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Mark Chumra, Bubba Franks, Donald Lee, and most recently Jermichael Finely, are all part of a list of great tight ends to play for the Green Bay Packers. With Jermichael Finley moving on, Andrew Quarless will be given the chance to become the next star tight end for Green Bay. Quarless suffered a severe knee injury during the 2011-12 season that it was considered career threatening and sat out for the entire season the following year before finally making a come back in 2013-14. A spinal cord injury to Finley midway through last season, giving Quarless a chance to take advantage of and make the most of the opportunity. Quarless recorded 32 receptions for 312 yards and 2 touchdowns(TD), including a key game winning TD against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 14.

One of Quarless’s strengths is having good hands, and with Aaron Rodgers as his quarterback he will get more than his fair share of opportunities to contribute to the receiving game! In addition to having good hands, Quarless has size (6ft 5in) and great athleticism to go with it that, which allows him to create mismatches that exploits opposing defenses. Quarless has always possessed great potential, and now that he has the opportunity to be a key contributor in the Packers offense, there is no telling how far his talents will take him. It is quite possible for him to become a 1,000+ receiving yards and 10+ touchdowns producing tight end, and as mentioned above, having Aaron Rodgers as his quarterback gives him a legitimate shot at making that happen. With that being said, will Quarless be the next great tight end for the Green Bay Packers?

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Without a doubt one of the Green Bay Packers Achilles Heel has been their defense for a while now. With the signing of Julius Peppers, the Packers are getting a legit pass rushing defensive end for arguably the first time since Reggie White played for Green Bay from 1993-1998 (White recorded 68.5 sacks during that time). Green Bay runs a 3-4 Defense which is ideal for Peppers as he thrives under that system. Peppers left Carolina for Chicago after the 2008-09 season because of that reason. Additionally with the signing of Peppers, it will give star linebacker Clay Matthews a good complementary pass rusher on defense and in certain situations the Packers could/will line them up on opposite ends.

During his 12 year career, Peppers has recorded 454 tackles, 119.0 sacks (registering at least 7.0 in 11 of 12 seasons), 9 interceptions (2 returned for touchdowns) 40 forced fumbles. and 14 fumble recoveries (2 returned for touchdowns).

Not only is the Packers signing of Peppers great for Green Bay (as they will no longer have to worry about facing him twice a year), but also for the NFL in general. Leaving Chicago for Green Bay will add more fuel to the bitter rivalry between the Bears and Packers!

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The Detroit Lions have for a while now been searching for a number two wide receiver to complement the team’s number one receiver Calvin Johnson. According to NFL Insider Tony Pauline, “one of Aaron Rodgers’ most reliable targets over the past couple of seasons could be in the Lions’ sights.” http://www.thedetroitsportssite.com/2014/03/10/detroit-lions-rumors-james-jones-a-target/42220 This target is James Jones, who is two years removed from having the most touchdown receptions in the league when he posted 14 in the 2012 season. Jones would seemingly be good fit for the Lions and reliable target for Matthew Stafford as he already has experience playing for a “gun slinger” Quarterback in Rodgers.

In seven seasons with Green Bay, Jones has recorded 310 receptions for 4,305 yards, and 37 touchdowns

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We often get told by others “You know, you look like so and so” and will either laugh at noticing the slight resemblance (I’ve been told I look like Daniel Bryan when I let me beard grow out) or look at the person and wonder how the hell did they come up with that comparison, and dismiss it. (My dad was once told by some random lady in a store that he looks like Paul McCartney).

For Tom Wrigglesworth, an English Stand Up Comedian, the similarities between he and Aaron Rodgers are uncanny!

Perhaps Wrigglesworth really is Rodger’s identical twin brother, but grew his hair out so people would not hassle him public getting him mixed up with his (supposedly) twin brother Aaron. Another reason might be because he wanted to do what Emilio Estevez (who did not take his father Martin Sheen’s stage name like his brother Charlie) and wanted to make it big as a comedian without using the “Rodgers stage name”! Perhaps there is an other twist to all of this, Aaron Rodgers leads a double life!?

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With the Super Bowl being at MetLife Stadium there will be a lot discussion that another cold weather city could get the game if there are no problems this Sunday night. Chicago could host the game because the city has enough hotels room to host both teams. Washington D.C could do that without any transportation problems. Green Bay might host the game, but is Lambeau Field large enough to host over 70,000 fans there. Seattle has a large enough stadium and have the facility to do so. However, with new dome stadiums in Atlanta and Minnesota on the horizon, and with San Francisco opening Levi’s Stadium next year it will be tough to for a cold weather city to get a Super Bowl. BTW, as far as Pittsburgh getting a Super Bowl that is nothing but a pipe dream.

