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9-29-15: Aaron Rodgers proved once again he’s very likely the best player in the NFL in week three, as he fired in five touchdowns and topped 300 yards in a 38-28 home win over the Kansas City Chiefs. Rodgers was simply surgical throughout the night, as he tossed three scores to Randall Cobb and also connected with Ty Montgomery and James Jones in the end-zone. Star running back Eddie Lacy played (ankle) and managed to stay healthy, as he helped out with 87 total yards. Green Bay’s defense was almost as impressive as the offense, as they forced the Chiefs into checkdown options all night and also notched a ridiculous seven sacks. Green Bay aims for a 4-0 start in week four, when they head to the Bay Area to battle the San Francisco 49ers.
9-22-15: The Green Bay Packers played largely mistake free football at home in week two, as they snapped a four-game losing streak to the Seattle Seahawks with a nice 27-17 home win. Aaron Rodgers was unflappable on his home field, as he completed 75% of his passes with two scores and no interceptions. Eddie Lacy exited the win with an ankle injury, but was replaced by James Starks, who was fairly effective en route to 95 rushing yards. Green Bay had a minor lapse on defense during a 14-3 Seattle run in the third quarter, but otherwise played great throughout, holding Marshawn Lynch to just 41 rushing yards. The Packers will hope to be just as balanced in week three, when they play host to Jamaal Charles and the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday Night Football.
9-15-15: Aaron Rodgers and co. got out of the gates a little slowly and let the Chicago Bears hang around more than they would have liked, but ultimately did their job in a 31-23 road win in week one. Rodgers seemed to struggle a bit early on without top target Jordy Nelson, but reacquainted himself with one of his old targets in the newly signed James Jones. Jones caught all four of his targets from Rodgers, including two scores to help Green Bay dispatch their hated NFC North foes. Eddie Lacy was the meat and potatoes of this week one win, as he ran for 85 hard yards and added a late score to ice the game. Green Bay’s defense got gashed by Matt Forte on the ground, but was able to keep Jay Cutler relatively in check in the win. Green Bay will have to be a lot better on both sides of the ball come week two, when they welcome the Seattle Seahawks into Lambeau Field.
9-8-15: The Green Bay Packers evidently weren’t totally confident in the receivers they had in place to make up for the loss of star wide receiver Jordy Nelson (torn ACL), as they brought back a familiar face with the signing of James Jones this week. Jones could factor in as the team’s #3 wide receiver right away in week one, when he and the Pack take on the hated Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. The move not only bolsters an already strong group, but allows youngsters like Jeff Janis and Ty Montgomery more time to get ready for bigger roles. Jones spent last year with the Oakland Raiders and looked to have lost a step even before failing to make the New York Giants this year. Looking ahead to week one, Green Bay probably doesn’t have to worry about their wide receivers, as the Chicago Bears have one of the weaker defenses. Green Bay may opt to feed running back Eddie Lacy the rock early and often, anyways, as they try to run over the Bears en route to a 1-0 start.
9-1-15: The Green Bay Packers looked sloppy on defense in their third preseason game, as they let the Philadelphia Eagles do as they pleased in a 39-26 loss. While the defense didn’t show up, Green Bay was fairly strong on offense, as Brett Hundley started the game and put up 315 yards and two touchdowns. A raw prospect with loads of upside, Hundley largely showed the latter while connecting with both Jeff Janis and Rajion Neal on passing scores. It wasn’t all good for Hundley, of course, as he struggled to get anything going early when the Packers got into a 25-0 hole, while he also had an interception returned for a touchdown. Hundley can expect more action in Green Bay’s preseason finale on Thursday night, when the green and gold welcome the New Orleans Saints to town. The Pack will almost certainly be without most of their key starters again, however, especially after Micah Hyde, Randall Cobb ad Bryan Bulaga all sustained injuries.
8-25-15: The Green Bay Packers had a rough week, as they learned star #1 wide receiver Jordy Nelson would be lost for the entire 2015 NFL season. Nelson suffered a torn ACL on a non-contact play early in Green Bay’s 24-19 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers and immediately exited the game. It’s a huge loss for the green and gold, but the team has stellar depth at wide receiver and should push second-year possession ace Davante Adams into the starting lineup. From there, rookie Ty Montgomery and second-year size/speed freak Jeff Janis figure to help out with the first team offense. The Packers otherwise looked solid offensively in their second preseason contest, as Aaron Rodgers helped the team down the field on their first drive and Eddie Lacy punched in a rushing score. Tight end Richard Rodgers continued to make a name for himself in the passing game, where he secured three receptions for a touchdown. Rodgers could be another name to mix in with the starting unit as they try to replace the injured Nelson. Green Bay will look to finalize their plan to move on without Nelson in week three of preseason play, when they host the Philadelphia Eagles.
