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Injuries will play a role on Sunday

Friday, Sep, 18 2015

Perhaps the obvious statement of the day but injuries and other absences (i.e. Kam Chancellor) will have a pretty big impact on how Sunday's NFC Championship rematch plays out. With Bryan Bulaga not in the mix, can Green Bay keep Aaron Rodgers upright and how often will he be forced to flee the pocket. There's also the question of Randall Cobb ... he played -- and was effective -- in week one versus the Bears but it was apparent he wasn't himself and the shoulder injury continues to affect him. A limited Cobb certainly plays into the Seahawks favor and makes the signing of James Jones that much more important. The effectiveness of the receiving corps against a Seahawk secondary deprived of its leader could be the biggest matchup to keep an eye on throughout the course of the game. If Green Bay can consistently complete passes on this group, I'd look for the Packers to put up big points and give themselves a great opportunity to win. Can we get this thing kicked off already?!

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Packers/Seahawks; time to kick this thing off

Thursday, Sep, 17 2015

The Seahawks/Packers game is easily one of the most anticipated week two matchups in recent memory. The issue now becomes simply getting to the game healthy. We've dissected and discussed just about every angle of this game and are well aware of the implications -- most of which were realized the second the schedule was released. Now there are obviously some new variables in the mix which make this an altogether different matchup then that dreaded NFC Championship game in January. Kam Chancellor is presumably not going to be in the mix, Aaron Rodgers calf is healthy and Jordy Nelson is out on the Packers side ... just to name a few. Despite all that, this game means a lot to Packer fans and should wind up resulting in one of the best non-playoff Lambeau Field environments in a long time. So let's kick this thing off already! I know that's not logical seeing as how it's only Thursday, but the anticipation is too great, the stakes too high and there have already been far too many injury scares in practice. One thing's for sure; I'll be holding my breath from now until 7:30 p.m. Sunday night.

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Badgers' Joel Stave deserves praise for early performances

Wednesday, Sep, 16 2015

Joel Stave's been a lightning rod for criticism in the state of Wisconsin over the last year -- some of it warranted and some it way over the line. That being said, it should be noted Stave has performed admirably in Wisconsin's first two games of the season and deserves a hefty dose of praise for doing so -- especially given the Badgers best running back, Corey Clement, has been sidelined for most of the year with injury. Through two games, Stave is completing better than 65% of his passes (45 of 69) for 464 yards and five touchdowns. That's a pretty good showing for a quarterback in any college system, let alone the Badgers typically run-happy offense. It should be pointed out that Stave has also throw two interceptions so no one is suggesting he's perfect, but the improvement from one year to the next has been fantastic and Paul Chryst deserves a great deal of credit for that. Stave will never be an NFL quarterback but that's not the point -- the Badgers, for as long as this program has been successful under Barry Alvarez -- have simply needed someone to supplement the offense. Manage the game and make plays when necessary. For Stave this year, so far, so good.

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Please media members ... don't say it!

Friday, Sep, 11 2015

Stop. Don't do it. Don't say the word "headsetgate." It's unbelievable to me that once again we're talking about the Patriots for all the wrong reasons. Make no mistake about it, I don't believe the Patriots had anything to do with New England's latest soap opera. Don’t get me wrong, the Patriots are not innocent of all wrongdoing over the years – they’ve certainly done their fair share of ridiculous things including Spygate, but I’m not going to condemn the organization over happenstance. Maybe that’s naïve of me, but to think they’d be that nefarious – and in many ways, that stupid – to cheat shortly after this whole Tom Brady fiasco is absurd. In many ways, this reflects more poorly  upon the league. They're the one that supply teams with headsets and communication equipment prior to each game. We know this because the league itself issued a statement which noted the interference in the headsets on Thursday was "caused by a stadium power infrastructure issue, which was exacerbated by the inclement weather." OK ... consider that along with multiple reports (including Mike Tomlin's post-game testimony) that this type of thing happens all the time in Foxborough -- including to the Green Bay Packers this preseason -- and it would seem it's the league's issue for failing to correct this problem time and time again. And if you really want to play the role of conspiracy theorist, couldn’t you make the case that the league – still burning from the Brady decision – wanted to make the Patriots look like the bad guys again? For the record, I DON'T believe that to be the case, but it's no different than some of the other crazy reports put out suggesting the Pats are "at it it again." This post will inevitably come across as a defense of the Patriots, but that's not necessarily the case. I just think it's ridiculous for us to latch onto every tiny of bit of information that comes out of New England for the sake of drama ... and that's all it seems to be.

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Bret Bielema making silly remarks again

Friday, Sep, 11 2015

Well, he's done it again. Bret Bielema has said something to upset the masses, and per usual, it didn't have to happen. Bielema was recently asked about the SEC having 10 teams in this week's top 25; a rather mundane question that would typically generate a cliche response -- but not from Bielema. The former Wisconsin coach took the opportunity to blast Ohio State's schedule for not having enough top 25 teams on it. In reality, his assessment is not untrue, but there was simply no reason to even bring it up. It's things like this that made Bielema a difficult-to-embrace figure for Badger fans, even when he was still in Madison. For as many good things as Bielema did on the field, he'd often go and sour things by making a silly remark in the media. Couple that with his game management skills (i.e. gaffes) and it made him difficult for even the most hardcore Badger fan to completely defend. Again, in this case, Bielema isn't necessarly wrong, but let's also consider the number of Top 25 teams on OSU's schedule will undoubtedly change by the end of the season and they've done more than enough, dating back to last season, to prove they're worthy of the No. 1 ranking.

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