You can sign Donald Driver’s retirement card

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The Green Bay Packers without Donald Driver is like the New England Patriots without Troy Brown.

On Wednesday, Donald Driver will officially announce his retirement in front of fans, coaches, and other members of the Packers family at Lambeau Field.
Before he makes it official, Packers fans like you have the chance to say goodbye to one of the greatest Packers of our generation. Or if you’re a Bears fan, write something not so nice. Or if you just don’t like Driver for some other reason…go nuts

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Green Bay Packers schedule gets easier with the Jacksonville Jaguars

The Green Bay Packers opened the season by playing teams who now have a combined record of 28-18 including the San Francisco 49ers (5-2), Chicago Bears (5-1) and Houston Texans (6-1).

Against the league’s cream of the crop, they went 2-1 and are inching back up the power rankings with each week’s stronger showing.

Finally, the Packers get to welcome one of the league’s bottom-feeders into Lambeau Field. The Jacksonville Jaguars have displayed more problems than positives and have a huge mountain to climb to compete with the Green and Gold. [Read more…]

Green Bay Packers vs. Seattle Seahawks: Brutally Honest Preview

For the 20th straight season, the Green Bay Packers will make an appearance on Monday Night Football, making the trip to CenturyLink Field to face off with the Seattle Seahawks.

Seattle is a city currently crazed by rookie sensation Russell Wilson, a guy Packers nation should know very well from his time with the state’s second most important football team, the Wisconsin Badgers.

This game won’t be about quarterbacks though, it’s about a couple of defenses coming off top notch performances in week two wins.

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Packers Donald Driver wins Dancing with the Stars

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Green Bay Packers wide receiver Donald Driver has won the Dancing with the Stars reality show competition. He brings the mirror ball trophy now to Titletown. And he did it without having to do the “discount double check.” (by the way New England Patriots fan Maria Menounos was just eliminated in the last round of cuts)

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Fantasy Football Studs, Duds & Sleepers: NFC North

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Who joins Aaron Rodgers as a fantasy stud?

With the NFL season finally getting underway, we can finally turn our attention from the courtrooms and onto the field, where it belongs. In the coming weeks, we will rank the fantasy studs, duds and sleepers for each division. Today, the NFC North gets some time under the microscope.

Fantasy Studs

Quarterback: Aaron Rodgers, GB (2010: 3922 yards, 28 TD, 11 INT, 356 rushing yards, 4 TD)

This is the biggest no-brainer of the studs group. In the past two seasons, Rodgers has elevated his game to another level. From a fantasy perspective, Rodgers was the model of consistency. He’s played in all but one game in the past two seasons, and put up at least one touchdown in all but one game last season (the injury-shortened week 14 against Detroit). If Rodgers is on your fantasy team, good luck getting rid of a 17-week grin.

Running Back: Adrian Peterson, MIN (2010: 1298 rushing yards, 12 TD, 36 receptions, 341 yards, TD)

Peterson has been a top-3 pick in almost every draft in the past three years, and that streak will likely continue this year. His rushing numbers have dropped each of the past three seasons, but Peterson has compensated by becoming a weapon in the passing game. With rookie Christian Ponder, second-year man Joe Webb, or a free agent to be named later under center for the Vikings this year, I think fantasy owners can feel comfortable in assuming Peterson will get plenty of work this year.

Wide Receiver: Greg Jennings, GB (2010: 76 receptions, 1265 yards, 12 TD)

It took a while for Jennings to get going in 2010, putting up over 75 yards just once in the first five weeks. But from there, everything just seemed to go right. He scored double-digit fantasy points eight times, and fell below eight points just once in the final 11 weeks. Jennings is the best pass catcher on one of the best passing teams in the league.

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Previewing the Green Bay Packers 2011 NFL Draft


“The Green Bay Packers select Aaron Rodgers (2005), Jordy Nelson (2008), A.J. Hawk (2006), B.J. Raji (2009), Clay Matthews (2009), Donald Driver (1999).”

By now, everyone has seen the ESPN commercial listing various Green Bay Packers draft picks over the the last decade.

For General Manger Ted Thompson and the Packers, the NFL Draft is truly “Where Champions are Built,” because key steals in April were the reason the Green and Gold brought the Lombardi Trophy back home this past season.

Even though the Packers are the returning champions, Thompson and the team are aware of some holes to fill. Read on to see where the team may go in the draft and what to expect this weekend.

