green Bay early on and then defeated them later in the year. In those two games, he managed to have a field day on the Packers, throwing for 767 yards and seven touchdowns.

According to Green Bay’s veteran defensive back, Tramon Williams, the team wanted to force Mitch Trubisky to “play quarterback” in their week one contest in Chicago. Will the Packers defense want to do that against Cousins given his recent success against them? Then again, forcing Minnesota to run the ball means running back Dalvin Cook could have himself another big day like he did against the Falcons.

Mike Pettine’s defense is walking tall though after a dominating performance featuring their new additions. The Packers new pair of outside linebackers Preston Smith and Za’Darius Smith combined for eight tackles, 2.5 sacks, and six QB hits. In the secondary, rookie Darnell Savage had himself a nice debut with some explosive plays on the ball. His partner in crime Adrian Amos then sealed the game with his interception in the end zone.

“We got a defense,” said a grinning Aaron Rodgers after the game.

Yes, they do, and the team probably hopes it will be good enough to shoulder the load for the first month of the season. That should be enough time for Matt LaFleur to get his offense churning.

Sure, they did not look good against season opener but the Bears have one of the best defenses in the league. Rodgers did have a huge pass to Marquez Valdes-Scantling that led the Packers to the game's only touchdown. If that never happened, then we would of have had a completely different storyline coming out of week one, but it did. Yes, Green Bay’s offense finished with 213 yards but a win is a win even when it isn’t pretty.

Postgame, Rodgers promised his coach he would play better, however, it will be more difficult than just turning on a switch. At points, the offense was dysfunctional and there were times when you even questioned if they would get the snap off. Sound familiar?

Minnesota does not have Chicago’s defense but they aren’t a bunch of slouches either. The Vikings picked off Matt Ryan twice and limited Julio Jones to 31 yards on six catches.

If Green Bay wants to come away with a win on Sunday they may rely heavily on the run game. Something they failed to do last Thursday. Aaron Jones is a breakout candidate this year but he was held to 39 yards on 13 carries against the Bears. This Sunday, the team will need more from Jones and the rest of the offense. 

At this point early in the season, the Packers offense will probably take progress even in small doses.  

 

 

Brandon Carwile is a Packers writer who also enjoys watching and breaking down film. Follow him on Twitter @PackerScribe.

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Old School's picture

September 12, 2019 at 12:20 pm

I anticipate a move towards the mean.

Minnesota rushes for less than 172. They throw more than 10 passes. Their opponent doesn’t gift them four turnovers.

Packers score more than 10. They give up more than 3.

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Old School's picture

September 12, 2019 at 12:21 pm

Drat.

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September 12, 2019 at 12:38 pm

No more field days for Mr. Cousins. Those days where the opposing quarterback has their best performance of the season against us are over.

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Samson's picture

September 12, 2019 at 01:38 pm

Agree completely... GB's "D" last season gave Cousins his gaudy numbers. -- The "D" in 2019 is a completely different animal. -- More size, speed & better options. --- Cousins will be licking his wounds after the game & looking at his 1-1 record.

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Lphill's picture

September 12, 2019 at 12:58 pm

Rodgers must have better protection that will be the key to victory, on the other side I think Cousins is going to see a lot of pressure unlike he has seen from a Packers defense.

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Old School's picture

September 12, 2019 at 01:00 pm

Over the last four years, Cousins has been a top tier QB along with Brees, Ryan, Rodgers, Brady, Wilson....

Wins, passer rating, TD passes.....Cousins is probably one of the better QBs we’ll face this season.

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Old School's picture

September 12, 2019 at 01:59 pm

I love it when people downvote facts.

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Coldworld's picture

September 12, 2019 at 02:20 pm

Opinion as far as I can see (but no down vote)

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Old School's picture

September 12, 2019 at 03:15 pm

Coldworld, these are facts, but don't take my word for it, do the research yourself.

Go to www.pro-football-reference. Go to Player Season finder. Enter in the search parameters of 2015-2018 (last four years). Enter "rank by passer rating" or "TD passes" or "completions" or whatever.

You will see the same six or seven guys at the top of every ranking: Brees, Brady, Ryan, Rodgers, Cousins, Wilson, Rivers.

