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Postby elaine95 » Mon Oct 14, 2019 5:59 pm

GREEN BAY Ty Summers Green Bay Packers Jersey , Wis. — The Green Bay Packers must make a stand just to stay in the playoff conversation.The injury list is growing. Their postseason hopes are in serious jeopardy. They’ll need breaks to go their way with teams ahead of them in the wild-card chase.Tune out the outside noise and criticism of what might be wrong, David Bakhtiari said.More Packers coverage from FOX Sports WisconsinBucks’ Wes Matthews loves Wisconsin, is a Vikings fanPreview: Packers look to slow Vikings’ revitalized run gameTop Tweets: Yelich thanks fans for support after season-ending injuryAmos sparks rebuilt Packers defense in debutPackers to be tested again by familiar foe in Zimmer, Vikings“I think there is a lot of, on the outside, a lot of fingers pointing a lot of different directions,” the veteran left tackle said on Wednesday. “And if you were to ask me what we need to do I think we need to take that finger and we need to point it at ourselves.“No one needs to point any other direction,” he added. “We need to figure out ourselves what we need to do to win.”While it may not be a long list, some of the same problems keep nagging the Packers: they’re having problems on third downs and they’re having trouble closing out tight games on the road.Fortunately for Green Bay (4-6-1), the last month of the season has a favorable schedule starting with a home game this weekend against the Arizona Cardinals (2-9). It’s the same team that allowed Philip Rivers to go 28 of 29 for 259 yards with three touchdowns in a 45-10 loss to the Chargers.“He’s one of my favorite players to watch,” said Rodgers. He watched last week’s film and praised Rivers for, among other things, throwing into tight spots and finding the right receivers.As for Rodgers, he’s apparently taking some heat from TV pundits for at least a couple of poor throws in last week’s 24-17 loss to the Minnesota Vikings. The two-time NFL MVP fielded a couple of questions about fundamentals after practice Wednesday.7<button class="view-gallery">View Gallery</button> Gallery:Upon Further Review: Packers at VikingsUSA TODAY NETWORKOne attempt might stand out — a throw to receiver Equanimeous St. Brown on second-and-1 at the 20 with 2:34 left that bounced near the rookie’s feet. The Packers settled for a field goal, and the Vikings ran out the clock. Another misfired throw stuck to the quarterback’s hand, Rodgers said.“Oh, it’s embarrassing Aaron Rodgers Jersey , for sure. … I remember (Hall of Fame quarterback Brett) Favre used to say, ‘Anything you do, I’ve done many times previous.’ And I actually tell the young guys this all the time, ‘The mistakes you make, I’ve made before,'” Rodgers said.But when it comes to fundamentals, Rodgers said nothing has changed, other than his completion rate of 61.7 percent is down from the past couple of seasons and below his career average of 64.9.He still drills them. He said he’s not playing any differently.“I don’t put a lot of weight into a pundit on (TV) talking about fundamentals,” Rodgers said. “I listen to my quarterback coach and my offensive coordinator and my head coach. My study of myself, I’m very critical of my own film.”The Packers’ offense has been so prolific for so long under Rodgers and coach Mike McCarthy that season-long problems such as they ones the offense has had tend to stand out.“We had some opportunities that we hit sometimes and sometimes you don’t. The most important thing for us is to keep going after it. And that’s what we’re doing,” McCarthy said.Consider that Rodgers has thrown 20 touchdowns to just one interception, a ratio that almost any other team in the league would crave. He finished the second drive against Minnesota with a vintage back-shoulder touchdown throw to No. 1 wideout Davante Adams.The quarterback was hamstrung earlier in the year by a left knee injury that limited his practice time. Starting receivers Randall Cobb and Geronimo Allison have been hurt for much of the season, and tight end Jimmy Graham is now trying to play through a thumb injury.It has left more attention from opposing defenses to Adams, and more snaps for rookies St. Brown and Marquez Valdes-Scantling.The Packers were 2 of 10 on third down against the Vikings, including 1 of 6 in the second half, when they were held to just three points after being tied at 14 at halftime. Green Bay also couldn’t convert on fourth-and-1 from its 44 in the third quarter.“I think we’ve just got to be more decisive as a unit,” Bakhtiari said.His availability is in question for Sunday after he missed practice with a knee injury. Starting left guard Lane Taylor (quad) Clay Matthews Jersey , along with Cobb (hamstring) and cornerback Kevin King (hamstring) were limited. When it comes to the ability of a business to earn money, the impact of earnings can be viewed in multiple ways.For the Packers, for example, the notion that the team had record revenues in its most recent fiscal year is balanced by the reality that, as explained by the , profits dropped by 97.9 percent.But profits dropped because expenses increased, dramatically. Expenses increased dramatically because the Packers, during their most recent fiscal year, paid out gigantic money to re-sign quarterback Aaron Rodgers and to sign linebacker Za'Darius Smith, linebacker Preston Smith, safety Adrian Amos, and guard Billy Smith.The Packers dished out many millions in signing bonuses to Rodgers and the newcomers during the 12-month window ending on March 31, 2019. The new guys got $56 million collectively; Rodgers got $57.5 million on his own.It’s easier for the Packers to shrug at a slim profit given that they don’t have an owner who hopes to siphon off cash for the purposes of buying superyachts or rare guitars. CEO Mark Murphy characterized that dynamic somewhat differently.“We don’t have a rich, deep-pocketed owner, so we have a $400 million corporate reserve,” Murphy said via the . “Three or four years ago, we put $50 million into the corporate reserve. It’s grown since then with investment returns Mike Daniels Jersey , and we’ve made significant investments in real estate around this area.”Putting $50 million into corporate reserve is another way of saying, “We consciously chose not to spend that money on making the team better.” And this continues to be perhaps the most glaring aspect of the labor deal that the NFL Players Association needs to address in talks that are scheduled to resume this week.Currently, individual teams are required to spend only 89 percent of the salary cap, on a four-year rolling average. This means that 11 cents of every cap dollar can be retained by a team as pure, raw profit.Think about the teams that are carrying huge amounts of cap space. Some fans cheer about the existence of a major surplus, but that’s money that could have been spent on players. Instead, it counts as profit.Indeed, it Ted Thompson were still the G.M. in Green Bay, the Packers likely would have had profits of more than $50 million in their most recent fiscal year, because big money wouldn’t have been spent on four expensive free agents.The real message is that the Packers can keep spending major amounts of money. After all, the Packers spent like never before and also struggled through another disappointing season, . Which means they didn’t have to even touch that $400 million reserve to make ends meet.While the article that has landed in newspapers and websites throughout the country focuses on the dramatic drop in Packers profits, the news actually is very good for the Packers and the rest of the NFL. For all teams, revenue has grown to the point where even non-playoff teams can go on a massive, unprecedented spending spree and still end up with more cash in than cash out.
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