Sunday, December 30, 2012

Green Bay Packers are in the giving mood with a loss to the Minnesota Vikings

Adrian Peterson vs. Packers at Metrodome

With a thrilling 37-34 loss to the Minnesota Vikings, the Green Bay Packers are in the gift-giving mood.

It was the Chicago Bears who were naughty and the Vikings who were nice this holiday season.

Not only did the Packers gift-wrap a spot in wild-card weekend, Adrian Peterson and his 199 yards (a mere nine yards short of the single-season record) was most likely enough to give him the 2012 MVP Award.

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Saturday, December 29, 2012

Can the Wisconsin Badgers pull off the ultimate upset in Pasadena?

Big Ten Championship - Nebraska v Wisconsin

Story-lines run thick in the 99th installment of the Rose Bowl between the #8 Stanford Cardinal and Wisconsin Badgers.

The Badgers are playing in their third straight Rose Bowl and look to hall-of-fame coach Barry Alvarez to improve upon his perfect 3-0 record in Pasasdena.

Stanford enters the game on a three-game streak in BCS Bowls (Fiesta in 2011 and Orange in 2010) as well and is perhaps one of the hottest teams in the country with their last four wins coming against ranked opponents.

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Sunday, December 23, 2012

Aaron Rodgers and the Packers roll the terrible Tennessee Titans

Aaron Rodgers vs. Titans

Earlier in the season, it would have been appropriate to point out how the Green Bay Packers play down to lesser competition in close wins over the New Orleans Saints and Jacksonville Jaguars at home.

Can't say that now though as the Packers (11-4) steam-rolled the Titans to the tune of 55-7.
Aaron Rodgers was responsible for four of the touchdowns, throwing three and rushing for another.

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Can the Packers avoid looking past the Tennessee Titans?

Packers team photo

Fresh off a significant division-clinching win over the rival Chicago Bears, the Green Bay Packers have their eyes set on a possible first round bye and home-field advantage in the playoffs.

Before they can start thinking about those amenities, they first must host and beat the Tennessee Titans.

The Titans enter the game as huge underdogs and will be highly motivated to sneak up on Green Bay and play a spoiler to one of the NFC’s Super Bowl hopefuls.

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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Gary Andersen not a great hire, but a good hire for the Wisconsin Badgers


Who is Gary Andersen?

He's the coach who earlier this season was a missed field goal away from becoming the first non-conference opponent to knock off  the Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall in a very long time.

The 48 year-old Andersen will become the Head Coach of the Badgers after coaching at Utah State where he accumulated a 26-24 record over four years.

He's not the big name or a UW alum many fans were hoping for, but he is a defensive-minded coach that should fit right within the culture at Wisconsin.

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Reviewing the Wisconsin Badgers search for a head coach


A whirlwind of rumors and speculation have hit Madison since former Wisconsin Badgers head coach Bret Bielema left for the Arkansas job.

With all the uncertainty behind Barry Alvarez’s search for the next coach, almost all of the assistants have decided to leave the program.

Here’s a recap of what has went down so far:

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Sunday, December 16, 2012

Packers clinch consecutive NFC North titles with win over the Bears


With a hard-fought 21-13 win at Soldier Field, the Green Bay Packers have won the NFC North Division for the second consecutive season.

It's a great day for Packers fans as the Chicago Bears are also sent into desperation mode in regards to their playoff hopes.

Green Bay (10-4) has now won 12 straight against divisional opponents and have their eye set on a first-round bye and home-field advantage in the playoffs.

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Saturday, December 15, 2012

Let the battle for the NFC North between the Packers and Bears begin


This article could start out about how the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears take part in the NFL’s oldest rivalry, blah blah blah, but let’s not get too cliche.

For the most part, today’s players could care less about the league’s historic rivalries. As long as a pay-check is being deposited into their bank accounts, playing resumes as usual.

With that said, the Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall steered away from the norm by trash-talking the Packers and essentially making it known that this game is an important one.

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Sunday, December 9, 2012

Green Bay Packers go with a balanced look in win over the Lions


Balance was the word of the day for the Green Bay Packers on a snowy night at Lambeau Field.

A breakdown of 32 rushing plays compared to 24 passing plays helped the Packers (9-4) overcome the Detroit Lions by the score of 27-20.