By: Nick Grays

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Green Bay Packers Are 2011 Super Bowl Champions


The Lombardi Trophy is returning to Green Bay as the Packers defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 31-25 in Super Bowl XLV. It’s the Packers fourth Super Bowl victory and 13th overall championship.

Welcome Aaron Rodgers to the class of NFL’s elite quarterbacks because his 304 yards and three touchdowns couldn’t have been on a bigger stage or against a better defense. For his historic performance, Rodgers was named Super Bowl MVP.

As expected, the battle between the league’s two most historic and storied franchises was a thriller to the end. Fitting that the Packers came out on top after persevering through some costly injuries and mental miscues, much like they  did during the regular season.

By: Nick Grays

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Packers Keys To Victory Versus the Falcons


The Green Bay Packers continue their playoff road trip on Saturday at the Georgia Dome where they will take on the #1-seeded Atlanta Falcons in a NFC divisional match-up.

When these two teams met back in week 12, it didn’t go so well for the Green and Gold. Following a 40 yard kickoff-return from Eric Weems, Pro Bowl QB Matt Ryan moved his team down the field to set up for the game-winning 47 yard field goal with nine seconds left.

Here’s what the Packers need to do if they want to avenge the loss and more importantly advance to the NFC Championship for a chance to play in the biggest game of them all, the Super Bowl.

By: Nick Grays

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Previewing Packers and Eagles Wild-Card Match-Up


The Green Bay Packers will kick off the playoffs in the same way they started the regular season and that’s at Lincoln Financial Field against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Sunday’s game should shape up to be a epic battle between two of the best teams in the last decade as the Packers (10-6) and Eagles (10-6) are the only two teams in the NFC to make the playoffs in three of the last four seasons.

The Packers can only hope the NFC Wild Card contest ends with a similar result to their 27-20 win against the Eagles in week one. That was the first time the Packers beat the Eagles in Philadelphia since 1962, breaking a streak of nine-straight losses.

Can the Packers win in Philly again?

By: Nick Grays

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Fantasy Football Experts Mock Draft: Round 9

Packers 2009 preview Part 1: The offense

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By Jake McCormick

2008 record: 6-10 3rd in NFC North)
Total offense: 351.1 YPG (8th)
Passing yards per game: 238.3 (8th)
Rushing yards per game: 112.8 (17th)
Points per game: 26.2 (5th)

Training camp is only a week away and guess what? The words “Packers” and “Brett Favre” have been uttered together maybe three times in the past two months. One year removed from the final season of “Days of Favre’s Lives” in Green Bay, the Packers’ offense is taking shape around second year starter Aaron Rodgers. I would argue they weren’t the problem with the team’s fall from 13-3 in 2007 to 6-10 in 2008, but that doesn’t mean the offense couldn’t have pulled a few games out of a helmet to keep the defense from shouldering too much pressure and responsibility. Despite the bad record, the Packer offense is one of the best in the NFL and will undoubtedly put up yards and points. It’s just a matter of whether starting running back Ryan Grant and quarterback Aaron Rodgers can harness their potential and prove they can be models of consistency.

Quarterback:
Aaron RodgersLast year I missed my fantasy football draft and accidentally selected Aaron Rodgers in a later round. 4,038 yards, 28 touchdowns, 204 rushing yards and 4 rushing touchdowns later, I can safely say I stumbled on the steal of the draft. Aside from countless questions about whether he could equal Favre’s statistical production, Rodgers faced criticism surrounding his durability. That question was put to rest when he played more than half of last season with a pretty serious shoulder sprain. However, Rodgers only proved that he can put up great fantasy numbers and still needs to showcase his ability as a team leader in pressure situations.

It’s unfair to expect Favre-like heroics so early in his career as a starter, but the Packers had problems in 2008 closing out games and Rodgers needs to give fans and his teammates confidence that he can come through in the toughest situations. Favre wasn’t automatic in the beginning, but learnedJames Franco from experience while facing low clutch expectations typical of a young quarterback. With the twin soap operas surrounding Favre-Vikings and Cutler-Bears, the Packers are so under the radar right now that Rodgers will be free to relax a bit and just play his game. P.S. Rodgers has had more than a few fashion statements in his time as a Cheesehead, but my vote for the best goes to his long hair and dirty moustache because it makes him look like James Franco from Pineapple Express. As long as he continues to show he has better decision-making skills than Saul, the offense will only improve with Rodgers under center.

