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Array of injuries and still no problems in Green Bay

Wednesday, Sep, 30 2015

It's inevitable that with the sheer volume of injuries sustained by the Packers to this point in the season, there's going to be a sense of apprehension regarding the effect they'll have on the team and its Super Bowl aspirations. Have no fear! While injuries are typically a good way to kill any team's chances in a particular season, it's clear that as long as No. 12 remains upright, Green Bay will be fine. Consider the fact this team played last week without its No. 1 wide receiver (Jordy Nelson, its No. 3 wide receiver (Davante Adams), its starting right tackle (Bryan Bulaga) and a starting safety (Morgan Burnett), yet still found a way to win convincingly tells me all I need to know. The thing is, the Packers didn't even look out of sorts versus Kansas City -- in fact, they looked quite comfortable. Don Barclay filled in nice for Bulaga -- not perfect, but solid -- while guys like Ty Montgomery, Micah Hyde and James Starks all stepped up to help fill the void at their respective positions. In the case of Starks, he was simply assisting an ailing Eddie Lacy. When a team is able to overcome that many losses and still perform the way they did, it tells me two things. No. 1 - your depth is fantastic. No. 2 - Aaron Rodgers is the only player you simply can't afford to lose (although I would accept an argument for Clay Matthews, too). Bottom line is that this team has finally gotten out to the fast start so many have asked for the last few years and they should have a golden opportunity at 4-0 when they face a struggling 49ers squad this Sunday. All of that with a beat up roster!

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Brewers make a great call with hiring of Stearns

Tuesday, Sep, 22 2015

On Monday, the Brewers announced the hiring of 30-year-old David Stearns to be their next General Manager. Now, there will undoubtedly be questions about Stearns age but upon closer examination, Stearns appears to be everything I wanted in the Brewers next GM. He brings an impressive resume featuring stints with at least four different major league clubs as well the league office -- not to mention his degree from Harvard. The last thing the Brewers needed was another like-minded individual from inside the organization, keeping the team on the same track it's been on these last three years. It's not that Doug Melvin didn't do a lot of great things during his tenure. It's just that it's time for a change; a change in philosophy and how this team is constructed. Stearns brings that. He's part of the new wave of analytics-centric executives that like to back up their moves with empirical evidence. While I still think there's room in the game for instincts or a "gut-feeling," having a system in place that grades out players based on numbers should bring the club into the modern era and ready to compete on the same level as a number of other clubs.

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Saturday Strange at The Camp

Sunday, Sep, 20 2015

Saturday's Wisconsin/Troy contest at Camp Randall Stadium was easily one of the strangest games I've seen live at the venue since I began attending games there in 1994. For starters, there were two targeting penalties and subsequently two ejections of Badger players, following alleged violations of a rule I'm still not sure I understand. Adding to the bizarre day was a fourth quarter fire alarm -- yes, I said fire alarm -- that left all fans wondering whether to rush for their nearest exit or remain seated for the problem to solve itself. Eventually Camp Randall staff began telling fans to remain in their seats as their was no fire and that was later confirmed via an announcement over the stadium's public address system. And then there was the game itself. Wisconsin was supposed to handle Troy but never seemed to find its groove offensively. The final score would indicate the Badgers won convincingly -- and it's not as though they were ever really threatened -- but you just expected more. I don't mean that as a real knock on the team. It just seemed to be the nature of the day. Paul Chryst and his team will have one final non-conference tune-up this weekend versus Hawaii before the grind of the grind of the Big Ten schedule begins. Let's hope for better day all around this Saturday. 

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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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