Update on the Jermichael Finley ESPN story


One of the most popular features on The Sports Bank this week, was a preview and description of the Jermichael Finley story on ESPN. It got a few thousand page views over the weekend. Jermichael Finley talked about his injuries and life outside of football. And his future.

Following reporter Josina Anderson’s feature on Green Bay Packer Jermichael Finley, who is rehabbing from a severe neck injury and plans to return to football against the wishes of his five-year old son, the ESPN Sunday NFL Countdown panel discussed the pressures of football vs. family.

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Green Bay Packers vs. Pittsburgh Steelers: brutally honest preview

Matt Flynn vs. Cowboys

In a stunning turn of events, the beat-up and battered Green Bay Packers somehow control their own destiny in the NFC Playoff picture.

To keep that destiny alive and set-up a possible de facto week 17 playoff game with the Chicago Bears, the Packers have to get through the Pittsburgh Steelers at Lambeau Field.

Will back-up quarterback Matt Flynn and the Packers have enough in the tank to make a magical run or will the Steelers cause the season to come to a screeching halt? [Read more...]

Packers TE Jermichael Finley: what does the future hold?

Jermichael Finley is an enigma. When he is playing, there aren’t many tight ends with his skill set. He’s 6’5?”, 247 with great speed, hands, and the athleticism to make acrobatic catches. It’s almost unfair because he’s far too quick for linebackers and far too powerful for defensive backs.

Yet, he has been plagued with injuries throughout his career. You would think that with just 82 catches for 1051 yards and seven touchdowns entering this season that his time would come. Of course, fate was not kind to him in 2013.

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Green Bay Packers vs Dallas Cowboys preview


The national game on Fox Sports this weekend is the Green Bay Packers versus the Dallas Cowboys. With quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ status for Sunday still undecided, the Green Bay Packers march into Texas to take on the Dallas Cowboys who could further strengthen their position in the NFC playoff race with a win Sunday. Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and Pam Oliver call the game this Sunday (3:25 PM CST) on FOX from Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, TX.

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Packers may shut down Aaron Rodgers for the season

aaron rodgers

The Green Bay Packers have not been even a shell of what they once were since QB Aaron Rodgers injured his collarbone. Ever since the Chicago Bears defense knocked Aaron Rodgers out in the Bears Monday Night win at Green Bay, things have been disastrous for the Green & Gold. The Packers are now on their fourth quarterback, and all of the non Aaron Rodgers variety of QBs have not been good.

And if the losing continues, Aaron Rodgers could be shut down for the season.

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Green Bay Packers vs. Detroit Lions: Thanksgiving brutally honest preview

Aaron Rodgers movember

It feels like it’s been an eternity since the Green Bay Packers’ 22-9 win over the Detroit Lions in Week 5.

Interestingly enough, the Lions were without superstar wide receiver Calvin Johnson back then and now the Packers are without their superstar quarterback Aaron Rodgers in part two of the series.

Will the Packers look as lost as the Lions did without Calvin or will they finally rise to the challenge? Does anyone want to win the NFC North?

These are the questions that fans want answered on Thanksgiving 2013.

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Detroit Lions own stupidity keeps them from controlling NFC North


When the Detroit Lions are your bellwether, your division is another NFC Least. The NFC was considered one of the strongest divisions in the NFL just a month ago. But since then, the Green Bay Packers lost Aaron Rodgers, degrading into a shell of themselves in the process. The Minnesota Vikings continued to stay in the dregs with the Jacksonvilles and Tampa Bays of the world. The Chicago Bears defense went on permanent bye week and the Detroit Lions just continue to act like the Detroit Lions.

They’re like the Brooklyn Nets in the NBA; very talented, but playing dumb. Very dumb. Every games.

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Green Bay Packers vs. Minnesota Vikings: brutally honest prediction part II

Green Bay Packers v New York Giants

The Green Bay Packers haven’t hit the panic button yet, but it could happen soon if they fall to the division-rival Minnesota Vikings at Lambeau Field.

Starting this Sunday, Green Bay will embark on a stretch of two games against NFC North opponents in the span of five days.

Only a single game back of the Detroit Lions (who plays Green Bay on Thanksgiving) and Chicago Bears, the Packers are very much still in the hunt for another division title.

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Green Bay Packers vs. New York Giants: brutally honest preview

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Quarterback Scott Tolzien will make his first career start for the Green Bay Packers and linebacker Clay Matthews is set to lose the club on his right hand.

The Packers will need all the help they can get to avoid coming out flat when they travel to MetLife Stadium to play the New York Giants.

If Green Bay can’t limit the damage with Aaron Rodgers out, this will be the team’s only trip to MetLife this season (the site of this year’s Super Bowl).

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Packer nation, Brett Favre doing Today Show exclusive


Former Green Bay Packers QB Brett Favre is as big a personality as the NFL has ever seen. Favre has accomplished so much, on and off the field. Sure, his career with the Minnesota Vikings and the New York Jets was a footnote, but he still became the man-crush of John Madden and the end of Jenn Sterger ‘s career. (With help from Deadspin). Then there’s all the NFL passing records he broke.

Brett Favre still impacted the game after former Northwestern and current Chicago Bears DE Corey Wootton ended his career.

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Green Bay Packers vs. Philadelphia Eagles: brutally honest preview

Packers vs. Bears

The time has come for everyone to see how good the Green Bay Packers really are when they take on the Philadelphia Eagles without their superstar quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

Rodgers broke his collarbone in a loss to the Chicago Bears while the Eagles are fresh off a performance where their quarterback, Nick Foles, threw seven touchdowns in just three quarters of play.

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Shea McClellin earns defensive player honors, Hell freezes over

Shea McClellin

Two days after landing the hit heard round the NFL, Shea McClellin was rewarded for his career day against the Green Bay Packers. The NFL awarded McClellin with the NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors for his five tackle, three sack performance Monday night. His trio of sacks doubled his career total. [Read more...]