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The Green Bay Packers demolished the Tennessee Titans 55-7 on Sunday. Here are five more thoughts on the win.

When is it time to pull Aaron Rodgers?
Someone questioned how I could call Mike McCarthy a buffoon. Here’s the latest example: the Packers are up 34 at the end of the third quarter. Yet, who trots out to start the fourth? No. 12. Were the Titans showing signs they were ready for a comeback? No. Has anyone ever put up 35 in the fourth quarter to win a game? Doubt it. Yet, McCarthy sends out the one irreplaceable guy on the team, in a game that’s over and puts him at risk of injury. BUFFOONERY!

The Vikings game suddenly means a lot
The Packers finish the season by traveling to the butthole of the NFL — Minnesota. Thanks to Seattle killing San Francisco last night, the Packers can sew up the No. 2 seed in the NFC and a first-round bye with a win. The Vikings, meanwhile, somehow, can still make the playoffs if they win. What a great double whammy it would be to lock up the No. 2 seed AND eliminate the Vikings and mouth breathing fans from the playoffs.

Okay, A.J. Hawk, fine…
We nag on this guy all year long and rightfully so. He’s not real good. For one Sunday, he was the antithesis of A.J. Hawk though. Instead of getting run over by ball carriers, he was knocking them backwards. Instead of being invisible, he was making plays. On the day, Hawk had seven tackles, two sacks, three tackles for a loss and three QB hits. Hey, guy wearing No. 50, what did you do with A.J. Hawk?

And what are you doing, Mike Neal?
Trying to shed that bust label? The Packers drafted Neal in the second round in 2010. Since then he’s done pretty much nothing. That is, until the past month. Neal has 4.5 sacks this season, which is 3.5 more than he’s had in his entire career prior to 2012. What’s more is 2.5 of those sacks have come in the month of December. Neal is playing his best ball at the right time. In fact, he’s probably playing the best ball of his life right now. Keep it up, buddy!

Clay Matthews and what could have been
Not surprisingly, Clay Matthews has been on a tear since returning from a hamstring injury. He has three sacks in two games since coming back. He now has 12 sacks in the 11 games he’s played this season. Had Matthews been healthy all season he could have been right up there with J.J. Watt (20.5) and Aldon Smith (19.5) chasing the single-season sack record. It would be great to see what this guy can do if he stays healthy for a full season.

Monty McMahon

Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.



  1. Jon December 24, 2012

    Let me get this straight. The coach who led us to a super bowl, a 15 win season, and a 2 seed this year is a buffon? Maybe you should stick to being funny, obviously you are not qualified to give intelligent analysis.

    1. Monty McMahon December 24, 2012

      Yeah, and if Graham Harrell had to start a playoff game because your boy Mike left No. 12 in in the late stages of a blowout and he got injured, I’m sure you’d be singing the same tune.

      Obviously, you are not intelligent enough to comment here.

  2. Chris Restivo December 24, 2012

    Yeah, and you will lose to us! Minnesota is New Orleans bound! MARK IT DOWN!!

  3. Chris Restivo December 24, 2012


    Feel free to add me on facebook! If you bitches wanna talk some shit!!

    1. Iltarion December 24, 2012

      I agree…are you open to dude on dude action?

  4. johnny d December 24, 2012

    anyone who thinks Minesota is New Orleans bound must have the following: !- the 2013 NFL schedule, 2- amnesia 3- extreme flatulence but, is mildly entertaining…as a long time Packer fan, i question Cobb returning punts and Rodgers playing past mid 3rd quarter…but, pretty happy about the last 20 years compared to the previous 20…playoffs??!! 2 seed, 3 seed? damn..hey, Merry Christmas, and thanks for the edgy, interesting Packer fan site Total Packers!!

