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Rodgers Proves It Again That a Packers Super Bowl Trophy is in Reach With Him Under Center

The Green Bay Packers opening day was nothing short of impressive from an offensive standpoint, and for those that were writing the obit for quarterback Aaron Rodgers, suddenly those people are nowhere to be found after the 43-34 statement victory at division rival Minnesota.

Rodgers is 36 years old, but if you think that he’s too old to hoist a Lombardi trophy, just look at the top QB’s in the NFL, as most are north of the age 30.

Sure you have guys like Pat Mahomes, Lamar Jackson and DeShaun Watson who are all young, explosive and are being hailed as the “future of the NFL,” but Rodgers and his other “old” NFL mates have something to say before riding off in the sunset.

Putting all your money on Rodgers is as safe as finding a good online casino, and the way that the quarterback masterfully ran the offense against a good Vikings team has to be heralded as one of the highlights in all of week one in the NFL.

If you think that Rodgers ISN’T going to be in the mix with the term “MVP” attached to his name – think again.

Scoring 43 points on the road and doing it on a day when he got off to a “slow start” is amazing. He led the Pack to 19 points in the second quarter, 14 of those points were scored in 25 seconds when he hit Davante Adams from 24 yards out to make it 15-7.

He got the ball back as a gift, and needed just two plays and 11 seconds to go the final 45 yards, hitting Marquez Valdes-Scantling with a score making it 22-7.

Today ESPN discussed Rodgers on their popular morning show, “First Take,” and there’s an agreement that the QB still has Plenty of gas left in the tank.

Rodgers threw for two more scores in the second half, and were careful to not give the ball away carelessly, making the Vikings have to go most of the field to keep up point-wise with the green and gold.

The NFC North again appears that it’s going to have to run through Green Bay, much like it did last season when the team won the division, and got all the way to the NFC Title game prior to losing to the San Francisco 49’ers on the road.

Now the team is back, and Rodgers proved it on Sunday that he’s nowhere near ready to take his cleats and hang em up.

Coach Matt LaFluer has to worry about an O-line that is banged up, but if there’s one player Sunday that should get a pass for a long time to come – it’s ARod.

Wednesday’s Injury Report for the Packers Battle with the Vikings

GREEN BAY PACKERS
 
Practice Report
  DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday LB Randy Ramsey (groin), G Billy Turner (knee)
 
  LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday DE Montravius Adams (toe), LB Oren Burks (groin), S Raven Greene (quadricep)
 
MINNESOTA VIKINGS
 
Practice Report
  Wednesday (no injuries to report)

Packers Ink NT Kenny Clark to Four-Year Extension

Packers Kenny Clark says he has always wanted to prove the value of nose tackles as complete players.

Now the Packers have given him a contract that showcases that.

The Packers announced Saturday they had signed the 24-year-old Clark to a contract extension without disclosing the length or terms of the deal.

Clark’s agent, Doug Hendrickson, confirmed an ESPN report that the 2016 first-round draft pick from UCLA agreed to terms on a deal worth $70 million, with a $25 million signing bonus.

“Over the years, I’ve just been trying to just, not get out of that (idea that) nose tackle is just a plug. you just plug the gap guy and all he’s worried about is run, and all that kind of stuff,” Clark said. “I’ve just been focused on pass rushing and being able to be an all-around player. I think this deal really solidifies that and really shows nose tackles can do both and get paid high. I’m just excited about it.”

Packers Legend Brett Favre Gives His Opinion on Players Kneeling for the Anthem

Packers great Brett Favre has an opinion on if players should be allowed to kneel for the national anthem or not in 2020.

He doesn’t really care either way.

“I know from being in an NFL locker room for 20 years, regardless of race, background, money you grew up with, we were all brothers it didn’t matter,” Favre told USA Today on Monday.

“Guys got along great. Will that be the same (with kneeling scenario)? I don’t know. If one guy chooses to stand for his cause and another guy chooses to kneel for his cause, is one right and the other wrong? I don’t believe so. We tend to be fixed on highs.

“I don’t know what it’s like to be Black. It’s not for me to say what’s right and what’s wrong. I do know we should all be treated equal. If you can’t do that, you shouldn’t be in America.”

Favre questioned why something like kneeling for the anthem would divide a locker room, and said at the end of the day both sides are in the right.

“There’s no right answer,” the former quarterback told USA Today.

“Other than, the right answer is that we all get along. It seems like the more people try the more damage is done.”

Packers Will Not Have Fans at Lambeau Field for the First Two Home Games of 2020

There won’t be any fans cheering on the Pack in the first few games in Green Bay in the 2020 season, as today the Packers announced they will play in an empty stadium for the first two home games of 2020.

