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3/25/15: If Green Bay Packers fans look close enough, they may notice that backup running back DuJuan Harris is not playing. Actually, he is not on the team anymore. Harris was the latest Packer castoff to be signed by the rival Minnesota Vikings. The move probably has little effect on anything. Harris was a nice player, but this is Eddie Lacy's backfield for better or for worse. There are now less than six months until the first game of the season, and 2015-16 could bring another Super Bowl to Title Town as the Packers again have one of the best teams in the league.
3/18/15: As with most years, the Green Bay Packers were pretty quiet during free agency. They managed to keep wide receiver Randall Cobb, and got him at a discount, but otherwise, there has not been much news out of Green Bay, Wisconsin. That is actually a good thing. Big free agent signings rarely turn out well, though there are many every year. Not being active in free agency means that either the team is strapped for salary cap space, and/or the team has drafted well in the past and can compete by keeping their own players. That is the case for the Packers, who should be the odds-on favorite to win the NFC North once again.
3/11/15: Aside from landing the first major notable defensive tackle free agent in the NFL, that being the late, great Reggie White back in 1993, the Packers have been traditionally quiet in free agency. Occasionally they will sign mid-tier guys (Julius Peppers is an obvious exception), but they tend to focus more on keeping their own players. All of which made the Randall Cobb situation more interesting. Cobb has developed into a very good wide receiver and wants top-end money. Green Bay was able to get a hometown discount and is keeping Cobb, so Cobb probably figured it was better to chase rings than to chase money.
3/4/15: The Green Bay Packers spent last week doing a bit of house cleaning - presumably to better their roster and manage their salary cap. The big order of business was releasing veteran linebacker A.J. Hawk. The Packers drafted Hawk out of Ohio State and had his services for nine years, including their Super Bowl winning season. Hawk released a gracious statement after his release, thanking the organization and the tremendous Green Bay fans. Recently, the linebacker had ankle surgery to remove bone spurs and now he is a free agent available to sign with any team.
2/25/15: If you thought the Green Bay Packers were the best team in the NFL last season, you are in good company. Head coach Mike McCarthy thought so as well. The Packers were eliminated in the NFC Championship Game by the Seattle Seahawks, but that did not stop McCarthy from stating his beliefs at the NFL Combine last week. The Packers should be stacked again this season and some believe they may be able to set offensive records along the way. In any case, the Packers are still one of the elite franchises in the NFL and that will continue to be bad news for the NFC North.
2/18/15: Major news outlets broke a big story last week - that Packers legend Brett Favre would be returning to Green Bay to be introduced into the franchise hall of fame and have his number retired. Great scoop. Except that it was actually announced back in August. While everyone agrees that the Packers Hall of Fame induction is going to happen, there is a disagreement on where. Initial reports indicate that the team wants the ceremony in the Atrium while Favre favors the field during a game. Right now, the ceremony is scheduled for July 18 and there are approximately 1,600 tickets available. His number 4 jersey will be retired at another time, perhaps on the field during a game.
2/11/15: Free agency is right around the corner and one has to figure that QB Aaron Rodgers is calling the front office every day to get them to resign wide receiver Randall Cobb. Cobb fully emerged as a top wide receiver last season with 11 touchdowns - that almost equaled his total from his first three years in the league. Green Bay typically does not give out big contracts to receivers, but there are plenty of other teams that would be grateful for the chance for guy like Cobb. On the other hand, the Packers have done very well with replacing wide receivers over the past several years - that is how Cobb got his shot in the first place.
2/5/15: Now that the NFL season is completely finished, it is time to go shopping for free agents. The Packers, traditionally, have not been overly active in free agency, but they have brought in a few big names from time to time - including Reggie White and Julius Peppers. This season their eyes have to be focused on their own Randall Cobb, who is probably the best free agent receiver available. Cobb is only 24, but has been outstanding with 227 catches for over 3,000 yards and 25 touchdowns in his career. Green Bay has been able to replace receivers at will for the past few years, but Cobb may be one that they do not want to let slip away.
1/28/15: A funny thing happened on the way to the Super Bowl. In the wake of the amazing scandal that the New England Patriots may or may not have tamped with the air pressures in the footballs being used in the AFC Championship Game, Packers QB Aaron Rodgers came out with a different point of view. Rodgers likes balls that are over-inflated, rather than what the Patriots allegedly did, which was under-inflate the balls. At the same time, Rodgers admits that each quarterback is different, so air pressure is a personal thing. In any case, it makes for great theater leading up to the Super Bowl.
1/21/15: Unfortunately, the Green Bay Packers were eliminated from the NFL Playoffs in the NFC Championship Game in Seattle last Sunday. The Packers should have won this one, but let it slip away. They led 16-0 at halftime and even held the lead late enough in the game to force the Seahawks to use an onside kick in an effort for a late score. The Packers themselves had to kick a late field goal to force overtime. That is what happened and Seattle scored a touchdown to end the game and Green Bay's season. It may be a long few months for the Packers, but they will be back next season.
1/14/15: It seems like the Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks have been on a collision course for quite some time, and now the two teams will finally square off to decide who will represent the NFC in the Super Bowl. The Packers punched their ticket to Seattle by edging out the visiting Dallas Cowboys 26-21 last Sunday. They were helped by a controversial call which gave them the ball instead of Dallas having it 1st and goal from inside the one yard line. In any case, the NFC will see the two best teams this Sunday from Seattle at 6:05 Eastern Time.
