The Packers, currently the #1 NFC seed for the playoffs, along with the #1 QB in the league with Aaron Rodgers — who leads the #1 scoring offense in the league(thanks to WR Davante Adams who is the #1 receiver in the league), will face off against the Carolina Panthers for a game that is theirs to lose.
The coveted #1 seed is on every team’s mind, but it is particularly useful for the Packers since they would only need to win two home games in the Frozen Tundra to make it to the Super Bowl.
One thing that could keep the Packers from yet again being Super Bowl champs is their defense and their questionable tackling(not to mention special teams). While the Packers offense sits comfortably at the top of the league, things change when you consider their defensive rankings such as yardage allowed and offensive passing completions: they tend to sit around the middle of the league.
One interesting thing about the Panthers going in to this game is that they have two receivers(Robby Anderson & D.J. Moore) who are close to hitting the 1,000 yard mark for the season. The Kansas City Chiefs are the only other team that currently has two 1k yard receivers(Travis Kelce & Tyreek Hill). Helping them reach this stat milestone will be former Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater.
One thing working in the Packers’ favor is that the Panthers will be without RB Christian McCaffrey who is out with a thigh injury.
Despite it being the the second half of December, it is highly unlikely that we’ll see any snow tonight. The temperature is expected to be in the lows 30s without any precipitation.
Packers vs. Panthers spread: Packers -8
Packers vs. Panthers over-under: 51.5 points
Packers vs. Panthers money line: Green Bay -420, Carolina +340
When: 7:15 – Central Time
Where: Lambeau Field
Television: NFL on Fox
Radio: 620 WTMJ
We know that Davante Adams loves him some National recognition. We know that, especially this season, he has earned it.
So my question is, how pissed off is he over the new ESPN Cover Story on how Diggs is the best NFL receiver?
They have similar stats, except for two area’s….both have a target catch rate at about 75% (excellent).
Both have similar yardage …Diggs 1,167 yards………Adams 1,144 yards. BUT…..Diggs played in two more games than Adams.
Here is what isn’t similar…Adams 14 TD catches……Diggs 5 TD catches.
YAC…..Adams – 504 yards………………….Diggs – 339 yards
I don’t know….but Adams could be on a mission.
Articles like that are a kiss of death usually.
Yea…no shit Stigg.
I’m at half time right now and i haven’t seen the Packers passing offense this bad since the Bucs game. Nothing is in sync. Lazard dropped a duck right before halftime.
Give a ton of credit to the Packers run game, but i wish i didn’t have to endure this dysfunctional dink and dunk passing exhibition. I feel physically sick when i watch this shit show.
Huge props to Krys Barnes for knocking that ball out.
Kevin King had the good sense to pick it up and run.
Looks like the Packers should get some sacks in the 2nd half, they’ve been killing it the last 2 weeks.
Watching Bridgewater and the Panthers offense is like watching paint dry. Hard to believe Bridgewater lost 7 straight games (cough)
Well…lets hope we can make it through another tough test.
Packers will need to play sound defense tonight. Saw a stat somewhere where Bridgewater is 2nd best at avoiding negatively graded plays, but 3rd worst at generating positively graded plays. So basically the ultimate game manager that won’t hurt the team, but also won’t create. Can’t count on mistakes from the Panthers to bail them out. I don’t feel comfortable with that, especially given this team plays hard for Rhule. I think they win, but the Panthers cover
Panthers Oline is pretty beat up too, hopefully the pass rush can take advantage. Weird to have non playoff games on a Saturday, it’s only on the NFL network so hopefully everyone has a way of checking it out. Go Pack Go
Whoever gets Trevor Lawrence is going to be a very lucky franchise. The best QB since Peyton Manning out of college
Yeah but the Jets will find a way to fuck it up
Three things you can almost count on from the Panthers; (1). If the Panthers get close to the end zone there will be a QB draw called. (2). The Panthers will go for it on fourth down if they are close to the 50 or inside the 50, and yardage to gain 1st down is not long. (3). The Panthers will attempt at least one surprise onside kick or fake punt.
Can somebody put Lucas Patrick back on the bench…where he belongs…..wtf.
This, was a weird game. Packers came into the game with one of the top pass blocking offensive lines in the league and the Panthers had the 27th ranked adjusted sack rate in the NFL. Yet, somehow their pass rush literally derailed the Packers offense the entire second half. I am filing that under anomalies.