Even the famous and tremendously funny Will Ferrell was digging the Packers on this night with his winter knit Packers cap and a performance of “Roll Out The Barrell.”

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The odds are stacked in the Packers’ favor against the Detroit Lions


When the Detroit Lions visit Green Bay it gives the media a chance to show off a bunch of unique statistics in the NFL, a league which has become defined by parity.

The recent past between the Lions and Packers has nothing to do with parity.

The Lions haven’t won in the state of Wisconsin since 1991, back when Barry Sanders was breaking ankles and dropping the jaw of every fan in the nation.

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Thursday, December 6, 2012

Montee Ball wins the Doak Walker Award for nation's best running back


Another fairly famous Wisconsin Badgers running back won the Doak Walker Award during his senior season and that guy was Ron Dayne in 1999.

Montee Ball throws his name in the argument for best Badgers running back ever by taking home the award for the nation's top running back on Thursday night.

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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Bielema to Arkansas puts the cherry on top of a bizarre year for Wisconsin


If it wasn’t weird enough to see a five loss Wisconsin Badgers team go to the Rose Bowl, Bret Bielema has shocked the college football community in taking the Arkansas Razorbacks’ vacant head coaching job.

Was it all about the money?

Probably so, but let’s not discount Bielema’s urge to win a National Championship and we all know the SEC is ten times better equipped to do so then the Big Ten.

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Sunday, December 2, 2012

Previewing the Green Bay Packers vs. the Adrian Petersons


No disrespect to the Minnesota Vikings who are one of the better stories in the NFL and NFC North particularly. Still they are without their best receiver in Percy Harvin and are riding a very young and inexperienced quarterback in Christian Ponder.

The one thing the Vikings (6-5) do have is Adrian Peterson who has miraculously come back from a nasty knee injury to put up MVP-like numbers. Peterson will have to top that miracle to beat the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field in a game they absolutely need to stay pace with the Chicago Bears. If the Packers (7-4) don't beat Minnesota, it will inevitably be panic time in Wisconsin.

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Wisconsin Badgers three-headed monster at running back has returned


You don’t have to go back very far to a time when the Wisconsin Badgers had three dangerous tailbacks.

In 2010, Montee Ball, James White and John Clay all nearly eclipsed the 1,000 yard mark en route to the Badgers first Rose Bowl appearance since 2000.

Two years later and two more Rose Bowl births, the Badgers are right back where they started with freshman Melvin Gordon joining Ball and White in the most dangerous backfield in all of college football.

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Saturday, December 1, 2012

Wisconsin is going back to Cali for a third straight Rose Bowl


With credit to the late Notorious B.I.G., the Wisconsin Badgers are going, going, back, back to Cali after demolishing the Nebraska Cornhuskers 70-31 in the Big Ten Championship at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

The 70 points the Badgers (8-5) scored are tied for the second most in the modern era in school-history and tied for the most ever in a conference championship game (Texas had 70 in 2005).

UW's three-headed monster is back and fiercer than ever as Montee Ball, James White and Melvin Gordon combined for 539 yards rushing and nine total touchdowns.

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Quotables from Wisconsin Badgers Bret Bielema’s pregame presser


As you wake up and try to get all jacked up for the Big Ten Championship game, make sure to see the best things Wisconsin Badgers Head Coach Bret Bielema had to say during the Friday press conference.

Highlights include the Colts locker room, injury updates, feelings on Nebraska players and some other random tidbits.

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Friday, November 30, 2012

Old Spice and the Green Bay Packers Greg Jennings issue fantasy coupons


For some fans, it's been rather frustrating to see all those Greg Jennings Old Spice commercials and not see the star receiver on the football field.

Due to a variety of injuries, it's been since September 30th since Jennings saw live action for the Green Bay Packers.

With his expected return to the gridiron this weekend against the Minnesota Vikings, Old Spice's official facebook page issued fantasy football coupons in honor of Jennings.

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Big Ten Title Game between Wisconsin and Nebraska has B1G ramifications


For the Wisconsin Badgers, a win at the Big Ten Championship game in Indianapolis would mean three straight Big Ten titles and three consecutive Rose Bowl appearances, a feet which is unprecedented in school history.

For the Nebraska Cornhuskers, a win in the Championship game would be their official welcome to the conference as they move on from a successful history in the Big 12 and start anew in just their second year in the Big Ten.

