You have to feel for Packers’ Valdes-Scantling

Marques Valdes-Scantling (pictured) doesn’t deserve death threats. No one does regardless what they do.
The Green Bay Packers young wide receiver shows improvement each week, but is still way too inconsistent. Yes, you must protect the football at all times.
Actually, I thought MVS played a pretty solid game despite the Packers’ 34-31 overtime loss to the Indianapolis Colts last Sunday.
MVS had a 47-yard clutch catch on third-and 10 from the Green Bay 6-yard line that helped set the stage for Mason Crosby’s field goal that pushed the game into overtime.
Remember it was MVS drawing a 51-yard pass interference call late in the first half that led to another one of four Green Bay touchdowns and a 28-14 halftime lead. Let’s not forget his improved blocking, especially downfield blocking, which sprang teammates for extra yardage.
Yet, the dagger was his fumble on the second play of overtime that everyone is talking about. I wasn’t happy either, but death threats? Come on!
My question is, why did the game go into overtime to begin with?
Rather than death threats to MVS, why not look at the team as a whole? Offense, defense and special teams all contributed to the defeat. Plus you don’t win too many games when you lose the turnover battle. Let’s not forget the other two Green Bay lost fumbles and one interception.
You win as a team. You lose as a team. It’s not one play.
I haven’t been an MVS cheerleader in the past. But death threats changed that. His teammates aren’t the only ones who have his back.

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Which Packers team will show up against Colts on Sunday?

One week ago I said the Green Bay Packers would struggle to reach last year’s 13-3 regular-season record. In fact, I said an 11-5 record would be more realistic.
After Sunday’s lethargic 24-20 victory over the hapless Jacksonville Jaguars, I feel even more confident in my prediction. It all goes back to lack of effort, playing down to the competition and a woeful run defense.
First, no one on this side of heaven or hell can tell me the Packers were “fired up,” on Sunday. It was simply another lackadaisical effort.
Second, Green Bay always plays down to its competition. The Jags waddled into Lambeau Field with a shoddy 1-7 record. Green Bay (6-2) was an overwhelming favorite on all betting lines. However, it took a defensive stand by the Packers in the last few minutes to pull out the victory.
Third, Green Bay’s run defense proved once again it sucks for lack of better adjectives. If I would have been running the Jags’ offense, I would have run the ball down Green Bay’s throat the last two drives. I truly doubt the Packers could have stopped them. Simply put, Green Bay is based upon a pretty strong pass defense, but a very porous run defense.
Now it’s off to Indianapolis to face the Colts (6-3) on Sunday.
The biggest question is which Green Bay team will show up and will it be able to slow down the Colts’ running attack.
As a parting thought, it’s the Packers' fifth regular-season game at Indianapolis. Green Bay is looking for its first victory.

Look for Packers to lose again on Thursday

I am getting sick and tired of all the armchair quarterbacks saying the Green Bay Packers greatest NEED is another top-notch wide receiver to go along with Davante Adams.
Come on! The Packers’ greatest weakness is on the other side of the ball, especially their run defense. It wasn’t anymore obvious following a pathetic 28-22 loss to the Minnesota Vikings at Lambeau Field on Sunday.
Frisco proved it twice last year. The Vikings (2-5) gave Green Bay fans a harsh reminder Sunday.
I’ll say it again as I did less than a month ago: “Offense wins games, but defense wins championships.”
Minnesota’s Dalvin Cook, one of the young premier running backs in the NFL, amassed 226 yards from scrimmage - 163 rushing on 30 carries and 63 receiving on just two receptions. He scored all of Minnesota's touchdowns, four of them the first four times the Vikings had the ball.
I swear the Vikings could have driven semi trucks through some of the holes created by their offensive linemen. Oh sure, a ton of missed tackles and timely penalties didn’t help the Packers either. Yet, there’s no doubt. The Packers need lots of help on the defensive line and linebacker spots.
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer was praying for poor weather and strong winds to force both teams to focus on their rushing games. His prayers were answered. Minnesota not only kept the ball out of the hands of Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers, but took full advantage of Cook to completely dominate the Packers shoddy defensive front.
Now it’s a quick Packers’ turnaround before Thursday’s prime time game in San Francisco. Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and tight end George Kittle have been added to the 49ers injured list and will miss significant time. However, it doesn't take an all-pro quarterback to hand off a football to a running back. Kirk Cousins proved that a week ago. And it's anyone's guess whether injured Aaron Jones, the Packers top running back, will be able to play this week. If not, then who will be in the backfield considering AJ Dillion is in COVID protocol. Dillon's buddy, running back Jamaal Williams, is also sidelined until at least Saturday due to Dillon's diagnosis. If Jones isn't ready, the backfield will consist of versatile veteran Tyler Ervin and practice-squad member Dexter Williams, a far cry from the one-two punch of Jones and Jamaal Williams.
Sorry, Packer fans. I look for another 49ers repeat from last year and the Packers dropping to 5-3.


13-3 Packers record is no easy chore

The Green Bay Packers are 6-2 after the first half of the season.
Not too shabby I might add. There are a lot of NFL teams wishing they were in the same boat.
However, keep in mind that Green Bay was 7-1 after the first eight games last year before finishing 13-3.
Can the Pack finish with an identical regular season mark this season? Hopefully, yes, but the Packers schedule doesn’t get any easier.
First, are the woeful Jacksonville Jaguars at Lambeau Field, then on the road against a formidable Indianapolis Colts team. Two home games against the Chicago Bears and Philadelphia Eagles should provide plenty of competition, followed by a road game against the Detroit Lions. Then it’s back home against the Carolina Panthers and the upstart Tennessee Titans before finishing at the Bears.
I see a 5-3 record and an 11-5 Packers regular-season record. I hope I’m wrong.
 

Packers face nasty two-game stretch

The Green Bay Packers face a rugged two-game stretch in their season.
It begins Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings at Lambeau Field. Four days later, they travel to San Francisco to meet the 49ers.
On paper, the Packers should defeat the Vikings for the second time this season. After all, Green Bay leads the NFC North Division with a 5-1 record, while Minnesota is in the North’s basement at 1-5.
Yet, records are deceiving... so are Packers-Vikings matchups twice each year.
Sunday’s game could also be construed as a “trap game” for the Packers. An NFL trap game is loosely defined as a game in which a playoff contender faces a losing team, but one that still has some motivation for playing hard, and possesses some matchup advantages. All too often, the cellar dweller pulls off an upset. So,  forget about Green Bay’s 43-34 season-opening victory over the Vikes in Minneapolis.
The Packers certainly can’t look ahead to the 49ers Thursday either. While the Vikings always present problems, the 49ers embarrassed Green Bay twice last season and are in what is perhaps the toughest division in the NFL this year.
Ironically, the 49ers are in last place in the NFC’s West Division with a surprising 4-3 mark, and travel to Seattle to meet the division’s first-place Seahawks on Sunday before entertaining the Packers on Thursday. Seattle is sure to be seething after the Arizona Cardinals snapped their five-game winning streak, 37-34, in overtime last Sunday. You can bet the Seahawks can’t wait to return to action, especially against division rival San Francisco.
Sunday’s games should be interesting to say the least.