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Can The Green Bay Packers Avoid Missing Playoffs For First Time Since 2008?

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Aaron Rodgers

 

When Green Bay Packers‘ starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers had grown tired of panicking Packer fans and the media’s relentlessly repetitive questions concerning his team’s 1-2 start in September of 2014, he attempted to semi-sarcastically calm the masses with a five-letter word that’s now attached to his legacy–”relax”.

Following last week’s loss in Indianapolis to the 4-5 Colts, Green Bay’s second straight and third of the past four weeks, Packer fans would’ve welcomed another sarcastic one-liner from Rodgers just to know that he still has complete confidence in this team’s ability to turn things around. But while speaking to the media on Wednesday, Rodgers’ comments instead revealed a quarterback who’s legitimately concerned about his team’s mindset ahead of this Sunday’s game at the Tennessee Titans.

”I expect everybody to come ready to play and prepared and excited about it,” said Rodgers via ESPN. ”You know, we just need to weather some of the ups and downs a little bit better. Obviously not the way you want to start a game [Week 9 at Indy] with the kickoff return for a touchdown, but we need to weather that a little bit better this week–all of us—and it’ll start with me.”

In Week 9, starting quarterback Andrew Luck and the Colts dealt the Packers a painful loss that exposed them as a mediocre NFC team that’s only in the hunt for the NFC North title because of equally-mediocre competition. From allowing Indy’s Jordan Todman to return the game’s opening kick-off for a 99-yard touchdown, to giving up a pair of rushing scores to veteran running back Frank Gore, Green Bay looked like a shell of its former successful self last Sunday.

Although the return of lead receiver Jordy Nelson has obviously added to the offense following last season’s injury-fueled absence, Rodgers’s top target just isn’t the same player who finished the 2014 campaign with 13 touchdowns and career-highs in both receptions [98] and yards [1,519]. Statistically, the seven touchdown receptions that Nelson has totaled through the Pack’s first eight games means that he’s on pace to top his 2014 total, but last year’s torn acl has clearly cost the former Pro-Bowler a step or two, and Nelson believes that the recovery process is to blame.

”I think it’s more just your body getting back to normal overall,” said Nelson via ESPN. ”If you take a year off from the game, the grind of the season, the recovery every week, all that I think is more part of it than the actual knee I would assume.”

Regardless of the reason, Nelson has caught just 38 of his team-leading 73 targets this season for a dismal success rate of just 52.1 percent. By comparison, from Nelson’s rookie year in 2008 through the end of 2014, the former Kansas State standout never caught less than 61.1 percent of his targets.

When added to the pre-injury struggles of the now-absent Eddie Lacy, the knee injury that’s already cost second-string running back James Starks four games, and the hamstring injury that’s contributed to Randall Cobb’s inconsistency and limited the Kentucky product to only five games, Nelson’s decline has come at one of the worst possible times.

Minus a reliable run-game, head coach Mike McCarthy has been forced to employ a pass-heavy offense featuring a small crowd of receivers paid to provide Rodgers with options and move former full-time wideout Ty Montgomery into the backfield. But entering Sunday’s game against the Titans, the Packers rank a depressing 23rd with 1,948 net passing yards and 21st with 2,801 total net yards, and Rodgers’ insistence on finding Nelson has been causing the veteran quarterback to make some uncharacteristically bad decisions.

At the moment, Green Bay is trailing both the slumping Minnesota Vikings [5-3] and the Detroit Lions [5-4] in the NFC North, and Sunday’s tilt in Tennessee will mark the beginning of a crucial, three-game stretch that also includes games at the Washington Redskins [4-3-1] and Philadelphia Eagles [4-4].

Following their Week 12 trip to The City Of Brotherly Love, the Packers will host a pair of potentially problematic opponents when the AFC South-leading Houston Texans visit in Week 13 and the Seattle Seahawks roll into town seven days later. And if they’re still standing after that five-game grind, a Week 15 game at the Chicago Bears will mark the first of three consecutive divisional contests to end the regular season.

If Rodgers’ and the Pack can keep pace with the current leaders of the NFC North, and find a way to win the type of close games that they’ve already lost to Minnesota, Indy, and the Atlanta Falcons, they’ll have a chance to reclaim the divisional crown in a Week 16 showdown versus the Vikings and a meeting in Motown with the Lions in Week 17. But if Green Bay’s offense continues to sputter when it needs to score and its defense doesn’t tighten things up soon, the Packers’ will miss the playoffs for the first time since 2008—Rodgers’ first year as Green Bay’s starting quarterback.

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2018 Opponents Set For Each NFL Team

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Now that the 2017 regular season in the books, it’s time to look forward to the 2018 season right?

Just like eating at some of the top restaurants in the nation, it’s good to know what’s on your plate next, regardless of how far away you are from your next dish.