On a direct comparison with Aaron Rodgers, Rodgers has one more TD pass over the last four years. Rodgers has won 6 fewer games than Cousins. Rodgers QB rating over this time is 98.2; Cousins is 98.1. Cousins has completed more passes, and has a higher completion percentage.

https://www.pro-football-reference.com/play-index/psl_finder.cgi?request...

IOW....over the last four years, not only has Cousins been one of the top tier QBs (fact, not opinion), his metrics are pretty similar to Rodgers in quite a few ways.

Cousins is a good QB. But again, look it up for yourself....don't just take my word for it.

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September 12, 2019 at 09:54 pm

OS...good points but the difference is can he and/ or has he done in pressure situations? I think not.

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September 12, 2019 at 11:31 pm

Cousins is probably top third to maybe top 10. He is a good QB. His TD% rate is 17th between 2015 to 2018. In today's NFL, TD passing is the driving force behind offenses. AR is 6th, which includes two QBs with less than 500 attempts in Mahomes and Watson (true for Cousins as well). It also includes two of AR's worst years, 2015 and 2018. In 2015, AR had no real WR with Nelson out, Cobb and Adams hurt and with butterfingers. James Jones was washed up. In 2018, AR had Adams and a bunch of #3/#4 WRs.

AR is fifth in differential between TD% and INT% between 2015 and 2018. He has a very good 4.08 points in differential, despite an abysmal 2018 and the subpar 2015 year. Cousins has a 2.8 percentage point differential, good for about 15th over that time frame.

Supporting offensive personnel is always an issue.

2015: Jackson, Garcon, Crowder, J Reed. 10th pts.
2016: Desean Jackson, P Garcon, Crowder. 12th pts.
2017: Crowder, V Davis, Grant, Doctson, 16th pts.
2018: Thielen, Diggs, Rudolph. 19th pts.

Cousins didn't have bad O-lines in Washington, but they were not good ones, either. He certainly had a bad O-line in MN last year. It is hard to separate QB quality from WR/TE/RB and OL quality in support. 10th, 12th, 16th and 19th in points isn't enough. GB was 1st, 5th, 8th (injured a half-season), and 1st from 2011 to 2014, and 15th, 4th, 5th (through 5 full games), and 14th in points scored from 2015 to 2018. What's clear to me is when AR has a reasonably good WR corps and OL, he puts up elite points. AR's TD percentage was 6.6 and 6.7 percent in 2016 and 2017, which are excellent numbers. His 4.9% and 4.2% in 2015 and 2018 are subpar for him, and would rank 15th and 26th between 2015 and 2018. 25 TD passes ain't gonna cut it in today's NFL, though.

I'd put Cousins a full tier below AR, myself, and I've been known to "nitpick" AR.

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September 12, 2019 at 02:23 pm

Cousins sucked last year. If he was elite, Washington would have kept him. He’s middle tier IMO. He’s certainly not as good as Rodgers, Brady, Brees, Watson, Jackson, Mahomes, Ryan, Wilson, Brady, Ben, and even Foles. He’s competent but hasn’t done anything in the playoffs and is vastly overpaid IMO.

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Old School's picture

September 12, 2019 at 03:25 pm

Sucked? A higher passer rating, a higher completion percentage, more TDs, and more wins than Rodgers. But somehow, Rodgers is a top QB and the guy who had a better season sucks. OK. I'm sure that makes sense somehow, but I don't see it.

One more time: Over the last four years, Cousins has been a very good QB, one of the better ones in the league. He compares very similarly to our own Aaron Rodgers.

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Since '61's picture

September 12, 2019 at 03:51 pm

Cousins numbers are good but we should keep in mind that Rodgers has missed 11 games during the last 2 seasons. That is probably why Rodgers has won fewer games than Cousins. I'm not sure but I don't think that Cousins has missed any games. That would explain why Cousins in close in wins and TD passes.

I also noticed that you managed to leave out that Cousins has thrown 46 interceptions during 2015 - 2018 and Rodgers has only thrown 23 over the same 4 year period. Rodgers TD/Int. ratio is nearly 5 to 1 while Cousin's is 2.4 to 1 during the same 4 seasons. Again this is with Rodgers missing 10 games in 2017 and one game in 2018. I don't mind comparing QBs but at least be fair about it rather than picking and choosing stats to attempt to make one player look good (Cousins) and another look bad (Rodgers). Use the facts fairly not selectively. Thanks, Since '61

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Samson's picture

September 12, 2019 at 04:00 pm

You mean some who post here are using selective stats?? --- LOL.
It's unfathomable why "solid" Packer Fans would want to denigrate their players & team in the name of their so-called perceived reality.