1/7/15: The Green Bay Packers enjoyed a bye during the first week of the playoffs, allowing them to get healthy and scout the opposition for Round 2. Health is a key issue, especially for QB Aaron Rodgers. He already had a sore calf and re-aggravated it in the final game of the regular season against the Detroit Lions. Even worse was Ndonokong Suh stepping on his leg twice (which looked intentional). Suh was originally suspended, but won his appeal. Rodgers (and most people who are not Lions fans) contend it was intentional. No matter now, though. The Packers just have to be ready to host Dallas on Sunday.
12/3/14: It was the most hyped game of the weekend, heck, maybe even the whole regular season: the Patriots and Tom Brady at Green Bay and Aaron Rodgers. And the game did not disappoint. Green Bay came out on top 26-21, ending the Pats seven game winning streak and improving their record to 6-0 at home this season. Rodgers threw for 368 yards, two TDs and no INTs while Eddie Lacy ran for 98 yards to keep the New England defense honest. The Packers improved to 9-3 and first place in the NFC North. They host the Falcons on Monday night.
11/19/14: Packers QB Aaron Rodgers lamented that he only got to throw six touchdown passes two weeks ago before getting pulled in a 50+ point rout. He got to play more against Philadelphia last Sunday, and the score was almost the same, though this time it was 53-20. Rodgers threw for 341 yards and three touchdowns and the defense added a few points as well. Green Bay improved to 7-3 on the season and matched Detroit's record in the NFC North. The Packers leave Lambeau after scoring over 100 points there the last two weeks and head to Minnesota this Sunday.
11/12/14: Packers QB Aaron Rodgers insists that it is not easy, but he sure made it look that way in a 55-14 rout of the rival Chicago Bears. Rodgers threw six, count'em six, first half touchdown passes to take a 42-0 half time lead. He did not even play in the second half. Even better, old Bears curmudgeon, Mike Ditka, was on the national airwaves the following morning complaining about everything he could (what else is he going to do?). Green Bay still is in second in the NFC North behind Detroit, but will get them later in the season. This week they host the Philadelphia Eagles.
11/5/14: It is probably a good idea to remember Aaron Rodgers words from a few weeks ago: R-E-L-A-X. The first half of the season is over and the Packers finished that stretch at 5-3. Doubling that would be 10-6, which usually makes the playoffs, even if the Packers trail the Detroit Lions by a game at this point. While the defense is questionable at times, the offense is still one of the best in the league. And the Packers will have a chance to prove that in primetime on the Sunday Night Game against the Chicago Bears on Sunday.
10/29/14: The Packers were in primetime last Sunday night at New Orleans in a game that was anticipated to be a shootout. The scores were high, but the Packers ended up on the wrong side of the 44-23 outcome. QB Aaron Rodgers had over 400 passing, but only one touchdown. He also tossed two interceptions, which is uncharacteristic. He was forced to throw in the second half as New Orleans pulled away with three touchdowns in a row in the second half. The Packers are now 5-3 on the season, a game behind the Detroit Lions, and have a bye this weekend.
10/22/14: The Green Bay Packers continue to make it look easy, coasting to a 38-17 blowout of the NFC South leading Carolina Panthers last weekend. This was not much of a game as it was of how to kill two hours after half time. The Packers put up three touchdowns in the first quarter and another in the second quarter to take a 28-0 lead into half time. Aaron Rodgers had another huge game, thrilling fantasy football owners across the land. The win improved Green Bay's record to 5-2 on the season. They can get to 6-2 when they visit the New Orleans Saints in the Sunday Night Game this weekend.
10/15/14: There was a good deal of speculation that Green Bay would march down to Miami and blowout the Dolphins. The Packers got the win, but it was a hard earned win. Miami took control early in the fourth quarter with two touchdowns and a 24-17 lead. But Aaron Rodgers saved his best work for late in the game, including a touchdown pass to Andrew Quarles with only three seconds left to secure a 27-24 victory. Rodgers only had 264 yards passing, but threw three touchdowns to make up for an inconsistent running game. The Packers improved to 4-2 on the season and hosts Carolina this Sunday.
10/8/14: Maybe we all should just simply listen to Packers' QB Aaron Rodgers when he advises everyone to R-E-L-A-X. Since that press conference, the Packers have not just won their last two games, they have demolished division rivals: Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings. The Pack hosted the Vikings on the Thursday Night Game and pretty much did what they wanted for three quarters -building up a 42-0 lead. Rodgers didn't have many passing yards, but threw for three touchdowns and Eddie Lacy added two more on the ground in the 42-10 win. Green Bay now sits at 3-2 and heads down to Miami this Sunday.
10/1/14: The Packers have simply owned the Chicago Bears in recent years. Considering Green Bay's struggles this season and Chicago's strong play, many experts and Bears fans thought that the tide would turn last Sunday. It didn't. The Packers rolled to a 38-17 win at their home away from home, Soldier Field. QB Aaron Rodgers was right when he told Packers fans to R-E-L-A-X in the days leading up to the game. He finished with over 300 yards and four touchdowns on the day, with no interceptions. The win got Green Bay to 2-2 on the season. The next game is Thursday night, hosting the Vikings.
9/14/24: The Packers matchup against the Detroit Lions was expected to be a high scoring affair. Instead, it was the defenses that stole the show. The Lions, rather unexpectedly, won this one 19-7 with the help of a defensive touchdown (off of a fumble) and a safety. Packers QB Aaron Rodgers has yet to find his groove this season and only managed 162 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions. But, despite the loss and the 1-2 record, the Packers are still the favorites to win the NFC North. Green Bay is back on the road this Sunday to take on the Chicago Bears.
