Category Archives: The Scoop with Chris Havel

Packers start fast, edge Vikings, 21-16

By Chris Havel Special to Event USA Green Bay’s first-quarter dominance holds up as Packers stay unbeaten GREEN BAY, Wis. – The Packers raced to a three-touchdown lead over Minnesota and tried a game of hide-and-seek. Once the Vikings closed to within five in the second half, Green Bay’s defense played “takeaway” and the offense

Packers’ D kicks Bears’ tails, 10-3

By Chris Havel Special to Event USA LaFleur captures first NFL victory at Soldier Field versus NFC North rival GREEN BAY, Wis. – Aaron Rodgers ought to know a kick-butt NFL defense when he sees one. He’s definitely had his own kicked enough through the years. Last Thursday, Rodgers was talking about an incredible defense,

Packers-Bears kick off 100th season Thursday

By Chris Havel Special to Event USA LaFleur’s team faces extreme challenge versus defending NFC North champs GREEN BAY, Wis. – Are you ready for some football? That is strictly a rhetorical question, especially when the NFL’s 100th season opens with Packers versus Bears in a prime-time matchup Thursday night at Chicago’s Soldier Field. Green

Luck’s retirement a Packers’ wake-up call

By Chris Havel Special to Event USA Rodgers’ future impossible to ignore after Colts’ franchise QB chooses to walk away GREEN BAY, Wis. – The Indianapolis Colts just went where no Green Bay football fan wants the Packers to go. Truth be told, it’s only a matter of time. The abrupt but not altogether unexpected

Packers’ offense shaky while Rodgers sits out

By Chris Havel Special to Event USA Quarterback’s back stiffness a problem, but backups’ lackluster play concerning GREEN BAY, Wis. – Aaron Rodgers’ lingering back soreness is cause for concern with the Sept. 5 season-opener in 17 days. No less a problem is the offense’s reaction to it. While I can all but guarantee that

Packers’ preseason opener promising

By Chris Havel Special to Event USA LaFleur’s offense pretty smooth; Defense may lose starter for year GREEN BAY, Wis. – While the offense was finding its way under first-year Packers head coach Matt LaFleur, the defense and special teams combined to force four turnovers. It was the difference in Green Bay’s 28-26 victory over

Packers’ Family Night illustrates highs, lows

By Chris Havel Special to Event USA DB King’s injury, QB Kizer’s inconsistency are lingering problems as Texans arrive GREEN BAY, Wis. – Matt LaFleur and his players loved the environment at Friday’s Family Night at Lambeau Field, and the fans seemed to enjoy seeing the Packers respond to their energy. That was one of

Packers open camp with brisk weekend

By Chris Havel Special to Event USA LaFleur’s practices show good energy while players begin finding their way GREEN BAY, Wis. – The Packers kicked off head coach Matt LaFleur’s first training camp practice Thursday in front of about 2,000 fans at Ray Nitschke Field. Comparisons between LaFleur and his predecessor are expected, to be

Packers’ primer for training camp 2019

By Chris Havel Special to Event USA LaFleur’s offense, Pettine’s defense start Thursday to become a cohesive winner GREEN BAY, Wis. – There is a genuine air of excitement surrounding the Green Bay Packers’ 2019 training camp. It’s always an exciting time of year, but this feels different. There is a promising first-year head coach

Packers’ defense must make instant impact

By Chris Havel Special to Event USA Pettine’s revamped unit critical early on as Green Bay’s offense finds its way GREEN BAY, Wis. – The Green Bay Packers’ offense under new head coach Matt LaFleur is a prime source of intrigue. Will they run more? Will they audible less? Will they strike the pass-run balance