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Packers Must Deliver In Their Only November Home Game.

Posted November 9th, 2018 @ 05:11pm

The Packers come home for the only time in November at a crossroads.

On the one hand, they had a chance to win their last two road games against Super Bowl caliber teams. On the other hand, they didn't and now find themselves needing to win two of the next three to have a realistic chance to remain in the NFC playoff hunt.

Three games over a 15 day period that will define their season. Of course, that means they will have to win a road game; they're 0 for four so far this season. And both of those games are in prime time in very difficult stadiums to win. The Seahawks will likely be coming off two straight losses (they're at the Rams on Sunday) and will feel like their season is on the line. The Vikings will be playing the third of three straight division games, maybe with a chance to take hold of the North.

But first things first. Here come the 5-4 Dolphins, led by backup QB Brock Osweiler, I've been to two Packer games this season. After watching the Pack have to fight from behind to beat Mitch Trubisky and CJ Beathard, I'm taking nothing for granted this Sunday.

The Dolphins come in still feeling like they're in the wildcard hunt in the AFC. They really aren't, but they don't know that yet. What are they good at? Defensively, they can rush the passer, with the ageless Cameron Wake, Robert Quinn and Andre Branch. Offensively, they can move it on the ground with another ageless guy, Frank Gore and Kenyon Drake. And they have some decent receivers in Danny Amendola, Devante Parker and Kenny Stills.

But there's a reason the Packers are ten point favorites in this matchup. It's an obvious must-win game for the 3-4-1 Pack and represents their only game at Lambeau between October 15th and December 2nd. Temperatures will be in the low 30s and both teams will look to pound the rock. The Dolphins are 28th against the run so maybe McCarthy and Rodgers will find a way to run the ball 25-30 times.

It sounds like Bryan Bulaga dodged a major knee injury when he went down early against the Patriots so the Pack will have him back to deal with Quinn. It will be interesting to see if rookie Minkah Fitzpatrick draws the assignment to cover Davante Adams. They just moved him to outside corner last week against the pass-challenged Jets. This will be a good test, as Rodgers has said he wants to feed Adams more. With Geronimo Allison done for the year, MVS will step into a starting role. His speed could cause the rookie problems as well.

Defensively, Green Bay may be a bit short-handed, with Kevin King likely to miss a game, again, and Mike Daniels suddenly questionable with a shoulder injury sustained in practice. Those losses might not hurt to badly on Sunday, but they will be needed for the road games that follow. After seeing Blake Martinez carted off the field after rolling his ankle, it looked like he'd be lost for a while. But he surprisingly came back into the game--we'll see if he's anything close to 100%. He's been limited in practice this week.

The Packers are unbeaten at home, though only the Bills game has been easy. I have a hard time believing the Packers are in a position to coast against anyone right now. I expect the Packers to move the ball well on the ground, with Rodgers connecting on a couple of big plays. I'd like to believe the defense will shut down this mediocre offense, but with some key guys banged up and the safety position razor thin, it will probably be a bit closer than we'd like.

Packers 27  Dolphins 20

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Comments (8):

"The Dolphins come in still feeling like they're in the wildcard hunt in the AFC. They really aren't, " You know who else is in that boat? Entitled Town shareholders.

on November 10th, 2018 at 01:35am

I think this week starts off the "run the table" scenario. Pack wins in a blowout and all the uneasiness is washed away. Gutey and McCarthy are just biding their time and keeping the more creative play calls under wraps until the playoffs. It's going to be cold in title town and the pansys from Miami won't know how to handle it. This will be Aaron Jones coming out party and I expect over 150 with a couple of td's. Go pack go.

on November 10th, 2018 at 10:42pm

Maybe after we choke again this year we can bring that 15 and 1 choking team in town again next year and play some prince songs in the purple palace,that was so cool!! How come we're the only team that celebrates 15 and 1 teams,we'll never catch the packers at 13 and nothing,how come they don't celebrate 15 and 1 teams😪😩😪

on November 11th, 2018 at 02:27pm

6-2 with some help elsewhere is the minimum pace the Packers must set for the second half of the season to make the playoffs. 7-1 and they're a lock. The franchise has done closing kicks like that before and the schedule sets up favorably to do it again. But the team has to play to make it happen. They not only have to beat Miami but win a clear, clean victory for once. A close, struggling win like San Francisco won't be reassuring. Vince Lombardi used to tell his players they were starting "the big push." Well, this is the start of the "big push" for this year's Packers team.

on November 11th, 2018 at 07:24am

What's this about running the ball? "The Dolphins are 28th against the run so maybe McCarthy and Rodgers will find a way to run the ball 25-30 times." Doubtful, not because the Packers aren't capable of running the ball, but because McFarty is to dumb to actually do it, a $hit leopard can't change its spots bro. In all seriousness, if the Packers are actually going to get their $hit in one sock this year they're going to have to win this game. The best thing they have going for them is the weather, and even that might not be enough. The $hit inferno that is the 2018 packer season continues to burn, fueled by the never ending stream of flatulence from Fatcarthy's sphincter. Sorry Packers, your $hit goose is cooked.

on November 9th, 2018 at 01:26pm

Synner - Yore squad is playing like what it is: a mediocre, 8-8 team. Embrace the suck, Synner and all of you Entitled Town residents! Hahahahahahahahaha!!!!!

on November 9th, 2018 at 01:42pm

7-8-1 the Bears and Lions are more complete squads. Embrace the suck.

on November 9th, 2018 at 03:41pm

This is my one pilgrimage to Lambeau this year, I hope it's a good one. If you're going, I hope to see you there! GO PACK!!

on November 9th, 2018 at 12:29pm

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