9/17/14: The Packers looked like they were about to fall to 0-2 on the season early in their Sunday game against the visiting New York Jets. After going down by a couple touchdowns early, QB Aaron Rodgers and crew righted the ship and took control in the third quarter for a 31-24 win. Rodgers was 25-42 passing for 346 yards and three touchdowns, with no interceptions. WR Jordy Nelson had a monster game with nine catches for 212 yards and a score. The Packers only put up 80 yards on the ground, but that was all they needed. Green Bay heads to Detroit this Sunday to face the 1-1 Lions.
8/28/14: Green Bay, like everyone else, reduced their roster to the mandated 75 by making a big round of roster cuts over the past weekend. The team cut safety Charles Clay, cornerback Antonio Dennard, wide receiver Chris Harper among others. Some of these guys my get picked up by other teams or the Packers may even bring them back later on. The team seems ready for the upcoming season and QB Aaron Rodgers has declared that they are all set to start the regular season. Green Bay is the favorite to win (repeat) as NFC North champ, though the Bears and Lions do look improved.
8/21/14: There is a quarterback controversy brewing up in the land of sausage and cheese. No, not for the starting job - that is Aaron Rodgers probably for the next decade or so. But the backup job is 'up in the air'. We've seen this before. The Packers went through several backups last season when Rodgers was injured only to circle back to Matt Flynn. Flynn, by all common logic, seems to be the best fit. However, Scott Tolzien is 'putting up a good fight' and may take that number two job this season. Flynn has a great working knowledge of the system and should be considered the prohibitive favorite - one that the Packers would only like to see handling a clipboard.
8/14/14: The ice is melting and things are getting back to the way they should be in Green Bay. The Packers will retire Brett Favre's number 4 at some time and Favre is grateful. As many will recall, Favre (repeatedly) contemplated retirement before coming back to the game. After seeing this play out a couple of times, the Packers released him to go with Aaron Rodgers. Favre played three more years, including with the rival Minnesota Vikings. But the tension is easing and Favre will get his rightful place in Packers' lore. Now we can all go on with our lives.
8/7/14: The NFL is sending its game officials and rules experts to all the teams in the league to explain the new 'emphasis' on calling pass interference this season. There are no new rules, but the league wants to enforce rules that are on the books. This will likely lead to more pass interference calls. Packers QB Aaron Rodgers thinks that the refs will be the one really improving passing offenses this season. That bodes well for teams that throw the ball a lot, like the Packers. Perhaps this is in response to the Seattle Seahawks last season who repeatedly obstructed or interfered on defense, but were rarely called.
7/31/14: The Green Bay Packers have done as well of a job as anyone over the past several years of unearthing little-known wide receivers and making them stars. While it certainly helps to have one of the best QBs in the game in Aaron Rodgers throwing passes to them, the receiving corps has a lot of talent of their own. They made a move to keep one of their own by extending WR Jordy Nelson with a four year deal for $39 million. With Nelson taken care of, the team can focus on fellow WR Randall Cobb who is entering the final year of his rookie deal.
7/24/14: Green Bay Packers linebacker A.J. Hawk had some fun at a celebrity golf tournament recently. A spectator, claiming to be a Michigan Man, goaded or persuaded Hawk into talking him. Of course, Hawk went to rival Ohio State. Hawk granted the man's wish and (not even half speed) laid a tackle on the spectator. It was all done in good fun and every one got a good laugh, and the media got a nice story out of it. Let's just hope that Hawk hits harder on the football field in the fall than he did at the celebrity golf tournament.
7/17/14: To read some of the reports and comments, one may think that the Green Bay Packers are heading into financial ruin. The Packers are the only publicly traded sports franchise in the U.S., so they had to release their financial statements. The team recorded a net income of $25.3 million last fiscal year, a drop of 41% from the previous fiscal year. What many fail to realize is that net income is used for calculating taxes, while cash flow is the important figure. As long as cash flow is positive, then things are okay. And by having a reduced net income, they reduce their income tax obligation.
7/10/14: Now this is an interesting bit of speculation from the media. Saints tight end Jimmy Graham is still available as a restricted free agent, at least until he signs his tender or a new contract. Since the arbitration is over (unless there is an appeal by July 15), another team could sign him. They would take the salary for the year, of course, but would also owe the Saints first round picks in 2015 and 2016. The Packers certainly have a need at tight end and Graham would be another great weapon for an already great offense. Green Bay may not feel up to paying in first round picks, but it is an interesting thought, nonetheless.
7/3/14: The Packers have an open spot on their roster after waiving running back Johnathan Franklin due to a serious neck injury. There is a chance that they may get back one of their own to fill that spot. Defensive lineman Johnny Jolly, who is coming back from his own serious neck injury, has been cleared by his doctors to resume his career. The Packers have not closed the door on a Jolly return, but, of course, would have to clear him themselves. If the Packers do not bring him back, and assuming he is cleared to play, then someone will want him on their defensive line.
6/26/14: The good news is that the Cowboys defense should be better this coming season than last season. But that is really only because they would have a hard time even trying to be worse. Dallas was last in the league, allowing an average of 415 yards per game. Not only was it bad among their peers, it was the worst in franchise history. In other words, there is no place to go but up. Of course, the Cowboys will have to replace Demarcus Ware (now with the Broncos) as well as Sean Lee (torn ACL, out for the season). But at least they can begin developing new talent.
