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The Green Bay Packers have 26 members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. A few of them are coaches — Vince Lombardi and Curly Lambeau — but almost all of them are players.

From this large group, arriving at the seven greatest Packers of all time and then ranking them becomes a complicated task.

Let’s try to do the best we can and let you decide. First, let’s start with the three Packers who exist outside of the top-four locks:

7. Don Hutson

Hutson preceded the Lombardi era, and is therefore easier for younger football fans to forget or at least minimize in a consideration of the greatest players to play for the Packers. However, Hutson is regarded by many football historians as the NFL’s first great wide receiver.

Playing in the World War II era, Hutson pioneered the art of route-running, setting a template and an example generations of receivers were able to follow and develop in subsequent decades.

Hutson also led the NFL in interceptions as a safety in the 1940 season. He finished his career with 30 picks. He was a remarkable two-way player who revolutionized the game. He deserves to be part of this list for the Packers.

6. Reggie White

The difficulty of these selections for the greatest Packers of all time can be expressed in a few different ways. One is the challenge of choosing between players who played the same position.

Do you pick defensive end Reggie White in the late 1990s, or defensive end Willie Davis in the 1960s under Lombardi? It is very hard to compare across eras to begin with, but the 1960s in pro football were wildly different from the 1990s.

Another key tension point: Is it important to pick a long-term Packer such as Davis over a player — White — who spent several seasons with another team (the Philadelphia Eagles)? Some people would say that longevity with the Packers matters, and that’s a fair claim.

Yet, I go with White because he was instrumental in lifting the Packers to greatness in the 1990s under Mike Holmgren. If White wasn’t on the 1996 Packers’ roster, the team probably wouldn’t have won the Super Bowl at a point in time when the Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers were still hugely formidable in the NFL.

If you want to say Willie Davis is better, though, I won’t fight you. These are subjective choices.

5. Ray Nitschke

The tension point here: Why would Nitschke rate higher than other stalwarts of the Packers from the Lombardi defenses, such as Willie Wood and Herb Adderley? Again, it’s a relatively subjective question.

I choose Nitschke because football was more of a run-centric sport in the 1960s. This doesn’t invalidate or reduce Wood’s or Adderley’s massive achievements with the Packers; it merely elevates Nitschke, because he had to take on so many responsibilities in his role at linebacker. That’s it. That’s the tweet.

Now let’s present the top four Packers of all time:

4. Brett Favre

The three greatest quarterbacks in Packers history have to be in the top four. One simply cannot assert that the Packers would have become such a storied franchise without their iconic passers. Lynn Dickey was a solid quarterback for the Packers in the 1980s, but he was no Brett Favre.

The Packers’ prominence in the 1990s rests on the cornerstone of Favre and Reggie White. The Packers were off the radar in the 1970s and 1980s because they lacked the quarterback who could knit everything together.

3. Aaron Rodgers

Rodgers rates ahead of Favre. Why? Like Favre, he won a Super Bowl. Unlike Favre, he has had a lot less help in Green Bay. We see this year after year, and it’s obvious. Does Brett Favre win a Super Bowl without Reggie White? I don’t think so. It’s close, but I don’t think so. Imagine Rodgers having a defense akin to the 1996 Packers, and having it for three or four years.

He would probably have three Super Bowl titles.

2. Jerry Kramer

The stature of the Packers in the larger scope of the NFL’s 100-year history is primarily built on the aura of Vince Lombardi, arguably the greatest coach not just in pro football, but in ANY sport. Lombardi is that influential in the history of coaching.

No member of the Packers has done more to spread the Gospel of Lombardi more than Jerry Kramer, who has a claim to make as the most famous offensive lineman in NFL history. If one player could be seen as the soul of the Packers, Kramer is one of only two possible choices. The other one is the next one:

1. Bart Starr

The game-winning drive in the 1967 “Ice Bowl” against the Dallas Cowboys is the greatest drive by any Packer quarterback, period. Bart Starr led not just the first two Super Bowl champions in Green Bay; he led several NFL champions under Lombardi before the Super Bowl era.

We could debate players 2-4 or 5-7 all day. Bart Starr as the No. 1 Packer player ever? I don’t think many will disagree with that call.

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There have been 21 Green Bay Packers players to wear No. 10 in the franchise’s history. But it’s clear only one stood out about the rest.

Lynn Dickey is not going to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but he was a very solid QB for the Packers during the late 1970s and early 1980s. The Kansas State alum came to the Packers after spending the five seasons with the Houston Oilers, and while Dickey also wore No. 12 during his career with the Packers, he wore No. 10 his first four seasons.

Here’s a quick look at the Packers history of the No. 10 jersey.

