August 17, 2016

Inaugural Arman's Titletown Green Bay Packers Podcast (Episode One)

Good evening Packer Fans - My brother Adam and I couldn't be more excited to share with you our inaugural Arman's Titletown Podcast (episode one) embedded into the post below. Within the podcast, you'll find us discussing the following topics, feel free to jump around to hear our conversation on each topic. Enjoy!

Podcast Contents (Episode One)
  • Green Bay Packers 2016 Schedule - Is it really the easiest in the NFL and what match ups stand out? 
    • General Discussion (0:00 - 4:05)
    • Minnesota Vikings (4:05 - 7:35)
  • Mike McCarthy - Is he on the hot seat? (11:10 - 13:31)
  • 2016 Draft Impressions / Defensive Line (15:31 - 22:20)
  • Inside Linebacker (25:30 - 30:24)
  • Wide Receiver Battle (30:30 - 36:30)
  • Running Backs / Tight Ends / 53-Man Roster Talk (36:31 - 48:24)

August 9, 2016

Rodgers on Abbrederis: “I have a real good trust in him.”

Aaron Rodgers joined Jason Wilde and Mark Tauscher as the hosts’ inaugural guest on ESPN radio (listen here), part one in a four-part interview series.

As eyes focus on Green Bay’s wide receiver battle, Rodgers was asked if any young wide receivers are catching his eye in training camp.
Jared Abbrederis is rising in the Packers offense

“Jared [Abbrederis] made enough plays in practice and in the last few games that I have a real good trust in him and his route-running ability,” Rodgers said of the third-year pro, who is battling for a roster spot among a talented group of Packer pass catchers.

“He’s a guy who has phenomenal preparation,” Rodgers continued. “He is always in the right spot. He has incredible body movements when it comes to not telegraphing routes. And he finds a way to get open all the time.”

Pretty strong words coming from Aaron Rodgers, who is highly demanding of his teammates. If he can remain healthy, this may be a sign Abbrederis has as inside track to that number four wide receiver roster spot. Could he even challenge for the number three spot? Seems unlikely, but hard to completely rule it out right now.

“He’s continued where he left off last year and has had a phenomenal camp,” Rodgers said, who is aligned with Mike McCarthy’s point-of-view on Abbrederis.

McCarthy in June of this year said the Wisconsin Badgers alumnus has had his “best offseason,” called his route running “exemplary for a young guy” and finished by saying “he’s exceptional.”
Where will #84 fall in the Packers WR depth chart?

As for the rest of the wide receiver corps, Rodgers was shorter winded.

“Davante [Adams] has had a great camp, Jeff [Janis] has progressed and there are some guys behind them who are going to get some good chances in the preseason,” Rodgers said.

Safe to say we all know what Rodgers thinks of Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson.

Arman's Titletown Talk will continue tracking the wide receiver battle throughout training camp and recapping key highlights from ESPN Radio's four-part series. Remember to follow us on Twitter (@Titletown_Talk) and like us Facebook (@TitletownTalk).

January 12, 2016

Arman Three Pack Preview: 2016 Divisional Playoffs vs. Arizona Cardinals

The Arman brothers dissect the Green Bay Packers upcoming Divisional Playoff  matchup against the NFC's number two seed, the Arizona Cardinals. Two brothers agree on the player of the game, but not all three agree on the final outcome of Sunday's game. Read more for a breakdown on key questions facing the Packers in their big road match-up Saturday night.

The Cardinals are the favorite to win Super Bowl 50 and are 7.5 point favorites against the Packers Saturday night. What are the two keys in this game, that give the Packers a chance at a huge road upset?

Adam: 1)PROTECT AROD. Before Sunday's playoff win against the Redskins where Rodgers was sacked once resulting in a safety, the Packers had the longest streak in the NFL allowing multiple sacks at 13 games. Despite that one sack Sunday resulting in a safety, the offensive line did a great job giving Rodgers time to make plays leading to the team's highest scoring output since week 3.

Any shot Green Bay has starts with protecting Aaron Rodgers
Any shot Green Bay has starts with protecting Aaron Rodgers
2) The Packers need to account for rookie running back David Johnson who had 127 yards from scrimmage in their week 16 meeting. This will be easier said that done with the elusive backs' combination of power, speed and receiving ability. The veteran defense and coaching staff should be able to reformulate the game plan to better account for the Cardinals play maker in the backfield.

