Green Bay Packers

When you are HOT you are HOT. Not to toot my own horn, cure but I did go 4-0 last weekend, ampoule and what a weekend it was. I will get into this weekend’s game shortly but we really need to call out some INSANITY from last weekend’s wildcard games.

  1. The Bengals vs. Steelers game was one of the most epic and insane finishes to date. These two teams HATE one another and last Saturday just added more fuel to the fire. To break it down here is all the insanity that led the Steelers to kick their game winning field goal.
    • Vontaze Burfict, Pacman Jones commit two personal fouls to give Steelers game-winner
    • Bengals fans threw garbage at an injured Ben Roethlisberger as he was carted off the field
    • Bengals players, fans livid after helmet-to-helmet on Giovani Bernard
    • The late penalty that doomed the Bengals was provoked by a Steelers coach illegally on the field
    • Steelers coach Mike Munchak penalized for yanking Bengals player’s hair
  2. The Minnesota vs. Seahawks game was nowhere near what I thought it was going to be and luckily, Minnesota Vikings’ kickerBlair Walsh missed the game winning kick on Sunday from 27 yards out. I am not one to go on fate… but I am pretty sure the man upstairs wanted to see Seahawks vs. Panthers.

Let’s now shift our focus to this upcoming weekend and the four great games on tap.

Saturday (4:35 pm ET) Kansas City Chiefs at New England Patriots – The Chiefs have won 11 straight and haven’t lost since October 18th. I think their luck runs out. Tom Brady and the Pats are just a tested playoff team and they always show up in the playoffs. If the Pats get back Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola this will boost the offense even more, the Chiefs defense looked solid against the Texans. However, Mr. Potato Head could have done more than Brian Hoyer. Chiefs 14 – Patriots 21

Saturday (8:15 pm ET) Green Bay Packers at Arizona Cardinals – What can you say about the performance the Packers put up vs. the Redskins. Aaron Rodgers and the offense finally looked like their old selves again. They played solid on both sides of the ball and that is the Packers team we all saw in the beginning of the year. However, they haven’t improved enough to knock off the NFC West Champion Cardinals. The Cardinals are just a better team all the way around, and do we need to mention how the Cardinals CRUSHED the Packers last month 38-3?! I think this game won’t be as much of a blowout but the Cardinals offense is just too good. Packers 21- Cardinals 27

Sunday (1:05 pm ET) Seattle Seahawks at Carolina Panthers – “Must See TV” is what Panthers quarterback Cam Newton said of this matchup and I couldn’t agree with him more. This game is going to be this weekend’s cream of the crop. The Panthers are the best team in the league and have been for a while. Cam Newton will need to be his MVP self on Sunday, I think he is up for the task.  Seahawks 21 – Panthers 24

Sunday (4:40 pm ET) Pittsburgh Steelers at Denver Broncos – Will they or won’t they?! Ben Roethlisberger has an AC joint sprain and Antonio Brown has a concussion. Let’s face reality folks. There is no way on god’s green earth that the Steelers have a chance to win against Denver if these two don’t suit up. Peyton Manning is rested and healthy; I really think that the Broncos are out for revenge after their week 15 loss.  Steelers 21 – Broncos 27

Another great weekend of NFL  football on tap!

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Happy New Year, tadalafil malady SDI Fans! Hope everyone had a safe and happy one. It’s been awhile, ailment but everyone needs to get away and recharge the batteries. I want to thank all of you for being huge supporters of our site. 2016, seek has some AMAZING things in store and I can’t wait to share them with you!

Now let’s get down to business.

The Bears are once again out of the NFL playoffs and will pick 11th in the 2016 Draft after finishing 6-10. I would like to say I am surprised, but I am not. Head coach John Fox said this season wouldn’t be pretty and it wasn’t, I do feel that the Bears will get better and after looking at their schedule (pretty easy) my early prediction is that they will improve to 9-7 and get a wild card spot. Enough on the Bears, I am sure you have read all too many articles on their disaster season.

This weekend is Wildcard Weekend, one of my favorites in sports! Anything can happen. As Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly said “The playoffs are a different animal, you have to keep winning. You lose and you go home.” None of the teams kicking off Saturday or Sunday want to only extend their season one lousy week.