8-18-15: Aaron Rodgers and the first team offense got plenty of chances to punch in a touchdown in their preseason debut, but it simply didn’t happen. New England’s starting defense held strong for over a quarter and the Packers let their backups take care of business later on in a 22-11 road win. Backup quarterback Scott Tolzien looked as poised as ever, as he connected 10 of 16 throws, including a beautiful touchdown toss to Jeff Janis. Tight end Richard Rodgers drew the start and secured a nice 18-yard reception. Per the team, the ascension is permanent, as Rodgers has won the job from Andrew Quarless. Elsewhere, Green Bay still can’t get wide receiver Jared Abbrederis back on the field, as the former Badger has missed over two weeks with concussion-related symptoms. With or without Abbrederis, the green and gold return to the field on Sunday, when they’ll face off with the Pittsburgh Steelers for their second preseason showdown.
8-12-15: The Green Bay Packers listed Richard Rodgers as their starting tight end to kick off preseason play and Rodgers figures to keep the job with even a modest August run. Rodgers will get his first chance to prove his ability at a high level come Thursday night, when Green Bay kicks off their 2015 preseason schedule in New England against the Patriots. Jeff Janis will be out to impress in that outing, too, as the second-year wide receiver has reportedly not progressed as hoped to this point in camp. Janis may need a strong preseason showing just to make the final roster. Defensive lineman Letroy Guion is slated to miss the first three games of the season due to a February arrest, but a hearing on August 24th could potentially see that ban reduced. Guion will be starting at left end in Green Bay’s base 3-4 defense, so any amount of games back would be great for the Packers’ D.
8-5-15: The Green Bay Packers continue to come away impressed with their deep receiving corps. Rookie Ty Montgomery has stood out due to his quickness and speed. Montgomery will have a tough time cracking a tight Green Bay rotation, but could ultimately make his presence known in the return game. Jordy Nelson has looked great in practice, as well, showing no ill effects of a minor surgery done this offseason on his hip. Green Bay’s main area of weakness has been evident since the end of last season, but veteran Sam Shields has looked good and has tried to guide the team’s young secondary talent. Rookie corner Quinten Rollins may be falling behind on the depth chart, however, as he continues to miss time with a nagging hamstring issue.
7-28-15: The Green Bay Packers failed to address a clear need at inside linebacker in free agency, instead deciding to keep outside linebacker Clay Matthews on the inside. Whether or not Matthews on the inside is a long-term fix could start to be answered come training camp, which starts for the green and gold on July 29th. Another key issue is Green Bay’s secondary, as they let Tramon Williams and Davon House sign elsewhere and will have to sort out the depth chart by the time week one rolls around. If those two positions end up being okay, Green Bay could be a dangerous defense. Offensively, the Packers are about the same as they were a year ago. The key difference could be Jordy Nelson working on beating jams that seemed to bog him down a bit last year, while Aaron Rodgers enjoying a completely healthy season for the first time since 2012 would also be a big help.
7-22-15: The Green Bay Packers open training camp on July 29th, as they prepare for a 2015 NFL season that has them as the odds on favorites to win the Super Bowl. Back with all of the same key pieces on an offense led by MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers, there’s plenty of reason to think the green and gold can make a deep playoff run for the second year in a row. Improvement on offense could come from a faster start out of running back Eddie Lacy, while the development of tight end Richard Rodgers could be a top storyline for camp. The biggest issues naturally come on the defensive side of the ball, where outside linebacker Nick Perry and defensive lineman Datone Jones will aim to prove their worth in camp. Both players have been arguable busts to this point, as Perry continues to recovery from shoulder injury and Jones is slated to miss week one due to suspension. The biggest questions lie at inside linebacker and in the secondary, where Sam Barrington looks to land a starting gig and rookies Damarious Randall and Quinten Rollins try to help out a shaky pass defense.
5-4-15: The Green Bay Packers stayed true to history, as GM Ted Thompson made bold call after bold call, seemingly trying to uncover the rarest of gems when he probably could have just settled for more proven prospects. That led to the Packers taking rising safety Damarious Randall at the end of round one, despite already having two starting safeties for 2015. It could have been a move for the future, of course, while it’s also possible Green Bay plans on using Randall at corner. Thompson and co. made several reaches from that point on, but did at least address their holes in the secondary, while also grabbing some depth at linebacker and on the defensive line. The most surprising pick of the draft may have come in round five, though, when they took developmental quarterback, Brett Hundley. Green Bay doesn’t really need Hundley with Aaron Rodgers under center, but considering Hundley was a potential first round talent, he’ll be a fun project to groom and could also eventually be a future trade chip.