Here is the rundown of the opponents for each NFL team in 2018:

AFC EAST

 

New England Patriots
Home: Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, New York Jets, Green Bay Packers, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Kansas City Chiefs, Minnesota Vikings
Away: Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, New York Jets, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars, Pittsburgh Steelers, Tennessee Titans

Buffalo Bills
Home: Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars, Los Angeles Chargers, Tennessee Titans
Away: Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Baltimore Ravens, Green Bay Packers, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Minnesota Vikings

Miami Dolphins
Home: Buffalo Bills, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars, Oakland Raiders, Tennessee Titans
Away: Buffalo Bills, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Cincinnati Bengals, Green Bay Packers, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Minnesota Vikings

New York Jets
Home: Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, Denver Broncos, Green Bay Packers, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Minnesota Vikings
Away: Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, Chicago Bears, Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans

AFC NORTH

 

Pittsburgh Steelers
Home: Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, New England Patriots
Away: Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Denver Broncos, Jacksonville Jaguars, New Orleans Saints, Oakland Raiders, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Baltimore Ravens
Home: Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Buffalo Bills, Denver Broncos, New Orleans Saints, Oakland Raiders, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Away: Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Tennessee Titans

Cincinnati Bengals
Home: Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Denver Broncos, Miami Dolphins, New Orleans Saints, Oakland Raiders, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Away: Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Indianapolis Colts, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers

Cleveland Browns
Home: Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Pittsburgh Steelers, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, New York Jets
Away: Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Pittsburgh Steelers, Denver Broncos, Houston Texans, New Orleans Saints, Oakland Raiders, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

AFC SOUTH

 

Jacksonville Jaguars
Home: Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Tennessee Titans, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers, Washington Redskins
Away: Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Tennessee Titans, Buffalo Bills, Dallas Cowboys, Kansas City Chiefs, Miami Dolphins, New York Giants

Tennessee Titans
Home: Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Baltimore Ravens, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins
Away: Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Buffalo Bills, Dallas Cowboys, Los Angeles Chargers, Miami Dolphins, New York Giants

Indianapolis Colts
Home: Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, Buffalo Bills, Cincinnati Bengals, Dallas Cowboys, Miami Dolphins, New York Giants
Away: Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Oakland Raiders, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins

Houston Texans
Home: Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, Buffalo Bills, Cleveland Browns, Dallas Cowboys, Miami Dolphins, New York Giants
Away: Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, Denver Broncos, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins

AFC WEST

 

Kansas City Chiefs
Home: Denver Broncos, Los Angeles Chargers, Oakland Raiders, Arizona Cardinals, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Jacksonville Jaguars, San Francisco 49ers
Away: Denver Broncos, Los Angeles Chargers, Oakland Raiders, Cleveland Browns, Los Angeles Rams, New England Patriots, Pittsburgh Steelers, Seattle Seahawks

Los Angeles Chargers
Home: Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders, Arizona Cardinals, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, San Francisco 49ers, Tennessee Titans
Away: Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders, Buffalo Bills, Cleveland Browns, Los Angeles Rams, Pittsburgh Steelers, Seattle Seahawks

Oakland Raiders
Home: Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Cleveland Browns, Indianapolis Colts, Los Angeles Rams, Pittsburgh Steelers, Seattle Seahawks
Away: Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Arizona Cardinals, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Miami Dolphins, San Francisco 49ers

Denver Broncos
Home: Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Oakland Raiders, Cleveland Browns, Houston Texans, Los Angeles Rams, Pittsburgh Steelers, Seattle Seahawks
Away: Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Oakland Raiders, Arizona Cardinals, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, New York Jets, San Francisco 49ers

NFC EAST

 

Philadelphia Eagles
Home: Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Washington Redskins, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Minnesota Vikings
Away: Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Washington Redskins, Jacksonville Jaguars, Los Angeles Rams, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tennessee Titans

Dallas Cowboys
Home: New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tennessee Titans
Away: New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Seattle Seahawks

Washington Redskins
Home: Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Green Bay Packers, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts
Away: Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Arizona Cardinals, Jacksonville Jaguars, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tennessee Titans

New York Giants
Home: Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, Chicago Bears, Jacksonville Jaguars, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tennessee Titans
Away: Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, San Francisco 49ers

NFC NORTH

 

Minnesota Vikings
Home: Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Arizona Cardinals, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, New Orleans Saints, San Francisco 49ers
Away: Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Los Angeles Rams, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Philadelphia Eagles, Seattle Seahawks

Detroit Lions
Home: Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Carolina Panthers, Los Angeles Rams, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Seattle Seahawks
Away: Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Arizona Cardinals, Buffalo Bills, Dallas Cowboys, Miami Dolphins, San Francisco 49ers

Green Bay Packers
Home: Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Minnesota Vikings, Arizona Cardinals, Atlanta Falcons, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, San Francisco 49ers
Away: Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Minnesota Vikings, Los Angeles Rams, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Seattle Seahawks, Washington Redskins

