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Packers, Jones outrun Lions in home opener

By Chris Havel Special to Event USA Green Bay’s ‘D’ recovers after shaky start, Sullivan’s pick-6 sends Detroit packing GREEN BAY, Wis. – Matt LaFleur was displeased at halftime. The Packers’ head coach let his team – and in particular his defense – know the first-half effort in Sunday’s home opener at Lambeau Field didn’t

Packers’ 43-34 victory shows great promise

By Chris Havel Special to Event USA Rodgers lights up Vikings’ defense while Green Bay’s ‘D’ deals with Clark injury GREEN BAY, Wis. – A year ago, the Packers’ defense carried head coach Matt LaFleur’s team, especially early in the season. On Sunday, Green Bay’s offense returned the favor. Aaron Rodgers was superb, Davante Adams

Packers’ 2020 opener unlike any in history

By Chris Havel Special to Event USA COVID-19 challenges, adjustments make Vikings’ game exciting, easy to predict GREEN BAY, Wis. – The prediction still stands. The Packers will capture a 30-17 victory over the Vikings Sunday at a mostly empty U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. Aaron Rodgers will remind NFL fans why he still ranks

5 ways Packers’ ‘O’ will be better in 2020

By Chris Havel Special to Event USA LaFleur’s offense only now beginning to reflect head coach’s preferred way to play GREEN BAY, Wis. – Two weeks from today, I’ll be recapping the Packers’ 30-17 victory over Minnesota at U.S. Bank Stadium. The talk will focus on the rebirth of Green Bay’s “Two Aarons” – Rodgers

Packers’ storylines in 2019 camp revealing

By Chris Havel Special to Event USA Preston, Za’Darius dominant from Day 1; QB depth behind Rodgers non-existent GREEN BAY, Wis. – There are times it pays to remember where you’ve been in order to know where you’re going. So it is with the Green Bay Packers from last year to this. A look back

Packers’ practice sharp, revealing

By Chris Havel Special to Event USA ‘Strange’ training camp opens without fans but features players ready to make noise GREEN BAY, Wis. –Aaron Rodgers is like all the great ones. He beats you with his arm, mind and legs while staying unfazed despite immense pressure and ear-splitting crowd noise. He also is calm, cool

Packers’ head coach on top of his game

By Chris Havel Special to Event USA LaFleur’s weekly Sunday update offers insight into playbook, practice routine GREEN BAY, Wis. –If the players are handling their business as smartly as the head coach appears to be, the Green Bay Packers should be ready to roll Saturday when on-field practice begins. From Allen Lazard to attacking

Packers’ priorities: Stay safe, be smart

By Chris Havel Special to Event USA Gutekunst, LaFleur discuss training camp 2020 with COVID-19 concerns No. 1 topic GREEN BAY, Wis. –The Green Bay Packers are preparing for the 2020 NFL season as if it were a war of attrition. They are wise to do so. The casualties began piling up in March –

Packers camp 2020: Three keys to watch

By Chris Havel Special to Event USA Experience versus youth? 11-on-11s will be critical for Green Bay’s evaluation process GREEN BAY, Wis. – The Green Bay Packers are expected to have rookies and veterans report Tuesday for training camp. Fans won’t be allowed to attend practices due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Beyond that it’s a

Packers’ ‘D’ under Pettine set to soar

By Chris Havel Special to Event USA Third year should be charm for unit led by Clark, the Smiths, Alexander and Amos   GREEN BAY, Wis. – If hindsight is indeed 20/20 why is it that the Green Bay Packers’ defense doesn’t get its proper due? Whereas most Packers’ fans realize how good Mike Pettine’s