As always seems to be the case, the Green Bay Packers and their fans are approaching the team's next game with a close eye on a few critical injured players. While David Bakhtiari and Sam Shields have been out, their units have alternately struggled and found success, but there is no question that the continuity and skill level of both units is better off with them on the field.
As we look ahead to Saturday night, we will once again be scouring the injury report and locker room comments on Thursday for any further hint as to their ability to play in Arizona this weekend. Today's curds feature pieces on what each player can bring to the table this week, as well as Nick Perry's success and good health this season and much more.
Packers hoping starting O-line will be intact again | Packers.com
Having all five starters together again should lead to better success on first down, which helps get the offense into a rhythm to move the ball effectively.
Packers CB Sam Shields needed to combat speed with speed | 247sports.com
While Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd aren't known for being speed demons, youngsters John Brown and J.J. Nelson can both fly. That's why Shields' availability will be critical: to match up with those track stars and stick with them down the field.
Veteran QB Carson Palmer hasn't had success in playoffs | JSOnline.com
Palmer has never won a playoff game in his 12-year career, but to be fair he has only had two opportunities (in 2005 and 2009 with Cincinnati).
A healthy Nick Perry hopes to continue emerging with Green Bay Packers - ESPN
Perry has put together probably the finest season of his four-year career, which has likely been a direct result of being the healthiest of his career. And although he has only played 384 snaps on the season, he has definitely made the most of them, adding 2 sacks last Sunday to his 3.5 from the regular season.
Aaron Rodgers hopes to hit Powerball jackpot | Packersnews.com
I guess we can say "hoped", since the three winners bought their tickets in California, Florida, and Tennessee. The interesting part here is that Rodgers said he would buy an NHL team if he were to win the jackpot.
Giants are expected to promote OC Ben McAdoo to head coach, per reports - SBNation.com
Congrats to the former Packers assistant, who is reportedly bringing old boss Joe Philbin (the Packers' OC when they were together in Green Bay) on as his offensive coordinator.