Round One - Pick 30: Damarious Randall, S, Arizona State
Round Two - Pick 62: Quinten Rollins, CB, Miami (Ohio)
Round Three - Pick 94: Ty Montgomery, WR, Stanford
Round Four - Pick 129: Jake Ryan, OLB, Michigan
Round Five - Pick 147: Brett Hundley, QB, UCLA
Round Six - Pick 206: Aaron Ripkowski, FB, Oklahoma
Round Six - Pick 210: Christian Ringo, DE, Louisiana-Lafayette
Round Six - Pick 213: Kennard Blackman, TE, UAB
Green Bay’s draft was somewhat underwhelming overall, but the Packers hopefully at least fixed their secondary issues. Here’s a look at all of their picks from the 2015 NFL Draft:
4-9-15: Green Bay’s mission was to keep their 2014 offense intact, while minimizing loss on the defensive side of the ball. The first part was accomplished right away with key re-signings of slot receiver Randall Cobb and offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga. The Packers didn’t have so much luck defensively, as they cut ties with linebackers Brad Jones and A.J. Hawk and weren’t able to keep cornerbacks Davon House and Tramon Williams. Green Bay wisely refrained from overpaying their corners, though, since House was slightly overrated and Williams, 32, was too old to warrant a huge contract. Green Bay will enter the draft with few issues on offense, allowing them to focus completely on revamping a defense that improved a year ago.
3-9-15: The Green Bay Packers were roughly four minutes away from the Super Bowl and it all fell apart. In an effort to make sure they’ll take advantage the next time they’re in that spot, Mike McCarthy has relinquished full control of offensive play-calling and Brandon Bostick, the tight end who botched the onside kick heard round the league, was cut. Green Bay also retained slot receiver Randall Cobb on a four-year, $40 million deal, ensuring their offense would stay completely intact for 2015. Defense is another story, as they team said goodbye to linebackers Brad Jones and A.J. Hawk. That makes linebacker a key need for the Packers entering free agency, while the team will also have to find a permanent nose tackle for their 3-4 base defense.
1-20-15: The Packers forced four turnovers and scored four times against the defending champion
Seattle Seahawks in the first half of the NFC Championship Game. Unfortunately, three
of the four scores were Mason Crosby field goals, including two kicks very close to the
end zone in the first quarter. The Green Bay defense had a very tough time in the second
half, and Aaron Rodgers could not get the team into the end zone after the first quarter, so
the Seahawks were able to force overtime and eventually end the Packers’ season.
1-12-15: Although Aaron Rodgers came into Sunday’s divisional playoff game with a slight tear in
his left calf, he completed 24 of his 35 passing attempts for 316 yards and three
touchdowns, as he led the Packers to their 26-21 victory over the visiting Dallas Cowboys. Green Bay scored in all four quarters in the win.
1-6-15: The early game on Sunday will be between the Packers and Cowboys. Aaron Rodgers, who was named the quarterback for the Associated Press All-Pro team, will look to get Green Bay its fourth consecutive victory against Dallas. Although Rodgers missed last season’s contest against the Cowboys, he threw for three touchdowns in his last game against them.
12-29-14: Although Aaron Rodgers was dealing with a left calf injury and was briefly replaced by Matt Flynn on Sunday against the visiting Detroit Lions, he was able to lead the Packers to points in all four quarters, as Green Bay won the NFC North title for the fourth consecutive season. The victory moved the Packers to 8-0 at home on the season and clinched their first-round bye.
12-23-14: With their 20-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, the Packers clinched their sixth consecutive playoff berth. Green Bay dominated this game early and often, as Eddie Lacy made it back-to-back seasons with 1,000 rushing yards. In Week 17, the 11-4 Packers will host the 11-4 Detroit Lions, and the winner will take the NFC North.
12-17-14: Green Bay’s five-game winning streak ended with a 21-13 loss in Buffalo on Sunday. Aaron Rodgers and his receivers had a very difficult day, as the Packers dropped seven passes in the contest. In addition, the Bills defense intercepted the star quarterback twice. Rodgers completed just 17 of his 42 passing attempts for 185 yards and was held out of the end zone.
12-9-14: The Packers were involved in a wild game on Monday night against the visiting Atlanta Falcons. Green Bay moved to 7-0 at home and 10-3 overall this season. Aaron Rodgers completed 24 of his 36 passing attempts for 327 yards and three touchdowns as the Packers scored in all four quarters.
12-3-14: The Packers stayed perfect at home on the season, as they defeated the New England Patriots on Sunday, 26-21. Aaron Rodgers continued his strong play, as he completed 24 of his 38 passing attempts for 368 yards and two touchdowns. Eddie Lacy also racked up more than 100 total yards on 23 touches.