6/19/14: Often times when teams and players 'go their separate ways' it means that the team will not entertain the option of bringing back the player. The Green Bay Packers are not built that way. Head coach Mike McCarthy says that the team is open to bring back Jermichael Finley, Johnny Jolly, and/or Ryan Pickett. Finley is the most interesting of the group because he has been such a valuable receiver in the past but had a major neck injury. His own doctors have cleared him, but he would still need a passing grade from the team doctors. If he is truly healthy to play, he could be a great asset to the team.
6/12/14: For as many crazy news stories that come out of Florida, and there are plenty on a weekly basis, it is far more desirable to be there in December than, say, Green Bay. And so it is that the Bucs have their first sell out of the season. A December game hosting the Packers and Packer fans have been buying up tickets quickly. If the Bucs fold early this season, then their season ticket holders may sell passes to the game, and it is entirely possible that Green Bay will have a home field advantage, even though they will be more than 1,000 miles from home.
6/6/14: Packers running back DuJuan Harris is working towards a bounce back year. He is not the number one back in Green Bay as Eddie Lacy effectively took that title last year. But Harris is working back from having a potentially fatal cyst removed from his chest as well as tearing a knee tendon last year. He is healthy again and ready to play. It will be interesting to see how he performs in camp this summer and where he would fall on the team roster. He has some competition at running back, but if he can get back to where he was just 18 months ago, then the Packers could have a very strong running game to complement their passing offense.
5/29/14: The Packers did not become one of the best organizations in all of professional sports by continually stopping progress and going in a new direction. They have enjoyed a couple decade's worth of gridiron glory (after a miserable generation) and look to continue with the same formula. The Steelers are the same way - and that is rarified air. According to president Mark Murphy, the team would extend GM Ted Thompson first then look at extending head coach Mike McCarthy. That seems logical and likely. Also of note, it may be a requirement for important people in the organization to have first and last names that start with the same letter, preferably "M", but "T" is okay too.
5/22/14: The Vikings' QB situation has been pretty much a disasters since Brett Favre retired, so they drafted Teddy Bridgewater with the last pick in the first round to be their franchise QB. Both Matt Cassel and Christian Ponder are on the roster still, though it is likely that at least one of them will be gone soon. While head coach Mike Zimmer has stated that Bridgewater is currently third on the depth chart, the young QB will get reps with the first team in OTA's. Do not be surprised if Bridgewater is named the starter sometime during the season, perhaps even before opening day.
5/22/14: Green Bay, over the past decade, has struck paydirt by picking wide receivers in the second round. The list includes Greg Jennings, Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson. Now it also includes Devante Adams. Adams had over 3,000 yards receiving and 38 TDs in just two years at Fresno State. He is not a household name, but neither were the other guys when GM Ted Thompson drafted them. Some may have been scared off of Adams because he played in a spread offense, but not the Packers, who expect big things from him. Of course, it helps having Aaron Rodgers throwing the ball.
5/15/14: Ha Ha, it's no joke. The Packers, picking 21st overall, made a smart pick that makes a lot of sense. They selected safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix out of Alabama. Clinton-Dix may well be the best safety in the draft, and many experts had him going much earlier - so it may have a been a bit of a surprise that he was still available. He did not run particularly well in workouts, and that may have dropped him a bit. It was the first time the Packers have selected a safety in the first round since 1993, when they took George Teague, also from Alabama.
5/8/14: The Packers, like most teams, faced decisions about picking up the fifth year for first round picks from 2011. Unlike many teams, the Packers waived the right to take in the option on offensive lineman Derek Sherrod. It is tough to call him a bust after three seasons, especially since injury and infection have limited him to just six games in three years. However, that lack of playing time justifies not giving him a guaranteed fifth year in 2015. So essentially, this boils down to a one year 'prove it' contract for Sherrod. Hopefully he will spend more time on the field than the trainer's table this season.
5/1/14: The NFL released the schedule for the 2014 regular season last week and the Green Bay Packers will have some notable dates. The Packers open up on the road, getting the honor to play in the first game of the season, a Thursday night affair against the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks. The last time Green Bay went to Seattle, the replacement refs missed a last second Packers touchdown and Seattle won. The Packers will also face the Saints in Week 8. That will be a Sunday night game that will go directly against the fourth game of the World Series.
4/24/14: It is not often, but for once, reason ruled the day. The Packers finally came to an agreement with Matt Flynn to keep him around as their backup QB to Aaron Rodgers. It is a smart move on both sides. The Packers have not been able to find a suitable replacement for Rodgers for two years (except Flynn). Scott Tolzien, Vince Young, and whoever else they trotted out simply could not run that offense. Conversely, Flynn has only had success with Green Bay after failed stints with Seattle, Oakland and Buffalo. Maybe each side wanted something different, but the fact is that this is the best scenario for both player and team.
4/17/14: At the end of the 2011-12 season, the Packers let Matt Flynn have his day in the sun and start the final regular season game. He set a Packers record by throwing for six touchdown. He was immediately signed by the Seahawks after the season to a massive contract. Then Russell Wilson came in and took the job. Flynn bounced around in 2013, finally ending up with the Packers, again, after the team could not find a suitable backup. Now Green Bay may lose him again as the Giants are interested in Flynn. Hopefully these guys will learn their lesson and get Flynn back on the team for the betterment of both sides.
4/10/14: Packers' head coach joked with the media that the Packers were really active in free agency this year after they signed defensive lineman Julius Peppers. It was funny because the Pack is famous for not signing free agents from other teams, preferring to develop through the draft and keep their own players. They were back to their text book model last week by re-signing fan favorite full pack John Kuhn. The team and player agreed to a one year deal worth just over $1 million. Kuhn is not going to score 10 touchdowns, and may only get 10 carries on the season. But he is part of the Packers culture and is tremendously popular with the Cheeseheads.
