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Rams G.M. in awe of the Packers

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The Green Bay Packers are the defending Super Bowl champions and the NFL’s only undefeated team, and after stomping St. Louis on Sunday there wasn’t much for Rams General Manager Billy Devaney to say.

“Awesome,” Devaney said. “They’re talented, they’re confident, playmakers. It’s a great team.”

The Packers are making it look easy, winning four in a row by double-digit margins. Their only game that has really been competitive was Week One against the Saints, and even that game wasn’t that close, as the Packers marched down the field and scored on the opening possession and led the rest of the way.

Packers coach Mike McCarthy wants his players to forget about the games they’ve already won and focus on next week.

“We’re seven days from being 7-0, and that’s our message,” McCarthy said.

Every team that has crossed paths with the Packers has heard that message. They’re the best team in the league.

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  1. ajknox88 says: Oct 17, 2011 8:23 AM

    that Jordy Nelson play was awesome

  2. nogoodell says: Oct 17, 2011 8:24 AM

    By far the best team in the NFL.. showing that running the ball is a past time

  3. clintonportisheadd says: Oct 17, 2011 8:35 AM

    Looking at the second half of the Rams game was scary. The Pack decided to “mail it in” and go thru the motions. They believe they can turn it on on and off at will-and maybe they can-but thats not a good mindset to have.

  4. skoobyfl says: Oct 17, 2011 8:40 AM

    I think the Buffalo Bills would torch them in Buffalo, revenge is coming this Feb.

  5. agger643 says: Oct 17, 2011 8:40 AM

    Saints got stopped at the 1 on last play of game with chance to win..that’s not close?

  6. tejano2k says: Oct 17, 2011 8:41 AM

    I 2nd the “best team in the league” comment! And, they’re doing it with CLASS. Maybe the Lions should be taking “protocol” notes from the Pack. So far, so good. All is well on the soon to be “frozen tundra”. Go Pack!

  7. richm2256 says: Oct 17, 2011 8:43 AM

    Okay, time to take a closer look at this “Greatest Team Ever”. At 6-0 they’ve beaten:

    A pretty good Saints team (4-2)
    A 1-5 Carolina Panthers
    The 3-3 Bears
    A 1-4 Broncos team
    The 3-3 Falcons
    The 0-5 St. Louis Rams

    Not saying the Packers aren’t good, I’m saying “look at their opponents”. Outside of the Saints, they haven’t faced a better-than-.500 club.

    And they face the mighty Vikings two of the next three games. The first “good” team they’ll face after New Orleans is the 4-1 Chargers.

    The Packers have a real creampuff second half schedule, the toughest teams they’ll face are the Giants and the Lions (twice).

    Easy to look like Joe Louis when you’re fighting slappies.

  8. packerfanfornot4life says: Oct 17, 2011 8:50 AM

    okay everyone!!!! Wisconsin sports fans are all classless on 3

  9. congratsyouareanidiot says: Oct 17, 2011 8:50 AM

    ‘Rams G.M. in awe of Packers’ and disgusted in his inability to create a competitive team since Warner left.

    Tell me how the Lions can turn around in the North and yet the Rams continue struggling in the West. Awful.

  10. mypackersownyourteam says: Oct 17, 2011 8:51 AM

    Packers played horribly yesterday and still won by 21. Theres a lot to be in awe of.

  11. jgo304 says: Oct 17, 2011 8:52 AM

    Could only imagine how much better they would be with Cullen Jenkins still wearing the proper green and Nick Collins wouldn’t have suffered that awful injury.

    How do you stop Jennings, Jones, Nelson, Finley, Driver, Cobb, Grant, Starks.

    And just wait till it gets cold when they start running the ball more and using the PA to death.

  12. jrmbadger says: Oct 17, 2011 9:01 AM

    “richm2256 says:
    Oct 17, 2011 8:43 AM”

    I don’t necessarily disagree with you, but I think part of the feeling that they are the best team goes back to last year where they beat a good Philly team, a good Falcons team, a good Bears team (all on the road) and a good Steelers team.