Shane: First, protect Aaron Rodgers - I think that's pretty obvious. He was turned into a punching bag in week 16 and had zero time to throw the ball. Hopefully David Bakhtiari is back in the starting lineup to help solidify the blind side and bring full stability back to the offensive line. And hopefully Mike McCarthy took some notes from the Seahawks' 36-6 thrashing of Arizona in week 17. Second, the Packers must force turnovers by making Carson Palmer uncomfortable in the pocket. Palmer is playing at an MVP-level and if he has time to scan the field, he will shred just about any defense. Get some heat on #3 and he is bound to make a few mistakes.

Mitch: It all starts where the issues began in game one versus Arizona: in the trenches. The Packers MUST protect Aaron Rodgers if they have any shot on Saturday night. Getting David Bahkitari back would be a good start. After that, it's all about execution. Second key is pressuring Carson Palmer, on the other side of the ball. With Sam Shields status still up in the air for the contest, the front seven must get pressure and force Palmer into contested passes.

What will the Packers do differently in their offensive game plan to protect Aaron Rodgers from getting sacked eight times like he did in week 16 against Arizona?

Adam: One of the keys to success is the play calling. Against Washington, the Packers were less predictable, which got them into favorable 3rd down situations. Limiting the 3rd and long situations will minimize the pass rush and is why the offensive line had so much success in the final 3 quarters against the Redskins Sunday. Mixing the screen game with WRs on the outside, and an effective run game will help keep the down and distance manageable, leading to a less effective pass rush. Finally, using play action and Rodgers' mobility to bootleg him out of the pocket can free up more time to create big plays in the passing game.

Calais Campbell tore through the Packers' O-Line in Week 16
Shane: The Packers need to establish the run and stay committed to it early. It's tough when you have the best quarterback in the league, but McCarthy needs to know his personnel and stay patient. I doubt Green Bay breaks off huge runs early or even gets in a rhythm early on the ground, but they must stick with it. Force extra cover men to play in the box and it will open up throwing lanes for Rodgers.

Mitch: Well, I think its pretty obvious the Packers need to double-team Calais Campbell. The guy killed us. Whether that is using Kuhn  in the shotgun with Rodgers to help, or just dedicating two guys to him, Arizona's pass rush starts with and is fueled by Calais Campbell. McCarthy should call plays that get the ball out quick and use different read-action formations to throw off the talented Cardinals defensive front seven.

Who is the Packers' single most important offensive player and who do they most need to stop on Arizona's offense?

James Starks will need a big day to fuel the Packers offense
Adam: Aaron Rodgers. If everyone does their job, it allows Rodgers to get into a rhythm, read the defense and direct the offense; that gives the Packers an advantage with the best player in the NFL. Obviously, most of the season, including week 16 in Arizona, Rodgers has been harassed and out-of-sync with his receivers. The Cardinals present a significantly more formidable defense than the Redskins, but if the offense can collectively execute the game plan its exciting to know that the Packers still have the biggest difference maker on the field calling the shots. Comparatively the Cardinals present a much deeper stable of offensive threats. Floyd and Johnson both topped 100 yards in the first meeting and Carson Palmer has been one of the most efficient QBs in the NFL all year. If I had to pick one like I mentioned earlier it would be Johnson, but to channel Mike McCarthy I would say winning the turnover battle and limiting explosive plays will be the biggest keys. I'm confident in Capers' ability to adjust the game plan to put the defense in a position to be successful.

Shane: Eddie Lacy. Get the big boy running downhill, get him fired up and he can put this team on his back. The Packers couldn't win trying to throw the ball week 16 in Arizona and they aren't going to do it this week with Davante Adams out with a knee injury. On Arizona's offense, the Packers need to stop Michael Floyd, who caught 6 balls for 100+ yards in week 16. Time and time again, Floyd made big catches and the Packers need to avoid Palmer getting into a rhythm with him again.

Mitch: I am going out on a limb here and saying James Starks is the most important man on offense with it looking like Davante Adams will not play this weekend. Starks can provide a spark in the run game, and he is deadly in space after catching the ball. I expect McCarthy to use the screen game to get the ball out of Rodgers' hands quickly and to prevent the pass rush. For the Cardinals, it is all about stopping David Johnson. Arizona is very good on play action-passing deep, which is set up by their power run game. He can also catch the ball out of the backfield for huge chunks. Green Bay must keep him in check.

What's Green Bay's best strategy to be productive and score points against the stout Arizona defense?