Running back:
Ryan GrantI knew Ryan Grant wouldn’t start crushing skulls until late in the season because of his contract complaints before it even started. Typically karma kicks in and players in money disputes receive a signing bonus complete with injuries and slow production because they find it more important to make $3 million instead of $900,000. Although Grant rushed for more than a career high 1,200 yards last year, it sure didn’t feel that consistently dominate week to week and he only managed to find the end zone four times. I know this because my roommate had him on his fantasy team and did nothing but complain that 50 to 75 yards a game doesn’t cut it in our intense league.

Seeing as Grant has his new deal, he should be playing with a chip on his shoulder. His success on a week-to-week basis is essential if the offense is going to keep the opposition guessing. Brandon Jackson outplayed Grant more than a couple times last year, and should provide some competition Alien vs. Predator style. Minus the decapitation, bad dialogue and acid blood, of course.

Wide receivers/tight ends:
Greg JenningsThis is easily the strongest and deepest part of the Green Bay offense. I did naked cartwheels in the streets of Madison when I heard that Greg Jennings will be in a Packer uniform for another three years. OK I lied … it was in my hometown of Stoughton, where no one is driving around at 2 a.m. on a Tuesday. Regardless, Jennings has been training with Larry Fitzgerald this offseason and has developed into one of the best deep threats in the league.

DriverIf there’s one thing I learned from Call of Duty it’s that every long range weapon needs a shorter, more precise one just in case. Donald Driver is one of the most durable receivers in the league and will take a lick going across the middle just so he can get up and shimmy down. Driver is a class act and his offseason questions about a contract extension shouldn’t be treated like a Randy Moss or T.O. saga because he puts the team before personal interests more than a full blooded communist in the U.S.S.R.

With Driver and Jennings running perpendicular to each other, the most intriguing battles will take place for the slot receiver and tight end positions. James Jones showed promise during his 2007 rookie campaign, but was nagged almost all of last season by a knee injury. As a result, the head-scratching 2008 second round pick of Jordy Nelson quickly proved that insurance can be affordable if you know where to look (this only applies to sports, of course). Both players produced similar rookie stats, but I have to give the edge here to Nelson because he plays like a bigger and less annoying Wes Welker. Either way, a four receiver set of Jennings, Driver, Nelson and Jones will spread opposing secondaries as thin as they can get. Donald Lee is the starting tight end as of today, but coach Mike McCarthy is pretty high on JerMichael Finley. Both players can stretch the field and have some work to do as blockers, but Finley is the tight end of the future and should see just as many balls thrown his way as Lee.

Offensive line:
Chad CliftonThis is easily the biggest puzzle challenge for Green Bay. A consistently good line is the most important part of a functioning offense because even the best of the best need more than two or three seconds to work their magic. Left tackle Chad Clifton and left guard Daryn Colledge are the only guaranteed starters, and the aging Clifton is coming off another offseason knee surgery. Otherwise, the versatile Jason Spitz will compete against the undersized Scott Wells for the starting center position, and if he loses he’ll most likely be shifted to right guard. If Spitz mans the ship, then Josh Sitton and Allen Barbre will get a shot at the interior right side.

The biggest hole to fill is the one left by my favorite lineman and Wisconsin alumnus Mark Tauscher. Tascher and Clifton were a money tandem as the left and right tackles for a good five years, but Tauscher has also shown signs of career fatigue. Rookie T.J. Lang, Breno Giacomini and Barbre will duke it out for the right tackle spot, but the entire line needs to find some gelling consistency if they want to keep Rodgers from cleaning the turf from his jock every other play. As long as the line stays healthy, which I might actually start praying for because history doesn’t lie about the present, they will give the Packer playmakers the time necessary to showcase their abilities.

The Green Bay Packer offense is still filled with developing players, but it’s hard to argue that the team can improve its end of seasoJordy Nelsonn stats dramatically. The running game is key to the offense’s overall success and if Ryan Grant or Brandon Jackson can’t deliver, teams will start cheating on the pass like they do with the Arizona Cardinals. As long as Aaron Rodgers can continue his anti-Favre impression by making smart decisions with the football, the Packers will put up 25 points a game again. It’s just a matter of whether they can perform at a high level for four quarters instead of three and a half.