    That being said, they are the only 6-0 team, but their defense makes me a tad nervous.

  13. docboss says: Oct 17, 2011 9:06 AM

    Perhaps Billy should be in awe of the Rams O-Line. Like “Awe (fill in the expletive)”. How much longer can Bradford survive when there is no protection? I laugh when I hear those who claim Jackson is a poor runner and cannot carry the team. Seems the Rams had a similar running back a few years ago with the same problem. He was traded to a team with some talent. I think Jerome Bettis had a nice little career with the Steelers. Billy, it’s the line stupid.

  14. bilpac7 says: Oct 17, 2011 9:06 AM

    The Saints are #2 in NFC
    The Panthers have been in almost every game
    The Bears were in the NFC Championship last year
    The Falcons were #1 in the NFC last year
    The Rams were a game out of the playoffs last year

    The schedule is cush, but they cannot help that, they did not pick it, the NFL did!
    All they can do is beat the team in front of them, which they are doing.

  15. polishrod says: Oct 17, 2011 9:09 AM

    tejano2k says:
    Oct 17, 2011 8:41 AM
    I 2nd the “best team in the league” comment! And, they’re doing it with CLASS. Maybe the Lions should be taking “protocol” notes from the Pack. So far, so good. All is well on the soon to be “frozen tundra”. Go Pack!

    —————–

    Typical Packer fan…. The Packers can do no wrong and they are the classiest team in the league.

    Except for Charles Woodson throwing “haymakers” at a back-up TE because he was being blocked too hard.

    Except for AJ Hawk and his middle finger tribute.

    Except for BJ Raji and his over-the-top complaining.

    Except for…… well I think we all get the point, or at least those of not brain-washed by Leinenkugel and cheese curds.

  16. mjfjd says: Oct 17, 2011 9:24 AM

    “Drop the awe factor, OK, Devaney, Devaney, drop the awe factor.”

  17. peytonwantsaflag says: Oct 17, 2011 9:25 AM

    Teddy Bruschi’s gonna have another conniption – Teddy Bruschi don’t like that “Awesome” talk.

  18. chuckyd317 says: Oct 17, 2011 9:34 AM

    Typical Packer fan…. The Packers can do no wrong and they are the classiest team in the league.

    Except for Charles Woodson throwing “haymakers” at a back-up TE because he was being blocked too hard.

    Except for AJ Hawk and his middle finger tribute.

    Except for BJ Raji and his over-the-top complaining.

    Except for…… well I think we all get the point, or at least those of not brain-washed by Leinenkugel and cheese curds

    _______________________________

    One punch to the gut isn’t ” Throwing Haymakers”

    AJ’s salute was to his own teammate not the competition.

    Raji basically told the Falcons to back up their talk… If you want to complain about complaining, talk to the Steelers…

  19. zenofobe says: Oct 17, 2011 9:34 AM

    Packers: Retire the throwback unis, now and forever.

  20. 13xworldchamps says: Oct 17, 2011 9:37 AM

    richm2256 says: Oct 17, 2011 8:43 AM

    Okay, time to take a closer look at this “Greatest Team Ever”. At 6-0 they’ve beaten:

    A pretty good Saints team (4-2)
    A 1-5 Carolina Panthers
    The 3-3 Bears
    A 1-4 Broncos team
    The 3-3 Falcons
    The 0-5 St. Louis Rams

    ——————————————————
    Hey Richman, No one said greatest team ever. At 6-0 and the only undefeated team you have to say they are pretty good.

    12 game winning streak, 14 of the last 15 home games.

    The packers can only play the games on their schedule. No apologies for that.

  21. packerfanfordecades says: Oct 17, 2011 9:44 AM

    Green Bay’s development of young players continues to impress. Yesterday they had Newhouse in all game at left tackle and I can’t recall any penalties against him.

