NFL Update: The Green Bay Packers 2014 Schedule and Status Report Post-2014 NFL Draft
The Green Bay Packers look to make the playoffs for the sixth straight season
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2013 Season Recap: The Green Bay Packers somehow won the NFC North despite a brutal stretch in the middle of the season that included four losses and a tie. The Packers were then eliminated in the first round of the playoffs by the San Francisco 49ers. Last season was considered a success for the Packers considering Aaron Rodgers did miss a chunk of the season and the defense was brutal in both stopping the run and pass. The Packers have now made the playoffs in five straight seasons.
Key Losses: The Packers lost their second-leading receiver in James Jones, who signed with the Oakland Raiders. Jones finished last season with 59 receptions, 817 yards and three touchdowns. It also remains up in the air if the Packers are going to resign tight end Jermichael Finley.
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Key Additions: One of the biggest signings of the offseason was when the Packers signed defensive end Julius Peppers. One of the top players at his position over the last decade, Peppers has 119 sacks, 40 forced fumbles and 454 tackles in his career. This signing will only add to a Packers defense that ranked eighth in the league last season with 44 sacks.
Draft: The Packers spent their first two picks on players who can help out right away in safety Ha-Ha Clinton Dix and wide receiver Davante Adams. Those are both big time players who can make an early splash as a rookie. I also like the selection of outside linebacker Carl Bradford, as he’s a speedster off the edge who can get to the quarterback in a hurry.
2014 Outlook, So Far: It’s hard not to like the Packers this season as long as they have a healthy Rodgers under center. He’s one of the few quarterbacks who can singlehandedly win ball games in this league. The Packers also improved their defense through free agency and the draft. Although the NFC North is no joke, the Packers should once again be a contender to make the playoffs for a sixth straight year and could possibly come out of the NFC if everybody remains healthy. Green Bay isn’t going anywhere any time soon.
Sept. 4 at Seattle Seahawks (Thu), 8:30
Sept. 14 New York Jets, 4:25
Sept. 21 at Detroit Lions, 1
Sept. 28 at Chicago Bears, 1
Oct. 2 Minnesota Vikings (Thu), 8:25
Oct. 12 at Miami Dolphins, 1
Oct. 19 Carolina Panthers, 1
Oct. 26 at New Orleans Saints, 8:30*
Nov. 2 BYE
Nov. 9 Chicago Bears, 8:30*
Nov. 16 Philadelphia Eagles, 1
Nov. 23 at Minnesota Vikings, 1
Nov. 30 New England Patriots, 4:25
Dec. 8 Atlanta Falcons (Mon), 8:30
Dec. 14 at Buffalo Bills, 1
Dec. 21 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1
Dec. 28 Detroit Lions, 1