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Aaron Rodgers Lobbies Referees For More Free Plays

August 5th, 2016 by Leo | Comments Off on Aaron Rodgers Lobbies Referees For More Free Plays | Filed in Football, General, NFL, Sports

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The Green Bay Packers recently finished their annual training camp seminar with NFL officials and quarterback Aaron Rodgers did not wait too long to start lobbying officials about not ruling offside plays dead so he can get a free play. While Rodgers attempt to get officials to swallow their whistles on such plays will not affect NFL betting lines, it can come in handy during a game. 

Because of the length of the seminar, most Packers players asked questions while referee Walt Coleman was doing his presentation, Rodgers wasted no time with his questions as soon as the presentation was over.

Throughout his career, Rodgers has been the best quarterback at creating free plays because his hard counts and cadence get defenders to jump offside, resulting in a lot of free games. Rodgers vision is also as good as it gets because he frequently catches defenses when they accidentally have 12 men on the field during substitutions.

However, now that the league is trying to make the game safer, Rodgers is convinced that the league has pressured officials to call more offside plays dead by claiming the defenders were unabated to the quarterback.

When asked about his lobbying effort, Rodgers said it does not matter what he says to the officials because they already have it ingrained in their heads how they are going to call the plays. If they feel the snap did not happen before the defender jumped, they will blow the play dead.

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NFL 2011: Awards and Superbowl 46 Projections

September 8th, 2011 by Scott Dargis | Comments Off on NFL 2011: Awards and Superbowl 46 Projections | Filed in Eagles, Football, General

With the first kickoff of the 2011 NFL season just mere hours away there is only so much time to get your season projections done. This is one of my favorite times of the entire season, every team is undefeated and every fan thinks there team has a chance to make that run to the Superbowl. Here are my projections for the 2011 season.

NFC

1.Packers
2.Eagles
3.Saints
4.Cardinals
5.Falcons
6.Cowboys

Wild Card Round

Saints over Cowboys
Falcons over Saints

Conference Semifinals

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2011-12 NFL Preview: NFC North

September 3rd, 2011 by Scott Dargis | 1 Comment | Filed in Football, General

The NFC North is on the verge of becoming one of the most competitive divisions in football. We all know what the Packers did last season, but remember that the Bears finished with the second best record in the NFC. While it may have been somewhat of a fluke year in which everything just goes your way, the Bears still had to go out and win those games. The Detroit Lions found out that they have the next great defensive player in Ndamukong Suh, but also found themselves with an injured starting QB for most of the season. The Minnesota Vikings had a year that the front office would like to forget as quickly as possible. I will give them credit though, the last two weeks of the season saw no Brett Favre and helped Leslie Frazer prove that he is ready to lead this team back to contendersville.

Green Bay Packers

The Packers come into this season with the goal of repeating as world champions. There has been very few teams that have been able to repeat as Super Bowl champions, the last team to do so was the 05 New England Patriots. Last year the Packers were constantly having to deal with injuries across the board. Aaron Rodgers proved that he was an elite quarterback. He did this with very little help from the rushing game in the regular season. James Starks did emerge during their playoff run. Rodgers showed his ability to not only throw the ball on a dime while under pressure, but doing so to all of the targets at his disposal. Mix that with a healthy Jermichael Finley and the offense becomes even more dangerous than it was last season.

Defensively the Packers return almost all of their starters. DT Cullen Jenkins departed for Philadelphia. This is an overall unit that is overflowing with talent. Up front B.J Raji, Clay Mathews, Ryan Picket are downright studs and in the secondary the ageless Charles Woodson always seems to be making plays, but what is scary is that the other cornerback Tramon Williams was actually better statistically last season.

Make no mistake about it, the Packers are the best team in football and will only continue to prove so this season.

Player to watch: RB James Starks
While Ryan Grant will be listed as the starter come opening day, Starks is going to be the starting RB at some point during this season. He showed explosiveness that Grant just does not have. More importantly he showed that he can be very dangerous in the screen passing game, something that will only make a spread offense that much more dangerous.