After watching four outstanding Divisional playoff games the teams are set for Conference Championship games next Sunday.

AFC: New England VS Denver The Patriots ran for over 200 yards and six touchdowns versus the Indianapolis Colts. Tom Brady didn’t have his usual brilliant game but they won over the Colts 43 to 22. Denver struggled over the San Diego Chargers but won 24 to 17. Peyton Manning got over the hurdle of losing last year’s Divisional game to the Baltimore Ravens. This will be the fifteen time that Tom Brady will take on Peyton Manning, and it will be the four time they will face off in the playoffs. Also, it will be the third time they competed for the AFC Championship and a Super Bowl berth on the line.   The Patriots have the running game and the Broncos defense is suspect against the run. Bill Belichick’s defense has stop Peyton Manning in the past and this one will be no different. Patriots

NFC: San Francisco VS Seattle The 49ers won over the Carolina Panthers 23 to 10. Their passing game came to life against the Panthers defense today, and that has to continue against the Seahawks defense. Anquan Boldin had a big game and Frank Gore had a great game running the ball. The 49ers have to have a balance offense to keep the Seahawks off balance. The Seahawks have to continue to run the ball with Marshawn Lynch who had 140 yards and 2 touchdowns in a 23 to 15 win over the New Orleans Saints. Russell Wilson has to get the passing game going with or without Percy Harvin.   Both defenses are going to ready for this game and points will come at premium.    Seahawks

As Wild Card weekend approaches you may be thinking to yourself “Who will the Patriots be playing next weekend? Will there be any upsets?” Well think no more, as I have all the answers for you right here.

Chiefs Colts

The Colts faced the Chiefs in week 16 of the regular season, a game in which they won 23-7.

Everyone and there brother are writing the Colts off in this game, and it makes absolutely no sense to me. The Colts have beaten tough teams this season (SEA, DEN, KC, SF,) and have lost games that will leave you scratching your head (STL, MIA). But three of the five Colts loses came after they lost Reggie Wayne for season, which sent the coaching staff back to the drawing board to come up with new ways to move on offense. The Colts may be the most over looked team in the playoffs that could do some very serious damage.

On the other hand the Chiefs may be the worst 11-5 team in NFL History. They have lost to every good team they have played this season (Denver twice, San Diego twice, Indy). They only have ONE win against a team that is over 500, and that was against the Philadelphia Eagles, a team that struggled at the start of the season. I’ve said it before and I will say it again, Alex Smith does not play to win games, he plays not to lose them. And if you play like that in the NFL Playoffs, you will lose. Indy wins 27-14.

Chargers Bengals

 

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When the Chargers and Bengals met in Week 13, The Bengals came away with a 17-10 win. But The Chargers were able to contain Dalton, holding him under 200 passing yards and forcing a turnover. Philip Rivers threw for over 250 yards in the same game.

Andy Dalton has struggled in the postseason in his career. He is 0-2 with 4 interceptions and a QBR of only 48.5. Dalton threw 4 interceptions last weekend against the Ravens, making his interception total come to 20 for the year. The Bengals escaped last weekend with a win, but that was only because the Ravens offense was terrible all year, and especially in that game. If Andy Dalton turns continues to turn the ball over and give his opponent a short field, they will lose. And I think Andy Dalton will do just that this game. Philip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers high powered offense will take advantage of these opportunities and win this game. San Diego wins, 23-17.

Saints Eagles

This may be the hardest game to call for me. On one hand, the Saints have struggled on the road this season. They have lost in New York, New England, Seattle, and Carolina. All of those teams have either a cold weather climate, or a hostile playing environment, and in some cases both. The weather on game day in Philadelphia is expected to be clear, and with a high of 31 degrees.

But on the other hand the Saints have the second ranked passing offense behind Drew Brees and Jimmy Graham. The Eagles come in to this game with the worst passing defense in the league. If the Saints were playing in the Super Dome, I would not be questioning the outcome of this game for one second. The Saints would win, because they are the more talented team and they are led by a seasoned veteran and future Hall of Famer, Drew Brees. And for that reason, and that reason alone, I pick the Saints to win this game, even though they struggle on the road. There is just too much talent on this team and I believe that most of these “on the road” problems are in the players heads at this point. Sean Peyton will be able to help rid of some of those problems and coach this team to victory. LeSean McCoy will have a huge game on the ground, but the Saints will still win 28-21.

