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    “Ask Vic Day” will include dinner and a movie, an “Ask Vic Live,” and a few other surprises along the way. The event will be held on July 23, 2014, at Lambeau Field. Registration will begin at 4 pm with a 5 pm kickoff. Door prizes will be awarded during the reception.

    Cost per person is $35 (tax included).

  • Thu., Jul. 24, 2014 11:00 AM CDT Shareholders Meeting

    The Green Bay Packers 2014 Annual Meeting of Shareholders will be held Thursday, July 24, at 11 a.m., at Lambeau Field. The meeting will take place rain or shine.

  • Fri., Jul. 25, 2014 6:00 PM CDT Packers 1K Kids Run

    Back to Football also includes the 1K Kids Run, presented by WPS Health Insurance. Kids 10 years old and younger will have the opportunity to run a Lambeau Lap on Friday, July 25, at 6 p.m. Registration for the Kids Run is $10 and all participants will receive a Packers 1K Run t-shirt, a logoed bag and a participant medal.

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    Movie Night at Lambeau Field will return this year on Friday, July 25, following the 1K Kids Run. The event is free and open to the public, and concessions will be available throughout the movie. More details will be announced at a later date.

    Time listed above is subject to change.

  • Sat., Jul. 26, 2014 6:30 PM CDT Packers 5K Run/Walk

    The fifth annual ‘5K Run/Walk at Lambeau Field,’ is set for Saturday, July 26, at 6:30 p.m.

    The computer-timed run is highlighted by a neighborhood route that ultimately takes participants into Lambeau Field and around the famed gridiron. The event has a special finish line – the Packers’ ‘G’ painted on turf located in the parking lot.

    All participants will receive a Packers 5K Run T-shirt, a logoed bag, and a bib number and timing chip. To celebrate the race’s fifth anniversary, all participants will receive a commemorative medal. In addition, photos will be taken on the course and will be available at no cost on the Packers 5K Run website.

    Packers-themed awards will be presented to the top three finishers in each age group. An awards ceremony will take place following the conclusion of the race.

    Registration, which is $25 for adults and $15 for children (12 and younger), will be available online beginning Friday, May 23, at www.packers.com/5k. Mail-in registration is also an option, with forms available online and in person at Lambeau Field. Runners can also register at the Bellin Run Expo on Friday, June 13, at Astor Park in Green Bay. Early registration is encouraged. After July 13, registration fees will increase to $30 and $20, respectively.

  • Thu., Jul. 31, 2014 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM CDT PPCC Annual Reception

    The Packers Partners Annual Reception is set for Thursday, July 31, 2014 in the Lambeau Field Atrium from 4:00 PM- 7:00 PM.

    Packers Jarrett Boykin, Eddie Lacy, Datone Jones and DuJuan Harris will appear at the reception. The event will include a Player Guest Q&A, a Meet & Greet with a Packers Alumni and a Raffle Drawing.

    This is a member’s only event. Invitations will be mailed the week of June 23rd, and online registration will open at 9 am CDT on June 25th and will close on July 11th at 5 pm CDT. 

    Invitations will include all of this information and additional details.

    To sign up to become a member of the Packers Partners Club of Champions and receive an invitation to the reception, fans can go to www.packers.com/ppcc.

     

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Chris Johnson will present breakaway threat on Sunday

Posted Dec 20, 2012

Tennessee Titans' former 2,000-yard rusher has three TD runs of 80-plus this season

GREEN BAY—Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson isn’t the 2,000-yard rusher of a few years back, but rest assured he has the Packers’ attention.

“Did you see the ‘Monday Night Football’ game?” Mike McCarthy said this week. “He looks like he can still run to me.”

McCarthy was referring to Johnson’s 94-yard scamper for a touchdown that helped the Titans beat the Jets just a few days ago. It’s the longest run in the NFL this season.

That makes three TD runs of 80 yards or more for Johnson this season, and it’s that big-play capability that has the Packers on guard as the player many refer to as the fastest in the NFL makes his Lambeau Field regular-season debut on Sunday.

“He can do anything. He can hit the A gap and take it 90 yards, or he can hit the sideline and take it up,” defensive lineman B.J. Raji said. “It’s going to be tough.”

Johnson was at his best at midseason this year, averaging 142.5 yards per game and an eye-popping 7.2 per carry over a four-game stretch from Weeks 7-10. That’s when he had his other two 80-plus-yard TDs.

Since then, he hadn’t gone over 100 yards in a game until this past Monday, when he had his 94-yarder, though he had just 28 yards on his other 20 carries.

The Packers have faced Johnson only once, during his rookie season of 2008 (pictured). He had 89 yards rushing with a TD and added 72 yards receiving in a 19-16 Tennessee overtime win.

But that was so long ago, it was before Johnson became a household name and before Dom Capers took over the Packers defense. Much more relevant is how the Packers are defending the run lately, and the key has been the unit’s adjustments.

Two weeks ago against Detroit, the Lions rushed 15 times for 85 yards on their opening two drives, which led to touchdowns, but the Packers tightened up and held them to just 50 yards on 17 carries after that.

Similarly, last week in Chicago, the Bears ran seven times for 40 yards on their opening drive but managed just 43 yards on 16 rushes thereafter.

“Teams tend to game plan, scheme us a lot, but our adaptability is second to none,” said inside linebacker Brad Jones, who is becoming a main cog against the run and has earned significant praise from McCarthy lately.

“We see what’s coming, we reload on the sideline, and I think nobody misses a beat. ‘We know what’s going on, we’ve got it, let’s go,’ and we can shut teams down.”

It helped the run defense to get Clay Matthews back last week. Matthews gets more attention for his pass rushing ability, but his teammates marvel just as much at his plays in the run game.

Last week, Matthews twice tackled Chicago’s Matt Forte in the backfield for losses, and he had disruptive penetration on other occasions, too.

“We’re a different run defense when he’s out there,” defensive lineman Ryan Pickett said of Matthews. “He sets the edges, he uses his quickness to make plays in the backfield. I think he’s unbelievable as a run player.”

Come playoff time, the Packers might also get back defensive end C.J. Wilson, who has missed the last three games with a knee injury.

Wilson was hoping he’d return in time for this week’s game, because Johnson is a former college teammate of his from East Carolina. The pair played two seasons together (2006-07) before entering the NFL two years apart.

“It’s been my dream to go hit this guy,” Wilson said playfully, with a big smile on his face. “We couldn’t hit him in practice (in college) because he wore the red jersey. You don’t want to hit your star player, but now that he’s on the opposing team, I’d like to take my shot at him.”

Big shots on speedy backs like Johnson can be hard to come by, so the Packers just need to contain the home-run hitter. Three weeks ago, the Packers allowed three long runs, including an 82-yard TD, to Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson as he racked up 210 yards on the day.

Johnson isn’t going for 2,000 yards again like Peterson is this year, but that doesn’t make him any less dangerous.

“A lot of times you play backs where you can make mistakes and you can recover,” Pickett said. “But him, like Adrian Peterson, they’re backs that if you make a mistake, they make you pay for it.”

Additional coverage - Dec. 20

 
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