Here are some easy talking points when you are at the bar this weekend faking your “Dry January” and that cute guy starts talking to you.

Game 1: Kansas City Chiefs at Houston Texans (Saturday 4:35pm ET) – When the Texans started the season 2-5, none of us thought they would be here. The Texans have gone through more QBs than the dreaded Browns, but they do have one thing and his name is JJ Watt and a defense that in my opinion is just getting started. The loss of left tackle Duane Brown will be tough on them though. What can you say about the Chiefs?! They have won 10 straight games and are just HOT HOT HOT… Even though the Texans have home field and we all know how I feel about JJ Watt the Chiefs are just that HOT. Chiefs 17 – Texans 10

Game 2: Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals (Saturday 8:15pm ET) – This game is going to be hard to call. These two teams are evenly matched expect for the QB  position, the Steelers have massive Ben Roethlisberger who already has two Super Bowl Championships and shows up in the big games. Cincinnati lost their star QB Andy Dalton on Dec 13th vs. the Steelers when he broke his thumb. He just had his cast removed, but is listed as the back up to AJ McCarron and I just think that even though McCarron has done well for the Bengals, I am just not sure he is ready for this, even though one of my best friends Audra is going to kill me (please don’t send Nance after me). Steelers 23 – Bengals 17

Game 3: Seattle Seahawks at Minnesota Vikings (Sunday 1:05pm ET) – This could be the most lopsided game of the weekend. The Vikings won the NFC North and what do they get for winning?! They get to host the other hottest team in the NFL the Seattle Seahawks.  The Seahawks started out the season an awful 2-4 and have gone 8-2 the last 10 weeks. Their defense, I hate to say it Panther fans is the best in the NFL. If you look at the stats, Russell Wilson is having his best season… say what?! He already won one Super Bowl and lost barley last year to the Pats. Watch out for Wilson, he is going to be the QB to watch in the playoffs. Yes. The Vikings have the league’s best running back with Adrian Peterson and an emerging franchise quarterback with Teddy Bridgewater. However the Seattle defense will have Teddy running faster than my favorite Seahawks fan Jay to an Air Jordan convention. Seahawks 31 – Vikings 10

Game 4: Green Bay Packers at Washington Redskins (Sunday 4:40pm ET) –   I am a Bears fan. I will ALWAYS ROOT AGAINST THE PACKERS, it’s in my DNA. With that said. The Packers look awful heading into the postseason. Aaron Rodgers has been so inconsistent this season; grant it his offensive line has been heinous. The Redskins on the other hand are flying high into the postseason, but they don’t have much experience on the postseason stage. Redskins QB Kirk Cousins is the new savior in DC, and he may just be what the team needs to turn this franchise around. Their defense is good but not great, and Aaron Rodgers just knows how to score points in the playoffs.  Packers 23 – Redskins 17

Buckle up friends it is going to be a one heck of a wildcard weekend!

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Two of the NFL’s oldest franchises, cialis the Chicago Bears (4-6) and the Green Bay Packers (7-3) will play in an epic Thanksgiving showdown this evening.

This match-up is the league’s most played rivalry; they have played each other twice a season for over 80 years. Green Bay has won the last four meetings and with a potential victory tonight, the Packers can even the all-time series. The Packers are currently 91-92-6 against the Bears.

The Bears-Packers rivalry also has featured some of the best moments by some of the greatest players in NFL history. A total of 52 Pro Football Hall of Fame members (28 for the Bears and 24 for the Packers) have participated in the series (via Green Back Packers website).

While the match-up is always competitive and exciting, here’s some keys to what the Bears need to land an improbable victory.

Notes for Tonight’s Game:

Better Play out of Jay: It has been five years since Cutler landed his only victory over the Packers.  Earlier this season, Cutler played miserably against the Packers with 18-36 passes for 225 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Even if Jay has seemed to improve and played his best under Offensive Coach, Adam Gase, if he plays like he normally does against the Packers, the Bears don’t stand a chance.

Stop Eddie Lacy: Lacy has been slightly inconsistent on his run game, but last week the Minnesota Vikings allowed Lacy to get in the groove and he ran all over them .  Lacy totaled 100 rushing yards on 22 carries last week. The Bears must block up his running lanes to give themselves an opportunity to win .

