19

June

Packers Announce 2013 Training Camp Schedule

The Green Bay Packers released their 2013 Training Camp Schedule today, to the delight of fans everywhere. As we’ve seen in the past, this schedule is subject to change, so for those of you planning to attend, keep an eye out for any updates. And as always, should inclement weather force practice inside the Don Hutson Center, it will be closed to the public. The players will report on Thursday, July 25th, and Mike McCarthy will give his season-opening press conference that day at 10:00 a.m.

You can continue to reference the Packers’ schedule throughout the season right here at AllGreenBayPackers.com. Just follow the above navigation links by clicking on Schedule >> Green Bay Packers 2013 Schedule.

GREEN BAY PACKERS
2013 TRAINING CAMP SCHEDULE
Date Practice Time(s)
Friday, July 26 8:20 A.M. – SHELLS
Saturday, July 27 8:20 A.M. – SHELLS
Sunday, July 28 8:20 A.M. – FULL PADS
Monday, July 29 NO PRACTICE
Tuesday, July 30 8:20 A.M. – FULL PADS
Wednesday, July 31 8:20 A.M. – FULL PADS
Thursday, August 1 8:20 A.M. – FULL PADS
Friday, August 2 7:00 P.M. – FULL PADS
Saturday, August 3 FAMILY NIGHT – 6:30 P.M. CDT – FULL PADS
Sunday, August 4 NO PRACTICE
Monday, August 5 NO PRACTICE
Tuesday, August 6 8:20 A.M. – FULL PADS
Wednesday, August 7 8:20 A.M. – FULL PADS
Thursday, August 8 8:20 A.M. – FULL PADS
Friday, August 9 PRESEASON GAME vs. ARIZONA CARDINALS – 7:00 P.M. CDT
Saturday, August 10 NO PRACTICE
Sunday, August 11 NO PRACTICE
Monday, August 12 NO PRACTICE
Tuesday, August 13 11:15 A.M. – FULL PADS
Wednesday, August 14 11:15 A.M. – FULL PADS
Thursday, August 15 11:00 A.M. – HELMETS
Friday, August 16 NO PRACTICE
Saturday, August 17 PRESEASON GAME @ ST. LOUIS RAMS – 7:00 P.M. CDT
Sunday, August 18 NO PRACTICE
Monday, August 19 11:30 A.M. – SHELLS
Tuesday, August 20 11:15 A.M. – FULL PADS
Wednesday, August 21 11:00 A.M. – FULL PADS
Thursday, August 22 NO PRACTICE
Friday, August 23 PRESEASON GAME vs. SEATTLE SEAHAWKS – 7:00 P.M. CDT
4

June

Four Things the NHL Playoffs Teach Me About the NFL

NHL and NFL LogosThose of you who regularly read my posts know that I live in Pittsburgh. I arrived here after making a few different stops in my life journey, though my mom did grow up in Western Pennsylvania, so I do have roots here. And while I am a football fan to the extreme, I have grown to enjoy watching ice hockey. Put two and two together, and you should not be surprised to know that I have been following the Pittsburgh Penguins in their run towards another Stanley Cup championship.

Right now, the Penguins are favored to win, despite their disappointing loss on Saturday against the Boston Bruins. It was the first game of the Eastern Conference Finals, so they’re down but certainly not out.

However, as I was watching the game, my mind couldn’t help but explore the similarities and differences between the two sports. Football is far and above more popular, and you could probably even rank hockey below baseball and basketball in terms of viewership. Nevertheless, here are some things I learned about the NFL as I watched the NHL playoffs:

1. Individual games hold more value.

I probably should have noted in the beginning that I am a very, very casual fan of ice hockey. In fact, I generally only tune into games when the playoffs roll around. Each NHL team plays 82 games in the regular season, for a grand total of 1,230 games across the league. In short, I simply don’t have the time to commit to my team.

Contrast that with the 16-game schedule of NFL teams, and it’s easy to see why each game holds more value. Now, this it not a new revelation, but it’s a model that has helped football become the biggest sport in the nation. When so few games are played, each one carries more weight in determining playoff chances for a team. And that means more fans will feel the urgency to tune in and see what happens.

Like the NHL, the NBA teams also play 82 games each in the regular season. Meanwhile, MLB teams see nearly twice the action, with 162 games per season. It’s great for the statisticians, because the large sample size makes the numbers more meaningful, but it can be too much to follow for the average fan.

