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NFL morning after: Don’t overlook the Packers

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With 11 NFL games played simultaneously early Sunday afternoon, there were half a dozen big ones with playoff implications. The Vikings pounded the Texans. The Bengals snatched the final AFC playoff spot away from the Steelers. The Redskins held on to beat the Eagles. The Cowboys lost a thriller to the Saints. The Colts clinched a return to the playoffs in Kansas City. The Patriots struggled to put away the pesky Jaguars.

Those were all good games, so you can be forgiven if you overlooked the Packers’ 55-7 blowout of the Titans, a snoozer that was over a few minutes after it began. But for my money, the Packers made a stronger statement about their status as a Super Bowl contender than any of the teams in those other games I mentioned.

Yes, the Titans are a bad team, but even against the bad teams, you can be impressed with the way a good team plays. And I have to be impressed when I see Aaron Rodgers go 27-for-38 for 342 yards, with three touchdowns and no interceptions. I have to be impressed when I see three wide receivers — James Jones, Randall Cobb and Greg Jennings — all catch touchdown passes, while tight end Jermichael Finley had his best game of the season, with 70 receiving yards. I have to be impressed when running back Ryan Grant, last year’s starter who just re-signed in Green Bay three weeks ago, gained 80 yards and scored two touchdowns.

But we already knew the Packers would be fine on offense, as long as Rodgers is around. Even more importantly, I was impressed with a Green Bay defense that saw six different players — A.J. Hawk, Brad Jones, Clay Matthews, Mike Neal, Dezman Moses and Sam Shields — sack Titans quarterback Jake Locker. And I was even impressed by the special teams — which had been the biggest weakness of the Packers this season — stepping up on Sunday. Jeremy Ross had a 58-yard punt return, while Mason Crosby finally settled down and made both of his field goal attempts, although his 48-yarder bounced off the upright before falling through.

Does all that add up to the Packers being the best team in the NFL right now? I don’t know. If I had to pick a best team right now I’d probably go with Seattle, which pounded San Francisco on Sunday night for its third straight blowout win. But I’m not sure how relevant the title of “best team” is at this time of year. We often see that the universally recognized best team in the league in late December isn’t still standing in early February — as the Packers found out the hard way last year.

What I do think that is that if I were a fan of a playoff team, the Packers — who have now won four straight and nine of their last 10 — are the team I’d least want to be playing when the postseason starts. This Green Bay team is really, really good, and remember: If we have a rematch of that Seahawks-Packers “Fail Mary” replacement ref debacle in the postseason, the rematch will most likely be at Lambeau Field. A Seahawks-Packers playoff rematch would be a matchup of the two NFC teams that are playing their best football right now, and in Green Bay, I’d pick the Packers.

That 55-7 Packers score was what really made me sit up and take notice on Sunday. Here are the other items that caught my eye:

The NFL’s schedule makers dropped the ball with Sunday afternoon’s slate. Putting 11 games in the 1 o’clock kickoff slot and only three games in the 4 o’clock kickoff slot is a dumb way to divide up the afternoon games. With a bunch of good games in the early window, it was hard to follow all the action. And with three lousy games in the late window, the end of the day felt like a letdown.

Jamaal Charles tops Jim Brown. Charles didn’t just rush for 226 yards in the Chiefs’ loss to the Colts. He also broke Jim Brown’s half-century old record for the highest career yards per carry average for a running back. In the official NFL Record and Fact Book, a player needs 750 career carries to qualify for the all-time record, and among running backs, Jim Brown’s career average of 5.22 yards per carry has always been the gold standard. But on Sunday, Charles got his 750th career carry and jumped ahead of Brown in the record book. Charles now has 770 career carries for 4,483 yards, an incredible career average of 5.82 yards a carry. Any time a running back tops Jim Brown, he has done something special. To top Jim Brown’s longstanding record average by more than half a yard per carry is stunning.

Janoris Jenkins has had a remarkable rookie season. Jenkins entered this year’s NFL draft widely regarded as one of the most talented players available, but also as an off-field problem child who could turn out to be more trouble than he’s worth. Well, the Rams drafted Jenkins in the second round, and he has had some off-field trouble — Rams coach Jeff Fisher benched him for one game for missing curfew — but no one could possibly argue that Jenkins is more trouble than he’s worth anymore. Jenkins has been a fantastic cornerback on an improving St. Louis defense, and on Sunday he scored his fourth defensive touchdown of the season. Do you know how hard that is to do? Deion Sanders is the best defensive player I ever saw at making plays after turnovers, and even Deion never scored four defensive touchdowns in a season. Jenkins is one of only three players in NFL history to have three interception returns for a touchdown in his rookie season, and the other two — Lem Barney and Ronnie Lott — are in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. If Jenkins can steer clear of off-field trouble, then Fisher is going to look back on drafting Jenkins as the single most important decision he made in his first year as the Rams’ coach.

Blair Walsh has had a remarkable rookie season, too. Never before in NFL history had anyone kicked more than eight 50-yard field goals in a season. Walsh, Minnesota’s rookie kicker, booted his ninth field goal of 50 yards or longer when he connected from 56 yards against the Texans on Sunday. Everyone knows the Vikings are playoff contenders because they have the NFL’s best running back in Adrian Peterson. But don’t overlook the importance of having the NFL’s best kicker in Walsh.