Who said there wasn’t a lot at stake in Lucas Oil Stadium on Saturday?

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Badgers Roundtable: Penn State (JSOnline.com)


WHAT WENT RIGHT

Nick Grays, The Sports Bank - It makes it hard to pick out positives when there were so many negatives, but I thought the secondary of the Badgers played extremely well. Holding Matt McGloin to 19-of-37 passing for 200 yards was impressive. Defensive back Devin Smith is playing his best football right now and improving each week. At this rate, he’s going to be a steal in the NFL draft.

Rich Branch, co-founder buckaround.com - To echo Nick I think the defensive backfield played a very solid game. Dezmen Southward was strong in coverage and for a second week in a row very good in run support. In addition to providing solid pass coverage, 186-pound Devin Smith made a huge open field, touchdown-saving tackle on 264-pound TE Jesse James. Smith has proven to be a very complete player and will be sorely missed next year.

Benjamin Worgull, Badger Nation - Jim Delany decided not to listen to Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald’s suggestion at Big Ten Media days that the conference should appoint a committee this season to select the two teams to compete in the conference championship game. Had Delaney taken Fitzgerald seriously, Wisconsin would be preparing for the Heart of Dallas Bowl. The only good news that came out of Saturday is UW is still headed to Indianapolis.


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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Eli Manning and the Giants make the Packers look like they have "dead-arm"



After not throwing a touchdown in three straight games, the New York Giants Eli Manning threw three of them in a 38-10 rout of the Green Bay Packers.

The nasty injury-bug finally caught up to the Packers (7-4) who looked lost on the offensive line and couldn't stop any facet of the Giants' (7-4) offensive attack.

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Saturday, November 24, 2012

Overtime is unkind to the Wisconsin Badgers, lose 24-21 at Penn State




Overtime has been unkind to the Wisconsin Badgers who have lost three overtime games in the past four weeks. Moreover, the Badgers (7-5, 4-4) last nine losses are by a touchdown or less.

Penn State fought back from a first-half deficit to beat Wisconsin, 24-21, in what was their last game of the season.

The Badgers only real highlight of the day was Montee Ball breaking the NCAA all-time touchdown record.

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Montee "Touchdown" Ball breaks the NCAA FBS Record


It didn't take long as the Wisconsin Badgers Montee Ball scored his 79th and record-breaking touchdown in the first quarter of UW's season finale at Penn State.

Ball rushed 17 yards on a sweep to the right in which he tip-toed down the sideline and walked in for the historic score.

No single player in NCAA FBS history has scored more touchdowns than Ball has during his career at Wisconsin.

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Thursday, November 22, 2012

Wisconsin needs a win at Penn State to avoid the BIG stumble


Anytime the Wisconsin Badgers lose a couple of games at Camp Randall, it’s probably not a very good year. This year is one of those years and yet they still have a chance to turn it around with a win in next week’s Big Ten Championship.

Before they embark to Indianapolis, they travel to Happy Valley to take on a surprising Penn State team on an emotional day for their senior class. Even though it could be the toughest environment the Badgers play in all year, they need this game to avoid stumbling into the BIG Game.

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

What Big Ten Expansion means for Wisconsin Badgers Football


Unless you live in some vacuum without sports media, you’ve probably heard that Maryland joined the Big Ten Conference on Monday and Rutgers will soon join too.

We’ve heard all about what it means to Maryland, Rutgers and the Big Ten, but what does it exactly mean for the Wisconsin Badgers?

The simple answer is that there’s advantages and disadvantages, but let’s delve a little deeper in to the ramifications.

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Monday, November 19, 2012

Badgers Roundtable: Ohio State (JSOnline.com)


WHAT WENT RIGHT

Noah Jarosh, Brew Crew Ball - The Badgers’ defense was unequivocally sensational. Holding Braxton Miller to 145 all-purpose yards is something that very few defenses could do. The Badgers have struggled against mobile quarterbacks, and Braxton is one of the best as he had rushed for the 14th most yards in the FBS. Wisconsin managed to keep him in check as he gained just 48 yards on 23 carries. In addition, the Badgers’ secondary blanketed the OSU receivers, aiding in keeping Miller in check and resulting in a few sacks.

