Week 14 – Packers vs. Lions remains at night; Week 15 – Packers vs. Bears stays at noon

Posted by Mike Spofford on November 26, 2012 – 5:23 pm

The NFL has announced that there are no flex scheduling changes to the Sunday prime-time games for Weeks 14 and 15, meaning the Packers-Lions game at Lambeau Field on Dec. 9 will remain at 7:20 p.m. CT kickoff.

That also means the Packers-Bears game at Soldier Field on Dec. 16 will remain at noon CT. The 49ers-Patriots game remains the prime-time matchup in Week 15.

 

 


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Packers-Vikings on Dec. 2 remains noon CT kickoff

Posted by Mike Spofford on November 20, 2012 – 11:11 am

The Packers-Vikings game on Dec. 2 at Lambeau Field will remain a noon CT kickoff, as the NFL announced on Tuesday that there would be no flexible scheduling changes for Week 13.

The Cowboys-Eagles matchup will remain the prime-time game that Sunday night.


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Packers tied with Bears for NFC North lead

Posted by Mike Spofford on November 19, 2012 – 10:33 pm

The Green Bay Packers moved into a tie for the NFC North lead with Chicago following the Bears’ 32-7 loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Monday night.

Both teams now have 7-3 records with six games remaining in the regular season. Technically, the Packers are in first place by virtue of their victory over the Bears in Week 2, but the two teams will meet again on Dec. 16 in Chicago, so the head-to-head tiebreaker is not yet definitive.

The Packers are on a five-game winning streak following their 24-20 win at Detroit on Sunday while the Bears have lost two straight after a 7-1 start. Chicago lost starting QB Jay Cutler to a concussion midway through last week’s loss to Houston, and Cutler didn’t play against the 49ers either.

Without Cutler, Chicago’s offense was basically inept against San Francisco’s swarming defense. The Bears didn’t score until late in the third quarter and gained just 151 total yards. San Francisco, which was also playing with its backup QB in Colin Kaepernick (starter Alex Smith was also out with a concussion), jumped in front early and never looked back. The 49ers lead the NFC West with a 7-2-1 record.

The Packers still have four NFC North games remaining among their six contests. Green Bay will play Minnesota twice (Dec. 2, 30), plus Detroit (Dec. 9) and Chicago (Dec. 16) once each. The Vikings are one game back of the division lead at 6-4, while the Lions are three games back at 4-6.


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Laundry list of Packers not expected to suit up vs. Chargers

Posted by Duke Bobber on August 9, 2012 – 6:00 pm

Quite a few players are not expected to dress for tonight’s game in San Diego vs. the Chargers.

21 CB Charles Woodson
23 RB Du’ane Bennett
33 RB Brandon Saine
35 FB Jon Hoese
37 CB Sam Shields
45 TE Eric Lair
58 LB Frank Zombo
67 DE Johnny Jones
68 G/T Reggie Wells
73 T Ray Dominguez
74 T Marshall Newhouse
76 DT Mike Daniels
78 T Derek Sherrod
81 TE Andrew Quarless
82 TE Ryan Taylor
85 WR Greg Jennings
86 WR Tori Gurley
88 TE Jermichael Finley


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Round 2 is underway

Posted by Mike Spofford on April 27, 2012 – 6:09 pm

WR Brian Quick of Appalachian State is the first pick of the second round, going to the Rams at No. 33. Right after that, the Colts took TE Coby Fleener from Stanford, so the first two picks on Day 2 are offensive players.

There are still a number of attractive defensive players, particularly defensive linemen, on the board. Alabama’s Courtney Upshaw is an OLB candidate, while interior guys remaining include UConn’s Kendall Reyes, Michigan State’s Jerel Worthy, Penn State’s Devon Still, and a few others.

It will be interesting to see if the Packers have targeted one of those names and whether or not they’ll look into trading up if one of them hangs around for a few picks or toward the middle of the second round.


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Rehabilitation instead of vacation for Kuhn

Posted by Ricky Zeller on January 25, 2012 – 3:32 pm

The Packers locker room is dark and empty now. The carpet in the hallway is being steam-cleaned, the music system is switched off and the incessant whirr of the driers in the nearby laundry room hasn’t been heard in a week.

John Kuhn still reports to Lambeau Field each morning, however, on crutches, changes at his locker and goes into the training room. There the medical staff works on his right knee, which he injured in the third quarter against the Giants in the Divisional playoff on Jan. 15.

