Tag: Aaron Rodgers
Aaron Rodgers, the incumbent NFL MVP, has been struggling quite a bit this season as the leader of the Green Bay Packers. First they dropped their opening game 30-22, but on week 2 they seemed to get a better hold of their game, as the Packers took a 23-10 win over Jay Cuttler and the Chicago Bears. But this time, it was not all about Rodgers. Against the Bears the Packers opted to go on into a more defensively biased game plan and it paid off. As a matter of fact Cutler was forced into throwing four interceptions, including a pair to Tramon Williams. But it was the constant rush that got the Bears into the most trouble. Facing a fierce pass rush all night, Cutler was sacked seven times, including 3 1/2 by Clay Matthews who is the souls of the Packers defense. Now, at 1-1 for the season, the Packers really needed to get this two wins at home for the next five weeks are going to be really though for this club. Green Bay starts it’s five-week road tour with a visit to the Seahawks on Monday Night Football and then follow it up with a home game against the New Orleans Saints before hitting the road again for games against Indianapolis Colts, Houston Texans and the St. Louis rams.
The issue here is that Seattle has been playing very well at home this season. As a matter of fact in week two they proved that the Dallas Cowboys hyped-up win over the New York Giants was by no means a sign of much better things to come. Considering how Tony Romo outplayed Eli Manning, it was only normal to expect him to have no troubles against a rookie quarterback like Russell Wilson. Well, were the Cowboys in for a big surprise as on his second NFL start Wilson guided the Seahawks with 15 of 20 passing for 151 yards with one touchdown pass and no interceptions for a 27-7 win over the Dallas Cowboys. So quite frankly, this has really given this team the needed confidence to get the Packer into some trouble.
Now, as of press time the Green Bay Packers are a -3½ point favorite on the spread against the Seahawks. Seattle on the other hand believes that it’s young quarterback could go ahead and pull off the stun. This week, however, is uncertain how the spirits are among the Packers. Truth is that they are still dealing with questions about an incident between Aaron Rodgers and wide receiver James Jones. Sure enough Jones accepted blame for the interception that led Rodgers to voice his displeasure with his teammate. But still, it became a bit clear that Rodgers could probably be a phenomenal quarterback and he might eventually end up in the hall of fame. But some of his critics have said once and again that he lacks the character to be a real leader.
Jones went on to make a public statement to the press later on the week to try to calm down the waters inside the locker room. “He apologized, said he’s sorry for showing his emotions,” Jones said about Rodgers comments on Sunday. “But I was like, (there’s) no need to apologize. We’re trying to win. I messed up. Frustration happens. It’s all good. No love lost. We’re teammates. We’re family in here. Like I said, everybody’s trying to win.” Let’s see if they can do that on Monday.
After a disappointing start of the season against the San Francisco 49ers last week, Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers seriously owed it big time to their fans. Coming of a very solid season, Rodgers was expected to come off in 2012 and deliverer in the offensive end of the Packers. In the postseason many fans were arguing that this could very well be the year that their starting quarterback lead the team to another Super Bowl. The memory of the 2010 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers is still fresh and few players out there want to repeat as badly as Rodgers. The thing is that for the better part of the matchup against the Chicago Bears, the Packers offense seemed a bit clumsy at times. Sure enough they pulled off an old trick from the book to score a touchdown on a fake field goal, but other than that it was evident that the Packers will need some fine-tuning down the stretch.
This is by far the most storied rivalry in the NFL and both Jay Cuttler and Rodgers wanted to put on a big show. And few times in their long history have either team pulled off a perfectly executed fake field goal. At the end, with the help of some brilliant interception from the Packers defense, Green Bay was going to take the win 23-10 on Thursday night. It was a beautiful play, the fake field goal, that is. Green Bay punter Tim Masthay flipped the ball to backup tight end Tom Crabtree, who streaked into the end zone for the touchdown to make it 10-0 in the second quarter.
The Packers head coach, Mike McCarthy, has been doing a lot of talking to his troops recently. There has been an effort from McCarthy to change the rhythm of the Packers. He wants his team to be more offensively involved. He rather have to take a bit of the spotlight away from Aaron Rodgers and let it shine over the defensive stars such as Tramon Williams and Clay Matthews. The Packers offense has been what makes this team great. McCarthy wants its defense to be the one making the highlights. And that they did against Jay Cuttler and the Chicago Bears . This guys really stepped it up on the defensive side and never gave them a chance to breath. Cutler was forced into throwing four interceptions, including a pair to Tramon Williams. But it was the constant rush that got the Bears into the most trouble. Facing a fierce pass rush all night, Cutler was sacked seven times, including 3 1/2 for Clay Matthews. New Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall was held to two catches for 24 yards. Not the performance most Bears fans were expecting.
The Packers needed the win to get a clean slate for their fans. The thing here is that the Chicago Bears needed a win just as much. Losing at Lambeau Field was a huge step backward for Chicago. It really seemed as if they had a huge chance to build up some momentum. Last week they looked confident and strong as they steamrolled over the Indianapolis Colts in their season opener. But not this time. The Packers defense would be a little too much to handle for this squad. “Of course it was a disappointing effort,” Bears coach Lovie Smith said in the post game press conference. “I thought we would play better. We’re better than we showed tonight.” The Packers will now face the Seattle Seahawks on Monday September 24th. The Chicago Bears on the other hand will face the St. Louis Rams on Sunday the 23rd.
