7:25 AM EDT, Fri September 21, 2018
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Thursday Night Football, Week 3: Browns look for first win against Jets

Thursday Night Football, Week 3: Browns look for first win against Jets

Cleveland is actually favored at home this week against a rookie quarterback. The Cleveland Browns faced a tough task in the first two weeks of the 2018 season after going 0-16 last year. They opened up against the hated Pittsburgh Steelers before a road game at the New Orleans Saints, who were one play away from the NFC Championship a year ago. In those two games, the Browns have been outscored by just three points, tying Pittsburgh and being right in the game against the Saints only to miss a tying field goal attempt. So far, Cleveland has had a productive running game and a defense that...
15 hours ago
Packers vs. Washington, Week 3 Game Primer

Packers vs. Washington, Week 3 Game Primer

A week after tying Kirk Cousins and his new team, the Packers travel to face his old team in week three. Last Sunday, the Green Bay Packers emerged from a week two contest against Kirk Cousins and the Minnesota Vikings with a 29-29 tie. One week later, the team will be in Washington to play Cousins’ former team, which is now quarterbacked by Alex Smith. Washington traded for Smith from the Kansas City Chiefs, agreeing to the trade on January 31st after deciding that they would not try to re-sign Cousins, who would become an unrestricted free agent in March. Through two games, Smith has...
16 hours ago
Zingers and the Pack: A new gameday tradition 1,200 miles from home

Zingers and the Pack: A new gameday tradition 1,200 miles from home

When the Packers are not on national TV in Florida, one particular destination with a community feel is home for an avid fan. Tallahassee, Florida is roughly 1,200 miles from Green Bay, Wisconsin. In a state with three professional teams and the Atlanta Falcons located not too far away, regional geography plays a heartless role in preventing many Green Bay Packers games from being available via broadcast in the state. When moving for work about three and a half years ago, I was faced with the dilemma of how to watch the Green Bay Packers on Sundays in the fall with largely out-of-market...
Sep 19, 2018
Wednesday Walkthroughs: Biggest surprises about the 2018 Packers

Wednesday Walkthroughs: Biggest surprises about the 2018 Packers

APC writers share what’s surprised them the most so far this year. If there’s anything dependable about the NFL, it’s that it’s consistently surprising, especially early in a given season. The Packers are no exception to this rule. Despite the many familiar elements of this year’s team (Aaron Rodgers being great, Davante Adams getting open on a slant, Mike McCarthy calling a screen that goes nowhere on third and long), there are more than a few surprises. Here are our biggest surprises of the year so far. What are yours? Evan “Tex” Western: Tight end usage So many articles...
Sep 19, 2018
Packers activate RB Aaron Jones from suspension, waive CB Deante Burton

Packers activate RB Aaron Jones from suspension, waive CB Deante Burton

Green Bay’s most explosive runner is back. The Green Bay Packers’ most explosive running back has returned. Second-year pro Aaron Jones has been activated from the reserve/suspended list and is back on the active 53-man roster as of Wednesday, the Packers announced. Jones served a two-game suspension for a marijuana-related traffic stop last fall, with the Packers going 1-0-1 against NFC North opponents in those two games. Green Bay ran for an average of just 83.5 rushing yards per game in those two contests, with Jamaal Williams leading the way with 106 yards on 31 carries. Jones, who...
Sep 19, 2018
Packers-Vikings Film Room: Showing blitz on third down

Packers-Vikings Film Room: Showing blitz on third down

Defensive Coordinator Mike Pettine showed some interesting looks on third down, but in one writer’s opinion, it wasn’t enough. Green Bay Packers new defensive coordinator Mike Pettine wants to play a controlled type of aggressive defense. That should be a welcome sight for Packers fans, who too often saw their defense of recent years sit back on their heels and allow the play to come to them. This past Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings, Pettine showed us his controlled aggressive scheme, particularly on third downs. Let’s take a look. In the first quarter, the Vikings were...
Sep 19, 2018
Packers have decision to make with Josh Jackson as injuries hit cornerback room

Packers have decision to make with Josh Jackson as injuries hit cornerback room

Kevin King’s groin injury likely will keep him out of Week 3 against Washington. Where does Mike Pettine slot in his rookie playmaker? When Davon House replaced Kevin King on Sunday, Packers fans collectively groaned. Those pained noises turned to agonizing screams when House gave up a 75-yard touchdown to Stefon Diggs, no thanks to safety non-help from Kentrell Brice. Mike McCarthy pointed specifically to the King injury as a turning point in the game, claiming the team didn’t respond well to the injury. The easy rebuttal is neither did Mike Pettine by putting House on the boundary...
Sep 19, 2018
Wednesday Cheese Curds: Packers are ready Aaron Jones’ return

