Jordy Nelson: Trending Upward!

Jordy hasn’t run a route, caught a pass, scored a touchdown, or even suited up for a game this year, yet with every day that passes, his value to the Packers organization climbs higher and higher.
After a hot start to the year, the offense has looked lost without their superstar receiver stretching the field, making that back shoulder catch to move the chains, or hauling in a fade in the end zone to seal a drive with that all important 6 points.

The Packers would love to have even a portion of his 98 catches, 1519 yards, and 13 TDs from last year. Because even though they have a ton of receivers that make a decent “Robin,” it’s obvious that as far as Green Bay’s offense is concerned, their is only one guy suited to take on the role of “Batman.”
After showing their faith in Randall Cobb in the offseason by making him their highest paid receiver, the Packers front office better prepare themselves to bust out their wallets soon and show Nelson the same kind of love.

Because it’s becoming more clear than ever, that when it comes to the big receiving play in Green Bay, their is no one else in the same realm as Jordy Nelson!

Jordy Nelson: Trending Upward!

Jordy hasn’t run a route, caught a pass, scored a touchdown, or even suited up for a game this year, yet with every day that passes, his value to the Packers organization climbs higher and higher.
After a hot start to the year, the offense has looked lost without their superstar receiver stretching the field, making that back shoulder catch to move the chains, or hauling in a fade in the end zone to seal a drive with that all important 6 points.

The Packers would love to have even a portion of his 98 catches, 1519 yards, and 13 TDs from last year. Because even though they have a ton of receivers that make a decent “Robin,” it’s obvious that as far as Green Bay’s offense is concerned, their is only one guy suited to take on the role of “Batman.”
After showing their faith in Randall Cobb in the offseason by making him their highest paid receiver, the Packers front office better prepare themselves to bust out their wallets soon and show Nelson the same kind of love.

Because it’s becoming more clear than ever, that when it comes to the big receiving play in Green Bay, their is no one else in the same realm as Jordy Nelson!

Kansas City Chiefs: Making a Run for it!

The way Kansas City started the year, it was hard to believe they were on the path to anything but a high pick in next year’s draft.

However, after outscoring their last 5 opponents by an average of 32 -13, they have managed to put together a 5 game winning streak, and have put themselves in a position to not only secure a wild card spot, but to make a solid bid to win the division outright.

After defeating the Buffalo Bills 30-22 today, their remaining opponents have a record of 20-35, with their toughest matchups coming from 2 games with the Raiders who are currently sitting at 5-6. 

 On the other hand, Denver’s  opponents have a combined record of 36-28, and they face 3 opponents with at least 6 wins starting with the undefeated Patriots tonight. The Broncos got off to a torrid start to the season behind their defense who has cooled off drastically while losing 2 out of their last 3 games, including a 29-13 home loss to the Chiefs.

If the running game  can continue to lead the way for this Chiefs offense, who also got solid performances from QB Alex Smith (255 yds, 2 TDs,) WR Jeremy Maclin (9 rec, 160 yds, 1 TD), and TE Travis Kelce (4 rec, 69 yds, 1 TD) the sky is the limit for this team. If the defense can continue to play shutdown footbal, the Chiefs will be an absolute nightmare for anyone who dares to get in their way.

What’s Wrong With the Green Bay Packers?

This is hardly a question you’d hear from most teams who have had a 6 game winning streak, are 7-4, have a quarterback playing at an MVP level, a running back who has broke out for two straight 100 yard games, and a defense who is only allowing 16 points a game over the last 3.

This is different. We are talking Green Bay Packer football.  This is Title Town where anything less than a touchdown on any given drive is unacceptable. Anything less than a win is a tragedy, and anything less than a Super Bowl is a failed season.

Down by 1 point at halftime and fans are talking about firing coaches, benching players, and irrationally enough… There is always next year.

Over the last 22 years this team has been lead by Hall of Fame caliber QBs, won two Super Bowls, made the playoffs almost every year, and dominated our division. 

They’ve done it mainly by keeping our stars and rebuilding through the draft. A strategy that doesn’t always produce a Champion, but puts a quality product on the field almost every year. 

