Posted on: February 1, 2011 12:31 am
Every Red Blooded American should jump in line to support the Green Bay Packers! The Packers defeated the Chicago Bears on Sunday, January 23 thus earning them the opportunity to go to the Super Bowl. By doing so, they saved the Hard-Working, Red Blooded, Taxpaying Americans literally several million dollars of tax money.
How you ask?
Simple... we were told that if the Chicago Bears had won that President Obama (and probably his family)would be attending the Super Bowl to cheer on his hometown team. Since the Bears lost...the President won't be attending. The money saved from not using Air Force 1, the limousines, all the additional security, and let's not forget Michelle Obama's entourage, is literally several million dollars!
Therefore every American should cheer on the Green Bay Packers at the Super Bowl to show them our gratitude.
Oh...and let's not forget to thank Chicago Bear's Quarterback Jay Cutler for his role in the Packer's success!
With that said...let's spread the word to everyone we know so they can understand why they should cheer for America's team...the Green Bay Packers!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted on: July 20, 2010 10:36 pm
Edited on: July 22, 2010 3:05 pm
The NFC North is the most storied division in all football. It has long been considered one of the best divisions until it saw a dip in playoff performance after the turn of the century. The NFC North is the oldest division in the NFL: a combined 303 years old (The Packers are 91 years old - founded in 1919; the Bears are 90 years old - founded in 1920; the Lions are 80 years old - founded in 1930; the Vikings are 49 years old - founded in 1961.); and these teams have been together as a division since 1967.
These teams have made 10 Super Bowl appearances (Packers, Vikings - 4; Bears - 2) and have 4 Super Bowl titles (Packers - 3; Bears - 1). Of the top 5 NFL teams with the highest winning percentage throughout its franchise history, three of them reside in the NFC North (Bears: .577; Packers: .558; Vikings: .555). For 6 years in a row (from the 1995 season through the 2000 season) one team from the NFC Central/North made an appearance in the NFC Championship game. After the 2000 season no NFC North team appeared in the NFC Championship game until the Bears made a Super Bowl run in the 2006 season.
Then a slow rise began to take place. The Bears went to the Super Bowl in 2006 and the Packers lost in overtime in the 2007 NFC Championship game. The division took the 2008 season to revamp their teams. In 2008 the Packers named a new starting QB in Aaron Rodgers and in 2009 the Vikings (Brett Favre), Bears (Jay Cutler), and Lions (Matthew Stafford) each named a new starting QB.With each team retooled at arguably the most important player on the team the division started to show life not just in one or two teams, but in all four. Although the Lions and Bears finished under .500 they showed some important steps. The Packers finished 11-5 and lost a tough one in the Wild Card round. The Vikings took their run all the way to an overtime loss in the NFC Championship game making that 3 appearances in the last 4 years in that game.
Now looking forward to the 2010 season the Packers and Vikings are heavy favorites to make deep playoff runs. You can safely predict that both the Packers and Vikings have a solid chance at making it to the second round of the playoffs. The Bears have a chance at being a Wild Card team, but you can be sure they will hover around the .500 mark by season's end. The Lions will be no push over either. With the weapons they have in Matt Stafford and Calvin Johnson, and with Brandon Pettigrew and a revamped running attack the Lions will also be competitor (at least by their last 2 season's standards) winning 4-6 games.
Yes, the NFC North is back and you can bet these teams will make deep playoff appearances for year to come (yes, that even includes the Lions).