Wednesday Cheese Curds: Packers are ready Aaron Jones’ return

Jones is expected to rejoin the Packers’ 53-man roster this week after a two-game suspension. An under-covered aspect of a given team’s season is how much the roster changes from week to week and month to month. Between the return of Aaron Jones from suspension and the gradual recovery of both Oren Burks and Josh Jones, the Packers stand to get three significant players back this week, changing the complexion of both their offense and defense in significant ways. What each player actuallyWhat each player actually contributes is almost beside the point; that they’re available at all...
Sep 19, 2018
APC Podcast, 9/19: All drama, no satisfaction

APC Podcast, 9/19: All drama, no satisfaction

Sunday’s tilt had everything a football fan could ask for, except a winner. In a game Green Bay was “supposed to lose,” the sum of a one-legged quarterback and a down-on-his-luck kicker equalled exactly one 29-29 tie. The pod crew breaks down the top storylines coming out of an oddity of an NFC North showdown between the Green Bay Packers and the Minnesota Vikings, before previewing the upcoming bout in Washington. Click here to access the episode at Blog Talk Radio. To stay up to date on the latest from us, follow the show on Twitter @theAPCpod. As always, remember to subscribe to...
Sep 18, 2018
Packers-Vikings Fantasy Reaction: Adams, Graham set the tone on offense

Packers-Vikings Fantasy Reaction: Adams, Graham set the tone on offense

Jimmy Graham looked like the player the Packers were hoping to see when they signed him this offseason. Also, Aaron Jones is on his way back to the field. It was a game marred by bad penalty calls and bad field goal kicks. After missing out on chances to ice the game, the Green Bay Packers tied with the Minnesota Vikings after an offensive shootout. The Packers tied, but hopefully they helped you capture a fantasy win. Aaron Rodgers may be injured, but his fantasy value remains high and that showed with the performances the pass catchers were able to have. There were points all around so...
Sep 18, 2018
Packers power rankings, Week 3: Green Bay remains in top 5 following draw

Packers power rankings, Week 3: Green Bay remains in top 5 following draw

A tie didn’t feel like a loss in the power rankings this week. The tie that resulted from Sunday’s matchup of the Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings certainly left many with a bad taste in their mouths, especially over the controversial roughing penalty that negated a game-sealing interception. That call could ultimately determine which team wins the NFC North and, perhaps, whether Green Bay earns a playoff berth. Still, the outcome didn’t hurt the Packers in the power rankings. SB Nation dropped them only one spot to No. 5. If anything, the draw had a greater effect on the...
Sep 18, 2018
Packers should explore trading for disgruntled Seahawks safety Earl Thomas

Packers should explore trading for disgruntled Seahawks safety Earl Thomas

With Mike Pettine’s safeties struggling and the Seahawks looking at a rebuild, there could be an opportunity for Green Bay to add an All-Pro player at a position of need. The team formerly led by the Legion of Boom sits at 0-2, with losses to teams quarterbacked by Case Keenum and Mitch Trubisky to open the season. Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has been running for his life. His best receiver is hurt. His best teammate is hurt. And his best offensive lineman is one of the mannequins at the Nike store. With that in mind, Green Bay Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst...
Sep 18, 2018
Tuesday Cheese Curds: Packers need to adapt with inconsistent pass rush

Tuesday Cheese Curds: Packers need to adapt with inconsistent pass rush

Mike Pettine has gone coverage heavy the past two weeks. He won’t be able to get away with that forever. If one thing has become clear about the Green Bay Packers’ defense after two weeks, it’s that there is a lack of a consistent pass rush. This isn’t too surprising, given the depth chart going into and then after the offseason but it’s something the Packers and defensive coordinator Mike Pettine are going to have to adapt to as the season wears on. Of course, the NFL all but outlawing proper tackling technique doesn’t help either but Green Bay defenders aren’t getting home...
Sep 18, 2018
NFC North Rundown: Two shaky defensive penalties loom large over week 2 outcomes

NFC North Rundown: Two shaky defensive penalties loom large over week 2 outcomes

The league office will have its hands full with complaints after a couple of questionable and costly penalty calls. For a second consecutive week, the Green Bay Packers are one of the most hotly-discussed teams across the NFL. This time around it’s for not such a great reason. The Packers (1-0-1) were forced to end their contest with the Minnesota Vikings in a draw as both teams missed multiple opportunities to win on Sunday afternoon. Dubious roughing the passer penalty or not, a tie between the top divisional contenders will cast an intriguing shadow over the rest of the season in the...
Sep 17, 2018
NFL Rulebook Special: Tackling a Quarterback, featuring Packers LB Clay Matthews

NFL Rulebook Special: Tackling a Quarterback, featuring Packers LB Clay Matthews

We’ve obtained the NFL’s training video, featuring Green Bay’s favorite linebacker. It’s...not what we thought. DATELINE, September 17th. The league is in turmoil as quarterbacks are being targeted by careless defenders at an unprecedented rate! The league is seeing star after star after star (and also Cam Newton) miss time! Hullabaloos and donnybrooks are the order of the day as the league office struggles with exactly how to deal with improper and dangerous tackling! They decide to produce a video on proper tackling technique. We here at Ye Olde Acme Packing...