Packers Set to Be More of a Player in Free Agency in 2017?

The Packers under General Manager Ted Thompson have not been major players in free agency but that might be changing, Chris Wesseling of NFL.com reports.

Appearing on Thursday’s edition of NFL Total Access, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport relayed expectations that Green Bay will be more aggressive than usual this offseason.

“From what I’m told,” Rapoport said, “I would think the Packers are going to go and get some free agents this year along with trying to re-sign Jared Cook — which is a priority for them.”

That’s not to say Thompson is ready to go on a shopping spree. During Thursday’s season-ending press conference, Mike McCarthy reminded reporters that Thompson still has the same philosophy of building through the draft, re-signing his homegrown talent and using the open market judiciously.

Packers vs Falcons Thursday NFC Title Game Injury Report

GREEN BAY PACKERS
 
Practice Report
  DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday WR Davante Adams (ankle), WR Geronimo Allison (hamstring), S Morgan Burnett (quadricep), K Mason Crosby (illness), LB Julius Peppers (not injury related), RB James Starks (concussion), C J.C. Tretter (knee)
  Thursday WR Davante Adams (ankle), WR Geronimo Allison (hamstring), S Morgan Burnett (quadricep), RB James Starks (concussion), C J.C. Tretter (knee)
 
  LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday WR Jeff Janis (quadricep), G T.J. Lang (foot), WR Jordy Nelson (ribs), CB Quinten Rollins (neck, concussion)
  Thursday G T.J. Lang (foot), WR Jordy Nelson (ribs), CB Quinten Rollins (neck, concussion)
 
  FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday LB Jayrone Elliott (hand), LB Clay Matthews (shoulder), LB Nick Perry (hand)
  Thursday K Mason Crosby (illness), LB Jayrone Elliott (hand), WR Jeff Janis (quadricep), LB Clay Matthews (shoulder), LB Julius Peppers (not injury related), LB Nick Perry (hand)
 
ATLANTA FALCONS
 
Practice Report
  DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday WR Julio Jones (toe)
  Thursday WR Julio Jones (toe)
 
  LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday DT Jonathan Babineaux (shoulder), WR Taylor Gabriel (forearm), S Keanu Neal (foot)
  Thursday DT Jonathan Babineaux (shoulder), WR Taylor Gabriel (forearm)
 
  FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Thursday S Keanu Neal (foot)

Packers vs Cowboys Thursday Injury Report

GREEN BAY PACKERS at DALLAS COWBOYS on Sunday night
GREEN BAY PACKERS
 
Practice Report
  DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday WR Jeff Janis (quadricep), WR Jordy Nelson (ribs), LB Julius Peppers (not injury related), RB James Starks (concussion), C J.C. Tretter (knee)
  Thursday LB Jayrone Elliott (hand, not injury related), WR Jordy Nelson (ribs), RB James Starks (concussion), C J.C. Tretter (knee)
 
  LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday CB Quinten Rollins (neck, concussion)
  Thursday WR Jeff Janis (quadricep), G T.J. Lang (foot), CB Quinten Rollins (neck, concussion)
 
  FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday WR Randall Cobb (ankle), LB Jayrone Elliott (hand), G T.J. Lang (foot), LB Blake Martinez (knee), LB Clay Matthews (shoulder), LB Nick Perry (hand)
  Thursday WR Randall Cobb (ankle), LB Blake Martinez (knee), LB Clay Matthews (shoulder), LB Julius Peppers (not injury related), LB Nick Perry (hand)
 
DALLAS COWBOYS
 
Practice Report
  LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday CB Morris Claiborne (groin), DT Tyrone Crawford (shoulder), LB Justin Durant (elbow), DE Demarcus Lawrence (back), DT Terrell McClain (ankle), T Tyron Smith (knee), DT Cedric Thornton (ankle)
  Thursday DT Tyrone Crawford (shoulder), LB Justin Durant (elbow), DE Demarcus Lawrence (back), DT Terrell McClain (ankle), T Tyron Smith (knee), DT Cedric Thornton (ankle)
 
  FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Thursday CB Morris Claiborne (groin)

Packers and Lions Set to Collide for the Fate of the NFC North

NFL: SEP 25 Lions at Packers

The Green Bay Packers and the Detroit Lions, a game that will decide the fate of the NFC North, and also the playoff fate for both teams in what should be a great week 17 showdown.