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SHOWDOWN: Vick or Rodgers?

January 7th, 2011 by Christian | Comments Off on SHOWDOWN: Vick or Rodgers? | Filed in General

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A strange thing happened this week.  People actually stopped talking about Michael Vick for a while.  Well, maybe they didn’t stop completely, but the Vick barking (couldn’t resist) definitely quieted down a few decibels.  That’s because his counterpart this week, Aaron Rodgers, is stealing a lot of the thunder that has surrounded the Eagles’ QB most of this season.  Rodgers is the NFC’s #1 rated QB (101.2), just ahead of Vick.  Rodgers has also been labeled by many in the media as the next ‘can’t miss’ great QB.  He has been impressive in his first three seasons, averaging 29 TDs and 10 INTs.  He’s 6’2″, 225 lbs, has a Winchester for an arm, mobility in the pocket and is cool under pressure.  Over the past two years, he has even rushed for over 650 yards and 9 TDs.  He’s good.  Very good.  BUT, and this is a big but for me, he’s 0-1 in playoff games.  What does that mean?  Not much yet.  But it does that mean Sunday’s first round playoff game is a big one for Aaron Rodgers, and even though he’s down playing the game’s importance, he knows it’s big.  I sure wouldn’t want to go 0-2 in my first two playoff games.  Those things can start to haunt you.

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But this is also a huge game for Michael Vick.  He’s been talk of the NFL most of the season, and was running neck and neck with Tom Brady for league MVP until Vick and the Eagles played like dogs (there I go again) against the Vikings on national television last week.  But even though Vick and the Eagles squandered a first round playoff bye when they lost to Minnesota, they still have home field advantage against the Packers on Sunday.  Vick’s numbers this season are still the best of his career.  With a 100.2 Passer Rating, he’s ranked #2, just behind Rodgers. He’s thrown for a better completion percentage (62.6), more TDs (21) and less interceptions (6) than in any of his former full NFL seasons.  Oh, and he also rushed for a sensational 676 and 9 TDs.  He’s has had one of the most electrifying seasons I’ve ever seen a quarterback have.  But, like Rodgers, Vick has a lot riding on this one too.  The Eagles were bounced out of the playoffs in the first round last year, and Eagles fans are tiring of always being the bridesmaid and never the bride.  This franchise hasn’t won a title since 1960!

So you have the new Golden Boy vs. the Comeback Kid.  I’ll say it’s pretty even at QB, and will come down to who plays better at crunch time.

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Johnny G’s Week 16 NFL Picks

December 27th, 2009 by Johnny G | 5 Comments | Filed in Football, General

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After a blowout winner on the San Diego Chargers on Christmas Day, my record now stands at 14-8 as we look to keep the good times rolling. Let’s get right to the Sunday Card.

Green Bay Packers (-13.5) over Seattle Seahawks/ 1pm Sunday

How bad are the Seahawks? That is the question this Sunday. Surely giving almost two touchdowns in the NFL is not very common but in this case it is necessary. We are talking about a Seahawks team that has struggled with every facet of the game for the entire season, and just last week lost to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. To an outsider looking in, it appears that this team has completely packed it in on Jim Mora. They have nothing left to play for this season, and in general are an aging team with no clear cut signs for growth in the future. Matt Hasselback is having the worst season of his career and it continues to spiral downward, big free agent signing TJ Houshmanzadeh has been nothing short of awful for them, and their defense has not stopped anyone all season.

The Seahawks have been held to 9 points or less, a league-leading four times this season. Three of their five wins came against the Lions and Rams, they have lost six games by 17 or more, and they have lost 8 games by 10 or more. Now the Seahawks head on the road out to Lambeau to face a Packers team with playoff aspirations, coming off a tough loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. As well as Aaron Rodgers is playing right now, it is going to be almost impossible for this horrendous Seahawks defense to slow him down. Look for this game to get ugly very quickly as Rodgers and the Packers make a mockery of an already disgraceful football team. Roll with Green Bay minus the big number.

