Instead of surging into the postseason, Green Bay has lost four straight thanks to a wayward defense that has allowed 30-plus points in four consecutive games for the first time since 1953.
Still, the offense remains productive behind quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who leads the NFL since Week 7 in completions, air yardage and passing touchdowns and believes the Packers have the talent to win their final six games.
Spiller was unable to recapture pre-injury form throughout last season, averaging a career-low 3.1 yards per carry following arthroscopic knee surgery.
Going back to a magical 2012 season with the Bills, Spiller’s explosive playmaking ability jumped off the game tape as much as any back in the NFL. His rare speed and lateral agility led to an eye-popping 6.0 yards per carry that season.
On their following drive, trailing 10-0, Green Bay saw the series blown to bits when fullback Aaron Ripkowski barreled to the Atlanta 11-yard line only to fumble the ball away to the Falcons at the goal line for what was ultimately ruled a touchback.
On their following possession, trailing 17-0, Green Bay went three-and-out. One drive later, Rodgers unfurled a deep shot downfield on third-and-long — right into the hands of Falcons safety Ricardo Allen. Scary stuff.
For those unaware, here are Green Bay’s plans for the Titletown District Murphy was referring to. His comments come around the same time that Kansas City Chiefs president Mark Donovan told the Kansas City Star that his home city is also quite serious about pushing for the draft.
Speaking as a visitor of both cities, I think most who have gone to a football game in Kansas City or Green Bay would say why not? Both teams have passionate fan bases and excellent home cities with plenty to offer by way of food, drink and lodging. What else could a traveling football fan ask for? That seems to be the one, over-arching advantage of moving the draft around. Those interested enough in going from city to city get the unique chance of experiencing all that enemy territory has to offer. Fans who have yet to make it out to Green Bay for a game — or a draft — are missing out.
Perry was the Packers most consistent pass rusher last season and with a dearth of quarterback disrupters hitting the open market, it was important for Green Bay to lock up their own.
The biggest question with Perry moving forward is health. The athletic edge rusher has always displayed talent, but injuries marred his first two seasons, missing 15 of 32 regular season games. He’s missed only five the past three years as his production soared.
The numbers don’t exactly show it — Newton managed to throw for 237 yards in a Week 17 loss, a week after going 18 for 43 in a loss to Atlanta — but the quarterback was less than his best self down the stretch last season, as Carolina limped to just two wins in its final six games. Injuries and cheap jerseys and inconsistent play, especially along the offensive line, doomed Carolina, and it made sense when it was revealed after the season that Newton had been playing through his own ailment.
There’s little to no reason for Newton to take a single snap of game action prior to Week 1 of the regular season, which everyone involved knows. But monitoring his ability to throw in practice is important, because it serves as our sole barometer of where his shoulder is. With proper treatment and monitoring off the field, Newton should be fine come kickoff weekend.