Packers 49ers

A rejuvenated Packers team will host the 49ers at Lambo field on Sunday. I said it before Aaron Rodgers returned and I will say it again, the Packers could very well be the Super Bowl Representative from the NFC, and I stick by that. Aaron Rodgers and the Packer offense will have another week working together under their belt by the time they face San Francisco, so they should look smoother than they did last week against Chicago. The Packers defense should be able to contain Kaepernick and the miserable 49ers passing offense that ranked 30th in the league. The 49ers should, and will hurt the Packers with their run game but that will not be enough to beat Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers. Packers win 27-24.

If this scenario plays out, it would leave the Patriots facing the Colts next weekend in New England.

 

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Week 17 is only a day away and there are still four playoff spots up for grabs. The Cowboys and Eagles will face off in the NFC East to see who will take home the division crown and will sneak into the Playoffs. But that is not the only NFC division that has playoff berth implications. The Packers and Bears will battle to see will reign supreme in the NFC North and find their way into the Playoffs. In the AFC the Dolphins, Ravens, Chargers, and Steelers all still have a shot at the final wildcard spot. Who will make it? Well here is your answer via game by game breakdown.

Packers Bears

With the return of Aaron Rodgers, I believe the Packers will roll over the Bears. The Bears were just blown out by the Eagles 54-11. And it is hard to pick which was worse for the Bears, their offense or defense. The Bears only gained 257 total yards against a poor Eagles defense. They also surrendered 514 yards to the Eagles offense. The Bears turned the ball over twice, once on a Jay Cutler interception and once on a lost fumble. I do not see the Bears Swiss cheese stopping Aaron Rodgers enough to hold the Packers under 30 points and I do not see Cutler leading the Bears offense down the field enough to contend with that. Packers win 31-20. It will be interesting to see how Bears fans and management react to Mark Trestmen’s decision of not leaving Josh McCown at Quarterback after Cutler returned.

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Cowboys Eagles

As you may know Tony Romo has been placed on IR with a Herniated Disk in his back. The Dallas defense cannot stop a nosebleed. They have the 27th worst rush defense in the league, and the 31st ranked pass defense in the league. The Eagles have the 1st ranked rushing offense, which is led by All-Pro running back LeSean McCoy. The Eagles also have the 9th ranked passing attack led by the emerging Nick Foles. Every single thing points to picking the Eagles to win this game, but for some reason I feel like they choke this one away and King Neck Beard (Kyle Orton) leads the Cowboys to a miracle win. Cowboys win 27-24.

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Jets Dolphins

Sources are saying that Rex Ryan will likely be back as coach of the New York Jets, and I think that will fire up this Jets team. Tannehill is not good when he is under pressure, the Bills showed us that last weekend. The Dolphins allowed a season high 7 sacks to the Bills last week. And now the Dolphins have to work on stopping a very good Jets front 4 led by Mo Wilkerson? That will not happen. The Jets are playing with nothing to lose, and the Dolphins are playing with everything to lose, and I think that will be too much for this Dolphins team. Jets win 17-13, crushing Miami’s playoff chances.

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Ravens Bengals

Joe Flacco is not listed on the Ravens injury report with his knee injury, an injury that hobbled him against the Patriots last week, but that does not mean he is still not feeling it. The Bengals are a under the radar team that is still playing for the 2nd seed in the AFC. They have two talented outside wide receivers in A.J Green and Muhammad Sanu and Andy Dalton has been playing well as of late. And to put the icing on the cake, the Bengals are playing at home, where they are 7-0 this season. Patriots fans will not have to worry about playing the Ravens in the playoffs this year, as the Bengals will knock the Ravens out of playoff contention with a final score of 21-17 Bengals.

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Chiefs Chargers

This game means absolutely nothing for the Kansas City Chiefs. They have locked in the 5th seed in the AFC, and are no longer in contention for the AFC West, as the Broncos have already sealed it up. The Chargers have already beaten the Chiefs at Arrowhead this season, and now the Chiefs have nothing to really play for. Chargers win 28-21.

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Steelers Browns

As promising as the Browns season has started equals how bad it has ended. The Browns have no fight left in them and at this point could be playing for a higher pick in the upcoming draft. Steelers win 31-14.

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So that puts the San Diego Chargers, The Green Bay Packers, and the Dallas Cowboys all in the playoffs. Lock all these picks in with anyone who will bet with you, and you will come away from Sunday like a bandit.

*A few other interesting match ups to watch this Sunday are the Arizona Cardinals vs the San Francisco 49ers and the New Orleans Saints vs the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Cardinals are the hottest team in football, going 8-1 over their past 9 games, and I bet they go 9-1 over their past ten games with a win over San Francisco this weekend. Now that leaves us with the New Orleans Saints vs the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to decide the fate of the Cardinals. If the Saints win, they are in, if they lose they are out. Luckily the Saints are at the Superdome where they are 7-0 on the season. The Saints will beat the Buccaneers which will leave the 11-5 Cardinals (if they beat San Francisco) on the outside looking in while the 8-7-1 Packers (if they beat the Bears) will be in the playoffs. Interesting how that works, huh?

