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Go For Two: Green Bay versus Seattle at 5:30 PM PST Thursday September 4th

Green Bay versus Seattle. The first game of the season. The most important for Green Bay.

Everyone will be watching.

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Eligible Receiver Midseason Awards

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It’s time for the 1st Annual Eligible Receiver Midseason Awards in which we use our excellent football intelligence and logical deduction skills to confer completely made up awards to NFL players. Also, lots of pictures. Enjoy!

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Behind the Scenes of Eligible Receiver: Episode 1

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As grown adults we have tons of very important email conversations at Eligible Receiver. We are constantly discussing social media outreach, the oxford comma, and other adult topics. Oh wait, that is not right at all. We debate things like the definition of burly, Colin Kaepernick's thigh musculature, and who has better hair Clay or Troy. Here is an example of a thought provoking conversation we had yesterday.

 

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Go For Two: Green Bay Packers versus San Francisco 49ers

Hey, Lauren. What's up girl?

Before all the smack talking, boasting, and belittling starts, let's begin with the most important thing ...it's football season!

I'm so excited -- I know you are, too!!!

There are a few big games this Sunday. Cowboys versus Giants, Atlanta versus New Orleans ... but none is bigger than San Francisco vs Green Bay.

The reason this is the most important game on Sunday is because both were in the playoffs. And, sadly, for my team, the Packers got destroyed by the 49ers. Save for that first interception of the game, it was all downhill from there.

Questions for the game will be:

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Go For two: Playoffs! Green Bay at Niners.

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Come on Matthews, I want a win!

 

GB at Niners 8:00PM ET

Okay, here's the deal. I don't want to play the Niners. Atlanta? Absolutely. Seahawks? Hell, yes. The Niners? I don't like the way that cookie might crumble.

Green Bay has some flaws. One big one, protecting against the run, was taken care of last week. But it was taken care of because we didn't have to worry about the Viking's quarterback, Webb, at all. We won that game, and I'm pumped. The only problem is, the match-up that it now presents. The Packers now get their second, or maybe first, biggest flaw exposed -- our inability to protect Aaron Rodgers. Our offensive line is disastrous. Aaron Rodgers is one of the most sacked quarterbacks in the league. Not the distinction the current reigning league MVP was hoping to achieve this year.

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Not these guys again!

So, I know! Let's play the third best team in total defense -- the Niners. Yay (insert sarcasm)! Let's play against the Smith brothers! Yay! Justin Smith will be active for the game, but we can only hope, that after a month off, he's a little rusty and a bit overwhelmed.

Green Bay needs to hope that Mr. Kaepernick is in awe of the playoffs and is stuck looking at the grand scale of it all instead of putting in a good performance. The Packers also need to be hoping that they got a little practice against the read-option when playing Webb last week. PLUS, one can only hope the ability to stop the run can carry over from the Vikings playoff game to Frank Gore this week, because the Packers won't get the privilege of playing against such a weak quarterback this time.

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Me, except I have brown hair, and I'm not a cartoon.

 

Ah, the playoffs. The time I pull out my hair, take tums, and can't decide between sitting, standing, and pacing during the game. I usually do all three.

As always, GO PACK!



 

 

Madeline Fresco is a novelist who lives in San Francisco. She is the author of CROSSED THE LINE, available for Kindle at Amazon.com, for Nook at Barnes & Noble, and as an ePub at other eBook retailers. You can also listen to her novel as a free, serialized audiobook at madelinefresco.com.

Go For Two: Playoffs! Vikings at Packers

Vikings at Packers Saturday 8:00PM ET

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I'm back baby!

I can't believe the Packers couldn't put away the Vikings last week. Yet, it was clear to see how. The Packers have a serious problem with stopping the run. Especially someone as ridiculously talented as Adrian Peterson. An Adrian Peterson who had the goal of beating Dickerson's record.

So this week, we get to do it all over again, but we get to do it at Lambeau. The Packers are going to be in front of a home crowd which should help. However, Aaron Rodgers does like playing in domes better, and there was that wildly disappointing game last year, when the Pack had a bye, and home field advantage, but still lost to the New York Football Giants. So, home field advantage may not be such an advantage.

However, it stung last year for the Packers to go 15-1, have a bye, and to lose. They have to be thinking about that right now while going into the playoffs. Especially having lost last week to the Vikings. However, the Packers did get themselves into a 13-0 hole to start the game. That meant that the Vikings got to run the ball all day and exploit the Packers deficiency.

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Jared Allen is scary, and scary good. I just wish he wasn't playing against my Pack

This will be Ponders first playoff experience. The Vikings are white-hot right now. They were counted out as being able to make it into the playoffs just a few weeks ago, and oh how they have proved everyone wrong. They have the drive, they have Peterson, and they have a second year quarterback who is peaking at just the right time.

