NFL Wildcard

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, 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

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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Ack! Second to last game of the season. Where did the time go? There are a lot of good games, but I'm going to highlight the two that will be most talked about.



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I'm Mr. Rapistberger


Bengals (8-6) vs Steelers (7-7) at 1:00PM ET

The Bengals are the 6th seed and the Steelers are the 7th seed. This is a must win for both team. There has been some ill-advised words from Big Ben about the play calling. Be careful Rapistberger, you don't want to blemish that shinning image of yours.






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49ers vs Seahawks at 8:20PM ET


Who could believe the 49ers beat the Patriots last week?! All I have to say is, I was really rooting for the Patriots because I want my Pack to have the two seed. Also, being from San Francisco, I dislike the bandwagon fans here.

However, due to the epic fail of the refs, I find it really, really difficult to root for the Seahawks after their Fail Mary against my Pack. I truly can not decide who to root for.


Some other games to keep an eye on due to playoff implications are:

Saints at Cowboys

Redskins at Eagles

Vikings at Texans

Bears at Cardinals

Giants at Ravens


Madeline Fresco is a novelist who lives in San Francisco. She is the author of CROSSED THE LINE, available for Kindle at at, 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

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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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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 ...

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I'll just rest here for a bit
Besides, I'll be right back here in two seconds
Thanks O Line!

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.


Go For Two: Water Cooler Topics For Thanksgiving Day

Image courtesy of letsplayballtickets.comThanksgiving football ... such a time honored tradition. A tradition that is the most relevant in Detroit, which has hosted a turkey day game since 1934 (with a small gap between 1939-1944).

I grew up in Detroit. I, strangely enough, have fond memories of driving to Pontiac on Thanksgiving to meet friends tailgating OUTSIDE in the parking lots surrounding the Pontiac Silverdome. I would have on a huge winter coat, thick gloves, and a scarf wrapped around not only my neck, but my chin too. I would chat with my friends and see my breath in the air. Then the best part. Someone would open their trunk, pull out a card table, and place a steaming hot turkey on it. I would pull out a sweet potato casserole, and other friends would pull out a list of side dishes that would make your mouth water.

Eating was always a challenge in and of itself. You had the option of trying to eat with gloved fingers, or as some dare-devil friend would try and do, pull off their gloves and try to eat their food before their fingers froze off in the bitter cold.

We would then pack it all up and head off to the stadium. Bellies full, excited to get out of the cold, and pumped to see a football game on Thanksgiving Day. Bonded together from navigating eating turkey in Michigan's frigid winter air, we sometimes grab onto each other -- trying not to slip on ice as we walked toward the Silverdome.

Ah. Then comfortably in our seats, with the best part of the experience behind us, we would then focus on the other time honored tradition of Lions football on Thanksgiving -- the Lions losing.

Now that I live in San Francisco, I won't be able to participate in the tailgating part of the tradition, but I will be able to experience the second part of the Lions Turkey Day tradition. From my comfy chair in my tiny San Francisco apartment, I'll be able to watch the Lions lose their holiday football game.

Houston versus the Lions? Oh, man. This Thanksgiving for the Lions is gonna be ugly.


The football game you might actually want to watch is ...



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These are the games I will be watching, plus one that you can watch, if you want, but I won't ...


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I want the Lions to win, but just this once.

Lions at Vikings 1:00PM ET

Lions are 4-4 and the Vikings are 5-4 in the NFC North. This is the toughest division in the NFL. Both teams have seen each other countless times before. There is bad blood. The Vikings, once the darlings of the NFC North, have lost their last two. There are many questioning this team right now. The Lions, on the other hand, have won their last two. Yet, they don't seem to have the same consistency of last year. Plus, too many come from behind, fourth quarter wins. The Lions need to gain consistency and play well in all four quarters of the game if they want to win this game.

More importantly, the Packers are 6-3. I know ... I'm supposed to be reporting on the Lions at Vikings game, but I can't help myself. I need the Lions to win so that the Vikings don't go 6-4. Yet, if the Lions win then they will be inching closer and closer to my Acme Packers. Yikes is the NFC North a tough division. But I can worry about the Lions later. Right now, GO LIONS.


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These are the games I will be watching ...


Cardinals at Packers 1:00 PM ET

Image from dailycontributor.comI know, I know. I love the Packers. But here is the thing. The NFC is a much tougher conference than the AFC. The NFC North and the NFC West are the toughest of the tough, with steep competition within these divisions. Each of these teams are already in a fight for the playoffs. At first, it seemed the Vikings would take the lead in the NFC North, now it's the Bears. Where does that leave Green Bay? The 49ers look like they will win the NFC West, but where does that leave Seattle and Arizona? I'll tell you where, it leaves all of these teams battling to be in the playoffs any which way they can -- either as a divisional winner or a wildcard. That Seattle/Packers game is looking more and more important as the season goes on.


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In addition to our opinions, this begins our regular feature of Walk-on Wednesday where we hand the ball off to the reader to ask your opinion. Every week a question will be proposed to you. We invite you to answer the question along with bantering, dialogue, and trash talk Roger Goodell would find fine-worthy. Enjoy!