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  • Sat., Apr. 26, 2014 8:00AM - 6:00PM CDT Packers Pro Shop Tent Sale

    The sale is taking place earlier than in previous years, due to the construction at Lambeau Field and the work that the Pro Shop team must complete in preparation for the new store, which will open this summer. Visitors to Lambeau Field should enter the Atrium through the Oneida Nation Gate. Parking is available in the lot on Lambeau Field’s east side near the Oneida Nation Gate, which can be accessed off Oneida Street and Lombardi Avenue.

    The sale will feature the traditional mix of Pro Shop items greatly reduced in price and other special purchases.

    The team’s football operations staff also has provided Packers team apparel no longer in use, including a large assortment of t-shirts, shorts, jackets, jerseys and pants. Some items are practice-worn gear not normally available in the Pro Shop.

    The tent sale began in 1994 in the parking lot outside the former Pro Shop on the north end of Lambeau Field and grew into a popular event. Now in its 11th year in the Atrium, the tent sale also was held in the west side stadium concourse in previous years.

     
  • Sat., May. 10, 2014 7:00PM CDT Eddie Lacy appearance 22nd Annual Doug Jirschele Memorial Sports Award Banquet
  • Sat., Jun. 07, 2014 8:30AM - 3:30PM CDT JPP Kids Clinic

    The 17th annual Junior Power Pack Kids Clinic is set for Saturday, June 7, 2014 in the Don Hutson Center with sessions ranging from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

    The Junior Power Pack Clinic gives members ages 5-14 years old the opportunity to practice football skills and drills with other Packers backers and a few up-and-coming Packers players.  Parents/Guardians are welcome to come and watch their child/ren participate in the clinic. 

    Members may choose one of three sessions to attend:

    • Session 1 – 8:30 to 10 a.m.
    • Session 2 – 11 to 12:30 p.m.
    • Session 3 – 2 to 3:30 p.m.


    The event will be held inside the Don Hutson Center, the Packers indoor practice facility. Parking for the event is available in the lot on Lambeau Field’s east side near the Oneida Nation Gate.  

    The Junior Power Pack Clinic is a member’s only event and will have a registration fee of $5.

    Deadline to register:

    • New Members – May 11, 2014
    • Current Members – May 18, 2014


    To sign up to become a member of the Junior Power Pack and receive an invitation to the clinic fans can go to www.packers.com/jpp.

     
  • Sat., Jun. 14, 2014 2:30PM CDT Jerry Parins Cruise for Cancer

    The eleventh annual Jerry Parins Cruise for Cancer motorcycle ride will be held, rain or shine, on Saturday, June 14, 2014. The ride will start at Vandervest Harley-Davidson (1966 Velp Avenue, Green Bay) and will make a fun-filled stop at the Seymour Fireman's Picnic, held at the Outagamie County Fairgrounds in Seymour.

    Ride Day Schedule

    • 9-10:30 am: Registration at Vandervest Harley-Davidson, Geen Bay
    • 11 am: Depart Vandervest Harley-Davidson, Green Bay
    • 12 pm: Arrive in Seymour. Enjoy food, beverages, entertainment and a short program.
    • 2:30 pm: Party kicks off at the new South Endzone Festival Foods MVP Deck at Lambeau Field! Guests can access the space by way of the Shopko Gate. See the field and enjoy the atmosphere from this beautiful indoor/outdoor space newly opened and accessed by very few. The party will include silent and live auction, food, beverages, music and merchandise available for purchase.


    More information: http://cruiseforcancer.org/

     

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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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