Packers XLV

The Drive for Five Begins with a Bunny.

Posted November 30th, 2018 @ 04:11pm

This is a kind of no-win situation for the Packers. As they return home from their grueling five-game post-bye stretch, they know the playoffs have begun on the first Sunday in December. And anything less than a double digit win over the Cardinals will be seen as failure.

It's a strange time in Packerland, where there appears to be a solid end-date on the Mike McCarthy era and it's likely either Black Monday, January 1st or the next day. The Packers have yet to win two straight games this season and now must win five, including a game at Soldier Field with a Bears team that may be coming off a Rams loss and itching to avenge what happened in the fourth quarter of the opener.

Anything less than a spot in the divisional round will likely spell the end for McCarthy and the choice to oversee Rodgers' golden years will be the all-consuming story in January. For now, the Packers will look to start the long road back to respectability. This week's opponent will not get the Pack any closer, since Arizona is one of the two or three worst teams in the league.

This marks just the sixth time that the Pack has been a two touchdown favorite in the McCarthy era (the Pack is 5-0 and 2-3 vs. the spread). The fact that a 4-6-1 team can even be a two touchdown favorite tells you all you need to know about Arizona, a team in transition, with some very good veteran talent (Larry Fitzgerald, David Johnson, Chandler Jones, Marcus Golden and Patrick Peterson) along with a rookie coach who two years ago was in charge of the Panthers' secondary and a rookie QB whose mouth has made a bigger impression than his arm.

Josh Rosen has beaten the 49ers twice and is 0-6 against the rest of the league. He has potential, but has a lot to learn and will give the Packers several opportunities to take the ball away--they lead the league in giveaways with 22. Fitzgerald is, in likely his final season of a spectacular career, still a factor and rookie Christian Kirk has been productive on the outside. But the Cardinals rank dead last in total yards and rushing yards. David Johnson hasn't forgotten how to run, but their offensive line is banged up and overall abysmal.

The one thing the Cardinals can do is rush the passer. They lead the NFL in sack percentage, led by Chandler Jones with 11. Patrick Peterson is still a top five corner and his matchup with Davante Adams will be the fun to watch, but look for Rodgers and the Pack to attack the defense with some quick hits and, gasp, underneath passes. I expect Aaron Jones to have his most productive game of the season on the ground--and maybe through the air.

Not a whole lot to write about with this one. It feels like the Buffalo game: the Packers could and should win easily and we'll all say, 'well, they were supposed to that. Season on the line, team from the desert coming up in December, a 2-9 team going nowhere, with an offensive coordinator who just took over a few weeks ago.' A big Packer win won't prove a lot, but it will keep the 'dream' alive for another week.

Packers 33   Cardinals 13


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Synner - Welcome to Suckville: Population you. See you at church on Sunday. - Yore Mom

on December 1st, 2018 at 07:28pm

A month ago the Dallas Cowboys were a mess and written off as dead, their coach due to be fired any day. Four straight wins later, including an inspired performance against the NFC's apparent top team Thursday night and they're in first in their division and a favorite for the playoffs. A season can be turned around in the midst of a season and the Packers have done it many times before. The schedule does now set up favorably for a push. Only the injury situation may be more than this team can overcome. Chicago barely got out of Detroit with a win on Thanksgiving and with their quarterback injured they may have a trap game at the Giants this Sunday and then have the Rams coming in after that. The Stinkqueens play consecutively at New England and Seattle. In two weeks it could be Bears 8-5, Pack and Queens 6-6-1 and we'll be having different conversation. Not to mention what kind of scramble for the Wild Cards might be. As Yogi Berra famously said, it ain't over till it's over.

on December 1st, 2018 at 12:08pm

absolutely brutal game so far... pack could lose if they dont wake up... 10-7 deep in the third..Sin called 4 a blowout.....

on December 2nd, 2018 at 02:18pm

I was up at my cabin in Wisconsin where a lot of us mudducks go on weekends and I was getting busy with my cousin on the couch and the tv went out,did we choke against the patriots?should have kept ponder,could have got him for 50 bucks

on December 2nd, 2018 at 06:32pm

Packers to win the north. Defense going to better with the new coordinator. Packers in the Super Bowl. to: 4-7-1, loss to the 2-9 cardinals, McCarthy! Time for a new hobby Davey!

on December 3rd, 2018 at 07:18am

Why don't I believe that Moron Mudduck is a Vikings fan? Because his grammar and spelling are too poor. He's got to be a Packer fan.

on December 3rd, 2018 at 10:02am

You know that MM is a Packer fan. If his anti-Vikings rage posts weren't a dead give away, his recreational activities with his cousin at his tar paper shack sure is.

on December 3rd, 2018 at 12:14pm

You know, when the last time we looked hopeless for the future? Some three decades ago? There was no internet and I thought that was bad times. I can't even imagine how I could live with packers being worse. That's even with Aaron. I don't know how to live, when I have to go through such humiliation every day.

on November 30th, 2018 at 04:46pm

Ya'll playing catch up ball to the Vikes! Wooooo! My rolex is a better blocker than spriggs. Think Rosen is going to style and PROFILE all game! Gotta go AZ , 34-6. So the rebuild begins........

on November 30th, 2018 at 11:12am

Anything less than a double digit win will be seen as failure? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!! Anyone who has watched a football game in 2018 will be amazed if the Packers are able to win a game. Yes, they'll be in Lambeau, and will have the 12th-18th men on the field donned in white and black stripes, but to assume a win for this team is only for the most delusional fans. You know, people like Collinsworth, Good luck with the rebuild, cheeseheads!

on November 30th, 2018 at 11:15am

Bunny Rodgers is gonna piss and moap all game and eventually will play well enough to win. Just enough for you guys to keep FatCarthy around for another 5 years and drill this team even further into the void where it belongs. The 70s are not as far away as you think. The shit winds are blowing Synny, and they are shifting your way.

on November 30th, 2018 at 11:18am

I agree with these posters, I suck and the pack sucks. My arm is like lamar from Revenge of the Nerds. I may get a power washer for the sideline to wash the sand out of my vagina.

on November 30th, 2018 at 11:20am

Why you miserable skunk, don't you know we done got the greatest football player of all time? The playoffs are a guarantee, Aaron Godgers will take us to the promise land. As my daddy, former Redskin coach Vince Lombardi, used to say, "He's double-backboned and braver than the first man who ate an oyster." McCarthy lucked out on this gig, but he's a successful coach. Don't give up on the slimmest man in Green Bay. Super Bowl Championship this season is guaranteed. Just take yer tater and wait.

on November 30th, 2018 at 12:16pm

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