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Go For Two: My thoughts on the Green Bay Packers 2015 schedule

Yay! The 2015 NFL schedule came out!

A few days ago the NFL 2015 schedule came out. Yay! I love any and all information about the NFL. Well, save for the unending information that is coming out of the Philadelphia Eagles headquarters. Chip Kelly is really going bat-shit crazy with his new role as the Eagles personnel manager. He now has on his QB roster: Sam Bradford, Tim Tebow, and Mark Sanchez. Although, Tim’s contract is for zero guaranteed.

Now there is talk that he is going to make a three-way trade to get Mariota.

On to the good stuff …

Here is the schedule for the Green Bay Packers.

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The first thing that jumps out to me is that we don’t have the NFL opening kickoff game. Phew. That has really stung us the last few years. There is a lot of talk about how the Packers have started the past few seasons with a 1-2 start, however that doesn’t take into account our opening games.

2014 Seattle Seahawks (NFL Opening kickoff game). GB lost in spectacular fashion in the NFC Championship game to the Seattle Seahawks. Started season 1-2.

2013 San Francisco 49ers (lost the year before to SF in the divisional round). Started 1-2.

2012 San Francisco 49ers. Started season 1-2.

2011 New Orleans Saints (NFL Opening kickoff game) Lost to the Giants this year in the divisional round. The Giants went on to win the Super Bowl. We went 15-1 this year.

So as you can see, we started the last 3 years with a 1-2 season, but we played the Super Bowl champions and the 49ers that have been our Achilles Heel the past few years.

We needed a first game break, and we got it this year. Although, we do see Seattle the second week. I don’t know that we are going to beat them this year either, however, in our favor is home field advantage. I do think the NFC Championship game would have turned out differently if we had had home field advantage last year.

Complaints: I think the NFL is over Green Bay. I do not think it is fair to have 4 back to back divisional games, especially in the middle of the season. If someone gets hurt there is no cushion. I think that is ridiculous. I also don’t love the fact that there are two Thursday games, although, we do play on Thanksgiving, as do the Lions, and the Lions also have back to back Thursday games, so at least there is some divisional fairness there.

 

Image courtesty of SFGGothamClub First thoughts on teams. Ugh. I really don’t want to have to play Seattle again, but our nemesis, the 49ers, are going to have an absolutely shit year. What idiots those losers are. To fire their coach (I don’t care what the press releases say, that was a firing), demolish their defense, and as for their offense … jeez. They have no running back. I’m not quite certain who their receivers are this year. I will say this, the Santa Clara Niners have unveiled that all the 2016 Super Bowl activities will be held in downtown San Francisco, in Herman Plaza and on Market street leading up to the Ferry Building. It is called Fan Village. Fuck you guys. We all know Santa Clara is awful. Niners – you want to move your team to Santa Clara? Then deal with the repercussions and get out of my (well, old) city. Don’t bogart the city you left. Try and entertain people in your strip malls in Santa Clara. Yeah, I’m hating, so what?

Thoughts on the division: Look, I don’t know what to say about the Bears. Jay Cutler seems to have lost the confidence of not only his locker room, but the entire NFL. The Bears just lost Brandon Marshall, which is a big deal for Cutler as he was basically the one who wanted Marshall brought over from Denver. Speaking of Denver, John Fox is now the coach of the Bears. That makes me nervous. I can’t think for the life of me why Denver let go of Fox to get … Kubiak? Overall, over 13 years, John Fox has 119 wins and 89 losses. His last 4 years with Denver he has a win record of 46 wins and 18 losses. That’s a .719 percentage. Gary Kubiak over 8 years has 61 wins and 64 loses. That’s a .488 percentage. Why on Earth would you make that trade? I think you always have to ask yourself, who are you going to get better if you let the current person go? If the answer is no one, then you stay with who you have.

Detroit is interesting this year as they have lost Suh. The Vikings are on the brink. They are teetering just at being a winning team. When I look at the GBP schedule, I do not think of the Vikings as an easy win.

The NFL Draft is coming up soon, I’m pretty excited. I still want to draft a defensive coordinator, but, from what I understand, that’s not what the draft is about. Darn it! I am looking to get a tight-end, even though Rodgers likes Rodgers. I would like more of a blocking tight-end. Mostly, on defense, we need to replace A.J. Hawk and we need a shutdown corner. That is what I would be looking for in the draft. Based on our schedule, with the Hawks, Niners, and Vikings, we need to draft someone who can stop a Quarterback from moving outside of the pocket, more specifically, making long runs like Kaepernick has done to us in years past and what Russell Wilson did to us in the NFC Championship game. You remember the play, the broken play where Ha Ha Clinton Dix was left standing there like an idiot and our outside linebacker #53 Nick Perry left his man.