9

November

Looking at the Packers Remaining Schedule after the Bye Week (with podcast)

Mike McCarthy and Aaron Rodgers celebrate after a 72-yard touchdown to Tom Crabtree against the Arizona Cardinals.

Mike McCarthy and Aaron Rodgers celebrate after a Tom Crabtree TD against the Arizona Cardinals.

Coming into the season, there were a couple stretches that appeared difficult on the Packers’ schedule.

The first tough part of the Packers’ schedule began on opening weekend, while the second challenging stretch figured to be coming out of the bye week.

In week one, the San Francisco 49ers came to Lambeau Field and controlled the game from the kickoff, as the 49ers’ stout defense completely shut the Packers down. The Packers were 0-1, and the schedule didn’t get any easier.

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The Packers were, again, playing at home in week two. This time, against a hungry and much-improved Chicago Bears team. Tramon Williams caught as many passes as Brandon Marshall, and defensive coordinator Dom Capers continued his dominance against Jay Cutler, confusing the Bears quarterback into four interceptions and a 28.2 passer rating.

Now back to .500, the Packers traveled to Seattle to play the Seahawks on Monday Night Fotoball. The Seattle crowd was, as usual, extremely loud, helping the Seahawks blow past the Packers’ offensive line for a season-high eight sacks. We all know how the game ended–the Packers won the game…except they didn’t.

Fans were outraged as the Packers sat at 1-2 with the New Orleans Saints coming to town in week four. The Packers offense got back on track against the lowly Saints defense, as Rodgers threw for 319 yards and four touchdowns.

The first “tough stretch” of the season was in the books, and the Packers were 2-2.

The schedule appeared to lighten up over the course of the next several games, but the very next week, the Packers blew a 21-3 lead over the Indianapolis Colts and fell below .500 once again. After their loss at Indianapolis, the Packers have won four straight games, defeating the previously-unbeaten Houston Texans, St. Louis Rams, Jacksonville Jaguars and Arizona Cardinals.

So, here they are.

The Packers are 6-3 at the bye week, trailing the 7-1 Chicago Bears in the NFC North division. While the Bears may have the best defense in the league through the first half of the season, they’re entering a challenging two-game stretch against Houston and San Francisco. So looking ahead, the Packers could have an opportunity to pull even with Chicago in the coming weeks.

10

November

Green Bay Packers Schedule: Running the Gauntlet

When the NFL schedule was first released back in April, the upcoming three games for the Green Bay Packers were of important interest to head coach Mike McCarthy. Because starting on Monday Night Football against the Minnesota Vikings, the Packers will play three games in just 11 days.

On November 14th, Green Bay hosts Minnesota at Lambeau Field. The following Sunday (November 20th), the Tampa Bay Buccaneers travel to the frozen tundra, and on November 24th, the Packers take on the Detroit Lions in their annual Thanksgiving Day massacre- I mean, showdown.

This means that following the Vikings game, the Packers will be on short weeks to prepare and rest for each subsequent matchup.

But it gets better.

All three teams are conference opponents, meaning the outcomes will be significant in determining playoff rankings. On top of that, two of the three games are division opponents, which obviously has a direct affect on the Packers’ standing in the NFC North title race.

After facing off with the Minnesota Vikings a mere three weeks ago, Green Bay will be taking their second and final shot at the rebuilding team for the season. Last time they helped rookie quarterback Christian Ponder make a laudable debut for the purple and gold, eking out just a 33-27 win at the “Humpty Dump.”

This time, the Packers won’t have to deal with the crowd noise, so a win should be well within reach.

Next come the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. They are the final NFC South opponent to take on the Green Bay Packers this season, and they are all that stand in the way of Aaron Rodgers and company sweeping that division. (The Packers already beat the New Orleans Saints, Carolina Panthers, and Atlanta Falcons.)

It will also mark the last NFC North team that the Bucs will face, having already lost to the Lions and Bears, but defeating the Vikings.  That said, I’m sure the Packers won’t forget how Josh Freeman and his creamsicle uniform shocked them for a 38-28 loss back in November of 2009.

Finally, Green Bay will travel to Ford Field to finish their three-game gauntlet against the Detroit Lions.

The Lions were the only undefeated team to run alongside the Packers this year until the San Francisco 49ers derailed them in Week 6. Sitting just two games behind the division lead, this matchup could very easily play a determining factor in who takes the NFC North in 2011.

