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APC NFL Picks, Week 15: Can Packers’ playoff dreams stay alive another week?

A majority of APC writers say no to that question.

Winning out and making the playoffs was never going to be an easy task for the Green Bay Packers. Not before their loss in Minnesota three weeks ago, and not now. Sunday is the team’s toughest remaining task on that road, and if a few things go wrong the Green and Gold could be eliminated from playoff contention by day’s end.

Then again, the Packers’ rivalry with the Chicago Bears has been hilariously lopsided this decade, really ever...

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Zach Rapport

APC Podcast, 12/13: Previewing Packers-Bears with Larry Dyer

The second matchup between the Packers and Bears feels a little different than the first.

Week one feels like a distant memory. The upstart Bears knocked out the Packers’ star quarterback and held a comfortable lead coming out of halftime. But once Aaron Rodgers improbably re-entered the game (*insert Undertaker gif*), it felt like another instant classic comeback was a fait accompli. Fast forward to the teams’ second matchup of the season and things look much different.

The Packers...

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Jason B. Hirschhorn

Packers vs. Bears Q&A: Examining Mitch Trubisky’s inconsistent play

Robert of SB Nation’s Chicago Bears blog Windy City Gridiron discusses Mitch Trubisky’s bumpy second season.

This Sunday, the Green Bay Packers face off against their arch rivals, the Chicago Bears. Robert of Windy City Gridiron was kind enough to answer some of our questions about the Bears and provide some insight into their strengths and weaknesses.

APC: Perhaps no quarterback’s play has fluctuated more week to week than Mitch Trubisky, who has finished six games this season with a...

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Jason B. Hirschhorn

Packers vs. Bears Q&A: A look at Matt Nagy’s first season in Chicago

Robert of SB Nation’s Chicago Bears blog Windy City Gridiron discusses Matt Nagy’s debut season as a head coach.

This Sunday, the Green Bay Packers face off against their arch rivals, the Chicago Bears. Robert of Windy City Gridiron was kind enough to answer some of our questions about the Bears and provide some insight into their strengths and weaknesses.

APC: Matt Nagy has now coached the Bears for nearly an entire season. At this point, what do you see as his greatest strength as a...

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Evan "Tex" Western

2019 Mock Draft: Todd McShay predicts Packers add edge rusher and receiver in R1

A big, athletic pass-rusher and a top receiving talent could find their way to Green Bay this spring.

With the NFL season winding down, fans of many teams are already looking ahead to the 2019 NFL Draft. The Green Bay Packers still have a long shot at a playoff spot, of course, which is keeping us and our fellow cheeseheads from fully embracing offseason player acquisition. Plus there’s the whole question of finding a new head coach that will need to be answered first.

Still, it’s the...

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Evan "Tex" Western

2018-19 College Football Bowl Schedule: Alabama & Clemson have playoff’s top seeds

Here’s your bowl schedule and open thread for the next several weeks.

For fans of college football, the next three weeks are arguably the most wonderful time of the year. We will be treated to 41 more games between now and January 7th, when the national champion will be crowned for this season.

The four contenders are mostly familiar with the playoff. Alabama and Clemson have made football’s version of the Final Four in each of the past four seasons, including this year. In fact, the...

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Evan "Tex" Western

Packers-Bears Primer: Game time, TV broadcast map, odds, & more

Get ready for the Packers’ biggest toughest remaining task with our Game Primer.

Remember the last time the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears played each other? It feels like half a lifetime ago. In week one on Sunday night, Aaron Rodgers injured his knee in the first half before returning to everyone’s surprise after halftime. He led a furious fourth-quarter comeback, culminating in a 75-yard touchdown catch-and-run by Randall Cobb, as the Packers beat the Bears 24-23.

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Jon Meerdink

Thursday Cheese Curds: Analyzing Brian Gutekunst’s roster building

How has the first-year GM done so far?

Only time will tell if Brian Gutekunst’s approach to building the Packers’ roster is better than his predecessors. But even though he’s been on the job for less than a year, it seems fair to conclude that his approach is different.

He said the Packers would pursue every avenue for acquiring players, and Gutekunst has been true to his word. The Packers have been involved in trades, waiver claims, free agent bidding wars, and a host of other moves...

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Dos and don'ts of Packers' coaching search

Mark Murphy has begun vetting candidates, and he can talk to college coaches, but NFL rules prohibit him from talking to NFL coaches during the season.

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Evan "Tex" Western

Kenny Clark, Bryan Bulaga among missing Packers at week 15 Wednesday practice

If Clark’s injury is significant, that will be another huge blow to an already-thin Packers line.

Jason Spriggs may be in for a long afternoon on Sunday. Based on the Green Bay Packers’ first injury report of the week from Wednesday, the team’s backup offensive tackle appears headed for the starting lineup and a matchup with Khalil Mack this weekend.

That is because starting right tackle Bryan Bulaga missed practice on Wednesday with his ongoing knee injury. That issue kept him out of...

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Packers’ third-down execution highlighted Joe Philbin’s first game of playcalling

For just the second time all season, the Packers converted third downs above a 50% clip without drastic changes to the offense.

