Wednesday, December 20, 2006

What's the meaning of this?

The Packers will head into their game against the Vikings tomorrow night with a lot of opportunities on the table. The chance to go .500 and avoid a losing season being the most worthwhile goal. The outside chance to get to the playoffs a distant second. Most importantly, the honest to goodness real live first step towards rebuilding will be complete.

Getting to 8-8 isn't the greatest thing this team can accomplish, but it's the most important. Coming into this year I couldn't find a legit publication that had the Packers picking up more than 5 wins. A .500 record with meaningful (if ultimately pointless) games to win in the last month of the season would mean a lot to the young players on the team. Heck, at 8-8 Favre might consider another go-round and with how terrible the rest of the division is a playoff run might be possible next year.

There is, amazingly, still the chance at the playoffs. Frankly, I think we all know a trip to the playoffs for this team will be a quick one. But that doesn't mean it's not worthwhile. Usually I think that a one and done is pretty pointless, but not when almost all of your players are young and still feed off of hope. Also, playing games that mean something right now will pay off down the line. Their season's been on the line the past two weeks and they've come up with wins. Two more and I have to believe they go into the offseason feeling good about themselves.

Finally - this team can put to death the notion that they are willing to stay in the bottom of the standings if they can pull off these last two wins. 8-8 is many things, most of them are not good, but the Packers might just be handling this rebuilding effort the right way. Surround the savvy vets like Ahman, Donald and Favre with the young guys to teach them the game. Then when the old guys retire the young guys are seasoned enough to mentor their replacements.

I mean, let's face it, if Rodgers was starting for us this year the O-line would have a lot less confidence because he doesn't have Favre's awareness in the pocket. The receivers would be wondering if they screwed up an option route or if it was the rookie qb's fault. This way, the young guys have someone to rely on and coach them up on the field. It may not always be pretty, there have been way too many mistakes, but at least there's someone to rely on.

We have an interesting window to look through here. If this team gets to .500 and finishes strong then I think Favre comes back and that $20 million under the cap gets spent on the defense (or another receiver). This team could win 10+ games next year thanks to getting to play the Lions and Vikings 4 times. It's all hanging in the balance. A 6-10 finish means Favre is probably done and Rodgers will be around next year. Thank God we get to play the Vikings this week.

2 comments:

Coach Carl said...

IN SEPTEMBER WHEN THIS SEASON STARTED
CIRCLES WERE DRAWN AROUND THIS GAME
IT FIGURED TO BE A SIGNIFICANT ONE
AND IT IS THOUGH THE REASON'S NOT THE SAME

WITH BOTH TEAMS TIED AT SIX AND EIGHT
AND AMAZINGLY ALIVE IN THE PLAYOFF CHASE
THE WINNER CAN KEEP FAINT HOPE IN HAND
WHILE THE LOSER WILL BE KNOCKED FROM THE RACE
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AFTER LOSING FOUR GAMES IN A ROW
THE VIKES HAD WON TWO OF THE LAST THREE
AND FACING THE JETS IN THE METRODOME
LOOKED AS BIG A GIFT AS THERE COULD BE

GETTING THEMSELVES READY FOR A PLAYOFF RUN
THE VIKES PLANNED TO HANDILY WIN THIS GAME
TOO BAD FOR THEM THAT NEW YORK'S JETS
WERE FEELING PRETTY MUCH THE SAME

THOSE NEW YORK JETS FOLLOWED THE BLUEPRINT
DRAWN UP BY THE PATS SOME WEEKS AGO
"DON'T SPEND TOO MUCH TIME TRYING TO RUN-
USE SHORT PASSES AND DOWN THE FIELD YOU'LL GO"

SO LIKE FIGHTER PLANES THE JETS CAME IN
AND SHOT THE VIKES' DEFENSE FULL OF HOLES
AS CHAD PENNINGTON HAD HIMSELF A CAREER GAME
WITH SMOOT BEING OWNED BY LAVERNANUES COLES

CHET TAYLOR COULDN'T GET HIS GAME GOING
WHILE THE JETS MANAGED RUN WELL ENOUGH
FOR ONCE IT WASN'T THE VIKINGS' DEFENSE
GETTING KUDOS FOR EVERY RUN THEY STUFFED

BRAD JOHNSON WAS FORCED TO WIN THE GAME
AND WE KNOW HOW WELL THAT PLAN WOULD WORK OUT
AS COACH CHILDRESS GAVE IN TO THE CROWD
AND ROLLED TARVARIUS JACKSON OUT

