Green Bay Packers News: Regular Season and Preseason Updates
6/13/13: The story that everyone in Green Bay has been waiting for finally broke. It looks like Brett Favre and the club are about to make up. In an interview, Favre took responsibility for his part in the 'break up'. All Cheeseheads want to see the reunion and for Favre to have his famous number 4 retired by the team. While Favre may have wanted to make his former team pay, and he did by playing for the rival Vikings, sweeping the series with the Packers, and getting an untimely interception away from a Super Bowl birth - the Packers made out pretty well with Aaron Rodgers, and won their own Super Bowl two years ago.
6/6/13: Green Bay Packers camp has been pretty quiet thus far. It is well known that the Packers lost two top wide receivers in Donald Driver (retirement) and Greg Jennings (free agency), but this team seems to draft unknown WRs, give them a couple years to develop, and turn them into stars. So there is little cause for concern receiving-wise. The bigger question will be in the running game, or lack of running game. Green Bay got two top running backs in the draft, and they will be expected to step in quickly. If the Packers can get decent production out of the running game, then they should have no problem repeating as NFC North champs.
5/30/13: Green Bay looks like they are gearing up for a more balanced offense attack this season and for the future. The drafting of Eddie Lacy from Alabama and Williams from UCLA seems like the team understands that they cannot rely solely on QB Aaron Rodgers. Some speculate that the passing game will decline since the team lost both Donald Driver and Greg Jennings in the offseason. That is not likely to happen. Randall Cobb, James Jones and Jordy Nelson have all proven themselves, and the team always seems to have a stable of developing wide receivers ready to fill in when needed.
5/23/13: There is not much surprise in Packers camp. Everyone knows that they have a vicious passing offense and an average defense. The team simply has to get better on the defensive side of the ball if they want to advance past the second round of the playoffs. The NFC North is touted as an extremely competitive division, but in reality there is the Packers and everyone else. Who knows if their defense will be any better this coming season, but their running game should be. They nabbed two top rushers in the draft, and they may complement each other as they take pressure off of the passing game.
5/16/13: The knock on Green Bay for a long time has been the lack of running game. Last years leading rusher was Alex Green - who mustered only 464 yards on 135 carries. Of course, the Packers brought in Eddie Lacy and Johnathan Franklin through the draft to help balance the offensive attack. While the Packers have not had a strong running game for years, they also have not stressed running the ball since Aaron Rodgers came into the fold. The fact is that the Packers like to throw the ball and do so as much as any team in the league. Installing better talent will help, but the Packers must also address their offensive line to give these guys some protection.
5/9/13: Packers fans are among the best in all of pro football. They know their team and players as well as the coaches (which makes sense because many own shares in the team). So Packer Nation certainly took notice when the team did not select a safety in the draft. Safety is a position of need for the team (remember Colin Kaepernick in the playoffs?), this draft was rich with safeties, and Green Bay had 11 picks. GM Ted Thompson says that he has confidence in Jerron McMillan and M. D. Jennings. That may be true. Or perhaps Thompson is looking to sign a cheap veteran safety before training camp.
5/2/13: Aaron Rodgers was a happy man over the weekend. He signed the richest deal in NFL history for $110 million extension through 2019. He is making the kind of money needed to buy his own franchise at this point. But the icing on the cake is that Packers selected two great running backs in the draft. They were the beneficiaries of Alabama's Eddie Lacy free fall (the consensus top running back in the draft) late in the second round. Then they lucked out and got Johnathan Franklin from UCLA late in the fourth round. If the Packers have a weakness, then it is the running game. These picks should balance the offense.
4/18/13: While their arch rivals, the Chicago Bears, have recently dismissed their franchise linebacker and hope to be able to find a replacement, the Green Bay Packers just locked their up for a long time. The Packers came to an agreement with Clay Matthews on a five year, $65 million extension, with $31 million guaranteed. With that type of contract, Matthews will be able to afford a lot of Fatheads. But considering the storied history of the franchise, it is interesting to note that Matthews is the only one to ever make the Pro-Bowl in each of his first four seasons.
4/11/13: The public relations department of any NFL team always has work to do. In the case of Green Bay, it is explaining why the team has been so silent this offseason. The Packers let wide receiver Greg Jennings walk and cut cornerback/safety Rod Woodson. But the team is busy trying to lock down some core players like Clay Matthews and quarterback Aaron Rodgers to long term deals. The team cites abject failures like the 2012 Philadelphia Eagles as reasons they do not spend a lot of money in free agency. They also say the draft will address their areas of concern. They need to do so, because Colin Kaepernick just ran for another 25 yards and a score.
4/4/13: Green Bay and the Packers faithful are watching the Tony Romo contract extension in Dallas. Romo's extension will pay him $17 million per year on average, which includes $55 million in guaranteed money. Packers QB Aaron Rodgers is among the elite at his position in the league - and no one would argue that Tony Romo is better or more accomplished. Rodgers currently gets about $10 million per year and the Packers know they need to extend him soon. The speculation now is that is will be in the neighborhood of four years for $100 million.