11-26-14: Green Bay’s offense was not spectacular at Minnesota on Sunday. However, the Packers scored in all four quarters en route to their 24-21 victory over the Vikings. Eddie Lacy ran 25 times for 125 yards and a touchdown. The Packers return home for a very important game against the New England Patriots.
11-19-14: The Packers were at it again on Sunday, as they scored more than 50 points for the second consecutive week. Since Green Bay’s bye in Week 9, Aaron Rodgers’s team has outscored its opponents, 108-34. The Packers are now 5-0 at home this season, and they will host the New England Patriots in Week 13 after traveling to Minnesota to play the Vikings.
11-12-14: Aaron Rodgers passed for six touchdowns and 315 yards in the first half against the Chicago Bears on Sunday night, as Green Bay outscored the Bears, 42-0, over the first 30 minutes of the contest. Jordy Nelson caught six receptions for 152 yards and two touchdowns as the Packers moved to 6-3 overall and 4-0 at home on the season.
11-6-14: With Green Bay having some time off, the organization locked up head coach Mike McCarthy going forward. On Monday, the Super Bowl champion coach signed a multiyear extension with the Packers, who are just one game behind the Detroit Lions in the NFC North. Coming off the bye week, McCarthy’s team hosts the Chicago Bears and then the Philadelphia Eagles.
10-30-14: The Packers did not enter their bye week on a good note. Although Aaron Rodgers threw for 418 yards and scored two touchdowns, he was not happy with his performance as he pulled his hamstring early in the second half, and the Saints intercepted him twice. Green Bay dropped to 2-3 on the road this season with the loss.
10-21-14: Aaron Rodgers continued to play very well as the Packers destroyed the Carolina Panthers, 38-17. Rodgers completed 19 of his 22 passing attempts for 255 passing yards and three touchdowns to get Green Bay its fourth consecutive victory. Before the Packers’ bye week in Week 9, they play in New Orleans on Sunday night.
10-14-14: Aaron Rodgers is continuing to show that he is one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL. He led the Packers to points in all four quarters, including the final 10 points of the game. With three seconds remaining, Aaron Rodgers won the game with a four-yard pass to Andrew Quarless.
10-8-14: On Thursday, Aaron Rodgers continued his great career against the Minnesota Vikings, who were down to their third-string quarterback in Christian Ponder. Green Bay defeated the visiting Vikings, 42-10, pushing the Packers’ record to 3-2 on the season. They get some extra rest and bring their two-game winning streak into Miami in Week 6.
10-1-14: Aaron Rodgers sure relaxed the Packers fans on Sunday. He continued to succeed against Jay Cutler and the Chicago Bears, as he threw for 302 yards and four touchdowns at Soldier Field. Green Bay impressively reached the end zone in all four quarters in this contest to move its record to 2-2 on the season.
9-25-14: The Packers have not looked good thus far this season, but Aaron Rodgers has already told the fans to relax. After missing seven games last year, Rodgers seems to be struggling on the road in 2014. He came into Sunday’s contest with a great career against the Detroit Lions, but he did not perform well in the 19-7 loss.
9-17-14: The Packers fell behind by as many as 18 points against the New York Jets on Sunday, but Green Bay came from behind to even its record at 1-1. Aaron Rodgers and Jordy Nelson put on a show for the Lambeau Field crowd. Rodgers threw for 346 yards and three touchdowns, and Nelson caught nine passes for 209 yards and a touchdown.
9-10-14: The Packers did not open the 2014 NFL season on a good note. With all eyes on their game with the Seattle Seahawks on Thursday, Green Bay laid an egg. Eddie Lacy suffered a concussion, and Aaron Rodgers did not even crack 200 yards in the Packers’ 36-16 loss in Seattle.
9-4-14: The Packers and Seahawks will be kicking off the 2014 regular season on Thursday in Seattle. For the first time in Aaron Rodgers’ career, he is coming off a season in which he missed more than one game as the team’s starter. He will look to bring Green Bay to its sixth straight postseason berth.
8-26-14: According to Forbes, the Packers have the best fans in the NFL. On Saturday, they unfortunately had to watch nose tackle B.J. Raji tear his bicep, which ended his season. Green Bay’s defense should be able to survive without him in 2014, but the team’s depth took a hit with his injury. Aaron Rodgers led the Packers to their second consecutive victory with their 31-21 win over the Oakland Raiders.
8-20-14: On Saturday afternoon, Aaron Rodgers made his preseason debut and threw the ball very well. He marched Green Bay down the field on his first drive and completed a three-yard touchdown pass to Randall Cobb. Of the 13 passes that Rodgers attempted that day, he threw only two incompletions. Tight end Andrew Quarless caught a game-high four passes for 58 yards.