It has been said that Rodgers has carried this team, and is the MVP. I don’t necessarily totally disagree, he should be MVP, and has been pivotal to the team’s success. But the same can be said for any playoff team. This is a pretty good team. They aren’t in this position with say, the broncos team around him, or the falcons. The offensive line really has been lights out good, especially in pass protection for all but 7 quarters this year. Disappointing to see MVS disappear after his best game as a pro. He has to be more consistent if he ever wants to make it as a pro receiver, and time is running out on him.
Is anyone else wondering why Kirksey is even getting playing time? I feel like Barnes and Martin are making a hell of a lot of plays in limited snaps. They are making mistakes, but dang, I would rather take some negative plays along with impact plays
So, before people, especially bipolar Skinny loses their minds, keep in mind this Panthers team, despite their record, barely lost to the Chiefs, 33-31. They play hard for this coach. It wasn’t pretty, but they beat another team with highly paid athletes
Carolina is way better than their record. Most games lost by 1 score. Just don’t know how to win yet. Good receivers, lots of talent. Win is a win, especially this late in the season. Can’t score 35 every game. They needed a game like this to be sure they remember to keep the gas on at all times.
Looks like a 11-3 team to me.
This is what they must mean by “peaking” coming into the playoffs.
Talk about coasting through the second half… that was painful to watch. Even my girlfriend says that the Packers always disappear after halftime. The first half was great. Three straight touchdowns, 21 points, and that’s where it all stopped.
Throwing to wideouts at the line of scrimmage may work in practice because GB’s defense can’t tackle for crap, but it doesn’t work 99% of the time outside of the practice field. Lazard needs to catch that sideline pass. MVS was MIA, and the Packers offense had zero answers to Carolina’s defense.
Jones had some good runs in the first half. It seemed like GB’s defense had quite a few knocked down passes, with Amos having three. Tonyan has 10 TD’s on the year, essentially DOUBLING Jimmy Graham’s two-year TD total in just 14 games, and at a fraction of the cost.
As they say, a win is a win. Even if it’s against the 4-9 Panthers who just lost their 8th game in a row. I think it would be interesting to see the combined record of the Packers opponents this year as well as the record of each team at the time they played GB. I doubt that combined record makes it to .500
:)…smh…..People keep talking about how many 1 score losses the Panthers have.
Like ….how does that matter? Is that why the Packers had no pass offense, is that why the Packers were 5 of 12 on 3rd down conv? Is that why the Packers only had 54 yards in the 2nd half? Is that why Lazard whiffed on that sideline pass?
Is that why Lucas Patrick isn’t very good? Or…..does it just make people feel better….to bring it up.
The Panthers are missing two starters on their O line incl. their left tackle. They are missing one of the best, most productive players in the league in McCaffery. I don’t hear anyone bringing that up.
They are 4-11!!….Who gives a shit how many points they lose to other teams by. That has nothing to do with the Green Bay Packers
By beating a team with so many 1 score losses, does that somehow prove the Packers can now handle themselves in the playoffs?
They lost to the chiefs by two (missing two field goals, any of which would have won the game) and the chiefs have only beaten the broncos by six this year despite being bad. Are the chiefs a mediocre team that should be dismissed in the playoffs?
They won this game despite throwing for only 150 yards or so. They ran for nearly 200 yards. They mostly played pretty good defense. Do I like it when the offense or the defense disappears for long stretches this season? No. This is a talented football team with a lot of star players and ascending players. They are 11-3, and control their own destiny for the #1 seed. What team in the conference is clearly better than them? This isn’t like last year where the 49ers were clearly the class of the conference, it is a lot more wide open this year. Look at things with a glass half full perspective rather than a glass half empty. Comon man
ONCE AGAIN!!!!…..The Chiefs are proven!!!!! We aren’t talking about the fucking Chiefs!!
Are the Packers proven? We are talking about the Packers….right?
Did i put a nickle in you? I’m surprised you aren’t calling for Rodgers to be benched (again) after that performance. Want to tell us how he’s lost it again? D F !!
Half full…half empty….I look at things in reality junior.
Save your 3rd grade analyst for somebody else.
I asked you politely not to respond to my post in the past. Politely…in the past.
“We beat The Panthers!! They might have lost 8 in a row but some of those losses are only by one score!!….Only 1 score PEOPLE!! OH, that makes me so happy!! The Packers have proven themselves!!
They beat a 4-11 TEAM!!!…….GLASS HALF FULL!!!!
Bring on the playoff teams!!” – FIB MORON