Thursday, September 11, 2014

My Take -> Week 2

Greetings, G-Force.

It's a Douple IPA night. I enjoy the beer chase. Tonight, it's Begyle's Zeus and Revolution's Double Fist. The Double Fist is a steal. $8.99 a bottle. 8% ABV. It comes with a thorough grapefruit, piney feel. If you haven't had it, try it.

My quick hits over the last week:

* Nothing changes for me. If Bulaga is healthy, we will be Super this year.

* Brad Jones is injured. Unlikely to play. They're saying it's a quad injury. I'm saying it's a bruised ego. He was awful against the Champs.

* Prior to the Bulaga injury, I felt the Packers were the better team. After the Bulaga injury, we looked like a .500 team.

* Bulaga left with more than 11 minutes left in the 2nd Quarter. At that time, Lacy had 27 yards. Lacy finished with 34 yards. Yes, in nearly 3 Quarters of play, Eddie Lacy ran for 7 yards.

* We missed Donny Barclay.

* Sherrod isn't ready for prime time.

* Some are disappointed in the defense. I'm disappointed in the offense. Down 10-7. 8 minutes to play in the 2nd. We settle for 3. The defense gets punished. Gives up a TD. Down 17-10. 3rd & 4 from the 45. Rodgers could've run for an easy 1st down. Instead he overthrows an open Nelson. Defense gets a stop to end the half. Defense gets a stop to start the 3rd Quarter. Rodgers gets picked on the first play of the drive. 1st & goal from the 8. The defense holds to 3. The Packers move the ball to the 41. Fail on 4th & 5. Seattle takes over. The defense gets a stop. On the first play, it's a safety. Plus, a 15 yard penalty. It's good field position for Seattle. And, the game is over. You can't give the Champs that many opportunities. In a 16 minute and 11 second stretch in the game, the offense had the ball for 3 minutes and 50 seconds. Over that time frame, the defense had 3 stops, they yielded 6 yards which resulted in a FG and they gave up a momentum induced 53 yard TD drive. On the TD drive, the defense was clearly winded. The offense didn't do its part.

* Letroy Guion was an absolute disappointment.

* ¿Donde esta Mike Pennel? He was worthy in the preseason.

* I really liked the 4-3 look. Thought Clay was disguised and put in position to succeed. In the 4-3 form, the defense caused problems. Especially when Clay & JP were lined up on the same side.

* I loved seeing Clay & JP meet at the QB. Wish Brad Jones didn't nullify that greatness.

* Liked HaHa's speed on the sack. Not worries about the missed tackles.

* It's comical to me when I watch AJ Hawk & Burnett dancing with Harvin. The result? Hawk & Burnett run into each other as Harvin runs free for 34 yards. What else would I expect?

* Corey Linsley can flat out play!

* Sammy Swagga is a star.

* Well done, T-Mon.

* James Starks ran hard.

* Take a knee, DuJuan Harris.

* I will never understand why Rodgers didn't go after Sherman. Davante Adams had him beat for a 41-yard TD on the play where Rodgers threw deep across his body to Nelson. Then, on the next play, Adams had Sherman beat on the 4th and 5 for an easy first down.

* The Seahawks made adjustments. And, in the end, the Packers were out coached. The Packers should've never gotten away from the 4-3.

* Wish HaHa had picked off that pass.

* Mike Daniels will have better days.

The Seahawks rushed for more yards than the Packers passed for. Ouch.

* I hope Bulaga is healthy for 14 weeks this year.

* I can't wait to see Jamari Lattimore this week!

* Hopefully, that's as bad as our special teams will play all year.

* Sir Charles had a pick last week. A Packer safety hasn't had an interception since he left.

* James Jones had 3 catches and a TD. EDS got a start. CJ Wilson had a tackle. Marshall Newhouse saw action. All bodes well for the Packers getting 2 compensatory picks.

This week, it's the Jets. The last time the Packers had a home opener in Week 2 against an AFC East team? 2010. XLV Forever!

I'm headed to Lambeau this week. Couldn't be more stoked. The home opener. In glorious fashion.

The Jets will do a solid job rotating RBs. Chris Ivory pounds away. Chris Johnson can fly. Bilal Powell is an underrated back with a good speed/power combination. If the Packers step out of the 4-3, the Jets will pound it at the left side of their OL. D'Brickashaw Ferguson can play. Brian Winters is a promising youngster. Nick Mangold is elite. But, with Breno Giacomini & Willie Colon manning the right side of the line, the Packers should be able to win that battle.

If the Jets try to pass, I fully expect to see Geno Smith throwing off of his back foot. Instead, look for NY to aim to control the clock. They'll try to win the line of scrimmage. They'll try to frustrate the Lambeau faithful. I wouldn't be shocked if we see a little of Michael Vick running the read option.

Eric Dekker and Jeremy Kerley will not threaten our defense. Jace Amaro is a TE that needs to be covered. He's deceptively fast.

Muhammad Wilkerson. Sheldon Richardson. David Harris. Calvin Pace. Quinton Coples. All in the front 7. Yikes. But, get protection and good things will happen. Give the ball to Rodgers. Watch Jarrett Boykin have a big game. Dee Milliner will match up with Jordy. Kyle Wilson will be on Cobb. Phillip Adams cannot cover Boykin. I'm interested to see Calvin Pryor and Antonio Allen. I liked both coming out of college. But, they're similar players. Both belong in the box. Dawna Landry can play, but NY lacks a safety who can handle the deep ball.

Trust Sammy & T-Mon. Load the box. Blow them out.

Rodgers throws for 300.

It's an afternoon celebration at Lambeau. Bring a winter coat.

Packers 30.
Jets 13.

Here's my 2015 Packers Mock Draft. I have the Packers picking #32. As always, if I haven't watched, I don't comment. And, with that said, I haven't watched much yet. Also, I haven't paid attention to OL prospects. Clearly, I'm not qualified to write this. Nonetheless, here goes:

Round 1: Devin Funchess, TE, MI. Admittedly, I haven't fallen anyone who'd be a late 1st round draft pick. Any way, Funchess is a big receiving target who moves like a WR. Not a great inline blocker, but who cares, he can play. Other: Ty Montgomery, WR, Stanford.

Round 2: Alvin Dupree, OLB, Kentucky. Total stud. Can rush the passer. Plays the run. Has attitude. Others: Rashad Greene, WR, FSU; Justin Hardy, WR, ECU; Denzel Perryman, ILB, []_[].

Round 3: Jake Ryan, LB, MI. Listed as an OLB, I fee he fits at ILB in the Packers scheme. First class talent, if healthy.

Round 4: Bernard Blake, CB, CSU. Good length. Willing tackler. Aggressive mind. Light, but a fighter.

Round 5: Brock Hekking, OLB, Nevada. Energizer. King of the mullet. High energy. Good size.

Round 5: Kevin White, WR, WVU. The Dub-V product is listed as a 7th round pick. In a couple of weeks, he'll start soaring. Great size. Good hands. Plays well in traffic. Could be elite. But, right now, he's raw.

Round 5: Detrick Bonner, S, Va Tech. Powerful player. Versatile. Can man cover. Steps in box with confidence. Not afraid of space. Intriguing prospect.

Round 6: Olsen Pierre, DT, []_[]. Active defender. Always imp origins. Primed to take the next step.

Round 7: Jarvis West, WR, Iowa State. I'm not looking for him as a WR. Only as a KR/PR. He's elusive. He's fast.

Go Pack Go!

Talkin' S-Mac.

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