Packers Periscope: Turkey Trouble, '07 Arrowhead Win and More

Let's take a quick look back at Jordan Love and the Missing Turkey Leg Caper, a huge win in 2007 capped off by an impressive pick six by one of the Green & Gold's best in 2007 and more.

Well, well, well... if isn't the Green Bay Packers SHOWING UP in the Motor City on Thanksgiving en route to a momentous 29-22 victory over the first place Lions. Jordan Love was dealing, the defense was stealing and we've all got that feeling this team might be putting it all together. And speaking of Love and his performance, WHERE IS THE TURKEY LEG!? Jokes aside, it's both equally comical, perplexing and unacceptable to not have turkey on Thanksgiving on Fox on John Madden Day. But alas, like the Packers, we must move on, this time, to a visit from the Kansas City Chiefs.

So let's raise up the ol' periscope and peer into the past, present and ever-so-nearing future of the Packers and Chiefs.

The Past

I think for the first time all year, we've found a team that holds the edge on the Packers. Kansas City, since a certain Super Bowl I in 1967, has maintained an 8-5-1 advantage, including a run of five wins spanning from 1989-2003. But since then, the Packers have won three out of five which includes their most recent win, against a Matt Moore-led team. Still a downright shame we never got Rodgers and Mahomes on the field at the same time.

But this week's game I'd like to go back to a bit deeper took place on November 4, 2007 (yes, 2007 again but it was a damn fun year). Entering the game at 7-1, fresh off the Favre-to-Jennings overtime win in Denver, the Packers entered Arrowhead with a chance to do something they hadn't done there since 1987 - win. After a scoreless first quarter, the Packers got on the board with field goals by Mason Crosby from 48 and 36 yards, respectively. But late in the second, after a Favre pick, Larry Johnson (hadn't heard that name in a while) found the endzone to give KC a 7-6 lead at the break. In the third, Brett Favre found previous-week-hero Greg Jennings from 13 yards out, giving GB a 13-7 lead entering the fourth. 

Now, the game gets entertaining. To open the scoring, quarterback Damon Huard found Johnson for a 30 yard receiving touchdown. After Crosby hit another field goal, this time from 32, it was 16-14 Packers. But on the ensuing drive, Huard found almost-Packer Tony Gonzalez for a 17-yard touchdown, with Priest Holmes getting the two-pointer to make it 22-16 home team. Favre then hit Jennings again, this time from long range, for a 6-yard touchdown to put the Pack back in front 23-22. After yet another Crosby kick, and 26-22 lead, the Chiefs had one more shot. But in true Charles Woodson fashion, he snagged a Huard pass and housed it for the touchdown sealing a 33-22 win and tremendous victory at Arrowhead.

 

 

The Present

The Chiefs enter the game at 8-3, after a tough win in Vegas. But this does not appear to be the cut and dry KC squad we're used to, riddled with big plays and immaculate quarterback play. Instead, the Chiefs have struggled offensively, namely in the second half where they're one of the worst teams in all of football. But their defense, where they're top-5 in both scoring and yards. Steve Spagnuolo has his group operating extremely efficiently, and will be a tremendous test for a Packers offense looking to continue to gain its footing.

With Tyreek Hill now in Miami, KC has struggled to find its playmakers outside of Travis Kelce. Rookie tight end Rashee Rice, however, is doing his part, coming off a 100-yard effort Sunday against the Raiders. Those two tight ends are capable of making up for some shoddy receiver play and will be a tough challenge for the Packers linebackers and safeties.

As for the Packers, we know the optimism is ever-growing. The big win in Detroit and at home against the Chargers are more indicative of what we hope this team can be. But Andy Reid, Mahomes and Kelce are a different beast. They're proven winners and are the benchmark for what we want this group of young Packers to be. Getting Aaron Jones back would help tremendously in the run game, where the Chiefs rank middle-of-the-pack. The ability to run, even a little, will help Jordan Love and the play action offense.

The Future

Sunday Night Football, Lambeau Field. And, at least with extended forecasts, there may be some rain or snow in the mix. With a high in the upper 30s, we won't get vintage Lambeau weather, but there could be some winter weather. As for the betting odds, the Packers remain 6.5-point dogs with an over/under of 42.5. One thing to monitor will be the halftime score. As I mentioned above, KC can't score in the second half -- and the Packers lead the league in that category.

We'll need to certainly monitor the injury report to see the likelihood of Jones playing, along with Jaire Alexander and De'Vondre Campbell. Having all the horses will certainly help what will absolutely be a tough test, but one this team can win if they play their best. And, frankly, I cannot wait to see how this team looks against an opponent with the quality of KC. They are the standard and I can't wait to see if Green Bay's standard continues to improve.

 

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Tony Wilson takes pride in journalism training from 2/3 of directional-Michigan MAC schools. A former Sporting News writer, Tony now focuses on the Packers from his home in Toledo, OH. His beer of choice is a Miller Lite from the bottom of the cooler. You can find him on Twitter @GlassCityPack.

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mnbadger's picture

November 29, 2023 at 12:31 pm

Great takes Tony. I and I'm sure all of Cheesehead Nation are with you and can't wait to see how we stack up, win or lose, against a team with a great defense, HoF coach and likely HoF QB.
What the hell, I'm calling it: Pack 26 - chefs 23.
GPG!