Until next time!

 

 

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Go For Two: NFL week 2 games to watch

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First let me say I don’t know what is going on in a world where the Packers and the Bears are 0-1 and the Vikings and the Lions are 1-0.

This world is topsy-turvy.

Week 2 is a little early in the season to decide what “big” games to watch. It’s still anyone’s season, no matter what they tell you. However, some are still very intriguing.

What games should you keep your eye on for week 2 of the NFL?

 

 

Dolphins at Bills Sunday 1:00PM ET

The Dolphins and the Bills are 1-0. More importantly, Miami got that “W” by beating the Pats. I don’t care if it was only week one, that’s a big deal. Not only is it a win against the great Patriots, a win for the Dolphins, but a win for the Dolphins in their division. Huge.

The Dolphins had a pretty disappointing year last year. Not only did they go 8-8, but they had a huge scandal with Incognito. Week 2 will be a chance to show whether or not the win was a fluke. However, they do play the Bills, who are also in the AFC East division. If Miami comes out of this game with a 2-0 record overall and a 2-0 record in the division, that my friends is a very dynamic way to start off the season.

The Bills went 6-10 last season. The Patriots went 12-4. This AFC East division was all pretty even, save for the Patriots. That was an easy division champ win for the Patriots last year. The question after this game will be on if the Patriots will be challenged by their in-division opponents of the Jets, Dolphins, and Bills, or if, could it be, the Patriots aren’t that good this year?

I personally would never, ever count out Brady and Belichick.

Miami key players for those who don’t watch this division.

Buffalo Bills key players.

Of note,  EJ Manuel was drafted in the first round in 2013. He played college ball at FSU. On October 3rd against the Cleveland Browns, Manuel sprained his LCL. He missed 5 games of the season.

The rest of the games are kind of random now that I am looking at it. There are only 3 division games. Chiefs at Broncos and Steelers at Ravens. In fact, 8 games this week are AFC teams against NFC teams. Huh. I wonder why it’s like that?

I guess then teams I will keep an eye out for will be:

Has Jacksonville improved this year? They put the Eagles on their toes. How will the Jags fair against the Redskins? Pretty good I must imagine.

Cowboys. Wow. I will be keeping my eye on this game against the Titans as to see how Tony Romo will fair against a defense that isn’t as good as the Niners. This game will see if he and the rest of his offense are really just that bad, or if it was mostly due to the Niners.

Patriots at Vikings. I’ll really be keeping my eye on this game as the Vikings stomped all over the Rams in week one. However, simmer down Vikings fans. You beat the Rams without Sam Bradford. Let’s see how you do against the Pats before you try and claim the NFC North division title.

ESPN reports Cam Newton will play against the Lions

Lions at Panthers. Lions looked improved in their opener. Pudgy-bunny Matt Stafford lost some weight, gained an actual secondary receiver in Golden Tate, and looked to be more mobile. I’m a bit worried. However, they did play against the New York Football Giants, so again, simmer down. However, I reiterate, the Lions did look like they made actual improvements to the team, not just a lucky win.

Jets at Packers. Obviously I will be watching this one. Things I will be watching is how does Boykin do as a third receiver when he isn’t hanging out with Richard Sherman. Also, fuck Dom Capers and get your defense the fuck together. Stop a run. You will be facing this Jets offense. Get it the fuck together. As opposed to the Lions in our division, we did not look like we made any improvements to the things that plagued us last year. What was most annoying is it is the same stuff that plagued us the year before. Remember? We couldn’t seem to stop Kid-Kap and his running? Well, we can’t stop anyone on the run for the last few years and we haven’t made any real improvements to that.  Kaepernick, Lynch, Turner, Peterson … enjoy!

Chicago at Niners. Ah, two hated teams. I will be rooting for the Niners to trounce all over the Bears.

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Go For Two: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly Games Of The Week

Game of the Week:

Broncos v Patriots: Two AFC powerhouses are playing Sunday night. Denver looks fantastic. The Patriots have some weak spots. Two of the greatest quarterbacks of all time. That’s reason enough to watch. Denver will be hoping to get Welker back, but I think it is highly unlikely. Another big area of concern is that Peyton sat out practice. Maybe those injuries are catching up with him.

Good, almost The Game of the Week:

Colts v Cardinals: This game could actually be some really good football. The Colts are 7-3 and the Cards are 6-4. The Cardinals seemingly get lost in their division with the Niners, and Hawks, but they have a good record. They are one slot away from a wildcard spot. You better believe that San Francisco is keeping and eye on this game. This game intrigues me. I will be curious to see how this one plays out.

