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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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One last look: Takeaways a must on defense for Packers

Posted Sep 14, 2013

Redskins, RG3 didn’t turn ball over much last year

GREEN BAY—When the Packers defense didn’t generate a single turnover against the 49ers last week, it virtually assured Green Bay of defeat.

That’s what the statistics show since Dom Capers brought his ball-hawking defense here in 2009.

Annually among the league leaders in takeaways in Capers’ first few seasons running the defense, the unit on Sunday turned in just its 10th game without a turnover dating back to the start of the ’09 season.

The Packers’ record in those 10 games? 1-9.

Keep in mind that the Packers have lost just 18 regular-season games since the start of ’09, meaning exactly half of those defeats occurred when the defense didn’t get a turnover.

“It’s frustrating, because that’s how our defense is made, to turn the ball over,” veteran defensive lineman Ryan Pickett said. “We live on turnovers, and to not get any, to me, that’s the reason why we lost. We didn’t get the ball. We have to get turnovers on defense. We have to get them this week.”

That’s no easy task against a Washington team that had the fewest giveaways in the NFL last season, with just 14. Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III threw only five interceptions last season as a rookie, fewest in the league among full-time starters, though he did begin his return from reconstructive knee surgery with two picks this past Monday night against Philadelphia.

It’s worth mentioning the 49ers as a rule don’t turn it over much, either. Their 16 giveaways last year were tied with several teams (including the Packers) for second fewest in the league. One of the Packers’ other nine non-turnover games under Capers came in the 2012 opener against San Francisco, and the 49ers’ only giveaway in their three meetings with the Packers over the last calendar year was Sam Shields’ pick-six early in January’s playoff tilt.

Of greater concern than the opponent, though, is that turnovers in general have been drying up for Capers’ defense over the past year.

In his first three seasons as defensive coordinator (2009-11), the Packers were blanked in the turnover department just four times, all losses (at Pittsburgh in ’09, at Atlanta and at New England in ’10, at Kansas City in ’11).

Last season alone, however, saw the defense fail to generate a turnover in five contests, including the aforementioned opener vs. the 49ers (also at Seattle, vs. New Orleans, at N.Y. Giants, at Minnesota). The lone victory was a 28-27 squeaker over the Saints in Week 4.

Last Sunday made it six zero-turnover games for the Packers in their last 17 regular-season contests.

“It was very disappointing on defense,” lineman C.J. Wilson said of Week 1. “It’s going to be a big emphasis every day until the finish of the season.”

With Seattle on the 2012 list, it could be argued that M.D. Jennings should have been credited with an interception on the game’s final play, thereby giving the Packers a turnover and a win. But at 1-8 in the other nine takeaway-less games, the Packers are still facing tough odds if the defense doesn’t generate a turnover.

Head Coach Mike McCarthy often preaches that protecting the ball and taking it away are “fundamentals” of the game. Daily practice periods are devoted to it, and have been since McCarthy arrived.

The head coach wasn’t thrilled with the offense’s two giveaways against San Francisco, either, noting the 49ers defense did nothing “extraordinary” as Eddie Lacy fumbled the ball while fighting for extra yards and Jermichael Finley had a pass bounce off his hands and into a defender’s for an interception.

Big picture, it’s the overall plus-minus turnover ratio that matters most, but obviously it’s impossible to come out on the plus side if the defense doesn’t get at least one. In a tight game between two NFC heavyweights like last week’s at Candlestick Park, one takeaway might have been all the Packers’ defense needed to turn the tide.

“Hits on the ball, we didn’t have enough of them, and when we did, the technique wasn’t quite what it needed to be,” McCarthy said.

Indeed, the opportunities were lacking. The 49ers never fumbled, and on Colin Kaepernick’s 39 pass attempts, the Packers were credited with just four break-ups. The Packers have averaged 7.6 passes defensed per game over the past four seasons.

Whether it’s deflecting more passes, anticipating routes better or just plain getting the ball out, the Packers have to do more of it. With two playoff teams from 2012 on the slate the next two Sundays, Green Bay's hopes of avoiding an uphill climb for the bulk of 2013 could depend on it.

“When you’re playing a good team, a playoff team, you have to make the critical plays in a game,” defensive lineman B.J. Raji said. “Sometimes you don’t know when they are, and we just didn’t get the job done last week.”

For a look at the rest of the week's Packers-Redskins headlines, click here.

 
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