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T7Steve's picture

November 29, 2023 at 01:30 pm

Good prediction.

Now predict how they get to 26 for me and I'll wait with bated breath through the whole game with you.

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mnbadger's picture

November 30, 2023 at 10:42 am

Take my prediction for what it's worth: one knucklehead making an optimistic guess!
With that cleared up, here's how we card 26 Pts:
- 2 TD's - one from defense or special teams
- 2 xtra pts
- 4 FG's. Three of which come after arriving at the red zone then sputtering out.
The last coming on a last minute, 3 first down drive after falling behind by one with 1:27 remaining on the clock and only 1 TO.
Don't even ask why we only have one timeout.
Enter Anders (never call me Mason Crosby's replacement again) Carlson.
He boots a 54 yarder as time expires!
That's my optimistic prediction with detail of how it we get to 26.
I think the more appropriate question is how do the chefs get to 24?
26-24 Pack!
GPG!

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mnbadger's picture

November 30, 2023 at 10:46 am

My breath will be bated by Irish Whiskey and Pepper Poppers.
GPG!

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Cheezehead72's picture

November 29, 2023 at 02:44 pm

After last game and extra time to rest I believe the Packers could win. I too am not sure if they can score 26 points against KC defense being that they scored 26+ points two times this season. That was against the Bears and the Lions. The Lions D might be close to KC. The only way the Packers score more than 20 points is if they get at least 2 turnovers. It could happen.

Enjoy the game.

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TXCHEESE's picture

November 29, 2023 at 03:06 pm

Rice is a WR, and a burner at that. He is quickly replacing MVS as the speed guy in their WR group. Pack has to keep J Love clean, or this could be a long night for GB. Here's hoping MLF and crew scheme up the blocking as effectively as they did against Detroit. Glad they're at home. GB's field can tend to lend them an advantage in the colder parts of the season.

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Tony_Wilson's picture

November 29, 2023 at 09:20 pm

Yeah my bad, no idea why I thought he was a TE.

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Doug_In_Sandpoint's picture

November 29, 2023 at 03:18 pm

My prediction: Taylor Swift shows up at the game, falls in love with Green Bay, and more importantly dumps Kelce for a romance with Joe Barry. They take up residence at the Title Town condos and are seen ice skating later in the week. Recognizing that the increase in jersey sales will be astronomical, Mark Murphy and MLF sign Barry to a multi-year contract dooming us to another half decade of rushing 3 in 3rd and long, and CBs granting 12 yard cushions on 3rd and 5.
Oh...and Packers 24, Chiefs 20. And it won't even be as close as the score looks.

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LambeauPlain's picture

November 29, 2023 at 04:05 pm

That was not it prediction...it reads like a nightmare:-0

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Tundraboy's picture

November 30, 2023 at 12:23 am

My guess is she takes over the entire Kohler Lodge, No clue beyond that.

Please forgive me. I meant Lodge Kohler. I did enjoy their stylish bar

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13TimeChamps's picture

November 29, 2023 at 04:04 pm

Rashee Rice is a great young player, but he's definitely not a TE.

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Tony_Wilson's picture

November 29, 2023 at 09:20 pm

Yeah my bad there... No idea why I thought that. I even looked up his game log and didn't notice!

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LambeauPlain's picture

November 29, 2023 at 04:11 pm

Analyzing both teams, the Packers are matching up quite well against the Chiefs.

Chiefs also turn the ball over...that can greatly aid the undependable Packer D.

Will likely be an aerial show. Neither team runs the ball well or stops it.

Hope Rhyan gets the start over JRJ...he's so much better run blocking...and his pass blocking is as good.

Great time for another national audience to see Green Bay's newest starting QB. If he has a good game this could be a lot of fun.

Packers 27-21.

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Packers0808's picture

November 29, 2023 at 06:19 pm

If Packers contain Kelce Packers will win by at least 10.

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joejetson's picture

November 29, 2023 at 06:58 pm

Should be interesting to see MVS back in Lambeau. Thought he had solved his dropped passes problem. But then he did it again couple weeks ago to cost KC a win. Hope he saved a couple more big drops for this week's game.

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Tundraboy's picture

November 30, 2023 at 12:20 am

IT could happen!

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TxFred's picture

November 30, 2023 at 08:34 am

Pack are getting all the pieces together and heading in the right direction.
Two items though:

1). OLine really needs to get run blocking in gear. Otherwise, the team is dead with one deminison.

2). Keep the aggressive, mouth smashing style of play.

Remember, it is better to give,than receive.

GPG!!!!

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jont's picture

November 30, 2023 at 12:00 pm

"the Chiefs have struggled offensively, namely in the second half where they're one of the worst teams in all of football."

This is a surprise to me. Ried has always been the master of adjustments.

Meanwhile, another suprising bit: over the past 17 games the Packer defense has allowed an average of 19.6 points. This is quite good for a full season of play. You figure KC will probably do better than this, but there's no reason to believe they'll do much better so if the Packers can manage 24 or more then they're in good position to win.

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