December 2016 - Green Bay Packers Wiretap

NBC Flexes Packers/Lions To Primetime For Week 17

Dec 26, 2016 10:22 AM

NBC has flexed Sunday's game between the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions to the 8:30 PM EST slot to close out Week 17 and the 2016 NFL regular season.

The winner will take the NFC North title and the home playoff game that accompanies it.

For the Packers, it's the fourth straight year their Week 17 game has been for the division title.

The Packers (9-6) won the season's first meeting against the Lions on Sept. 25 at Lambeau Field.

"Well, it's going to be fun," Rodgers said after Saturday's win over the Vikings. "It's going to be a loud environment obviously over there in Detroit, we've won a lot of big games over there, but Matt [Stafford]'s had a fantastic year, their defense's definitely improved. We haven't played them since I think Week 3, so it'll be a lot of film to catch up on and see how they're playing, but a lot of very good players on their defense, and offensively Matt's done a great job of spreading it around to their playmakers. So it's going to be a fun one."

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Only Steelers Rank In Top-10 In Offense, Defense DVOA (Infographic)

Dec 21, 2016 10:35 AM

The NFL has very teams this season that excel in all facets of the game. Further evidence of this issue shows itself in the fact that there is only one team ranking in the top-10 in both Football Outsiders' Offensive and Defensive DVOA: the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers are 9-5 after winning five straight games and must beat the Baltimore Ravens in Week 16 to ensure their place in the playoffs. Pittsburgh ranks third in total DVOA and first in Weighted DVOA.

Last season, the Seattle Seahawks, Carolina Panthers, Arizona Cardinals, Cincinnati Bengals and Kansas City Chiefs ranked in the top-10 on both sides of the ball. The Chiefs are the closest team to joining the Steelers in the top-10 in both Offensive and Defensive DVOA at 13th and 12th.

The Dallas Cowboys and New England Patriots rank first and second overall in DVOA as they rank second and third, respectively in Offensive DVOA but 20th and 19th in Defensive DVOA. The Atlanta Falcons rank first in Offensive DVOA, 27th in Defensive and fourth overall. The Green Bay Packers and Oakland Raiders have similar splits as the Cowboys and Patriots, while the Seahawks, Baltimore Ravens and New York Giants are the inverse of those teams with top-5 defenses and offenses below the NFL mean.

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Aaron Rodgers Will Be 'Closer To 100 Percent' Against Vikings

Dec 20, 2016 3:27 PM

Aaron Rogers is getting closer to 100 percent as he deals with a right calf injury.

"I would assume, based on how I felt after the game, that I'll be closer to 100 percent than I was in the Chicago game [on Sunday]," Rodgers said.

Rodgers didn't do much practicing last week.

"Escaping is really the thing, and moving in the pocket, that I'm concerned with my calf and my ability to move. Subtle movements," Rodgers said. "I felt good really the first third down of the game. [Bears linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski] comes clean and I kind of slide some to the left, kind of a quick movement in the pocket and threw it to Jared [Cook] for a first down.

"At that point, I knew I was able to make some quick movements in the pocket. As the game extended, I felt some freedom moving a little bit."

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Tags: Green Bay Packers, Injury