Posted on: July 20, 2010 10:35 pm
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Posted on: February 5, 2010 2:37 pm
Edited on: February 5, 2010 2:42 pm
Week 13: Packers vs. Ravens; W 27-14; 8-4
Hosting the Ravens in week 13, the Pack opened their toughest three game stretch of the season. The Ravens had the third ranked defense in the league. In this game the Raven defense forced 3 turnovers on the Pack. However, the Packer defense forced 4 turnovers of their own. The half time score showed the Pack dominated the first half leading it 17-0. In the third quarter Baltimore scored 14 to get themselves back in the game as the 4th quarter started with the score 17-14. However, Aaron Rodgers' second TD throw to Jermichael Finley and an interception by A.J. Hawk the led to a Mason Crosby field goal with under two minutes to play shut the door on the Ravens comeback. Rodgers finished the game 26 of 40 for 263 yards, three touchdowns, two picks, and was sacked only once. Ryan Grant was held to 41 yards on 18 carries. Finley was the leading receiver with 7 grabs for 79 yards and two touchdowns. Clay Matthews led the with 5 tackles and two sacks. Now the Pack were 8-4. A month before they were sitting at 4-4 as it appeared their season was slipping away but a four game win streak had them sitting right in the middle of the playoff picture.
Week 14: Packers at Bears; W 21-14; 9-4
A rematch of the week 1 contest in which the Pack escaped with a win, the hot Pack now traveled to Chicago to face a struggling Bears team. In contrast to the week 1 game the Pack appeared they would run away with this one. The Pack forced a three and out on the Bears first drive and the very first play from scrimmage for the Pack, Grant took the hand off 62 yards for a touchdown! The Pack again raced to a 13-0 lead and led at the half 13-7. However, at the start of the fourth the Pack found themselves down one 14-13. Nick Collins would make the difference picking off Jay Cutler and taking it down to the 11 yard line. Grant would then punch it in from the 1 and Rodgers would hook up with Greg Jennings on the 2-point conversion to all but seal the game. Rodgers did very little going 16 of 24 for 180 yards and no TDs and was sacked 3 times. Grant was the one picking up the slack on offense carrying 20 times for 137 yards and two scores. Once again Finley was the main target getting 5 grabs for 70 yards. Both Rodgers and Finley also lost a fumble each. Atari Bigby and Tramon Williams led with 6 tackles. The defense also picked off Cutler twice. Now with a five game winning streak, the Pack were very confident and very hot. Their defense had been playing incredible during the last five games. Packer fans were once again excited about a likely playoff run.
Week 15: Packers at Steelers; L 36-37; 9-5
The Packers took a five game win streak into Heinz Field to face the Steelers who were in a must win situation just to stay in the playoff race. The two teams went back and forth the whole game. The first two scores of the game were big plays. Ben Roethlisberger threw a 60 yard TD to Mike Wallace and Aaron Rodgers responded with an 83 yard TD to Greg Jennings. At half time however the Pack trailed 14-21 and 14-24 to start the fourth quarter. In the fourth quarter the Pack would take the lead 36-30 with 2:06 left. However, the Pack defense which struggled all game to slow Ben down allowed the Steelers to march down the field and with no time remaining Big Ben threw a game-winning touchdown to Mike Wallace. Rodgers was impeccable going 26 of 48 for 383 yards and 3 touchdowns and was sacked only once. He also ran in for a touchdown. Unfortunately, Ben was even better shredding the Packer D for 503 yards and 3 touchdowns. Grant was held to 8 carries for 37 yards and a touchdown. Jennings led in reception yards with 118 yards and a score. Finley led with 9 receptions and a score. Nick Barnett led with 6 tackles and Matthews with 5 tackles and 2 sacks. A heartbreaking loss for the Pack, but it had no severe effect on their playoff race. The Pack just needed one win in their last two games to clinch a playoff spot.
Posted on: January 20, 2010 5:20 pm
Some may consider the 2009 Packers season a disappointment. They lost both matches against Brett Favre and the Vikings, they gave the Buccaneers their first win of the season, and had a disappointing exit from the playoffs. However, I submit to you that this season was not a disappointment. After falling to a 4-4 record after a surprising loss Tampa Bay, many gave up on the Pack, but they responded and went on a tear winning the next seven of eight games and finished 11-5; 6-2 at home. After week 9 many said the Pack would finish 6-10 just like the prior season, but they didn’t. This amazing run the Packers made to reach the playoffs is unfortunately somewhat forgotten by losing in the wild card round, but that is not a reason to consider the 2009 campaign a failure, instead let us consider it a great success.