Nick Grays, The Sports Bank - Can’t argue with any of the points that Noah just made as the defense did as much as they could in order to win. The fact that they held a team who averages 41.3 points per game to 21 without one of their best players in Chris Borland is sensational. They’re the primary reason the Badgers have seven wins thus far. Also have to credit the offensive line and the run game for tallying 206 rushing yards against one of the better run-stopping defenses.

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Sunday, November 18, 2012

Back and Forth: Packers win a game with five lead-changes


An offensive explosion which seems imminent whenever the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions meet didn't happen. What did happen was a back-and-forth game dictated by turnovers.

The Packers (7-3) Aaron Rodgers wasn't perfect, but his throws were on the money when they counted as he led his team to a fourth-quarter, 24-20 comeback win.

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Saturday, November 17, 2012

Wisconsin plays beautiful defense and still falls short to Ohio State


The Wisconsin Badgers held Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller to his worst game of the season, but it wasn't quite enough with the Buckeyes prevailing 21-14 in overtime at Camp Randall.

It was the first time the Badgers (7-4, 4-3) have played in multiple overtime games since the 2000 season and their second straight loss at home.

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NFC North Marathon begins with the Detroit Lions for the Green Bay Packers


Five of the Green Bay Packers’ seven remaining games will come against NFC North opponents. That should make for a very interesting division battle as Green Bay (6-3) sits just one game back of the Chicago Bears (7-2).

The marathon begins with the Detroit Lions who are coming off a tough 34-24 loss to the Minnesota Vikings and will need every game they can get in order to make the playoffs.

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Thursday, November 15, 2012

A pair of seniors will be pivotal in the Badgers attempt to take down Ohio State



Senior quarterback Curt Phillips will make his first and last start at Camp Randall when the Wisconsin Badgers welcome in the undefeated Ohio State Buckeyes for Senior Day this weekend.

Overall, the Badgers have nine seniors taking part in the festivities, but it will be Phillips and star running back Montee Ball who will be expected to carry Wisconsin to victory.

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Monday, November 12, 2012

Badgers Roundtable: Indiana (JSOnline.com)


Nick Grays, The Sports Bank - This is fairly obvious, but the offensive line and running game were unstoppable. For the Badgers to go into Memorial Stadium and put up a school-record 564 yards on the ground is impressive. Because of that, another great defensive performance will be overlooked. Against a high-powered Indiana offense, Wisconsin forced a season-high three turnovers and held the Hoosiers to their lowest scoring output of the season.

Rex Sheild, Daily Cardinal - Practically everything went right in this game. With the return of Rick Wagner, the offensive line dominated the line of scrimmage for 60 minutes, allowing the all four running backs to score and set a new school-record for most rush yards in a game. Moreover, the most impressive part of the ground attack was the whopping average of 8.8 yards per carry against the vulnerable Hoosiers defense. Once again, the defense turned in a stout performance, shutting down a passing attack that ranked first in the Big Ten (293.2 yds/game) and did not allow their fast-paced offense to get into a rhythm. Also, it was great to see Wisconsin delivering once again in what others are calling a “big divisional game” (i.e. Purdue, Indiana). In those “big games,” the offensive line has been dominant and the backs have been extremely elusive. The key thing moving forward will be consistency with those groups.

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Saturday, November 10, 2012

Wisconsin stomps into a Big Ten Championshp birth with 62-14 win over Indiana


The rest of the Leaders Division will have to wait another year because the Wisconsin Badgers will be the Leaders' representative in the Big Ten Championship for the second straight year after a 62-14 win against Indiana at Memorial Stadium.

Last season was the inaugural year for the Championship in Indianapolis, so make it 2-for-2 for the Badgers (7-3, 4-2).

It's gotten to the point where the Hoosiers (4-6, 2-3) dread playing the Badgers as they've been outscored 204-41 in their last three games against Wisconsin. Not only that, but the Badgers racked up a school-record 566 rushing yards in the win.

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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Wisconsin’s road to the Big Ten Championship runs through Bloomington


When the season began, neither the Wisconsin Badgers nor the Indiana Hoosiers could have told you that they would be playing for a birth in the Big Ten Championship at Memorial Stadium in the beginning of November.

But in a twisted and odd season of Big Ten season, that’s exactly the situation at hand.

With a win, the Badgers (6-3, 3-2) will lock up the spot, but a loss will give the Hoosiers (4-5, 2-3) an inside edge at what has become the Rose Bowl sweepstakes.

