On Now
Coming Up
  • Wed., Jul. 30, 2014 8:20 AM - 10:20 AM CDT *Public practice *Any practices moved inside to the Don Hutson Center due to inclement weather, poor field conditions or for any other reason will be closed to the public due to space limitations. All other practices listed are expected to be open unless listed otherwise. All outdoor practices are expected to be held on Ray Nitschke Field (across from the Resch Center). All times indicated are Central.
  • Wed., Jul. 30, 2014 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM CDT Live McCarthy press conference Head Coach Mike McCarthy will be available to media in the Lambeau Field Media Auditorium.
  • Wed., Jul. 30, 2014 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM CDT Live Thompson press conference General Manager Ted Thompson will be available to media in the Lambeau Field Media Auditorium.
  • Thu., Jul. 31, 2014 8:20 AM - 10:20 AM CDT *Public practice *Any practices moved inside to the Don Hutson Center due to inclement weather, poor field conditions or for any other reason will be closed to the public due to space limitations. All other practices listed are expected to be open unless listed otherwise. All outdoor practices are expected to be held on Ray Nitschke Field (across from the Resch Center). All times indicated are Central.
  • Thu., Jul. 31, 2014 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM CDT Live McCarthy press conference Head Coach Mike McCarthy will be available to media in the Lambeau Field Media Auditorium.
  • 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.

     

News

Print
RSS

Ten things Packers have to do to make playoffs

Posted Sep 29, 2013

Bears-Lions game could set the stage for next weekend

RB Eddie Lacy

GREEN BAY—Packers fans will no doubt have their eyes trained on the Bears at Lions game today. A Lions win would bring the Bears back to the pack, tighten the NFC North race and set the stage for the following week’s game between the Packers and Lions at Lambeau Field.

Beginning with that game, the Packers will face each of their three division rivals over a five-week period. It’s a stretch of schedule that’ll go a long way toward deciding the Packers’ fate this season, so gather yourself this weekend and get ready for a lot of big games and tense moments ahead.

So what’s the evaluation of this team to date? Well, they lost a close one, won a lopsided one and then gave one away. It’s that last one that’s eating at everyone. The Packers should be 2-1 and hoping for a Lions win over the Bears that would veritably leave the NFC North in a three-way tie.

Oh, that fumble.

Here are 10 things the Packers have to do over the next three months to make it into the playoffs and be a hot team heading into January.

1. Keep running the ball—They’re making the transition to a balanced offense. They’ve produced 100-yard rushers in each of the last two games and a continuation of that trend will force opponents to give more respect to the Packers’ running game, and that’ll help open the passing lanes for Aaron Rodgers and improve his pass protection.

2. Grow on defense—The signs of growth are there. We saw them in San Francisco in the form of a physical presence the Packers didn’t possess in the playoff game they lost in San Francisco last January. We saw the Packers defense dominate the Redskins, and we saw it force four turnovers in Cincinnati. What we haven’t seen is consistency. That would seem to be the next step in the defense’s growth.

3. Get healthy—There are too many star-type players missing games due to soft-tissue injuries. Recovery isn’t something you can order, but it’s no less a fact that this team needs Eddie Lacy, Clay Matthews, Morgan Burnett and Casey Hayward in the game for the Packers to be the best they can be.

4. Hold the lead—They’ve had the lead in the fourth quarter of each of their three games, but lost the lead and the game in two of those games. Playoff teams don’t do that.

5. Convert short yardage—This continues to be a major problem for the Packers. They shouldn’t have to throw on third-and-one or fourth-and-inches. Lacy’s return should go a long way toward resolving this issue.

6. Throw it away—Rodgers has been sacked 10 times, and not all of those have been due to poor blocking. He needs a stronger self-preservation instinct and start throwing the ball away instead of taking sacks, because what’s good for Rodgers is good for the Packers.

7. Settle on a return man—He’s the star of your special teams and, right now, the Packers don’t have one.

8. Win division games—That’s how you win the division.

9. Win conference games—That’s how you win tiebreakers.

10. Find a true identity—In recent years, that identity has been that of a team that lives and dies with the pass. If that’s to change, then it needs to change soon.

 
blog comments powered by Disqus

You May Also Be Interested in...

Recent Videos

  • Packers knock off rust in first day of pads

    (1:38) Posted 2 hours ago

    Hear from Green Bay Packers G Josh Sitton, LB Brad Jones, T Derek Sherrod, Head Coach Mike McCarthy, TE Brandon Bostick, and DB Micah Hyde as they talk about the first practice in full pads.

  • Julius Peppers brings experience to both lines

    (1:55) Posted 2 hours ago

    Hear from Green Bay Packers LB/DE Julius Peppers, Head Coach Mike McCarthy, and LB Brad Jones as they talk about Peppers' role on the team.

  • Top 3 at TC: Packers strap on the pads

    (2:28) Posted 5 hours ago

    Packers.com's Mike Spofford and Vic Ketchman discuss the first full-pads practice of training camp, which featured the return of the half-line run drill, a handful of options on kickoff return, and rising competition at wide receiver.