  5. Sean December 24, 2012

    Rodgers needs to stay in the game, and so do the starters. We all saw what happened last year after Rodgers sat, he was rusty in the playoffs. McCarthy wants his team clicking on all cylinders for this Super Bowl run

  6. Hoops24 December 24, 2012

    Chris, what u just said is one of the most insane idiotic things I have ever heard. Everyone is now dumber after reading that

  7. Drunk on Duval Street December 24, 2012

    The Packers could use Cobb vs the vikings. That ankle injury could very well put him on the sidelines this Sunday. Losing to the vikings means no first round bye. A first round bye guarantees GB an extra week to get more players healthy. We can use all the guys we can get come post season.

  8. Ender December 24, 2012

    LMFAO, Chris your a dumbass. I think the last time we lost to you fucks, you had our QB. How about this, Packers D will not allow AP to get that rushing record, and the current MVP is going to light that shit whole of a stadium up. MARK THAT FUCKER!

  9. mike r December 24, 2012

    Monty you are in the vast minority when it comes to your views on mm. You can look back to his first couple years when he took over for Sherman, and there was an immediate improvement as soon a he took over as coach. Yes he is human and makes some mistakes, but I don’t know what more you can ask for. Since mm and tt have been in town, the pack has been constantly one of the better teams in the league.

  10. brad December 24, 2012

    Monty, I was also thinking MM should have taken Arod out a little sooner, but he is human…you don’t have to be that rude to him….

  11. Kristofer from Oshkosh December 24, 2012

    In trying to justify calling Mike McCarthy a baffoon, you make yourself look bad by just trying to clarify why you do what you do. If you need to clarify anything that you write, maybe you shouldn’t be writing it in the first place. We all know McCarthy will do whatever his star quarterback wants. Such as if Rodgers wants a red challenge flag thrown, and this has happened, McCarthy will throw that red flag before he even asks his guys upstairs. In the instance I am thinking about, the Packers lost the challenge, but it shows how far Mike McCarthy will go to keeping Aaron Rodgers happy. The only way Rodgers went back on the field in the forth quarter was because Rodgers, not McCarthy, wanted to go back out there. Also, as a side note, while every blogger and writer on this website was calling for the release of Mike Neal- I was his only support. When he came in as a rookie, he did play some snaps in live regular season action and he was pushing Olineman around then and looked as if he was going to be a star, but soon got hurt. All this kid needed to do was get back to the shape he had coming out of college and playing his first NFL action. He has now re-reached that level and is even better. I know i wrote a blog on here when everyone was dissing the man where I was his only support. Go Mike Neal, GO! If he stays healthy, I believe he can be the Packers best defensive lineman; In a couple years of being healthy, look for the man to be one of the best in the league. Yup!

    1. Phatgzus December 25, 2012

      I think the challenge you’re thinking of was a 12-men-on the field no call, which resulted in penalty being called and giving the Packers a first down.

  12. Iltarion December 25, 2012

    Rodgers was in the middle of a drive to end the 3rd quarter. He played a couple plays into the 4th quarter to finish the drive. He then was done for the game.

    If MM is a buffoon for playing A-Rodge a couple plays into the 4th quarter, then obviously Bill Bellicheck and Sean Payton are idiots because Brady and Brees NEVER come out of games.

    1. Phatgzus December 25, 2012

      Exactly what I was going to say, Itarion; that and I’m pretty sure Rodgers only play in the 4th quarter was a handoff to Grant that went for a 7-yard TD.

  13. Chris Restivo December 25, 2012

    Whatever Fudge Packers fans! At least I don’t have to live in Wisconsin which is kind of similar to West Virginia lol. Cousin fucking?? :) Minnesota has the most beautiful women in the US and has the best sports teams out there. Loyal fans, and no bandwagon fucks like you idiots.

    1. Phatgzus December 25, 2012

      “Minnesota has the most beautiful women in the US and has the best sports teams out there.”


      If by women you mean sheep, which you probably do, then you are correct.

      As for sports teams, Vikings, Twins, T-Wolves, Wild; enough said.

  14. Chris Restivo December 25, 2012

    Oh and why be in this division? For Real. This is a division meant for tough ass teams such as the Bears, Lions, and Vikings. Packers? LOL y’all were never tough, and you will never have a season like we did in 1998. Tell me one season in your history that adds up to the 1998 Vikings?