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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Taking a look at the Wisconsin Badgers past opponents this season


In order to determine where you’re at, sometimes you have to examine where you’ve been. It’s no different for the 2012 Wisconsin Badgers football team.

With the Badgers on a bye this past weekend, it’s only appropriate to check in with all the opponents they have played so far this season.

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Sunday, November 4, 2012

The injury-riddled Packers beat the Cardinals for their fourth straight win


Injuries are as common to football as cheese is to Wisconsin, but the plague that has hit Green Bay is way beyond what any normal team goes through.

After beating the Arizona Cardinals by the score of 31-17, the Packers (6-3) are legitimately without 11 starting players. New injuries to WR Jordy Nelson, OL Bryan Bulaga and LB/DE Clay Matthews only adds salt to an open wound as the team enters their bye week.

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Saturday, November 3, 2012

Green Bay Packers look to give the Cardinals their fifth straight loss



Winners of three straight, the Green Bay Packers welcome in the Arizona Cardinals who appear on the opposite side of the spectrum with four straight losses.

The Cardinals (4-4) are the first team since the 2002 Oakland Raiders to start the year 4-0 and lose their next four games. Green Bay has a chance to make sure the birds from the desert don’t follow the same path as that Raiders team went on to finish the year 11-5 and win the Super Bowl behind MVP-quarterback Rich Gannon.

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2012 Fantasy Trade #5: Robert Finds Some Running Back Help With Alex Green


A lot of fantasy players don't know this, but there is a fantasy trade deadline. The important date comes on Wednesday, November 21st at 1:00 PM CT. With only a couple of weeks left, Trader's Tradeables decided to get the running back help he needed from Brady-TRON. Here's how the deal went down:

Trader's Tradeables (Robert Trader) Received:

RB Alex Green

Brady-TRON (Nick Grays) Received:

TE Greg Olson

Robert's Perspective: Coming into the week, Robert's only starting running back was Ahmad Bradshaw. You can understand why he really wanted to pursue a trade for a running back. At 5-3 and currently in the 5th playoff spot, he probably feels like he needs to win each and every week.

Nick's Perspective: I'm also at 5-3 and in the sixth playoff spot, so each week is fairly critical for me. There's three reasons I made this deal. First, my tight end Jared Cook had been a slight disappointment because of how badly the Titans use him. Secondly, Cook has a bye week coming up and I needed another tight end anyways. Thirdly, I love Olson's match-up this week against a Redskins team who gives up a lot of production to opposing tight ends.

Advantage: To be fair, I think Robert got the better deal because he received a player who will get way more touches. As many of you know, I cover the Packers for The Sports Bank and I have been let down by Green who failed to have a good game against a bad Jaguars team. There's still hope, but Olson helps my team become more complete. Trading a player I probably wasn't going to start for the rest of the year was the true motive here.

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Sunday, October 28, 2012

Badgers Roundtable: Michigan State (JSOnline.com)


WHAT WENT RIGHT

Bruce Ciskie, Red Rock Radio (Duluth, Minn.) - I thought the defense played exceptionally well for probably 45-50 minutes. It wasn’t enough, but it wasn’t the defense’s fault.

Nick Grays, The Sports Bank - The defense played its best game of the season. Even on Michigan State’s scoring drives, it wasn’t a blown coverage or missed tackle, it was just good football on the Spartans part. I thought the defensive line played very well while limiting Le’Veon Bell to just 77 yards on 21 carries. Corner Marcus Cromartie also made a play (forced fumble in 4th quarter) that should have sealed a win for the Badgers.

Rex Sheild, Daily Cardinal - Despite allowing a touchdown on the final drive in regulation, the defense was again stout. The drive after Meyer got his punt blocked on their own 11-yard line was a specific drive that really stood out to me, as the defense held the Spartans to punt on the possession. It was great for Kyle French’s confidence to hit the two field goals, especially in overtime to give the Badgers a chance.

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Green Bay Packers running game in shambles in 24-15 win over Jaguars


Despite giving the Jacksonville Jaguars multiple opportunities to compete, the Green Bay Packers held on for a 24-15 win in a game where it could be argued the Jaguars looked like the better team.

Blaine Gabbert outplayed Aaron Rodgers and the Packers’ (5-3) run-game was non-existent against a Jaguars (1-6) team who’s one of the league’s worst at defending the run.

