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Favre Returns – NFL Network Documentary to Air Thursday After the Packers – Lions Game

Brett Favre Returns to Titletown, Packers Hall of Fame Ceremony

An NFL Network documentary titled Favre Returns will air this Thursday Night after the Green Bay Packers – Detroit Lions game. Here is the full press release from the NFL:




Six-Episode Series Produced by NFL Films Features Collaborations With Some of the Biggest Names in Entertainment


‘Favre Returns’ Premieres Thursday, December 3 on NFL Network Following ‘Thursday Night Football’


November 24, 2015: NFL Network’s new documentary series The Timeline from NFL Films premieres Thursday, December 3 with an exclusive, all-encompassing look at Brett Favre’s return to Lambeau Field. Airing throughout the month of December and into the new year, The Timeline features six, hour-long episodes chronicling seminal moments that formed the NFL’s storied past, shape the present and, in some cases, set the stage for the future.


Favre Returns premieres on NFL Network following the Green Bay Packers vs. Detroit Lions on Thursday Night Football (re-airs Friday, December 4 at 9:00 PM ET), chronicling the end of Favre’s storied career with the Packers, his decision to sign with the rival Minnesota Vikings, and his return to Lambeau Field for his induction into the Packers Hall of Fame in July and his jersey retirement ceremony on Thanksgiving. Favre’s close friend, Tim McGraw, serves as co-producer and narrator.



The Best and the Wurst: Bears @ Packers

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The Packers have now dropped 4 of the last 5. After bouncing back against the Vikings, the Packers embarrassingly lost to the rival Bears at home on the night that Brett Favre and Bart Starr met at mid-field to retire Favre’s number. The Packers, after starting 6-0 and vying for the #1 seed in the NFC, are now slotted as a wildcard team, sitting one game behind the Vikings in the NFC North. If the Packers don’t pick up their level of play and finish the last 5 games of the season better than the most recent 5 (where they’ve gone 1-4), they could even be looking in from the outside of the playoff picture altogether.


The Best

Eddie Lacy: Lacy exploded for 105 rushing yards on only 17 carries, averaging a whopping 6.2 yards per carry. He also hauled in 4 receptions for 34 yards and a TD. This was the best that Lacy has looked in a long time. He did lose one fumble, but Lacy (and back-up James Starks) was otherwise the only consistent player on offense. Everyone by now has spoken about how McCarthy and Clements should have run the ball more often, especially with the ineptitude of the passing offense. You can’t help but wonder if Lacy could have won the game for the Packers had they given him the opportunity.


Packers need to get Rodgers and WRs on same page


The downfalls of the Packers offense were on display once again two nights ago. Yes, there were questionable calls from the refs, but there is no sense dwelling on it because the refs didn’t lose the game. The offense did and continues to look like a shell of its former self. Ever since the bye, it has not been the same. And truth be told, it was starting to falter around the San Diego game.

Sure the team is 7-4. Not a bad place to be. But the offense couldn’t get the job done and and Aaron Rodgers looked like the lesser quarterback in a match-up against Jay Cutler.

So how do they right the ship? If it was one easy fix, it would’ve already been solved and the team would be steamrolling like it did early in the season. Unfortunately it appears to be a multifactorial issue, and unless everything is addressed, the Packers’ offense will be as vulnerable as its proverbial weakest link.

Aaron Rodgers continues to drown on the field. It’s an apt analogy, if you ask me. You don’t realize you’re drowning until it’s too late. It’s a silent death, and you slip below the surface often before anyone can notice and help. There are rarely screams for help, and you descend into the depths.

That’s where he is right now, his arm barely above the water’s edge. We can see it, but no one seems to have one of those life saver rings that could drag him to shore.


Where do the Packers go from here?


The halftime ceremony was magical. How could you not get emotional as both Brett Favre and Bart Starr returned home? Unfortunately, the game did not match the feeling of the halftime. Another game, and the Packers are licking their wounds for a fourth time in five games, and we’re all wondering if the team has any further to fall. Now that my fingers have thawed out, it’s time to flesh out my thoughts on this stinging loss.