Chicago Bears
Home: Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Los Angeles Rams, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Seattle Seahawks, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Away: Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Arizona Cardinals, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, New York Giants, San Francisco 49ers

NFC SOUTH

 

New Orleans Saints
Home: Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Cleveland Browns, Los Angeles Rams, Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers, Washington Redskins
Away: Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Dallas Cowboys, Minnesota Vikings, New York Giants

Carolina Panthers
Home: Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Seattle Seahawks
Away: Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions, Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers, Washington Redskins

Atlanta Falcons
Home: Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Arizona Cardinals, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants
Away: Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Cleveland Browns, Green Bay Packers, Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers, Washington Redskins

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Home: Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints, Cleveland Browns, Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers, San Francisco 49ers, Washington Redskins
Away: Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints, Baltimore Ravens, Chicago Bears, Cincinnati Bengals, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants

NFC WEST

 

Los Angeles Rams
Home: Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, Green Bay Packers, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Minnesota Vikings, Philadelphia Eagles
Away: Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, Chicago Bears, Denver Broncos, Detroit Lions, New Orleans Saints, Oakland Raiders

Seattle Seahawks
Home: Arizona Cardinals, Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco 49ers, Dallas Cowboys, Green Bay Packers, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Minnesota Vikings
Away: Arizona Cardinals, Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco 49ers, Carolina Panthers, Chicago Bears, Denver Broncos, Detroit Lions, Oakland Raiders

Arizona Cardinals
Home: Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, Chicago Bears, Denver Broncos, Detroit Lions, Oakland Raiders, Washington Redskins
Away: Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, Atlanta Falcons, Green Bay Packers, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Minnesota Vikings

San Francisco 49ers
Home: Arizona Cardinals, Los Angeles Rams, Seattle Seahawks, Chicago Bears, Denver Broncos, Detroit Lions, New York Giants, Oakland Raiders
Away: Arizona Cardinals, Los Angeles Rams, Seattle Seahawks, Green Bay Packers, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Minnesota Vikings, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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NFL Community Remembers Former NFL Wide Receiver Terry Glenn

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Terry Glenn

Terry GlennOn Monday, the NFL community lost a Super Bowl athlete. On a highway in Arlington, Texas, Terry Glenn and his Fiance were in the car when Glenn hit the concrete guardrail dividing the toll road and the highway. Then other cars crashed behind him causing a five-car pileup. When the Emergency Medical Team (EMT) arrived on the scene, they transported to Parkland Hospital in Dallas where around 1:00 am he was pronounced dead.

In 1996, Terry Gleen started his football career with the New England Patriots. With the 7th overall pick in the draft, the Patriots took him. Gleen played five seasons with the New England Patriots and even won the Super Bowl.

After the 2001 season, the Patriots cut Terry Glenn and told him he was going to be cut.

Shortly, after he was waived the Green Bay Packers during the 2002 season.

Finally, he went to the Dallas Cowboys from 2003-2007.

After the 2007 season with Dallas, Glenn decided to walk away from the game. When he did, he had some incredible numbers. In his career, he accumulated over 8,000 yards, 44 yards in 157 games he played. During his retirement, Gleen had substance abuse problems that lasted several years.

From everyone here at Sports Rants are hearts and prayers go out to his family and friends for this difficult loss. Terry Glenn was 43 years old.

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Aaron Rodgers Carted Off Field vs. Vikings, May Miss Rest of Season

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Down in Minneapolis, Minnesota, an NFC North battle was underway. On the Minnesota Vikings first possession, they scored the first touchdown of the game. Then the Packers came onto the field. Early on, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was teaching the Vikings’ a thing or two when on a 2nd and 9 at the Packers’ 39-yard line, Rodgers was part of a defense sandwich. When looking at the replay, it shows one of the Minnesota Vikings defenders laying on top of Aaron Rodgers’ clavicle

Before getting carted off the field, Rodgers was doing well. He went for 2-4, 18 yards. In Rodgers place was quarterback Brett Hundley. When he was inserted into the game, he went for 18-33, 157 yards, TD, 3 INT.

According to many sources around the National Football League, Rodgers maybe missing the remainder of the 2017 season. But, this is not the first time Aaron Rodgers has had a clavicle injury. During the 2012 season, he had the same injury and only missed about seven weeks.

Aaron Rodgers Injury is just the latest player going down. As for the team itself, it will be a struggle just to get a win. When Aaron Rodgers is out on the field, the Green Bay Packers are 42-19. However, when he’s not on the field, the Packers are just a measly 2-8-1.

Heading down the home stretch of the 2017 regular season, the Green Bay Packers still have the New Orleans Saints, who just put 50+ points on the board against Detroit. After the saints, they get a well-needed bye week before they face Matthew Staford and the Detroit Lions. Minus the Week 14 matchup against the Cleveland Browns, the Green Bay Packers have to face the Lions one more time, the Bears again, and they also have to face the Steelers, Ravens, Buccaneers, and the Carolina Panthers.

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