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Old School's picture

September 12, 2019 at 04:30 pm

Didn’t I mention Rodgers has been a top tier QB?

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Old School's picture

September 12, 2019 at 04:29 pm

Since 61.....I’m kind of under the impression that we all know Rodgers is very careful with the ball. Is it really necessary to include that in every post?

He has missed games and Cousins hasn’t....that somehow diminishes Cousins?

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Since '61's picture

September 12, 2019 at 05:06 pm

No it doesn’t diminish Cousins but it would be more accurate to state that Cousins has 6 more wins but has played 48 games while Rodgers has played in 37 games over the same 4 seasons.

Also the number of picks and TD/Int ratios are legitimate factors in any comparison. Yes, we know Rodgers is careful with the football, while Cousins averages nearly one pick per game.

Also Cousins has played in one playoff game during the 4 seasons covered. The Redskins lost that game to the Packers. We know who the Packers QB is? Beyond that Rodgers has played in 5 playoff games and the Packers are 3-2 in those games. Losing in OT in 2015 because Capers had a rookie CB covering one of the best receivers in the league in OT. The other was a total mismatch against Atlanta with most of the Packer starters on IR or playing injured including Jordy and Rodgers thanks to 16 consecutive games without a bye week. (Stupid NFL)

I know that it has become very trendy to blame Rodgers for all of the Packers problems for the last 2 seasons plus for the offense performance against the Bears last week even though Rodgers played only 6 games in 2017 and played nearly all of 2018 injured. That’s OK, we can blame him for the miserable defense and STs the Packers had as well during those seasons, not to mention their excellent backup QBs. But in doing so we should try to remember that he single handedly carried this team to the playoffs every season between the 2010 SB win and the NFCCG in 2016. Just trying to be fair. Thanks, Since ‘61

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Old School's picture

September 12, 2019 at 05:56 pm

Since 61. I blamed Rodgers for nothing. I made the point that they have very similar numbers over the last four years, and they do.

And no, Rodgers didn’t single handedly carry anyone. Nick Perry recently pointed out how good his receiving corps had been. You are being unfair to the many good players who have helped us win games. Woodson. Crosby. Sitton. Nelson. Jennings. Many others.

Also, your count is off on Rodgers. He started 7 games in 2017 and 16 last year. He’s missed 9 games in the last 4 years and been knocked out of the game twice.

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September 12, 2019 at 08:55 pm

In 2017 Rodgers was knocked out of the Vikings game during the first quarter. IIRC it was on the Packers second offensive series. In 2018 IIRC Rodgers was also knocked out in the first quarter of the Lions game (Week 17).

While he may have started those 2 games it’s not fair to claim he played those 2 games. That is why I did not count them. If he made it into the 3rd quarter or later we could say he played in those games.

If we expect Rodgers to win games by only playing in the first quarter we will need a new way to measure the results. Maybe extrapolate the first quarter over the full 4 quarters. That would certainly help the league with player safety. On the other hand think of what it will do to the FFL leagues.

As for being unfair to the other players we all watched how well the other players did in 2013 and 2017 without Rodgers when he was injured. They went a combined 5 - 12 - 1 in games without Rodgers. In 2018 when Rodgers missed playing time the Packers were outscored 51-0 while Kiser played, enough said there. I understand that football is a team game but the problem in Green Bay has been that Rodgers has been the team for the last several seasons. Finally this season he may have a defense that can hold up their end.

You like to bring up the fact that the Packers were a good team because they made the playoffs for 8 consecutive seasons. How many of those seasons do you think they reach the playoffs after 2010 without Aaron Rodgers?

Which QB should the Packers have traded for or drafted after 2010 who would have been better than Rodgers with the same roster he had from 2011 to 2018? Maybe Cousins? Or your other hero 2bitsky?

I understand that you and others are not happy with Rodgers as our QB. That’s fine, you are entitled to feel that way. But I doubt if you can justify another QB who would play better than Rodgers with the roster GB has had since the 2010 SB win.

Is he the same player he was up to the 2014 NFCCG? No, at least not consistently. Time, hits and injuries take their toll. But he can still play effectively. And as I have posted numerous times, If everyone on the roster played their position as well as Rodgers, even now and last season the Packers would be undefeated SB champs.