  • Aaron Rodgers continues to see ghosts. Hate to say it, but he still seems to be drowning on the field without a lifeline in sight.  This isn’t the same Rodgers we saw last year who seemed like he was in a class all of his own. He looks scared and lost at times and shockingly wasn’t the best quarterback on the field with competition with Jay Cutler.
  • Maybe it’s the injuries we’ve heard about, but he didn’t even try to run at times when he had a lane open and opted to just chuck the ball away enough times that he didn’t look like Aaron Rodgers. While receivers often failed to get open during a lot of the game, he was throwing the ball into uncatchable corners of the end zone when one was wide open in the other corner. Won’t speculate what’s wrong, but there is something not right with him. Injuries, poor communication, ghosts, personal demons, unless he specifically says what is going on, it’s all just speculation. At the end of the day, he’s a professional and needs to figure out what is wrong and fix it.

Packers Fall Flat on Thanksgiving Loss

2015 Thanksgiving

On an emotional night that was supposed to be the complete union of all things that was great about the Packers, one emotion reigned supreme at the end of the game: disgust. With the exception of one drive and the halftime ceremony, there was no heart, no desire, and no hands among the 53 Packers during the humbling 17-13 loss to the Bears.


It all starts with the execution of even the smallest plays, and the lack of precision that the Packer offense used to be known for reared its head on the first drive as an underthrown flat route to Randall Cobb set up a fourth and two from the Bears 48, but Eddie Lacy was stopped cold and the Bears took over. It was a symbol of the rest of game that followed.


The Pack ended up getting their lone touchdown the next drive on a screen pass to Lacy, but even that lacked the same laser-minded focus of Packers past. Rumbling to the end zone, Lacy almost went full Desean Jackson, releasing the ball just as he hit the goal line, a play that was reviewed and upheld. That was the brightest spot for an offense that looked stagnant and ineffective for over a month in this game. Much like every game recently, the offense looked relatively sharp for a drive or two in the first quarter, but the lack of trust between each player leads to three quarters of ineffectiveness and an urgent drive late in the game.


Packers Win over Vikings was Big, Real Big


It’s hard to ever define a mid-season game as “season saving”.  There are 16 of them after all.  Sunday’s victory over the Vikings was about as big as they get.  Coming off of a three game losing streak many (including this writer) were starting to panic.  The Packers were underdogs for the first time this season and were staring at a four game skid.

This wasn’t a big win because of quality of opponent.  Yes the Vikings were leading the division, but this was not this year’s win over Seattle or last year’s home win over the Patriots.  In fact, of the seven wins Green Bay has Minnesota (16th) ranks as just the third most impressive victory.  It’s a bigger deal that the Packers won a game on the road against a team with a winning record than it is that they beat Minnesota.

The consequences of a loss were very clear: road playoff games.  The Packers would have had almost no chance at a division championship and certainly no shot at a bye if they had lost on Sunday.  Without Jordy Nelson this team’s margin for error is much slimmer.  Fewer bad things have to happen to the Packers for them to miss out on Super Bowl 50.  It’s not only important for Green Bay to play games at home, but to play fewer games.  Winning the division and a bye week are important.


Feeding Eddie Lacy Crucial to Packers’ Offensive Success

Packers Running Back Eddie Lacy

Before their victory against the Minnesota Vikings, the Green Bay Packers had been plagued by poor offensive performances in three straight losses to the Broncos, Panthers, and Lions.

While still not operating as efficiently as it has in the past, the Packers’ offense took a step in the right direction in its 30-13 victory over the Vikings. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers completed less than 50 percent of his passes, but made a number of clutch, difficult throws to help guide Green Bay to its first win in over a month.

While Rodgers’ performance was a big reason for the offense’s reemergence, the resurgence of Eddie Lacy gave Green Bay an added dimension that has been missing for most of the year. For the Packers’ offensive attack to get back on track, it is crucial that Green Bay get Lacy more involved in the team’s game plan.

Lacy’s struggles thus far in the season have been attributed to a number of factors. Some have state out that he is bigger than he was in each of his first two seasons in the league. Others point out that separate ankle and groin injuries have hampered his play through the first ten games of 2015. Either way, Lacy showed Sunday what he is still capable of when he is healthy and given the opportunity to perform.

The Packers running back rushed for 100 yards on 22 carries, his first 100-yard game of the year. He returned to his bruising style of running, and showed he may have overcome the ankle injury with a textbook Lacy spin move that resulted in a season-high 27-yard run.