Hello everyone and welcome to another edition of the Beer of the Week! This week, I’m up in the mountains, away from football, radio and cell phones (it’s heaven), so I wasn’t able to make my appearance on Arrowhead Pride Radio on 610 Sports Radio (Thursday evenings from 6-7 p.m. Arrowhead Time).
However, that hasn’t stopped me from presenting you with this week’s Beer of the Week: Avery Brewing Co Hog Heaven!
Coming out of Boulder, Colorado, Avery Brewing Co Hog Heaven is a 9.2% Imperial Red IPA with a complex caramel malt body coupled with strong Columbus bittering hops and a ton of Columbus dry hops. This makes for an aggressive, yet complex beer that has a big hop nose. It’s not for the faint of heart, and certainly not for non-hop lovers.
We have almost completed the opponent breakdown series where we have been taking a look at each of the teams on the Raiders upcoming 2018 season schedule. Next up is the Week 11 opponent, the Arizona Cardinals.
The Cardinals are a team going through a major transition, so much so that it’s hard to say how much trust anybody should have in them. With the retirement of coach Bruce Arians the team promises to look completely different than it has the last few years. New head coach Steve Wilks is a defensive minded head coach compared to Arians offensive guru mentality so they decided to go in a completely opposite direction from the Arians era.
Wilks had been the defensive backs coach under Panthers coach Ron Rivera until he was promoted to Carolina’s defensive coordinator for one year before getting the head coach gig in Arizona.
I know, I know. I get it. These are always pretty futile exercises when it’s still this far until the start of the regular season. But it’s the offseason and, well, without training camp news, I have to keep the front page fresh and new until the real action starts.
Over the next few weeks, I will be breaking down the 16-game slate into four separate posts and give you all my predictions on each matchup while offering my thoughts on why I believe the Chargers should win or lose each contest.
Again, take these for what they are as there is plenty of time for things to change (or go completely wrong) before the regular season gets underway.
Let’s do this.
9/9 Week 1 vs. Kansas City Chiefs
If there is any team in the entire NFL that has the Chargers’ number, it’s Andy Reid and the Chiefs.
Welcome to the prediction section of the offseason. Over two weeks, Acme Packing Company will present our overall roster predictions for the Green Bay Packers’ season-opening 53-man roster. Today, we continue with the Packers’ cornerbacks.
Last season, the Packers defense allowed a passer rating of 102, which was 31st overall in the entire league. It was heartbreaking to watch. The only team who ranked worse was Cleveland Browns, and that was by a very slim margin (102.2). The Packers were also sixth-worst in 20+ yards passes allowed (55), third in completion percentage allowed (67.8%), and third in yards per completion allowed (7.9).
Now, those terrible, horrible, no good, very bad defensive passing stats aren’t solely the secondary’s fault. A lack of a consistent pass rush and a poor defensive scheme didn’t help.