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Pulse of the Pack is back with a recap of preseason game 2. Jason and Jacob are joined by Marques Eversoll, the original founder of Pulse of the Pack, to break down the game and discuss the tough loss of receiver Jordy Nelson. What will the Packers do in Nelson's absence? Is the offense back to good after a red zone score? How much better is the defense and what is the latest with the roster battles? Listen in to hear the trio's take!
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Yes, the Packers loss of Jordy Nelson in the Pittsburgh preseason game was huge, but Chris and Dave aren't ready to declare the 2015 season over before it begins. The fellas note that Green Bay still has a lot of offensive talent and, with some adjustments to strategy and philosophy, could still have potent enough offense to go deep in the post season. After all, the '96 and '10 Packers sustained key injuries and still managed to bring the Lombardi Trophy home, so perhaps this year will be no different. Their message to Packers fans -- it's too early to give up.
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The Green Bay Packers always seem to find a gem at wide receiver. This year they drafted Stanford wide receiver Ty Montgomery, in the third round. Ted Thompson has always operated the draft by taking the best player available. Some questioned a wide receiver, with the glaring needs on defense. With Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb locked up long term; and the emergence of DaVante Adams, the Packers were only one injury away from having a depleted receiving unit. With the early success of Montgomery, there has been talk about the Packers carrying six receivers, into the regular season. Jordy Nelson said, "Taking away the athletic part of it, just his approach to understanding our playbook, asking questions, trying to be detailed as much as possible in a short amount of time."
Last years third round draft pick Khyri Thornton is in a different situation. Thornton injured his hamstring in the final preseason game, and was placed on the injured reserve list. Had he not been injured many believe he would not have made the roster. He has not impressed so far in camp, and could be looking for a new team. What are your early thoughts on training camp?
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The Green Bay Packers were a Super Bowl favorite as training camp started. In a preseason game, in Pittsburgh, Jordy Nelson tore his ACL and was lost for the year. This was a big blow, but it should not have derailed an offense that is led by MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
The Packers drafted two young cornerbacks, in the NFL Draft. Dom Capers was still searching for middle linebacker and used All-Pro Clay Matthews in that role. The defense did not dominate, but kept an inept offense in a number of games.
Minnesota ended the reign of the Packers as NFC North Champions by defeating them at Lambeau Field, in Week 17. The Packers entered the playoffs rolling the wrong way. After starting the season 6-0, they finished 10-6 and had to go on the road as a wildcard team. The Packers defeated the Washington Redskins and then faced Arizona in the Divisional round. A second hail mary kept the season alive until overtime. The defense allowed a big play, and the Cardinals scored the game winning touchdown.
With the seaon over and no Lombardi Trophy coming back to Green Bay, what changes need to be made. Evan and Troy will discuss a recent article by Bob McGinn.
The Green Bay Packers entered the season with high expectations, and the wide receiver corp was one of the strengths. However, Jordy Nelson tore his ACL, in the preseason. This meant that someone would need to step up and take over the role as the go to guy. The logical choice was Randall Cobb, but early in the season it was Aaron Rodgers looking for James Jones. Jones picked up were he left off before leaving in free agency. As the season went on, Jones cooled off and was not much of an impact in the playoffs. DeVante Adams entered his second year with high expectations after a spectacular post-season in 2014. He was riddled by nagging injuries and ended the year with 50 catches, but only one touchdown. After re-signing with the Packers, Randall Cobb was suppose to be a perfect compliment to Nelson. With Nelson gone, Cobb struggled to get open and never got on the same page with Rodgers. Cobb ended the season as the top receiver with 79 catches for 829 yards. The Packers drafted Ty Montgomery and as he saw his role increase his season ended with injury. Montgomery put in the work in practice and was earning praise from the veteran Nelson. Jared Abbrederis and Jeff Janis had a hard time finding the field but were forced into action during the playoffs due to numerous injuries.
Andrew Quarless and Richard Rodgers were the top two tight ends. Rodgers may have saved the season with his hail mary catch, but did not give the Packers a dominant presence at tight end. He finished the year with a modest 58 catches and tied Jones for the team lead with eight touchdowns. Quarless had his season end early due to injury.
The Green Bay Packers were one of the pre-season favorites to be playing in Super Bowl 50. Jordy Nelson was injured during a pre-season game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. However, that did not stop the Packers from jumping out ot 6-0 start going into their bye week. Even though they were not playing their best football, the optimism was high that the offense would start clicking. The next two weeks would be against the eventual Super Bowl participants. The Denver Broncos exposed a way to rattle the Packers and their defense dominated the Packers enroute to a 29-10 victory. The following week, in Carolina, the Packers dug a hole and a comeback feel short as they lost 37-29. The rest of the season was a bumpy up and down road. A hail mary in Detroit may have saved a playoff berth. The Packers lost to the Minnesota Vikings, in week 17, ending their string of four consecutive division titles.