4/3/14: The Green Bay Packers are among the best run organizations in all of sports. Perhaps it is that they are a public company so they do not have a meddling owner, or perhaps it is that they play in the NFL's smallest market so they have to be smarter than their rivals. In any case, it has worked, and in no position is it more apparent than at wide receiver. The Packers seem to be able to plug new guys in who produce. Now that James Jones is gone, it is time for the next man up to take the role. That could easily fall to Jarrett Boykin or Myles White this coming season.
3/27/14: The 2014 NFL draft is expected to be among the deepest in recent memory. While there are very few clear cut stars, and no 'can't miss' QBs like Andrew Luck, there is talent across the board, and a lot of it. So that means that teams are looking to move down in the draft and collect more picks. The Packers currently have the standard allotment of one pick in each round, but figure to get at least two more in compensatory picks. Those picks are given out by the NFL based on net losses in free agency. That may include a third and sixth rounder for losing Greg Jennings and Erik Walden.
3/20/14: The Green Bay Packers have never been terribly active in free agency. Historically speaking, they only have made two big free agency signings - Reggie White (some 20 years ago) and Charles Woodson, almost a decade ago. It was more of the same this year, as they re-signed cornerback Sam Shields and B.J.Raji. They did make one interesting move in signing veteran defensive lineman Julius Peppers. Peppers may be 34 and on the downside of his career, but what makes this signing sweet is that he spent the last three years with the rival Chicago Bears.
3/13/14: The Packers would like to keep defensive lineman B.J. Raji, but understand that will be difficult. The team reportedly offered Raji one and two year deals, which were rejected. Raji seems intent on determining his value on the open market before signing anything. Raji is a former first round pick and notched 6.5 sacks when the Packers won the Super Bowl three years ago. He has not been the same player since, so it will be interesting to see if any team is willing to take a long term gamble on him. Of course, he may not find anything he likes and simply return to Green Bay.
3/6/14: There seems to be a general consensus that the Green Bay Packers offense is terrific (and can basically sub in and out receiving pieces at will and still be successful), but that the defense is lacking so that is where the focus should be. It looked like they would be able to keep cornerback Sam Shields, whom they had been negotiating a new contract with. Now Shields will become a free agent and see what the market will pay. That does not mean that he is certainly gone, but does indicate there is a difference in what the Packers will pay and what Shields thinks he is worth.
2/27/14: Like a lot of teams, the Green Bay Packers are facing some tough decisions in regards to who stays, who gets cut, and who to sign for the next season. The Pack has lost a few receivers in recent years, most notably Greg Jennings. Green Bay traditionally does not participate much in free agency and is hesitant to pay big money to outside players. One key piece is wide receiver Randall Cobb. Cobb has flourished in the Packers system and is benefitted by having a great QB in Aaron Rodgers. But Cobb may not be able to get the money he wants from Green Bay, and may find himself in another uniform next season.
2/20/13: Green Bay, famously, does not go after many free agents. They seem to have the philosophy that top tier free agents are very expensive, often underperform once they get the big contract, and that they are paying for past success. While they did sign defensive lineman Reggie White, that was over two decades ago. This year, they may want to keep cornerback Sam Shields, but he will probably be too expensive to apply the franchise tag on. The Packers can try to re-sign him to a long term deal, but Shields may opt to test free agency since he is young and coming off of the best season of his career.
2/13/14: One of the big questions with the Green Bay Packers this offseason is what to do with tight end Jermichael Finley. To be fair, Finley has been pretty much an afterthought for the past two year at least. Reportedly, he and QB Aaron Rodgers never got on the same page. That, according to Finley, is in the past. The two get along well now, according to him. However, he has not been cleared medically to play again. He had spinal fusion recently and he expects to be back soon. Since he has not been cleared by the medical guys, that may have an affect on his playing future - whether in Green Bay or elsewhere.
2/6/14: It is always tough for fans to lose a favorite, and they may have to lose JerMichael Finley to free agency this offseason. Finley has had a couple below par years, and is generally not considered one of the main cogs of the potent Green Bay offense. However, he has had some spectacular seasons, and (when healthy and used correctly) is a very good receiving tight end. Finley says he wants to stay in Green Bay, but also understands the business side of the NFL. There is a very good chance that he is not with the Packers next season and ends up elsewhere - possibly Seattle.
1/30/14: There is always a lot of fluff on sports talk radio, and a more recent topic is who would you want to start a team. Packers QB Aaron Rodgers would be a logical choice, though many 'experts' say they would go for Andrew Luck or some other young star. Agree to disagree, in this instance. But the Packers do have their issues as well, and they are real life problems. Green Bay has had great receiving for years and always does the 'next man up' routine. However, that may not be the case next season, so the Packers are going to have to decide who stays and who goes. And who gets drafted to be the 'next man up'.
1/23/14: The Packers will move forward in 2014 without the services of linebackers coach Kevin Greene. Greene is a hall-of-fame finalist (and should be in). He ranks third all time in sacks with 160, which is first among all linebackers (only trails Bruce Smith and Reggie White). Greene stepped down from his position to spend more time with his family. In his farewell letter, he thanked the Packers and called the opportunity completely positive. He also said he would like to return to coaching in the future after his kids go to college. Greene had been with the Packers for the past five years, working under his former coach from his playing days, Dom Capers
1/16/14: The big question in Green Bay has to be 'what's next?'. The Packers have 15 players eligible for free agency this offseason, which makes for a pretty big hole to fill. Of course, star QB Aaron Rodgers will be there for a while, and Eddie Lacy just finished up his rookie season - so he will be back. On the other hand, the defense has a lot of holes to fill. Chances are, the Packers will re-sign several free agents and let a few walk. But when it comes to the defense, would it make sense to trade up to select a premier defensive lineman like Jadaveon Clowney?
