The Breen Bay Packers are the third-oldest franchise in the NFL, dating back to 1919, and is the only non-profit, community-owned major league professional sports team based in the United States. The Packers is the last of the "small town teams" which were common in the NFL during the 1920s and 30s. Founded in 1919, the franchise traces its lineage to other semi-professional teams in Green Bay dating back to 1896. Between 1919 and 1920, the Packers competed against other semi-pro clubs from around Wisconsin and the Midwest, before joining the American Professional Football Association (APFA), the forerunner of today's NFL, in 1921. The Bears–Packers rivalry is one of the oldest in NFL history, dating back to 1921. Although Green Bay is by far the smallest major league professional sports market in North America, its local fan and media base extends 120 miles south into Milwaukee. The Vince Lombardi Trophy is named after the Packers' coach Lombardi, who guided them to their first two Super Bowls.
Last year the Pack were one game away from going back to another Super Bowl, but were blown away by the Atlanta Falcons. Prior to that game, in the divisional round of the playoffs, Aaron Rodgers pulled off one of the greatest late comeback wins with his heroic clutch throws beating the Cowboys. Green Bay is always in with a shout to win the Super Bowl, thanks to having arguably the best QB in the game in Rodgers. They have won the NFC North 5 out the last 6 years. It seems almost a guarantee that the Packers always make the playoffs thanks to Rodgers.
Head Coach: Mike McCarthy
Where there's Aaron Rodgers, there's a way. But the quarterback needs help. The running game should be improved with Ty Montgomery's full-time transition to running back and the additions of three runners in the draft. The defense cannot rank 31st against the pass for a second straight season, though. In an attempt to shore up the back line, the Packers added Davon House, Kevin King, Josh Jones and training camp star Josh Hawkins. If the defense can improve just enough to slow down opposing teams, then there's no reason that the Pack don't go all the way again.
Regardless of the season this offence has been fine, as long as Aaron Rodgers stays healthy. Last year they finished in the top 10 for total yards, passing yards and points scored. Scarily for the the rest of the NFL, they will probably be even better this year if everyone can stay on the field. The Packers have one of the best receiving groups with playmakers everywhere you look. Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, Davante Adams and Michael Bennett are all top players, and will give coverage units absolute nightmares. If the run game can improve behind a strong line, then watch out.
The key to this unit is simple - stop the pass. They finished 31st in yards allowed, but in the top 10 for run defence. This unit must stop the pass. If they can achieve that, then this will be one of the most complete teams in the entire NFL. The pressure will be on rookie CB Kevin King and star safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. There is enough talent throughout the rest of the defence. Clay Matthews continues to be one of the most destructive players in the league, regardless of where you put him. Add in LB Nick Perry and DE Mike Daniels, and they should have enough talent to keep opposing QBs under duress.
Aaron Rodgers, QB
There has been a constant debate over the last 5-10 years as to who's the best QB in the game, Aaron Rodgers or the Pats' Tom Brady. Brady may have more Super Bowl rings, but Rodgers may be the most complete QB the league has ever seen. Known as A-Rod, Rodgers has been league MVP twice, been to 6 pro bowls and won 2 Super Bowls. He'd have more if his defence had helped him out more over the years.
What's crazy is that A-Rod may be even better outside the pocket than inside. Rodgers has an uncanny ability to extend plays and produce magic time and time again. He has got his team out of tricky situations on countless occassions, and has also become the king of the Hail Mary throw. It doesn't matter what the score is or how much time is left in the game, it seems like Rodgers almost always finds a way to pull off the impossible.
Other notable players: WR - Jordy Nelson. WR - Randall Cobb. TE - Martellus Bennett. DE - Mike Daniels. LB - Clay Matthews. S - Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.
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Lambeau Field opened in 1957, and was known as New City Stadium until it was renamed in 1965 in memory of Packers founder, player, and long-time head coach, Curly Lambeau. It's one of the most historic/iconic stadiums in the country, and is the oldest continually operating stadium in the NFL.
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Green Bay is a city in the U.S. state of Wisconsin, and is the smallest city/location of all 32 teams. It's at the southern end of Green Bay, an arm of Lake Michigan. Lambeau Field is the home of the Green Bay Packers football team and the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame. Locomotives, passenger rail cars and other artifacts are on display at the National Railroad Museum. The central Neville Public Museum showcases the art, history and science of the region.
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NFL Western - 6
1960, 1961, 1962, 1965, 1966, 1967
NFC Champions - 3
1996, 1997, 2010
NFL West - 4
1936, 1938, 1939, 1944
NFL Central - 1
NFC Central - 4
1972, 1995, 1996, 1997
NFC North - 9
2002, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016
Playoff Appearances - 32
1936, 1938, 1939, 1941, 1944, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1972, 1982, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
All Time Record
(Since end of 2016 Season)
Wins: 730 Losses: 553 Ties: 37
Wins: 34 Losses: 22
Wins: 764 Losses: 575 Ties: 37
Hall of Famers - 24
Earl Lambeau, Founder/Coach - Class of 1963
Robert Hubbard, T - Class of 1963
Don Hutson, E/DB - Class of 1963
Johnny McNally, HB - Class of 1963
Clarke Hinkle, FB - Class of 1964
Mike Michalske, G - Class of 1964
Arnie Herber, QB - Class of 1966
Vince Lombardi, Coach - Class of 1971
Tony Canadeo, HB - Class of 1974
Jim Taylor, FB - Class of 1976
Forrest Gregg, T - Class of 1977
Bart Starr, QB - Class of 1977
Ray Nitschke, LB - Class of 1978
Herb Adderley, CB - Class of 1980
Willie Davis, DE - Class of 1981
Jim Ringo, C - Class of 1981
Paul Hornung, HB - Class of 1986
Willie Wood, S - Class of 1989
Henry Jordan, DT - Class of 1995
James Lofton, WR - Class of 2003
Reggie White, DE - Class of 2006
Dave Robinson, LB - Class of 2013
Ron Wolf, VP/GM - Class of 2015
Brett Favre, QB - Class of 2016