Rodgers will return for season finale against Bears

 

Aaron Rodgers is set to make his first start since Nov. 4. (USATSI)
Aaron Rodgers is ready to make his first begin since Nov. four. (USATSI)

 

Aaron Rodgers is again and it is just in the nick of time for Green Bay. Packers coach Mike McCarthy introduced on Thursday that Rodgers will be the crew's starting quarterback for Sunday's winner-take-all common season finale at Chicago.

A win over the Bears would ship the Packers to the postseason for the fifth straight time. A loss to Chicago would drop Green Bay to 7-eight-1, giving the Packers solely their second losing season since Rodgers took over as the staff's full-time starting quarterback in 2008.

"We have performed our due diligence. We feel it is time for Aaron to play," McCarthy mentioned. "He's throwing the ball very properly. He's been working his feet and he is been working his conditioning. He is been preparing for this moment and that second's here."

McCarthy said the decision to begin Rodgers was made on Christmas Eve, nonetheless, he did not inform the workforce till Thursday morning.

Rodgers hasn't played since fracturing his collarbone on Nov. four in opposition to the Bears. With Rodgers out, the Packers went 2-four-1, however those two wins were simply enough to maintain Green Bay within the NFC North race.

The Bears also helped the Packers stay in the division race by dropping to Philadelphia on Sunday. If Chicago had beaten the Eagles, the Bears would have clinched the NFC North and this week's recreation would have meant nothing to the Packers.

Within the seven video games earlier than Rodgers was injured, the Packers went 5-2 and averaged 30.2 points per sport. In seven games without Rodgers, Green Bay went 2-four-1 and the workforce's scoring common dropped to 21.7 factors per game.

McCarthy additionally introduced that running back Eddie Lacy would probably play towards the Bears. Lacy injured his ankle within the second half against the Steelers last week and never returned to the game.

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NCAA Prediction College Bowl Preview/Pick- Ohio vs. East Carolina

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Free NCAA Pick and Prediction Bobcats vs. Pirates

Ohio Bobcats (7-5) vs. East Carolina Pirates (9-3) 12/23- 2:00PM EST

Lines and betting Odds 

Line: ECU -13.5

Over/Under: 62.0

 

BEEF ‘O’ BRADY BOWL- ST. Petersburg, FL

 

The East Carolina Pirates had their third Conference USA title in their sights, but a blowout loss in their regular-season finale ended that opportunity, so they will now focus on a second double-digit win season when they battle Ohio in the Beef ‘O’ Brady Bowl on Monday night.

 

The Pirates (9-3) where in search of their third Conference USA title in six years, but a blowout loss to Marshall 59-28 put an end to that. East Carolina is moving to the American Athletic Conference next season to join the likes of such teams as Louisville, Central Florida and Cincinnati.

 

East Carolina was riding a five-game winning streak behind their high-powered offense, but fell short of yet another opportunity for a conference crown with their loss at Marshall, who won the East Division.

 

I am proud of that group,” coach Ruffin McNeill said. “I’ve been coaching 33 years. It’s rare when you have a chance to win nine games but we have a chance to win 10… We have done a lot of things that nobody thought we could do.”

 

Leading the offensive charge of the Pirates is Conference USA MVP Shane Carden. All the junior quarterback has done is rank sixth in college football with 3,866 passing yards. rank eighth with 32 touchdowns passes and is tops in the nation with a 71.0 percent completion rating.

 

Thanks to Carden, the Pirates are 10th in the FBS with 40.4 points and 331.5 yards through the air per contest, which Ohio head coach Frank Solich admits finding a way to slow down Carden is a priority.

 

You don’t have great passing stats without having a great quarterback that’s poised,” Solich said. “He’s a great thrower, is knowledgeable about the game and reads things well.”

 

Another concern for Ohio will be the 1-2 punch of receiver Justin Hardy, fifth in the nation with 105 receptions for 1,218 yards with eight touchdowns and running back Vintavious Cooper, who has run for 995 yards and 11 touchdowns. Carden has 10 rushing touchdowns of his own.

 

They’ll also spread people out which enables them to get the ball to their receivers, guys that are playmakers,” Solich said. “Also when you spread people out, you can generally piece together a pretty good running game. Just look at them, they have talent. They’re big and physical on both sides of the ball.”

 

For the Ohio Bobcats (7-5), they will look to counter with fifth-year senior quarterback Tyler Tettleton, who since taking over the starting job in 2011 has thrown for 8,769 yards and 66 touchdowns, but his recent struggles down the stretch this year has been a concern.

 

During the Bobcats three-game losing streak, Tettleton totaled just 351 yards with one touchdown and two totaling a dismal 16 points, but after bouncing back his regular-season finale, he’s confident his offense can match the fire-power of the Pirates.

 

That’s the plan. We’re hoping to go into this thing and put in a good game plan,” Tettleton said. “Hopefully we’ll have a chance to score a lot points and see what happens.”