Remember last season when the Packers hosted the Minnesota Vikings in week 17 only to lose and have to go on the road in the postseason? The team doesn’t want to relive that fate again, and this time they want to make sure to get the job done.

The Lions will be at home, but will also be playing on a short week after losing in Dallas Monday night 42-21 after having a 21-14 lead at one point.

“If we get a win, we win the division and get a home playoff game,” said Lions starting QB Matthew Stafford. “That’s the focus right now, and I can just see it standing right there.”

The Packers have the momentum edge, as the Lions have lost two straight after five straight wins, while the Packers have won five straight following a November 20th loss to the Redskins.

The game film from the week three battle between the two teams will be looked over, a game that was won by the Packers 34-27, but a lot has changed from that game.

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers should get MVP consideration for the way he’s played over the last month plus, and combined with the way he and Jordy Nelson have played together, it’s tough to think they can be beat.

Detroit will be coming for Rodgers, and the Packers offensive line could have a big impact on this game, as they have to do a good job setting up time for ARod to throw.

The same goes for the Packers D, which needs to pressure Stafford and force him into mistakes. If the Packers can do that, they should be playing in Lambeau in a wild card game the following weekend.

If not, they could have a fate just like a season ago.

What if the Packers Logo Was Made in the Likeness of President Elect Donald Trump?

Donald Trump

Like it or not, next month Donald Trump will be the new President of the United States, and one thing that can’t be denied is it’s going to be an interesting four years in our country.

There’s been plenty of fun poked at the President elect, and one site – Uproxx, has taken it upon themselves to design every NFL logo in the make of our President elect.

Check out what they think the logo of the Packers will look like made in the likeness of Trump!

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Packers Pull Away Late from Texans in 21-13 Win to Improve to 6-6

Houston Texans v Green Bay Packers

Aaron Rodgers threw for 209 yards and two touchdowns, and the Packers pulled away from the Texans with two fourth-quarter touchdowns for a 21-13 win Sunday to get back to .500.

The Packers (6-6) weathered snowy conditions at Lambeau Field, making just enough plays on the cold turf to even their record for the first time since they were 4-4 after losing to Indianapolis on Nov. 6.

“Well, that was a good bad-weather win. A lot of fun to play in that type of atmosphere in Lambeau Field,” coach Mike McCarthy said.

Brock Osweiler connected with DeAndre Hopkins for a 44-yard touchdown pass with 1:51 left to get within eight for Houston. Nick Novak missed the extra point, with footing slippery at Lambeau.

The Texans (6-6) had one last shot after the Packers failed to run out the clock. But Osweiler’s last-ditch pass-and-lateral play from Houston’s 12 with 4 seconds left failed, handing Houston its third straight loss.

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Packers vs Titans NFL Week 10 Capsule

GREEN BAY PACKERS (4-4) AT TENNESSEE TITANS (4-5)

REGULAR SEASON SERIES

  PACKERS TITANS
SERIES LEADER   6-5
STREAKS   3 of past 4
COACHES VS. OPP. Mike McCarthy: 1-1 Mike Mularkey: 0-1
LAST WEEK L 31-26 vs. Indianapolis L 43-35 at San Diego
LAST GAME 12/23/12: Titans 7 at Packers 55. Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers passes for 342 yards & has 4 total TDs (3 passing, 1 rushing). Packers RB Ryan Grant rushes for 80 yards & 2 TDs.
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/2/08: Titans 19, Packers 16 (OT). Tennessee RB Chris Johnson rushes for 89 yards & TD. Titans K Rob Bironas converts GW 41-yard FG in OT.
REFEREE Jeff Triplette
BROADCAST FOX (1:00 PM ET): Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Laura Okmin (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 126 (GB), 127 (Ten). XM: 387 (GB), 229 (Ten).

