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Aaron Rogers is the dreamiest quarterback in the league but he is now without his best receiver in Jordy Nelson. With the Lions and Vikings improving and the Bears always looking to take down Green Bay - is there enough talent on the field for the Packers to be victorious?
Brian, the Packers Superfan from Next Fan Up comes on the podcast to break down the season -and he is the first superfan to speak directly on tape with the Sports Gal Pal about the #flirtghazi scandal between herself and a Superfan from the NFC South.
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FOOTBALL IS BACK!
A week after college football reignited fans, the NFL starts tonight! We'll preview the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears. How will Aaron Rodgers have to negotiate changes in the offense with the loss of Jordy Nelson and an injured Randall Cobb? Will the Packers' defense have the ability to hold the Bears' offense possibly without Morgan Burnett on Sunday?
Plus, we highlight former Wisconsin Badgers in the NFL, including those in the spotlight in week one.
The Kansas City Chiefs visit Lambeau Field next Monday. The Chiefs lead the overall series 7-3-1 and have never lost at Lambeau Field (3-0). Brett Favre and Trent Green were the quarterbacks, the last time the Chiefs visited Green Bay. Now Aaron Rodgers and Alex Smith will battle. Smith was the first overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft, while Aaron Rodgers fell to Green Bay with the 24th pick. Some scouts thought Rodgers was going to be the first pick, and he has played with a chip on his shoulder ever since. Rodgers has been the NFL's MVP twice, and has won a Super Bowl. Things didn't work out in San Francisco for Alex Smith and he was traded to the Kansas City Chiefs before the 2013 season.
The Packers are coming off an emotional win over the Seattle Seahawks. The Chiefs dropped their last game to the Denver Broncos. Green Bay will be battling numerous injuries going into the game. Eddie Lacy left Sunday's game early in the first quarter with an ankle injury. Bryan Bu had knee surgery and will not play, while DeVante Adams did not practice today. The Packers had hopes of a high powered offense, but injuries have change the dimensions. James Starks played well after Lacy went down. The Packers can not afford another injury at wide receiver, even though rookie Ty Montgomery contribued against the Seahawks and James Jones is catching touchdowns (three in two games). The offensive line will be tested against a fierce Chiefs front seven. Tamba Hali and Justin Houston could be two of the best outside linebackers in the NFL. David Bakhtiari and Don Barclay will have their hands full protecting Aaron Rodgers.
On defense, the Packers held Marshawn Lynch in check and now they face another good back in Jamaal Charles. The key to success was disrupting the seahawks run game, which will be necessary against the Chiefs.
In week one, the Green Bay Packers recovered an onside kick to secure the win against the Chicago Bears. A sigh of relief came over Packer fans, because the last year in the NFC Championship Game, a poorly executed onside kick was the final straw, in a Seattle Seahawk comeback.
The last time the Packers and Seahawks met was in the NFC Championship Game, and the Packers controlled most of the game. Depending on what team you cheer for, it was either an epic meltdown or a great comeback. In either case, the Seahawks won the game and advanced to the Super Bowl.
It is now 2015, and a new season. The Packers still boost a high powered offense, while the Seahawks are now dealing with the effects of success. The have lost some players via free agency, and their top offensive lineman in Max Unger, to trade. One player that will not be on the field, Cam Chancellor. He is a Seahawk, but has been holding out for a new contract. His presence is missed on the field, and the defense struggled at times against the St. Louis Rams. The Rams beat the Seahawks, in overtime and were aided by a special teams touchdown.
The St. Louis Rams are still trying to figure out their running game, but they attacked areas that may have been filled by Chancellor. Jared Cook, the Rams tight end, led the team with five catches for 85 yards and a touchdown. Would Chancellor have made a difference? The Green Bay Packers have a serviceable tight end in Richard Rodgers and might be able to exploit the middle of the field. Eddie Lacy may not average five yards per carry, but can churn out some tough yards.
Jimmy Graham was the biggest addition, and even though he scored a touchdown, he was not a huge factor. That could change against a Packers defense that has struggled defending tight ends. Sam Barrington is out for the year, so how will the Packers defend Graham?
The injury bug has hit two of Wisconsin's main football teams.
Which five starting offensive linemen will we see for the Wisconsin Badgers on Sept. 5 against the Alabama Crimson Tide, and how will it affect their ability to move the ball?
Jordy Nelson's knee injury will keep him out for the 2015 NFL season. How much of an impact will that make on the Green Bay Packers offense, and how badly does this hurt their chances at a Super Bowl run?
Our guest this morning is Constance Dunn.
Constance is an author and columnist who reports on her favorite South Bay spots as a contributing
freelance writer for South Bay Digs.
An East Coast transplant, Constance marvels at the fact that she lives in the nation's most populous
county, yet can bike to the grocery store and watch the sun set over the ocean.
She loves to frequent - and enthusiastically share information about - the many soulful, tucked-away
spots in our beautiful backyard.
And that’s exactly what we’re going to talk about today – Under the Radar South Bay.
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Sunday can not come quick enough for the Green Bay Packers. The 2015 NFL season will be a time for the Green Bay Packers to put the NFC Championship game behind them. The new journey continues as the open the NFL season, in Chicago. This is the leagues most played rivalry, with 190 total games being played. The Bears lead the series 93-91-6. However, the Packers have won the last three.
Green Bay is projected as a playoff team, and one that could contend for the Super Bowl Championship. The Chicago Bears have a new coach, and the realistic expectations don't include the Super Bowl. When the Packers and Bears play, it will be a backyard brawl. Listen to Evan and Troy talk about the keys to the game. Can the Packers offense survive without Jordy Nelson? Will the Bears defense be able to contain Eddie Lacey? Can John Fox work his magic with Jay Cutler? Will the Packers defense be able to stop Matt Forte? These are some of the keys to the game, listen in and all the show with your thoughts.
The Seattle Seahawks had won three straight games but all of those wins were in Seattle. The venue on Sunday night was Lambeau Field, were the Seahawks have only won one time, in 1999. The Packers relied on key backups to come away with a 27-17 victory.
Eddie Lacy left the game, in the first quarter, with an ankle injury. James Starks took the ball 20 times and finished with 95 yards rushing. The offensive line was missing Bryan Buluga, who had knee surgery on Saturday. Don Barclay made his first start since the 2013 playoffs and the offensive line provided protection and running lanes. Aaron Rodgers was only sacked twice, and the Packers finished with 127 yards rushing.
Nate Palmer replaced the injured Sam Barrington at middle linebacker. The Packers defense held Marshawn Lynch to 41 yards on 15 carries, and could not get untracked. The Packers were making initial contact in the backfield and gang tackling the powerful running back. Russell Wilson lead the Seahawks in rushing with 71 yards, as the Packers struggled against the read option.
Two fourth quarter turnovers sealed the victory. Special teams player Jayrone Elliott ceased his moment. Elliott made a one handed interception on a pass inteded for Marshawn Lynch. The turnover led to a Mason Crosby field goal, and a 10 point lead. As the Seahawks made one last surge, Elliott came up big again. He punched the ball out of Fred Jacksons grasp, and Micah Hyde recovered, with 22 seoconds left.
Matt Forte gashed the Green Bay Packers defense for 141 rushing yards. The Chicago Bears kept this game close, until a late interception by Jay Cutler ended their upset bid. John Fox had a great game plan, which was to keep the ball out of Aaron Rodgers hand. The bears
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