Adam: Rodgers is at his best in tempo offense. Regardless of when the ball is snapped, using no huddle to give Rodgers time to survey the defense with the option to audible, is huge. This also helps the run game. No allowing the defense to substitute and change their calls gives the offensive line and Eddie Lacy the advantage to get down hill. I loved seeing Cobb back in the backfield against the Redskins and McCarthy mixed his personal groups masterfully to keep the defense guessing with Lacy, Starks and Cobb all contributing in different ways out of the backfield.

Shane: Plain and simple, they need to win at the line of scrimmage. Protect Aaron Rodgers and he will make plays - even if it's with his feet. Push the defensive line back, and Lacy and Starks will find holes to run through.

Mitch: Quick passes, screen game, run the ball effectively early in the game and PROTECT AARON RODGERS.

Game score prediction and player of the game

Adam: Packers 30
Cardinals 24

POG: Aaron Rodgers 25-32, 280 yards & 3 TDs

Shane: The Packers got embarrassed by Arizona a few weeks ago and it's still fresh in their minds. Mike McCarthy shows why he's an elite coach, Aaron Rodgers shows why he's the defending MVP and the Packers stun Arizona in the desert.

Packers 27
Cardinals 24

POG: Aaron Rodgers 19-29, 230 yards & 2 TDs

Mitch: After an impressive thrashing of Washington, I felt very good about this game until hearing about Davante Adams. I don't think we will make enough plays offensively, and there is no way the defense can carry us to a win against such a quality team. You have to have balance. Unless Green Bay can win the turnover battle, they are going to be outmatched in just about every facet of the game.

Cardinals 31
Green Bay 21

POG: James Starks 65 rush yards, 75 receiving yards, 1 TD

January 9, 2016

Playoff Preview: Redskins Host Packers in 2016 Wild Card

The Packers finished the regular season on a rather low note, losing its final two games versus Minnesota and Arizona. Give two reasons, if any exist, why Packers fans can be hopeful entering the postseason.

Shane: First, the Packers have shown the ability to make big plays on defense at times and you'd like to think they're fired up for this one. The defensive line can overwhelm teams and the secondary is aggressive, fast and athletic. Second, both Eddie Lacy and James Starks have playoff experience and the ability to carry our offense, if given the chance.

Mitch: One huge matchup is going to be the Packers receiving corps versus the Washington secondary. Washington's secondary is suspect at best and they will challenge our receivers to beat man to man coverage. This is what teams have been doing since the Denver game. Can our receivers step up and make big plays and get open down the stretch? I sure hope so. A second matchup is going to be the Packers front line versus the running game of Washington. The Redskins have nothing special in Alfred Morris, or whoever is carrying the ball, but stopping the run will help prevent deep play action passes. You stop the run, you limit the explosiveness of the Washington offense.

The Redskins finish the regular season with the 28th overall defense (26 versus the run, 25 versus the pass). The Packers struggled immensely down the stretch offensively, ranking 25th in the NFL in total offense since week 11. Something has to give. What are two key matchups that could end up deciding the game in D.C. this weekend?

Shane: Randall Cobb needs to pick up where he left off last week against Minnesota and stretch the field both vertically and horizontally. No one on the Redskins defense can match up with him and he will have opportunities to make plays. We also need a healthy dose of Eddie Lacy, pounding and wearing out the Redskins defense, to open up throwing lanes for Aaron Rodgers. Balance, balance, balance is what I've been saying all year and Green Bay needs it this week to win.

Mitch: As I eluded to in the previous question, stopping the run is a must. Also, getting pressure on Kirk Cousins will be a major factor in deciding whether or not Cousins will continue streaking. The Packers have struggled at times to bring the heat, so I expect Capers to bring pressure early and often.

Kirk Cousins is among the hottest QBs in the NFL right now. Since the "you like that" game, Cousins has torched defenses, compiling 23 TDs and just 3 INTs. Washington has explosive ability on the outside with DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon. Green Bay might be without cornerback Sam Shields for a fourth consecutive week. What must Dom Capers and the Packers defense do to give this team a chance to advance to the divisional round?


Shane: I expect Dom Capers to blitz Cousins early and often to make him uncomfortable in the pocket.Washington is a one-dimensional offense, with their run game among the worst in the NFL, so Capers knows they will lean heavily on Cousins' arm. The Packers should be able to stop the run with their front seven and force third and long situations, allowing Capers to dial up some pressures that will force mistakes from Cousins.

Mitch:

The Packers found life offensively in the fourth quarter of Sunday's NFC North title game. Rodgers and the offense seemed to play with a "nothing to lose" mentality, airing it out and making plays down the field. Should we see more of this style of football or do the Packers stay committed to the run and try and grind out a win?