3/28/13: Green Bay is one of the most popular teams in the country for NFL fans. Supporters are found in all reaches of the U.S., and most cities have their own Packer Backer clubs. The team is not just popular with fans, but also with players. Tight end Jermichael Finley reworked his salary to remain with the Packers. Also, linebacker A.J. Hawk took a $2 million pay cut just to remain with the team. In an age where most pro athletes jump ship at the drop of a hat for an extra dollar, it is good to see loyalty from both the team and players to continue careers with a top end organization.
3/21/13: Green Bay lost Charles Woodson, and there is little chance of resigning him. There have been talks about bringing back WR Greg Jennings, but that will probably not happen. They had interest in former Rams star running back Steven Jackson, but he signed with Atlanta. But the team is trying to secure a long term deal with QB Aaron Rodgers. Most will agree that Rodgers is an elite QB, something that seems to be a prerequisite for winning a Super Bowl these days (and Rodgers has one). No terms have been announced, but it easily could be the richest in NFL history when all is said and done.
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3/7/13: To no one's surprise, the Green Bay Packers declined to use their annual franchise tag on wide receiver Greg Jennings. Jennings will now become a free agent on March 12th, unless the two sides can work out a new agreement. Jennings became expendable with the emergence of Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, and James Jones - a veritable riches of targets for QB Aaron Rodgers. At 29, Jennings has some good years left, but he has been hampered by injuries. He may end up in St. Louis or Miami, both of whom could use a number one receiver.
2/14/13: Donald Driver once promised Green Bay fans that he would never wear another uniform. He is a man of his word. He retired shortly after the Packers were eliminated from the playoffs in a 45-31 loss to eventual NFC champion San Francisco. The Packers threw him a retirement party with 1,500 fans getting free tickets on a first-come, first-serve basis. At 38, Driver did not have much left in the tank. The emergence of Jordy Nelson and James Jones and Randall Cobb left few balls for Driver, who only had eight catches for 77 yards and two touchdowns in the 2012 season. It will not be long before his number is retired by the team.
2/7/13: Acclaimed Packers wide receiver Donald Driver retired following the season, and the team hosted a farewell party in his honor. One thousand tickets were made available to fans, and that became the hottest ticket in town. The Packers selected Driver in the seventh round in the 1990's and became a local legend. He retires as the franchise leader in receptions (743) and receiving yards (10,137) - records that may never been broken, especially considering the glut of receiving talent to spread the wealth. Driver can also lay claim to playing with two of the best quarterbacks of their era: Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers.
1/31/13: The Packers were again on the doorstep of a long playoff run, but simply could not get past the eventual NFC champion San Francisco 49er's. As good as Aaron Rodgers has been, and he is a dark horse candidate for MVP, the team simply relies too much on him and the receiving corps to make a long playoff run. Green Bay needs a running game and the blocking to make that happen. It happened the in 2010-2011 when they won the Super Bowl and should be the blueprint for getting over the hump and back into the Super Bowl.
1/24/13: Hard to imagine, but that pillar of the community Cedric Benson is in trouble with the law. He is charges with allowing two dogs (rottweilers) to roam "at large" and attacking several calves - some of whom may not live. In the past, he has been charged with speeding and driving without a license. And there was that time in 2008 where he was charged with boating while intoxicated. Benson spent most of the 2012 injured, and it is unclear whether or not he will be back with the Packers after this latest run-in with law enforcement.
1/17/13: Green Bay's season came to a disappointing end on Saturday, losing 45-31 at San Francisco in the Divisional Round. Aaron Rodgers threw for 257 yards and two touchdowns, but the defense let the Packers down in Rodgers return to his hometown. Rodgers grew up a 49ers fan and was passed over in favor of Alex Smith in the 2005 draft. But it was Colin Kaepernick who stole the show. Kaepernick threw for 263 yards and 2 touchdowns, and added almost 200 yards rushing and two more TDs, setting the NFL playoff record for most rushing yards by a quarterback.
1/10/13: The Green Bay Packers advanced to the Divisional round of the NFL Playoffs by easily handling the Minnesota Vikings in a rematch of Week 17. In the final game of the regular season, QB Christian Ponder played one of his best games as a pro, throwing for three touchdowns and no interceptions. But Ponder was too injured for the playoff game, leaving Joe Webb as the Vikings QB. Webb had not thrown a ball all season and it showed. The Packers had no trouble containing him and Adrian Peterson was simply not enough. Green Bay heads to San Francisco to play the 49ers this weekend.
1/3/13: In a very rare twist, the Chicago Bears and their fans were rooting for the Packers. Had Green Bay beaten Minnesota in the season finale, then the Bears would have been in the playoffs (and Lovie Smith would still have a job). However, the Vikings, fighting for their own playoff life, served the Packers a heavy dose of Adrian Peterson and pulled out a 37-34 victory on a last second field goal. The loss knocked Green Bay to the third seed in the NFC playoffs - and the Pack now return home to host the Vikings in the opening round.