The Broncos are doing it at the right time. We that the six AFC playoff teams will be the Texans, Broncos, Patriots, Ravens, Colts and Bengals. But the only one of those six teams that really looks like it’s playing its best football late in the season is Denver. The Texans got pushed around by the Vikings on Sunday, the Patriots followed a loss to the 49ers last week with an ugly win over the Jaguars this week, the Ravens played well on Sunday but have struggled through most of the last month, and the Bengals and Colts barely squeaked by in their wild-card clinching wins on Sunday. I see big question marks about those five AFC playoff teams, but no major questions about the Broncos, who played great offense and great defense in pounding the Browns on Sunday. How does Peyton Manning leading the Broncos to the Super Bowl against Aaron Rodgers and the Packers sound?

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91 Responses to “NFL morning after: Don’t overlook the Packers”
  1. logicalvoicesays says: Dec 24, 2012 6:29 AM

    God’s gonna be watching from the heavens alongside George Allen and Sean Taylor as his favorite team embarrasses the Cowboys on National TV twice in a span of 40 days…The RGIII Era Ladies and Gentlemen, get used to Victory Monday here in DC for years to come. If you aren’t a Redskin fan, enjoy misery and being humbled weekly. The critics have evaporated with the quickness. Understand what this last win vs Dallas will do for the Redskins…we end with an in division record of 5-1, win the NFC East, clinch a home playoff game and Robert Griffin gets the last stage in front of all the country to win his rightful Rookie of the Year award. The only thing stopping God’s team from Lombardi #4 now is 5 more easy victories. No one in this league is better than the Washington Redskins.

  2. packerbackernj says: Dec 24, 2012 6:40 AM

    True story. We forgive Seattle for the Fail Mary after setting the world straight putting the packers as the #2 seed in the nfc. Let’s all move past the worst call in NFL history, and relish in the greatness that is Packer football.

  3. bobnelsonjr says: Dec 24, 2012 6:50 AM

    The Packers are just getting a little more healthy.
    They won’t get the players back from IR but getting back a few more players in the next couple of weeks will only make the Green Bay Packers an even stronger team.

  4. iluvbears says: Dec 24, 2012 6:56 AM

    After the Vikings pound the Packers into submission next Sunday, you won’t be looking at them as a lock for the Super Bowl. They will be lucky to win their next game because their confidence will be so shaken & the players will be so sore.

  5. binkystevens says: Dec 24, 2012 7:01 AM

    I think anyone would agree tat the NFC is far superior to the AFC. Vikings just blew out the Texans, and they’re awful in the NFC. Falcons destroyed Denver, 9era destroyed New England in Foxboro. Look out

  6. seamhereseamthere says: Dec 24, 2012 7:12 AM

    Lets look at our NFC ‘playoff QB’s’ shall we? Ponder, Wilson, RGIII, Kaepernik are all untested in the playoffs. 2 are rookies and 1 is a rookie in everything but name only. The fourth’s job is to hand the ball to AP and get out of the way.

    That leaves Rodgers and Matt Ryan. And Ryan has never won a playoff game.

    Yes—the Packers ARE looking good.

  7. gmsingh says: Dec 24, 2012 7:14 AM

    Can we overlook the Packers when Rodgers goes up against a team with a pass rush and gets sacked 100 times in one game?

  8. voiceofrealism says: Dec 24, 2012 7:19 AM

    iluvbears says: Dec 24, 2012 6:56 AM

    After the Vikings pound the Packers into submission next Sunday, you won’t be looking at them as a lock for the Super Bowl. They will be lucky to win their next game because their confidence will be so shaken & the players will be so sore.
    ——————————————
    Off your team’s bandwagon and onto the Vikings? What team you root for isn’t as important as hating the Packers, is it? We’re live rent free in that head of yours, and it’s nice an roomy.

  9. whatjusthapped says: Dec 24, 2012 7:32 AM

    Because of the schedule, there is really only one team that should be concerned about the Packers and that’s the Vikings.

    It would be fitting for the Vikings to be on the verge of the playoffs and lose to their arch rivals in yet another chapter of choking, a term that the Viking’s franchise seems hell bent on redefining. It’s not enough to lose 4 Superbowls and 5 NFC Championship games, now their season boils down to beating the Packers with Mr. Noodle Arm at QB and Peterson at less than 100%.

    But look at the bright side, they wouldn’t have to sweat selling tickets, the Packer fans will see to that.

  10. jersey73 says: Dec 24, 2012 7:34 AM

    binkystevens says:Dec 24, 2012 7:01 AM

    I think anyone would agree tat the NFC is far superior to the AFC. Vikings just blew out the Texans, and they’re awful in the NFC. Falcons destroyed Denver, 9era destroyed New England in Foxboro. Look out

    ——————

    Falcons destroyed the Broncos??? I must’ve missed that game. The Falcons/Broncos game I saw was way back in week #2 where Peyton had a horrible first half, but led a furious comeback and the Falcons survived to win 27-21.

    Anyone want to say who would win in a game between the Broncos & Falcons now???

  11. mmcdan133 says: Dec 24, 2012 7:42 AM

    So sad we’re wasting Jamaal Charles’ prime years with horrible quarterback play and even worse head coaches. Such an electrifying player, and he deserves better.

  12. filthymcnasty1 says: Dec 24, 2012 7:50 AM

    Re: “But for my money, the Packers made a stronger statement about their status as a Super Bowl contender than any of the teams in those other games I mentioned.”

    I believe that would be 14 World Championships and 5 Superbowls if your prediction holds up.