Number of players to wear No. 10: 21

Player who wore No. 10 the longest: Matt Flynn 2008-11, 13-14

Notable players to wear No. 10: QB John Roach (1961-63), Dickey (1976-79), K Al Del Greco (1984-87), P Louie Aguiar (1999)

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Dickey’s best season came in 1983 when he threw for 4,458 yards and 32 touchdowns. He was named to his first and only Pro Bowl that year and he helped the offense score 429 points which was a team record at the time.

Dickey was inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame in 1992. He now lives in Kansas.

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1991: In his epic, 27-year big league career, right-hander Nolan Ryan set dozens of Major League Baseball records, including most career strikeouts (5,714), most career double-digit strikeout games (215) and most 300-strikeout seasons (six).

But the most impressive Ryan record must be for career no-hitters. “Big Tex” tossed seven gems, three more than the No. 2 pitcher on the list, fellow Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax.

Ryan’s final no-hitter came against Toronto in the Rangers’ 3-0 win in Arlington, Texas. He was 44, making him the oldest pitcher to toss a no-no.

Afterward, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Rangers toasted Ryan with a bottle of Dom Perignon champagne that manager Bobby Valentine had been given five years earlier by former Texas owner Brad Corbett. Valentine was saving it for a Rangers World Series celebration, but Ryan’s no-hitter was important enough for him to pop the cork on the bubbly.

Ryan pitched the gem despite a stiff back and bloody right middle finger, the result of scar tissue breaking open during pregame warm-ups in the bullpen.

“It was downer of a day physically,” he told the Star-Telegram. “A no-hitter was the furthest thing from my mind when I came to the ballpark.”

Ryan, who struck out 16, was throwing heat well into the ninth inning. His final pitch, a swinging strike to Roberto Alomar, was clocked at 93 mph.

1955: Indians ace Bob Feller, another pitcher with a ridiculous fastball, pitched his MLB-record 12th one-hitter in Cleveland’s 2-0 win over Boston. Ryan tied Feller’s one-hitter record 35 years later.


1920: In his first six seasons in the majors, with the Boston Red Sox, Babe Ruth hit 49 home runs. His first homer for the Yankees came on this date against Boston in New York’s 6-0 win at the Polo Grounds.

The New York Times described the prodigious blast:

“Babe Ruth sneaked a bomb into the park without anybody knowing it and hid it in his bat. He exploded the weapon in the sixth, when he lambasted a home run over the right field grandstand … This was the Babe’s first home run of the championship season, and it was a sockdolager. The ball flitted out of sight between the third and fourth flagstaffs on the top of the stand.”

Thirty-one years later, future Hall of Famer Mickey Mantle hit the first of his 536 career homers for the Yankees. Mantle’s two-run blast, in the sixth inning of the Yankees’ 8-3 win over the White Sox, traveled 440 feet at Comiskey Park.

2000: In a 10-3 win over the Mets, Barry Bonds became the first player to homer into San Francisco Bay at the Giants’ new home, Pacific Bell Park (now Oracle Park). The dinger was fetched from the cove by a grounds crew member from the Giants’ former home field, Candlestick Park. He celebrated snatching the souvenir with champagne. On this date four years later, Bonds set an MLB record for intentional walks in a game (four) in a 6-3 win over the Marlins.

1991: On the same day Ryan pitched his seventh no-hitter, A’s outfielder Rickey Henderson set the MLB record for career steals. The 939th theft, which broke Lou Brock’s record, came in the fourth inning of a 7-4 win over the Yankees in Oakland.

For setting the record, the team gave him a new Porsche and donated $75,000 in his name to charities, but it still was refusing his request to renegotiate his contract.

Aiming to swiftly capitalize on Henderson’s record, the A’s advertised on the stadium scoreboard during the game the sale of commemorative stolen base silver coins, T-shirts and posters.

A year later on this date, Henderson stole his 1,000 base — he closed his career with 1,406, a record that likely will never be broken.


1925: Only 17 years old, future Hall of Famer Jimmie Foxx made his MLB debut for the Philadelphia A’s with a pinch-hit single in a loss to Washington.

1955: Babe Didrikson-Zaharias, one of the greatest athletes of all time, won the Peach Blossom LPGA Tournament in Spartanburg, South Carolina — the final victory of her career. Babe died of cancer the following year. She also excelled at track and field, among other sports, and reportedly once tossed a baseball 296 feet.

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1969: In an epic turnabout, Astros 24-year-old right-hander Don Wilson no-hit the Reds a day after Cincinnati’s Jim Maloney no-hit Houston. “This game,” Wilson told reporters after a 4-0 win at Cincinnati’s Crosley Field, “gave me far more satisfaction than my first [MLB] no-hitter.” Wilson was still peeved about a previous game against the Reds, in which Pete Rose took an extra base with Cincinnati up by eight.