1/9/14: Green Bay made a valiant effort to advance past the 49ers and into the Divisional Round of the playoffs, but they simply could not stop San Francisco QB Colin Kaepernick in the sub-zero temperatures. Kaepernick embarrassed the Packers last year in the playoffs and set a rushing record against the porous defense. It was not as bad this time around, but Kaep still got about 100 yards on the ground and over 220 yards in the air. The charge for the Packers heading into the offseason is clear - they need to improve the defense drastically before next season or they will not be able to advance in the playoffs.
1/2/14: The Packers played this perfectly. They let Detroit crumble on their own, then brought back QB Aaron Rodgers when the season was on the line. After shaking off some rust, Rodgers (and the Packers) beat the rival Chicago Bears in Week 17 to win the NFC North and secure a playoff spot. As part of being the division champion, they will host a playoff game. San Francisco comes to town this weekend in the Wild Card round, with the winner heading to Seattle in the Divisional round. If the Pack is healthy, do not be surprised if they make a playoff run.
12/26/13: One week left in the season and the Packers need a win over the rival Chicago Bears to get into the playoffs. Conveniently enough, they play each other this Sunday and the winner will capture the NFC North crown. The Packers have been without star QB Aaron Rodgers for almost half the season. Fortunately, backup QB Matt Flynn has found his way with the offense. There is a chance, however, that Rodgers comes back this week. Regardless, this is a premier matchup for Week 17, and they will battle it out on Sunday afternoon. Catch this game if you can.
12/19/13: The Packers/Cowboys game was easily the game of the week - with all apologies to the Dolphins upsetting the Patriots and the Vikings upsetting the Eagles. Dallas held a 23 point lead at halftime, but QB Matt Flynn led the Packers back in the second half for a dramatic 37-36 win in Dallas. Flynn did his best Aaron Rodgers impersonation and threw for 299 yards and four TDs on the day - mostly in the second half for the dramatic win. The Packers are still in the playoff chase but have steep hurdles ahead of them. First up, the Packers (7-6-1) host the Steelers (6-8) in Week 16.
12/12/13: The Packers have been in a free fall ever since QB Aaron Rodgers broke his collarbone. Matt Flynn got the call again, this time against the Atlanta Falcons, and was able to pull out a victory and keep the Packers' playoff hopes alive. Green Bay rallied from an 11 point halftime deficit in the win, which included a key turnover that led to the go-ahead touchdown early in the fourth quarter. Rodgers is waiting to be cleared to play and the Pack need him back. They are 6-6-1, but have a chance to catch up to the Lions over the last three weeks of the season. Green Bay faces the Cowboys this Sunday.
12/5/13: The Packers need QB Aaron Rodgers back in the worst way. Rodgers has missed the last four games due to a broken collarbone and the Packers have not won any of those games. Green Bay was utterly dominated by the Lions on Thanksgiving, losing 40-10 and dropping their record to 5-6-1. Green Bay is now in serious jeopardy of missing the playoffs as they are third in the NFC North. Backup QB Matt Flynn was ineffective at best, as the Lions out-gained the Pack by 435 yards. The only bright spot of the game was an early strip and score from the defense early on.
11/28/13: With star QB Aaron Rodgers still out with a fractured collarbone, the Packers needed a big day out of replacement Scott Tolzien against the Minnesota Vikings. They did not get it and ended up pulling Tolzien in favor of recent re-signee Matt Flynn. Flynn rallied the Packers back in the third quarter for a 26-26 tie. The score was notched up at 23 apiece heading into overtime and both team managed fieldgoals. However, neither could score a touchdown so the game remained deadlocked. The tie hurts the Packers and it kept them from tying up the Lions in first place. They have a chance to take the lead back when they face the 6-5 Lions in Detroit on Thanksgiving Day.
11/21/13: Aaron Rodgers may not win the MVP this year considering some of the gaudy numbers other QBs are putting up, but he should be considered. The Packers are completely lost without him, evidenced by their 27-13 loss to the New York Giants last Sunday. Third stringer Scott Tolzien got the call with Matt Flynn as the backup, but the Packers' offense was simply out of sync without their leader. The loss puts Green Bay at 5-5 and a game behind both the Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions. Hopefully they can get back on track this Sunday when they host the Vikings (2-8).
11/14/13: One thing is for certain in Green Bay - the games are not as fun when Aaron Rodgers is out. The Packers were forced to start journeyman Seneca Wallace at QB against the Eagles. Wallace suffered a groin injury and was replaced by Scott Tolzien. Going to a third string QB usually equals a loss, and that is exactly what happened as the Packers fell 27-13 last Sunday. The Pack has brought in former backup Matt Flynn for a workout and may give him a chance while Rodgers heals. Green Bay is now 5-4 and heads to New York to play the Giants this Sunday.
11/7/13: The Packers suffered a couple devastating losses to the rival Chicago Bears last Monday. It is bad enough to lose to the arch rival 27-20, but even worse to lose QB Aaron Rodgers in the first quarter to a broken collar bone. Rodgers will be out four to six weeks, reportedly. Backup QB Seneca Wallace subbed in for Rodgers, but it is not nearly the same offense. The loss snapped a six game winning streak over the Bears and put the Packers (5-3) in a three way tie for first place in the NFC North. Green Bay has a new challenge on their hands this Sunday, as they host the Philadelphia Eagles (4-5), who may have just discovered their offense.
