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  • Wed., Jul. 23, 2014 5:00 PM CDT Ask Vic Day

    “Ask Vic Day” will include dinner and a movie, an “Ask Vic Live,” and a few other surprises along the way. The event will be held on July 23, 2014, at Lambeau Field. Registration will begin at 4 pm with a 5 pm kickoff. Door prizes will be awarded during the reception.

    Cost per person is $35 (tax included).

  • 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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Year-end look at defense, offense

Posted Dec 30, 2011


On the next-to-last day of the year and heading into the final game of the regular season, Packers Defensive Coordinator Dom Capers examined the performance of his defense and saw a unit that is 12th in the league in points allowed, No. 1 in interceptions and No. 2 in takeaways.

“Those things have been fairly consistent,” Capers said.

But?

Yardage allowed continues to be a problem, and following a week in which the Packers run-defense was gashed by the Bears for 199 yards, the Packers find themselves with a precarious 72-yard lead over the Patriots in the race to avoid being last in the league in the yardage category.

It’s been the bane of the Packers defense’s existence this season, and the root of the problem goes back to last February’s win in the Super Bowl. That’s when the Packers’ identity for the 2011 season was set, in a four-takeaway win over a Steelers team that outgained the Packers, 387-338.

Thank goodness for those takeaways. Darn that yardage allowed.

So, as the Packers head into Sunday’s less-than-dramatic finale against the Lions, the question is: Can the Packers defense patch its holes, or will the postseason success rely, as it has in the regular season, on stopping the bleeding?

“We have to find a way to steal 2-3 passes and give (our offense) the ball, and we have to find ways to make people earn points,” Capers said. “Our goal on defense is to do what it takes to win games and we’ve won 14 games.”

Imagine being 14-1 and having to deal with disappointment, but that’s an accurate description of what Capers has faced this season. Yardage allowed has been a thorn in his side all season, despite high rankings in the critical make-plays categories. Make no mistake about it, the Packers defense makes plays. The flip side of that is that it’s allowed opponents to make too many plays.

Maybe the arrival of winter will aid the Packers defense in denying yardage and big plays. Cold, snowy conditions have a history of doing that, and Sunday’s game is forecast to be played in falling temperatures and snow.

“I think that’ll be good for us to play in tougher conditions. We really haven’t had that. When you think of Green Bay, you have to be ready for it,” Capers said.

Meanwhile, Joe Philbin has enjoyed a season of yardage gained and points scored and rankings and stats that validate just about everything the Packers have done on offense. The Packers have the fifth overall offense with the No. 3 passing game and a running game that’s come to life late in the season.

When you look across the board at the 12 critical offensive rankings categories, the Packers are among the top 11 in the league in nine of those categories, including the most important category of all, points per game. In that category, the Packers are No. 1.

Oh, by the way, the Packers have had the top-rated quarterback in the league since the day the season began. Talk about coast to coast?

Happy New Year, Coach Philbin.

“You have an identity by this point in time. You don’t drift very far away from it,” Philbin said.

That’s good news, minus one.

The combined identity of Capers’ and Philbin’s units has produced the best record in the league. If only the defense could do something about that yardage ranking. They’ll have one more chance to get it right before the playoffs begin.

Additional coverage - Dec. 30
 
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