We’ll see how this season plays out. I’m rooting for Rodgers to finally get some help so that he doesn’t need to carry the offense, defense and STs like he’s done for several seasons. Even I know he can’t do it any longer. Maybe a few games, but not into the playoffs and beyond any longer. He shouldn’t need to, it’s just not a reasonable expectation. It never was but he did it for a long time. Thanks, Since ‘61

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fthisJack's picture

September 13, 2019 at 07:40 am

the six more wins for Cousins is deceptive. Last year the Packers were robbed of a victory because the refs thought we were too hard on little Kirkie. It should be only 4 more wins. Also, Rodgers was playing on one leg most of last year. If the defense can put pressure on Cousins Sunday, we'll see how elite he is.

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Demon's picture

September 12, 2019 at 04:40 pm

61 He has never fair in his picking stats . That has been my point all along. Nevermind the FACT he doesnt watch the games or isnt smart enough to understand what he is watching.

Anyone who would put Cousins in the top tier of QB's just isnt very smart. And that is also a FACT.

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Old School's picture

September 12, 2019 at 05:46 pm

Dude... I included the link so you could do your own research. I said “don’t take my word for it”. I said Rodgers is a top tier QB. Even a moron like Demon Samson should be able to figure it out.

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Old School's picture

September 12, 2019 at 05:56 pm

You are so full of shit..

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Demon's picture

September 12, 2019 at 07:50 pm

Hmm Werent you going to come to the Eau claire/Chippewa falls area so i could call you a dumbass to your face? DUMB ASS

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Hematite's picture

September 12, 2019 at 06:47 pm

Demon, you sound like a dumb ass to me, getting all tight ass and threatening over a football board.
This is supposed to be for fun dude.
IMHO you should be banned!!

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Demon's picture

September 12, 2019 at 07:30 pm

You havnt seen what that clown has said He suggested that himself. I was just reminding him of it. Forgive me dobber.

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Old School's picture

September 12, 2019 at 08:41 pm

Be careful what you wish for.

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dobber's picture

September 12, 2019 at 07:08 pm

This is enough.

Can't you guys just agree to ignore each other? We're better than this.

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Jonathan Spader's picture

September 12, 2019 at 07:37 pm

Can we trade Demon for Kizer?

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Old School's picture

September 12, 2019 at 08:40 pm

Dobber.....this POS lies about me, maligns me, and insults me. I’m damn sure not going to ignore that. Actually, I’m going to be a lot more aggressive in attacking his hero because I know it bothers him so much.

So for all the people that come here to discuss football....this is the way it’s going to be unless he stops his shit.

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fthisJack's picture

September 13, 2019 at 07:45 am

Seems to me that you are the one with diarrhea of the mouth so slow your roll dude.

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porupack's picture

September 13, 2019 at 09:42 am

<<<<61 He has never fair in his picking stats . That has been my point all along. Nevermind the FACT he doesnt watch the games or isnt smart enough to understand what he is watching.>>>>>

Demon, this would be offensive to anyone let alone fellow fans, and you really started personal attacks on OS. This is distasteful. Your first two sentences were fair. The rest was immature. Please stop provoking. It isn't very...… well....(smart?).

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Gort's picture

September 13, 2019 at 02:43 pm

Cue the "watchers"

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jannes bjornson's picture

September 12, 2019 at 08:00 pm

Did he take them to the SB? No. If you want to get into the pff stats me'lange you have to dig deeper and determine the opposition. Cousins has one of the best deep balls in the game, but he won't beat anybody in crunch time. Herr Zimmer went all Bronko Nagurski last week in the shipwreck by the River. I think Pettine gets in his head early and often this week. He's not working the deep middle against Dis and a couple of third stringers like Brice and Whitehead.

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September 12, 2019 at 08:01 pm

Dix

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Rak47's picture

September 12, 2019 at 09:39 pm

Did you post the fact that cousins has a 450. win Percentage against teams 500. or better? And that he's feasted on bottom rung teams and defenses to obtain his stats? I don't call that elite.

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Old School's picture

September 12, 2019 at 10:35 pm

What is Rodgers win % against teams over .500? Last year, he had one win against winning teams, and he lost to the Rams, Pats, Vikings and Bears. That's a .200 win percentage. Isn't otherwise than .450?