8-14-14: The Packers rested Aaron Rodgers, Eddie Lacy and Jordy Nelson in their preseason opener in Tennessee. Matt Flynn, who Green Bay re-signed this past offseason, fumbled the ball once and completed only five of his 10 pass attempts in the game. The Packers dropped the contest to the Titans, 20-16.
8-5-14: The Packers, who take on the Tennessee Titans in their preseason opener on Saturday, had mostly exciting news over the last week. They first signed general manager Ted Thompson to a multi-year contract extension. Then, the team announced it will retire Brett Favre’s No. 4 next summer. Unfortunately, the Packers learned that rookie receiver Jared Abbrederis has a season-ending ACL tear.
7-30-14: The Green Bay Packers finally gave GM Ted Thompson a contract extension, keeping the 61-year old front office guru at the helm for years to come. Thompson is the man who drafted Aaron Rodgers and has guided the Packers to four division title and a Super Bowl win during his tenure. The Thompson signing followed a new contract for wide receiver Jordy Nelson. Nelson played at a discount price the past few years and finally got paid fairly with a new four-year, $39 million extension. Green Bay will now turn it’s sights to locking up contract year receiver, Randall Cobb. Things haven’t been going quite so swimmingly on the defensive side of things, as Nick Perry and Mike Neal both failed their pre-camp physicals. Both players were placed on the PUP list. Green Bay still hasn’t found a new starting tight end, but remains in constant talks with former Packer tight end, Jermichael Finley. Brandon Bostick currently has been seen the most with the first team, while rookie Richard Rodgers has also impressed this summer.
7-15-14: The Packers said goodbye to running back Johnathan Franklin (neck), who may be done with football due to a serious neck issue. In that same breath, former Packer Jermichael Finley is still trying to work his way back to the green and gold. In lieu of his absence, rookie Richard Rodgers has reportedly been the “MVP” of Green Bay practices and will look to widen the gap for the starting tight end gig when camp opens on July 25th. The Packers are said to be aiming for a faster approach on offense, as head coach Mike McCarthy said 75 plays per game is the new goal. That isn’t likely, but the fact that Green Bay wants to get faster on offense bodes well for a team that already boasts one of the most potent offenses in the league.
6-5-14: Jermichael Finley is having a difficult time being cleared by NFL team doctors, which to this point has kept him from re-joining the Packers. Green Bay has taken measures to protect themselves at the tight end position going into 2014, one being signing undrafted Oregon tight end Colt Lyerla. A troubled individual, Lyerla has the talent and upside to be one of the best undrafted free agent signings of the summer. The Packers also continue to knock out their rookie contracts, as they locked up first round pick Hasean Clinton-Dix on May 29th.
5-19-14: The Green Bay Packers were pretty much set on offense entering the 2014 NFL Draft. Rather, their biggest glaring holes were all over their defense. Let’s see how they aimed to eradicate those issues with a breakdown of their 2014 draft class:
Round 1. Pick 21 Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix, FS, Alabama
Round 2. Pick 21 Davante Adams, WR, Fresno St.
Round 3. Pick 21 Khyri Thornton, DL, Southern Mississippi
Round 3. Pick 34 Richard Rodgers, TE, California
Round 4. Pick 21 Carl Bradford, DE, Arizona St.
Round 5. Pick 21 Corey Linsley, OL, Ohio St.
Round 5. Pick 36 Jared Abbrederis, WR, Wisconsin
Round 6. Pick 21 Demetri Goodson, CB, Baylor
Round 7. Pick 21 Jeff Janis, WR, Saginaw Valley State
Green Bay started things off right with their first pick in the draft, nabbing stud safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix out of Alabama. While not the most athletic safety in the draft, Clinton-Dix is the most well rounded and should easily help improve Green Bay’s defense.
The Pack slid back to offense to grab a potentially elite receiving prospect in Davante Adams, who has the size and ball skills to be a key player in Green Bay’s passing offense. The Packers also went on to add two more solid receiving prospects later in the draft, protecting themselves from the loss of James Jones in free agency.
Defensive line and tight end were two other sore spots, and Green Bay addressed both concerns by taking Khyri Thornton and Richard Rodgers. Thornton has the size and athleticism to play all across the defensive line, while Rodgers has proven to be a reliable pass catcher than can help move the chains.
5-9-14: The Green Bay Packers entered the 2014 NFL Draft needing one thing: defense. They could have gone in numerous directions to get things started, but ultimately just took the best player available pertaining to their needs. That ended up being stud Alabama safety, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. Clinton-Dix was arguably the most complete safety in this draft class and fills a major need at the back of Green Bay’s secondary. He has the talent to step in and start right away, potentially helping a bad run defense and giving quarterback’s something to think about when they go deep on the Packers.