  13. bospat says: Dec 24, 2012 7:51 AM

    Wow, I live near DC what time is the parade? best team in the league ? easy big fella win something before you start with the dynasty talk….Rg3 is one bootleg from being RGVick

  14. bospat says: Dec 24, 2012 7:54 AM

    49rs destroyed Pats by. 7 .pts ? such destruction!

  15. lbpackfan says: Dec 24, 2012 7:54 AM

    iluvbears says: Dec 24, 2012 6:56 AM

    After the Vikings pound the Packers into submission next Sunday, you won’t be looking at them as a lock for the Super Bowl. They will be lucky to win their next game because their confidence will be so shaken & the players will be so sore.

    ———————————————————

    You DO realize the Bears need the Packers to beat Minnesota for a shot at the playoffs, right????

  16. flakey54hornung says: Dec 24, 2012 7:54 AM

    gmsingh…your wishful thinking is understood. The queens have been the consummate chokers throughout their history, while the Pack has an illustrious history. AP should win the MVP, but that’s as far as it goes. If you really think the queens can beat the Pack on Sunday, you are setting yourself up to be disappointed. You can wish in one hand and $h*t in the other.

  17. jdubfla says: Dec 24, 2012 8:05 AM

    Bears crush the Titans and they just beat A poor team
    The Packers beat them and we are celebrating the greatness of the Packers
    They beat A lousy team
    It means nothing

  18. ravenator says: Dec 24, 2012 8:13 AM

    Morning after and there are no Steeler trolls to be found, say what!

  19. billsfan1 says: Dec 24, 2012 8:15 AM

    Can we overlook the Packers when Rodgers goes up against a team with a pass rush and gets sacked 100 times in one game?

    Tom Brady couldnt with stand 100 sacks in one game.. or more likely what would happen , is that he would make the necessary adjustments, make the quick read, then expose Sherman the clown for the slightly above average coverage corner that he is…

  20. m1000be says: Dec 24, 2012 8:17 AM

    I’ll just go out on a limb here and say it. The Seahawks are playing the best football right now. In fact, they are downright dominating. If the keep this up in the playoffs, they won’t be beat.

  21. bubbaone says: Dec 24, 2012 8:20 AM

    Hard to believe a team currently on a 32-6 run is being overlooked…adding 4 more victories to end the season would be soooo sweet!

  22. Gravy says: Dec 24, 2012 8:22 AM

    Packers are getting healthy and rolling at the right time.

    Expect Lambeau West at the Dump Sunday as the Adrians put their tickets up for sale (again) instead of watching the carnage.

    Packers 45-17.

  23. packfaninchitown says: Dec 24, 2012 8:25 AM

    NFC North Champs two years running and with a win Sunday, two years of sweeping the NFC North.

    Impressive resume, but Newhouse at LT is still our achilles heel.

  24. petecarrolmorelikecheatpayroll says: Dec 24, 2012 8:30 AM

    So proud of this year’s Packer team. Through thick and thin, they’ve hung in there and given there all (except the Giants game). This team has what it takes to win it all, and they will.

    Super Bowl XLVII.

    Packers 24, Broncos 21. The end.

  25. ickky says: Dec 24, 2012 8:51 AM

    Vikings will clean the Packers clocks next sun, and the following week as well.

  26. gmemm says: Dec 24, 2012 8:56 AM

    @locialvoivesays ….lol its time for you to wake up our dead skins willnot beat my Cowboys next. Your gimmic run option play only work for solong. DALLAS wins the EAST ! Do I smell number 6 yes I do

  27. ebrownwareagle says: Dec 24, 2012 8:57 AM

    @jersey73

    FALCONS! Meet us in New Orleans and find out!

  28. kotcha23 says: Dec 24, 2012 9:00 AM

    jdubfla says:
    Dec 24, 2012 8:05 AM
    Bears crush the Titans and they just beat A poor team
    The Packers beat them and we are celebrating the greatness of the Packers
    They beat A lousy team
    It means nothing
    _______________________________

    The Packers also beat the bears…twice…

    Bears still suck.

  29. truthserum4u says: Dec 24, 2012 9:03 AM

    Funny how Packer fans claim the Vikings will choke when they will be the underdogs in the game. And having a winning record coming off a 3-13 season is better than anyone could have expected, or predicted by Packer fans.

    Of course the team that has choked most recently would be the 15-1 Packers who are the only team to lose just one game during the regular season and not win a playoff game. Yikes!

    Minnesota has been up and down, so who knows which team shows up Sunday, but the Vikings could have won in Green Bay this year as well as in Minnesota last year so you never know.

  30. purpblooded says: Dec 24, 2012 9:04 AM

    I’m sorry, but beating the Packers is all it takes for me to call it a good season. It was unbelieveble to have Favre stick-it to them in 2010. The Packers are so good, the Vikings don’t really stand a chance. They have so many great players, and the Vikes only have Peterson. I’m sure now that they have Matthews back, they’ll be able to stop AP. I’ll be dreaming of beating the Packers next year.

  31. shlort says: Dec 24, 2012 9:08 AM

    jdubfla says:Dec 24, 2012 8:05 AM

    Bears crush the Titans and they just beat A poor team
    The Packers beat them and we are celebrating the greatness of the Packers
    They beat A lousy team
    It means nothing
    ________________________________

    The writer of this article is talking about performance, not opponent. He openly admitted that the Titans aren’s a good football team. He was simply explaining how the Packers seem to be hitting on all cylinders at this point in the season.