 

And scoring a lot of points is what they’ll need as the oddsmakers have made the Pirates a huge (minus 13.5) point favorite and with an over/under of 62.0, they expect the points to be flying as well. Get the latest line on this game up until kickoff right here at Wonder Punter.

 

The Bobcats may be a big underdog going in, but they have plenty of bowl experience as they are making their fifth consecutive appearance in postseason and have won their last two games.

 

It means a lot for this senior class to be here all five years and have a chance to go to a bowl game every single year,” Tettleton said. “It’s awesome and hopefully we can win three straight for this university.”

 

Tettleton had 331 yards and two touchdowns last year in the Independence Bowl to lead his team to a 45-14 rout of Louisiana-Monroe.

 

The Pirates will be looking to snap a four-game bowl losing streak and I predict this year will be the year to get they get it done to take home the trophy and cap off a 10-win season.

 

The Pirates fell 43-34 to Louisiana-Lafayette in the New Orleans Bowl last December.

 

Prediction/Pick: East Carolina

By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter

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NCAA Prediction & Pick- Aggies vs. Tigers Week 14 College Football Preview

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#21 Texas A&M Aggies (8-3) @ #5 Missouri Tigers (10-1) 11/30 7:45PM EST

 

Line: MIZZ -4.5

Over/Under: 67.0

 

On Saturday night regular-season finale, the only thing standing in the way of No. 5 Missouri winning the Southeastern Conference East title is finding a way to slow down Johnny Manziel along with his 21st ranked Texas A&M Aggies in what should be a another good game.

 

That is the big challenge facing Missouri (10-1, 6-1), especially after last year’s Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel torched the Tigers. Win and Missouri has a date on December 7 for the SEC title game in Atlanta. Lose and the South Carolina Gamecocks would advance by virtual of beating the Tigers back on October 26.

 

We’re excited about playing this game,” coach Gary Pinkel said. “We’ve worked real hard to get this position. You know what, you compete for a championship, you’ve got to beat good people.”

 

For the Aggies (8-3, 4-3), they will have the pleasure of playing spoiler after losing big last week to another Top 25 team, the LSU Tigers 34-10.

 

Missouri doesn’t figure Johnny Manziel will have two bad games in a row where last week he stunk it up (in Manziel standards) completing only 16 of 41 passes for 224 yards, one touchdown, two picks and career-low 5.46 yards-per-attempt.

 

It wasn’t fun to get beat like that,” said Manziel. “We will see how we handle adversity. This team with a bunch of young guys—we just have to see how they bounce back.”

 

A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin added…

 

I think the guys are ready to play,” Sumlin said. “We are playing in a real season and real opponents and real games. Are we where we want to be right now? No. It doesn’t mean the sky is falling either.”

 

Manziel may be playing in his regular-season finale, who is expected to go Pro, so he wants to finish strong to end the season.

 

The sophomore sensation has been silent about his draft intentions, but it’s a safe bet that the NFL will be the next step for him.

 

All Manziel has done in his second season in the SEC is lead the conference in passing yards per game with 321.5 touchdown passes with 32. He also has 665 yards rushing and eight touchdowns added into the mix.

 

He’s such a great player,” Pinkel said. “If you watch him game in and game out, then you see the consistency oh how he plays and the way he does it. You have to contain him the best you can, and you have to score points on offense. There is nothing magic about this.”

 

But Manziel will have to deal with a defense that leads the SEC with 35 sacks and 18 interceptions and a defensive unit that has forced turnovers in 41 consecutive games… good for the nation’s longest streak.

 

They really improved from last year, obviously, and statistically lead the league in sacks,” Sumlin said. “They lead the league in interceptions too, which is an underrated stat.”

 

And with a Missouri running game that ranks second in the SEC with 238.0 yards a game along with their defense, the early lines have made the Tigers a (minus) -4.5 point favorite for Saturday’s contest. As the spread may change, be sure to check the latest odds here through Wonder Punter up until game time.

 

Revenge will be fresh on the minds of the Tigers who last year suffered a 59-29 beat down at the hands of Johnny Manziel who went 32 of 44 for 372 yards and three scores while adding two rushing touchdowns of his own on 67 yards.

 

That A&M win last year snapped the Tigers three game winning streak in the series.

 

As for the numbers, the Aggies average 45.6 points to Missouri’s 39.7 but the Tigers have the better defense yielding 19.3 to A&M’s ‘soft’ 31.2 points per contest.

 

A&M sophomore Mike Evans is the biggest threat with 61 catches for 1,314 yards with 12 touchdowns.

 

This year I expect the Tigers’ senior quarterback James Franklin to make it three-out-four years for the Missouri Tigers beating the Aggies. Franklin returned to action last week after missing time with a shoulder injury.

 

It’ll be just nuts because it’s Senior Night and because of how we’ve been doing this year,” said Franklin. “The fans want to come for what’s on the line.”

 

PICK: Missouri

 

 

By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter