Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Packers at Saints Disaster

Well, that was a disaster. Or, as Coach Matt LaFleur said, “an embarrassment.” One game does not make a season, but legitimate questions are being raised about the team’s preseason philosophy, its lackadaisical attitude, and the same for its QB and his offseason effect on things. Next Monday night’s matchup with divisional opponent Detroit will be a better indicator of what kind of team resides in Green Bay, Wisconsin. If you don’t normally listen to the Packers Radio Network postgame show, you can click the link below to help you unpack what you were feeling following the 38-3 loss.

Hear the WTMJ postgame show HERE.

Saturday, September 11, 2021

Packers at Saints Game Capsule

By The Associated Press

GREEN BAY (14-4) at NEW ORLEANS (13-5) 
(Game to be played at Jacksonville, Florida, due to Hurricane Ida)
DATE / TIME: Sunday, 4:25 p.m. EDT, Fox
OPENING LINE: Packers by 3½, according to FanDuel SportsBook
SERIES RECORD: Packers lead 17-9
LAST MEETING: Packers beat Saints 37-30 on Sept. 27, 2020, in New Orleans

TURNOVER DIFFERENTIAL: Packers plus-7; Saints plus-9.

INJURY REPORT: GREEN BAY: OUT: S Vernon Scott (hamstring). QUESTIONABLE: DT Tyler Lancaster (back), LB Za'Darius Smith (back). NEW ORLEANS: OUT: CB Ken Crawley (hamstring), WR Tre'Quan Smith (hamstring). QUESTIONABLE: T James Hurst (knee).

PACKERS PLAYER TO WATCH: All-Pro WR Davante Adams is star QB Aaron Rodgers’ favorite target. Adams led the NFL last season with 18 touchdowns receiving and also tied for second in the league with 115 catches. He tied for fifth with 1,374 yards receiving.

SAINTS PLAYER TO WATCH: RB Alvin Kamara was the centerpiece of New Orleans’ offense last season and should be again following the retirement of NFL all-time leading passer Drew Brees. In 2020, Kamara led the Saints with 932 yards and 16 TDs rushing and with 83 receptions for 756 yards. His 21 TDs from scrimmage led the NFL.

KEY MATCHUP: Adams against Saints top CB Marshon Lattimore. This marquee matchup didn’t take place last season because Adams sat out with an injury. Lattimore, the Saints top draft choice in 2017, when he was also Defensive Rookie of the Year, is now in the final year of his contract and looking to build on his credentials as an elite pass defender.

KEY INJURIES: The Packers are playing without All-Pro OT David Bakhtiari, who is opening the season on the physically unable to perform list after tearing his left anterior cruciate ligament on Dec. 31… The Saints will be without top WR Michael Thomas, who also is on the PUP list because of ankle surgery in June.

SERIES NOTES: The Saints have won two of the past three meetings, in 2014 and ’17, and are 4-2 against Green Bay with Sean Payton coaching (not counting a 2012 loss to the Packers when Payton was suspended)… Rodgers is 3-2 in career starts vs. New Orleans with 1,580 yards and 13 TDs passing against six INTs.

STATS AND STUFF: The game was moved out of the Superdome and to Jacksonville because the New Orleans area is recovering from Hurricane Ida. It’s the first Saints home game scheduled for the Superdome to be moved since Hurricane Katrina displaced the club in 2005. The only other Saints home game played outside the dome since then was part of the NFL’s international series in London… Rodgers won his third MVP last season and led the NFL in passer rating, touchdown passes, completion percentage and interception percentage. He was the first player to lead the league in all four categories since Steve Young in 1992… Packers K Mason Crosby has made 18 consecutive field-goal attempts. The only two longer streaks in team history also were Crosby’s. He made 23 straight from 2010-11 and 19 in a row from 2013-14… Green Bay has won its season opener each of the last six years, matching the Kansas City Chiefs for the NFL’s longest active streak… QB Jameis Winston, a 2015 first overall draft choice by Tampa Bay, is slated to make his first start for New Orleans since joining the Saints in free agency in 2020… Winston passed for 270 yards and two TDs vs. no INTs in his only start vs. Green Bay on Dec. 3, 2017… In 2019 with the Buccaneers, Winston led the NFL in yards passing with 5,109 and ranked second in TDs passing with 33, but also led the league with 30 interceptions… Saints DE Cameron Jordan had 7½ sacks in 2020 and ranks fourth in the NFL with 93½ sacks since 2012. He also is the only player with at least seven sacks in each of the past nine seasons… Saints LB Demario Davis has at least 100 tackles in each of his past four seasons. Davis and Tampa Bay’s Lavonte David are the only LBs with at least 400 tackles and 40 or more tackles for losses since 2017.