Week 1: Packers vs. Bears; W 21-15; 1-0
The Packer offense struggled to get going most of the game due in part to poor offensive line play (which was a continuous theme all the way into the playoffs). The Pack only gained 76 yards on the ground led by Ryan Grant with 61 of those yards and a touchdown. Aaron Rodgers finished 17 for 28 with only 184 yards and one touchdown which was the game winner with a little over a minute left. He was sacked four times. Greg Jennings led the team in receptions and yards with 6 for 106 and a touchdown. The defense allowed a couple of big plays, but ultimately kept the Pack in the game picking off Jay Cutler four times and had two sacks. Brandon Chillar led in tackles with seven. An exciting win for the Pack, but it showed signs of a long season ahead.
Week 2: Packers vs. Bengals; L 24-31; 1-1
A pumped up and confident Packer team welcomed the Bengals who seemed to be down and out after losing on a miracle play against the Broncos the week before. However, this was a back-and-forth contest that found the Pack on the losing end as they ran out of time in the red zone. The offensive line played even worse than they did the first week allowing 6 sacks. Grant ran for only 46 yards and Rodgers added 43 of his own, but only because he was running for his life. He also went 21 for 39 in the air for 261 yards and one touchdown. Donald Driver led the team in receptions and yards with 6 for 99 and a touchdown. The defense played decent forcing Carson Palmer to throw 2 picks and sacked him twice, but allowed Cedric Benson to run all over them for 141 yards. Charles Woodson led the team with 9 tackles and two picks returning one for a touchdown. A tough loss for the Pack considering they were in range to score, but simply ran out of time.
Week 3: Packers at Rams; W 36-17; 2-1
Against the Rams here in week 3 the Pack were looking to bounce back from a disappointing loss to the Bengals and build momentum and confidence for the big matchup coming in week 4 against the Vikes. Fortunately the Pack focused in on the Rams and took care of business. The offensive line looked a lot better allowing only two sacks, but then again the Rams didn’t pose much of threat. Grant ran for 99 yards and the Pack overall ran the ball for 152 yards. Rodgers went 13 for 23 for 269 yards and two touchdowns. Driver led the team with 4 receptions and Jennings in yards with 103. The defense played well forcing 3 turnovers, but only sacked the quarterback one time. A.J. Hawk led in tackles with eight. Perhaps the Pack allowed more points than they should have, but overall a dominating win which was just what was expected.
Week 4: Packers at Vikings; L 23-30; 2-2
The much anticipated matchup against Brett Favre and the Vikings didn’t turn out at all like Packer fans hoped. Instead all critics broke loose with negative statements as Brett carved up the Packer secondary, the defense failed to put pressure on the aging quarterback, and the offensive line once again played disgustingly horrible allowing an astounding 8 sacks. Grant actually seemed to run the ball his best so far going for 51 yards with a 4.6 yard average, but the Pack were simply playing catch-up all game. Rodgers went 26 for 37 for 384 yards, two touchdowns and one pick. In short, Rodgers played well for the most part, but could take the blame for the pick and a sack or two. Jermichael Finley led the team in receptions and yards with 6 for 128 yards and a touchdown. Rookie Clay Matthews personally kept the Pack in the game when in the second quarter he stripped the ball right out of Adrian Peterson’s hands and took 42 yards for a touchdown tying the game at 14. Nick Barnett led the team with 7 tackles. This loss gave way to all Mike McCarthy and Ted Thompson haters and already some fans were giving up on the Pack. Now the Packers had three weeks to get their act together for the rematch at Lambeau Field.
Getting Back to The Basics "Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence." ―Vince Lombardi