Another big game...if this was at home I would like our chances a little better but GB never loses at home. We need to feed AP early and often. I understand the wanting to balance the run/pass but when our run game is much more explosive then our pass game then you have to run run run.
The loss won't make it impossible but much more difficult. The good thing is we pretty much still control our destiny to the playoffs right now. Win @ GB moves us into 2nd place. The good thing with this loss is Seattle and TB both lost so now they just have the 1 game (head to head) over us and not a full 2 games.
I think if we are able to win the turnover battle, we will have a great shot at this game. AP needs to hold onto the ball, his fumbles this year have hurt us big time. Also Kluwe better step up and prove that he is worth keeping on this team.
I feel like if we can keep the Packers under 21 points we should be able to win. That is no easy task though, especially since Jennings will be back this week. Bradshaw was able to have his way against the Packers D last night so AP should be able to carry us to victory.
Green Bay will be angry after the blow out last night. Jennings and possibly Matthews will be back in action which will give them a boost on both sides of the ball. If we fail to generate a huge pass rush (which after yesterday i have no faith) Rodgers will pick us apart with one of his 47 WR's. We will be even more vulnerable with Cook out and now possibly losing Smith for a while. Our offense is not built for shoot outs so i see us losing 31-20.
Statistically it is very hard for us to make the playoffs without this win. TB and SEA have a tiebreaker over us. GB/CHI almost certianly have the first wildcard spot. NO TB and SEA and the other teams we have to worry about. And with our schedule we need every game almost.
We need AD to have a big game (which I highly expect), Harvin to be healthy (???), our D Line to get to Rodgers (tough to see after last week), and Ponder to play unlike himself. I don't see us winning this, but as they say, "any given Sunday".
So, Geoff Schwartz is probably taking over for Fusco. He played more snaps than him for the first time this season. Ponder went 0-10 on passes 10 yards or more down the field with one INT, HORRIBLE. Somehow, we need to get Everson Griffen on the field more. Everytime he is in, he seems to jumpstart our pass rush. With all that said, I expect to lose. Seattle is likely not going to make the playoffs with Sherman and Browner suspensions looming, and Tampa Bay will lose to Denver most likely, but our chances still don't look good.
Our only chance at winning this game is if we pound them with Peterson 30+ times. I understand our coaches want to throw early to get Ponder calm and into a rhythm but we need to forget that idea this week. We need to set up the play action pass game by pounding them with Peterson early and often. We NEED this win if we are going to even sniff the playoffs.