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Defense Dominates for the Packers as They Top the Bears 10-3 to Kickoff the 2019 Season

It may have been ugly and not the game many wanted to see to start the NFL season, but for the Packers and their cheeseheads, they will take it.

A 10-3 win against their most bitter rival on the road, a team that boasted they would again win the NFC North, could anything be better than that to start a season?

There is plenty to digest in the teams huge win in Solider Field against Chicago, but the bottom line is that the the Pack are 1-0, while the Bears are 0-1.

Here’s a couple quick observations from the Thursday opening night win in Chi-Town.

1. How Bout that D?

The Packers D for a long time has been the butt on many jokes, but on this night they looked more like the 85 Bears than the boys on the other side of the field.

They came up with big play after big play, stopping the Bears and at one point forcing them into a 1st and 40 after a bunch of Chicago penalties.

They made the play of the night at the end, when former Bears DB Adrian Amos picked off Mitch Trubisky in the end zone to all but seal the win.

This unit was downright nasty on opening night.

2. Rodgers’ Night

Aaron Rodgers was hurried most of the night by the Bears pass rush, and only put up one scoring drive resulting in a touchdown, but it was enough.

Rodgers was 18-for-30 with 203 yards and a score, and he was sacked five times and pressured a lot more than that.

The gamer though came through with a huge throwing score to Jimmy Graham, and smartly didn’t force balls in and got another field goal drive later that put the Pack up by seven.

3. Run Game Stunk

Both the Bears and Packers didn’t run the ball well at all, but more of that credit has to go to the play of the two defenses in this game than the Packers and Bears offenses.

Aaron Jones showed some late spark with 39 yards on 13 carries, but really it was a night were rushing for 3-4 yards was a win for the Packers O-line.

On the night in total the Pack ran for just 47 yards on 22 carries, an ugly 2.1 yards per carry average. It goes without saying this has to get better.

4. The Penalties

Maybe it was an off night for the officials, but in total this game was tough to watch, and having to sit through 20 penalties for 178 yards didn’t make it any easier.

And to think those were the ACCEPTED penalties. Both teams have a lot of work to do in this department, but considering the fact both teams were flagged 10 times shows that at least it wasn’t all that one-sided when it came to the laundry on the field.

Up Next: The Pack will have plenty of time to work out any issues as they won’t play again till the 15th of September against another divisional rival at home in the Minnesota Vikings.

Aaron Rodgers to Get in Some Preseason Work Thursday Against the Ravens

Last week the Packers fell to the Houston Texans 28-26 in their preseason opener, and if you would have used a betrivers promotions you could have seen that wasn’t too much of a shock considering most of the Packers starters didn’t play in the contest.

That will change in a big way this week, as NFL.com is reporting that all-world quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers starters will get in some preseason work this week versus the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday night.

The move to amp things up is not too much of a surprise, as usually teams start to play their starters more in game two, and it should be a good measuring stick just to see where this offense and defense is at this point, even if it’s only for a quarter.

Coach Matt LaFleur told reporters Tuesday that Rodgers and the rest of the starting groups on both sides of the ball would play “a quarter or so” depending on how things shake out.

Rodgers sat out the Packers preseason opener, but needing an immersion in LaFleur’s new offense, the quarterback is likely to play more than in the past under Mike McCarthy.

The Packers quarterback doesn’t need a ton of playing time as evidenced by years past, as last season he not only got the win in the opener over the Chicago Bears, but came on after being injured in the game, rallying the team to lead them to a win that many felt would set the pace for the season.

The biggest thing is for this team to be able to run some of their first team offense as well as defense, but also see how this team is going to go when things get tight.

They will likely get a chance to see Baltimore first-string quarterback Lamar Jackson, who is not only going to be the Ravens starter come opening day, but also is expected to be one of the more interesting players in the entire NFL, a player that can not only run but hopefully for the Ravens can get the ball downfield.

The Packers following Thursday’s game against the Ravens will have a road game against the Oakland Raiders, the team from ‘Hard Knocks,’ this season, and then will wrap up the preseason back at Lambeau Field on August 29th at 7pm as they will take on the Kansas City Chiefs.

Sporting News Picks the NFL 2019 Division Winners – Where Do the Packers Land?

It’s that time of the year when national pundits start to look ahead and pick records for teams around the league, as well as pick the winners of the divisions.

Sporting News is out with their 2019 predictions, and they have their picks in for the NFC North.

The longtime company picks the Packers and Bears, not a big surprise, will be the two top teams in the division, with just a game between the two.