Aaron Rodgers is one of the top quarterbacks in the NFL and had to get used to Tom Clements calling the plays early in the season. With Jordy Nelson done for the year, Rodgers had to find another go to guy. Early in the season James Jones was the target. As the season rolled on, no receiver stepped up and it looked like Rodgers lost confidence in his receivers. Rodgers finished below a 100 quarterback rating for the first time since time since 2008. That was his first year as a starter.
A good running game can help a passing game. The Packers had a hard time finding a consistent running game. Eddie Lacy surpassed 1,000 yards in his first two seasons. In 2015, Lacy carried the ball 59 times less than 2014 and finished with 758 yards and only three touchdowns. As Lacy struggled, James Starks had career highs in carries and yards. Starks fumbled four times which was one less than he had in his five previous seasons with the Packers.
Tonight we grade the Packers quarterbacks and running backs. Listen in and call the show.
Listen in as Vic and Jerry discuss week three of the nfl pre season and all of the major injuries to key players. How will their injuries effect your fantasy players value? Also, is Jay Gruden trying to get fired or has RGIII warn his welcome out in DC? Also the two will discuss Jerry's latest draft and Vic will give him a grade. The two will also prep you for their Yahoo draft which will air partly on Sunday's Master Plan.
The Green Bay Packers and Arizona Cardinals have clinched a playoff berth. There will be no resting players due to the importance of this game. With a win, the Arizona Cardinals would clinch the second seed and a first round bye. A Packers win would keep their hopes of a first round bye alive. Should this happen, they would need to defeat the Minnesota Vikings and hope the Seattle Seahawks can defeat the Cardinals, in week 17.
The Packers and Cardinals both have veteran quarterbacks, but it has been the defensive units that have helped these teams win double digit games. Both teams rank in the top seven in points allowed. The Packers 18.9 points allowed per game ranks fifth, while the Cardinals rank seventh at 19.2. There are some glaring differences between the units. The cardinals are a stingy defense that thrives on capitalizing on opposing quarterback mistakes. They rank seventh in yards allowed and have 18 interceptions and have returned four of them for touchdowns. The Packers have allowed teams to move the ball, but they can apply pressure to opposing quarterbacks. Although they give up yards, they have done a good job forcing teams to settle for field goals.
No wide receiver has filled the shoes of Jordy Nelson, and the Packers offense has struggled most of the season. The Packers have scored 24.8 points per game, compared to 31.8 for the Arizona Cardinals. Green Bay will need to figure out how to extend drives if they want to leave the desert with a win. The Packers only convert 36% of their third down opportunities, whereas the Cardinals convert at a league leading 47%. Whichever team can extend drives and win the turnover battle should bome away with the victory. Listen in and call the show with your thoughts.
The Shop With J.Short
A Block: Intro and Hot Topics
1. Bill Kennedy, NBA Referee, Comes Out As Gay
A. Coming out still relevant
2. Warriors Streak
A. How will it be remembered?
B Block: More Hot Topics
1. Serena Williams
A. Deserve to be Sportsperson of Year
B. Backlash Warranted
A. Henry Deserving
B. SEC Bias
3. Nkemdiche Fall
A. Hurt Draft Stock
C Block: NFL Roundup
1. 13-0 Panthers
A. Team Photo Controversy
2. Dalton Injury
A. Still Get Homefield Advantage
3. Russell Wilson and Cam Newton the New Brady and Manning
B. Great that Black QB’s are doing so well
D Block: Discussion and Real Moment
Discussion: Are White Athletes Discriminated Against?
A. Whitlock Article
B. Jeremy Lin, Kevin Love, Jordy Nelson
Outro (1 Minute)
After a horrid start, the Detroit Lions have won three games in a row. This mini win streak started three weeks ago when they beat the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field, 18-16. At 4-7, the chance of making the playoffs is slim, but another win over the Packers would complete the season sweep.
Green Bay holds the first wildcard after losing to the Chicago Bears, 17-13 on Thanksgiving. The Packers are 1-4 in their last five games. As poor as the Packers have played, they had a chance to win every game, excluding the loss to the Denver Broncos. The loss of Jordy Nelson has come to the forefront during this tailspin. There is no "go to guy" on the field, and no one has stepped up to take on that role. Aaron Rodgers has looked human missing throws, and not getting help with numerous dropped passes. Sporting Charts credits the Packers with 15 total drops. DeVante Adams leads the team with five.
On paper, the Packers offense should carve up a porous Lions defense. They rank 28th in points allowed (26.2), but have not allowed more than 16 during their three game win streak. Against the run, they allow 112.5 yards per game. Through the air they allow 242.2 yards. They have only intercepted opposing quarterbacks four times, but have sacked the quarterback 30 times, which ranks fifth tying them with the Packers.
The Lions have a number of weapons on offense but have struggled, scoring only 20.9 points per game. They finally broke out of their shell, scoring 45 against the Philadelphia Eagles. In the first meeting, the Packers held the LIons to 287 total yards, and 45 rushing yards. Calvin Johnson had six receptions for 81 yards but did not find the end zone. The Lions offense was aided by a 104 kIckoff return by Ameer Abdullah, to start the second half.
When NFC North foes battle, you can put the records aside. The Packers and Lions will battle in front of a national audience on Thursday night.