Packers started off last Sunday’s game against the Indianapolis Colts with a commanding lead of 28-14 lead going into the half. By the start of the 4th quarter that lead had been cut to 28-25. The colts tacked on another field goal and on the second to last drive of regulation they scored another 3 points giving them a 28-31 lead. With 1:30 left on the clock, Aaron Rodgers was typical Aaron Rodgers and marched the Packers offense down the field in time to kick the game-tying field goal to make it 31-31. The Packers got the ball first but sadly, Marquez Valdez-Scantling fumbled the ball and put the Colts in position to kick the game winning field goal.
Aaron Rodgers had said it best, that was like a playoff game. They are a good team this year and will most likely be making the playoffs with a good seed. MVS was visibly upset with himself for the fumble knowing it was partly his fault they lost that game, but that was not enough for some people. Fans took to twitter and he received multiple death threats from fans. This makes me upset as a Packer fan because at the end of the day it is just a game! I can understand being mad at the guy but you don’t think he’s mad at himself already? In an interview after the game, Aaron Rodgers made an amazing comment and said that every single play in a game is the difference between winning and losing. He said if he or another player made a play earlier in the game then they would not have gone to OT and that could go for anyone on the team. He also said that after the game he took MVS aside and told him they would not have gone to OT and had a chance to win the game unless he caught the 40 yard pass on 3rd & 10 in the middle of the field to help set up the game tying field goal.
No matter what, it was a tough loss but it was game that we could learn a lot from. Our defense showed great spurts but we need to be better in the run game. Our offense was clicking but needs to commit less turnovers. If our defense is strong and we don’t hand the other team the ball, there isn’t a team in the league that we can’t beat. I’m predicting this close loss to be our last loss of the season.
Shortly after the Bucks lost in the playoffs last season to the Miami Heat, Bucks owner Marc Lasry met with Giannis over lunch to talk about the future. In that 3 hour meeting, Lasry made it clear that they were going to do everything they could to make a championship run this season in hopes that he will resign with the Bucks. Well, hours into free agency the Bucks made that clear by trading point guard Eric Bledsoe, 6th man George Hill, and 3 first round picks in order to get one of the most sought after trade targets available. Jrue Holiday from the New Orleans Pelicans is now a Buck and I could not be happier. He is one of the most underrated players in the NBA and according to multiple players around the league, one of the best overall players right now. He does not do anything flashy and is fairly quiet so that is why he does not have the adoration as most stars in the NBA.
Holiday is a two-time all-defensive player who has average at least 19 points per game over the last 3 seasons. He also averaged almost 7 assists per game while shooting over 45% from the field last season. The reason why this is so perfect for the bucks is because he is a perfect compliment for the style of basketball the Bucks play. He is a great defender that can guard any position besides centers and can shoot from anywhere on the court. He also is exceptional in the pick-and-roll which is exactly what I said we needed more of in one of my past blog posts. The only problem is that we lost a lot of our depth and future draft picks because of this. If it pays off this season with the Bucks winning a championship and convince Giannis to resign, it will all be worth it.
This Sunday, the Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers are looking to add another win on the season. The 6-2 Packers who recently got back some of their star players like wide receiver Davante Adams, left tackle David Bakhtiari, and corner back Kevin King look to secure another win against the young, 1-7 Jacksonville Jaguars. There is not a lot to say about the Jaguars except that it is going to be a long time before they are something to be worried about. In the last 2 seasons they have gotten rid of all their star players that they drafted like Leonard Fournette and superstar cornerback Jalen Ramsey for just a couple draft picks. It is fair to say that they have gone into a rebuild. That being said, the Packers cannot play down to the Jaguars. They need to show that we are head and shoulders above them before halftime.
With the Bears game coming up, we need to start burying teams before they even have a chance of coming back. We have shown time and time again the last 2 seasons that we can find a way to win, but we have not shown complete dominance over teams besides a few blowout wins here and there. That is why the Packers don’t get the respect they deserve, and I think it is mostly because our defense plays down to the level of competition. I get it though, as a defensive player, you take a lot of damage every game no matter who you play. When you’re playing a much weaker opponent, it is probably easy to ease up a bit because there is no point in getting injured for that game. That is why teams like Vikings and the lions were able to score so many points on us. I think this could be a statement game for our defense, showing that they can play up to the level of competition needed to beat tough opponents. They are going to need to play at the top of their game to beat teams like the Seahawks, Buccaneers, and Bills, and this is a good opportunity to practice how they will need to play when playoffs come around without the pressure.
My final score prediction is 42-17, Packers. Let’s keep it rolling!
With NBA season officially over, that means NBA free agency is right around the corner. The Miami Heat have been very open talking about how they plan on going for Giannis this off season. The NBA just announced a few days ago that next season will be starting on December 22nd and with that only being a month and a half away, the Heat intend to make an offer soon. Now don’t get it twisted, as a Bucks fan, I would be distraught to see Giannis leave Milwaukee. I don’t think the Heat could offer any package that would be worth a player like Giannis. He is quickly becoming the new face of the league, much like Patrick Mahomes in the NFL. With LeBron and Tom Brady still in the playing they are not the faces of their sports yet, but Mahomes and Giannis are next up in line. With the Bucks wanting to keep Giannis for his entire career, they would have to offer almost everything and make a deal that we just could not refuse.
In the last couple days, there was a rumor started that the Heat are willing to go all in and make a trade that would include their young stars like Tyler Herro, Duncan Robinson, and others. Now I like both of those players a lot, but I do not think they are worth a player as dominant as Giannis. He has the possibility to be the best player to ever play the game of basketball. The concern though, is that if Milwaukee does not win a championship this season, they will probably lose him to another team in free agency at the end of the season. That is why it is imperative they go all in on Giannis and do whatever they have to do in order to win a championship now. Not in 5 years. NOW. If we show him that it is possible to win in Milwaukee, and win multiple championships, he would most likely stay. Either way, this is just a rumor. I doubt the Bucks would accept any trade offer for Giannis and decide to play this year out and bet that we can win a championship.