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t recall any penalties against the offensive line at all … and … I don’t recall much pressure against Aaron yesterday. That was achieved with a first round pick still on the bench learning the playbook. Terriffic.

    I sure wish my Dad were alive to see this Packer era.

  22. hallcyon says: Oct 17, 2011 9:48 AM

    The Rams are the least talented team in the NFL. Their entirety of their coaching, front office and scouting staffs should be fired. The Bengals have more talent and are better at scouting players.

  23. elks84 says: Oct 17, 2011 9:50 AM

    I’m surprised it took them this long to be 6-0.
    -Brett Favre

  24. brownsince64 says: Oct 17, 2011 10:03 AM

    its a QB league and they have arguably the guy playing the best at the most vital position in sports.
    success in the NFL is dominated by the QB position. ask indy.

  25. voiceofrealism says: Oct 17, 2011 10:08 AM

    richm2256 says: Oct 17, 2011 8:43 AM

    Okay, time to take a closer look at this “Greatest Team Ever”. At 6-0 they’ve beaten:

    A pretty good Saints team (4-2)
    A 1-5 Carolina Panthers
    The 3-3 Bears
    A 1-4 Broncos team
    The 3-3 Falcons
    The 0-5 St. Louis Rams
    ——————————-
    I agree there is lots of room for improvement, but remember, the Bears and Falcons would be above .500 except for being beaten by the Packers.

  26. dellied says: Oct 17, 2011 10:25 AM

    I don’t entirely disagree with the point “Who have they faced?” You do have a point.

    I would say that The Falcons are much better than their record, and so are the Panthers. They’ve fought and scrapped in every game. I think the Bears showed that they can be competitive – division games are usually very difficult. The Rams are, of course, quite terrible.

    That all said, they’ve not only won their games, but dominated most of them. Further, they haven’t even had to play perfect football – and they have some significant injuries on both offense and defense. Lastly, no one’s calling them the “greatest team ever” just a good team, and the best one in the league by a good margin (for now).

    As for the “classless” garbage, um, no one is buying that. The Packers organization, and team specifically, are widely regarded as being among the classiest in the league. Regardless of made up “whining” controversies (huh? actually watch these interviews people, it’s clear as day that there’s no “whining” going on), “haymakers” – Charles Woodson makes one mistake in his 13+ year career and AJ Hawk having fun with teammates (an absent-minded move, sure, but no one in their right mind would look at Hawk’s track record and call him “classless”). You guys are really trying to find things to nitpick now. It’s weak. Very weak.

    If you want to pick on the Packers, point to their anemic running game and their injuries in the secondary and tepid pass rush. Don’t just parrot what Jamie Dukes says – it makes you look like an idiot.

  27. pack13queens0 says: Oct 17, 2011 10:32 AM

    This team is the greatest team ever. The 2011 Packers would beat the 1972 Dolphins. 13 games away from 19-0.

  28. packerfanfordecades says: Oct 17, 2011 10:44 AM

    The (sole) die-hard Vikings fan in our office hasn’t come in to work yet this morning.

    It must not be much fun to come into work for the Viking players/coaches either. Yikes. They just got their fond hopes taken apart by the Bears and now they have to work on getting “up” for facing Green Bay next weekend. I sure don’t like the Vikings …. but gotta “feel” for them a little bit right now.

    The die-hard Vikings fan just came in reporting a bad headache had kept him at home. I believe him.

  29. packerjer says: Oct 17, 2011 10:44 AM

    Teddy Bruschi isn’t going to like that.

  30. hairpie says: Oct 17, 2011 10:48 AM

    Why do people still call the previous years champs “Defending” champs? there are no defending champs in team sports that start seasons 0-0.

    The Packers won the championship LAST YEAR.

  31. ruvelligwebuike says: Oct 17, 2011 11:17 AM

    I have to be honest. I’m getting a little sick of them going to sleep for entire halves of games. In every single game this year, they have poured it on for about a quarter and a half and knocked the other team out for the count. The rest of the time, it’s just, “Ho-hum, go through the motions, we’ll obviously win by double digits anyway.”

