Brewers Daily Predictions: Game 7

9 04 2014



To celebrate my first correct pick of the season in Tuesday’s win, we have a picture of two of my favorite human beings of all time celebrating another rare occassion–a YuniBomb. 

So I’m 1-6 now. Let’s keep this winning streak alive. 

Game 7: Brewers at Phillies, 6:05 pm

Final Score: Brewers 3, Phillies 0

You hear that? That’s the sound of BOLDNESS. 

I’m calling for the third Brewers shutout of the season in tonight’s matchup. Matt Garza takes the mound for the Brewers in his first start since the fun, double almost no-hitter last Wednesday. He has a career 0.69 ERA at Citizens Bank Park, gets big strikeout numbers, and is facing a team susceptible to the K. 

The bats are hot right now, also. Khris Davis is hot (see below), Ryan Braun hit his first, second, and third homers of the year yesterday, Jonathan Lucroy is listed at 0.7 WAR through one week, Carlos Gomez is on a tear, and Aramis Ramirez must think it’s June or something. 

ImageKhris Davis, slugging on balls in play. 

Daily Dinger: Davis has done everything but go yard yet this season. Today’s the day. 

Record: 1-6 


News and Notes From Around the NFL

7 08 2011
  • Longtime Jet DE Shaun Ellis signs with New England.
  • Cortland Finnegan continues holdout in Titans camp.
  • Giants 1st round selection CB Prince Amakumara is out indefinitely and will need surgery after fracturing bone in his toe. He said “I let the Giants down”. No, duh.
  • Jets WR Plaxico Burress practices, but very limited.
  • Matt Forte may sit out preseason opener.
  • Chicago cancels family night scrimmage due to poor field conditions. No surprise here.
  • Report: Eagles WR Desean Jackson to report to camp Monday.
  • Colt McCoy may have won the starting job for good in Cleveland.

Super Bowl XLV: Jordy Nelson Emerges as a Star

10 02 2011


ARLINGTON, Texas — He sat uncomfortably at his postgame podium, wearing a white T-shirt and a black cap advertising the Packers’ most recent NFL championship. His 1-year-old son, Royal — as adorable as a Hummel figurine, with blond hair, pink cheeks and blue eyes — sat on his lap.



Each time the child squirmed, Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson grimaced.

“What hurts?” he was asked.

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AP Photo/Paul SancyaJordy Nelson, left, became Aaron Rodgers’ favorite target in Super Bowl XLV.



“Everything,” he said, smiling. “I haven’t played this much since college.”



Nelson was a walk-on at Kansas State, a guy originally projected as a defensive back. But by his senior season, he was torching Big 12 teams at receiver. His last game there — a loss — was one of his best. Nelson caught 15 passes for 165 yards and a touchdown against Fresno State.

On Sunday, in Super Bowl XLV, Nelson ran through the Pittsburgh Steelers like they were so many Bulldogs. He — not Greg Jennings or Donald Driver or James Jones — caught nine of MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers‘ passes for 140 yards and a touchdown.



The Packers’ No. 4 receiver has now played 49 games in his NFL career and, oddly enough, the most important one was also his finest.



“We feel like there’s not any defense that can match up with us when we go four- or five-wide,” Nelson said. “Aaron’s job is to throw it to the guy who’s open.”



From the beginning, that man was Nelson. He had been targeted four times in the Packers’ first two drives, when Rodgers beat nickelbackWilliam Gay for a 29-yard touchdown to give the Packers a 7-0 lead with 11:16 gone.

“It was just press [coverage],” Nelson explained. “Aaron gave me a little signal if it was press to go deep. It was actually a screen play, but he checked to a go route. That’s what we hit.”



Added Rodgers: “Jordy has been a consistent contributor for us. He actually wasn’t a guy I’ve ever really thrown to on the first touchdown pass on that progression, but I kind of gave him eye contact on the signal. He made a great catch.”



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Rob Carr/Getty ImagesNelson broke the ice with the first score of the night on a 29-yard TD catch.



When Driver left the game early in the second quarter with an ankle injury, Nelson moved to No. 3 on the depth chart. He was targeted by Rodgers 15 times, meaning he was the focal point of nearly 30 percent of the Packers’ plays — an extraordinary number for a guy who caught only 45 balls for 582 yards and two touchdowns in the regular season.


In three playoff games against Atlanta, Chicago and Pittsburgh, he produced a total of 21 catches for 286 yards and two touchdowns — about a half-season of work.



Nelson could have been the hero of the game — or the goat. He had three drops that, at the time, appeared to be costly. He also had a lunging play on a long ball in the end zone that would have given him another touchdown.



“I’m glad Aaron kept coming back to me,” Nelson said. “But I’ll tell you, when we look back on this game, we won’t see the drops.”

Rodgers said the drops were, in a way, appropriate.



“That is just like our season,” Rodgers said. “A lot of adversity. Sam [Shields] was done. Charles [Woodson] was down. Donald [Driver] was down. Jordy Nelson, huge game. Jarrett Bush, interception.



“That’s the story of our season. A lot of high-character guys who’ve stepped up, played huge roles for us, and now we’re sitting here as Super Bowl champs.”

Perhaps Nelson’s biggest play came early in the fourth quarter with the Packers nursing a 21-17 lead. On third-and-10 at the Steelers’ 40, Rodgers found Nelson for a 38-yard gain.



After Rodgers was sacked, he hit Jennings with an 8-yard touchdown pass, and the Packers had built an insurmountable lead.



Steelers strong safety Troy Polamalu was asked what made Nelson so dangerous on this particular day.

“I don’t think we worried about any of their receivers on an individual basis,” he said earnestly, pausing. “It helps when you have a really good quarterback.”



Nelson broke the Packers’ record for receiving yards, surpassing the legendary (and, according to lore, hungover) Max McGee, who had 138 in Super Bowl I. McGee went out on the town the night before Green Bay beat Kansas City.

On Sunday night — after the game — Nelson had earned the license to celebrate.


Packers Super Bowl XLV Champs

7 02 2011


Super Bowl Prediction

5 02 2011

Packers 28, Steelers 23. Nuff said.

Lil Wayne Backs the Pack

3 02 2011

News and Notes From the Super Bowl

3 02 2011

With the Super Bowl just three days away, here are some news and notes from around the game.

-The Packers may have to take cold showers after the game due to a lack of hot water.

-Steelers rookie Pro Bowl center Maurkice Pouncey missed practice. Defensive End Aaron Smith was limited.

-LB Frank Zombo is practicing completely for Green Bay.

-“Photogate” will be resolved tomorrow, as the IR players will be in the Packers Super Bowl photo.

-Walt Anderson is the Super Bowl referee

-Clay Matthews refused to hint anything towards Sunday’s game plan.