Wednesday, Nov, 25 2015
When last we spoke on this blog, the Packers were reeling. Nothing was working offensively, nor had it for the previous three weeks. Aaron Rodgers appeared off and we weren't quite sure why while the receivers continue to befuddle us with their inability to get open. Fast forward to the here and now, things have changed to a certain extent. No, the offense has found itself entirely as mistakes continue to be made, but they did rediscover at least a portion of themselves this past weekend at Minnesota. Eddie Lacy was once again running the ball successfully while Rodgers was able to connect with some of his targets for big gains and touchdowns. It was a welcome site for all Packer fans as it provided something to build off. Now comes Thursday Night Football and a short week for the Pack. Once an afterthought, the Bears come to town having played much better football of late and there's no doubt they'd like nothing more than to spoil the homecoming of Brett Favre and Bart Starr. Will they? I seriously doubt it? I've been wrong in my pick of the Packer game each of the last two weeks but this one seems like a lock. There are finally some things going right in Title Town and I would seriously doubt they'll allow their hated rivals to spoil the special atmosphere. Add in Dom Capers' unit -- which has performed admirably the last two weeks, especially against Minnesota -- and you have the makings of a big Packer victory to maintain control in the the NFC North. And let's face it ... anything less on Bart Starr's final trip to Green Bay would be downright tragic.
posted by: The Big One with Marques Pfaff 5 days ago
Monday, Nov, 16 2015
To suggest the Packers should panic after falling at home to Detroit would be silly. There's nothing good that can come of that. But last week, in this very same space, I wrote about how little we could actually learn from this game against Detroit. Of course, that was before the Packers ACTUALLY LOST to the previously 1-7 Lions. In reality, we learned quite a bit about this group, and it's not good. They're in disarray on offense and everyone seems to be lacking answers. That includes Aaron Rodgers, who doesn't look close to the MVP player we've seen in recent years. On top of that, the receivers continue to have trouble getting open and the backs (i.e. James Starks with Eddie Lacy inactive) can't find daylight. All that makes for a pretty poor football team and will often result in what we saw Sunday. The unfortunate thing about all this I've seen little in the way of possible solutions. Green Bay seems convinced they'll snap out of it at some point and have made very few adjustments on the offensive side of the ball. The bottom line ... if that continues this week, Minnesota possesses plenty of talent to send the skid to four games.
posted by: The Big One with Marques Pfaff 14 days ago
Friday, Nov, 13 2015
The Packers are hosting the Detroit Lions this week and I'm still trying to determine what I hope to learn about this Green Bay team in that contest. After two straight losses, there's no doubt we're all hoping to see the Pack get back in the win column, but it's hard to imagine simply getting a win against a 1-7 Lions team would constitute progress. And therein lies the problem. What can the Packers do to actually impress and prove to people they've overcome their recent issues? While a 30+ point performance from the offense would be nice, I tend to believe any chance at showing the masses they've cured what ails them will have to come a week later at Minnesota. The Vikings are somewhat surprisingly tied with Green Bay atop the NFC North and appear to be gaining confidence. If the Packers can win this week -- hopefully convincingly -- and then find a way to win at TCF Bank Stadium, it will assist a great deal of Packer fans in believing the team is back on track and capable of getting back to the Super Bowl.
posted by: The Big One with Marques Pfaff 17 days ago
Wednesday, Nov, 11 2015
James Starks was named the Packers first-string running-back Wednesday and I'm not sure how I should react. The sixth-year back has certainly earned this opportunity based on his productivity and Eddie Lacy's season-long struggles. The question I'm having trouble answering is, how does this really change things? Both Lacy and Starks have been used in tandem all season and the same was true last season when Lacy was still putting up big numbers. Will this continue to be the case? It sure sounds like it based on McCarthy's comments today. And if that's the case, fans can fully expect Lacy to still be a big part of the ground game. What this reeks of to me is a motivational tactic. Taking away a man's starting job publicly could be viewed as a way of challenging Lacy back into form. If that is the case, it would also indicate the Packers are out of answers for why the former offensive rookie-of-the-year has hit a wall. For the Packers sake, hopefully this will ignite Lacy while also building confidence in Starks ... enough to give Green Bay a legitimate 1-2 punch again as we make our way through the second-half of the regular season.
posted by: The Big One with Marques Pfaff 19 days ago
Wednesday, Oct, 21 2015
Despite not having our beloved Milwaukee Brewers in the mix, this year's MLB playoffs have been a lot of fun. You've had teams from America's top four markets involved (Houston is No. 4 if you're wondering), while small market clubs like Kansas City have also had a great deal of success. The unfortunate thing about all of this is that MLB continues to make their product difficult to find by placing the ALCS on Fox Sports 1. Now, I understand why FOX wants playoff programming (it ups the credibility of the network) but I can't, for the life of me, figure out why MLB would agree to such an arrangement. As the number of baseball consumers continues to decline, you need to make your product accessible. This is especially true given the time of year in which these games are being played. You're already competing with college football and the NFL for viewers -- most of which are shown are more identifiable networks -- that to place your product on a channel that many subscribers are unaware they even have is ridiculous. Hopefully Commissioner Rob Manfred rights this wrong in the future, as I'm sure he's stuck beneath a contract that was forged several years back. Time will tell, but baseball certainly needs it.
posted by: The Big One with Marques Pfaff 1 month ago
When last we spoke on this blog, the Packers were reeling. Nothing was working offensively, nor had it for the…
posted by Marques Pfaff 5 days ago
To suggest the Packers should panic after falling at home to Detroit would be silly. There's nothing good that can…
posted by Marques Pfaff 14 days ago