If I had to pinpoint a problem within the current team itself, I’d have to say the lack of leadership, both from players and coaches.

The talent is definitely there, but sometimes the team just looks flat. There is a lack of killer instinct in the middle of games. It seems like if they get a lead early they get comfortable, if they get behind, they give up until it’s too late.

The real promblem to me seems to be with the fan’s perspective. It’s one thing to say win, lose or tie…or Green and Gold til I’m dead and cold, but it’s another thing altogether to truly support your team. To have their back no matter what. 

They have given us their best for more than two decades. I plan on giving them my full support even when they struggle through a rough stretch. 

I don’t plan on giving up any time soon! Call me crazy, but I still see us winning our division, going deep into the playoffs, and making a run at the trophy.

But either way, no matter what, I will be proud of my team, and whatever happens, you will find me, with a smile on my face, yelling…

Go Pack Go!!!

Kansas City Chiefs: Reason to Believe They Will Win the West

So far the Chiefs have played a brutal schedule, matching up against the Bengals, Vikings, Steelers, Packers and twice against the Broncos. Their opponents over the first nine games have a total of 51 wins, for an average of 5.6 wins, which is the best in the NFL so far this year. 

Despite struggling, and losing five games in a row earlier in the season, the Chiefs have won their last 3, and are sitting at 4-5 just 3 games behind the Broncos who have played the league’s 27th easiest schedule. Denver’s opponents so far have only won 35 games which averages out to 3.8 wins over the first 9 games.

The Chiefs who just beat the Broncos in their head to head matchup last week, have received a spark from running back Charcandrick West, who has averaged 137 yards a game from scrimmage, and has 4 total TDs since stepping in for Jamaal Charles, and their defense which has only allowed an average of 14 points a game over the last five, are now headed for a reversal of fortunes to end the season.

Their next seven opponents have won a total of 21 games, with their toughest matchup coming at home against the Buffalo Bills who are also 4-5.

On the other hand, the Broncos, who are without struggling quarterback, Peyton Manning, at least for the time being, and whose defense has succumb to injuries and has started to slowly fall apart, are now headed for a much tougher schedule. Their opponents over the next 7 games who included the Patriots, Bengals, and Steelers, have a total of 35 wins.

There is still a lot of season left. So it may still be too early to get overly excited if you are a Chiefs fan, but the winds definitely seem to be blowing in a different direction in the AFC West.

Same Old Same Old in Green Bay

Critics want you to believe that the sky is falling in Green Bay. That the Packers have lost their magic and are crumbling on a consistent basis. That there is no way they can make the playoffs, much less win the Super Bowl, and that Aaron Rodgers isn’t the same without Jordy Nelson. That the offense can’t possibly run properly without Head Coach Mike McCarthy calling the plays, and that defensive coordinator Dom Capers has destroyed the Packers defense.

The truth is, in the last three games which were losses for the Packers, opposing quarterbacks threw for 880 yards, 4 TDs, and 3 interceptions against Green Bay, while Aaron Rodgers threw for 779 yards, 6 TDs, and 1 interception (which included a 77 yard, 0 TD performance against the Broncos), and those numbers have left him on pace to end the season with 4,035 yards, 38 TDs and 5 interceptions. Not bad for a guy who has lost his magic, eh?

Also, at 6-3, the Packers are still tied for the 7th best record in the NFL, 4th in the NFC, and would make the playoffs if the season ended right now.