“They don’t like me and I don’t like them,” Wilson said. “But this isn’t a popularity contest. They’ve got some good guys over there, but they’ve got their rats too.”

1969: Leonard Tose bought the Philadelphia Eagles for a professional sports record $16.15 million — approximately the yearly salary of current Packers linebacker Za’Darius Smith. Tose’s first move as owner was canning unpopular GM-coach Joe Kuharich.

1988: After scoring 50 points in Game 1 of a first-round playoffs series against Cleveland, Michael Jordan poured in 55 in Game 2 in the Bulls’ 106-101 win over the Cavs. “Let’s just say I got things going,” said MJ, who became the first NBA player to score 50 or more points in consecutive playoff games.

Jordan had the green light to shoot at will. “When a guy’s hot,” Bulls coach Doug Collins said, “you don’t play him as a decoy.”

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Browns offensive coordinator, Alex Van Pelt. He played nine years in the league with the Bills before entering the coaching ranks. (50)
Pro Football Hall of Famer Curtis Martin, who is sixth all time in rushing yards. He played for the Patriots and Jets and made five Pro Bowls. (47)
49ers wide receivers coach Wes Welker, who had his most prolific years with the New England Patriots, where he made five straight Pro Bowls and led the league in receptions three times. (39)

2008: Baseball executive Buzzie Bavasi, who was general manager of the Brooklyn/L.A Dodgers from 1951-1968, during which time the team won four World Series. He also was president and part owner of the San Diego Padres. He was 93.

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Lionel Aldridge
Inducted: 1988

Defensive End: 1963-71

Height: 6’3″; Weight: 254

College: Utah State, 1960-62


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While Vince Lombardi believed in aggressively overturning his roster each year to instill a mix of youth and keep his veterans on edge, he was wary of playing rookies. During Lombardi’s nine years as coach of the Packers, Lionel Aldridge was the only rookie to start a season opener.

Although Aldridge might have been more steady than spectacular over the course of his career, Lombardi’s early faith in him was a tribute in itself. In fact, Aldridge started the first 45 games of his career under Lombardi before missing the fourth game of the 1966 season with an ankle injury.

After the Packers won a second consecutive NFL championship in 1962, Lombardi traded veteran Bill Quinlan and created an opening at right defensive end with no obvious heir apparent. Veteran free agent Urban Henry, who wasn’t re-signed by the Los Angeles Rams after missing the 1962 season with a neck injury, and No. 1 draft pick Dave Robinson were considered the frontrunners heading into camp. However, the Packers decided to play Robinson at linebacker when he reported late following the College All-Star Game and Aldridge beat out Henry.

Aldridge came into his own when the Packers won an unprecedented three straight NFL championships under the league’s playoff format from 1965 to 1967. He started all eight postseason games during that stretch and then continued to hold forth at right end until midway through the 1971 season.

Over his eight-and-a-half years as an established starter, Aldridge missed only three games, a notable achievement when you consider he broke his leg once and had some ankle issues. The worst of his injuries occurred in a mid-August preseason game in 1967 when Aldridge broke a bone in his lower left leg. He missed only the first two regular-season games, didn’t start but appeared in the third, and then played roughly three-quarters of the game in a hard-fought victory over Detroit in Week 4. Lombardi, who had little compassion for injured players and rarely saluted them when they played hurt, heaped praise on Aldridge after the game. “Aldridge deserves a lot of credit for the way he came back so fast from his injury,” Lombardi said.

While Aldridge played before sacks were officially recorded, his best assets were his quickness and lateral movement, strengths commonly found in good pass rushers more so than defensive ends known for their play against the run. However, Aldridge didn’t necessarily fit the stereotype. He was considered to be comparably efficient against the run and pass, whereas his predecessor, Quinlan, was more of a one-dimensional run-stuffer.

One reality that Aldridge faced throughout his career was lack of attention. Whether it was a blessing, a burden or both, he was overshadowed by fellow defensive end and future Pro Football Hall of Famer Willie Davis and had little chance of earning any postseason honors. The one exception was in 1964 when the Sporting News named him to the NFL’s all-Western Conference team.

“Lionel was a little bit quicker than Willie (Davis), but Lionel was almost all quickness,” said Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker Dave Robinson. “He didn’t bull rush as much as Willie. Very smart. Real quick. His weakness was he could have used more weight. He was (really) 238, 239, 240. The linebacker, Lee Roy Caffey, was 250.”

The Packers selected Aldridge in the fourth round of the 1962 NFL Draft. Overlooked in the American Football League draft, he signed with the Packers on Dec. 22, 1962, less than three weeks after they had picked him.

