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Newz Forum: FOOTBALL: Green Bay Packers Preview 2004

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posted on Sep, 14 2004 @ 05:17 PM
The consistent Packers had yet another solid season in 2003, finishing 10-6, claiming the NFC North division title, and knocking off Seattle in the playoffs before losing to Philadelphia in the second round. Of last season's 22 starters, all but one return to head coach Mike Sherman's Green Bay team which ranked 4th in the league on offense and 17th on defense. The offensive catalysts, as always, will be quarterback Brett Favre and running back Ahman Green. Give the Green Bay Packers' brass credit. They've admitted that Brett Favre is human. Not that you'd know it by last season, when the Mississippian put together yet another Pro Bowl performance while leading his team to a third straight playoff appearance.

Favre led the NFL in touchdown passes with 32 last season and has started 208 consecutive games for the Packers, which is bad news for new backup quarterback Tim Couch. Green last season set a team record with 1,883 yards rushing, and has had four straight 1,000-yard seasons behind an excellent offensive line. The strength at these positions offsets the mediocre receiving corps, where the developing Robert Ferguson and Javon Walker look to become more consistent. The strength of the Packers' defense lies in its secondary, where safety Darren Sharper is the standout.



Key matchup(s): Sept. 13 at Carolina (ABC); Sept. 26 at Indianapolis (Fox); Nov. 14 vs. Minnesota (Fox); Dec. 5 at Philadelphia (Fox); Dec. 24 at Minnesota (Fox)

Star Power: Brett Favre, QB, 14th season; 6-2, 224; Ahman Green, RB, 7th season, 6-0, 218; Donald Driver, WR, sixth season, 6-0, 192; Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila, DE, 5th season, 6-4, 252; Darren Sharper, S, eighth season, 6-2, 210; Nick Barnett, MLB, 2nd season, 6-2, 233.

Notable Additions: Mark Roman, S, Cincinnati, 5-11, 200; Bryan Barker, P, Washington, 6-1, 205; Ahmad Carroll, CB, 5-10, 185; first round, Arkansas; Joey Thomas, CB, 6-1, 195; third round, Montana State

Notable Subtractions: Josh Bidwell, P, Tampa Bay, UFA, Marques Anderson, S, Oakland, Antuan Edwards, S, Miami

Notable Returnees: Chad Clifton, OT, fifth season, 6-5, 330; Michael Hawthorne, CB, fifth season, 6-3, 204

Favre will turn 34-years old this year, but he is far from done, as he proved by leading the league with 32 touchdown passes in 2003. He is still among the best clutch quarterbacks in the game today, and possibly the toughest of all time having played in 208 consecutive games. Ideally, the coaching staff would like to see him cut back on the 21 interceptions he threw last season, but they don't want the 14-year veteran to lose the aggressive gunslinger mentality that has been so successful throughout his career. Backing up Favre, which usually involves spending most of the time standing on the sidelines, is former No. 1 overall draft pick Tim Couch, who was signed after being released by the Cleveland Browns. Couch failed to live up to expectations in Cleveland, but he is still young, and with some good coaching the Packers believe he can still live up to that potential and successfully succeed Favre as the starting quarterback should Favre decide to hang up the spikes within the next couple years.

The Packers have one of the top backs in the league in Green, who is coming off a season in which he racked up 2,250 total yards and 20 touchdowns. He has great vision and is explosive through the hole, with the ability to bounce it to the outside. He is also very adept at catching the ball out of the backfield, which allows him to stay on the field on third downs. The only knock on Green is that he has a tendency to put the ball on the ground, fumbling seven times and losing five in 2003. Backing him up is power runner Najeh Davenport, who is tough between the tackles and has the strength to consistently gain yards after contact. Tony Fisher is the No. 3 back, who fit's the role of the classic third-down back. He is shifty and quick, and he has good receiving abilities. The problem is, Green doesn't have to come off the field on third downs, so Fisher will be used mainly to keep Green fresh. The Packers top-three receivers are solid but unspectacular, however, with Favre at quarterback, a team doesn't need a superstar at wideout to have a successful passing game. Robert Ferguson and Donald Driver will start. Driver wasn't the same player after injuring his neck early in the '03 season, but at his best, he is a dependable receiver who can catch the ball over the middle. Ferguson is a physical receiver with good speed, but he has yet to put it all together and become a consistent force in this offense. No. 3 receiver Javon Walker has the potential to be a big-play receiver. He has great speed and leaping ability, but needs to become more disciplined in his route running. He came on strong near the end of the season last year, and could be poised for a break-out year. With a solid camp, the Packers could consider putting him at the No. 2 and moving Driver to the slot. The Packers appear to lack depth behind Walker with Antonio Chatman and Carl Ford, who are likely to be the No. 4 and 5 receivers.

