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MDA Madison Muscle Team Event a Rousing Success

MDA Madison Muscle Event - Packers Players

With Labor Day weekend being the traditional time for the MDA telethon, I just wanted to mention an event that took place a few weeks ago. The MDA Madison Muscle Team Event, was a fundraiser that brought together “MDA Buddies” (children with this neuromuscular disease) and paired them with sports “MVP Buddies” for the evening. Aided by corporate sponsors Citgo, Morgan Stanley and Bachmann construction, the event included a a cocktail reception, silent auction, food stations, entertainment and photo opportunities with local, state and national athletes.

Three former Packers players were at the event meeting and greeting. Antonio Freeman, Ahman Green and William Henderson, along with other Wisconsin athletes, helped the MDA- Southern Wisconsin raise over $110,000.

For more details, head on over to ALLGBP.COM, where I wrote about it yesterday.

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Jersey Al Bracco is the founder and editor of AllGreenBayPackers.com. He can be heard as one of the Co-Hosts on Cheesehead Radio and is the Green Bay Packers Draft Analyst for Drafttek.com.

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Packers Have Everything to Prove in Seattle

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The Green Bay Packers have pretty much everything going against them in their quest to win their season opening game Thursday in Seattle.

The Seahawks are the defending Super Bowl champions, and are set up better for a repeat championship than any champion since the 2010 Packers. If anybody can approach a dynasty in this parity driven NFL it’s Seattle right now.

The only road team to win the Thursday night game at the home of the defending Super Bowl champion since that game was implemented was the Dallas Cowboys in 2012 when they defeated the New York Giants.

It has been very tough for the road teams to come into an environment where the crowd is so fired up to welcome the defending champs back home for their first game. You can ratchet that up times a thousand in Seattle.

The Seahawks were 7-1 at home last season during the regular season with their only loss coming against Arizona in a pretty meaningless game towards the end of the season, and they outscored their opponents by an average of 15 points per game. They especially stepped it against top opponents at home, as they defeated San Francisco 29-3 in Week 2 and New Orleans 34-7 in Week 13.

Since their Super Bowl championship in 2010 the Packers have had a tendency to get pushed around in big games. Most of them have been against San Francisco, and even though they played them very competitively twice last year it was not enough. They can make a statement that this year is going to be different with a season opening win in Seattle.

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The 2014-15 Green Bay Packers Roster

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With Training Camp coming to an end, Ted Thompson was faced with the task of constructing a team which will lead the Packers back to the Super Bowl. As the clock ticked down to 3pm CDT yesterday, Packer fans across the world were wondering what this year’s team would look like. Would it have the caliber of talent to get the Packers back on top of the football world this season?

We are about to find out, as the season kicks off a mere 4 days from now.

Ladies and Gentlemen, here are your 2014-15 Green Bay Packers:

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PACKERS FOOTBALL FRIDAY: A Little Bit of Everthing

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We’re gonna jump around a little bit on this week’s edition of FOOTBALL FRIDAY.  The first thing that I’m going to do is give my 3 up and 3 down for last night’s final preseason game, which was a resounding win by the Packers over the Chiefs.  The Packers are a mere 6 days away from their season opening showdown with Seattle (I can’t believe I just wrote that) and the excitement is building.  After breaking down last night’s game briefly I’m going to offer my final 53-man roster prediction before any of the cuts are announced.

 

 

3 up:

1. The Backup QBs- Flynn and Tolzien both had QB ratings over 108 and both threw for 2 TDs.  As player after player that would have made the 53 go down with injury, it becomes more and more clear that the Packers are going to keep both of these players.  In years past, Ted Thompson has rightfully valued that 53rd spot on the roster, but this season it’s too important to keep both of these players around.

2.  Jeff Janis- This kid is the real deal.  I had a 4th round grade on Janis going into the draft.  The thing about that is I thought that he was either going to be a bust or that he was going to give the return of a 1st or 2nd round pick with basically no in-between.  Janis has elite physical skills and was a terror on offense and on special teams.  As he grows in the system and becomes more consistent he has a chance to be a star in this league.

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The Packers with the Most to Win and Lose in the Final Preseason Game

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The regular season is almost upon us, but there is still one more game for players who are on the fringe of making the Packers roster to make one last impression.

Here are the players and the positions battles to keep an eye on when the Chiefs visit the Packers.

Quarterbacks

The most interesting and most intently watched battle will undoubtedly be between quarterbacks Scott Tolzien and Matt Flynn. It has been pretty obvious to anyone who has watched the Packers during preseason that Tolzien has outplayed Flynn through the first 3 games.  However, Flynn’s game experience and knowledge of the Packer offense might be enough to keep him locked in as the Packers backup quarterback, at least for this season.

No matter what happens Thursday, with Flynn signed to just a 1 year contract I can’t see the Packers letting Tolzien go and leaving them vulnerable at the backup quarterback spot again next season.  However, if Tolzien looks good again and Flynn continues to struggle, the Packers could opt to keep Tolzien and waive Flynn, but I still think the most likely scenario is that the Packers keep 3 quarterbacks on their roster this season.

Secondary

The Packers secondary is loaded with talent at both at corner, and somewhat surprisingly, safety.

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Why it isn’t crazy for the Packers to keep 3 quarterbacks

Matt Flynn and Scott Tolzien

With Aaron Rodgers sitting out the Packers’ last preseason game tomorrow against the Chiefs, Matt Flynn and Scott Tolzien have been alternating time with the first team offense. On days Flynn gets the reps, the blogosphere declares the Packers have selected him to fill the QB2 shoes. The same can be said on days Tolzien gets the nod.

By this time last year, the Packer were already starting the never ending turnstile of revolving back-ups. Graham Harrell had already been shown the door, and in the first few days of last September Rodgers was the only QB on the roster while both BJ Coleman and Vince Young were cut loose and Seneca Wallace had yet to be signed.

The same cannot be said this year. The Packers have been reluctant to pare down that list aside from asking fourth string Chase Retting to turn in his iPad. The organization itself has been nothing short of cryptic and has been reluctant to name a QB. There are arguments on both sides to name Flynn or Tolzien the understudy quarterback.

For many years the Packers have held to a strict formula: the strongest candidate becomes the insurance policy if Rodgers should go down. The greener one is sent to the practice squad to grow and develop.

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Green Bay Packers Roster Projection

Ted Thompson

The Green Bay Packers have to cut their roster to 53 players by 3 p.m. on Saturday, and as always they will have many tough decisions. I like to do one roster projection per year, so this will be it for me.

Quarterbacks (3)

Aaron Rodgers

Matt Flynn

Scott Tolzien

Flynn playing poorly this preseason and Tolzien excelling has made this a lot closer call than most thought entering camp. Flynn going 2-2-1 for the Packers last year filling in for Rodgers should still count for something, even tough Flynn has not played well this preseason. Tolzien has the much better physical tools, but there is still some level of trust with Flynn since he has gotten the job done almost whenever called upon in Green Bay. With the way Tolzien has played there is no chance he will be exposed to waivers.

Running Backs (4)

Eddie Lacy

James Starks

DuJuan Harris

John Kuhn

Not much intrigue here. Raijon Neal had a chance to break in before his injury. The interesting thing will be  Harris’ role and whether he can challenge Starks for the first backup spot. Lacy doesn’t figure to come off the field much, but Harris is a much more effective receiver than Starks and has forced 10 missed tackles on 26 attempts this preseason.

Wide Receivers (5)

Jordy Nelson

Randall Cobb

Jarrett Boykin

Davante Adams

Jeff Janis

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