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Friday, December 30, 2005

Game Preview: Seattle Seahawks at Green Bay Packers

by Mason A. Wood
PackerChatters Staff
Friday December 30, 2005

The Seattle Seahawks will make their fourth trip in the last three years to Lambeau Field to face the Green Bay Packers. The Seahawks find themselves playoff bound and in high spirits coming off a win against the Indianapolis Colts’ backups while the Packers have found themselves in the type of season they can’t wait to escape.

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Thursday, December 29, 2005

"Reading Between The Lines"

by C.D. Angeli
PackerChatters Staff
December 29, 2005

I’m very excited for Sunday. For two reasons.

One is a good reason: I am going to my first (and only) Packer game of the 2005 season, to see the final game against the Seahawks. I don’t get to many games in a season, so when I walk around the Atrium and the concourse, I really do cherish the time.

The other reason, however, is probably less exciting than it is a sense of foreboding, because I’m waiting for a press conference from Ted Thompson that may come as early as Sunday night, making an announcement that will set the Packers’ future in motion.

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Wednesday, December 28, 2005

What do we football fans know about the play calling?

by Rick Cina
PackerChatters Staff
Wednesday December 28, 2005

If some of the biggest names in football, men like Jim Mora, Ron Wolf, and Bill Polian, believe that the subject of plays or play calling isn’t something that the casual observer can definitively and decisively comment upon, why is it so common for fans like us to do just that?

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Monday, December 26, 2005

Chicago Bears Escape the Green Bay Packers 24-17

by Mason A. Wood
PackerChatters Staff
Monday December 26, 2005

In a year that has been full of many disappointing firsts for the Green Bay Packers, the trend continued on a chilly December night at Lambeau Field. In the first game ever on Christmas Day for the Packers, they were swept for the first time since 1991 by the Chicago Bears. For the first time in Brett Favre’s hall of fame career he went a 4th straight game without a touchdown pass.

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Friday, December 23, 2005

Game Preview: Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers





by Mason A. Wood
PackerChatters Staff
Friday December 23, 2005

For the first time in the history of the storied Green Bay Packer franchise, the Packers will play on Christmas Day. It is only fitting that they will face their most historical and bitter rival in the Chicago Bears.

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Thursday, December 22, 2005

Lets Make a Deal

by C.D. Angeli
PackerChatters Staff
December 22, 2005

Anyone else remember the game show “Let’s Make a Deal”?

Monty Hall was the host, and it ran seemingly forever in the 1970’s. Like “The Price is Right”, this show constantly gave contestants a shot at winning great products of the time, except, instead of having to guess prices, they just had to guess at the unknown.

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Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Patty's 2006 Green Bay Draft Sheet-Mock Draft



Update
by PackerChatters Staff
December 20, 2005

2006 NFL 2 ROUND MOCK DRAFT

The positioning is some speculating on my part of what could happen the next two weeks. Of course when the season is over and the order is established there will be a revision to the mock draft.

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Game Review: Packers @ Ravens



by Mason A. Wood
PackerChatters Staff
Tuesday December 20, 2005

Green Bay Packers Demolished by the Balitmore Ravens

There are a lot of adjectives that could be used to describe the performances from the game. Pathletic, awful, and painful are definitally at the top of the list.

In a game that was predicted as low-scoring and competitive, the Balitmore Ravens steamrolled the Green Bay Packers by a final score of 48-3. It was the worst lost for the Packers since a loss to the Chicago Bears in 1980.

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Friday, December 16, 2005

Game Preview: Green Bay Packers at Baltimore Ravens



by Mason A. Wood
PackerChatters Staff
Friday December 16, 2005

The Green Bay Packers will make their final road trip of the 2005 season as they take on the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on Monday Night Football. It will be the first time since 1983 that the Packers will travel to Baltimore their last meeting 23 years ago resulted in a 20-20 tie with the Baltimore Colts.

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Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Patty's 2006 Green Bay Draft Sheet

Update
by PackerChatters Staff
December 14, 2005

We have just re-launched the 2006 Green Bay Draft Sheet.

2006 Green Bay Draft Sheet

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Gado’s fumble-pass more fortunate than heads-up

by Rick Cina
PackerChatters Staff
Tuesday December 13, 2005

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel called it an “alert” play.