30

October

Packers: Answering 5 Bye Week Questions on the Defense, Schedule

The Green Bay Packers are undefeated at 7-0, but they still have question marks as they finish up their bye in Week 8. Let’s breakdown some of the most-asked questions I’ve seen about the Packers during the bye. You know you need your fix on this Packers-less Sunday, anyway.

Is there reason to think the defense can improve during the last 9 games?

One thing we know is that any improvement from the Packers defense will have to come from within. Guys like Chris Harris have been released in recent weeks, but Ted Thompson doesn’t typically bite on those kind of re-treads from other teams. So, the question becomes: Can this defense, as it looks now, improve over the next couple of months?

There’s definitely reason to think so. Tramon Williams is finally getting healthy, and we finally saw him bumping at the line against the Vikings and being more physical. That’s a big part of his game that was lost when he hurt his shoulder. A week off can only help that injury. Same goes for Clay Matthews, Charles Woodson, Sam Shields and Morgan Burnett, each of which have dealt with dings early on. Frank Zombo should return. Mike Neal, who we’ll address next, could be back. Healthy ammunition is always dangerous for a defensive gunner like Dom Capers.

But to reach their 2010 level, the Packers are going to need a player or two to step up that isn’t one of the stars. Last season, it was Shields. Someone along the defensive line, like Jarius Wynn or C.J. Wilson might be a candidate. Possibly Neal if he returns soon. Vic So’oto could potentially provide something in the pass rush. Either way, someone needs to emerge as a standout playing next to the established stars.

What’s the deal with DE Mike Neal? Will he play in 2011?

The first week after the bye was always the target date for Neal, but that looks highly unlikely now. His rehab is behind schedule, and you get the feeling that Neal might not make a big contribution this season. Regardless of when he can start practicing again, the Packers are going to take his comeback slow. It’s going to take him awhile to work his way back into the rotation.

29

July

Green Bay Packers 2011 Schedule: Training Camp Dates Announced

The Green Bay Packers released their official training camp schedule this evening. You can download a copy from the Packers website by following this link. We have also posted the full season schedule below, and you can access it at any time by using the “2011 Schedule” tab at the top of the website.


The Official 2011 Schedule of the World Champion Green Bay Packers:

GREEN BAY PACKERS
2011 TRAINING CAMP SCHEDULE
Date Practice Time(s)
Friday, July 29 PLAYERS REPORT TO TRAINING CAMP
Saturday, July 30 7:00 P.M. – SHELLS
Sunday, July 31 7:00 P.M. – SHELLS
Monday, August 1 7:00 P.M. – FULL PADS
Tuesday, August 2 NO PRACTICE
Wednesday, August 3 7:00 P.M. – FULL PADS
Thursday, August 4 7:00 P.M. – FULL PADS
Friday, August 5 7:00 P.M. – FULL PADS
Saturday, August 6 FAMILY NIGHT – 6:30 P.M. – FULL PADS
Sunday, August 7 NO PRACTICE
Monday, August 8 7:00 P.M. – FULL PADS
Tuesday, August 9 7:00 P.M. – FULL PADS
Wednesday, August 10 7:00 P.M. – FULL PADS
Thursday, August 11 7:00 P.M. – FULL PADS
Friday, August 12 1:00 P.M. – HELMETS
Saturday, August 13 PRESEASON GAME at CLEVELAND BROWNS – 6:30 P.M. CDT
Sunday, August 14 NO PRACTICE
Monday, August 15 7:00 P.M. – FULL PADS
Tuesday, August 16 7:00 P.M. – FULL PADS
Wednesday, August 17 7:00 P.M. – FULL PADS
Thursday, August 18 1:00 P.M. – HELMETS
Friday, August 19 PRESEASON GAME vs. ARIZONA CARDINALS – 7:00 P.M. CDT
Saturday, August 20 NO PRACTICE
Sunday, August 21 NO PRACTICE
Monday, August 22 10:45 A.M. – FULL PADS
Tuesday, August 23 10:45 A.M. – FULL PADS
Wednesday, August 24 10:30 A.M. – HELMETS
Thursday, August 25 NO PRACTICE
Friday, August 26 PRESEASON GAME at INDIANAPOLIS COLTS – 7:00 P.M. CDT
Saturday, August 27 NO PRACTICE
Sunday, August 28 10:45 A.M. – FULL PADS
Monday, August 29 10:45 A.M. – FULL PADS
Tuesday, August 30 10:30 A.M. – HELMETS