    In NFL playoff football, the teams that are playing mistake free football and playing as one unit are the ones that usually fare well. NY Giants of last season are a prime example, and the Packers the year before. I am sure it holds true a majority of the time over history.

    As far as the Bears go. The Packers took care of the Bears handily again this season.

  32. majikwen says: Dec 24, 2012 9:08 AM

    Rodgers had a pocket to throw in, thanks to the benching of Jeff Saturday. EDS played well against an above average D-line and the running game looks great with Ryan Grant back.

  33. icecubeusedtobeangry says: Dec 24, 2012 9:10 AM

    Look at all you Packer fans acting like you are on the team. I have never in my life seen a bunch of people so engaged in something they have no control over. Let me guess, you clap when “the good guy” wins in a movie too right?

  34. zn0rseman says: Dec 24, 2012 9:14 AM

    The Vikings just beat the top team in the AFC in Houston… convincingly. The Packers just beat the worst team in AFC, and that is the statement game of the week?

    The Vikings nearly (some would say should have) beat the Packers in Lambeau last time they played, and now the Packers are coming to Minnesota and Packer fans act like they are going to cruise to an easy win.

    Keep thinking that fellas.

  35. tvguy22 says: Dec 24, 2012 9:27 AM

    21 for the Broncos? Is that the number of sacks Von Miller would have in the game?

  36. conormacleod says: Dec 24, 2012 9:28 AM

    Anybody else hoping the Vikings play Seattle for NFC Championship? Nobody outside of Sconny wants the Packers to win. They will choke on their own cold weather. Again.

  37. 2ruefan says: Dec 24, 2012 9:29 AM

    binkystevens
    The Vikings are “terrible in the NFC”?

    By WHAT measure?
    1) Beaten the 49ers
    2) Beaten the Bears
    3) Swept the Lions
    4) Beat Rams on the Road
    5) Only lost to ONE non-playoff team
    5) 9 Wins

    Not exactly “terrible” dude….

  38. 2ruefan says: Dec 24, 2012 9:33 AM

    Gravy says “45-17″

    OK dude – besides being delusional.. why?

    The most the Vikings have given up all season was 38… and that was on the road with MULTIPLE turnovers.

    And the Packers ESCAPED with a 23-14 victory at HOME over the Vikes a couple weeks ago, while being gashed for over 200 yards by AP.

    Just plain stupid to predict they’re going to hang 45 on the Vikings in THEIR house…

  39. hard2getausername says: Dec 24, 2012 9:56 AM

    In what world has the Packers special team been their weak point this season? They’ve scored 2-3 touchdowns off of fake plays, gotten good to great field position more often than bad field position. Truth be told, the offense and defense would take a few drives before they’d start clicking and the packers had to come back from behind for 3-4 weeks in a row. Down two touchdowns to the Vikings, down two touchdowns to the Lions, Down one touchdown to the Bears, and before that was the week they lost to the Giants.

  40. hard2getausername says: Dec 24, 2012 9:58 AM

    ///Look at all you Packer fans acting like you are on the team. I have never in my life seen a bunch of people so engaged in something they have no control over. Let me guess, you clap when “the good guy” wins in a movie too right?///

    Well, a lot of us are part-owners in the team.

  41. filthymcnasty1 says: Dec 24, 2012 10:01 AM

    conormacleod says: Dec 24, 2012 9:28 AM

    “Anyone else hoping the Vikings play Seattle for NFC Championship?”

    What a television ratings bonanza that hypothetical stinker would be.

  42. stellarperformance says: Dec 24, 2012 10:02 AM

    purpblooded says:
    Dec 24, 2012 9:04 AM
    I’m sorry, but beating the Packers is all it takes for me to call it a good season. It was unbelieveble to have Favre stick-it to them in 2010.
    ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

    Oh, that is sweet. Whoever said little things don’t mean much to small minds?

  43. baxman89 says: Dec 24, 2012 10:09 AM

    Living in Wisconsin you learn a lot about Packer fans. They tend to live horrible lives, are overweight, drink more than they talk to their kids, and believe the Packers’ success validates their lives. Honestly if you spend the day in a bar here you end up with a disdain for the team which isn’t fair because they are very talented. Yes, Packer fans its true. The Vikings have never won a SuperBowl, but you’re still fat.

    Anyhow, 49ers beat the Cards, and the Packers pull their starters in the third. Minnesota cruises to a win leaving just the NFC East to be decided. Fun slate of games next week.

  44. filthymcnasty1 says: Dec 24, 2012 10:10 AM

    truthserum4u says: Dec 24, 2012 9:03 AM

    “Minnesota has been up and down, so who knows which team shows up Sunday, but the Vikings could have won in Green Bay this year as well as in Minnesota last year so you never know.”

    Yeah, and they “could have” won 4 Superbowls too.

    But they didn’t.

  45. baxman89 says: Dec 24, 2012 10:12 AM

    icecubeusedtobeangry,

    No they don’t clap when the good guy wins in a movie. They jump up and down and shout, “We did it!”

  46. houndog50 says: Dec 24, 2012 10:17 AM

    packerbackernj says: Dec 24, 2012 6:40 AM
    True story. We forgive Seattle for the Fail Mary after setting the world straight putting the packers as the #2 seed in the nfc
    —————————————————
    Have you ever heard, seen, or met a Seahawks fan?
    Absolutely NOTHING is forgiven!
    **************************************

    dubfla says:Dec 24, 2012 8:05 AM
    Bears crush the Titans and they just beat A poor team
    The Packers beat them and we are celebrating the greatness of the Packers
    —————————————————
    And next weekend you’ll be glued to your TV cheering for the Packers to save your Bears, which could actually be a good thing. That way the Packers might get to pound on the Bears for the 3rd time this season, making the route to the SB a little easier! Like you, I say “Go Pack”!