    1. Iltarion December 25, 2012

      Nice to know our mental asylums have the internet. Obviously you must be posting from one since you are living in a divergent world.

  15. Packer Bob December 25, 2012

    I questioned your calling him a buffoon. He pulled Rodgers for the entire game against Detroit last year. Rodgers missed two weeks and came out cold against the Giants. Then everyone questioned why he did that. Hell, why not pull all the starters once the game was outta hand?

    For a coach that has taken the Packers to three consecutive playoff appearances you certainly have a negative opinion of him. I’m not saying he’s perfect. Far from it. Stubborn and a bit arrogant, sure. But buffoonery? Rex Ryan is the closet thing to a buffoon in the NFL, not McCarthy.

    1. Phatgzus December 25, 2012

      Rex Ryan is the archetype of a buffoon.

  16. Hoops24 December 25, 2012

    Ill ask u if your weak ass vikes have ever had 13 seasons that have ended in championships. Didnt think so. And as far as loyal fans? Fox 9 spends most of your season buyin up tickets that are not sold so that sell out streak is a complete joke. Twins suck, vikings suck, wolves suck, and the shithole u of m sucks. And I live 10 minutes from the worst state ever, minnesota. There are some good looking girls, but most are fat hogs idiot.

  17. Chris Restivo December 25, 2012

    Whatever yo, I am as diehard as they come and I can tell you right now Christian Ponder isn’t a choke artist like Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers is a soft ass bitch.

  18. Drunk on Duval Street December 25, 2012

    Who is this puss sack Chris Restivo? 1998 vikings did what? GB won 4 SB’s. There is no comparison. Why is it that these pretentious Minnesota dolts think they’re better? As for fat women, there is an abundance in the Twin Cities. I could walk into a local Target and in 5 seconds I could snap a picture of a big old fat hog. So many chubby’s in the Cities. What I have found with Viking fans is they like to pretend that they have a better team. When a Packer fan throws around Superbowl championships they get flustered and resort to insults that are very vague and sophmoric.

    To all you purple idiots out there…
    Fat people are everywhere. This is the U.S. We are the fattest country in the world.
    The Packers have won 9 championships and 4 Superbowls. The Vikings have won nothing.
    The Packers have won more head to head games versus the Vikings.
    Basically the Packers are and always have been the better franchise.
    Start getting flustered… now.

    1. Phatgzus December 25, 2012

      “What I have found with Viking fans is they like to pretend that they have a better team. When a Packer fan throws around Superbowl championships they get flustered and resort to insults that are very vague and sophmoric.”

      Wow; good job, you nailed it (see below).

  19. Chris Restivo December 25, 2012

    Whatever at least we don’t have a gay ass name like the Packers! I will GLADLY take our 1998 team anyday over your 15-1 CHOKE ARTIST team of last year! John Randall will always burn memories inside your heads. Hahaha Clay Matthews is a Shemale, and the rest of your squad SOFT. WE COMIN TO NEW ORLEANS!!!!

  20. White Lightning December 25, 2012

    Please stop feeding this troll..

  21. Wisconsinbleedspurple December 25, 2012

    Wow you Packers fans sure are cocky! Your history and championships aren’t that exciting. Besides no one besides the city of Green Bay likes the Packers in WI. The Vikings will continue to be the most popular, and cult like teams in the NFL. Trust me you are scared of us! SKOL VIKINGS!!!

  22. Lynn fuckin' Dickey December 25, 2012

    Hey guys remember when the 1998 Vikings went to the Superbowl?

    …the Atlanta whats?

  23. Wisconsinbleedspurple December 25, 2012

    Best your ass twice that season! Skol Vikings!! You treated Farve like shit, and what did he do again to you???