    At some point, they are going to have to put together four quarters.

  32. The Phantom Stranger says: Oct 17, 2011 12:09 PM

    “We’re seven days from being 7-0, and that’s our message,” McCarthy said.
    ______________

    I know the Vikings have almost zero chance of winning next week, but McCarthy guaranteed a victory. He doesn’t have to worry about bulletin board material, but maybe his message should be “we need to work as hard as we can so we can be 7-0 in seven days.”

  33. thegbpfan says: Oct 17, 2011 12:10 PM

    @ruvelligwebuike

    So for you, coming from a 13 pt deficit to beat the Panthers and coming from a 14 pt. deficit to beat the Falcons – as well as ending the game with the Saints denying them on the 1 yard line in the last couple minutes is ho-hum, and the Pack needs to figure out how to “put together 4 quarters”.

    I’d say if they hadn’t “put together 4 quarters” of game against those 3 opponents, our record would not be 6-0.

  34. The Phantom Stranger says: Oct 17, 2011 12:12 PM

    packerfanfordecades says:
    Oct 17, 2011 10:44 AM
    The (sole) die-hard Vikings fan in our office hasn’t come in to work yet this morning.

    It must not be much fun to come into work for the Viking players/coaches either. Yikes. They just got their fond hopes taken apart by the Bears and now they have to work on getting “up” for facing Green Bay next weekend. I sure don’t like the Vikings …. but gotta “feel” for them a little bit right now.

    The die-hard Vikings fan just came in reporting a bad headache had kept him at home. I believe him.
    ______________

    You just described me perfectly. Are you sitting in the office next to me?

  35. pack13queens0 says: Oct 17, 2011 1:37 PM

    Wayne Larrivee will be saying “There is your dagger” @ kickoff next week. Queens have no chance.

  36. dukemarc says: Oct 17, 2011 2:14 PM

    Phantom, I don’t think that’s what McCarthy meant since it would be the first time he’s guaranteed anything, but if the Vikes need weak material like that to get up for this game so be it.

  37. badfish6907 says: Oct 17, 2011 3:12 PM

    When the QB completes 70% of his passes for 17 TD’s against 3 INT’s through six games it is hard not to be undefeated or at least close to it. They go as Rodgers goes and the first defense to bring him back down to earth will most likely be the Packs first loss. The question is who has the defense that is up to the task.

  38. tiffpats4eva says: Oct 17, 2011 3:26 PM

    @richm2256

    I could not agree more.

  39. badfish6907 says: Oct 17, 2011 3:39 PM

    Do people who bring up the schedule even have a clue about how the schedule is made? Every team in the division plays the exact same schedule other than the two games based on your prior year finish. Is it the Packers fault that the Rams were second in their division last year? The other side of that is the Giants from the east who have been playing pretty tough. They play the entire NFC South and AFC West just like the rest of the division. They like everyone else plays who the nfl puts in front of them.

  40. houndog50 says: Oct 17, 2011 3:50 PM

    Thanks badfish6907, but it’s unlikely they understood you, they’re too busy bashing, due to their own lack of knowledge, to follow what you’re saying.
    It’s such an easy equation nobody can figure it out!

  41. badfish6907 says: Oct 17, 2011 4:21 PM

    Oh and the Packers performance against their “cupcake” schedule?

    Their last four wins have been by two scores, two of which were by three scores. Also consider that they had the game well in hand before a garbage time run by Newton at Carolina.

    That is how a championship NFL squad performs against “lesser” opponents.

  42. 13xworldchamps says: Oct 17, 2011 4:22 PM

    pack13queens0 says: Oct 17, 2011 1:37 PM

    Wayne Larrivee will be saying “There is your dagger” @ kickoff next week. Queens have no chance.