12/27/12: While the Patriots issued just enough offense to pull out a win over the hapless Jaguars, the Packers decided to load it on to the Titans and show everyone that they are a serious contender in the playoffs. Green Bay poured on touchdown after touchdown on the way to a 55-7 win. Green Bay has not scored that much in a game since 1983, when they dropped 55 on Tampa. The Packers are now 11-4 and have the No.2 seed in the NFC. A win at Minnesota on Sunday would ensure Green Bay of a first round bye.
12/20/12: Green Bay continues to stymie their arch rivals, the Chicago Bears, especially when it means the most. Competing for the division championship, quarterback Aaron Rodgers threw for almost 300 yards and three TD's, leading the Packers to a 21-13 win at Soldier Field. Green Bay ran for about 100 yards in total, and the defense limited Jay Cutler to only 135 yards in the air. The win gives the Packers the NFC North crown again, and a shot at a bye week with some help from San Francisco. The Packers are back home this Sunday to host the Titans.
12/13/12: Green Bay took a big step toward securing the NFC North crown again, defeating Detroit 27-20 at home. It was the 22nd straight home win over the Lions, the longest such streak in the NFL, dating back to 1992. Aaron Rodger showed his mobility by running in a 27 yard touchdown. The Packers were actually down 14-0 at one point, but rallied for the win. Green Bay's biggest test comes next week. The Packers travel to their arch rivals, the Chicago Bears, with the division on the line. Win in Soldier Field and claim the division. Lose, and they will have to fight it out with the Bears for the rest of the regular season.
12/6/12: There was a time on Sunday afternoon where the Green Bay Packers looked like they would fall two games behind the Bears in the NFC North. The Packers were losing at home to the Vikings while the Bears were having their way with the Seahawks. But things changed in a hurry. Green Bay scored 13 unanswered points in the second half while Chicago let the Seahawks win in overtime. Now, Green Bay and Chicago are tied in the standings (at 8-4) heading into the final stretch of the season. The Packers host the Lions in the Sunday Night game this week.
1/1/12: The much-maligned New Orleans Saints almost had their first win of the year. Late in the fourth quarter, Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers made sure that would not happen. Rodgers threw for 319 yards and four touchdowns. The fourth touchdown pass was the game-winner, an 11 yard pass to Jordy Nelson. Nelson finished the game with 93 yards on 8 receptions and a touchdown and James Jones caught two touchdown passes. Green Bay had a 21-7 lead in the second quarter, but Drew Brees and the Saints were just getting started. Brees led the Saints to four straight scoring drives giving New Orleans a 27-21 lead early in the fourth quarter before Nelson?s touchdown. Brees gave the Packers defense all they could handle throwing for 446 yards and three touchdowns. The Saints had a chance to take the lead late in the game, but kicker Garrett Hartley missed a 48-yard field goal attempt with three minutes left in the game. The Packers improve to 2-2 on the year while the Saints suffer their fourth loss of the year.
4/12/12 The Packers had just about the best regular season a team could have in 2011 without being perfect. However, their 15-1 record could do nothing to prevent them from being ousted in the NFC Divisional playoff round by the red- hot New York Giants. The Packers will look to return with a vengeance in 2012 with MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers at the helm. Rodgers, who tossed an astounding 45 touchdown passes in 2011, put the Packers at third in the league in passing yards per game with just over 307 yards per week. With weapons Greg Jennings, Jordy Nelson and Jermichael Finley leading the Pack's high-powered offense, they will return with some unfinished business this September.
Green Bay Packers Tickets - The Beginning
We're talking major cheese and a hopeful for such a homely state as Wisconsin, namely the historic and remarkable Green Bay Packers, founded back in 1919 on August 11 by hopeful members of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. On August 27 of that year, J.E. Clair of the Acme Packing Company granted the club their enlistment into the NFL in 1922 with the name the 'Green Bay Packers.' Their very first series of games were launched in November 27 of that year against the Staleys, which were later renamed to the popular Chicago Bears. It was a dismal series with their first game a loss of 20-0; however, it was then to end a reign of terror in 1925 when the Packers won against the Bears for the very first time, 14-10, a godsend given the setbacks, such as the reprimand of the team illegally using college players under assumed names followed by constant bad weather in Wisconsin plaguing the team with low attendance. But the Packers bounced back.
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A long road to victory followed -- from Curly Lambeau, general manager and historic coach of the Packers, to the tremendous and indomitable Brett Favre.
Brett Favre is no longer the first name that pops into fans heads when they think of great Packers quarterback. Aaron Rodgers has won his first Super Bowl in his third year as a starter. The scary thing is how good the Packers could be again this year. Last year they were riddled with injuries and still won. This year everyone is healthy. Keep an eye out for Ryan Grant to make a huge comeback. Expect the same production from Greg Jennings, Donald Driver and Jermichael Finley. Also watch for Clay Matthews, A. J. Hawk and Charles Woodson to have another big year on defense. These players could be the start of the best Packers team of all time.
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The NFL lockout is finally over and its time for the free agency period and team camps to start. The Packers open the season on September 8th against the New Orleans Saints. This shootout between two of the best teams will be determine by who can find the missing pieces of the puzzle during the free agency period and who can find their timing and chemistry during training camp.
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