  47. trefkennedy says: Dec 24, 2012 10:20 AM

    A broncos vs cowboys super bowl would be better, but I’ll take broncos vs packers that would be dope

  48. garyman1 says: Dec 24, 2012 10:28 AM

    That should have been Cobb’s last punt return… He’s too valuable to risk it on special teams.

  49. 6kings says: Dec 24, 2012 10:48 AM

    I love how Packer fans love to live in the past. As long as we are living in the past, who won the last NFL Championship? Not the Packers…the Vikings.

    Who absolutely blew it the last time they made the Super Bowl? The Packers.

    Oh yeah, who coddled Brett Favre all those years and covered up all his weirdness? The Packers.

    Reality strikes…the Packers are one hit away from being cellar dwellers. Rogers is one major bell ring from retirement. Then what? It’s back to the 80’s…

  50. tdshouldbeinthehall says: Dec 24, 2012 10:51 AM

    The Broncos are the best all around team in football. Top 5 off. and Def. and good ST. I will take Manning in the playoffs against any one of the gimmick QBs from the NFC.

  51. taintedsaints2009 says: Dec 24, 2012 10:53 AM

    Only chance the Vikings have to beat the packers is putting Everson Griffen on the right side, Allen on the left. Griffen is the best d lineman on the Vikings and he can take it to Newhouse. Allen cannot. Without pressure, Rodgers will fry the Vikings secondary.

    I don’t understand why Vikings fans get so arrogant when they beat a team with a good record. The texans are not a good team. They will get smoked in the playoffs.

    The vikings do not match up well against elite quarterbacks. History will repeat itself on Sunday, and the packers will annihilate another division rival from making the playoffs. Just like they always do. And they’ll get the last win in the metrodome, which is fitting because they always win there now.

    Then the bears will make the playoffs, go to Lambeau, and get embarrassed. This couldn’t have worked out better for packers fans.

  52. bordner says: Dec 24, 2012 10:58 AM

    viking fans! Welcome back! We missed you! Your team manages to string together a few wins and suddenly you come out of your basements and jump back on the bandwagon with full force! Good to have you here!

    And sorry about next week in advance.

  53. melissachambers says: Dec 24, 2012 11:04 AM

    Baxman – So your main reasons for hating Packer fans are that we’re real into the game and that we’re all fat? Well first off, you do realize this is an NFL thread you’re posting on, right? And saying we’re all fat? Real original…that’s a new one. At least we don’t stab people in the parking lot.

    Maybe you should stop spending the day in a bar here and get out and live a little. Sounds like you’re the one who drinks too much and lives a horrible life.

  54. seacab1972 says: Dec 24, 2012 11:04 AM

    Packers fan all I want to hear from you this morning is Thank You. You just got a week off with the #2 spot. Stop crying about the Fail Mary now and forever more or Karma is going to nail you with a Vikings Win and a Cardinal’s win. Go Hawks.

  55. mb1265 says: Dec 24, 2012 11:06 AM

    6kings –

    Everyone enjoys a rivalry, but you’re way off base…

    “Who absolutely blew it the last time they made the Super Bowl? The Packers”

    Really?

  56. tokyosandblaster says: Dec 24, 2012 11:13 AM

    @gmsingh – yes, Rodgers getting sacked literally 100 times is about the only time you can overlook the Packers.

    @Znorseman, the packers destroyed the texans far worse than the Vikings did.

    @6kings, I’m not sure what Super Bowl you were watching, but the last time the Packers went to the Super Bowl, they won. In fact, they are 4 out of 5 in the big game, and will be 5 out of 6 after this year.

    Lots of uninformed gibberish this morning. The packers are going to knock the Vikings out of the playoffs next Sunday. Thinking otherwise is foolish. And selfish Peterson isn’t getting the record.

    Have a good day, ladies.

  57. dlmcc1010 says: Dec 24, 2012 11:42 AM

    Green Bay has among the worst offensive lines in the league. They also have no good running bacs and the defense is mediocre. Rodgers can only do so much. That team would get manhandled again by San Fran or Seattle. An elite pass rush is why the Giants always blow them out

  58. tokyosandblaster says: Dec 24, 2012 12:00 PM

    dlmcc1010 says:
    Dec 24, 2012 11:42 AM
    Green Bay has among the worst offensive lines in the league. They also have no good running bacs and the defense is mediocre. Rodgers can only do so much. That team would get manhandled again by San Fran or Seattle. An elite pass rush is why the Giants always blow them out

    Ah, yes, remember this blowouts by the elite pass rushes of the texans, Vikings, bears, and Seahawks?

    Wait, the packers *really* beat all those teams.

    The playoffs are setting up perfectly for minimum 10 point wins for the packers every week.

  59. darknessspreads says: Dec 24, 2012 12:06 PM

    There isn’t a whinier, more pathetic QB in the league than Aaron Rodgers. The Raiders didn’t cry after Brady beat them due to the Tuck Rule, but Rodgers’ ladyparts are still sore over another correct call (even if the rule stinks). Just like the rest of his horrible fanbase. Is there a more entitled, pathetic, loser fanbase than the Packers’ fanbase?