Injury Update: Chicago has ruled out Tight End, Martellus Bennett out for the game with a rib injury and Wide Receiver Eddie Royal is also out with a knee injury. However, Running Back Matt Forte is among six of the Bears listed questionable for tonight’s game. When he was asked about taking on Green Bay, Forte said that he was “good to go”.

Fun Fact:

Former Green Bay Packers Quarterback Brett Favre’s retired jersey number (4) will be unveiled during a big halftime celebration at Lambeau Field tonight.

My Prediction?

I’m not going to sugar-coat this: the Bears will lose tonight. I cannot argue that a 4-6 team will defeat one of the best QBs in the league. However, the game should be decent to watch because Chicago has improved greatly since the last time the two teams met earlier in the season. So stuff your faces, settle in your sofas and BEAR DOWN Chicago.

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Jay Cutler vs. Aaron Rodgers

This is it, salve folks. It’s win or go home for both the Chicago Bears and the Green Bay Packers on Sunday when the two rivals meet up for the last game of the regular season on the Chicago lakefront.

After the Bears blew their chance to lock the NFC North in their miserable loss to the Eagles last week, discount both teams are now in contention to win the NFC North with a win on Sunday.

Personally, I love big dramatic games and this one has all the elements: season on the line, bitter rivalry, the return of Aaron Rodgers and the repercussions of a Bears’ loss on Jay Cutler’s future with the Bears. The fact that the Bears’ mediocre season has come down to the final game of the regular season against the Packers is almost poetic, and surely one that will be remembered and debated for years to come.

Games don’t get much bigger than this. Pop the TUMS now and clear your schedule ahead of time, tomorrow afternoon is going to be epic. Here’s what you need to know.

What You Need to Know: 

  • How we all got here: It’s been a bizarre season in the NFC North. Whoever wins the division will almost win by default, which is lucky and embarrassing at the same time. 
    • Bears (8-7): After starting the season 3-0, the Bears fell into a mediocre state thanks to a injury depleted defense. Once Jay Cutler went down on October 20th in the Bears’ loss to the Redskins, backup Josh McCown helped save the Bears season when he stepped in and kept the offense going. It was McCown at the helm when the Bears beat the Packers at Lambeau in Week 9, the very game that Aaron Rodgersbroke his collarbone in the first quarter.

      Even with the creepy ‘stache, it’s hard not to admire this guy…

    • Packers: (7-7-1) The Packers started the season 5-2 before losing Aaron Rodgers in their matchup against the Bears in Week 9. However, after rotating through backup QBs, the Packers have surprised everyone by staying in contention thanks to the Detroit Lions late season collapse, the failure of the Vikings to ever show up this season and the Bears mediocre season.

Who to Watch For:

BEARS:

  • Jay Cutler: No one is under more pressure on Sunday than Cutler. Cutler’s contract is up after this season and instead of re-signing him mid-season, Bears’ GM Phil Emery has made the smart decision of not renewing the controversial QB’s contract until the season is over. Cutler is notoriously bad against the Packers with a 1-7 record since coming to the Bears in 2008. While Jay Cutler haters have been calling for backup Josh McCown to start vs. the Packers since Cutty stunk it up big time last week against the Eagles, Marc Trestman and crew have stuck with the “Jay is our quarterback”sound byte since Cutler was cleared to play two weeks ago. While I’m not suggesting a dud performance tomorrow and a Bears loss will send Cutty packing this offseason, if he puts out another putrid performance like last week that costs the Bears a trip to the postseason, he’ll have a lot less to negotiate on for that fat paycheck and long-term extension.

    Don’t Caaare Cutler T-shirt, Heckler Store: $31.00

  • Lance Briggs: The captain of the defense returned to the line last week after sitting out nine games this season due to fractured left shoulder, yet his presence on the D-line was hardly felt as the Eagles ran their way to a 54-11 victory. All eyes will be on Briggs this week to ensure he plays a role in shutting down the Packers beat-up, but potentially lethal offense.