10/31/13: The Green Bay Packers traveled to Minnesota for the Sunday Night Game this past weekend and coasted to another NFC North victory. QB Aaron Rodgers had another strong game with 285 yards passing and two touchdowns. The Packers showed off their running game with both Eddie Lacy and James Starks rushing for touchdowns and combining for 151 yards on the ground. The Packers are 5-2 and on top of the division. They get another primetime division game this weekend when they host longtime rival Chicago (4-3), who is without QB Jay Cutler, on Monday Night Football
10/24/13: Green Bay took sole possession of first place in the NFC North division by knocking off the Cleveland Browns 31-13. The Packers wore their throwback uniforms (without the Green Bay "G" emblem" and quickly got off to a 14-0 lead. It was just another day at the office for QB Aaron Rodgers. While he only had 260 yards passing, he did throw three touchdown passes. Eddy Lacy ran for 82 yards and a score, while the Packers' defense shut down the Cleveland passing game with ease. Green Bay is 4-2 on the season. They play the Vikings (1-4) on the road in the Sunday Night Game.
10/17/13: We have grown so accustomed to Packers' QB Aaron Rodgers throwing for 350 yards and three TDs that it is strange when it does not happen. That was the case last Sunday at Baltimore. Rodgers did have 315 yards, but only one touchdown as the Packers knocked off the Ravens 19-17. The packers lost WR Randall Cobb for a few months with a broken leg, so other receivers are going to have to step up. Green Bay sits at 3-2 on the season, behind both Detroit and Chicago who are 4-2. The Packers host the 3-3 Cleveland Browns this Sunday.
10/10/13: The Packers got back to .500 with a 22-9 dismantling of the Detroit Lions this past Sunday. The Lions have not won in Green Bay since the first George Bush was in office in 1991, and it will continue for at least another year. The Lions were without their star wide receiver Calvin Johnson and the Green Bay defense was able to shut down Reggie Bush and Matt Stafford on the day. Aaron Rodgers only had 274 yards passing and one touchdown. But the running game was effective as Eddie Lacy had 99 yards on the ground and Randal Cobb added 34 more. Green Bay travels to Baltimore to face the 3-2 Ravens this Sunday.
10/3/13: A week after losing to Cincinnati, the Packers enjoyed their bye in Week 4. The Packers are 1-2 on the season, with the other loss coming in the opening week to San Francisco. The NFC North is very good this year. Both the Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears are 3-1 through September. The Packers are too good not to rebound from the poor start and expect the team to come back ready in Week 5. This Sunday should be a great game with Reggie Bush and Lions coming to Green Bay for their first of two games this season. The Packers need the win to get back into the division race while the Lions need the win to get some separation.
9/26/13: The Packers have been a hard luck team this season, and the year is only three weeks old. The latest setback was in Cincinnati. Rookie running back Johnathan Franklin fumbled the ball near the goal line as the Packers were trying to run down the clock. Cincinnati scooped up the fumble and returned it for the winning touchdown. The Packers are now 1-2 on the season, and it can only get better from here. Aaron Rodgers was not his regular self, throwing for only 244 yards, one TD with two picks. Green Bay has a chance to get everything in order though. The team has their bye in Week 4.
9/19/13: The Packers evened their record to 1-1 by beating visiting Washington 38-20. This game proved that the Packers are still great on offense (QB Aaron Rodger threw for four touchdowns and James Starks ran for over 130 yards), as well as that Washington is not a very good team at this point. Green Bay took advantage of a hobbled Robert Griffin III and put the rest of the NFC North on notice that they are still the team to beat in the division. In another case of a great offense vs. a great defense in Week 3, the Packers travel to Cincinnati to take on the Bengals on Sunday.
9/12/13: The Packers lost a big opening game to the San Francisco 49ers last Sunday, but the season is still very young. The 49ers simply outlasted the Packers in a game that featured a lot of scoring and a lot of post-whistle altercations. The final score was 34-28, but the game was much closer than that. Green Bay now has a week to prepare for another young mobile QB in Robert Griffin III. The home opener will, as always, be sold out, as the Packers try to even up their record at 1-1 against Washington who lost their opener to the Philadelphia Eagles.
9/4/13: The Green Bay Packers made a surprise move in their final cuts by releasing backup quarterback Vince Young. The Packers signed Young during training camp and he played pretty well. The team previously cut Graham Harrell, so it was expected that Young would be the backup to Aaron Rodgers. However, the team decided to keep second year player B.J. Coleman instead. Coleman has a year in the system and knows the players, so that is a plus for him. Of course, the Packers hope the whole thing is a moot point and Rodgers will be in for the entire year.
8/29/13: Of course no one is going to doubt or challenge Aaron Rodgers' reign as the starting quarterback in Green Bay, at least not for several more years. But there is always the question of who is the backup. Graham Harrell had that job last year, but the team apparently was not convinced on him, so they brought in veteran and former first round pick Vince Young to compete. Young looked very good in preseason as opposed to Harrells. The decision was an easy one: the Packers are keeping Young and have released Harrell, who now must look for a new job.
8/22/13: The talk about the Packers has not been on their dynamic offense or their developing defense. It has been about former players taking verbal shots at QB Aaron Rodgers. Greg Jennings, now with the Vikings, questioned Rodgers leadership. Retired Packers' great Donald Driver tried to defend Rodgers, but that went the other way. However, former Packers' cornerback Darren Woodson defended Rodgers, and said it must be a 'wide receiver thing'. Rodgers, for his part, has stayed above the fray. He may not be the most likable guy on the team, but he is the Packers best player and the reason they are a consistent competitor.