NEW FACES: Defensive coordinator Joe Barry, LB De’Vondre Campbell, WR Randall Cobb, C Josh Myers OG Royce Newman, WR Amari Rodgers, CB Eric Stokes

KEY LOSSES: LB Christian Kirksey, C Corey Linsley, special teams coordinator Shawn Mennenga, defensive coordinator Mike Pettine, OT Rick Wagner, RB Jamaal Williams

STRENGTHS: Reigning MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers leads an offense that features All-Pro WR Davante Adams and Pro Bowl RB Aaron Jones. The Packers scored a league-high 31.8 points per game during the regular season. All-Pro LT David Bakhtiari tore his anterior cruciate ligament on Dec. 31 but will be back at some point to protect Rodgers’ blind side. Jaire Alexander is one of the league’s elite cornerbacks. OLB Za’Darius Smith has 26 sacks over the last two seasons. Adrian Amos and Darnell Savage form a quality safety tandem.

WEAKNESSES: The Packers lost an All-Pro center when Linsley left for the Chargers. Green Bay could be starting two rookie offensive linemen in Myers and Newman. Although K Mason Crosby made all his field-goal attempts last season, the Packers struggled so much in other aspects of special teams that head coach Matt LaFleur fired Shawn Mennenga as coordinator and replaced him with Maurice Drayton. Special teams remained an issue during the preseason. The Packers also lost two of their better special teams performers in camp when they placed Randy Ramsey and Will Redmond on injured reserve.

CAMP DEVELOPMENT: Packers fans breathed a collective sigh of relief when Rodgers reported to camp after skipping Green Bay’s organized team activities and mandatory minicamp in a standoff with team officials. Rodgers has said he doesn’t know whether this will be his final season in Green Bay. The Packers acquired Cobb at the start of camp after Rodgers suggested making that move. One camp surprise was the emergence of Newman, a fourth-round pick from Mississippi who seemed on the verge of locking down a starting guard spot.

EXPECTATIONS: The uncertainty surrounding their MVP quarterback’s future makes this year vital for the Packers as they chase the Super Bowl berth that has eluded them since their 2010 championship season. The Packers have lost in the NFC championship game four of the last seven years, including each of the last two seasons. This may be their best shot at reaching the Super Bowl for quite some time.

Tampa Bay 31, Dallas 29

Arizona 38, Tennessee 13
Carolina 19, N.Y. Jets 14
Cincinnati 27, Minnesota 24, OT
Houston 37, Jacksonville 21
L.A. Chargers 20, Washington 16
Philadelphia 32, Atlanta 6
Pittsburgh 23, Buffalo 16
San Francisco 41, Detroit 33
Seattle 28, Indianapolis 16
Denver 27, N.Y. Giants 13
Kansas City 33, Cleveland 29
Miami 17, New England 16
New Orleans 38, Green Bay 3
L.A. Rams 34, Chicago 14

Las Vegas 33, Baltimore 27 (OT)

Thursday, September 09, 2021

Packers at Saints Week 1 Videos

In advance of Sunday’s season-opener with the New Orleans Saints, we are providing links to video previews from the NFL and the Packers. Above, the NFL Network’s Week 1 Game Preview can be seen HERE.

Total Packers: Season Preview can be seen HERE

NFL 2021 Season Preview: Storylines, Predictions, and More! can be seen HERE.

Wednesday, September 08, 2021

Green Bay Packers — 2021 Kickoff Guide

We pulled out the Green Bay Packers section from the full NFL Kickoff Guide that we posted a link to on Tuesday for more convenient reading (not everyone enjoys digging through the whole 270 pages like we do). 

Tuesday, September 07, 2021

2021 NFL Reference Materials

The 2021 NFL season kicks off on Thursday evening, and on Sunday afternoon the Green Bay Packers will be taking on the New Orleans Saints in Jacksonville, Fla. (3:25 p.m. CT), due to the effects of Hurricane Ida on “The Big Easy.” Today we are providing links to NFL reference materials that you will find handy — and everything is free of charge. Above is the official 2021 NFL Kickoff Guide, which is available HERE.

The official 2021 NFL Record & Fact Book is available HERE.

The official 2021 Green Bay Packers Media Guide is available HERE.

All NFL teams’ official 2021 Media Guides are available HERE.

The 2021 Official Playing Rules of the NFL are available HERE.

The full 2021 NFL Week-by-Week Schedule is available HERE.

A full list of 2021-2022 NFL Important Dates is available HERE.

Friday, September 03, 2021

Woodson and Harris in The (Packers) Hall

Congratulations to former Packers Charles Woodson and Al Harris, who were inducted into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame on Thursday.