The two home games that will not have fans will be the week two NFC North showdown with the Detroit Lions on 9/20, and the 10/5 home game against Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons.

The 10/5 game against the Falcons is scheduled to be broadcast nationally on ESPN as part of “Monday Night Football.”

Packers WR Devin Funchess Opts Out of Playing in the 2020 Season

Packers receiver Devin Funchess, who had first-hand experience with COVID-19 this offseason while caring for family members with the disease, has opted out of the 2020 season, Rob Demovsky of ESPN reports.

The 26-year-old veteran was the only experienced addition the Packers made to their receiving corps, which was viewed as one of the few weaknesses on a team that reached the NFC Championship last season. He signed a one-year, $2.5 million deal that included a $1 million signing bonus after a lost year with the Colts in 2019, when he suffered a broken collarbone in Week 1.

Funchess canceled several scheduled media opportunities shortly after he signed with the Packers because of what sources said at the time was the need to care for family members diagnosed with COVID-19.

In an Instagram post on Tuesday, Funchess said in part: “My closest family members have experienced the life-threatening impact of COVID-19 first hand and for their own safety and my own safety, I’ve decided to opt out of the upcoming NFL season. This was not a decision I took lightly but it’s what is best for my family and myself at this time.”

Packers 2020 Schedule Released, Team to Open Season in Minnesota

The date that Packers fans had been waiting for came on Thursday night, as the 2020 NFL Schedule was released, with all 16 Packers games included.

The team will start the year at Minnesota against the Vikings, and then will host the Lions in week two at home. The club will have four prime time games.

Week 1: at Minnesota, noon Sunday, Sept. 13. (Fox)

Week 2: Detroit, noon Sunday, Sept. 20 (Fox)

Week 3: at New Orleans, 7:20 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27 (NBC)

Week 4: Atlanta, 7:15 p.m. Monday, Oct. 5 (Gold Pkg.) (ESPN)

Week 5: Bye

Week 6: at Tampa Bay, 3:25 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18 (Fox)

Week 7: at Houston, noon Sunday, Oct. 25 (Fox)

Week 8: Minnesota, noon Sunday, Nov. 1 (Fox)

Week 9: at San Francisco, 7:20 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5 (Fox/NFL Network/Amazon)

Week 10: Jacksonville, noon Sunday, Nov. 15 (Fox)

Week 11: at Indianapolis, noon Sunday, Nov. 22 (Fox)

Week 12: Chicago, 7:20 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 29 (Gold Pkg.) (NBC)

Week 13: Philadelphia, 3:25 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6 (CBS)

Week 14: at Detroit, noon Sunday, Dec. 13 (Fox)

Week 15: Carolina, TBA either Dec. 19 or Dec. 20 (TBA)

Week 16: Tennessee, 7:20 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 27 (NBC)

Week 17: at Chicago, noon Sunday, Jan. 3. (Fox)

The Packers Really Wanted QB Jordan Love; Will It Upset the Apple Cart?

The Packers now have their current franchise quarterback and a potential future one, too.

Most would consider such an updated state worthy of positive marks following a draft, even if Packers fans focused on winning now are displeased, Nick Shook of NFL.com reports.

Those irritated supporters might not have had a choice anyway. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported the Packers were “adamant” about trading up for Utah State quarterback Jordan Love, arranging for multiple deals to trade up, including one deal in which the Packers would have moved up to No. 27 in a trade with Seattle.

The Packers didn’t end up doing so because they swung a swap with Miami to move up to No. 26, where they selected Love and surprised much of the football world. After all, Green Bay has 36-year-old signal-caller Aaron Rodgers, who is undoubtedly still in his prime.

In a draft in which the Packers could have added a weapon for Rodgers, they instead moved up to spend their highest pick on Rodgers’ eventual successor.

No other team was all that interested in moving up to take Love, according to Rapoport. With Rodgers still very capable of winning but also not exactly 25 years old, it would make sense if the quarterback became disgruntled by such a forward-looking decision. Then again, Rodgers came into the league in a similar fashion as the 24th pick in the 2005 draft and the heir apparent to Brett Favre.

It’s been widely publicized how Favre wasn’t exactly keen on helping Rodgers take his job. Some have expected Rodgers to react similarly, but according to Rapoport, Rodgers and Love have connected since the draft. And this won’t be a succession plan that is set into motion in 2020 or 2021; Packers coach Matt LaFleur told NFL Network’s Michael Silver the organization still has “incredible confidence” in Rodgers, who they expect to remain in Green Bay long term.