“It’s kind of eerie,” Kuhn said. “There’s nobody here. If there’s a silver lining, it’s that for a serious knee injury it’s about as good as you could hope for.”

Kuhn suffered a sprained knee, but not a torn ACL, which demands surgery and the longest rehabilitation time. The joint is still swollen and purple, and he has at least two months of work ahead. Unlike his teammates, the fullback won’t be leaving Green Bay anytime soon. He’s not even driving yet – Kuhn stays at the facility until after lunch, then his wife Lindsey picks him up.

“I knew it was something serious when it happened,” he said. “I didn’t know exactly how bad, and we had to wait until the next day to get final word.

“Now we’ll work on the range of motion over the next eight weeks, get the swelling down and get back to full strength. By the time everyone else gets here for the offseason conditioning program in April I’ll be finishing up.”

The injury and early exit from the postseason have hit him hardest. There was also a missed opportunity to play in his first Pro Bowl, a milestone achievement for the former undrafted player from Shippensburg that the Packers plucked off the waiver wire in 2007. Kuhn and Lindsey would have left for Hawaii earlier this week.

“It’s a bit of a downer, I’d like to have gone,” he said. “Rather than going and taking a risk with it, I want to get my knee right. I will be 100 percent by June. That’s when OTAs start. That’s what I’m working toward.”

Kuhn describing what it’s like to have 70,000 fans call his name at once at Lambeau Field:

http://pckrs.com/f9mj


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Record number of players granted special eligibility for NFL Draft

Posted by Ricky Zeller on January 23, 2012 – 12:40 pm

A total of 65 players have been granted special eligibility for the 2012 NFL Draft on April 26-28 in New York. Each of these players has met the league’s three-year eligibility rule and each has submitted a written application in which he renounced his remaining college football eligibility.  The deadline for receiving applications was Jan. 15.

The NFL Draft will kick off in primetime for the third consecutive year. The first round will be held on Thursday, April 26 at 7 p.m. CT. The second and third rounds are set for Friday, April 27 at 6 p.m. CT. Rounds four through seven will be held on Saturday, April 28 at 11 a.m. CT.  

The annual totals of players granted special eligibility for the NFL Draft over the past 10 years:

2012:    65

2011:    56

2010:    53

2009:    46

2008:    53

2007:    40

2006:    52

2005:    51

2004:    43

2003:    47

The players granted special eligibility for the 2012 NFL Draft:

Player Pos. College
Alexander, Alvester RB Wyoming
Allen, Dwayne TE Clemson
Baker, Edwin RB Michigan State
Ball, Mike RB Nevada
Berryhill, Jamison RB Texas
Blackmon, Justin WR Oklahoma State
Brockers, Michael DT Louisiana State
Brown, Bryce RB Kansas State
Burfict, Vontaze LB Arizona State
Charles, Orson TE Georgia
Claiborne, Morris DB Louisiana State
Cox, Fletcher DT Mississippi State
DeCastro, David G Stanford
Eure, Tiree TE Minnesota
Forston, Marcus DT Miami
Gilmore, Stephon DB South Carolina
Givens, Chris WR Wake Forest
Graham, Dorian WR Syracuse
Griffin, Robert QB Baylor
Hampton, Jewel RB Southern Illinois
Harris, Cliff DB Oregon
Hightower, Dont’a LB Alabama
Hill, Stephen WR Georgia Tech
Hillman, Ronnie RB San Diego State
Holloway, Max DE Boston College
Hosley, Jayron DB Virginia Tech
Jackson, Janzen DB McNeese State
James, LaMichael RB Oregon
Jeffery, Alshon WR South Carolina
Johnson, Aldarius WR Miami
Johnson, Damaris WR Tulsa
Jones, Chandler DE Syracuse
Kalil, Matt T Southern California
Kirkpatrick, Dre DB Alabama
Konz, Peter C Wisconsin
Kuechly, Luke LB Boston College
Lewis, Ronnell DE Oklahoma
Luck, Andrew QB Stanford
Manning, Terrell LB North Carolina State
Martin, Jonathan T Stanford
Massie, Bobby T Mississippi
Mercilus, Whitney DE Illinois
Miller, Lamar RB Miami
Osweiler, Brock QB Arizona State
Page, Eric WR Toledo
Paige-Moss, Donte DE North Carolina
Perry, Nick DE Southern California
Pierce, Bernard RB Temple
Plue, Ken G Purdue
Poe, Dontari DT Memphis
Randle, Rueben WR Louisiana State
Reiff, Riley T Iowa
Richardson, Trent RB Alabama
Robinson, Josh DB Central Florida
Sanu, Mohamed WR Rutgers
Scott, Darrell RB South Florida
Streeter, Tommy WR Miami
Thomas, Darron QB Oregon
Thomas, Johnny DB Oklahoma State
Thomas, Phillip DB Syracuse
Trotter, Barrett QB Auburn
Vernon, Olivier DE Miami
Washington, Brandon T Miami
Wilson, David RB Virginia Tech
Worthy, Jerel DT Michigan State