A win is a win, but it leaves you wondering if the Jaguars’ moral victory is slightly better than the Packers’ real victory.

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Saturday, October 27, 2012

Michigan State ends the Wisconsin Badgers' 21-game home winning streak


With a thrilling 16-13 overtime win against Wisconsin, the Michigan State Spartans have proven that the Badgers can indeed be defeated at Camp Randall.

Wisconsin came into the game with the second longest active home-winning streak in the nation at 21 games, their last loss at home coming on October 17th of 2009.

The Badgers defense had quite possibly their best game of the season, but in the end they were on the field just way too much as the Spartans' quarterback Andrew Maxwell led his team on a pair of late touchdown drives.

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Green Bay Packers schedule gets easier with the Jacksonville Jaguars





The Green Bay Packers opened the season by playing teams who now have a combined record of 28-18 including the San Francisco 49ers (5-2), Chicago Bears (5-1) and Houston Texans (6-1).


Against the league’s cream of the crop, they went 2-1 and are inching back up the power rankings with each week’s stronger showing.

Finally, the Packers get to welcome one of the league’s bottom-feeders into Lambeau Field. The Jacksonville Jaguars have displayed more problems than positives and have a huge mountain to climb to compete with the Green and Gold.

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Thursday, October 25, 2012

#25 Wisconsin faces a stiff test with the Michigan State defense


Unbeaten in their last 21 home games are the Wisconsin Badgers who feel they are back on track as one of the Big Ten’s elite teams after dominating wins overs Purdue and Minnesota.

What the Boilermakers and Gophers do not have, but the visiting Michigan State Spartans do is a legitimate defense.

If Michigan State had a business card, it would say “DEFENSE” in big bold letters and nothing else because it’s all they really need to keep a game close. But will their defense be enough to pull the ever-so rare upset at Camp Randall?

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

2012 Fantasy Trade #4: Calvin Johnson Not Living Up to Expecations, So He's Shipped


Some couples go out on romantic dates, Kari and I make fantasy trades. Brady-Tron (my team's new name) sent two players to Kari-Tron (old name, assuming she will change) in a blockbuster trade on Wednesday.

Kari-Tron (Kari Klitzman) Received:

RB Ryan Mathews
WR Brandon Lloyd

Brady-Tron (Nick Grays) Received:

WR Calvin Johnson
RB Alex Green

Kari's Perspective: To be honest, this was a desperation move on her part. She's upset with Megatron's humanly 10.5 fantasy points a game and she has an underwhelming 2-5 record. With the Cowboys' DeMarco Murray currently out with an injury, Kari is sick and tired of relying on a handful of waiver wire pick-ups for production. Mathews recently shed off a timeshare with Jackie Battle and appears to be the Chargers' workhorse for the rest of the season. I gave her a choice of any of my running backs and I think she made the right one.

Nick's Perspective: Seeing that I gave her a choice of any running back, I'll admit it, I have a man-crush on Johnson. I think he's without a doubt the best receiver in the game and just needs Matthew Stafford to accurately pass him the ball. My love for Johnson aside, I had way too many starting running backs (I also own Doug Martin, Alfred Morris and Jamaal Charles) and needed some WR depth. With a 5-2 record, I can afford to make a change and try to set up myself for my first championship.

Advantage: I think it would be easy to say I have the advantage because I have the better fantasy team, but when you consider the fact that Kari pulled Brandon Lloyd who I did not want to trade, she received a fare deal. When healthy, both Johnson and Mathews are first/second round fantasy talent and Lloyd is a much better player than the Packers unproven Alex Green.

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Sunday, October 21, 2012

Badgers Roundtable: Minnesota (JSOnline.com)


WHAT WENT RIGHT

Nick Grays, The Sports Bank - Bret Bielema and his team have to be ecstatic about the return of the offensive line and the running game. In the past two weeks, the Badgers have racked up 804 yards on the ground. Ryan Groy who was forced to move from left guard to left tackle has done a wonderful job filling in for Wisconsin’s best interior lineman in Ricky Wagner. Also have to credit corner Devin Smith with one of his best games. I thought it was a pleasant surprise to hear the coach say he’s setting himself up for an NFL opportunity after the game.

