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  1. TOPHAT

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    Lions' Game Review & Playoff Minipreview

    SUMMARY: Q Favre threw 2 touchdowns & Rookie RB Jackson rushed for 113 yards leading the Packers to an easy win over the toothless Lions. The defense forced two passing interceptions & allowed only 47 rushing yards. The Pack finished with a 13-3 season 2007 record.

    HIGHLIGHTS: 1. ESPN. 2. JSOnline. 3. Scout. 4. NFL. 5. Packersnews.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/recap?gameId=271230009

    http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=701833

    http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter?season=2007&week=REG17&game_id=29440

    http://gnb.scout.com/2/715529.html

    http://www.packersnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071230/PKR0201/71230014

    QUOTES:

    Espn: "The Packers got back on track heading into the postseason thanks to an impressive early showing by their starters. QB Brett Favre got good protection and exploited the Lions’ zone coverage….Backup Brandon Jackson came on and showed excellent inline vision between the tackles. The Packers’ defense…forced…two interceptions. The Packers were able to get a victory…and still give themselves some rest….”

    http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/recap?gameId=271230009

    Coach McCarthy: “We're playoff ready. We'll be playoff ready in two weeks. We'll take some time off here in the next couple of days and then we'll get back at it with the fundamentals….We're not going to change our approach. We're going to continue working on improving and getting ready to win football games.”

    http://gnb.scout.com/2/715529.html

    GAME BALLS: 1. RB Jackson. 2. TE Franks. 3. Q Favre. 4. CB Williams. 5. WR Robinson.

    INJURY REPORT: 1. G Coston—calf strain [two weeks]. 2. G Spitz—pulled quad [one week]. 3. CB Blackmon—irritated old foot injury. 4. RB Grant—simple neck stinger.

    http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=701938

    REPORT CARD---GOOD, BAD, & UGLY: [USA Today Grades]

    http://www.usatoday.com/sports/football/nfl/packers/home.htm

    Rushing Offense—A+ [A+]

    The Packers rushed 38 carries for an outstanding 217 yards averaging 5.7 ypc. Starter RB Grant had 6 carries for 57 yards averaging 9.5 ypc & one touchdown. Backup rookie RB Jackson had 20 carries for an outstanding 113 yards averaging 5.7 ypc. Overall T Clifton & G Colledge played a solid game. C Wells and G Coston struggled in the game, especially in bad runs. OL Moll did okay. Rookie G Barbre impressed everybody, but he needs more experience to handle the necessary adjustments in game executions.

    http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=701893

    Passing Offense—B {B}

    While he played only the first three series, Q Favre regained his legendary form. He led three scoring drives & completed 9 passes for 99 yards & two passing touchdowns with 143.8 passer rating. With the regular season over, Favre finished with 356 completions, 4,155 yards, & 28 touchdowns with a 95.7 passer rating. Backup Q Nall completed 7 passes for 88 yards, one touchdown, & two fumbles. WR Robinson had 4 receptions for 47 yards & one touchdown. TE Franks had 3 receptions for 34 yards & one touchdown

    http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=701940

    Rushing Defense—A [A]

    Without injured RB Jones, the Lions got only 47 yards averaging a scanty 2.8 ypc. Backup RB Duckett had 13 carries for only 29 yards. Rookies DT Muir, DT Harrell, & Boltson did okay. DE Jenkins should have been rested. LB Poppinga played a solid game. Backup LB Bishop got mixed reviews.

    Passing Defense—B {B}

    The Packers defense, especially the reserves, played a strong game. Q Kitna completed 22 passes for only 246 yards, one touchdown, & two interceptions. CB Williams had a solid game having 4 tackles & getting an interception on DE Jenkins’ deflection. S Atari Bigby got his 5th interception leading the defense for the year. Rookie S Rouse [except for a dropped interception] & S Collins had solid games. Backup CB Walker did okay. Backup CB Bush got mixed reviews.

    http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com.../20071230/PKR01/71230047/1057/PKR&located=RSS

    Special Teams—A- [B+]

    Except for the opening kickoff & the whiffed onside kick, the coverage team played a good game. K Crosby hit two field goals ending the regular season as the NFL’s leading scorer with 141 points. P Ryan had 4 punts averaging 49 yards with two inside the 20 yard line.