Good games of the week:

Steelers v Browns: Although both teams are 4-6, this should be a good game. Steelers are coming off of a win against the Lions and are looking to gain some momentum. This is a division rivalry. This also, sadly, could have playoff implications. 6 teams are 4-6 in the conference. One of the wildcard teams (if the playoffs started today) are 5-5. Really? FIVE and FIVE.

Cowboys v Giants: I hate the fact this division creates, even with their mediocrity, so much hype. However, the Eagles suddenly find themselves in first. The Cowboys are on shaky ground. The Giants have one four straight. If the Giants beat the Cowboys, they are tied in the division. Oh, lord.

Bad games of the week:

Bad, yes. But do they have some merit to keep your eye on the score …. debatable.

Bucs v Detroit: Only reason to watch this game is to see the magic that is Megatron. Secondly, with the Packers nearly lost to the playoffs due to their awful defense (yes, I’m absolutely giving a pass to Tolzien) this could be, gasp, the Lions year. Albeit, their year due to default. Look for the Lions to win so they can pull away from Chicago.

Ugly games of the week:

These games are so ugly. I mean, really.

Saints v Falcons: Saints 8-2 are so far and above better than the 2-8 Falcons.

Chargers v Chiefs: The 9-1 Chiefs with Alex Smith against division rival Chargers is gonna be such a bore fest. However, see the Chargers really try and win this one. Here’s why. The AFC has clear division winners save for this division. The Wildcard spots at this point are anyone’s chance.

Uh, oh – I think I might be fired.

Jaguars v Houston: No comment. Actually, I lied. Why play this game? Couldn’t they just flip a coin to see who wins and save everyone the hassle?

Titans v Raiders: Both are 4-6 and the Raiders have no hope in their division. Zero. Nadda. Again, I say flip a coin.

Vikings v Packers. Yes. I am putting my own team here. The Packers lost to the Giants. THE GIANTS. We have no defense. Honestly. I say let Rodgers fully heal up. Don’t rush him back. If you look at the teams that are heading into the playoffs, namely, the Saints, Seattle, and Niners … we can’t beat those teams. Not with our defense. I say scratch this year, fire Dom Capers, and start again. Yes. I said fire Dom Capers. I defense has been horrible for years. We tried drafting new defensive players. That hasn’t worked. We need to start looking up the food chain. We lost in 2011 in the playoffs because when our offense was slightly, slightly sluggish, our defense couldn’t help us out. It’s been like that for a few years now. You can be a good team without a great defense, but you can’t win Super Bowls. Now, this is football, and anything can happen, but at this point in the season, it looks lost. Unless we can somehow make it into the playoffs, Rodgers comes back, Cobb comes back, and our defense improves — we need to just regroup. I love my Packers and I love Rodgers. I say protect our franchise quarterback and fix things for next year.

Oh, back to my original point (did I have one?). This is an ugly game, because it’s too painful for Packers’ fans to watch us struggle to beat the  freaking Vikings. Although, I do think we can win this one, it ain’t gonna be pretty and fans will probably turn off their televisions with a bad taste in their mouth.

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Eligible Receiver Go For Two: Week 6 game of the week

Water cooler topics are the ones that the most people will be talking about this week in football. Often times I like to highlight the game of the week. The game of the week is usually the one that has the most impact standings wise, or a game that is played between the two highest skilled teams that week.

This week that game is the Arizona Cardinals at the San Francisco 49ers.

Unfortunately, the game most people will be talking about this week is the abysmal Washington Redskins at the Dallas Cowboys. The reason is because of the disaster that is the NFC East. We’ve all heard about the interception that Romo threw against Denver. Yeah, yeah. We all know too that opponents essentially plan on the fact that Tony will make a mistake in the fourth quarter. However, let’s take this game independently from the rest. Oh, and let me reiterate how much I inherently hate Tony Romo. So when I say this, it’s not because I am a fan of his. My point is, throwing that interception did not lose the game for them. Tony Romo threw for 506 yards. 506! Five touchdowns. Manning, on the other hand, threw for 414 for 4 touchdowns. BOTH OF THEM THREW INTERCEPTIONS. The real issue here is the defense on both teams. Denver needs to figure out how to get their defense going. One of these days Denver is not going to just be able to put up more points that the opposing team. If Dallas can almost beat them, what happens when Denver plays …oh, wait. Denver’s schedule is so easy the NFL might as well give them the first seed right now.