    —————————————————–

    slow your roll people, 1 missed block and the wrong type of hit on Rodgers can change all that.
    Remember at Detroit last year. I was very happy to see Rodgers sliding in the open field yesterday

    the Vikings are a division foe that know us well and deserves our respect. Hold the hooting and hollering till after the games played.

    remember at this point last year we were 3-3

    be humble, be respectful

  43. badfish6907 says: Oct 17, 2011 4:32 PM

    I never take Viking games for granted. The Pack has gone to the Humpty dome before with a better team on paper and have lost. AP will be up for this game for sure, and he can change momentum in a hurry.

  44. stellarperformance says: Oct 17, 2011 5:18 PM

    badfish6907 says:
    Oct 17, 2011 4:32 PM
    I never take Viking games for granted. The Pack has gone to the Humpty dome before with a better team on paper and have lost. AP will be up for this game for sure, and he can change momentum in a hurry.

    _________________________________

    I couldn’t agree more. A wounded animal is a dangerous animal. There is a reason the all-time series is nearly tied…despite all those horrible years for Green Bay…it’s because these two teams hate each other and go toe-to-toe every time they play each other. I am hoping the Packers win but I won’t bet on it. They have a lot of room for improvement despite all the accolades. I don’t think they will go undefeated and neither does anybody else with a base in reality. I just don’t want to lose to Minnesota.

  45. teal379 says: Oct 17, 2011 7:02 PM

    Okay, time to take a closer look at this “Greatest Team Ever”. At 6-0 they’ve beaten:

    A pretty good Saints team (4-2)
    A 1-5 Carolina Panthers
    The 3-3 Bears
    A 1-4 Broncos team
    The 3-3 Falcons
    The 0-5 St. Louis Rams

    Not saying the Packers aren’t good, I’m saying “look at their opponents”. Outside of the Saints, they haven’t faced a better-than-.500 club.

    And they face the mighty Vikings two of the next three games. The first “good” team they’ll face after New Orleans is the 4-1 Chargers.

    The Packers have a real creampuff second half schedule, the toughest teams they’ll face are the Giants and the Lions (twice).

    Easy to look like Joe Louis when you’re fighting slappies.

    *****************************************

    Look – NFL sets the schedule so this isn’t like Boise St. scheduling a line up of cream puffs to go undefeated and complain about being out of the National Championship – they play who the league, not their “AD” says.

    Also they’ve played 3 out of the 5 NFC play off teams from last year not named “The Green Bay Packers” and beat all of them. The only ones they’ve not played are Seattle and Philly – don’t think anyone really believes that this would make a difference.

    They’ve played who they were scheduled, beat them all. What else can they do?

  46. Wisconsin77 says: Oct 17, 2011 10:20 PM

    tejano2k says:
    Oct 17, 2011 8:41 AM
    I 2nd the “best team in the league” comment! And, they’re doing it with CLASS.

    lol, there is that self proclaimed “Class” word again. Sorry buddy, but “Class” is not flipping off your own teammates in front of a national TV audience.

  47. tiffpats4eva says: Oct 17, 2011 11:01 PM

    pack13queens0 says:
    Oct 17, 2011 1:37 PM
    Wayne Larrivee will be saying “There is your dagger” @ kickoff next week. Queens have no chance.
    ***********************

    They’ve only won 1 game this year. They are in the Andrew Luck sweepstakes like most of the Packers opponents.

  48. tiffpats4eva says: Oct 17, 2011 11:08 PM

    bilpac7 says:
    Oct 17, 2011 9:06 AM
    The Saints are #2 in NFC
    The Panthers have been in almost every game
    The Bears were in the NFC Championship last year
    The Falcons were #1 in the NFC last year
    The Rams were a game out of the playoffs last year

    The schedule is cush, but they cannot help that, they did not pick it, the NFL did!
    All they can do is beat the team in front of them, which they are doing.
    *************************
    The Rams were 8-8 last season in a horrible division and went to the playoffs and got bounced. They are 0-5 this season. They suck.