Mike Sherman suggested that if he knew what he was doing, it was a “heads-up” play.

In the Green Bay Press-Gazette, it was suggested fans might conclude that Samkon Gado is “the smartest man in America.”

Just as likely, though, it could be said that what Gado did in his own end zone with 7 minutes left in the 4th quarter of a tied game was, well, just plain foolish.

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Passion of the Pack

by C.D. Angeli
PackerChatters Staff
December 13, 2005

Given the title of this article, you might think this is about "The Passion of the Christ". It was definately an interesting movie, and, avoiding any political controversy surrounding it, it must be stated that the endless, brutal torture endured by Christ was something you couldn't watch, and yet had to watch the screen at the same time.

Our Packer season draws some similarity this season, a train wreck of a season, endless frustration, and yet, week after week, we continue to tune in, despite hopes of redemption fading more and more each week. It's like a car accident: no matter how brutal, you still stare, blankly, looking for some hope, more moreso to evaluate the damage.

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Thursday, December 08, 2005

Live Green Bay Packers and NFL Draft Chats kick off soon.





PackerChatters Staff
Thursday December 8, 2005

Colin Lindsay of the Great Blue North Draft Report will kick off our annual Live Draft Chats on January 3, 2006 @8:00pm CST.

More Schedule updates coming soon.

Game Preview: Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers




by Mason A. Wood
PackerChatters Staff
Thursday December 8, 2005

In a rivalry that has covered 75 years and nearly 150 games the Green Bay Packers and the Detroit Lions will face off for one final time in the 2005 NFL season. The Packers hold the all-time edge with a record of 78-62-6, but realistically, history means nothing in the December months of Pro Football.

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Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Job Postings: Are the jobs really as easy as some would have you believe?

by Bruce Smith
PackerChatters Staff
December 7, 2005

I know we live in an age of instant gratification, where information access is instantaneous and our attention-deficit culture demands we hit the reset button hit as soon as the going gets tough. Yet, knowing all of this, I still find myself asking – do most fans really believe that being a GM or HC is as easy as it seems to be when playing Madden 20??, could they truly be so clueless?

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Tuesday, December 06, 2005

5 Big Questions about the Green Bay Packers

by Mason A. Wood
PackerChatters Staff
Tuesday, December 6, 2005

As we come to the end of the 2005 NFL season and the Green Bay Packers clearly being out of the running for the playoffs, I thought I’d take some time to answer some questions that have been posed to me based on the Packers’ season to date. I took 5 of the questions and answered them for you.

Javon Walker recently cut ties with Drew Rosenhaus, What does that mean for Walker’s future with the Green Bay Packers?

This is a move that can be seen from both sides.

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Monday, December 05, 2005

How to measure a pass rush

by Rick Cina
PackerChatters Staff
Monday December 5, 2005

Is counting the sacks enough?

In 2004, the Green Bay Packers registered 40 sacks, good enough to tie for 10th best in the NFL. Armed with that information, we can conclude that the Packers had a better-than-average pass rush last year, right?

No, we probably shouldn’t conclude that. It’s a good bet that very few followers of the 2004 Packers would agree that Green Bay defenders were able to generate a consistent, or even respectable, pass rush throughout the season last year. Measuring how good at pass rushing a team or a player is involves more than just counting the number of sacks. Probably a better way to statistically assess a pass rush is to also consider how many hurries (or pressures, as they are also called) and quarterback knockdowns a team or player had, in addition to the sack numbers.

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Sunday, December 04, 2005

Game Review: Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears

by Mason A. Wood
PackerChatters Staff
Sunday, December 4, 2005

Tennessee at Indianapolis – Repeat after me… I will not pick against the Colts again this season, I will not pick against the Colts again this season, keep repeating that. Not too much to say about this game, the Colts’ Peyton Manning is having another MVP year and this time he’s not alone as the Colts defense and Edgerrin James have had great years as well. Colts by 17.

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The Coaching Hot Seat

by Mason A. Wood
PackerChatters Staff
Sunday December 4, 2005

As we inch closer and closer to the end of the 2005 NFL regular season schedule, there is no better time than the present to evaluate the all important coaching position. The coaching hot seat puts these coaches on notice and lets them know now that their time is near if not here already. Coaches with two years or less with their current team are left off this debate for obvious reasons.