The Packers are going to have to use their no-huddle offense and get some points on the board fast. That will limit the Vikings ability to just use the run as their only weapon. Don't forget, the first time these two teams met, despite Peterson again putting up crazy numbers, the Packers still got the W.

courtesy of bossip.comRandall Cobb looks like he will be back, as well as Jordy Nelson. Trusty Charles Woodson will be back, too. The defense could use his on-field leadership.

I'd like to say I'm excited for this game. As anyone who has a beloved team knows, it's hard to get excited. You're mostly just nervous. I don't want the Pack to be out in the first round.

So, as always, GO PACK.



Madeline Fresco is a novelist who lives in San Francisco. She is the author of CROSSED THE LINE, available for Kindle at Amazon.com, for Nook at Barnes & Noble, and as an ePub at other eBook retailers. You can also listen to her novel as a free, serialized audiobook at madelinefresco.com.

Go For Two: Water Cooler Topics For Week 17

Week 17! There is no need to talk about players, or team personalities, it's the time of the year of win or go home, win and get a bye, and still for the sorry few -- playing for some trace amount of respect.

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Somehow, the Cowboys managed to do it again. They are like the annoying little brother you have to take everywhere with you, because Mom said so. Why, oh, why do the Cowboys have to be considered the game of the week! Why do they get the prime time slot? Ugh. It's because it's win or go home for the Cowboys. But if you don't like the Cowboys, which a lot of people don't, we have to watch this game. This is why a lot of us hate the Cowboys -- because they are shoved down our throats. I know this is one football fan who hopes they do the latter, and GO HOME!

 

 

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Also, I like Washington. I like RGIII. He's like Aaron Rodgers, you're happy he's your quarterback, not just because he is an exceptional athlete, but because you would want to hang out with the guy. Sorry Andrew Luck, you look like a psychopath. In fact, if I saw Mr. Luck walking on my side of the street, as a woman, I might cross over to the other side of the street as soon as I got a chance. Tony Romo, I wouldn't cross over to the other side of the street if I saw you, I'd take the opportunity to punch you in your face and wipe away that stupid grin of yours. But I digress.

 

The real game of the week to watch is ...

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Go For Two: Water Cooler Topics For Week 15

There are a lot of good games this week. It's coming down to the wire. I can't wait for some of these games. This is the time of the year I wish I had 4 televisions so I could watch all the games.

 

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I'm pumped!

49ers (9-3-1) at Patriots (10-3) 8:20PM ET ** Game of the Week

Again, the Patriots are in the game of the week. Hmm. Interesting. The 49ers are still way up there on the best of the best in the NFC. However, with how they looked twice against the Rams, there is cause for concern. Then there are the Patriots. Man do they look good. They look fired up. They look ready for the playoffs to begin. It will be interesting to see how Brady and the Patriots do against the 49ers defense and vice versa. I'm excited for this game.

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Go For Two: Water Cooler Topics For Week 14

Image courtesy of www.lokerjkt.infoWeek 14 is unique this time around in the NFL. Almost every single game has playoff implications. However, there is only one game in which the outcome  directly impacts each teams playoff conference and divisional standings. That game is the Vikings (6-6) versus the Bears (fifth seed 8-4). The Vikings are in a very hot race for the last NFC Wildcard spot -- doing battle against the Bucs, Cowboys, and Redskins. Seattle should be very, very wary about holding onto the 6th seed, considering all these teams are banging on the door of that 6th seed spot.

With 4 games left, the NFC North is still wide open. Chicago and Green Bay have been playing flip-flop the last few weeks with who is the NFC North division winner, and who takes the 5th seed in the NFC. But, as I said, there are 4 games left. A lot can happen.

However, there is one game that will be the most watched game this week, and it's not the Bears vs the Vikings. Each team playing has locked and loaded a playoff spot. This game very well could be the AFC Championship game. That game is ...

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Go For Two: Water Cooler Topics For Week 13

Games to watch in Week 13 ...

 

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I'm sad all the time

Seahawks at Bears 1:00PM EST

 

This will be an interesting game. Seahawks (6-5) just lost their two starting cornerbacks due to failing tests for use of PED's. Chicago (8-3) just got Cutler back and showed that the Bears can not withstand to lose him. Remember last year Cutler was lost to the team late season and it cost the Bears the playoffs.

If playoffs started right now, the Bears are the 3rd seed and the Seahawks are the 6th. I can't stand the Seahawks or the Bears. However, as a Packers fan, I hate the Bears more and I can't root for a team that holds my coveted NFC North division winner slot.  I can't believe I'm going to say this ...

Go Seahawks.

 

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I'll just rest here for a bit
Besides, I'll be right back here in two seconds
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Vikings at Packers 1:00PM EST

 

We all saw what happened to my beloved Packers (7-4) Sunday night. Wah-wah. They got decimated by the Giants. The Pack has something to prove, yet again. This time they have to prove they can beat a playoff worthy team.

The Vikings (6-5), on the other hand, came out super strong, and are now fizzling. The Vikings are most certainly in the playoff wildcard hunt.

This is a no brainer.

Go Pack.

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