    Coaching—B+ [A]

    Coach McCarthy balanced & accomplished three tough goals: win the game, rest several starters, & remain relatively healthy heading into the playoffs.

    Overall—B+

    The Packers got a rebound win & rested top starters.

    Sportsline.com Overall Grade: B " Favre started and had a good first half to get the Packers going. The defense, even resting a lot of guys, shut down the Lions offense.”

    http://www.sportsline.com/nfl/features/writers/prisco/grades

    CheeseheadTV.com Good, Bad & Ugly: Good--Favre, Grant, McCarthy; Bad--Wells, Bishop, Bush; Ugly--Lions.

    http://cheeseheadtv.com/blog/packers-34-lions-13/

    COMMENTARY: The Pack got back-on-track winning a rebound game to finish with a 13-3 season record & heading into the playoffs with a first-round bye. Their first playoff home game is on Saturday, January 12, 2008 at 3:30 pm (CDT).

    PREVIEW: In two weeks, the team is relatively healthy facing an opponent in a playoff home game. Their destiny for a long overdue return to the Super Bowl is in their talented hands! The Packers are capable of wins against the "America's what?" Cowgirls & the “cheaters” Patriots. MORE LATER IN NEW THREAD!


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  2. TOPHAT

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    Lions Postgame Review & Playoff Preview

    you're my favorite, TOPHAT
     
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    Re: Lions Postgame Review & Playoff Preview

    THANKS.
     
  5. TOPHAT

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    NFL POWER RANKINGS

    NFL Power Rankings: Pack 3rd, 4th or 5th

    YahooSports: 3. Green Bay is the better team [than Dallas]. Green Bay seems stronger than ever after its backups took care of business against Detroit.

    http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news?slug=ysrankings010108&prov=yhoo&type=lgns

    USA Today: 4. Plenty of postseason records left for Brett Favre to claim.

    http://www.usatoday.com/sports/football/nfl/2007-power-rankings.htm

    Sports Network: 4. NFC Playoff road looks navigable for Favre and company.

    http://www.sportsnetwork.com/default.asp?c=sportsnetwork&page=nfl/misc/nfl-poll.htm

    Sporting News: 4. Despite Ryan Grant's emergence, the running game still is a legitimate concern [with RB Grant & RB Jackson, really?].

    http://www.sportingnews.com/yourturn/viewtopic.php?t=331743

    Sports Illustrated: 4. I thought this would the season of [Favre’s] farewell tour….A few souls predicted that Green Bay would rise to runner-up position behind Bears, but I didn't see one forecaster anticipating the glories to come.

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2008/writers/dr_z/01/02/rankins.part1/index.html

    ColdHardFootballFacts: 4. The Packers showed some pride rolling past the pride-free Lions 34-13 in a meaningless game.

    http://coldhardfootballfacts.com/Articles/10_235_Power_Rankings:_Regular-season_wrapup_edition.html

    Fox: 5. The Packers tied a franchise record for wins with their 34-13 cakewalk victory over Detroit on Sunday. Brett Favre completed nine of 11 passes for 99 yards and two touchdowns in limited action.

    http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/powerRankings

    Sportsline: 5. The week off will be good to get some guys healed up. If they're at 100-percent, they're as good as anybody.

    http://www.sportsline.com/nfl/story/10553378

    Espn: 5. Brett Favre's revived play became one of the feel-good stories of the season. We kept waiting for the Pack's bubble to burst, but it never did. Now if they can just find a way to win in Dallas.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/powerranking?season=2007&week=18

    Profootballweekly: 5. Rolled up 34 points with starters resting [against Lions].

    http://www.profootballweekly.com/PFW/NFL+Zone/Power+Rankings/2007/rankingsp1.htm
     
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    Re: NFL POWER RANKINGS

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  7. TOPHAT

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    Re: NFL POWER RANKINGS



    You are quoting what the "sporting news" power ranker said & you left out my editorial comments afterwards in brackets: {with RB Grant & RB Jackson, really?}.