Prior to Sunday’s game against Atlanta, the Green Bay Packers had tallied just a single game with a third-down conversion rate above 50% during the 2018 campaign. With Joe Philbin leading the team out of the tunnel for the first time as interim head coach, the Packers quickly doubled that total.

Green Bay’s last game with such a feat was week four against...

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Vic Fangio is a great coach, but not a fit to be Packers next head coach

Green Bay had interest in Fangio after firing Dom Capers last year and the Bears defense has been awesome this season, but that’s not the way to push this team forward.

Vic Fangio makes no secret he would like to be a head coach. Last offseason, when the Packers fired the maligned Dom Capers, Fangio was one of the candidates whom Green Bay most coveted. Once Mike McCarthy got his walking papers and the Bears defense dominated the Rams on national television, connecting the dots was easy....

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Jon Meerdink

Wednesday Walkthroughs: Who do you least want to be the next Packers coach?

Some head coach possibilities get us excited. These ones get us all hot and bothered for negative reasons.

Everybody has a coaching crush. We detailed ours just a few weeks ago. But the sinister twin to the coaching crush is a coach you desperately fear getting the job to lead the Green Bay Packers. This week, we at Acme Packing Company are confronting our fears and sharing the coaches we absolutely don’t want to see taking over in Green Bay.

Mike Vieth - Jim Harbaugh

We are extremely...

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Evan "Tex" Western

NFL has an ideal opportunity to send Packers to London in 2019 but might not take it

With the league’s announcement of the home teams for next year’s games, it seemed a perfect time to get Green Bay to the UK. But the NFL may still screw it up anyway.

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is on record saying he wants to play in London before he retires. Rodgers spoke of that possibility when discussing his “bucket list” a few years ago, but the Green and Gold have yet to make a trip overseas.

That could all change in 2019. On Wednesday, the NFL announced the...

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Jon Meerdink

Packers place OG Byron Bell on injured reserve and add Nico Siragusa to roster

Siragusa was a 2017 fourth-round pick by the Baltimore Ravens

On Wednesday, the Green Bay Packers announced a pair of roster transactions. The team has signed offensive lineman Nico Siragusa to their active roster and moved guard Byron Bell to injured reserve.

The Baltimore Ravens picked Siragusa in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft. Taken 122nd overall, Siragusa fell almost exactly midway between two Packers fourth round picks: Vince Biegel at 108 and Jamaal Williams at 134. He was on...

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Zach Rapport

APC Podcast, 12/12: Analyzing the Joe Philbin effect

Was the Packers’ victory over Atlanta merely a dead cat bounce, or is there something to the Philbin effect?

For better or for worse, the Green Bay Packers now find themselves fully ensconced in the Joe Philbin era. A team that looked disjointed and disinterested on offense under Mike McCarthy seemed to play with more charisma and cooperation under the rule of their new interim leader. QB Aaron Rodgers looked more decisive. Offensive timing and rhythm improved, and the personnel packages...

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Jon Meerdink

Wednesday Cheese Curds: Should the Packers Pursue Vic Fangio?

A Packers beat writer floats the possibility of Vic Fangio taking over as the Packers head coach.

Dating back to Mike Holmgren, the Packers have shown a consistent preference for offensive-minded head coaches. Holmgren was a Bill Walsh disciple. Mike Sherman cut his teeth as an offensive line coach. Mike McCarthy coordinated offenses in New Orleans and San Francisco. Even interim coach Joe Philbin has been entirely focused on offense for the duration of his coaching career.

The only...

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Jason B. Hirschhorn

Packers could have as much as $46.3 million in cap space based on NFL’s 2019 salary-cap projections

Based on the 2019 salary-cap projections released by the NFL Tuesday, the Packers could have more than $46 million in available funds to use on players.

The salary cap dominates much of the NFL offseason with teams utilizing their available cap space to extend players, spend on free agents, and sign their draft picks. On Tuesday, the NFL released the projections for the 2019 salary cap, which could reach as high as $191.1 million.

The full projection, as released by the NFL’s Brian...

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Evan "Tex" Western

Packers’ David Bakhtiari & Corey Linsley rated among 15 best OL in the NFL

We all know how good Bakh has been, but let’s take a moment to acknowledge Linsley for an excellent 2018 campaign.

The Green Bay Packers landed a single offensive lineman on the NFL Top 100 list this summer, as left tackle David Bakhtiari showed up on the list at #91. For fans who watch him week in and week out, that ranking was absurdly low, putting him fifth among offensive tackles and seventh overall among all offensive linemen.

However, Bakhtiari has a much more appropriate ranking on...

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Alarming stat shows how much teams with big money QBs have struggled

A lot has been made of Kirk Cousins’ contract and his struggles with the Minnesota Vikings this season. That came out in droves after a dreadful performance from the high-priced quarterback during a 21-7 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Monday Night Football. Cousins certainly deserves criticism. He’s now 0-5 against teams that are .500 or better this season and has continued to struggle against like opponents throughout his career. Though, there’s one stat that tells us a story of...

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