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Steelers Star RB Le’Veon Bell to the Packers? One Can Dream About it Happening

Pittsburgh Steelers star Running Back Le’Veon Bell isn’t going to play this season after deciding to sit out when he and the team that drafted him could not make a deal.

With a year of rest underneath his belt, Bell won’t be in black and gold next season, but how about playing in Green Bay?

Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report says that the dynamic back will probably be in New York next season, giving the Jets running back position the biggest upgrade it could possibly get (unless maybe they dealt for Rams running back Todd Gurley).

But, he also talks about some other teams in the mix for Bell’s services, and one of them could be the Packers, where he would give a HUGE upgrade to the offense.

Here’s the portion of the story about the Packers and Bell:

One NFC South coaching source thought Bell would be “the perfect match with Aaron Jones,” in Green Bay. “It would be like [Alvin] Kamara and [Mark] Ingram in New Orleans.” He added that such a move would extend the career of Aaron Rodgers “by light-years.”

So while it sounds like a long shot, how great would the Pack offense be with Bell running the football wearing green next season?

Packers Late Letdown a Script the Team Knows All Too Well; Now with Six Games Left It’s Do or Die

The Green Bay Packers inability to finish games once again reared its ugly head on Thursday night, and now this season which at one point had quite a bit of promise is on the brink, a the teams latest 27-24 loss to the Seattle Seahawks has them sitting at 4-5-1 overall.

If you PlayMGM review or any other sports betting site, the Packers were one of the favorites before the season to win the NFC, and along with the Minnesota Vikings were the favorites to win the NFC North.

They wake up today not only a game under .500, but also depending on how the Vikings and Chicago Bears Sunday night prime time showdown ends up, they could wind up two and a half games out of first with just six games left.

Not a position the team nor the Packers fans felt they would be in with a month and a half left in 2016.

“We just gotta finish games,” Packers defensive tackle Kenny Clark said. “We had a thousand times to put that game away. We got to put that game away. I don’t know. It’s frustrating. It’s tough.”

Thursday the team had it all going their way early, they led 14-3 with 3:10 left in the first quarter, and they were doing exactly what they had to do in order to walk out of a very tough stadium with a win.

Then, like letting the air out of a balloon, it was all over. They watched as Seattle QB Russell Wilson marched down the field over and over again, making it a 17-14 Seahawks led with 3:44 left in the half.

The Packers still had a lead late, but just like they did when they had an 11-point lead, they watched as Wilson led Seattle on a late drive, 7 plays, 75 yards, in 3:15, scoring the game-winning points and once again sending the Packers home with a huge ‘L’ in a game they should have won.

“Unfortunately, I mean that’s kind of reared its ugly head for the entirety of the year,” linebacker Clay Matthews said.

“We’ve had a number of teams — good teams — on the ropes, and unfortunately just giving up too many big plays. Haven’t been able to make the big plays in crunch time to seal the victory. So it’s difficult. Obviously a difficult point with where we’re at in the season. It’s going to be real uphill sledding to have a chance at the playoffs, but all we can do is just get back to work.

“We were that close, but unfortunately in this business, close doesn’t count. We have to get the wins, and we’ve got to start in Minnesota, which is going to be another tough one.”

Close is not going to get it done in the league, and this is too good and too talented of a team, and they should know better by now how to finish games.

They had the momentum, but as left tackle David Bakhtiari put it, they allowed that momentum to get away, and they were helpless to do anything about it.

“We have to hit that mark at the end of the day,” Bakhtiari said. “Like I’ve said week in and week out, the game’s all about momentum. There’s going to be a lot of momentum shifts and you’ve got to be able to ride your wave and when you’re hitting you’ve got to be able to capitalize on it.

“Then it’s situational ball — we’ve got to be able to capitalize when we have situations, and every single time we end up in this little lull, we have not made the most of that situation. Situations are going the other way, and that’s what’s tough. We’ve got to be able to correct it, fix it and move on.”

The Packers final six games looks like this – at Vikings, Cardinals Falcons, at Bears, at Jets, Lions.