Let the countdown begin… Everything that goes up must eventually come back down. The Giants pulled off an impressive win against the Green Bay Packers and showed that despite Aaron Rodger’s brilliant game all season long, the Playoffs just wont let you slip pass a bad day. The Packers had their super-star playing brilliantly during the whole regular season. The New York Giants on the other hand had a few slumps and only managed to finish with 9-7 record for the season, but overall, they defeated the Packers at the mythical Lambeau Field and let the defending champions behind.
Eli Manning finished the night with 21 of 33 passing for 330 yards with 3 touchdown passes and one interception. It was enough to overpower the Green Bay Packers and a flaw-prone defense to lead the Giants into a 37-20 unexpected blowout of the Packers. And it’s just hard to find excuses for these guys. It really doesn’t matter how you looked at this, the Packers had nobody but themselves to blame for the loss. The Packers dropped passes, fumbled the ball plenty, and just didn’t have any responses for the Giants offense, which under Manning’s leadership kept his receivers working overtime to secure the Divisional Title.
The Giants have now defeated the Packers at home for the second time in four years. Last time, the Giants defeated the Packers on their way to their most recent NFL Super Bowl Title. Now, it seems that if they can put up a good performance against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, they might very well get themselves back into the big dance.
The New York Giants have been building up their momentum since beating the New York Jets on December 24. They kept on strong to leave the Dallas Cowboys behind as both teams were playing for a spot in the Playoffs, winning a vital game at Arlington. Then they blew up the Atlanta Falcons in the Wild Card round, to then pull off the biggest upset of their season against the Packers.
As of press time the New York Giants are a 2½ point underdog on the spread against he San Francisco 49ers. Perhaps because the Giants are 3-4 against the 49ers in the playoffs. And then again, who can forget the now infamous collapse in a wild card game at San Francisco on Jan. 5, 2003. Just to set the record straight the New York Giants were leading 38-14 in the third quarter but fell apart and lost 39-38. And if there is a team that proved they can keep on fighting until the very end, that is the San Francisco 49ers and their quarterback Alex Smith, who finished off the New Orleans Saints when there were only 9 seconds left on the clock.
The Giants, on the other hand, are oozing confidence, and have the talent and the manpower to pull off an exciting upset. Their previous match only helped to build up their momentum. The Giants surprised the Packers with a touchdown off a long heave from Manning to Hakeem Nicks as the first half came to en end. They finished them off with a late touchdown off a turnover. Perhaps they could pull off yet another upset and make it straight into the Super Bowl.
All good things come to an end, they say. But sometimes those endings come under the most unexpected circumstances. Take Aaron Rodgers and the Green Baby Packers, for instance. This squad was on its way to make football history. The Packers were going for their 20th straight win. Some sports writers will go on to say that they can still make it to the postseason, dominate their conference and take their second Super Bowl ring in a row. One thing is evident: the streak has ended and so has the Packers chances to certainly secure a spot among the finest football franchises ever. Then again, head coach Mike McCarthy doesn’t seems to be too worried about a thing.
It seems that for this one, Aaron Rodgers took a day off. The Packers franchise quarterback completed only 17 of his 35 attempts for 235 yards and a touchdown, and he also scampered 8 yards for another touchdown with 2:12 left in the game. But it was not enough to keep the now, 13-1 Packers from recovering an onside kick that could had pushed things into overtime.
According to their coach, the Green Bay Packers were not looking for perfection. They were more focused on reaching the playoffs with the home team advantage and getting this straighten out so that he could get Aaron Rodgers and Co. right on track for another title. Then again, Kyle Orton got on his way. He finished the game with 229 yards in 23 of 31 passing for no touchdowns and no interception, and that was enough to overpower a squad that hadn’t dropt a single game since December of last year. The changes are coming and going over with the Chiefs. The Kansas City Chiefs rallied behind interim coach Romeo Crennel for a shocking 19-14 victory on Sunday. This is the end of a 19-game winning streak. It is the end of a streak that started ever since the Packers last defeat on Dec. 19, 2010 by the New England Patriots.
The Packers were suffering behind some injuries that could have kept them from making a better performance against the Chiefs. The Packers were playing without leading receiver Greg Jennings and top rusher James Starks because of injuries. Despite the fall, the Packers can still secure the No. 1 seed in their final two games against Chicago and Detroit, two teams that don’t really look too much like a thread. Then again, neither did Kyle Orton and the Chiefs.
The Kansas City Chiefs were managed to win this game because of a well planned out game strategy. Consider for starters what their defense was capable of. For starters the Green Bay Packers offense came into this game averaging nearly 36 points, but was held to its lowest total since beating the Chicago Bears 10-3 in Week 17 of last year. The scenario was very different from what it currently is right now. The Packers were on a win or go home situation, and they managed to pull if off. Winning that game gave Green Bay a ticket into the playoffs, and got them into the rhythm needed to defeat the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Super Bowl.