Recent playoff games in Lambeau have not been kind to Packers fans…next weekend will be no different.
My predictions are ALWAYS wrong, so…Packer fans…enjoy the very real possibility that what I am about to write will be dead wrong…because it usually is.
That being said, the POSSIBILITY that I may be wrong is really the only hope the Packers have of not being embarrassed, once again, at Lambeau Field in the playoffs. If you have a chance to stomp out a team, you do it, you DO NOT let Christian “likely worst QB in the league” Ponder defeat you and gain entry into the playoffs. Sound familiar Packer fans? Some team let the Packers into the playoffs in 2010….Bears’ fans are still lamenting that failure.
History, I am afraid, will repeat itself next weekend in Lambeau, except it will be Adrian Peterson running over the entire Packers Defense once again and Ponder dinking and dunking his way into the second round.
Here is the problem. Adrian Peterson…the Packers, and many other teams for that matter, cannot stop him. The difference between the Packers and other teams is that competent Playoff bound teams shut down Ponder and let Peterson get his yards. The Green Bay Packers are simply not physical enough and have no pass rush outside Clay Matthews. Ponder only needs to be mildly average and the Vikings will win by 10 or more points. The Vikings owned Green Bay in Lambeau during their earlier season meeting and only lost because Ponder was…well….Ponder. Since that time, Ponder hasn’t made mistakes and the Vikings are riding Adrian Peterson as far as his reconstructed knee will take them….which appears to be very far.
I now present the main reasons for my “One and Done” prediction.
Tramon is a very good cover corner. The problem is, the Vikings have no one to cover so Tramon has to tackle, which he cant do. Tonight’s game also proved that he is scared to death of Adrian Peterson and wants nothing to do with challenging #28. So, if you are the Vikings, what do you do? That’s right….look to see where Tramon is lining up and run right at him. Doesn’t matter if he reads the play, he will either flail an arm out there or conveniently show up just a bit too late into the hole.
No Pass Rush;
Outside of Clay Matthews, there isn’t one person on the current Packers who can rush the passer. When Ponder is forced to throw, he will have 5+ seconds to do so and, well….someone is bound to stumble open.
Secondary is Too Young;
I think Casey Hayward will be good, perhaps very good, but at this current time he gambles too much and got exposed by…..yes….Christian Ponder. The third and long, at the end of tonight’s game, was inexcusable. There was NO ONE to cover…..and the Viking WR was wide open between three very young Packers corner backs. The Packers secondary is just too inexperienced and, back to my first point, cant tackle.
Christian Ponder Learned;
Ponder learned that, all he has to do, is not screw up. Hand the ball to Peterson, don’t force crap and take what the defense gives him. “Ponder being Ponder” is what the Packers were and will be relying on. He won’t be Ponder. He will do his best Trent Dilfer and simply hand it off to the greatest RB in the game and occasionally convert short 3rd downs wherever Casey Hayward, or “insert name of bad Packers safety here” are lined up.
It Will be Cold Out;
In days gone by this was great news for the Pack. Not anymore. The Pack offense is built for the dome and/or nice weather. The Vikings will go Peterson left, Peterson right, Peterson wherever Hawk and Tramon are and eat up the game. Rodgers will get a TD or two, but The Pack will not put up 30+ points in “THE FROZEN TUNDRA”.
Vikings Have Nothing to Lose:
Remember that feeling? 2010 is not too far in the past. The Vikings were not supposed to be here, have no idea how they got here and could care less who doesn’t believe in them. They have a terrible QB, but the best running back ever. Their defense is adequate and they will be playing balls out with nothing to fear and nothing to lose. The Packers failed to do what a team must do…stomp out a team. Now, they have to face that same team, at Lambeau, in the Playoffs, where the Packers recent past has been, well, terrible. The Packers will be tight, the Vikings will be loose and they have Adrian Peterson.
Game, Set, Match.
Sorry Packer fans…the current Packer’s squad just doesn’t have it. Their defense is too young and not physical enough to beat the Vikings in Lambeau in the cold. The defense has no idea how to tackle and half the players on the Packers Defense showed us that they would rather flail their arms than tackle Adrian Peterson. The offense will try their best, but will be hampered by the elements and will not be able to match The Vikings deadly Peterson and Ponder combo….known from here out as P squared.
After the game there will be soul searching, but the first thing that needs to happen is Dom Capers needs to figure out a way to make this Packers team physical or he needs to go. Simple.
All this nonsense being said, I have now guaranteed that the Packers will win the Super Bowl….or the Redskins, or the Seahawks….
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