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fthisJack's picture

September 13, 2019 at 07:49 am

How does a one legged man fair in an ass kicking contest? your stats are apples to oranges.

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Old School's picture

September 12, 2019 at 10:36 pm

What is Rodgers win % against teams over .500? Last year, he had one win against winning teams, and he lost to the Rams, Pats, Vikings and Bears. That's a .200 win percentage. Isn't otherwise than .450?

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September 12, 2019 at 01:01 pm

In my opinion, I don't think the game-plan will really change.

We need the run game to produce and set up easy passes on play action (Easier said than done), offensive line must show continuity to open up running lanes, and only then can I visualize Rodgers working his magic slingin' the pig skin around the field.

Lotta pieces need to fall in place if we want to score TD's Sunday but I predict an improvement overall.

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dobber's picture

September 12, 2019 at 01:17 pm

I think the game plan on defense changes pretty significantly. Cousins isn't going to run like Trubisky, but he's not quite the statue that Peyton Manning was, either. Whatever the case, the Packers won't be playing to contain on their pass rush. That changes a lot.

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September 12, 2019 at 01:32 pm

I should have stated the game plan on offense specifically:

I agree with you, they really need interior pressure to get Kirk's eyes off his targets downfield and force him scramble around frantically instead. Can't let him be comfortable in the pocket.

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Gort's picture

September 12, 2019 at 03:08 pm

Even slow QB's have legs and can gain a few yards.
A few yards can move the sticks.
Contain is everything. Lose contain = lose the game.

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September 12, 2019 at 04:21 pm

Very fair, Gort. When Cousins breaks contain, he's going to move laterally to throw, not look upfield to run. I think we see more pressure up the gut from the Packers than we saw last week. I don't think the Packers will be shadowing Cousins like they did Trubisky on obvious passing downs, either. That extra defender to rush the passer, drop into coverage, or attack the screen/flat pass will make a big difference.

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Gort's picture

September 12, 2019 at 05:03 pm

This year (admittedly it is a SMALL sample) the defense looks different. They didn't lose contain vs. the Bears = 10 / 3 victory.
Lose contain just about anywhere in that close game and the result could have been very different.

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September 13, 2019 at 10:30 am

This unit is both quick and fast inside the 5 yard contact zone. It's still early, but this defense may overmatch most of the O lines and WR groups they meet. This group (if they stay healthy) could be as good as the Bears. (expect for the LB positions, and that is a choice the Packers made vs DB/hybrid types.)

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September 12, 2019 at 08:03 pm

Move the RBs into the flats in the passing game to set up the run and loosen up the front for the queens. With Hughes and Alexander expected to not play, spread them out and let Rodgers do his thing. Attack them, Do not play into their hands.

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September 12, 2019 at 01:15 pm

It would help if this was a national Prime Time game as Cousins shrinking in them certainly would help the Packer offense look better as like last week..kudos to the Bears offense for the help.
I'll take the Vikings in a hard fought game...23-20

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September 12, 2019 at 01:21 pm

GOPACKGO. Just win

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albert999's picture

September 12, 2019 at 01:24 pm

They have to do better than what happened against the bears
First quarter, 13:45: 3rd-and-10
First quarter, 8:51: 3rd-and-10
First quarter, 4:09: 3rd-and-5
Second quarter, 8:20: 3rd-and-5 (converted)
Second quarter, 6:19: 3rd-and-6
Second quarter, 1:54: 3rd-and-7 (converted)
Second quarter, 1:00: 3rd-and-4
Third quarter, 11:45, 3rd-and-15
Third quarter, 7:27: 3rd-and-15
Third quarter, 0:17: 3rd-and-17
Fourth quarter, 8:04: 3rd-and-4 (penalty)
Fourth quarter, 6:05: 3rd-and-12
Fourth quarter, 1:50: 3rd-and-5

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September 12, 2019 at 01:55 pm

Giving this a dislike proves ' Facts Don't Matter.'

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Coldworld's picture

September 12, 2019 at 02:21 pm

Or it implies context does perhaps?

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September 12, 2019 at 07:55 pm

Wish I give more than 1 like. Lack of perspective clouds judgement.

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Gort's picture

September 12, 2019 at 03:15 pm

Looks like a copy and paste not credited to the author.
That might cause some votes.
The others might be to show displeasure with last week's performance.
Either way, I did not vote.