Shane: McCarthy needs to be careful not to lean so heavily on the passing game, because the WRs have shown time and time again, they simply can't get separation. Being behind by multiple scores forced the Packers to "air it out" against Minnesota, but let's hope that's not the case Sunday. The Packers need to stay committed to the run early, get Eddie Lacy going and I guarantee the rest will fall into place. This passing attack is not elite right now, so the more Green Bay can pound the ball, the better off they'll be.

Mitch: I think Washington's defense is susceptible to play action passing, so for that reason, I believe we must establish the run early and take some shots. Receivers will to have to get open and hopefully being able to run the ball and go to play action will help that.

Game prediction and Player of the Game & Wildcard Weekend game predictions:

Shane: I don't have a great feeling about this game, but I think the Packers find a way to get it done, by forcing two turnovers and getting a special teams TD from Micah Hyde or Jeff Janis. 24-20 Packers. Eddie Lacy is the player of the game, with 110 yards and a TD.

  • PIT @ CIN: Should be a battle and very close game. Pittsburgh's defense is horrible, but it's hard to bet against Big Ben and Antonio Brown. Steelers win in OT and hand Bengals their 8th straight one-and-done playoff exit, 27-24.
  • KC @ HOU: KC is just too hot right now. They don't turn it over, they run the ball well and Alex Smith is NOT just a game manager, he's a play maker. KC wins easily 21-7.
  • SEA@ MIN: Not a ton has changed since Seattle trounced Minnesota a few weeks ago in their own house - beyond that Russell Wilson is the hottest QB in the NFL. Still, I think Minnesota comes to play and keeps it close for three quarters, but ultimately Seahawks advance, 31-20. 


Mitch: 
Green Bay 27
Washington 23
POG: James Jones 6 rec 94 yds 2 TDs

PIT @ CIN: Pittsburgh 30-17
KC@ HOU: Kansas City 21-16
SEA@ MIN: Seattle 27-10


November 21, 2015

Arman Three Pack Preview: Minnesota Vikings

Green Bay faces a hot Minnesota team on the road Sunday in a pivotal mid-season match up of the top two teams in the NFC North. While Minnesota has won five straight, the Packers have dropped three in a row and questions loom about why Green Bay's previously potent offense has sputtered in that span. The Arman brothers discuss below if and how the Packers can get back on track in a challenging road atmosphere against the NFL's leading rusher and the NFC North leading Vikings.

If the Packers lose on Sunday and drop four in a row, how much danger are they in of missing the playoffs?

Adam: I will not entertain this question, next...

Shane: The Packers will be be big trouble if they lose. This is a pivotal must-win game not only for playoff positioning but for overall confidence of this team. Every team struggles at some point in the season and that phase must end here if the Packers expect to be contenders come January.

Mitch: I think they will be fine regardless. However, the combination of who is left on the schedule and the way they are playing doesn't bode well for this team, should they drop a fourth in a row. Road games at Oakland and Arizona are going to be tough, as well as hosting what should be a completely healthy Dallas team on Dec. 13. Ten wins likely gets the Packers a wildcard this year in the NFC. I think they beat Chicago, Detroit, Minnesota (once), Dallas, and Oakland, to get to 11-5. Green Bay needs Minnesota to drop a divisional game along the way, otherwise they may be looking at a wildcard.

Why should Packer fans have confidence that the Packers can actually win this game on the road against Minnesota, when they just lost to the worst team in the NFL at home?
The NFL playoff picture as of November 21
NFL Playoff Picture as of November 21, 2015 (NFL.com)


Adam: The Packers have a track record of success against the Vikings in the Mike McCarthy era. McCarthy and Rodgers have proven to be a great pair when it comes to developing winning game plans within the division and executing. The green and gold haven't lost back-to-back divisional games since 2005. Yes, that's ten years. The leaders on the this team know how to band together and get the job done. All things considered the Packers are 6-3 and can regain control of the division with a big road win Sunday. The Packers understand what is at stake and I expect the whole team to play with a heightened sense of urgency. The Vikings have a solid defense and the league's best rushing attack, but Teddy Bridgewater isn't ready to challenge Aaron Rodgers for division titles yet.

Shane: Green Bay has proven when their backs are up against the wall, they rise to the occasion. Aaron Rodgers is still the most lethal quarterback in the league and Green Bay's defense has the ability to make big plays.