The other reason the Washington/Cowboys game is so interesting is that the NFC East is so awful that it is absolutely within reason that the New York Football Giants are not out of the playoff race yet with a 0-5 record. As of right now, that is only 2 games behind the Cowboys. If Washington wins and the Cowboys lose, that will make their respective records 2-3 and 2-4. If the Eagles lose, that would make the Eagles 2-4. So even if the Giants lose and become 0-6, they are STILL in the playoff race.

That’s just bonkers.

As for the silly Cardinals versus 49ers, they can’t compete with that kind of weirdly tantalizing drama.

This weekend my eye will be on the NFC East battle.

As always, Go Pack.

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Go For Two: Playoffs! Green Bay at Niners

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Come on Matthews, I want the Packers to win!

GB at Niners 8:00PM ET

Okay, here’s the deal. I don’t want to play the Niners. Atlanta? Absolutely. Seahawks? Hell, yes. The Niners? I don’t like the way that cookie might crumble.

Green Bay has some flaws. One big one, protecting against the run, was taken care of last week. But it was taken care of because we didn’t have to worry about the Viking’s quarterback, Webb, at all. We won that game, and I’m pumped. The only problem is, the match-up that it now presents. The Packers now get their second, or maybe first, biggest flaw exposed — our inability to protect Aaron Rodgers. Our offensive line is disastrous. Aaron Rodgers is one of the most sacked quarterbacks in the league. Not the distinction the current reigning league MVP was hoping to achieve this year.

So, I know! Let’s play the third best team in total defense — the Niners. Yay (insert sarcasm)! Let’s play against the Smith brothers! Yay! Justin Smith will be active for the game, but we can only hope, that after a month off, he’s a little rusty and a bit overwhelmed.

Green Bay needs to hope that Mr. Kaepernick is in awe of the playoffs and is stuck looking at the grand scale of it all instead of putting in a good performance. The Packers also need to be hoping that they got a little practice against the read-option when playing Webb last week. PLUS, one can only hope the ability to stop the run can carry over from the Vikings playoff game to Frank Gore this week, because the Packers won’t get the privilege of playing against such a weak quarterback this time.

Ah, the playoffs. The time I pull out my hair, take tums, and can’t decide between sitting, standing, and pacing during the game. I usually do all three.

As always, GO PACK!

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Go For Two: Water Cooler Topics For Week 17

Week 17! There is no need to talk about players, or team personalities, it’s the time of the year of win or go home, win and get a bye, and still for the sorry few — playing for some trace amount of respect.

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Somehow, the Cowboys managed to do it again. They are like the annoying little brother you have to take everywhere with you, because Mom said so. Why, oh, why do the Cowboys have to be considered the game of the week! Why do they get the prime time slot? Ugh. It’s because it’s win or go home for the Cowboys. But if you don’t like the Cowboys, which a lot of people don’t, we have to watch this game. This is why a lot of us hate the Cowboys — because they are shoved down our throats. I know this is one football fan who hopes they do the latter, and GO HOME!

courtesy of totalpackers.comAlso, I like Washington. I like RGIII. He’s like Aaron Rodgers, you’re happy he’s your quarterback, not just because he is an exceptional athlete, but because you would want to hang out with the guy. Sorry Andrew Luck, you look like a psychopath. In fact, if I saw Mr. Luck walking on my side of the street, as a woman, I might cross over to the other side of the street as soon as I got a chance. Tony Romo, I wouldn’t cross over to the other side of the street if I saw you, I’d take the opportunity to punch you in your face and wipe away that stupid grin of yours. But I digress.

The real game of the week to watch is …

Packers at Vikings 4:25PM ET

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This game is important for a ton of reasons. It is crucial to multiple teams for seeding. If Green Bay wins, they are the second seed and get a bye. If the Pack loses, and the Niners win against the Cardinals, the Niners get the second seed. It’s important for Seattle, because if the Seahawks win, and the Packers and 49ers lose, then the Seahawks will actually get the first round bye. As for the Vikings, if they win, they are in, if they lose, they need help with the Bears, Giants, and Cowboys all losing.

This game is also critical to watch to see if Adrian Peterson breaks Dickerson’s record.

You know what? This is just simple math. This game is way more important than the stupid Cowboys.

Makes me hate the Cowboys even more.

Some other games to watch the scoreboard due to playoff implications.

Bears at Lions 1:00PM ET
Eagles at Giants 1:00PM ET
Rams at Seahawks 4:25PM ET
Dolphins at Patriots 4:25PM ET
Chiefs at Broncos 4:25PM ET
Cardinals at 49ers 4:25PM ET

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