New York Jets Week 2 Know Thy Enemy: The Green Bay Packers


Sep 4, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy reacts during the game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field. The Seahawks defeated the Packers 36-16. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

This week, Ray Rivard of our sister Fansided blog covering the Packers, Lombardi Avenue, was kind enough to answer a few Packer-related questions so we can get to know what Ray and his readers think of Sunday’s match up.

Question 1 – How is the mood in Green Bay coming off of the loss to Seattle? How is this week’s game against the Jets viewed to Packers’ fans? A gimme or a tough game?



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A. It looks like Lacy is on the fast track to playing as he participated fully in Thursday’s practice. Bulaga’s situation, however, is a bit more tenuous. He practiced both Wednesday and Thursday, but how close he is to being ready to play is uncertain. Should Bulaga not play, Derek Sherrod is the next man up. He was a disaster last week against the Seahawks, giving up two sacks, two hurries and was the cause of the safety the Packers suffered when Aaron Rodgers fumbled into the end zone. As for center, the Packers are well positioned now and for the future. Their named starter, J.C. Tretter, is out until mid-season, so Corey Linsley a rookie with as much upside as any young lineman in the league, had a great game against the Seahawks. He is very capable of handling the position. In fact, J.C. Tretter may have a tough time earning his job back if Linsley continues to play like he did last week.Question 3 – What has the addition of Julius Peppers meant for the Packers? Matthews rushing from 1 side and Peppers from the other is a frightening proposition?



A. I feel Clinton-Dix will be a solid player for the Packers for the foreseeable future. He seems to be a smart, tough player who is always around the ball. He has closing speed that the Packers haven’t seen from their safeties in recent years. I had a friend describe Clinton-Dix as a “Cadillac.” He is smooth, graceful, has good hands and can lay the wood at the line of scrimmage with the best of them. Comparing Pryor and Clinton-Dix isn’t fair because they graded similarly. Both will be good players for their respective teams for years to come, barring injury.

Question 5 – What is your prediction for Sunday’s game?


A. Last year the Packers lost to the San Francisco 49ers on the road in week 1 and then came back in their home opener to destroy the Washington Redskins. I have a feeling that something like that could happen again. Aaron Rodgers is known for coming back strong after laying an egg; I feel that maybe he comes to life this week. I’m not dissing the Jets, because they have a phenomenal defense. But it’s the success Aaron Rodgers and the Packers’ offense will have that will make it that much better. I’m sticking my neck out a bit here by saying that this one could be over by halftime.

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