Week 9 Picks

Jets vs Bills 

Bucs vs Saints

Falcons vs Colts

Seahawks vs Cowboys

Dolphins vs Chiefs

49’ers  vs Redskins

Browns vs Texans

Broncos vs Raiders

Bengals vs Titans

Rams vs Cardinals

Giants vs Patriots

Packers vs Chargers

Ravens vs Steelers

Bears vs Eagles

In Honor of “The Bears Still Suck” Week

Click for larger image of Cutler Sucking

The Science of Randall Cobb’s 108 yard Kick Off Return

Randall Cobb’s 108 yard kick off return has placed his name in the record books, however, he owes a big THANK YOU to John Kuhn for holding him up, turning him toward the correct goal and giving him a  little “there you go” push.

Getting To Know: Jarius “SlickWynn” Wynn DE #94

  Did you see that sack on Drew Brees by Jarius Wynn? Impressive, wasn’t it? That’s what I thought while watching the game Thursday night.  Not only did the offense put on a show, but so did  DE #94 in my opinion.

Jarius Wynn stepped into the DE starter position left vacant by an injured Mike Neal.   At 6’3″ and 285lbs, he is an imposing figure.

Wynn was instrumental in the goal line stands that helped the defense prevent another score by the Saints.  I spoke with him briefly this morning and he was very gracious in answering my sometimes silly, sometimes serious questions.

You can see my attempt at a serious interview http://lombardiave.com/?p=6735

First off, I was not exactly prepared, when the phone rang, I had to run up a flight of stairs to get my notes  and to get some privacy. (Hey, I’m a blogger, not a professional sports writer).

By the time I got upstairs and settled, I may or may not have sounded nervous and out of breath, but I muddled through..determined to ask Jarius some questions that have been haunting me since preseason and I began following him on Twitter.

My first question was regarding him being drafted in 2009 and then released in the 2010 preseason.

Me: As a Packer fan, I am very emotionally invested in the team.  I can’t imagine what the players go through when they get released by a team.  Did you take it personally or  did you accept it as part of the business of the NFL?

Wynn: It’s hard not to take it personally, but I used it as a learning experience

Me: Wow, I don’t know how you do it. I literally had tears rolling down my face during player cuts this year.

Wynn: (Laughing) Really???

Me: Yes, and I don’t think I was the only fan to shed a tear.

Wynn: (Still laughing)

Me: Anyway… so tell me about your nickname “SlickWynn”, how’d you get it, what does it mean and does coach call you that?

Wynn: (Laughing again) I actually got that nickname in college. I got a haircut, that was, you know, real low.. and people just started calling me SlickWynn. It stuck.  And some of the coaches do call me that or JDubb (short for JW).

Me: Are you married?

Wynn: Yes.

Me: I haven’t seen your wife on Twitter, like other players’ wives..

Wynn: No, she’s not on Twitter.. we’ll be celebrating our 1 year anniversary on September 21st.

Me: Oh! That’s coming up! Congratulations..

Wynn: Thanks

Me: Give me your prediction for this year.

Wynn: I don’t give predictions (See serious interview)

Me: Well, I’ll tell you mine and tell me what you think…

Wynn: Okay

Me: 13-3.. I’d say 16-0 but the Packers sometimes struggle on the road against our division

Wynn: Who in our division do you think will beat us??!!

Me: (Gulp) Um, well you know, there’s the Lions, they beat us last year and the Bears always give us grief. (Realizing that he didn’t particularly care for my answer)

Wynn: Well, we had the injuries when the Lions beat us, we should have won that game.

Me: (Agreeing profusely)..Yes, we would have!

I asked him a few more questions about playing against the Saints, (see serious interview)… and thanked him for taking the time to talk to me.

I want to add that he is a VERY genuine person and is sure to be a fan favorite with his personable and outgoing personality.

Oh, and I heard there may be some “Wynning” t-shirts in the works.  Packer fans always love to support the players and sport t-shirts of our fav’s.  We should be hearing more about these soon.

Be sure to follow him on Twitter @slickwynn94

New Writers Coming To Packers Passion

Ash Joins Packers Passion

I’ve been managing this blog on my own for a while and decided that I would really love to have some other, equally passionate Packer fan ladies join me this season as we talk Green Bay Packers football.

Keep posted for a bio from Ashley. She’s been extremely busy with other projects lately, but will be contributing to this blog as often as she can. Be sure to follow her on Twitter http://twitter.com/#!/Im_Just_Ash

NFL Season Kick Off – Super Bowl Champs Green Bay Packers vs The Saints

For the third season in a row, the New Orleans Saints have been scheduled to play in the NFL Season Opener. This time, they meet up with the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau.

The previous two match up for the Saints were vs the Colts, where they managed to lose 41-10 and last year the then reigning Super Bowl champions barely eeked out a win versus a much lesser team, the Minnesota Vikings.

This tells me that the game Thursday should be all Packers, all the time. The Saints appear to get off to an extremely slow start. And with WR Lance Moore out for the game with a groin injury, Brees will have slim pickings on offense.

I look for the Packers to make a romp of this game Packers 44 Saints 14.

It should be a huge party night in Green Bay!

Go Pack Go!

And… We’re Back!

Finally the Lockout is over and the team has reported to Green Bay to start camp. We’ve lost a few great guys along the way and picked up some interesting new talent too.

Packers Passion is ready to start writing and talking about all things Packers once again. This time, we have some new writers to add to the mix. We’re currently working out all of our staff writers and hope to be able to introduce you to them soon.. keep tuned, it WILL be interesting.

Go Pack Go!