STATS

PASSING Aaron Rodgers: 202-318-2039-20 (3L)-5-96.1 Marcus Mariota: 184-291-2187-17-8-94.1
RUSHING Aaron Rodgers (QB): 34-199-5.9-2 DeMarco Murray: 174-807 (2L)-4.6-7
RECEIVING Davante Adams: 44-465-10.6-6 (T3L) DeMarco Murray (RB): 35-226-6.5-2
OFFENSE 350.1 379.4
TAKE/GIVE -1 -6
DEFENSE 325.8 356.9
SACKS Nick Perry: 6 Brian Orakpo: 7
INTs Ha Ha Clinton-Dix: 2 Jason McCourty, Perrish Cox: 2
PUNTING Jacob Schum: 44.0 Brett Kern: 45.5
KICKING Mason Crosby: 64 (19/20 PAT; 15/17 FG) Ryan Succop: 55 (22/24 PAT; 11/13 FG)

NOTES

PACKERS: QB AARON RODGERS passed for 342 yards with 3 TDs for 125.1 rating & added rush TD in last meeting. Has 10 pass TDs vs. 1 INT for 106.4 rating in past 3…WR DAVANTE ADAMS has 5 rec. TD in past 6. Has 29 catches (9.7 per game) in past 3. WR RANDALL COBB aims for 4th in row with rec. TD. WR TY MONTGOMERY is averaging 107 scrimmage yards per game (67.3 rec., 39.7 rush) in past 3. WR JORDY NELSON had 7 receptions for 94 yards & TD in Week 9. Has TD catch in 7 of past 9 vs. AFC…LB JULIUS PEPPERS has 6 sacks in past 5 on road. Leads all active players with 139.5 career sacks. LB BLAKE MARTINEZ ranks 3rd among NFC rookies with 44 tackles. LB CLAY MATTHEWS has 5 sacks in past 5 vs. AFC. LB JAKE RYAN had career-high 11 tackles last week. S MORGAN BURNETT had sack in Week 9. S HA HA CLINTON-DIX had 2 INTs last week…TITANS: QB MARCUS MARIOTA threw for 313 yards with 3 TDs & had rush TD last week. Ties for 1st in NFL history with 5 games of 4+ total TDs (pass & rush) in his 1st 21 career games. Has 7 TDs vs. 1 INT for 121.9 rating in past 3 at home…RB DE MARCO MURRAY aims for 8th in row with 100+ rush yards or rush TD. Is 2nd in NFL with 807 rush yards. Since 2014, leads NFL with 3,354 rush yards & 26 rush TDs…WR RISHARD MATTHEWS had 2 rec. TDs last week. Has 5 TD catches in past 5. TE DELANIE WALKER has 4 rec. TDs, tied for 1st among NFL TEs. Since 2014, ranks 4th among TEs with 250 catches. Rookie WR TAJAE SHARPE is 3rd among rookies with 27 catches…LB AVERY WILLIAMSON is only AFC player with 60+ tackles (69), 2+ sacks (2) & INT (1). CB JASON MC COURTY has 20 tackles in past 2. Leads team with 11 PD. LB BRIAN ORAKPO ties for 6th in NFL with 7 sacks. Since 2013, DT JURRELL CASEY has 25.5 sacks, 2nd most by NFL DT.

Packers RB Eddie Lacy Needs Ankle Surgery; to Go On IR

Eddie Lacy

Packers running back Eddie Lacy needs ankle surgery and will be placed on injured reserve, a source told Adam Schefter of ESPN on Thursday.

Lacy was one of seven players ruled out of Thursday’s game against the Chicago Bears. The Packers are unsure if Lacy will miss the remainder of the season, the source said.

He was the only active halfback for the Packers in their 30-16 loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday. He was playing with a sprained left ankle and was held to just 65 yards on 17 carries.

With Lacy and backup James Starks, who had knee surgery earlier this week, unavailable for Thursday’s game, the Packers traded a conditional late-round pick to the Kansas City Chiefs for running back Knile Davis on Tuesday.

With Lacy being placed on IR, I wouldn’t bet on the Packers in the coming weeks. But if you do, use the Betfair promo code to get an edge up.