Time to start packing

Jim Haslett (New Orleans Saints) - The real question is why wasn’t he fired years ago? With respect to the natural disaster situation in New Orleans and that it’s amazing for them to have remained this competitive; this is not a one year struggle. Since taking over the Saints he has posted 46 wins against 47 losses. While the numbers appear average, there has been much disappointment with the results the Saints have achieved under his tenure. All together, the situation in New Orleans is grim from every view and the first step to rebuilding this franchise starts with a new coach.

Dick Jauron (Detroit Lions) – Yes I’m aware he is an interim coach for the Lions, but the fact is that Matt Millen will not accept Jauron as the head coach next season. This is Jauron’s opportunity to show the league he is worthy of considerations to return to a head coaching position elsewhere in the NFL, all while Matt Millen searches for his next coach.

Norv Turner (Oakland Raiders) – I highly doubt that Al Davis will accept the excuses that come from this season. Turner failed to produce an offensive attack with a great set of receivers and a strong line. This is his official call to the hot seat and the only thing that might save his job is if the Raiders win out to the end of this season or at least show some type of progress under Turner.

Coaches who will get one more year to win

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Grading Favre in the Sherman-era Playoffs

by C.D. Angeli
PackerChatters Staff
December 4, 2005

I've heard many anti-Favre rants that say he hasn't been successful in the playoffs in the last five years or so, and because of him, we will never win a Super Bowl.

To me, its a lot of hemming and hawing, but in order to say that I've taken a good look at each game, I'm going to see if each game should be placed on Favre or on Sherman.

My premise is simple. Did Favre underplay the rest of the roster? Did only he come not ready to play and win, or did the whole team not come in? Let's look statistically and with intilligent observation at each playoff game of the 2000's.

First of all, the assumption is that Brett Favre has only gotten bad in playoff games since the start of this millennium (of course, they missed the playoffs in 1999 and 2000). I won’t even go into his stats before that time, then. Let’s take it one game at a time.

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I Vote No on Lienart

by C.D. Angeli
PackerChatters Staff
December 4, 2005

Just a passing thought.

I was thinking about some discussion lately about Roethlisberger and Orton, how they are young QBs who have played fairly well, though they are generally asked to do little more than manage the team and the running games, and let the defenses do the bulk of the work.

To be a young QB (or heck, any QB) in a position of having a great line in front of you, a great stable of productive running backs, and a solid top 5 defense...you can't do much wrong. Favre was in this position in his MVP years, and it allowed him to as successful as he was.

Lienart, though, is playing that role in college. Don't get me wrong, I'm not cutting on the kid, and I know he's probably as special of a QB as we'll see in the next several drafts. But he is surrounded by talent, including two great RB, one of whom will probably be taken ahead of him in the draft.

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Saturday, December 03, 2005

NFL Week 13 Preview

by Mason A. Wood
PackerChatters Staff
Saturday, December 3, 2005

Tennessee at Indianapolis – Repeat after me… I will not pick against the Colts again this season, I will not pick against the Colts again this season, keep repeating that. Not too much to say about this game, the Colts’ Peyton Manning is having another MVP year and this time he’s not alone as the Colts defense and Edgerrin James have had great years as well. Colts by 17.

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Thursday, December 01, 2005

The Dirt in Detroit

by Mason A. Wood
PackerChatters Staff
Thursday December 1, 2005

By now we’ve all heard about the firing of Steve Mariucci, and as simple as this sounds, the problems in the Detroit Lions’ organization goes much deeper than their head coach.

We first need to start at the very top of the organization, which first and foremost brings us to general manager Matt Millen. Millen was appointed in January of 2001. Since he took over, just three players remain from pre-Millen era (Jared DeVries, Jason Hanson, and Cory Schlesinger).

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Green Bay Packers (2-9) @ Chicago Bears (8-3)

by Mason A. Wood
PackerChatters Staff
Thursday, December 1, 2005

Green Bay - Welcome to one of the most famous, oldest rivalries in NFL history!

No matter what their records are, these games always provide a flash back to the days of the old “black and blue division.”

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