PACKERS:

  • Aaron Rodgers: I know I’m not alone when I say it’s tough for me as a Bears fan to put the hate on Aaron Rodgers. He’s everything our QB is not: a Super Bowl winner, a MVP, a true leader, accurate, affable, well-spoken, humble and genuine – to name only a few. You couldn’t put two more different QBs on the field in this matchup and it’s more than a football rivalry – people love Aaron Rodgers the same way they hate Jay Cutler – with a passion. After missing seven weeks this season – thanks to Shea McClellin’s sack in the Bears win over the Packers in early November, Aaron Rodgers conveniently heals in time for the Bears in the season finale when the season is on the line. I expect Rodgers to play as if he’s never missed a single game, forcing the Bears defense to play the game of their season.

    Eddie Lacy

  • Eddie Lacy: the Packers’ star running back and NFL Rookie of the Year contender banged up his ankle again last weekend in the Pack’s win over the Steelers and is listed as ‘probable’. Bears fans can only hope the remarkable back is on the sidelines tomorrow or things could turn for the worse. But with so much riding on tomorrow’s game, I’m guessing Lacy and lethal wide recover Randall Cobb will both be playing alongside Aaron Rodgers which makes me, and every other Bears fan, nervous as hell.

What’s Next:

Rest tonight and mentally prepare for tomorrow’s mega matchup that has a later than normal start at 3:25 p.m. CT.

Usually I recommend heading out to your favorite watering hole or game day hot spot for the big games of the season, but with so much at stake, if you’re not lucky enough to be heading to Soldier Field, this is the type of game you might want to stay home and watch on the comfort of you own couch with other vested Bears fans. That way, you can hear the play-by-play, pop the champers early when the Bears lock the NFC title, or yell f-bombs without offending the strangers behind you while attempting to mask the anger of another lost Bears season.

 

 

 

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Bears vs. Packers Enemy & Eye Candy

I may be a little bit biased, purchase but even with the current banged up state of the Bears, the Bears-Packers rivalry is still one of the greatest in all of sports, and in my opinion the best in the NFL. While the matchup may not be in our favor this season, it is here – which means it’s time to get excited…and let’s be honest, panic.

Currently the Bears are sitting at 4-3, while the Packers have tallied 5 wins and 2 losses. Although their standings differ, both teams have faced their fair share of adversity so far this season in the form of injuries and tough losses with the Bears being impacted greater by the injury bug.

Monday night’s highly-anticipated face-off at Lambeau Field may not turn out the way Bears fans hope, but it’s guaranteed to get the blood pumpin’ on both sides of the Wisconsin-Illinois border.

Fun Fact: The Packers have won the most NFL titles in the history of the league with 13, while the Bears are second with nine.

THE PACKERS ENEMY 

Picking this week’s enemy was a no-brainer. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers has held this team together and he is going to continue to do so as we get deeper into the NFL season. The key to the Bears getting out of Lambeau without embarrassing themselves on national television is keeping Rodgers off the field. Some interesting facts about the most dangerous QB in the NFC.

  • It’s in the numbers. In their first 7 games, the Packers QB has tallied 15 touchdowns and 2,191 yards but has only thrown 4 interceptions. The 29-year-old California alum has a quarterback rating of 108.In his most recent game against Minnesota, Rodgers racked up 285 yards, threw 2 TDs and completed 24 of his 29 attempts, all leading to a QB rating of 130.6. Need I say more?

    Meesh & Mia: $83.00

  • I guess I don’t really need to but I will anyway. Historically, Rodgers has performed at a high level against the Bears. Over the past 5 years as the Packers’ starting QB, he’s gone 8-2 versus the Bears in the regular season. In those 10 meetings Rodgers has thrown 19 touchdown passes and only six picks. No. 12 also led the Pack to a win over Chicago in the 2010 NFC Championship game. 

 

Despite having a bye week leading into this week’s MNF game, the Bears are still hurting on both offense and defense. Josh McCown will replace injured QB Jay Cutler again this week and although he had an impressive relief performance in Week 7, he is no match for Rodgers. Luckily, things have improved for Chicago’s defense.  DJ Williams (LB) , Stephen Paea (DT) , Julius peppers (DE) are all off of the injury report and cornerback Charles Tillman and linebacker Blake Costanzo are both probable. Linebacker and defensive leader Lance Briggs will still be out this week with a shoulder injury.

THE PACKERS EYE CANDY

Being the Bears fan that I am, it was hard for me to even acknowledge any good looks on the Packers squad, but a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do.