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Johnny G’s Week 14 NFL Picks

December 12th, 2009 by Johnny G | 5 Comments | Filed in Football, General

 
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After an easy Monday Night winner on the Green Bay Packers, my record now stands at 11-5 overall. Lets get right to the Week 14 card.

Green Bay Packers(-4) over Chicago Bears/ 1pm Sunday

We are going to back the Packers again this Sunday as they take on a Bears team on the road, who could not put the Rams away. Last Sunday I told you the Bears would not be able to distance themselves from the Rams because of the running game disparity and that’s exactly what happened. This time we have a Bears team that is still struggling on both sides of the ball and Jay Cutler has still not improved. Forte is still not getting the job done on the ground and we have a defense with more injuries than ever before.

The Packers come into this game after an impressive victory on Monday night over the Baltimore Ravens. The final score did not indicate how badly Green Bay dominated this game. They jumped out to a 17-0 lead at halftime and completely stifled Joe Flacco and the Ravens offense. The one weakness of this Packers team the entire season has been their defense. Now that the defensive unit is pulling their own weight, this is very dangerous team and could cause issues in the playoffs for anyone who faces them. Aaron Rodgers continues to impress as his offensive line continues to improve. The group becomes more cohesive with each passing week. Donald Driver continues to prove his doubters wrong and Ryan Grant has done a fine job taking pressure off of Rodgers.

The Packers will be entirely too much for the Bears to handle on Sunday as the different blitzes and schemes from Dom Capers will have Cutler’s head spinning. Take the Packers minus the points as this one ends in a blowout.

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Johnny G’s Week 13 Monday Night Pick

December 7th, 2009 by Johnny G | 3 Comments | Filed in Football, General

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After my second straight Sunday split, my record now stands at 10-5 overall. Matt Schaub was injured on the first play from scrimmage, which largely contributed to the Texans losing outright to the Jaguars. Regardless, a loss is a loss and we will get back on track starting with this Monday night winner.

Green Bay Packers (-3.5) over Baltimore Ravens/ 8:20pm Monday
In the primetime matchup this Monday night we have two teams who are still in hot pursuit of a playoff berth. The Green Bay Packers are surging after an inconsistent start to the season and have now won three straight, after thoroughly dismantling the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving. After playing on Thanksgiving, the Packers also had an extremely long period to recuperate, having not played in almost two weeks. The Ravens on the other hand, have alternated wins and losses for the past five weeks and battled a Steelers team that had to desperately start former Oregon standout, Dennis Dixon into Overtime. While it was clear Dixon was not ready for the NFL quite yet, the Ravens still let the Steelers hang around in the football game and almost lost the game outright.

The Packers have one of the most underrated quarterbacks in the NFL, and with 22 TDs and only 5 interceptions, the Packers offense as a whole is extremely difficult to stop because of the consistency of Rodgers. The offensive line has also been protecting Rodgers much better of late, after leading the league in sacks allowed to start the season, that number has fallen back to the middle of the pack and the Packers have begun to win games. Ryan Grant does just enough on the ground to take some pressure off of Rodgers, and Donald Driver is having a career season very late into his career. Although the offense is a huge reason for the recent win streak, putting up 64 points in their last two games, their defense has also been a major contributor. During their win streak, the Packers have allowed a league-low 281.5 yards per game under new defensive coordinator Dom Capers.

For the Ravens, Joe Flacco has been much more shaky and inconsistent after surprising many last season with his poise and overall calmness, after being drafted out of the University of Delaware. He has started to stare down receivers, leading to costly interceptions and has held the ball much longer this season, leading to more sacks. He is also fighting through a mildly sprained left ankle that has bothered him for several weeks now. The defense will also be without Terrell Suggs, who reportedly did not make the trip with the team to Green Bay, and Ed Reed is questionable with an ankle injury. After watching the Ravens struggle against a Steelers team without a quarterback to throw the ball down the field, there is no way I could back this team on the road coming into Green Bay against a quarterback of Rodgers’ caliber. Take the Packers minus the points on Monday night

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