If this team is gong to make a run, they are going to have to win likely five if not all six of those games.

Concerned? If you’re a Packers player or fan – you should be.

“Concerned? Maybe a little bit. I’m not going to lie to you. Maybe a little bit. But am I optimistic? I’m very optimistic that we can still get the job done. It’s not going to be easy as you all know but I’m optimistic that we can get the job done,” defensive back Tramon Williams said.

Here’s hoping he’s right.

Packers Activate WR Trevor Davis From Reserve/Injured List

The Packers have added what they hope will be another weapon to their offense, as they have activated WR Trevor Davis from reserve/injured list.

Davis was placed on insured reserve Sept. 11 with a hamstring injury.

Davis was one of only three players in the league (Pharoh Cooper and Andre Roberts) to rank in the top 10 in the NFL in both punt-return average (No. 2, 12.2 yards) and kickoff-return average (No. 9, 22.7 yards) from 2016-17.

Davis is the first player the Packers have activated from IR this year. The Packers can activate one more player this season.

Preview: Packers and Seahawks Get Ready for Big NFC Thursday Night Showdown in Seattle

NFL Playbook previews the Week 11 matchup between the Green Bay Packers and the Seattle Seahawks.

Video – First Take: Bill Belichick Would Rather Have Aaron Rodgers Than Tom Brady

Week 9 of the 2018-19 NFL season features a heavyweight matchup between the Green Bay Packers and New England Patriots, as two of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play the game square off in Foxborough: Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady. First Take’s Max Kellerman says despite winning five Super Bowl rings with Brady at the helm, Pats head coach Bill Belichick would rather have Rodgers, if given the choice. Stephen A. Smith disagrees, and even apologizes to Patriots’ legend and ESPN NFL analyst Tedy Bruschi for even being a part of the discussion.

Packers Ship Running Back Ty Montgomery to the Ravens for a 7th Round Pick

Just two days after a fumble that drew the ire of not only the coaches but quarterback Aaron Rodgers, the Packers have shipped running back Ty Montgomery to the Baltimore Ravens.

In exchange, the Ravens send a 2020 seventh-round pick back to Green Bay. The move for the Pack comes just two days after Montgomery had a huge late game fumble on a kickoff that cost Green Bay a chance against the Rams in Los Angeles.

Montgomery was upset the series before, and many felt that he defied the coaches by try9ing to run the ball out of the end zone on a kickoff instead of downing it and starting at the 25.

Montgomery will join current Ravens running backs Alex Collins and Buck Allen. This season Montgomery has rushed for just 105 yards with one score.

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers Looking to Get Rid of Brace Before Big Stretch of Games

Aaron Rodgers still hopes to play without the brace he’s worn on his left knee since his Week 1 injury, but he couldn’t say yet whether that will be the case in Week 8 — even after the benefit of a bye week, Rob Demovsky of ESPN reports.

The Packers quarterback is looking for any edge he can find entering what might be the toughest stretch of his NFL career.

The Packers begin a stretch of four road games in five weeks on Sunday at the undefeated Los Angeles Rams, where the Packers are the biggest underdogs (8.5 points) they’ve been since Rodgers became a starter in 2008. It continues at the New England Patriots and also includes road games at the Seattle Seahawks (on a Thursday night in a short week) and at the Minnesota Vikings. The lone game at Lambeau Field, against the Miami Dolphins, comes between the games at New England and Seattle.

With or without the knee brace, Rodgers said the Packers (3-2-1) are “going to have to play better, we’re going to have to play a lot better than we have to win those games.”

Rodgers said Tuesday that he could not remember a tougher stretch of games during his career.

“This is three division winners on the road and some tough tests for us,” Rodgers said. “This week, obviously, a really hot team and then going against Tom [Brady] and Bill [Belichick] and those guys, fantastic organization that’s obviously won a lot of championships, coming home and playing a tough Miami team, going on the road to one of the toughest places to play in the NFL and then obviously a big division rival game. It’s a tough stretch.”

The Packers’ next five opponents have a combined record of 23-10-1, and only the Seahawks (3-3) don’t have a winning record.