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September 12, 2019 at 11:44 pm

Context matters, but GB has to do better than that.

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jannes bjornson's picture

September 12, 2019 at 08:11 pm

Your sampling is a bit limited. Inductive logic from the panic squad.

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September 12, 2019 at 01:54 pm

The game's at Lambeau.
The Vikings won only 3 road games in 2018 (3-4-1).
The mini-bye will benefit the Pack.
The Viking "D" is not da Bear "D".
Whoever wins the TO battle probably wins the game.
The Packers rarely turn the ball over.

Can't see the Pack doing anything else except vaulting to 2-0.... I'll publish a few 'crow preparation recipes' for the naysayers Monday AM.

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September 12, 2019 at 03:18 pm

Some crows can get pretty big and probably taste like chicken!

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porupack's picture

September 12, 2019 at 02:01 pm

I see a much tougher game against Minnepo than against Chigo. I suppose Minnepo will switch it up this week and attack through the air if GB focuses too much on Dalvin Cook and a run game. Minne has set themselves up perfectly to fool GB by showing game of tape on a run-heavy game, now have options to strike fast through the air, or go run heavy again.

But then again, GB hid their offense last week, and might have a plan to fool Minne with quick strikes out of nowhere. Who knows.

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BoCallahan's picture

September 12, 2019 at 06:16 pm

Porko,
I’ll take the Packo’s D any day over Minnepo’s pass or run offense!

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September 13, 2019 at 08:01 am

Its a small sample but i think GB's D is a tad better than what the Falcons put on the field. The focus this week has to be to stop the run. Let the Vikings become a one dimensional offense and make Kirk beat you....which i don't think he's capable of doing. He is not that good under pressure and the Packers will bring it.

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September 12, 2019 at 02:14 pm

Need to use the slot position more for quick slants on first and second to avoid the third and longs

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September 12, 2019 at 03:25 pm

Is this a Packer site ? I see a lot of people that seem to be wishing ill will on the green and gold, so they can say I was right or I told you so. These are not the same ol Packers.

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Samson's picture

September 12, 2019 at 04:05 pm

"These are not the same ol Packers".

Statement of the day....
It's going to take awhile for some to realize this.

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Lare's picture

September 12, 2019 at 06:09 pm

But it appears some fans here are the "same ol fans"

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September 12, 2019 at 08:14 pm

Dash has many noms des plumes.

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September 12, 2019 at 03:47 pm

I see people/fans passionate about pointing out things to improve on
Not every comment is gonna smell like a rose and it’s good for debate
I can see positive in it al good and bad

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September 12, 2019 at 03:47 pm

GO PACK GO

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Lphill's picture

September 12, 2019 at 03:52 pm

Yes 4thand1 haters have infiltrated this site because it seems they saw all the changes in Packer land and are afraid as they should be , the Bears and Vikings did not change much from last season, pressure Cousins and he will fail , the Packer run defense is much improved so it can be a very frustrating game for the Vikings, these are fans that pray for injuries to Packers , that pretty much sums up Viking fans, what really kills them is after the Vikings the next most popular team in Minny is the Packers even over the Twins this I know because I work with US Bank most of their executives are from Wisconsin.

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Rebecca's picture

September 12, 2019 at 06:34 pm

This is actually very poetic. The use of commas instead of periods gave that sentence a hiphop cadence. Very cool!

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September 12, 2019 at 06:44 pm

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Big gar's picture

September 12, 2019 at 04:00 pm

This game will dictate the rest of the season. Pack wins by 10

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albert999's picture

September 12, 2019 at 04:02 pm

I agree
10 sounds like a good double digit win

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Ryan B Dub's picture

September 12, 2019 at 04:05 pm

Good luck to Cousins when he throws the ball more than ten times. Atlanta is a diving team. Matt “Ice” Ryan is really dwindling. Week two the Vikings should be afraid. Green Bay should be slightly afraid if Bakhtiari can’t play due to injury, or if Rogers wants to hold the ball forever. Should be a great game with the Packers winning it. Still early in the year with a lot of ball game left. Sure wish the Packers had better running backs. Aaron Jones lacks durability and the ability to shed tackles. The two Williams runners are better suited as is Vitale to hammer it out for a smooth ride to victory.