Mitch: If the Packers have anything going for them, it's that it can't get much worse than what's been going on recently. It's time for the players to play with a chip on their shoulders and regain some momentum. A win at Minnesota would be absolutely huge, from a record and momentum standpoint.

Minnesota's defense and Mike Zimmer have had success limiting the Packers offense the last few years. What wrinkles, if any, will we see from Green Bay's offense to reignite what has been a pathetic offense the last few weeks?

Adam: Rodgers is 10-4 against the Vikings in his career and Zimmer's numbers against Rodgers are skewed from a few stout performances with a better team in Cincinnati. I would like to see more screen passes with Starks, which have been very productive this year. Also it would be nice to get continued production from the tide end position. Richard Rodgers has been a huge disappointment, but Justin Perillo has started to earn Rodgers' trust to provide a much needed threat down the middle. Lastly, someone has to get a target deep down the sideline; whether that's Jeff Janis or Davante Adams, Rodgers needs to keep the secondary honest with a few shots down the field.
Green Bay Packers Aaron Rodgers and Mike McCarthy
Aaron Rodgers and Mike McCarthy Need to Spark the Offense

Shane: I'd like to see Mike McCarthy and Clements commit to running the ball, early and often. Lacy should be active to form Green Bay's one-two punch, so there's no excuse or reason to throw the ball 60 times. Rodgers can carry an offense for stretches of time, but any quarterback becomes less effective when play-calling is predictable and there's no threat of an RB doing damage on the ground. Feed Lacy, feed Starks and use play-action pass to hit big plays down the field.

Mitch: I think the Packers, almost more than any team in the NFL, thrive from starting fast. First quarter points and momentum have been keys for Green Bay for a long time, and during the three game skid, that has not happened. The Packers need to start fast and not let Minnesota control the clock with their run game if they hope to walk out of TCF with a win.

What is the one key to beating the Vikings on the road Sunday?

Adrian Peterson is the NFL's leading rusher
Adrian Peterson is the NFL's leading rusher (photo: USA Today)
Adam: Without question it will be limiting Adrian Peterson. He has scored a touchdown in six
straight games against Green Bay, not to mention being the leading rusher in the NFL by a large margin. Peterson will certainly get his Sunday, but as Mike McCarthy has alluded to, the Packers will have to prevent Peterson from breaking off the big run. The Vikings are first in the NFL averaging over 140 yards per game and that is what allows Bridgewater to be effective. Shut down the run, force Bridewater into third and long situations, and the pass rush will get have plenty of opportunities to get home.

Shane: Balance on offense. Green Bay needs to get the ground game going to set up the pass and give Rodgers lanes to throw the football. Adrian Peterson will get his 125+ yards and a TD, but the Vikings offense doesn't really scare anyone. The Packers are at their best when they're up tempo, balanced and unpredictable on offense. If that's who they are on Sunday, they'll get a road victory and regain control of the NFC North. If not, they won't - I really think it's that simple.

Mitch: We need to get a rhythm going offensively. Minnesota is not a team you want to trail for the majority of the game. Peterson is going to get his on the ground, so I won't say stopping him is the key. Receivers need to get open and help Rodgers out, which will be a tough task against a stout secondary.

Score prediction and player of the game.

Adam: 24-17 Packers. Davante Adams will step up and make some big plays for Rodgers down field. He catches 8 balls for 130 yards and 1 TD. Justin Perillo gets a redzone TD and Rodgers cuts the Vikings heart out on a final four minute drive.

Shane: The running game gets Green Bay back on track and the defense comes up with two big turnovers, including a pick-six on Teddy. Starks and Lacy combine for more than 100 yards and two TDs in route to a 27-24 road victory.

Mitch: I am one of few hopefuls and I think we get it back together.

Green Bay: 24; Minnesota: 21

Player of the game: James Starks 95 rush yards, 1 TD


November 6, 2015

Arman Three Pack Preview & Predictions: Carolina Panthers

The Green Bay Packers were dominated in Denver and now travel to NFC powerhouse Carolina to take on the undefeated Panthers, led by MVP front-runner Cam Newton. While it's only week nine, this pivotal match up may go a long way in deciding which path NFC hopefuls will travel in route to Super Bowl 50. Will the Packers offense and Aaron Rodgers bounce back, or will Cam Newton thrash the Packers suspect secondary and protect his home turf? The Arman brothers offer  perspectives on three key questions that will decide this game, then predict the outcome.

Aaron Rodgers hasn't lost back to back games as the Packers starting quarterback since weeks five and six in 2010. What is the key to the Packers offense and Aaron Rodgers getting back on track against Carolina? Do you expect big changes to their approach?


