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6 Packers who need to step up in Jordy Nelson's absence

Published Aug. 25, 2015

There's no way of denying the impact Nelson's absence could have on Green Bay's upcoming season. Yet, the Packers have created such a believable "next man up" philosophy at various stages throughout Ted Thompson's tenure that maybe it won't be too debilitating. Here are the players that will have to step up to keep the team's Super Bowl hopes alive.

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5 biggest takeaways from the Packers' preseason loss at Steelers

Published Aug. 24, 2015

There was so much promise and positivity after the Packers won their exhibition opener against the New England Patriots. There were no significant injuries in that game, and the team looked sharp in just about every aspect. That was not the case Sunday for Green Bay. A lot went wrong, including something that could seriously derail the team's entire season.

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5 things to watch for in the Packers preseason game against the Steelers

Published Aug. 21, 2015

It will be a rare preseason Sunday noon kickoff for the Green Bay Packers this weekend in Pittsburgh. More important than the start time for Ted Thompson and Mike McCarthy, however, is another chance to evaluate their 2015 roster and prepare for a regular season that's only a few weeks away. Here are five things to watch in this weekend's Packers-Steelers game.

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Packers 2015 roster projection: First edition

Published Aug. 19, 2015

A lot could change over the course of the next three preseason games. Some players will step up and make it very difficult for the Green Bay Packers to cut them. Others will struggle and find themselves hopeful of just making the practice squad. But as it stands currently, with one exhibition game behind them, here's our first edition of what the Packers' 53-man roster could look like this season.

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Bubble watch: Who's likely in and out on the Packers' roster

Published Aug. 17, 2015

Nearly every player had a chance to show what they can do during last week's preseason opener in New England. Which five bubble players are trending upwards after the Pack's preseason debut, and which five should be concerned that their bubble is bursting?

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5 biggest takeaways from the Packers' preseason win over the Patriots

Published Aug. 14, 2015

When wins and losses really don't matter, it's important to recognize what those three hours of preseason football accomplished. For the Green Bay Packers, a team currently set as favorites to win Super Bowl 50, there were plenty of meaningful moments in their exhibition victory over New England. Here are the five biggest takeaways from the Packers' 22-11 win Thursday night.

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5 things to watch in Packers preseason opener vs. Patriots

Published Aug. 13, 2015

Seven months after the Green Bay Packers were a few mistake-filled minutes away from reaching Super Bowl 49, they're back in (preseason) action. And it's against the team that ended up claiming the Lombardi Trophy, the New England Patriots. Here are five things to watch for in Thursday's game.

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Expectations run high as Packers enter training camp

Published July 29, 2015

Every NFL team enters training camp with varying levels of goals and expectations. For the Green Bay Packers, the pressure couldn't be any higher. As the Packers go through the next five weeks of practices and exhibition games, the focus will be on shaping a team that's still alive on Feb. 7, 2016.

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The most important Packers on defense in 2015: Part two

Published July 20, 2015

As NFL training camp approaches, we've been counting down the most important players for the Green Bay Packers this season. Today, we conclude the list of defensive players who will play critical roles for Green Bay.

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Favre's reunion with Packers proves time can heal any wound

Published July 17, 2015

The public backlash at the time was swift and severe. It was nearly seven years ago when the Green Bay Packers did what was once unthinkable by trading their legendary quarterback, Brett Favre. No party involved or even tangentially related initially came out looking good, either. But if there was ever a sports story that proves time heals all wounds, this is it.

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The most important Packers on defense in 2015: Part one

Published July 15, 2015

There was a stretch of nearly two months last season when the Green Bay Packers' run defense was ranked as the worst in the NFL. If the Packers want to go as far as they did last year - and further - many key players will have to step up. Now that we've concluded the list of Green Bay's 10 most important offensive players, here's a look at who's most important defensively for the Packers.

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The most important Packers on offense in 2015: Part 2

Published July 13, 2015

The Green Bay Packers had the NFL's top-scoring offense last season. With every starting player back for 2015, the pieces are in place to have another fast-paced, explosive group. A team can only be as good as the individuals who comprise it, though. With that in mind, here are the top five players most important to the Packers' success on offense come this fall.

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The most important Packers on offense in 2015: Part one

Published July 10, 2015

There are still seven months until Super Bowl 50 is played, but it's never too early for oddsmakers to name an early favorite. This year, the Green Bay Packers find themselves honored with that distinction. To get there, though, the Packers' top players will have to deliver great seasons. This series will look at the 10 most important players to Green Bay's success on both offense and defense. Today, we'll look at numbers 10 through six on offense.

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Pay for performances makes inroads in the NFL

Published June 12, 2015

Paying a professional athlete based on performance is a rare thing. Golf and tennis both do it and the NFL is starting to deal with the issue. Perhaps someday athletes will be paid on the basis of how well they play their game.