The pigskins are flying again. And hopefully in the fresh season, both Football squads should be on point in terms of controlling their own destinies.
First, I think it’s obvious that I should comment about the Packers. Yes, the same ol’ 13 Time NFL Champions with 9 NFL Titles and of course the 4 Superbowls. Many are saying that the Packers are the favorite to win the NFC North (as they done many times before) and of course that stinging reminder to get their 5th Super Bowl Strap in the collection of legendary championships. But we all know that yes, they got beat in Seattle in route to the previous Super Bowl, the same one that they choked against the Patriots. Sometimes I wonder, why did they decided to pass the darn ball and not run it in? You got Marshawn Lynch in the backfield just there! Yes, the same team that beat the Packers got choked and stalled in Super Bowl 49.
Ok, ok. That was in the now past NFL Season. And everyone had gone through the drafts, and preseasons. Speaking of preseasons, many do know that they don’t count right? So why were folks cheering?! It’s not the real thing. NOW since September 10th has passed, and the Patriots won their first game and Pittsburgh didn’t, now every game on the scene counts! Packers went 2-2 in the pre-season, but one price to lose was Jordy Nelson. I’m sure many know by now that he’s got a torn ACL and no, he will not be in the green and yellow in the season. And no, to our NFC North competitors, Detroit Lions, it was not for God intended! Dude probably got mad because Jordy beat him so many times. Let him be mad. Jeez! I’m surprised that Jordy didn’t put out a tweet getting back at him. BUT knowingly Jordy, next season, he’ll be back in the Green And Yellow, doing what he does best, making DB’s miss with his speedster like moves. Even if it’s in Ford Field! But don’t worry also, Davante Adams, a returning for one season James Jones, a dark horse of Jeff Janis or maybe, JUST maybe a former Badger Wide Receiver from the practice squad might be the unknown to get the job done. Remember when about 5 years ago, that the Packers didn’t have a running back, after Ryan Grant got hurt? Thinking about Marshawn Lynch in all? But ending up with James Starks from the practice squad and taking the crew to victory over San Francisco? Plus it was my 34th Birthday that the squad won! With the unknown dark horse of James Starks! Don’t be surprised if this happens again in a similar fashion with Wide Receivers or any other position that might come across.
For the Packers to make a run of another chance at the strap: they lost some good previous players of a AJ Hawk, Jarrett Bush, Tramon Williams and Davon House. Majority of the Offensive Squad is still intact, but the Pack had to get the young cats of a Jake Ryan, Damarious Randall, LaDarius Gunter, Ty Montgomery, and a Quentin Rollins. Knowingly this group of rookies will be tested as usual, but like all rookies, they’ll show the vets, the opponents, and fans what they could bring.
Another point to make is Week 1. Yes, Week one is often the easiest weeks to get on track. But for the last three seasons, the Packers lost the openers at home and on the road, but I think in this week one coming up, they need to win, and against the team that they know the most: The Chicago Bears. As a fan and a observer, I want the Packers to get the “Week one Win”. I know about the other weeks, (Gotta go through Seattle at a MUST WIN Lambeau, Niners at REDEMPTION Levis, KC, etc) but THIS ONE must set the tone. We know that yes, “the Bears still suck” and went got their new coach John Fox. And, still remember 1985. Yeah, John Fox is their head coach now, but I think he might be getting a lesson in this old school rivalry that has gone back since the before Halas and Lombardi. And yes, the Bears got a new system of a 3-4 Defense, in which the Packers know well. So, they might test it, but we know that the Packers might find a way to counter that, with the weapons on hand. Even if Randall Cobb and Aaron Rodgers might unleash their Cobra Packages, or in this case, Pistol plays. So yes, the season is here. And also if the Packers do get the Week One Win, they have to play defense at home on Thanksgiving and it will be a “different scene at Lambeau!” Not to mention Brett Favre will be honored that night as well. So I have to hypothesize that the Packers MUST SET THE TONE against the Bears in Week one, and to have a decisive plan to get the season rolling. They say Do your Job? I say, Get to work and Relax! With or without Jordy Nelson. But the addition recently with James Jones should establish a different spark that the Packers must need in the Wide Receivers areas.
Plus this should SET THE TONE to finally catch up with the 90+ Wins that the Bears had for so long.
Defense: New faces, same figures, but then again, BJ Raji might have a monster year. The DB’s might be tested via Sam Shields and Micah Hyde. Linebackers like Julius Peppers might be laser focused on his craft differently along with the Claymaker and a rising Sam Barrington. Expect the DT’s to get over funk after Letroy Guion and Datone Jones all come back after suspensions from the league.
One other in mind: no play calling from the head coach! This might be different because Mike McCarthy will be managing the players. Similar to what Barry Alvarez did earlier this year with the Badgers winning the Outback Bowl.
Speaking of the Football Badgers:
After winning the Outback Bowl, as many know, it was a send off for the now Running Back of the San Diego Chargers, Melvin Gordon. And many others like Kenzel Doe. Plus also the Badgers went and got a new head coach of Paul Chryst, whom is an Alum of the Badgers. And the team currently is going to rely on new weapons per say to establish their identity. Even Corey Clement and many others. I will admit that this might be slightly difficult. Even with the new coach. But as long as Joel Stave engages the trust of the Badgers in all, he should be fine. However we all know what happened to them via the loss to Alabama, but that’s just one game! We know, Roll Tide Folks.
However in the schedule to do for the Badgers, there is two things they don’t have to worry about: Ohio State and Michigan State. Lucky! But for the Big Ten Schedule to open up, they have to contend with Iowa for the Heartland Trophy in which the team has. They also have to contend with Illinois and Northwestern, Nebraska, Rutgers, Maryland, Purdue and to conclude the Big Ten Season with Minnesota with the Ax on the line. I think that the Badgers might win another Big Ten West Title for the collection as well as KEEPING THE AX! Speaking of which, what is up with the Ax thing in Minnesota anyway…..In terms of the opponents can’t use it for the home side!
But all in all, I want Corey Clement to have a breakout year. We know he’s not a James White, or a Melvin Gordon. But he needs to be his own Running Back and burst out like a new man on purpose. I saw a little bit of this in the second game, but establish more “Badger Like-Barges” to get more running in the game. We know passing, but more running! The Defense must be huge since Vince Biegel is still on deck. Plus on the safety side, Mike Caputo and company I want to see is relentless.
Should be a fun season!