The Miami Dolphins return to action after their bye week to take on the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. This is just the 13th ever meeting between these two teams and the first since the 2006 season and is the first time that the teams are matching up at historic Lambeau Field since 2002.
The 2-2 Dolphins are coming off the bye after a 41-14 loss to the Patriots on Monday Night Football in Week 4. The Packers, meanwhile, are 3-2 after an overtime loss at Washington last Sunday. Projected by many to be Super Bowl contenders before the season, Green Bay is looking to survive a period of time in which they have been seriously rattled by injuries.
Continue reading to see what our experts think about this one. Keith Sims will break down what he thinks the Fins’ gameplan should be; Sam Madison will discuss the nature of playing at Lambeau Field; and John Congemi will express his amazement at the fact that Green Bay’s starting quarterback has made every start for almost 20 straight years:
The Dolphins are 2-0 when they run more than they pass and 0-2 when the balance shifts the other way. Green Bay has an explosive offense lead by Aaron Rodgers, who we all expect to be back in the starting line up.
On the road, the Fins need to stay balanced, run the football, and control the clock. But most importantly they need to not turn the ball over.
This may end up being another high scoring game, so the Fins need to put seven on the board every time they get in the red zone.
Jump on the scoreboard early and keep that faithful Packer crowd sitting on their hands.
Having gotten the chance to play in Green Bay, I can tell you that the Lambeau leap and the “Cheese Heads” are real as real can be, just like you see them on TV. It seems to always be cold there and the fans are always loud. They come early to the game and they stay late afterwards. There are no other teams supported in Green Bay besides the Packers. When you pull up to the stadium on game day, it’s like going to a big-time college event. There is a lot going on around the stadium. Mainly people showing up from every where to attend the Packers Hall of Fall at the stadium. The fans are right on top of you cheering only for the green and yellow. It is a unique environment in the NFL, but one of the most fun places I’ve ever played!
Some things in life are so good that you never want them to change. I know that I have a favorite t-shirt, a pair of favorite jeans, etc…but eventually you wear them so much that they need to be replaced or retired. You can apply that same principle to life in the NFL at the quarterback position. No matter how good you are, there is going to be a time that you’re not good enough anymore, or your body breaks down and you just can’t line up behind center. The exception to that rule is the life of a Green Bay Packers quarterback over the last 17 straight seasons!
It amazes me that as a fan going to Lambeau Field for close to twenty years, you never had to worry who was going to start at quarterback for the team that you were rooting for! Brett Favre started this streak a long time ago and now Aaron Rodgers has continued it over the past two seasons. Like I said earlier, though, all good things have a way of coming to a conclusion. If Rodgers does miss this week’s starting assignment against Miami, no one in Green Bay should be disappointed or angry. Just know that you had a amazing run at one of the most fragile positions in all of football. And if you’re a Dolphins fan, you couldn’t of picked a better time for this unusual streak to come to a end!
So there you go, that’s what our guys think about this one. Our gameday coverage will begin at 11am on 940-WINZ, BIG 105.9FM, Dolphins.com, and CBS-4. The guys and I all hit the air at noon to take you up to kickoff as the Fins look to improve to 3-0 on the road. Enjoy the game!
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