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Packers vs. Giants was most-watched Divisional game ever

Posted by Duke Bobber on January 17, 2012 – 10:39 am

Sunday’s New York Giants-Green Bay Packers game on FOX drew an average of 45.1 million viewers to rank as the most-watched Divisional Playoff game ever, topping the record set last year by Jets-Patriots (43.5 million viewers). Giants-Packers is the most-watched show since Super Bowl XLV.

Most-Watched Shows on Television, Week of Jan. 9-15, 2012

Program, Average Viewers
1. FOX Sunday Divisional Playoff (Giants-Packers) 45.1 million
2. FOX Saturday Divisional Playoff (Saints-49ers) 35.6 million
3. CBS Saturday Divisional Playoff (Broncos-Patriots) 34.2 million
4. CBS Sunday Divisional Playoff (Texans-Ravens) 31.0 million
5. ESPN BCS Championship (Alabama-LSU) 24.2  million

Source: NFL & The Nielsen Company


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Packers-Giants post-game notes & quotes

Posted by Duke Bobber on January 15, 2012 – 10:14 pm

GIANTS TOP PACKERS, 37-20, IN NFC DIVISIONAL PLAYOFF

  • The N.Y. Giants beat the Packers, 37-20, on Sunday at Lambeau Field to advance to the NFC Championship.
  • Green Bay’s 15 wins overall on the season rank tied for No. 2 in franchise history (1997) behind only the team’s 16 victories overall in 1996.


OTHER POST-GAME NOTES:

  • Today’s paid attendance was 72,080. It was the 302nd consecutive sellout (285 regular season, 17 playoffs) at Lambeau Field.
  • WR Donald Driver caught three passes today, giving him a franchise-record 49 receptions for his career in the post- season. That surpassed WR Antonio Freeman’s mark of 47 career catches in the playoffs.
  • With 45 receiving yards, Driver moved past WR Robert Brooks (651 yards) for the No. 2 spot in franchise postseason history. Driver now has 675 career receiving yards in the playoffs.
  • Driver has now caught a pass in 12 consecutive postseason games, which is tied with Freeman for No. 2 in franchise playoff annals behind only RB Dorsey Levens (13 games).
  • QB Aaron Rodgers set a single-game franchise postseason record for the most rushing yards by a quarterback with 66 yards on seven carries (9.4 avg.). That topped the previous mark held by Rodgers (39 yards, at Chicago, Jan. 23, 2011). Rodgers’ 66-yard day was the most by an NFL quarterback in a playoff game since Atlanta’s Michael Vick posted 119 yards rushing vs. St. Louis on Jan. 15, 2005.
  • With 264 passing yards on the day, Rodgers surpassed QB Bart Starr (1,753 yards) for the No. 2 spot in the franchise postseason record book. Rodgers now has 1,781 career passing yards in the playoffs.
  • With two TD passes today, Rodgers moved into a tie with Starr for the No. 2 spot in team history for the most TD passes in the postseason with 15 in his career.
  • LB Brad Jones became the first Packer to block a field goal in a playoff game since DL Cletidus Hunt did so vs. San Francisco on Jan. 13, 2002.
  • S Morgan Burnett posted his first career postseason interception with his second-quarter INT of QB Eli Manning.

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Shovelers at Lambeau Field

Posted by Ricky Zeller on January 13, 2012 – 11:29 am

Scenes from the snow shoveling today at Lambeau Field. Nearly 500 people showed up to help with the effort, with the Packers providing the shovels and each person being paid $10 per hour. There were still flurries in the air, temperatures were around 20 degrees and winds between 15-20 mph. The first winter snowstorm of the season in Green Bay hit Thursday, which is very late for the area.

 


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