    ATL phony team that almost lost to the Seahawks.

    Panthers, are you kidding me?

    It’s easy to look like world beaters when the reigning Super Bowl MVP is playing the crap of the league.

    Just saying. See how well you guys play against an actual contender.

    BTW, what happened to Clay Matthews this season?

  49. badfish6907 says: Oct 18, 2011 7:32 PM

    Oh and they haven’t played the crap of the league. I’m pretty sure the Pats aren’t on their schedule.

  50. 1randyray says: Oct 18, 2011 7:54 PM

    Packers…”Greatness” team ever? Perhaps. GB has 12 straight regular & postseason wins thus far but…most NFL fans are not aware of a couple things. GB never lost by more than 4 points of last season. Those two 4 point loses came in week 14 & 15 (DET & NE…very good teams) with QB Flynn NOT Rodgers! If Rodgers had played 4 quarters…there is no question GB would have won. That “technically” gives them 15 straight wins & the other 4 loses were only by 3 points. (CHI, ATL, MIA & WAS in OT). Remember folks…the “G” logo on the Packers helmet does NOT stand for “Green Bay”…it stands for “Greatness” (established in 1961)! Again…”Perhaps” the best team EVER!

  51. 1randyray says: Oct 18, 2011 8:17 PM

    Forgive me for not addressing something else on my last blog. For all you PIT fans…yes you have 6 rings & GB has 4…thus far…but, GB has 13 world championships! When GB won 9 (pre-Super Bowl)…PIT won ZERO! I adopted this present GB team with the superhero “Green Lantern”. So I say…”GB keep LIGHTING those other opponents up with the universes’ most greatest & powerful RING (& it’s GREEN)”! Remember…even Superman’s weakness is the “green” kryptonite! Additionally, who is that Superbowl trophy named after anyway that the other 31 teams are trying to achieve?

  52. gb4ever0811 says: Oct 18, 2011 10:15 PM

    pack13queens0 says:
    Oct 17, 2011 1:37 PM
    Wayne Larrivee will be saying “There is your dagger” @ kickoff next week. Queens have no chance.
    _________________________________

    no, no, no, no….he’ll be saying it as the Packers step off the bus at the stadium.

    ___________________________________
    tiffpats4eva

    Just saying. See how well you guys play against an actual contender.

    BTW, what happened to Clay Matthews this season?
    ______

    Okay, first of all, Clay Matthews has been double teamed most of the season. It’s tough to get sacks when one gets so much respect. They must be pressuring the QB, somehow, having so many INTs. Why their so good and ranked 1st in all power rankings and addressing your other issue of their schedule will be addressed in my following post:

  53. gb4ever0811 says: Oct 18, 2011 10:17 PM

    The Packers have been taking care of business. They beat the Saints (NFC Championship preview) and had to rally to beat the best 1-5 team in the NFL (the Panthers), but other than that they’ve dominated and taken care of business. The score of the Chicago game didn’t tell the tale of how far apart the two clubs were. The best team in any pro sport will DOMINATE teams playing poorly. The Packers are taking care of that, showing what a good team does. They checked out at halftime against the Rams b/c they could. How about this: would an overrated team take a 24-3 halftime lead, completely check out, and hold another professional team to ZERO points in 15 minutes of football? Doubtful. The Packers playing against Atlanta were down a starting lineman on an already beat-up O-line when they lost arguably their best O-lineman in Clifton. Guys stepped up. They’re #1 because they have 0 losses, but also because of how they’ve won. Gritty win against Atlanta, taking-care-of-business-butt-whooping against Denver, a well-earned check-out against St. Louis, and overcoming a terrible call that moved their best opponent thus far to the one yard-line. Yep, they win all ways.

  54. gb4ever0811 says: Oct 18, 2011 10:20 PM

    Oh, and I apologize, two posts ago I wrote “their” when it should be “they’re.” Sorry, Pats fans are getting to me today, lol

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