    Oh yeah, the 49ers fanbase. But besides those two?

  60. realfootballfan says: Dec 24, 2012 12:08 PM

    Their Krptonite, the Giants, aren’t going to make the playoffs, so my money would be on the Packers.

  61. twfur says: Dec 24, 2012 12:10 PM

    J Jenkins rookie defensive player year..

  62. fredsingleton says: Dec 24, 2012 12:30 PM

    tokyosandblaster says:
    Dec 24, 2012 12:00 PM
    dlmcc1010 says:
    Dec 24, 2012 11:42 AM
    Green Bay has among the worst offensive lines in the league. They also have no good running bacs and the defense is mediocre. Rodgers can only do so much. That team would get manhandled again by San Fran or Seattle. An elite pass rush is why the Giants always blow them out

    Ah, yes, remember this blowouts by the elite pass rushes of the texans, Vikings, bears, and Seahawks?

    Wait, the packers *really* beat all those teams.

    The playoffs are setting up perfectly for minimum 10 point wins for the packers every week.

    ______________________________

    Who said the Vikings and Bears have elite pass rushers? It’s evident neither of them have it this year.

    Don’t worry though, just when Packer fans become the most optimistic about their team winning the Super Bowl, they’ll lay an egg just like last year. All it takes is an elite pass rush (Seahawks, 49ers, Giants) and an above-average QB. Then, all the Packer fans can cry wondering what happened, as if they are actually a part of this team. Oh wait, I forgot you are though. Buying though $5 pieces of paper for $200 really proves how much their “effort” means to the team. Then, back to eating cheese and drinking beer until next year! Am I right?! Because Green Bay is about as boring as a city as it gets. All they have to look forward to is the Packers so let’s cut them some slack I guess.

  63. gnarlswoodson says: Dec 24, 2012 12:35 PM

    truthserum4u says:Dec 24, 2012 9:03 AM

    Funny how Packer fans claim the Vikings will choke when they will be the underdogs in the game. And having a winning record coming off a 3-13 season is better than anyone could have expected, or predicted by Packer fans.

    **********Of course the team that has choked most recently would be the 15-1 Packers who are the only team to lose just one game during the regular season and not win a playoff game. Yikes!***********

    Minnesota has been up and down, so who knows which team shows up Sunday, but the Vikings could have won in Green Bay this year as well as in Minnesota last year so you never know.
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    Whered you get that statistic from? Reason I say this is because the Steelers and Big Ben went 15-1 a few years back and lost in the playoffs that year. Hmm interesting, so you are just flat out wrong. Ohh and you know what happened the next year? They won a Super Bowl. Come back when the Vikings win a Super Bowl and follow that up with 15-1 season, Merry Christmas.

  64. tokyosandblaster says: Dec 24, 2012 12:50 PM

    Lol Fred. You seem to think that everyone lives I Green Bay.

    Very intelligent.

    Also, I did go to school there, and living in smaller areas has its advantages. Crime is nonexistent, and we actually learn things in school.

    The Packers are really 12-3.

    They got blown out once (but so has every team), they lost two to playoff teams early in the year.

    Bet your house against the Packers.

    Dare you.

  65. jiminauburn says: Dec 24, 2012 1:28 PM

    Shame on the Packers for running up the score. At least that is what people said about the Seahawks.

  66. truetrue85 says: Dec 24, 2012 1:53 PM

    @binkystevens: I’d hardly consider blowing a 31-3 lead “destroying the Patriots”.

    Denver has benefited from a very soft schedule. They will lose in the divisional round of the playoffs.

  67. jrmbadger says: Dec 24, 2012 1:59 PM

    purpblooded says:
    Dec 24, 2012 9:04 AM
    I’m sorry, but beating the Packers is all it takes for me to call it a good season. It was unbelieveble to have Favre stick-it to them in 2010.
    ==============================

    See that’s what separates the Packer fans from the Viking fans. While the Viking fans are celebrating their short lived victory, the Packer fans are building their team for long term success.

    You enjoy your meaningless regular season victory. I’m too busy basking in the glow of our 4th Lombardi.

  68. jrmbadger says: Dec 24, 2012 2:07 PM

    jiminauburn says: Dec 24, 2012 1:28 PM

    Shame on the Packers for running up the score. At least that is what people said about the Seahawks.
    ===========================

    Did you watch the game?

    The Packers took Rodgers out of the game in the 4th quarter and ran the ball instead of airing it out. They passed occasionally on 3rd down just so they could convert and take more time….

    The Titans just couldn’t stop even the ground game and short of taking a knee in the early part of the fourth quarter there was nothing the Packers could have done to keep the score down.

  69. tokyosandblaster says: Dec 24, 2012 2:12 PM

    jiminauburn says:
    Dec 24, 2012 1:28 PM
    Shame on the Packers for running up the score. At least that is what people said about the Seahawks.

    —-

    Remember when the packers ran a fake punt in the 4th quarter up more than 20 points?

    Me neither.

  70. icecubeusedtobeangry says: Dec 24, 2012 2:46 PM

    See that’s what separates the Packer fans from the Viking fans. While the Viking fans are celebrating their short lived victory, the Packer fans are building their team for long term success.