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    That's why I didn't include your comments. I was agreeing with you. Sheesh, sorry I quoted incorrectly.
     
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    UPDATE

    Reminds TOP HAT of cliche "Believe Me" :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: Fair enough. Forget it, he was just baiting readers for forthcoming RB Grant news article.


    NOTE: GAME REVIEW & POWER RANKINGS UPDATED.


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  10. packerfan4ever

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    Re: UPDATE

    i think we will get to the s.b. and win :D
     
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    NFL ANNUAL AWARDS: PACKERS

    http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/7...13162&ATT=2212

    A Grade: Packers—The limited turnovers and brilliance of Brett Favre, the discovery of Ryan Grant, the tough defense and the vastly improved special teams equaled a truly unforgettable 13-win 2007 season.

    http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/7623384

    Comeback player: Brett Favre, Green Bay. Because Brady was my MVP choice, I could vote Favre as comeback player and Moss for offensive player of the year without slighting either.

    http://www.usatoday.com/sports/football/nfl/2007-12-26-playcallers-main_N.htm

    Ranking NFL best playcallers

    Rank 7. McCARTHY Packers head coach

    • NFL experience: 15 years. • Spot: Sideline.

    • Offense rank: 4th. • Primary influences: Paul Hackett and Marty Schottenheimer.

    • Expert says: "I don't know if, when you were in school, you had to watch the film The Taming of the Shrew," Collinsworth says. "But that's what I keep thinking of when I'm watching McCarthy work with (Packers quarterback) Brett Favre. He's fundamentally changed Brett, who is now a quick-read, quick-release, get-it-out-there quarterback. "He has changed Brett's mentality on the field."

    CRIS COLLINSWORTH, NBC says: "If I had to name one guy right now who is the MVP of play-callers, it would be Mike McCarthy. He's changed Brett Favre . "Mike gave Brett so much responsibility in this offense. They started spreading the field and let him make the decisions. They let him make all the hot reads. They basically dare teams to blitz them, and Brett's job is to make the quick reads and get it out of there and make the plays. It's worked beautifully. "McCarthy has a low-key demeanor, very understated. But he's so respected within that organization. We want to praise Brett so much, and justifiably so ... he's a great player. But that's an awfully young football team with a young offensive line, and he's getting great production."

    TROY AIKMAN, FOX says: "I'd have a hard time not recognizing Mike McCarthy. The Packers went into the season thinking (running back) Vernand Morency was going to be their No. 1 guy. He's banged up. First game of the season, (wide receiver) Greg Jennings goes down. (Tight end) Bubba Franks has been banged up. The offensive line has been shuffled around all season, and yet they've played at a very high level, with every reason not to. And Mike McCarthy is getting the results."

    http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/6321070

    TERRY AWARDS: Bradshaw's annual NFL kudos


    Good Hire Award: Bill Parcells to Dolphins

    Next Coach to be Fired Award: Cam Cameron, Dolphins
    Mr. Under-Appreciated: Fred Taylor, Jaguars RB
    The Peterson Award: Vikings offensive line
    Player of Year: Tom Brady, Patriots QB
    Coach of Year: Mike McCarthy, Packers
    Assistant Coach of Year: Morris, Bucs defensive backs coach
    Kicker of Year: Nick Folk, Cowboys
    Profile in Courage: Kevin Everett and medical staff
    Good Deed Award: Kyle Turley, Chiefs OL
    Benedict Arnold Trophy: Petrino quitting Falcons for Arkansas
    Best Team Turnaround: Cleveland Browns
    Worst Move of Year: NFL — No team in Los Angeles
    Front Office Man of Year: Scott Pioli, Patriots
    Best Free Agent Signing: Jeff Garcia, Bucs QB
    Steal of the Draft: Trent Edwards, Bills QB
    Owner of Year: Joey Galloway
    Best Player 5'8" or Under: Bob Sanders, Colts safety
    Best Second Half of Season Award: Cromartie, Chargers CB
    Most Disappointing Team of Season: Chicago Bears
    Mr. Remarkable: Brett Favre, Packers QB

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