Hey guys, thanks for stopping by the chat today. It's an honor to have former UConn great Emeka Okafor ask a question. I think this matchup is all about points. I was reading Peter King's MMQB column and it said the over-under for this game (60.5) is the highest in the history of conference championship games or Super Bowls. So be prepared for another shootout. I wouldn't be surprised if the winner is decided by which quarterback has the ball last.
I asked Nick this exact question earlier today. He said there's not really much of a timetable. It's more of a day-by-day type of thing. However, I got a peek of his hand in the locker room and it's still a little swollen. I don't think the club comes off this week.
Perry's club has gone down in size since he first wore it against the Texans. It's smaller now than it was then.
We don't really know the extent of the injury to Burnett, who hurt his quad against the Cowboys. But McCarthy said Burnett was moving around well this morning, so that's an encouraging sign.
Yesterday's defensive MVP is Hyde in my opinion. He's been so good the last 7-8 games despite all the struggles he had a year ago. It's really been impressive to see him turn things around. He is sticking tight to receivers and breaking up passes, playing heady football and transferring film study to the field very well.
Trevor Davis fell out of the rotation after the loss to Tennessee in which he dropped a pass and muffed a punt. He's been inactive several games since then. As for Michael, I think his mistakes make him difficult to trust. He goes the wrong way on runs, bobbles a kickoff, struggles in pass protection at times. He's not someone you can count on at this point.
Kentrell Brice. Undrafted free agent from Louisiana Tech. Physical freak with great testing numbers. He made the team after a terrific training camp. He's played in the dime defense most of the season, and with Burnett's injury his importance grew significantly.
I haven't seen Atlanta in a while, but my gut says that Dallas has a better defense. Atlanta lost its No. 1 corner, Desmond Trufant, for the season and their other options are mediocre. It's not unlike the Packers' secondary at this point.
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I think there was probably some concern that another team might snag him on waivers. He had a terrific training camp. And you have to remember Ted Thompson doesn't like cutting his draft picks. He wants to hold on to them as long as possible.
My first impression was that it was a touch underthrown. Adams, the intended receiver, could have come back to the ball a little more — and I think Rodgers was a touch upset about that — but it still looked slightly underthrown to me.
Martinez tweaked his knee a week or two ago. My guess is they wanted him on special teams but didn't want to risk further injury to the knee. That was their plan the first time he came back from the knee injury. They worked him in slowly on special teams and eventually added him to the defense.
I think it's fair to worry about the secondary. Even if Burnett plays, the cornerbacks are in rough shape right now. Gunter is really overmatched against these No. 1 receivers, and there's a guy named Julio Jones in Atlanta who is difficult to cover. Damarious Randall, for whatever reason, has regressed this season. I'm not sure if he has nagging injuries or what, but his confidence does not look the same. And Quinten Rollins would be coming back from a scary fall if he plays this week. That's not an easy adjustment. Matt Ryan is probably pretty eager to get going.
I couldn't see it well from my vantage point in the press box. However, I saw a replay this morning and it looked like it was a few feet inside the post. Less than 3 yards for sure. It was a tight squeeze.
He got his feet inbounds. Had there been no penalty, it would have stood as an interception. The referees ruled it an interception before discussing the penalty.
No it would not. MVP votes had to be cast prior to the start of the playoffs. So the MVP has already been decided. It's just not public yet.
If Burnett can't play the Packers would rely on Kentrell Brice at safety, just as they did yesterday in Dallas. If Adams can't play the Packers would hope to swap him for Jordy Nelson. If Nelson and Adams both can't play, then you're looking at Janis and Trevor Davis getting more playing time.
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I think the nagging injuries are part of it for sure. One of my colleagues also wondered if Randall has trouble playing through pain. In other words, can he find ways to succeed on the field even when he's banged up? I'm not sure if that's a factor, but it's worth considering. It's been a real surprise how poorly he's played this year.
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Honestly it's hard to say. I can make arguments for both. But I guess I lean toward Atlanta because they have a more talented quarterback, in my opinion. Ryan > Prescott.
I think the dime defense will look something like this: Gunter and Randall on the perimeter, Rollins and Hyde on the inside, Burnett and Clinton-Dix at safety. Whether Rollins and Burnett can play is up in the air, obviously, so their replacements would be Josh Hawkins and Kentrell Brice.
There were a couple plays here and there where I thought the Cowboys would run and they didn't. But it was 3-4 at most. I think they stuck with it a decent amount. Elliott had 22 carries, I believe, which isn't a small number by any means. But he probably should have had about 27.
Yes, their plane was delayed a bit. They got back to GB around 1 a.m., I believe, and there were some fans waiting to welcome them home.
It was a combination of both. McCarthy said he speaks to Rodgers through the headset in those situations and gives him a "menu" to choose from. Rodgers made his own tweaks to that menu in the huddle before the long pass to Jared Cook. That's more or less the gist of it.
I would be very, very surprised. It's not Ted's style at all.
I think Cook and Hyde will both be back, unless someone else offers Hyde a large amount of money the Packers don't want to match. But I don't see that happening. I don't think those two guys have any influence on Lacy. I still think Lacy comes back on a one-year deal after testing the open market.
Sure is. McCarthy said Ty Montgomery is a running back now. He'll still be used as a receiver at times, but the primary position is running back.
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He is not. McCarthy said Starks has plateaued in his progress through the concussion protocol. It doesn't seem like he will be back any time soon.
That's all I've got time for today. See you guys soon. Thanks for chatting with me. Enjoy the game this weekend.