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Samson's picture

September 12, 2019 at 04:10 pm

Aaron Jones needs to touch (run or reception) the ball 8-10 times in the 1st quarter alone against the Vikes. ... He needs to get started early in this game & run late to kill the clock.

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jannes bjornson's picture

September 12, 2019 at 08:17 pm

Let Adams do his thing and score points. They are not great in the deep middle. The safeties can be taken with the long ball. Bhaktiari was playing with pain against the Bears. Hopefully he can make it go.

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dobber's picture

September 12, 2019 at 04:26 pm

The trend for the Falcons in recent years has been to struggle offensively on the road.

The Packers need to do a better job of holding the edge against the Vikes than Atlanta did. Cook beat Atlanta to rip off several big gains off tackle last weekend.

If Diggs is still dinged, that's a bonus for the Packers--he has a history of being a shadow of his normal self when he's not 100%, although I expect the Vikings to feature the TE this week until the Packers show they can take it away.

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Demon's picture

September 12, 2019 at 04:52 pm

Ill take the Packers at home 27-17

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albert999's picture

September 12, 2019 at 04:54 pm

I think the Pack should go after Dez Bryant
He’s looking really fit and sharp in a few training videos I’ve seen and he’ll be ready in October and he’ll come cheap
Great receiver

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albert999's picture

September 12, 2019 at 04:55 pm

He’s also made it known he’d like to play in Green Bay

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TheBigCheeze's picture

September 12, 2019 at 05:01 pm

"He’s also made it known he’d like to play in Green Bay"------since when?....last I heard, he didn't want to be in GB.....

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albert999's picture

September 12, 2019 at 08:07 pm

Since today Bleacher report article

Although Dez Bryant doesn't expect to return to the field until mid-October, the free-agent wide receiver is drawing interest on the open market.

ESPN's Josina Anderson reported Thursday on NFL Live she had spoken to Bryant's trainer, who said "some teams have been expressing interest" in the three-time Pro Bowler.

Anderson added Bryant has the New Orleans Saints, Green Bay Packers, Baltimore Ravens and Carolina Panthers atop his wish list.

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TheBigCheeze's picture

September 12, 2019 at 04:59 pm

go pack!!!......don't just beat the queens.....BEAT THEM UP!!

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PAPackerbacker's picture

September 12, 2019 at 06:49 pm

I look for Rodgers to have a much better game than he did against the Bears. And the Packers D is for real. I don't anticipate the Vikings running for as many yards as they did last week, forcing Cousins to throw more. The concerns I have for the Packers is the OL and protecting Rodgers. This could also be one of those games where a special teams play will decide the outcome. Or maybe a defensive score will be the deciding factor of who wins this game? I'd love to see Savage get his first pick 6 of his career:-) The teams know each other well. This may very well go into overtime. At any rate it will be a hard fought battle. I hope the Packers come out on top and go 2-0. Go! Pack! Go!

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Tundraboy's picture

September 12, 2019 at 08:00 pm

Is it game day yet? I can not wait!

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Since &#039;61's picture

September 12, 2019 at 08:48 pm

Don’t rush it Tundra. Time goes fast enough and I’m not getting any younger but I am still looking for the rewind button. Thanks, Since ‘61

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Tundraboy's picture

September 13, 2019 at 09:27 am

Yes sir. I look at my three sons and every time I do Im trying to find the pause button at least.

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murf7777's picture

September 12, 2019 at 10:02 pm

It’s interesting to me how some make definitive statements on any team based on one game. It’s the NFL = not for long!

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albert999's picture

September 12, 2019 at 11:42 pm

Is Baktari playing Sunday?

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dobber's picture

September 13, 2019 at 08:17 am

Starting to look like a game-day decision.

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fthisJack's picture

September 13, 2019 at 08:08 am

24-20...Packers.

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ILPackerBacker's picture

September 13, 2019 at 11:49 am

Old School

You seem to like research and IMPLY you are fair.

Add another line to your BS story. Go back to what you did for Rodgers and Cous and add a line for the other packer QBs who played. Instead of immediately whining think a bit about why different players showed SO BAD with the same team mates you praise and the same coaching.

3 shut outs in nine games. That is the difference between Cous and Rodgers. how many games were shut outs pitched at teams where Cous was at but didn't start/finish the game?

Since I think you are a troll I doubt you will do this as simple as it is

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alex's picture

September 15, 2019 at 01:43 am

Yep

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