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Thursday Morning Ramblings: Green Bay Packers Quietly Await Their Opponent

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It’s a quiet week and weekend for the Green Bay Packers. After a meaningless game against the Detroit Lions, the team gets a week to rest, recover and scout out their potential opposition for next weekend.

There are only two opponents the Packers cannot possibly face in the Divisional Playoffs: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Dallas Cowboys. The seeding works out so that the earliest the Packers could face either of these teams is the NFC Championship.

So what does this weekend’s action look like? Here’s how I see things playing out.

Philadelphia Eagles (9-8) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (13-4)

The Eagles snuck into the playoffs as a seventh seed largely on the strength of their running game. While I think the Bucs are certainly vulnerable this year (more so than last year despite having a better record), I’d be very surprised if it’s the Eagles to take them out. Give me Tampa to move on to the divisional round.

San Francisco 49ers (10-7) at Dallas Cowboys (12-5)

A month ago I’d have said the Cowboys worried me more than any NFC team. Now I’d probably say that about the 49ers. The Niners have won eight of their last nine games and have been performing well on both sides of the ball. They’re running the ball like they did in their 2019 season and starting to play tougher defense. If any wild card team is going to take it all the way this year, they would be my pick. 

I’m actually very on the fence about how I see this one playing out. The Cowboys have looked the part of a contender on quite a few occasions this year. But the 49ers might be hotter than anyone in the playoffs in either conference at the moment, and Mike McCarthy is better than anyone at eliminating Dallas from postseason contention. Give me the 49ers in the upset.

Arizona Cardinals (11-6) at Los Angeles Rams (12-5)

The Cardinals are 4-6 in their last 10 games. They’ve lost a lot of momentum and might be the least-feared team in the playoffs on the NFC side of things at the moment. The Cardinals have only beaten the Rams once in their last 10 tries, and I don’t really see any reason to take them in a road contest against a better team and better coach. Rams win.

If things play out the way I’ve predicted above, the divisional playoffs in the NFC would be:

49ers at Packers

Rams at Buccaneers

Setting up a possible NFC Championship rematch.

I think the 49ers are probably the team I’d least like to see come to Lambeau in two weeks, but the road isn’t going to be easy no matter what happens. The Green Bay Packers are going to have to defeat three strong teams in a row to bring home the Lombardi Trophy. 

I’m excited to watch some playoff football with basically no stress. Game on.

Quick Hits: Wild Card Weekend

Here are some random thoughts I have related to the Green Bay Packers and football in general as we head into their wild card weekend bye.

  • I never thought it was possible we’d get more than one back of David Bakhtiari, Jaire Alexander and Za’Darius Smith. But now, we’ve already got one, likely two and possibly all three in time for the playoffs. Unbelievable turn of events and a huge deal for this team.

 

  • Bakhtiari and the returning center Josh Myers both looked good in limited action against the Lions. Rodgers clearly had more time to maneuver the pocket.

 

  • A big impact of getting Myers back is that Lucas Patrick can kick out to his preferred position of right guard and get Royce Newman off the field. Newman has been improved of late but still has a lot of learning to do. He got fooled on a couple stunts against the Lions that led to pressure that likely would not have occurred with the Packers’ lineup of Myers and Patrick in the game instead.

 

  • I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a team get as many big-time reinforcements as the Packers heading into a playoff run.

 

  • Watching the other franchises around the league handle their business on Black Monday reminded me of how fortunate we are as Packer fans. The Bears are going on their fourth coach in the last seven years. The Vikings finally decided to move on from a taciturn, outdated coach who seemed to despise his team and the state of football in general. The Miami Dolphins cut ties with a coach who vastly out performed his roster and gave the team back to back winning seasons for the first time in nearly 20 years. The New York Giants for some reason DID NOT fire Joe Judge immediately. There’s a lot of incompetence out there, and the Packers are fortunately not included in that.

 

  • Nathaniel Hackett and Luke Getsy have both been asked to interview for coaching positions. Hackett is going to be a hot target this offseason, and I’d expect Getsy to have  head coaching job within two years. He might even follow Hackett wherever he goes to be an offensive coordinator.

 

  • That Sunday Night game between the Chargers and Raiders was unlike anything I’ve seen in football before. We were robbed of an all-time ending in both teams playing for the tie.

 

  • Jordan Love once again looked like a quarterback who is not remotely ready for a full-time starting gig, but that doesn’t mean he’s a disaster or that he’s a bust. He did a few things well, didn’t receive a ton of help from his supporting cast in some key moments, and also did not do some other things well. The reps were valuable. At this point, Jordan Love has not shown he is ready to be the team’s starting quarterback in 2022, but we’ll see what happens.

 

  • Aaron Rodgers absolutely tore Boomer Esiason’s “inside report” to shreds on the Pat McAfee show. I’ve not been a big fan of a lot of the things Rodgers has said this year, but watching him rip apart an absurdly stupid, made-up report about him boycotting the Super Bowl was hilarious.

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