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Packers Successful Hunting Buffalo – Lion Taming Next

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Packers Successful Hunting Buffalo – Lion Taming Next

Professional sports are all about never being satisfied, regardless of the result. And you don’t have to look any further than Aaron Rodgers to see evidence of that. After last week’s 22-0 blanking of the Bills, Rodgers was critical of his offense and indirectly the offensive schemes being implemented by head coach Mike McCarthy and offensive coordinator Joe Philbin. During the postgame presser, Rodgers had this to say.

"We were championship defensive level and non-playoff team offensive level today. That was not great by any stretch of the imagination. We need to find ways to get our playmakers in a position to get some more opportunities. You know, a game like today -- Davante's a tough cover for anybody, but he should have had 20 targets today. They couldn't stop him. They dared to play one-high a few times. So, we have to find ways to get him the ball and Jimmy as well."

There is no doubt that McCarthy felt that shot across his bow but was measured in his response. He gave the coach-speak reply that he and his quarterback have worked together for years and open, honest communication is helpful…yada, yada, yada. But there is truth in what Rodgers says and the numbers bear him out. The Packers are currently ranked 14th in passing yards, averaging 269 per game, and 19th in points scored with 23 per contest. Those are not the indicators normally attributed to an offense with a future Hall-of-Fame quarterback slingin’ the pigskin.

Regardless, the Packers’ offense was certainly good enough on Sunday as their defense did all the heavy lifting. Green Bay tossed Buffalo rookie Josh Allen around like a rag doll with seven sacks and eight tackles for a loss. It was the kind of day that Packers’ fans were skeptical they would have after the season-ending injury to defensive lineman Mo Wilkerson the week before. As Week 5 approaches the Packers are No. 7 in pass defense and 15th against the run. Those numbers are good but if they could play Buffalo every week they would be much better. So let’s not get too carried away with the Packers’ defense carrying them to the Promised Land. Rodgers is absolutely right, Green Bay’s offense must ignite otherwise their ticket to the postseason may get lost in the mail.

Next up for the Packers is a meet and greet with the Lions in Motown. Last season the Lions had little trouble with Green Bay, beating them 30-17 at Lambeau and then sending them to defeat again in the regular season finale, 35-11. However, there was one important Packers’ player missing in both those contests and he won’t be absent this Sunday. Aaron Rodgers is back and the man under center in those losing efforts last year, Brett Hundley, is holding a clipboard in Seattle.

As we check out this game one of our first stops is to Intertops, one of the sports betting industry’s best online sportsbooks. As of this midweek writing we that the oddsmakers are making this close to a coin flip with the Packers being tagged as 1 ½ point favorites. That makes sense as the Lions are coming off a tough 26-24 setback to Dallas and the trends are favoring the Packers in terms of covering the number this week. Consider that Green Bay is 4-0-1 ATS in their last five games in Week 5, 4-1 ATS vs. a team with a losing record, and 5-1 ATS in their last six games following a straight up win of more than 14 points.

Sunday afternoon can’t come soon enough so if you are inclined to back your opinions up with cold, hard cash then click on over and see the reviews of Intertops at Sportsbook Review and get down on the Packers to cover this small number and challenge the Bears for the top spot in the NFC North. 

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J0hn Denver's Gavel's picture

Do you think the line will move to favor the packers more right before kickoff? I'd think most bets would be packers covering the 1.5.

Royalty Free GM's picture

An exciting Lions game coming, no doubt. Can’t wait!
There is a lot in stake in the next game. Win and buddy MM keeps his job. Lose and dummy MM needs to start revamping his CV.

Since '61's picture

The time will come when MM is no longer the Packers HC. The time will also come when you will wish that MM was still the Packers HC. Then you will be posting what a terrible mistake it was for the Packers to let MM go.

For MM's part he will have another HC job, if he wants it, before he leaves the building.

These are your posts:
Ridley, Ridley, Ridley, Ridley, Ridley
Mack, Mack, Mack, Mack, Mack
Gute has blown it, Gute has blown it, Gute has blown it, Gute has blown it
MM is a dummy, MM is a dummy, MM is a dummy, MM is a dummy.
Whining, Whining, Whining, more whining, then more whining.
Whine, Whine, Whine, Whine, Whine.

That is essentially all you have said since you began posting here. Now that I have summarized your comments and your entire thought process we all know what you are going to say here. Since you have nothing else to add to the conversations it's time to go spread your "insights" on some other sites around the league. Since '61

Royalty Free GM's picture

I did not know you were such a big fan.

Royalty Free GM's picture

But I already promised you 24h. Promise is a promise.

Royalty Free GM's picture

Since since you are whining so much...

I bet MM doesn’t have the courage to be a head coach without Rodgers. OH YESS, let’s see MM get kicked out and you will see how he fades away without his safetynet, Rodgers. He doesn’t get a HC job right away, but sure I would like to see that happen, so he would reveal his incompetency as a HC and you would see it too.

You start making up stories here in this bubble of yours when you run out counter arguments. Time will tell you I am right about Ridley, Mack, Gute and MM. The difference between us is that I can admit I was wrong, but from you I will be hearing only more whining and excuses. You can now start whining more...

dobber's picture

I'm not sure if I'm starting to miss ALP and COW...

Tundraboy's picture

Cow yes. His ridiculousness,was comical at least.

Since '61's picture

This upcoming game with the Lions will be an interesting challenge for the Packers. The Lions are playing at home and they know if they lose and drop to 1-4 their season is probably over.

They are also likely working pretty seriously on their run defense. I'm not so sure that a run first first strategy will be the best approach in this game. I'm thinking that the Packers should come out with their quick passing game, hopefully utilizing their TEs, to loosen up the Lions defense for the ground game. Also, I would throw to Monty and A. Jones early in the game in space and give them a chance to break out.

Once we have a lead and the Lions off balance I would go with the ground game rotating our 3 RBs and grinding down the Lions and the clock.

Defensively, Stafford is probably the best QB we have faced so far this season. He usually plays well against the Packers. This will be a big test for our young CBs. Pettine will need to keep pressure on Stafford and force him into some bad throws. It will be a good sign for the Packers defense if they can rein in Stafford and the Lions offense and it's going to take 60 minutes of solid defense. We can't afford to take a quarter off against Stafford. Go Pack Go! Thanks, Since '61

PatrickGB's picture

Since 61, as usual you have been the sane one here. I appreciate your measured and insightful take on things. All season I have b

PatrickGB's picture

Been hoping for a better result from our tight end position. However, that has not been the case. This week our three top WRs have been hurt and may not even play. Aaron needs to be able to trust and make plays with backups. This week we need our rookies to step up. All of them. Both on offense and defense our rookies need to be ready. It’s going to be tough.

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