This week’s pick is wide receiver Jordy Nelson. He isn’t necessarily the hottest guy on the squad but his physique and squinty-eyed smile are what won me over. To add to his cuteness, I read that Nelson proposed to his girlfriend since 6th grade, Emily, by writing the big question in the sand in Cancun on a family vacation (aww!).

On the field Nelson has been a key factor in the Packers’ success since he joined the team in 2008. So far this season No. 87 has tallied 7 TDs matching his total TDs for the entire 2012 season. Nelson ranks No. 2 in the league with 22 TD catches since 2011, only outdone by Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski who has 28 over that time period.

There is nothing I would love more than to see the Bears come out on top tomorrow night but I have to be realistic and face the fact that the Packers are just in a better place to get the W in Monday’s game. Hopefully the Bears can prove me wrong, tune in to see if the Bears can pull off a miracle win at Lambeau tomorrow night at 7:30 PM on ESPN.

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Pink's Pulse

Missed a few headlines this week? Worry not, clinic I’ve got my finger on the sports pulse for you. Below is my weekly round-up of what’s trending or what’s coming up in sports: perfect for sports bars, case cocktail parties, sale board rooms, and well…just knowing your week in sports.

HOT

  • Derrick Rose and the Bulls: The NBA season kicked off this week with high hopes and clean slates. After the Bulls disappointing season opener on the road in Miami vs. the Miami HeatDerrick Rose had a warm welcome as the Bulls faced the New York Knicks on Thursday night in front of the home crowd where Rose put on a show with a spectacular finish. Derrick looks almost back to form, but the offense needs time to mesh. So don’t fret. I will say though, that the Bulls need to make a move on a sharp shooter to help them against Miami. Fingers crossed.
  • Bears vs. Packers MNF: It’s that time of year again. The time when the Chicago Bears must travel up to Lambeau field to face the Green Bay Packers…without Jay Cutler. It’s a must-watch game, but it may not be pretty. Here’s a stat to keep in the back of your mind: the Packers are 0-2 against the Bears on Monday Night Football. Could this be a win for the Bears? We will definitely need to see how for real Josh McCown is and his chemistry with Brandon Marshall. The bigger question is our defense. With Lance Briggs out, it will be interesting to see how the Bears handle Eddie Lacy and Jordy Nelson.
  • College basketball is here: This week also brings college basketball to the homes of America. Of course, most teams play exhibition games but it’s great to see the new additions your teams have made in the offseason and the new team chemistry. AP already has Kansas as the favorite. How could you not with Andrew Wiggins? Here’s what you should be watching out for: The Big 10 Conference. With Trey Burke and those Indiana stars gone, it might just be anyone’s year in the conference. All in all, college basketball is back!

COLD

  • Christian Ponder’s moving?: Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier named

    Christian Ponder’s house

    Christian Ponder the starting quarterback this week against the Dallas Cowboys. Let’s be honest though, his days are numbered. He knew that after they started Matt Cassel and brought in Josh Freeman. Even more proof: Ponder is selling his million-dollar home near Lake Minnetonka on the market. Come on Christian, can you be a little more obvious?? I will him this…the house he’s putting on the market is beautiful. But it’s time to go and be a back up quarterback somewhere else.

  • Dolphins player quit because he was bullied: I guess bullying doesn’t stop after high school and college. Right before the Miami Dolphins played their game on Thursday night against the Cincinnati Bengals, offensive lineman Jonathan Martin left the Dolphins after being relentlessly teased and bullied by his teammates who called him “Big Weirdo.”I will say this, bullying is not cool. Grown men should know better, but people tease other people. If Martin had a problem with it, he should have said something. He plays football and I’m sure he’s been called worse in the trenches of the line of scrimmage but leaves because he’s called ‘Big Weirdo?’ He wouldn’t have lasted anyway.

    Source: Vibe.com

  • Gabrielle Union championship ring: After Dwyane Wade and Miami Heat won the NBA Finals, they all were awarded championship rings…even Wade’s girlfriend Gabrielle Union. That’s right. Union, who didn’t play a second of basketball, also received a 2013 Miami Heat championship ring. If this is going to be the new thing, I am not all for it. Rings for the the people that earned them. End of story.
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