    You enjoy your meaningless regular season victory. I’m too busy basking in the glow of our 4th Lombardi
    ——————————————————————————————-
    See that is what separates Packer fans from every other normal person on Earth. You are “basking in the glow” of something you didn’t accomplish. A team that you watch on TV beat another team on TV, and you people act like its the greatest accomplishment you have ever had…..and there is something deeply wrong with that.

  71. juliusanonymous says: Dec 24, 2012 2:56 PM

    I can’t wait to see the Seahawks play the packers at home and I’m a Seahawks fan. This team is playing on another level right now and destroying everything in its path. Even without Sherman our defense will hammer the living bajeezuz outta Rodgers and force him into mistakes. #1 scoring defense in the NFL, QB that doesn’t throw INTs, and the highest scoring offense in the NFL right now. Seahawks are feeding on the disrespect and absolutely thriving. Packer fans would be worried if they actually watched that number game last night

  72. jrmbadger says: Dec 24, 2012 3:20 PM

    @icecubeusedtobeangry

    Every sports fan in the country talks as if they are part of the team. What you state as some sort of “revelation” is something so obvious as to be unstated, yet understood by all (except you obviously). Call me when you discover something that not every other fan in the country already knows by now.

    Here’s a clue, when any sports fan says “We won the Superbowl” It’s a shorthand for “The team I root for won the Superbowl and I’m happy about it.” Everyone but you apparently understood that.

    Oh, and BTW, I own part of the team, corny as it may be, but legally, according to the laws of the State of Wisconsin, I am a small minority owner of the team. Therefore, my use of the term WE won a championship is applicable as the team I legally own a small share of won a championship.

    Hope that helps.

  73. icecubeusedtobeangry says: Dec 24, 2012 4:50 PM

    Ok fair enough. It must be nice to own a share in a team. You have a vote in how they spend the shareholders money, and as the market value increases it may even split, or you can sell off your shares. Wait, you have no vote you say? Well that cant be right. What’s that? You cant sell it either? Huh, doesn’t sound much like stock to me, but if paying 200.00 bucks a “share” gives you the right to say “we” with a clear conscience….well then more power to you.

  74. tokyosandblaster says: Dec 24, 2012 7:13 PM

    This is why the Packers are the greatest Franchise in sports.

    They are publicly owned.

    Little ice cube resents their success, resents their fans, and resents their popularity, because his team isn’t as good. His fan base isn’t as large. His team isn’t as popular.

    Most fans from every team say “we.” To say that Packers fans are the only ones who do shows that your jealousy overpowers your common sense… what little you have.

    Also, if all you have is making fun of fans that say “we”, you must not have much of a life. Internet Grammar Nazis rank right there between bieberfever kids and PeOpLe WhO tYpE eVeRyThInG lIkE tHiS.

  75. jrmbadger says: Dec 24, 2012 7:33 PM

    @icecube

    I do have a right to vote. In fact, I did vote this year on the board of directors. The board of directors hires the President, who hires the GM who determines the players and hires the coach.

    Yeah, I do have a say in my team.

  76. jrmbadger says: Dec 24, 2012 7:34 PM

    @icecube

    I do have a right to vote. In fact, I did vote this year on the board of directors. The board of directors hires the President, who hires the GM who determines the players and hires the coach.

    Yeah, I do have a say in “my” team.

  77. icecubeusedtobeangry says: Dec 24, 2012 7:54 PM

    Resent and jealous…wow thanks for proving my point. I dont resent the Packers nor am I jealous of them as I would have to have emotional equity in the Vikings to feel that way. The Vikings loosing or winning doesnt change the outcome of my day on the least. Its a game, entertainment, and I have been stationed all over this country, including Wisconsin, and I have never…ever…EVER seen a fan base on more of a roller coaster emotionally than Packer fans. Maybe my priorities are a little different….

  78. tokyosandblaster says: Dec 24, 2012 8:11 PM

    icecubeusedtobeangry says: Dec 24, 2012 7:54 PM

    Resent and jealous…wow thanks for proving my point. I dont resent the Packers nor am I jealous of them as I would have to have emotional equity in the Vikings to feel that way. The Vikings loosing or winning doesnt change the outcome of my day on the least. Its a game, entertainment, and I have been stationed all over this country, including Wisconsin, and I have never…ever…EVER seen a fan base on more of a roller coaster emotionally than Packer fans. Maybe my priorities are a little different….

    —–

    Sure thing, bro. I’ve lived in 17 states, and visited the rest for weeks at a time. I’ve seen EVERY fanbase on a roller coaster emotionally regarding their team.

    Trying to belittle Packer fans for being passionate is one of the more ridiculous things I’ve ever seen. Go to New Orleans, Boston, and Pittsburgh and tell their fan base that they aren’t as passionate about their teams as Packer fans and see how long you live.

  79. jprcox says: Dec 24, 2012 9:34 PM

    Don’t overlook Packers?

    This article doesn’t even make sense – who would overlook Packers as if they aren’t good. Right now they are the 2nd seat in the NFC….who’s “overlooking them”.

    I could see an article like “don’t overlook Vikings, Bears, Cowboys”, or one of those teams that someone could overlook. Next time have an article like “don’t overlook New England, or Denver” and it would make the same kind of sense.

    Odd.

  80. icecubeusedtobeangry says: Dec 25, 2012 12:25 AM

    Two things, first someone who says “bro” and “lolz” isnt old enough to have “lived in 17 states” and visited the rest for “weeks on end” so I am calling b.s.. Secondly, if your trolling of Vikings, Bears, and Detroit threads is what you call “passionate” I would hate to see what you consider obsessive.

