Coming Up
  • 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.

    http://www.packers.com/5k

  • Fri., Jul. 25, 2014 7:00 PM CDT Movie Night at Lambeau Field

    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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Vic Ketchman

Vic Ketchman is a veteran of 40 NFL seasons and has covered the Steelers and Jaguars prior to coming to Green Bay.

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Defense takes 'first step' toward recovery

Posted Dec 12, 2011

The Packers defense denied big plays and took a step toward recovery on Sunday, which raised the question: Are the Packers’ problems on defense fixed?

“I’m saying it’s the first step,” Defensive Coordinator Dom Capers said on Monday. “We have to go to Kansas City and build on the things we did well.”

What the Packers defense did well in a 46-16 win over the visiting Oakland Raiders is to have intercepted four passes and returned a fumble for a touchdown. Takeaways, of course, had long ago become routine for Capers’ unit. What’s most gratifying about the defense’s performance on Sunday is that it allowed only two plays of 20 yards or longer, pass completions of 24 and 34 yards, both of which occurred in the second half, long after the game had been decided.

“I saw some signs of things I like. We didn’t have the big plays. The result of that is the number of points on the board,” Capers said. “That’s a direct result of making them go a longer field. We didn’t have any defensive penalties. If we can continue to eliminate the big plays, it’s a step in the right direction.”

Yardage-wise, the defense’s league ranking didn’t budge; it remains 31st overall and 31st against the pass. Clearly, this isn’t going to be a yardage year for the Packers defense, but it certainly has been a banner season for intercepting passes. The Packers have intercepted 27 passes, nine more than the closest pursuer. Those 27 interceptions, against the six Aaron Rodgers has thrown, has the Packers second in the league to the 49ers in turnover differential at 20.

A big chunk of that turnover differential was achieved with reserve linebackers Robert Francois and D.J. Smith playing in place of A.J. Hawk and Desmond Bishop, both of whom have been out of action since sustaining calf injuries in Detroit. Francois and Smith were awarded game balls for their performances on Sunday. Francois was credited with nine tackles, an interception, a pass-defensed and a forced fumble. Smith had 10 tackles, an interception and a pass-defensed.

“Those guys kind of represent what our defense is about,” Capers said.

Offensively, the Packers hit the 30-point mark for the 10th time this season, which padded the Packers’ league lead in points per game.

Coordinator Joe Philbin even got a chance to get some playing time for first-round draft pick Derek Sherrod, who stepped in for Marshall Newhouse at left tackle in the first half.

“He’s a guy who’s improved a lot. We felt this was an opportunity to get a look at him and see where he’s at. That was the thought process. Get his feet wet and see how he grades out,” Philbin said. “Can he run a twist with a guy? Can he pass-block one-on-one? He competed hard. He represented himself well. All in all, it was a good effort.”

Philbin did not sign off on his offense’s total performance. He singled out four sacks, one of which resulted in a safety, penalties and a 27 percent conversion rate on third down as negatives.

“It’s the same old tune, unfortunately,” he said of the sacks.

What is he seeking in his offense between now and the postseason?

“I’d love to see us get better. There are tons of things we have to get better at,” he said.

One phase of the Packers offense did improve dramatically on Sunday. The running game gained 136 yards and posted a 5.7 yards-per-carry average, led by Ryan Grant’s 85 yards and 8.5 average.

“When he got to the second level, he made a couple of guys miss,” Philbin said.

 
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