4-28-14: Green Bay has a litany of needs for a defense that wasn’t particularly great against the run or pass in 2013. With A.J. Hawk a growing liability in the middle of the field and Nick Perry a shaky pass-rusher opposite of Clay Matthews, wither linebacker spot is worth taking a look at early for the Packers. While prospects like C.J. Mosley and Kony Ealy will be tempting, Green Bay also have issues at safety and could even look to replace Jermichael Finley (neck) at the tight end position. That opens the door to guys like Calvin Pryor and Jace Amaro. Heading into the second and third round, though, Green Bay can find a little bit more value at tight end and safety, where guys like Troy Niklas and Dion Bailey could make fine additions. This is a Ted Thompson-run draft, we should remember, so the Packers trading down or simply taking the best available player can’t be ruled out, either.
4-18-14: Aaron Rodgers aims to stay healthy and get on the same page with his offense in August, which could have him playing less than handful of series in week one against the Titans in Tennessee. Rodgers should look to get much more involved in Green Bay’s week two battle with the St. Louis Rams however, as they take to the road to compete against a very solid pass rush. Week three brings the Oakland Raiders to Lambeau Field, giving the Pack a likely easy win in front of their home crowd, while week four closes Green Bay’s preseason schedule with the Kansas City Chiefs coming to town.
4-7-14: The Green Bay Packers were routinely burned on the ground and through the air on defense in 2013, setting the tone for a bit of a defensive makeover. The Packers wasted little time in free agency, holding onto key contributors B.J. Raji and Mike Neal up front, while adding pass-rush help via Julius Peppers. They added even more depth up front with former Vikings defensive lineman Letroy Gion and brought back stud corner Sam Shields. While the Packers are on the right track with some solid moves, they will enter the 2014 NFL Draft with safety, tight end and outside linebacker as some real problem areas.
3-21-14: Normally not major players in free agency during the Ted Thompson era, the Packers actually made some major waves when they stole 34-year old pass-rushing specialist Julius Peppers from the Chicago Bears. Peppers is in his decline phase, but it’s still a solid signing for a team trying to get better on defense in any way possible. Green Bay was also active with their own expiring players, as they brought back running back James Starks to make sure their rushing attack didn’t suffer a drop-off in depth, while also held onto cornerback Sam Shields, and defensive linemen B.J. Raji and Mike Neal. Green Bay did lose wide receiver James Jones to the Raiders, but with great depth at the position, it was a loss the team felt they could absorb.
1-7-14: Green Bay faced a tough road to the Super Bowl. However, had they won and the Saints gone on to beat the Seahawks, they could have potentially had the NFC title game in their own backyard. That wouldn’t happen, though, as the Green Bay offense was stifled early and the defense caved late in a tough 23-20 loss.
Aaron Rodgers was sacked four times and threw for just 177 yards, but Eddie Lacy grinded out 81 tough rushing yards to keep the Packers balanced and effective. On the other side of the ball, Green Bay’s defense missed a perfect opportunity to change the game on San Francisco’s game-winning drive, as they had a dropped interception and a blown pass-rush assignment that contributed to San Francisco’s eventual win. The loss ends Green Bay’s roller coaster 8-7-1 season.
12-31-13: Aaron Rodgers returned just in the nick of time. Despite getting off to a slow start with two early interceptions, A-Rod bounced back with two touchdown passes - including the game-winner - as the Packers leap-frogged the Bears in Chicago, 33-28. The win helped Green Bay lock up the NFC North and earn a trip to the playoffs for the fifth straight year.
12-24-13: Matt Flynn was nearly a hero for the second week in a row. The Packers couldn’t get it done in week 16, though, as Flynn and the offense misfired on their final chance, falling to the visiting Pittsburgh Steelers in the final seconds, 38-31.
12-17-13: Things were looking pretty bleak for the Packers in week 15, as they went into halftime down 26-3. Eddie Lacy fueled a massive comeback with a 60-yard run in the third quarter however, and Green Bay used four Matt Flynn touchdown passes in the second half to help earn a 37-36 win on the road in Dallas.
12-10-13: Matt Flynn proved to be better than the inept passer he was a week ago, guiding Green Bay’s offense to 22 points and the Packers’ first win since Aaron Rodgers broke his collarbone. Running back Eddie Lacy got the job done on the ground, running for 65 tough yards and a touchdown to get Green Bay the 22-21 win at Lambeau.