As always, the Packers' chances will likely hinge on Favre's ability to remain in the lineup. Though Green was every bit as dominant from his running back position last year, it is much easier to envision the team winning with Favre and Davenport in the backfield as opposed to Couch and Green. Both lines appear to be in decent shape, and the linebacking corps is underrated (though thin). McKenzie's absence will be huge unless one of the youngsters can mirror his shutdown ability right away. Lucky for Sherman and the Pack, they play in one of the weakest divisions in the NFL, one that includes marginal teams in Chicago and Detroit. Despite their question marks, Green Bay should challenge Minnesota for the AFC North crown, and will have an opportunity to win a playoff game or two if Favre and Green are both healthy.


posted on Sep, 15 2004 @ 10:34 AM
The Packers looked solid in week 1 with the win agasint the panthers, they are continuing to become a better running team, and now are focusing more and more on the run, to set up the play action pass.

posted on Sep, 20 2004 @ 09:11 AM
Packers had a horrible game like the redskins, green fumbled on a key drive in the red zone, and farve was not farve.

posted on Sep, 20 2004 @ 04:35 PM
Just goes to prove that old saying - "On any given Sunday..."

posted on Sep, 26 2004 @ 08:53 AM
Late injuries sideline defensive backs

A Green Bay secondary that figured to be tested on Sunday, even if at full strength for the game with the Indianapolis Colts, took a considerable hit Saturday when cornerbacks Mike McKenzie and Ahmad Carroll did not accompany the Packers on their road trip here.

Both players were officially ruled "out" for the game by head coach Mike Sherman after they suffered late-week injuries. They remained in Green Bay to continue treatment on the injuries.

posted on Sep, 29 2004 @ 09:24 AM
did McKenzie sit out cause of an injury or because he is going to be traded?

If i were the green bay packers i woudlnt even consider trading one of their best CB's they really need him especially after the beating that they took on sunday agaisnt the colts.

posted on Oct, 14 2004 @ 08:30 PM
A season of disappointments so far, witting on bottom of the division with a record of 1-4, after a crushing defeat from the similarly disappointing Titans, in Lambeau, for some reason pepole are calling for Favre's retirement already. Ease up a bit on that call kids, or you may just get what you're wishing for...


posted on Oct, 25 2004 @ 03:37 PM
Ahman Green and Brett Favre once again turned Lambeau Field into a home-field advantage.

Green rushed for 163 yards and two touchdowns and Favre threw for two scores as the Green Bay Packers coasted to a 41-20 rout of the Dallas Cowboys.

Looking to avoid going 0-4 at Lambeau Field for the first time since 1988, the Packers completely dominated the Cowboys in what was a key NFC game between teams that have gotten off to disappointing starts.

Green enjoyed his best game of the season, scoring on a one-yard run in the second quarter and a 90-yard jaunt in the third quarter that gave the Packers a 41-13 bulge. He needed just 15 carries en route to his third 100-yard game of the season.

Just 1-8 including playoffs lifetime against the Cowboys, Favre also did his part, completing 23-of-29 passes for 258 yards. He threw a five-yard touchdown pass to Javon Walker in the second quarter and connected with Donald Driver on a 33-yard scoring play in a 21-point third quarter.


posted on Oct, 25 2004 @ 04:18 PM

Packers receiver Javon Walker celebrates catching a TD pass in the second quarter against the Cowboys with teammate Ben Steele looking on.


posted on Oct, 31 2004 @ 07:20 PM
Green Bay cornerback Al Harris intercepted Mark Brunell one play after the Washington Redskins' potential go-ahead touchdown was wiped out by a controversial penalty as the Packers held on for a 28-14 victory.

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