Rex Sheild, Daily Cardinal - For the second straight week, the offensive line dominated in the trenches and opened up huge holes for Montee Ball and James White, who combined for 341 yards with five touchdowns, especially as the game wore on. Some might have thought, including myself, that the O-line productivity might drop with the absence of Wagner but, as Nick said, Groy did a phenomenal job filling in for him and the unit didn’t miss a beat. The defense continues to establish themselves as one of the better units in the conference and were able to force two interceptions from Smith and Ethan Armstrong against an inexperienced Minnesota quarterback that led to a Kyle French field goal and a touchdown from Ball, respectively. Also, they held Minnesota to 4-of-11 on third down possessions.


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Aaron Rodgers close to perfect in a 30-20 win over the Rams


Quarterback Aaron Rodgers' "Shhhhhh" campaign continued as the Green Bay Packers beat the Rams 30-20 in front of a St. Louis crowd full of Cheeseheads.

Rodgers was near perfect while completing 30 of his 37 passes for 342 yards and three touchdowns. Last season's MVP has thrown 16 touchdowns in his last four games.

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Wisconsin’s James White at the hub of the new and exciting “barge” package


In a 38-13 win over the Minnesota Gophers, the Wisconsin Badgers went creative and introduced a wildcat formation known as the “barge” package.

At the hub of the package is running back James White who’s actually quite familiar with taking the direct snap.

“It’s pretty cool. It’s something I did in high school, so it’s not something that’s too new to me. It’s just another way to me the ball, and I just try to take advantage of it,” said James who scored one of his three touchdowns out of this formation.

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Saturday, October 20, 2012

Badgers show off nation’s best running back tandem in win over Minnesota


Wisconsin Badgers running backs James White and Montee Ball are running away as the nation’s top running back tandem.

The duo combined to rush for 341 yards on 39 carries (8.74 average) and all five of Wisconsin’s (6-2, 3-1) touchdowns in a 38-13 win over Minnesota.

White not only dominated the normal running game, he debuted at quarterback in the Badgers wildcat formation known as the “Barge” package. Following the game, head coach Bret Bielema emphasized how “fun and exciting,” this year’s team is.

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Green Bay Packers will experience a franchise first against the St. Louis Rams


For the first time in franchise history, the Green Bay Packers will play their third consecutive game in a dome. After road games with the Indianapolis Colts and Houston Texans, the St. Louis Rams are the next team to welcome Green Bay into their house.

The Rams (3-3) are an up-and-coming team with a stingy defense. All three of their wins have come at home, but they haven’t faced the Packers (3-3) Aaron Rodgers who’s the all-time leader with a 115.9 passer rating in domes (minimum 200 passes).

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Green Bay Packers Alex Green has a shot to jump-start his career


In the NFL, one man’s injury creates a meaningful opportunity for another.

As is for most teams in the league, this was the case for the Green Bay Packers with running back Cedric Benson being placed on IR (designation to return) and the promotion of second-year back Alex Green to the starting job.

Green was far from overly-impressive in his first game as a starter (22 carries for 65 yards), but it provided the framework for what could be a promising career for the 24-year-old kid.

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Wisconsin Badgers go for nine straight against rival Gophers


Every time Wisconsin meets with the Minnesota Golden Gophers, Badgers coach Bret Bielema makes sure to give all of his freshman a history lesson on FBS’s oldest rivalry.

Recent history has been kind to the Badgers who have won eight straight in the illustrious battle for Paul Bunyan’s Axe.

After opposite starts to the season, the Badgers and Gophers are in pursuit of the same thing and that’s a bowl game. One slight different separates them though; the Badgers are looking for a berth to a significant bowl while the Gophers are merely trying to be bowl-eligible.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

How can the Wisconsin Badgers Montee Ball get back in the hunt for the Heisman?


The 5-2 Wisconsin Badgers have been on a roller-coaster to start the season as has their best player in running back Montee Ball.

During the off-season, Ball was ticketed during a block-party and then assaulted by five men not far from his apartment building. The season started off just as rocky with sub-par performances from Ball behind a makeshift offensive line, all while the Badgers searched for an offensive identity during their first five games.

It would all change in a game against Purdue though, when Ball broke off a career-high 247 yards and became the Big Ten’s all-time leader in touchdowns with 72.

As Head Coach Bret Bielema pointed out during his weekly teleconference, Ball is “definitely feeling the mojo.”

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