12-3-13: Matt Flynn came to the rescue for the Packers (sort of) in week 12, doing enough to avoid a loss. He couldn’t come close to even mustering a tie against the Detroit Lions on the road, however. Flynn could generate just three offensive points and looked lost all day as the Lions steam-rolled the Pack on Turkey day, 40-10.
11-26-13: Matt Flynn came to the rescue in week 12, as the Packers were down 23-7 and needed a miracle. A miracle, they nearly got. Flynn helped the Packers to a 16-point fourth quarter to force overtime, and also guided the offense to a field goal in overtime to give the Packers the lead and potential win. Green Bay’s defense couldn’t stop Minnesota, however, as the Vikings nailed a field goal of their own and the game ended in a 26-26 tie.
11-19-13: Aaron Rodgers sat out yet another game in week 11, and third string quarterback Scott Tolzien was simply in over his head in a 27-13 loss to the New York Giants. Eddie Lacy struggled to run the ball all day, but brought the game to within a touchdown with a late score. That’s as close as Green Bay would get, however, as one of Tolzien’s three interceptions was soon returned for a score to end the Packers’ run at their sixth win of the season.
11-12-13: Green Bay lost starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers two weeks ago, and early in week 10 they lost his replacement, too. Seneca Wallace started the game perfect against the Philadelphia Eagles (5 for 5) before exiting with a groin injury, giving way to inexperienced third stringer, Scott Tolzien. Tolzien performed better than expected, but wasn’t able to produce enough points as Green Bay dropped their second straight game at home, 27-13.
11-5-13: It was supposed to be a blowout by the hands of the Packers. Instead, it was a battle of the backup quarterbacks as Aaron Rodgers exited week nine with a shoulder injury. Green Bay converted an onside kick and scored 17 points without their star quarterback, but backup quarterback Seneca Wallace simply wasn’t enough in the end as the Packers dropped this one at Lambeau Field, 27-20.
10-30-13: Aaron Rodgers was flawless on third downs and throughout as the Minnesota Vikings simply had no answer for Green Bay’s offense in a convincing 44-31 road win for the green and gold. Eddie Lacy powered the Packers to nearly 200 rushing yards and helped control this one, too, as the Packers moved to 5-2 and in sole possession of first place in the NFC North.
10-22-13: Eddie Lacy earned his paycheck in week seven, rushing for 82 tough yards and a touchdown on 22 carries against a stout Cleveland Browns run defense, as the Packers won their third straight game at home, 31-13. Aaron Rodgers did his part in the passing game, hitting three different wide receivers for scoring strikes and playing flawless football as Green Bay got to 4-2 and took over first place in the NFC North.
10-15-13: The Green Bay Packers endured two huge injuries to wide receivers James Jones and Randall Cobb to hold on and beat the Baltimore Ravens 19-17 on the road in week six. The defense played exceptionally well until allowing Baltimore to comeback with two late touchdowns, as they sacked Joe Flacco five times and forced a fumble. Eddie Lacy was the star of the day on offense, putting the team on his back for his first ever 100+ yard rushing day. Lacy went for 120 yards on 23 carries and had the deciding carry to get a first down to help put the finishing touches on the close road win.
The Packers were staring at a possible 1-3 start and an end to a 22-game winning streak at home against the division rival Detroit Lions. They knew they couldn’t allow either to happen in week five, and they acted accordingly. The Green Bay defense was all over Matthew Stafford early and registered five sacks, while allowing the Lions to score just two times all day. Aaron Rodgers and the Packers offense didn’t bring their A game, but James Jones busted out for an 83-yard touchdown to help the offense do just enough to extend their home-game winning streak against Detroit to 23 games, while also evening out at 2-2 on the year.
9-18-13: The Redskins and Packers were expected to combine for a heated, explosive battle between two desperate 0-1 teams in week two. Instead, the Redskins came off desperate and the Packers were simply dominant. Green Bay took a commanding 31-0 lead in the third quarter before grinding out the game with James Starks (132 rushing yards) and holding on at home for the 38-20 win. Aaron Rodgers was the MVP in this one, as he put up a career high 480 passing yards (tying a Packers’ record) and four touchdowns. Next week, the Packers head to Cincy to take on the Bengals.
9-10-13: Easily the most hyped matchup of week one arguably ended up being the most entertaining, as well. After being burned by Colin Kaepernick’s legs in the playoffs a year ago, the Packers went into this one prepared to hold Kap’s running in check. They did, but their focus ended up being misguided, as Kaepernick topped 400 yards passing with three scores, while connecting with Anquan Boldin 13 times and helping the former Ravens star to over 200 receiving yards. Aaron Rodgers and the Packers were up to the challenge offensively, but in the end there was just too much Kaepernick, as Green Bay fell in the Bay Area, 34-28. Next week, the Packers look to rebound when the host the 0-1 Redskins at Lambeau.
