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  • 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.

     
  • Sat., Aug. 02, 2014 5:30 PM CDT Packers Family Night, presented by Bellin Health

    ‘Family Night’ will serve as the introduction of the 2014 Green Bay Packers, in-person to a capacity crowd in Lambeau Field and on television to a state-wide audience.

    The event, which begins with in-stadium activities at 5:30 p.m., will benefit the Wendy’s Wonderful Kids foster care adoption program, a signature program of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.

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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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Ten things Packers have to do to beat Raiders

Posted Dec 8, 2011


It was somewhat lost in the subtlety of its delivery, but make no mistake, the challenge was there.

“I’m fully confident we’re going to play championship defense down the stretch,” Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy said on Wednesday, when asked his opinion of his team’s defense, which continued its season-long struggles by allowing 447 yards to the Giants last Sunday.

If defense does, in fact, win championships – there is increasing evidence those days are behind us – then the Packers need to fix at least one major component of their defense: Stop allowing big plays.

They allowed big plays again last Sunday, having been torched for pass plays of 67, 51 and 42 yards. If they could eliminate nothing more than the big plays they’re allowing on defense, the unit’s overall rank would improve significantly from its current No. 31 ranking.

“We’re looking at five plays a game we have to win instead of lose,” McCarthy said.

It must also be acknowledged that the Packers are making a lot of big, game-changing plays on defense, but what if that stops? Can they count on doing that against playoff-caliber competition in the postseason? What if the positive big plays stop but the negative big plays don’t?

Defensive Coordinator Dom Capers has four games to reverse his unit’s trend. He has a month to whip his defense into postseason shape, which is to say into a unit that gets off the field on third down and limits the opponent’s yardage and possession time. That’s playoff defense.

Though this Sunday’s opponent doesn’t appear on paper to be a threat to the Packers’ unblemished record, there is the matter of that number “four” in the rush-offense category. The Oakland Raiders don’t do the trendy things well, but they run the ball and they have a fierce kicking game, and that’s been a time-honored formula for playoff success.

The Raiders are the perfect opponent for the Packers, which is to say the perfect opponent for a team that’s already clinched a playoff berth and now needs to tailor its game for postseason success. The Packers need to know they can stop the run, which they did early in the season but haven’t done nearly as well of late, and they need to know they have a defense that can change its ways and take its play to a higher level, the “championship” level.

Here are 10 things the Packers have to do to beat the Raiders:

1. Win the battle of the line of scrimmage—That’s another way of saying stop the run, which begins with defenders defeating blocks. The Packers’ defensive front did not do that often enough against the Giants.

2. Be efficient on offense—A running team such as the Raiders can limit possessions and plays in a game. The Packers must not be wasteful.

3. Be physical—This is not the time in the season to become finesse.

4. Respect field position—Raiders punter Shane Lechler is the Ray Guy of his time. He forces opponents to play the field-position game, lest they find themselves playing from deep in their own territory all day.

5. Be ready—Because it sounds as though the Raiders will.

6. Get help deep—The Raiders have no doubt seen the Packers’ penchant for allowing big plays, and the Raiders’ receivers have the speed to get deep and Raiders football has always been about throwing deep.

7. Tackle—High-tackling and arm-tackling won’t work against Michael Bush. Bush makes you use your shoulder pads.

8. Block Seymour—He can still be disruptive and when his motor is revving, look out.

9. Run the ball a little—The Raiders are 28th in run-defense. To not run it against the Raiders is to leave yardage on the field.

10. Stop the drops—They were contagious last Sunday.

Additional coverage - Dec. 8
 
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