“This is an important stretch in our season,” Rodgers said. “I’m not going to say it’s going to define our season, but it’s definitely going to shake things out when we get on the other side of this and get back home in six weeks on where we’re at in the race and what we’re playing for.”

Rodgers did not practice on Tuesday — a day the Packers treated like a Wednesday because they’re leaving for Los Angeles on Friday. Rodgers hasn’t practiced on a Wednesday since the injury, but he hopes to do so on Thursday.

Will The Packers And The NFL Miss A Chance On Esports?

The Packers have had brilliant track record. In 2017, they received $277 million from the NFL’s eye-popping $8 billion raked in revenues. And while the season is now in full blast and the team continues to stay on top of their game, there may be yet more opportunities to monetize on the popularity of NFL, other than commercials and broadcast rights.

A new breed of sports fans has emerged. Youths with plenty of disposable income who love their sport as much as they love their esports. In fact, some of the NFL’s own stars have embraced esports and jumped in the thick of it in the hours between training sessions, including JuJu Smith-Schuster who is playing for FaZe Clan, a popular esports powerhouse that often attracts real athletes to compete in video games.

Should the NFL and Franchises Such as Packers Pursue Investment Opportunity?

There are a lot of arguments in favor and against. Esports alone generate overwhelming amount of viewership, although admittedly, not for digital version of the NFL. Nevertheless, the NBA 2K, a newly-established NBA-inspired esports league, are hoping to whip up sufficient interest and drive revenue from their digital arm. A similar idea could be pursued by the NFL.

Another interesting and potentially lucrative revenue stream to be explored is esports betting, which strikes home with the NFL. The NFL has been one of the originators of fantasy betting, which has been both loved and hated, though any negative segment has stemmed from ossified legislators for the most part.

Can the Packers Gab turn that to their benefit? It remains to be seen. A great example can be given by pointing out to the recent sponsorship between the English Premier League (EPL), the world’s most-watched football tournament and Electronic Arts (EA).

Each of the mainstream football clubs will field their own digital contesters. Many of the teams in the league in fact already have FIFA teams, including Manchester City and West Ham, and others.

The Dangerous of Playing with Esports

Beyond the reproach that esports are not as much of a noble sport as, well, their mainstream counterparts there seem to be other dangers associated to this professional. A recent shooting during an EA Madden NFL 2019 qualifying event left three gamers dead in Jacksonville, Florida, after a gamer who had just lost opened fire on his fellow competitors.

The wanton deaths of the players have had its effects with the game’s producer and publisher, EA, now pushing up the standards of all qualifying events. The original NFL has had to deal with security issues for decades, but the freshly-minted segment of esports is new to the idea that someone would lash out and start shooting at people, even if the nature of the game is sometimes quite violent indeed.

Most of esports have been recreational. And the electronic NFL is not the only mainstream sport that has been brought to the digital realm. The NBA and FIFA are also transformed into games that are enjoyed by both the actual players who compete and the parent organizations and gamers.

In the case of the NBA, for example, the NBA 2K League has been set-up. NBA Commissioner Adam Smith has called it a fully-fledged member of the mainstream sporting body.

NFL and Riding the Wave

Understandably, the NFL has not been in a particular hurry to embrace the segment. But it may be worth knowing that esports are developing and doing so quickly. Even if the NFL remains at the top of the charts with its $14 billion in annual revenue, esports are developing and worth $350 million in the United States alone, and they have a much greater international reach, unlike the NFL.

However, breaking the numbers further down, esports events such as the Dota 2 International have prize pools that may soon come to rival those of established competitions, such as Wimbledon.

The NFL can truly benefit from the expansion of esports by bringing fans from overseas. Understandably, adapting the franchises to an esports-oriented marketing would be a mean feat at first, but so far – all mainstream sporting bodies that experimented with it are happy with the upshot.

Intelligence companies, such as NewZoo and Sensor Tower have all been pointing to the imminent rise of esports as a discipline that will channel new business opportunities for mainstream sporting bodies. The question is if NFL wants to make use of these new opportunities.