9-4-13: Green Bay Packers final preseason roster cuts: FB Jonathan Amosa, OT Andrew Datko, S David Fulton, C Garth Gerhart, RB Alex Green, OT Kevin Hughes, WR Charles Johnson, C Patrick Lewis, LB Terrell Manning, CB Loyce Means, DT Jordan Miller, LB Dezman Moses, TE Matthew Mulligan, CB James Nixon, S Chaz Powell, LB Donte Savage, CB Brandon Smith, TE Jake Stoneburner, WR Tyrone Walker, WR Myles White, TE D.J. Williams, QB Vince Young.
8-20-13: The Packers defeated the Rams 19-7 to improve their preseason record to 1-1. Aaron Rodgers was his typical efficient self, completing 10 of 12 passes for 134 yards. With both Packers wide receivers out with injury, Rodgers relied mostly on tight end Jermichael Finley, who caught 4 balls for 78 yards. Thanks to 4 field goals--three from Mason Crosby and one from Giorgio Tavecchio--the Packers opened up a 12-0 lead. Backup QB B.J. Coleman connected rookie tight end Jake Stoneburner for a 9-yard touchdown in the fourth accounting for the only Packers TD in the game. The Packers defense was very good, holding the Rams off the board until Austin Davis found Nick Johnson on a 21-yard touchdown pass with 59 seconds to go. On Friday, the Packers will host the Seahawks at Lambeau Field.
8-11-13: Green Bay was shut out in their preseason opener, losing 17-0 to the Cardinals. Aaron Rodgers completed 3 of just 5 pass attempts for 62 yards. Backup Graham Harrell completed 12 of his 19 passes for 76 yards and an interception.
7-10-13: The Packers said good-bye to Greg Jennings, Desmond Bishop and Charles Woodson this off-season, but otherwise remain intact going into 2013. Their biggest additions were easily rookie running backs Eddie Lacy and Johnathan Franklin, who will attempt to combine their efforts to improve on of the league’s weakest running back corps. Offense wasn’t really the problem for the Pack in 2012, though, so all eyes will be on M.D. Jennings trying to replace Woodson, as well as the remained of Green Bay’s 3-4 playing more consistently overall.
6-12-13: Green Bay didn’t go 15-1 or earn a first round bye in 2012, but they still took care of the NFC North (division champs) and advanced to round two of the playoffs. The bad news was that their lack of speed on defense was severely exposed against Colin Kaepernick and the 49ers, and it’s back to the drawing board in an effort to maximize the potential of their once vaunted 3-4 defense. In addition to some defensive shortcomings, the Packers will be without Greg Jennings and Donald Driver, and will have to find an answer at running back before week one rolls around. The good news is that GM Ted Thompson drafts well, and Aaron Rodgers is still under center.
2013 Packers Draft Overview:
Round 1, Pick 26: Datone Jones, DE, UCLA
Round 2, Pick 29 (from San Francisco): Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama
Round 4, Pick 12 (from New Orleans through Miami): David Bakhtiari, OT, Colorado
Round 4, Pick 25: J.C. Tretter, OT, Cornell
Round 4, Pick 28 (from Denver): Johnathan Franklin, RB, UCLA
Round 5, Pick 26 : Micah Hyde, CB, Iowa
Round 5, Pick 34 (Compensatory Selection): Josh Boyd, DE, Mississippi State
Round 6, Pick 25: Nate Palmer, LB, Illinois State
Round 7, Pick 10 (from Tennessee through San Francisco): Charles Johnson, WR, Grand Valley State
Round 7, Pick 18 (from Dallas through Miami): Kevin Dorsey, WR, Maryland
Round 7, Pick 26: Sam Barrington, LB, South Florida
1-9-13: As the Packers gear up for a week 1 rematch with the 49ers in the bay area, they seemed to tighten up the ship toward the end of the season. Behind MVP candidate Aaron Rodgers they finished the year at 11-5 and won the NFC North Division. After handling the Vikings who were without their starting quarterback, they face a much stiffer test with San Francisco. Rodgers will need all of his weapons in tact if the Packers want to steal this win on the road. The first meeting between the two teams resulted in a 49er win 30-22. Look for Rodgers to seriously air it out against the 49ers because the run game has been pretty nonexistent all year.
12-4-12: It has been an up and down season through 12 games for the Green Bay Packers and they currently sit and 8-4 in first place. With three of their four remaining games against their own division the Packers will be able to control their own destiny heading into the playoffs. Up next for them is the Detroit Lions who they will play in Green Bay. Two weeks ago Green Bay beat the Lions in Detroit by a score of 24-20 so expect the Lions to have revenge on their minds.