The Packers are expected to end the season at 12-4, while they have the Bears ending the year at 11-5.

Sporting News has the Vikings at 9-7 being the third place team, while they have the Lions sitting at 5-11.

Here’s the complete rundown of who Sporting News likes along with the Super Bowl teams.

CB Kevin King’s Hamstring Injury Not Expected to Keep Him Out of Action Very Long

Cornerback Kevin King’s hamstring injury ended his 2018 season, and now he’s back on the sidelines missing time due to yet another injury to his hammy.

The corner missed practice Saturday due to the injury, but the good news is that GM Brian Gutekunst says he thinks that King will be back sooner than later.

“It sounds like he’s going to be OK and it shouldn’t be a long-term thing,” Gutekunst said.
“We’ll kind of wait and see, though. Those things you usually know a little bit more in a few days here. When guys have continuous things it’s always bothersome. He was having a great camp so far. But hopefully he’ll be back pretty quickly.”

Gutekunst was asked if he felt that the 2017 second-round pick would need extra time to get back to where he was when he was first injured.

“I wouldn’t say he’s back to where we have been. Obviously, every player goes through a maturation phase of becoming a pro and I think Kevin’s done an outstanding job,” Gutekunst said.

“He got bit with this thing at the end of the Family Night. I’m hopeful that he’s back out there fully fairly quickly and we’ll go. Kevin’s done the things he needs to do to put himself in good position. He just kind of got bit. Sometimes these things happen. It’s unfortunate but he’s looked really good so far.”

King has played in only 15 games his first two NFL seasons, mostly due to shoulder and hamstring injuries.

Packers Release Veteran Defensive Lineman Mike Daniels

A veteran member of the Packers defense has already gotten a pink slip as training camp gets started.

The team is releasing defensive lineman Mike Daniels, who had been with the team since 2012.

Daniels has been a fixture in the team’s defense during his time with the team, but last season was limited to 10 games due to a foot injury.

This season Daniels was set to make $7.6 million. This was the last season of his contract and the move will clear over $8.3 million in cap space for the Packers.

With Daniels history, the team’s depth chart on the defensive line include Rashan Gary, Dean Lowry, Kenny Clark, Montravius Adams and Kingsley Keke.

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Three Questions About the Packers as Training Camp Gets Started

Last season was an up and down season for the Packers, a season which saw a coaching change, a season which saw th team slump to 6-9-1 and out of the playoffs.

The team has a new coach with Matt LaFleur taking over, a bright young voice that many think will get the team back to where they want to be in the NFC North.

It won’t be easy with improved rosters across the board, but the Packers want to take what was a setback in 2018 and step forward in 2019.

Today we take a look at three questions about this team as camp closes in.

1. LaFleur in Charge

There is always a concern with a first-time head coach that he must find a way in his first camp to take control of the team and find his voice.

LaFleur at age 39 will be entering his 11th year coaching in the NFL and his 18th overall in coaching. He’s got to get a bad taste of the 2018 season out of the team’s mouth, and install a new fire into this team, much like what Mike Holmgren did all the way back when.

The club still have a array of stars like Aaron Rodgers, and they will put them on display to try and get this team back to form.

It’s though LaFleur’s team to run – and he’s got to make an early impact.

2. Davante Adams and Who Else?

Last season Davante Adams had a great season for the Pack as the team’s number one receiver, but at the end of the day the club needs more from others catching the ball.

Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Geronimo Allison could have solid impacts, but there’s plenty of other names to consider for help for Aaron Rodgers throwing the football.

Keep an eye on pass catchers Equanimeous St. Brown, Jake Kumerow, J’Mon Moore, Trevor Davis, Allen Lazard and Teo Redding.

With a new offense who knows what receiver may step up right away?

3. Can the D-Line Take a Step in 2019?

The Pack was 22nd in the NFL in points allowed in 2018, and this season it will start with a defensive line that many think could be a surprise factor on the team.

Not only will it help when it comes to stopping the run, but also getting to the quarterback, which is something the team wants to do even more of in 2019 after 44 sacks in 2018.

Montravius Adams and Tyler Lancaster are two players to watch that could be stars on the line, and if they can set the tempo early in camp, the line for the Packers could be a big surprise.

Packers Place First-Round Pick Safety Darnell Savage on Non-Football Illness List

As camp starts to get going, the Packers today placed first-round safety Darnell Savage, placed on the non-football illness list.

Ian Rapoport says that Savage “should be back out there shortly. Source said it’s a very minor situation.”