  24. Drunk on Duval Street December 25, 2012

    Wasn’t that the game that Gary Anderson missed the field goal to win against the underdog Falcons. One of my favorites. That ranks up there with the last second td catch when they played Arizona and the Packers won the division. I was at the playoff game the following week when Al Harris returned that pick six in ot. Or the time when Brent threw that pick against New Orleans along with the 5 Viking fumbles in that NFC championship game. Hartley couldn’t make a field goal to save his life, but he made the one for the win in ot. They blame the refs, but everyone knows they just plain lost. Ahhh Classics! and they never get old. Thanks for the reminder Lynn Fuckin Dicky :-)

  25. Apeshit December 25, 2012

    Best thing the Vikings have in the last 35 years??? “Our” 1998 15-1 team!!!! Hahahhaha I just busted my nut! Packers go 15-1 last year and 99% of the packer fan base knew they weren’t going to do shit in January and that teams a distant memory.

    I’m with McCarthy to keep Cobb off special teams is denying the team a chance to score, Welker, Brown, Hester, Harvin, Bryant all return kicks or punts, all are starting WR 3 are the best in their teams 2 are essentially their teams offense. Yeah Bellicheck is a bafoon for keeping Welker out there too….jeepers enough with that McCarthy is stupid bull shit… It’s old and worn out like your moms vage.

  26. fake penis December 26, 2012

    you bitches wanna talk shit on my Facebook wall?

  27. Chris Restivo December 26, 2012

    Or like that ass whooping you took from the GGGGG-Men as well :). Damn how you gon let Eli the Retard Manning beat your ass. LOL.. WE OWN YOU!!!!!!

  28. Chris Restivo December 26, 2012

    Whatever guys like Joe Kapp and Fran Tarkenton are LIGHT YEARS ahead of Bart Starr and Aaron Rodgers. At least we stole Brett from your ass and you HAVE ZERO class booing that man and all he did for your organization. Besides you guys are the biggest group of pussies I ever encountered.

  29. Chris Restivo December 26, 2012

    Oh and NO ONE CARES about the Packers outside your shitty po-dunk state. The Vikings have a fanbase all across the Midwest, up to Canada, and even down south. THATS Loyalty.

    1. fred December 27, 2012

      do yourself a favor and look up the most popular nfl teams. the packers are #2 the vikings are #14. So either there are a hell of a lot of people in green bay or you are a retard

  30. Bryan December 26, 2012

    The Vikings are 3-10 against Mike McCarthy. Yup! You guys really OWN US! Good call! You Vikings fans are really well versed in NFL history, which can only explain why you think legendary choke artists like Joe Kapp and Frank Tarkenton are lights years ahead of Bart Starr and Aaron Rodgers.
    The most laughable thing about the Vikings was the way the always got their asses handed to them in their 4 Super Bowl appearances. In their four Super Bowls they scored a grand total of 34 points. AWESOME! The Packers in the Super 4 Super Bowl wins scored 35, 33, 35, 31 points. Hell, at least the Packers actually competed in Super XXXII.

  31. Chris Restivo December 27, 2012

    Whatever whenever we WENT to our superbowls we OWNED your ass! Fatty McCarthy doesn’t own shit except for donut boxes.

  32. Pack Lethal December 28, 2012

    Uhh Chris,
    I’ve lived all over this country & I’ve never encountered a fan base outside of the frozen tundra (thankfully, I only had to drive thru that shithole) & the hottest women easily come out of Florida, New York, Texas & California not Minnesota. While your reminiscing about 1998, I think in 1953 the Vikings had their only other good year. Damn I can’t really remember, what did the Vikings do in 1998???

  33. Pack Lethal December 30, 2012

    Hey Chris Restivo,
    I stand corrected! I always wondered why so many people on this site hated the Vikings. I never felt this hatred, voiced so many times over, as I equated the Vikings to the medium-sized rock in my back yard… I mean the rock never did anything, nothing! It just sat there, I suppose if I flipped it over I might find it giving shelter to a few bugs but that would be its only real impact, a perennial inert object that one would place no real expectations on. I just never thought anything of them but, as I was just made aware, the Vikings accolades include 8 NFC Championship & 4 Super Bowls appearances…. Never mind that they only have, uhm, how many titles? They are a vision of sustained excellence!