The Packers enter this week’s game with the Raiders with a 5-1 record, but have numerous injuries to report and the bye week still a month away. There are 16 players on the injury report, the most significant among the receiving group, as the top three all missed the final day of practice for the week.
Davante Adams has missed the last two games with a toe injury and will be out again this week. Geronimo Allison is still recovering from chest injury and concussion sustained last week and Marquez Valdes-Scantling is hampered with a knee and ankle injuries. Other skill positions banged up include both tight end Jimmy Graham (ankle) and Robert Tonyan, quarterback Aaron Rodgers (knee) and running back Aaron Jones (shoulder), who had limited participation in practice. The offensive line has remained intact, with no significant injuries to report. Only tackle Bryan Bulaga was limited in practice and was just to rest.
On the defensive side of the ball, safety Will Redmond (shoulder/ankle) and linebacker Za’Darius Smith (knee) participated in full practice and should be good to go. Cornerbacks Tony Brown and Kevin King were both limited in practice, while safety Darnell Savage (ankle), cornerback Tramon Williams (knee) and defensive lineman Kenny Clark (calf), did not practice. Darnell Savage is very unlikely to play this week.
The Packers face the Raiders and Panthers at home and the Chiefs and Chargers on the road before their bye week. While the injury report isn’t overwhelming, they need to keep momentum and heal over the bye week. The final push is four road games in the last six. The team will need to be healthy at the end, with their last three games divisional at home against the Bears and on the road against the Vikings and Lions.
This time we were gifted a more useful bye week. Right after week 10. Pretty cool with that, since by then every player has taken a beating to a greater or lesser extent, and those two sweet weeks will be beneficial for our final push.
OK, let’s make some plans. How do we beat the Patriots in the Superbowl?
Like they beat the Seahawks. Dink. And. Dunk
MJ….Sadly, that questioned should have been a reality sometime in the last 6 years. But as far as this season, good luck my friend. Keep the faith.
Baltimore or Houston will knock the Pats out of the playoffs before the SB.
We’ll see how it unfolds, but the Patriots average over 31.7YPG and give up only 8 PPG (so far). But regardless, pretty damn strong #’s.
Ravens are close on offense at 30.7 PPG, but give up 23.3 PPG.
It’s probably obvious by now i highly value PPG on both sides when evaluating. But it’s a slowly moving scale.
The horrible thing is, this team is good enough to win a super bowl if we had Aaron Rodgers 2009-2014. I don’t think they are good enough to get there now that Rodgers is just a good quarterback, and the defense is not a dominant unit, and the run game is middle of the road. There really is no real strong area of this team you can hang your hat on
What if Rodgers has the pass catchers now that he had back in those years? Do you see a drop off in talent from those seasons Kato, compared with this season and last? What if we had the defense that we had back in 1996,or 2010? For the last G D time, it takes more than a QB to get to, much less win a Super Bowl?
Our pass defense ranks 19th this season, giving up 5 more yards per game than last season, so it’s a wash so far. The run defense is 23rd this season giving up 124 YPG, last season they ranked 11th, giving up 119 YPG, again, 5 yard difference, basically a wash.
The difference this season being turnovers that the Packers have capitalized on.
Better news with the one real stat that matters, that’s points given up per game. Last season the defense yielded 25 PPG. This season they are at 19.9 PPG. Which is fantastic for a one year jump if the season ended today. But that number has been trending up lately, so we’ll wait and see what happens. Personally, i believe they’ll finish around the 22 +/- .5 PPG mark.
This is a first year offense with a void of skill position talent. Lets not get it twisted that Rodgers should be playing like his MVP years of 2011/14 with the likes of Allison, MVS, Sheppard, Lazard, and a slow moving lottery ticket.
Super Bowl seasons…
1996…defense ranked 1st giving up 13.1 YPG
2010…defense ranked 5th giving up 15 YPG
Kato…if you think…the thing stopping this team from winning a Super Bowl is simply Aaron Rodgers (according to your first sentence). I can’t be so sure that you even understand what your watching, or you just don’t pay attention.
Sorry, it needed to be told.