So is it Capers fault then? Possibly, but the Packers record with him at DC is a fairly solid, 64-31-1 over his 6 and a half year tenure. Fans seem to misunderstand the concept of his attacking, bend but don’t break blitzing scheme. It is always going to give up a ton of yards, we are going to be involved in a ton of close games, and right when you least expect it we will make that big play that ends the game. It’s success comes from letting the other team make the final mistake.
The NFL isn’t a game of inches anymore. It is a game of explosive offenses, and chunks of yards at a time. The Packers front office deserves credit for bringing in a guy who was way ahead of his time in revolutionizing the way defense is played, and sticking with him despite constant criticism from the fans.
To further prove my point. The team has won their division, The NFC North, in all but the first two seasons of his six year tenure. They’ve made the playoffs all six times, and have even won a Super Bowl Ring under his direction.
So if it isn’t the offense or the defense, the front office, the D-Coordinator or the Head Coach causing the problem, what could possibly be wrong with this team? I would say they have just been too damn good for too long. After having just 2 losing seasons in the last 22 years, lovers and haters of the Green and Gold have become delusional in their expectations for what was, is, and will always be the most feared team to step on the field. An incomplete pass on offense is a meltdown, a completed pass on defense is blown coverage, and a team loss is the end of the world. Anything less than perfect on every play, of any game, is completely inexcusable and unacceptable.
It’s not Aaron Rodger’s, Ted Thompson, or Mike McMarthy’s fault that the Packers are favorites to win the Super Bowl every year. Or that in every game, during every season, every team plays us like it’s their Super Bowl. Or that fans of other teams get more excited when the Packers lose then when their own team wins.
That’s what happens when you have the greatest tradition, and are the BEST FRANCHISE EVER to lace up cleats and step onto a football field. People are going to cheer against you. Why? Because they hate you? No, because they desperately WANT what you have.  
 
Back to this season. Should we be afraid? Is it time for a fullout panic? Well, the last time we had a mile long injury list, no running game to speak of, and no-name, back up, pass catchers filling in for our star receivers, we snuck into the playoffs as a wild card team, and won the Championship on the backs of a ton of big plays by Dom Capers defense.
A regular roller coaster ride is just part of the excitement and glory of being a Packer fan, and no one appreciates it more than a kid who grew up three hours from Lambeau. When other people tell me it is just not fair, because the Packers winning tradition makes it easy to be a fan of the Green and Gold, I just bundle up in boots, two pairs of socks, thermals, a pair of jeans a tee-shirt, a hoodie covered by my A.J. Hawk jersey, coveralls, hand warmers inside my gloves, a face mask, cuddle in next to strangers in Lambeau field and think about how I didn’t pick this team. I was CHOSEN! 
 
So am I a bit nervous about the next game coming up, and even what the rest of the season may hold? Oh, Hell Yeah!
But that’s just business as usual in Green Bay. And when your heart bleeds Green and Gold, win, lose or draw, You can hold your head up high knowing, its Packers til I die.

The “Eifert Tower”

During preseason the Bengals 6’6 tight end had words like “bust” attached to his name. Like many young players who are brimming with potential, but just can’t break through due to injury or other issues, there was a bright cloud of hope surrounded by question marks floating over Tyler Eifert’s head. For the most part any questions have disappeared.

After last nights 3 TD performance against Cleveland he has become known affectionately as the “Matchup Monster” by Jeremy Hill and the rest of his teammates.

“You put a linebacker in there on him, either they’re too small or they’re too slow,” Hill said. “You put a corner in there and they’re obviously too small, too. So, he’s just a matchup problem.”

That problem is why the Bengals are 8-0 for the first time in team history, and are slowly gaining back the respect of critics who have made a laughingstock of them since Andy Dalton took over at Quarterback just over 4 years ago.

The connection between Dalton and the “Tower” is obvious, and even though he doesn’t make as many catches (37), or eat up as many yards (434) as some tight ends, his impact comes at the point where it makes the most difference, in the red zone. Because of that, Dalton seems enamored by his versatility.

“That’s what’s so big,” Dalton said. “He scored touchdowns on three different types of plays. There’s not much he can’t do.”
 After missing a game early in the year, Eifert is still on pace for 18 TDs this season. The next three closest players, which include Rob Gronkowski, are only on pace for 14. 
In a thin tight end group that is commonly referred to as, Gronk and then everyone else, Eifert may just be in his way to establishing a new tier at the top.

“Oh my gosh — that guy,” A.J. Green said, via the Cincinnati Enquirer. “Tyler is a wide receiver trapped in a big body because the way he runs routes and the way he’s getting in and out of his breaks is unbelievable.”

It’s obvious that Eifert has gained the respect of his teammates, and if he can continue to be healthy and stand tall, there is no limit to the new heights to which he can lead this team.