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TMZ camera’s have a tendency to bring out the best in people.  Here they capture former number one overall draft pick, Paul Hornung, saying he hope it snows like a &%$! at the Super Bowl.  The former Green Bay Packers legend has no love for the game being played in Jersey and wishes nothing but the worst weather for them.

“I hope it snows and rains like a [expletive],” he responded. “Let them play in that weather once. Then they’ll figure it out to have it in Miami, for heaven’s sake.”

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This will warm the heart of any Chicago Bear fan, a gif of Aaron Rodgers pouting about the Green Bay Packers piss poor performance on Thanksgiving day.  The “Happy Thanksgiving” on the gif just makes it all that much more funny.

 

Nice win, fellas.  Here’s a few notes I made during the game.

  • It’s AMAZING how decent the Ch(i)efs offense looks between the 20s when there’s a QB under center who can competently complete a forward pass, and the offensive line blocks effectively.  Now, if they could just punch it in from the goalline…
  • The defense played about as well as I’ve seen them play from a pass-rushing standpoint, keeping in mind the Packers offensive line sucks (even when they’re completely healthy).  Aaron Rodgers bails them out with regularity.
  • The Packers have a dangerous receiving core, however do not have a #1 receiver.  Say what you want about Jennings and his numbers.  I’ll counter with Jennings being a good receiver who benefits from having had a Hall of Fame QB throw to him (and another who looks like he’s well on his way), a receiver-friendly scheme, and a solid receiver core surrounding him.  You can call it hating;  I’ll call it a fair and accurate observation.  It’s simply a product of being a good player in the right situation.  Go, Pack, go.
  • The Packers do not have a running game they can hang their hat on to keep a defense honest.  It may be a passing league, but no offensive line can pass protect for 50-60 snaps a game and dominate.  Ryan Grant is a Jackie Battle who accelerates a little faster, doesn’t go down by shoestring tackles, and gets hurt more often.  James Starks is worthless if he’s hurt or doesn’t get the opportunity to carry the ball.  Even when he does, he’s adequate at best.
  • The Packers D is atrocious.  They made 2 Yard Thomas look good.  It’s glaringly obvious that, on a day when the offense struggles, the defense doesn’t have the moxy to take over a game and win it for the team.  They’re riding the offense’s coattails.  Woodson’s good, Raji’s a freak, Matthews is a stud, and there are several more solid players complementing them on that unit.  How they can get torched like this week in, week out is mindboggling.
  • I haven’t changed my mind about Romeo Crennel as a HC candidate, but I reserve the right to change my mind.  Today’s performance is exactly why I want to retain him as a DC.  I don’t think he has the energy or time to devote to the defensive unit and worry about all the other intricacies of coaching a football team.
  • Say what you want about Pope’s “fumble that wasn’t called”.  The Packers were guilty of holding in the end zone earlier in the game, which should have resulted in a safety.  Things evened out.
  • Aaron Rodgers is the $#!%.  Even when he’s off, he’s on.
  • I would not be opposed to signing Orton for 2 years, then drafting our QB of the future (sorry, Stanzi).  Right tackles can be had later in the draft.
  • Finally, with two games to go, I don’t feel quite so bad about the team as I did waking up this morning.  I still feel bad, though.  I’m just sayin’.

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The Kansas City Chiefs have just defeated and ended the Green Bay Packers quest for a perfect season. With a new quarterback (Kyle Orton) and a new head coach (Romeo Crennel) the Chiefs beat the Packers 19-14 and they did it without scoring a touchdown for the first 55 minutes of the game. The Chiefs defense stifled the highest scoring offense in the league, holding them to only 14 points and Aaron Rodgers worst game since his popwarner days. Tamba Hali did his best Water Boy Bobby Bushay impersonation. It seemed like Hali was in the Packers backfied every time they snapped the ball.
I’m not too sure anyone saw this one coming but, somewhere Mercury Morris is popping a bottle of champagne and that means at least one more year we have to hear this tools name.  Thanks Kansas City.
What exactly did the Chiefs accomplish though? They kept their slim playoff hopes alive by defeating the best team in football.  Kyle Orton looked better than Matt Cassel and Tyler Palko combined (of course Palko brings negative points to the table).  Romeo Crennel won his first game as the Chiefs head coach and made Todd Haley look like even a more incompetent head coach than most Chief fans thought he was. A tall task indeed.   Last but not least, the Chiefs ruined my chance at a Fantasy Championship by totally manhandling Aaron Rodgers.  Thanks yet again Kansas City.

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