Aaron Rodgers attempting to throw a pass
Aaron Rodgers (photo: TribuneReporter.com)
Adam: Protection. Rodgers was pressured on 63 percent of his drop backs against the Broncos and the Panthers defense is stout. I don't expect big changes to their approach. The Packers need to use tempo and get into a rhythm with short to intermediate timing routes. It would be nice to see Cobb back in the slot with Davante Adams back in the mix. Cobb has been the most lethal running option routes in space and getting yards after the catch.

Shane: Two things: start fast and establish the run game. I would love to see the Packers get nasty and own the line of scrimmage by pounding the ball with Eddie Lacy. Corey Linsley and Richard Rodgers got embarrassed in Denver - both were beat off the ball consistently and were unable to hold blocks for enough time to open up holes for Lacy. Once Green Bay establishes the run game, play-action will open up lanes in the middle of the field. And against Carolina's secondary, that may be the only way. I do expect big changes in the approach, in terms of focus on the run game, early and often to set up the pass.

Mitch: The key to the offense is protection of Aaron Rodgers and having effectiveness in the run game. I don't  see the need for major changes, I think the Packers just need to execute the game plan more effectively. The Panthers do have a stout defense and it seems that anyone Josh Norman covers is done for the game. With that being said, those who watched the Monday night game between Carolina and Indianapolis saw that Carolina does have some issues rushing the passer. If we can give Rodgers time and effectively run the ball, things will open up for the offense.


Cam Newton is having an MVP-caliber season. If you are Dom Capers and/or Mike McCarthy, what is the plan to minimize his effectiveness?


Cam Newton takes on the Green Bay Packers
Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images
Adam: Cam Newton is prone to interceptions if the defense can stay in favorable down and distance situations. To forces those throws, it starts with stopping the multi-faceted run game of Carolina, which ranks 1st in the league in yards per game. The combination of Stewart and Newton helps Carolina control the clock and wear defenses down. The Packers have to commit to the run, tackle much better than they did in Denver and force Newton into third and long situations.

Shane: The Packers need their pass rush swagger back. Capers needs to dial up more creative blitzes and move Clay around the line constantly to confuse Newton. While Russell Wilson did have some success rushing against Green Bay, the Packers did a decent job of collapsing the pocket, while getting pressures, knockdowns and sacks in that game. They need to do the same against Newton with an increased focus on wrapping up and tackling, because Cam is a big boy, as are Stewart and Tolbert.

Mitch: STOP THE RUN. I'm sure none of us are really that threatened/scared by the Panthers mediocre wide receiver core. Newton doesn't have a ton to work with, so it starts with stopping the read option, and TACKLE TACKLE TACKLE Cam Newton when he keeps it.

The Packers run game has be abysmal the past few weeks, after being a top-10 rushing attack the first handful of games. Will we see a re-focus on the rungame and if so, how will the Packers be successful doing so?

Adam: This seems like a tough week to revive a struggling ground game. McCarthy usually starts preaching about the importance of controlling the clock and finishing teams off with an effective run game as winter approaches, but the Panthers top 10 scoring defense will need to be attacked with the Packers strength - the passing game.


Green Bay Packers Eddie Lacy hopes to have a bounce back game against Carolina Panthers
Green Bay Packers Eddie Lacy Needs to Bounce Back(Photo courtesy: JSOnline)
Shane: The Packers chances of winning depend on getting back to a more balanced approach on offense. We saw what happened when the offense turns one-dimensional in Denver - Green Bay does not have the outside speed and talent with the current WR core, to win only with the pass game, even with Aaron Rodgers (at least against elite defenses). To win on the road against a top-10 defense, the Packers will need at least 100-125 yards rushing. Without that, they lose this game.

Mitch: As I eluded to in my first response, we have to get the run gameback on track. A major reason for the Packers averaging under 20 points per game in the last four games is their abandonment of the run game and lack of execution. Feed Eddie and James!

Game score prediction and player of the game.

Adam: 27-20 Packers; Aaron Rodgers bounces back with 250 yards 3 TDs

Shane: 23-20 Packers. Eddie Lacy gets back on track and fuels a five-minute drill late in the fourth to set up Mason Crosby for a 50-yard game-winner. Lacy finishes with 118 yards and a TD.

Mitch: 24-16 Green Bay in a grinder; time for the defense to step it up a notch. Player of the game: Clay Matthews has a sack and is disruptive