THE ROOKIE DID MANAGE TO MOVE THE BALL
AND EVEN THREW A PASS THAT TURNED INTO A SCORE
ALTHOUGH HE ALSO TOSSED AN INTERCEPTION
THIS WEEK HE'LL START- CLOSING BRAD JOHNSON’S DOOR
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
THE PACKERS WERE COMING OFF A BIG WIN FOR THEM
AS THEY HAD SENT THE FORTY-NINERS TO DEFEAT
AND SINCE IT SEEMED THEY'D JUST PLAY OUT THE SEASON
ANY CHANCE TO WIN WAS LOOKING PRETTY SWEET

THEN THE LIONS CAME TO VISIT LAMBEAU
ON A CLEAR AND COLD MID-DECEMBER DAY
PROVIDING THE CHANCE FOR PACKERS' FANS
TO SEE SOME CLASSIC COLD-WEATHER PLAY

WINNING AT HOME HASN'T BEEN THE PACKERS' FORTE
AS THEY'D LOST ALL BUT ONE GAME AT LAMBEAU FIELD
EVERY SINGLE VISITOR BUT ARIZONA’S CARDINALS
HAD FORCED THE GREEN BAY TEAM TO YIELD

THANK GOODNESS FOR THOSE DETROIT LIONS
AND FOR THE FACT THAT THEY AREN'T VERY GOOD
FOR AS THEY MISSED OUT ON A CHANCE TO BEAT THE PACK
IF THEY TAKEN ADVANTAGE LIKE THEY SHOULD

BRETT DIDN'T HAVE ONE OF HIS BEST GAMES
THOUGH HE SAW ANOTHER DAN MARINO RECORD FALL
WITHOUT BLOCKING AND WITH NO OPEN RECEIVERS
THRICE THE THREW THE DETROIT TEAM THE BALL

FOR ONCE THE PACKERS' DEFENSIVE TEAM
STEPPED UP AND WERE THE HEROES OF THE DAY
CRUSHING THE LIFE FROM THE LIONS' OFFENSE
AND WINNING THEIR BATTLES ALMOST EVERY PLAY

WITH THE DEFENSES PLAYING EXTREMELY HARD
NEITHER TEAM COULD GET THE PASSING GAME ON TRACK
IT WAS TWO SCORES THAT TURNED THE GAME
WHEN SCORED BY GREEN BAY'S BACKUP RUNNING BACK

THEN THE STARS STARTED FALLING TOGETHER
WITH COMBOS OF OTHER TEAMS' LOSSES AND WINS
SOMEHOW SOMEWAY THE PLAYOFF CANDLE IS STILL LIT
AND THAT TALK IS STARTING ONCE AGAIN
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
THIS WEEK THESE TEAMS MEET FOR THE SECOND TIME
WITH NOT MUCH MORE THAN BRAGGING RIGHTS AT STAKE
BUT TO THINK THAT WILL AFFECT THE GAMES' INTENSITY
WOULD BE NOTHING LESS THAN A TRAGIC MISTAKE

AMAZINGLY THESE TEAMS ARE VERY SIMILAR
WITH NEITHER TEAM BEING ABLE TO DEFENSE A PASS
UNLESS THE PASS RUSH GET TO THE QUARTERBACK
KNOCKING HIM FLAT ON THE GRASS

TOO BAD FOR BRAD CHILDRESS' TEAM
THAT THEIR PASS RUSH SEEMS TO HAVE GONE ASTRAY
WHILE THERE IS QUITE A RESURGENCE
OF THE DEFENSIVE LINE IN GREEN BAY

BOTH TEAMS HAVE GOOD RUN DEFENSES
AND THEIR BACKS ARE BETTER THAN MOST
AND IF EITHER TEAM LETS RECEIVERS RUN FREE
THE PASS DEFENSE WILL BE TOAST

BRETT FAVRE WILL FACE A SECOND-ROUND ROOKIE
IN THE MATCHUP THE WILL BE THE KEY TO THE GAME
TARVARIOUS JACKSON IS THE TWO HUNDRED FIRST OTHER Q-B
TO START WHILE GREEN BAY'S HAS BEEN THE SAME

IN THIS WEEK BEFORE CHRISTMAS DAY
GOOD WISHES AND GENEROSITY WILL ABOUND
BUT IT WILL START FRIDAY AT LAMBEAU FIELD
AFTER THE VIKINGS WILL HAVE BEEN BEAT DOWN....

Green Bay beat the Detroit Lions 17-9
Minnesota lost to the New York Jets 23-10

www.PackersversesVikings.com

Anonymous said...

somebody buy that man a beer!