8/8/13: The Packers have long known that they lack a running game to keep defenses honest. However, their passing game has been so good that it did not really matter. The front office wanted to change that this year and selected two running backs in the draft: Eddie Lacy from Alabama and Jonathan Franklin and hope at least one emerges. There has been a lot of talk about Lacy's weight - one radio host referred to him as "Bready Lacy". That should not discourage Packers fans though. Lacy is a great runner and can power through tackles.
8/1/13: The Packers are using one the best motivational techniques they have at their disposal - their tradition. Few teams can match the Packers' history, unwavering fan base, stadium, and long-term success. The team uses their tradition to bring new players into the mix and welcome them to the Packers family. New Packers instantly understand their place in the franchise and are motivated to achieve the same greatness as past heros such as Bart Star, Brett Favre, and Dorsey Levens. It also does not hurt that they play in the league's smallest market and are instantly adored by all in the town.
7/25/13: There could be an interesting quarterback battle in Packers camp this season. No, not with Aaron Rodgers. Why in the world would the team take the best player in the game off the field? But for his backup spot. Graham Harrell and B.J. Coleman are competing for the right to carry the clipboard. Harrell, by all accounts has made great strides over the past two years. The team expects to even out the reps in training camp and preseason games between the two and have an open competition. They should get plenty of opportunity as the Packers will not put Rodgers in harm's way in the preseason.
7/18/13: Sorry Chicago, but this may sting a little bit. Former Bears tight end and Super Bowl winning coach and city icon Mike Ditka recently said that of all the QBs playing right now he would want to play with Aaron Rodgers. Moreover, he considers Rodgers the best in the game right now. It is one thing to say that the best in the game is on another team, but completely different when giving the honor to your oldest and most hated rival. Green Bay should enjoy this complement, even if it does come from Mike Ditka.
7/11/13: Green Bay Packers' president Mark Murphy says that the team will retire Brett Favre's number 4 jersey before 2016, the year that Favre is eligible for the Hall of Fame. After a very ugly and public divorce, the two sides are starting to open up and get a dialog going. Favre regrets the way he acted and is open to a reunion, the Packers understand the PR hit they would take if they completely shun the best QB they ever had (including Bart Starr). Time heals all wounds, and the team and their loyal fans should let bygones be bygones and do the right thing in the next couple of years.
7/4/13: Come August or September, the Packers will be near the top of teams considered contenders for the Super Bowl. They have the best QB in the game right now and a full complement of receivers. They may well have a running game for once, and hopefully their defense will be improved. Really, there is little standing in their way from another NFC North title except themselves. What will be interesting to watch is how the Vikings play the Packers this year. The Vikings have become a home for discarded Packers, and now have Greg Jennings and Desmond Bishop - allowing them to game plan effectively. This should be fun to watch.
6/27/13: Some fun out of Aaron Rodgers. During the NBA finals he sent out a Tweet comparing Magic Johnson's praising of every player and play to Jon Gruden. Gruden, when on Monday Night Football, is noted for his ongoing praise for every player, coach, towel boy and so on. Everyone is tremendous to Gruden when he is broadcasting, so this can only be a shot at Gruden. If we fast forward five years, wouldn't it be fun if Gruden became the next Packers' head coach? That could be an uncomfortable relationship which make great theater for the rest of us.
6/20/13: It looks like former Packer great Brett Favre is trying to play nice. He had nothing but complements for current QB Aaron Rodgers. He essentially said that if Rodgers stays healthy, then he will break all of Favre's records - except games started. Rodgers has always taken the high road when the Favre subject comes up, and Favre never really called out Rodgers. But it was the drafting of Rodgers and Favre's indecision that led to the messy Favre/Packers divorce. It is good to see that fences are starting to mend so Brett can get back to Green Bay before he goes into the Hall of Fame.
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.
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|Jan 18, 2015||NFC Championship Game: Green Bay Packers - Seattle Seahawks||22 - 28|
|Jan 11, 2015||NFC Divisional Game: Dallas Cowboys - Green Bay Packers||21 - 26|
|Dec 28, 2014||Detroit Lions - Green Bay Packers||20 - 30|
|Dec 14, 2014||Green Bay Packers - Buffalo Bills||13 - 21|
|Dec 8, 2014||Atlanta Falcons - Green Bay Packers||37 - 43|
|Nov 30, 2014||New England Patriots - Green Bay Packers||21 - 26|
|Nov 16, 2014||Philadelphia Eagles - Green Bay Packers||20 - 53|
|Nov 9, 2014||Chicago Bears - Green Bay Packers||14 - 55|
|Oct 26, 2014||Green Bay Packers - New Orleans Saints||23 - 44|
|Oct 19, 2014||Carolina Panthers - Green Bay Packers||17 - 38|
|Oct 12, 2014||Green Bay Packers - Miami Dolphins||27 - 24|
|Oct 2, 2014||Minnesota Vikings - Green Bay Packers||10 - 42|
|Sep 21, 2014||Green Bay Packers - Detroit Lions||7 - 19|
|Sep 14, 2014||New York Jets - Green Bay Packers||24 - 31|
|Sep 4, 2014||Green Bay Packers - Seattle Seahawks||16 - 36|
|Aug 22, 2014||Preseason: Oakland Raiders - Green Bay Packers||21 - 31|