  81. filthymcnasty1 says: Dec 25, 2012 2:23 AM

    All the losing has obviously taken it’s toll on these Viking fans.

  82. gunner1970 says: Dec 25, 2012 1:06 PM

    All you Packer backers need to realize one thing. Over the past several games, since the Bye Week, the Packers have struggled mightily. Other than there blowout against the Titans the Packers have had mediocre wins against Division Rivals. The Packers Offensive Line has been shredded against teams with good pass rushers. They have NO run game (Ranked #20). Passing game is ranked #10. Opponents passing game is #12 and rushing is #14.

    Packer Fans are renowned for be very over confident in their teams abilities. Packers are a good team at best and stats reflect that. The Vikings defense over the past several games has been outstanding and nobody can stop AP and the O Lines blocking for him. Packers will be extremely lucky to walk out with a win in Minnesota.

    Playoff wise they are one win and done.

  83. packerbacker12 says: Dec 25, 2012 6:54 PM

    “The Vikings just beat the top team in the AFC in Houston… convincingly. The Packers just beat the worst team in AFC, and that is the statement game of the week?”

    Guess what? The Packers beat the Texans too.

    “The Vikings nearly (some would say should have) beat the Packers in Lambeau last time they played, and now the Packers are coming to Minnesota and Packer fans act like they are going to cruise to an easy win.”

    Coulda, woulda, shoulda.

  84. tokyosandblaster says: Dec 25, 2012 7:43 PM

    Silly gunner: Packers are 7th in points scored and 7th in points allowed. The Vikings are 17th and 11th, respectively. The packers were the most injured team this year, and they’ll still end up 12-4. You want to talk about just the last few games? Great. The packers have rushed for 130 yards we game. Thats not bad for a pass first team. They’ve out scored their opponents 126 to 54 on their current winning streak. In the same span, the Vikings have outscored their opponents 96-65.

    You see, when one team scores more points than the other, they are the winner. If you want to measure domination, do so by points, not who you thing is better because you want to sleep with them.

    The Vikings have looked good against one or two teams, and that’s about it. San Fran, Houston… Yay. This is the division. The packers own the Vikings. Everyone outside of purple helmet land knows the truth.

    @ice cube, you know about as much about me as you do about football…which is almost nothing. Try Wikipedia to freshen up before coming back to talk with the adults.

  85. gunner1970 says: Dec 25, 2012 8:34 PM

    Take away their last game and they’ve only out scored opponents 71-48…Hardly anything convincing. And really, the Packers Schedule has been pretty soft since Houston. Only played against three above .500 teams (Giants, Bears, Vikings). All the others have been pretty pathetic with only a handful of wins. Most teams would be 7th in points if everyone they played was mediocre at best.

    Packers opponents record since mid October is 48 – 81 – 1.

    Will the Packers risk the health of players just to beat the Vikings and hurt their playoff hopes? I would hope the Coaches are not that stupid. You know it’s going to be a VERY physical game. Packers are not even close to a for sure win playing in the Dome, history shows that repeatedly.

  86. tokyosandblaster says: Dec 25, 2012 10:05 PM

    The problem is, you were cherry picking stats to say the packers weren’t good at certain things. The last few games have proven otherwise.

    If you want to talk about schedules being soft, the Vikings and packers schedules were different by two games; the packers played the giants and the saints, the Vikings played the bucs and the redskins.

    So, in reality, the packers and Vikings have played teams with the same win/loss ratio, but the Packers have won more

    Your argument holds no water.

  87. tokyosandblaster says: Dec 25, 2012 10:21 PM

    The Packers opponents’ record is 98-95-2

    The Vikings opponents’ record is 102-91-2

    The Packers have three more wins than the vikings, so if you take both teams out of that equation, the Packers opponents record 89-89-2, and the Packers opponents record is 90-88-2.

    The difference is staggering. I don’t know how the Vikings have managed to win so many games with such a terrible discrepancy in difficulty of schedule.

    One more thing to keep in mind, the Packers opponents have fewer wins and more losses because the Packers have a better record than the Vikings.

    The end.

  88. artcarmark says: Dec 26, 2012 3:06 PM

    Bears biggest rival? The Packers
    Vikings biggest rival? The Packers
    Lions biggest rival? The Packers

    NFC North Super Bowl Record?
    Packers? 4-1
    Everyone else? 1-5

    Just keep talking smack.We can handle it.

    It’s all you have.

  89. 7ransponder says: Dec 27, 2012 9:28 PM

    artcarmark says:
    Dec 26, 2012 3:06 PM
    Bears biggest rival? The Packers
    Vikings biggest rival? The Packers
    Lions biggest rival? The Packers

    NFC North Super Bowl Record?
    Packers? 4-1
    Everyone else? 1-5

    Just keep talking smack.We can handle it.

    It’s all you have.

    ————————-

    And yet, you keep taking the time to visit our team’s stories and talk yourselves up. It’s almost like your football team is all you have…

  90. gunner1970 says: Dec 30, 2012 7:54 PM

    So what kind of excuses are you Packer Fans going to come up with now?

    Nothing is ever certain when playing in the Dome, not even a win by the over rated Packers.

  91. aahhyeahsucka says: Dec 31, 2012 12:52 AM

    I think Minn has a good shot against the Packers in the Wildcard round, but if they get past the Vikings, I would love nothing more than to witness the beatdown the Niners will put upon you in the Divisional round. GO NINERS!

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