Green Bay Packers: Three Takeaways from their 51-34 win over Pittsburgh Steelers

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By Lucy Rendler-Kaplan//@LUCYrk78

It’s always nice to end the home preseason games 2-0. What’s even nicer? Watching quarterback Aaron Rodgers return to Lambeau Field for the first time in almost a year. And because he’s Rodgers, it only took him one play to connect with tight end Jimmy Graham for an 8-yard score.

“Happy to get in, be productive and get out,” Rodgers said post-game. This may be the only time we’ll see Rodgers during the preseason and I’m more than OK with that. A healthy Aaron Rodgers is one of the biggest threats to opposing teams.

What else did we learn in Thursday’s game? Let’s take a look:

  • Green Bay might have a solid cornerback for the first time in a while this season. The Packers’ pass defense has been hurting, but with two offseason pickups, they may have a better chance this year. On Thursday, both free-agent addition defensive back Tramon Williams and rookie cornerback Josh Jackson returned interceptions for touchdowns.

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Chicago Bears Win Over Denver Revealed a Few Things

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By Wanda Wiedman // @WandaW63 

The Chicago Bears had started the preseason at 0-2.  Neither losses were blowouts nor were the game against the Denver Broncos. But there are some things that were revealed, exposed or just plain obvious with the Bears.

Trey Burton is the real deal. Every time he touched the ball it was a stamp of approval. There was no doubt he was worth the grab in the offseason. In the first series, Burton caught 4 receptions for 45 yards and one touchdown.

The big tight end seems to be quarterback Mitchell Trubisky’s favorite target and rightly so. Burton certainly knows his routes and determines to finish them with a completion.  The way he can square his shoulders along the lines to catch a pass is textbook football.

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Green Bay Packers vs Pittsburgh Steelers: What to Watch

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By Lucy Rendler-Kaplan // @LUCYrk78

Look. Don’t get me wrong. I LOVE the Packers. I LOVE watching the Packers. I’d been counting down the days till I could watch them again.

But.

I hate preseason. It just makes me too nervous. There’s too much on the line with starters playing. And now, with quarterback Aaron Rodgers playing Thursday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers, I’ll spend the next 24 hours praying to the football gods for no injuries.

It IS going to be an exciting game. Green Bay hasn’t hosted Pittsburgh during the preseason since 1996 (Packers won, natch). In fact, these two teams don’t play each other very often at all. Thursday night will only the fourth meeting between these two teams since 2013. Green Bay is 14-10-1 in the preseason against Pittsburgh.

With Rodgers playing, even for a few series, that means we won’t get to evaluate the three guys competing for his back-up as much. If you’ve followed my recaps, you know I’m not a huge Brett Hundley fan, so I’m going to keep my eye on DeShone Kizer Thursday night. Aaron Rodgers owns the pocket, and I’d love to see Kizer become a bit more comfortable playing in there.

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Enough About Roquan Smith

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By Wanda Wiedman // @WandaW63

Not every college athlete gets the honor and privilege to hear their name called on Draft Day. But a young man from Macon County Georgia did on April 26th, 2018. He was picked by the Chicago Bears to be the next linebacker to soar like the franchise Hall of Fame greats in Dick Butkus, Mike Singletary, and Brian Urlacher.

With the 8th pick of the 2018 NFL Draft, the Bears selected Roquan Smith from the University of Georgia. The cheers from fans everywhere were deafening and the dream of the return of the Monsters of the Midway was just within their reach.

Dream on Bears fans…

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The Lions in Oakland

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By Sonja Greenfield//@Mom23RN

The much anticipated Matt Patricia era mostly officially begins tonight!  The Lions have made their way out to Oakland to take on the Raiders in their first preseason matchup under new head coach Patricia.   We all know that these are mostly scrimmages, but here are some things that I’ll be watching out for tonight.

Kerryon Johnson  Johnson was the 2nd round pick of the Lions in this past draft.  He’s a running back out of Auburn, and man, have the reports been good on him coming out of camp.  Anyone who’s watched a Lions broadcast in the past year or two knows that the Lions haven’t had a 100 yard rusher in a trillion years.

Could Kerryon be the one to break that?  As of now, it looks pretty good.  He’s been hardworking, playing different roles, such as pass catching, and pass protection.  He’s also gotten tips from former Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount.   Hoping we get to see some of that tonight.

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Rookies Made Strong Stance in Bears – Ravens Matchup

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By Wanda Wiedman // @WandaW63

After a day of reviewing the history of pro football and soaking up a compelling speech from former Bear’s linebacker Brian Urlacher, the Chicago Bears made a strong stance at the Hall of Fame game in a 17-16 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.

The stage was set for rookies to make their mark and veterans to show they still got what it takes to compete. It would have been epic to have seen the Bears first-round pick out on the field for the entire world to see. But there were others who took the stage to prove that they belonged in the NFL.

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Chicago Bears Training Camp: The Good, the Bad and the Cloak of the Offense

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By Wanda Wiedman // @WandaW63

The Chicago Bears are in full swing entering training camp as they prepare for the Hall of Fame game against the Baltimore Ravens.  

In front of fans and media personnel, the Bears entered into practice with the mindset of stretching the field, working out the receivers, polishing quarterbacks footwork and reads, blocking and tackling skills and perfecting field goals and kickoffs.

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Chicago Bears Training Camp Overview

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By Wanda Wiedman // @WandaW63

With the induction of linebackers Ray Lewis and Brian Urlacher into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, it was only fitting for the Chicago Bears and the Baltimore Ravens to duke it out on the field. This allowed the Bears and Ravens to start training camp early and get the cobwebs out after long disappointing seasons.

The question has always been, with all the off season acquisitions and NFL Draft picks, did the Bears do enough to have a promising season?

Well the answer is YES! As with all teams, everything looks good on paper but does it transfer on the field? Is the new culture one that is being embraced by the whole team, not just a few? I’m glad to say so far, yes!

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Green Bay Packers: News & Views

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By Lucy Rendler-Kaplan // @LUCYrk78

2017 was a disappointing season in Green Bay. When Aaron Rodgers went down with a broken collarbone in Week 6, the situation was made even worse by it happening against our biggest rivals, the Minnesota Vikings.

It would have seemed that Rodgers going down was an opportunity for Brett Hundley to step up. Though we hadn’t seen much out of Hundley (players second to Rodgers rarely will, except in the case of extreme emergency), we’d heard great things.

However, there was nothing exciting or hopeful for the Packers’ season once Hundley took the field. In the 10 games that Hundley started and played in, the team made only 21 red zone trips, Rodgers made those same 21 trips in only six games. Of those 21 red zone trips, “the team was able to move the ball inside the 10-yard line only 42.8 percent of the time,” according to Fansided.

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Three UFDA Players to Watch at Chicago Bears Training Camp

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By Wanda Wiedman // @WandaW63

Training camp couldn’t come any faster for Chicago Bears fans and it is earlier than usual due to the Hall of Fame game scheduled for August 2, 2018. The hype will be on return players, drafted players, and new additions.  The focus here will be on the undrafted free agents who are hoping to grab a spot on the roster or even practice squad. But most likely it will be a free-for-all audition with teams watching closely as to whom to grab when cut.

There are three UDFA that will need to shine in training camp and transfer it on the field. What better way than to display one’s talent than on national television. Let’s start with the offense.

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