Aldridge played college football during the one-platoon era and doubled as a tight end and defensive lineman. However, his play appeared to suffer his senior year when he was moved from defensive end to defensive tackle. While that might have hurt his draft standing, scouts were still intrigued by his athletic ability and versatility. In fact, John Ralston, his college coach and later coach of the Denver Broncos, thought Aldridge’s best position in the pros would be offensive guard.

With the Packers, Aldridge played in 123 games and started 115 before being traded on April 18, 1972, along with a third-round draft choice, to San Diego for safety Jim Hill. At the time, Phil Bengtson, Aldridge’s former defensive coach and head coach with the Packers, was in charge of San Diego’s personnel department. Aldridge spent two seasons with the Chargers and retired. In Green Bay, Aldridge had lost his starting job to Alden Roche in the seventh game of the 1971 season, Dan Devine’s first as head coach.

Aldridge played two years in San Diego before announcing his retirement on April 3, 1974. By then, he was well into a second career, having joined WTMJ of Milwaukee as an offseason broadcaster in 1966. Once his NFL career ended, Aldridge became a full-time announcer. His assignments included serving as an analyst for Packers radio broadcasts from 1975 to 1978 and as a television commentator for NBC from 1975 to 1977. Although the positions overlapped, Aldridge was able to do both because he worked games for NBC only part-time. Thus, when there was a conflict, a sub filled in for him on radio.

Born Feb. 14, 1941, in Evergreen, La. Given name Lionel Aldridge. Died Feb. 12, 1998, at age 56.

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At least one prominent Green Bay Packers legend thinks Aaron Rodgers will play his entire career with the franchise.

Speaking to TMZ Sports, LeRoy Butler—a four-time Pro Bowl safety who spent his entire 12-year career in Green Bay—explained why he believes the Packers won’t let Rodgers leave.

“Aaron Rodgers ain’t going anywhere,” he said. “And neither do I want him to go anywhere because as long as No. 12 is getting dressed, the Green Bay Packers have a chance at going to the Super Bowl.”

Former Packers great Brett Favre went on The Rich Eisen Show this week to say he thinks Rodgers will “play somewhere else” in the wake of Green Bay’s selection of Jordan Love with the 26th pick in the 2020 NFL draft.

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The Packers’ decision to draft Love raised questions about where Rodgers stands with the organization.

Rodgers, 36, signed a four-year extension with the Packers in August 2018 that goes into effect starting this season. He’s under contract through 2023, with cap hits of at least $36 million in 2021 and 2022.

The Packers won the NFC North with a 13-3 record and reached the NFC Championship Game last season.

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ForTheBrand256 days ago
I’m with Leroy “lambeau leap” Butler
michaelbrath6 days ago
I won’t turn my back on uncle Brett. He made good points, we just don’t like hearing that athletes get to make their own decisions. If Rodgers went to MIN, CHI, or DET, I’ll be salty. But other than that, when he is done with his contract, he can do whatever he wants. If we want to save money and trade him, that’s on us. Love Rodgers for what he did for us, and excited to see what he’ll do.
michaelbrath6 days ago
@ForTheBrand25 my bad didn’t mean for this to be a reply lol
Don’t let them do all the trash talking
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Norb Hecker was defensive backfield coach of the Packers from 1959-65. One of four assistants on Vince Lombardi’s original staff, he was hired after spending the 1958 season as a player-coach with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League. A sixth-round draft choice by the Los Angeles Rams in 1951, Hecker played through 1953 and then was traded to Washington. However, he opted to sign with Toronto of the CFL instead. After a season there, Hecker returned to the NFL and played with Washington from 1954-57. Hecker left Lombardi’s staff when the expansion Atlanta Falcons hired him as their first head coach in 1966. Hecker compiled a 4-26-1 record before being fired three games into the 1968 season. Hecker then spent three seasons as an assistant with the New York Giants and seven with Stanford University, including the final two under Bill Walsh. When Walsh was named coach of the San Francisco 49ers, Hecker went with him and remained on his staff through 1986.

On how he got the job as defensive backfield coach at age 31: “Jack Vainisi called me and said Lombardi wanted to talk to me about coming to Green Bay. I didn’t know Vince from Adam. I went to Green Bay and talked to Lombardi, but spent more time with (Phil) Bengtson. Lombardi told me he was going to Jack Mara’s funeral (in New York) and that he would call me the next week. Lombardi called me the next day and told me I was hired. I heard later that Buddy Parker (former NFL head coach) had recommended me.”
On the move to Green Bay: “I stayed at the YMCA with Phil Bengtson. We went to work right away. Lombardi’s office was downstairs in that old downtown office and the assistant coaches were all upstairs. We worked long hours. My wife came later. We drove to Green Bay from Ohio with five children. We had a station wagon we packed up and started driving. We drove across Ohio through Chicago and my wife Barbara said, ‘Where are you taking us?’ I said, ‘We’re going to Green Bay.’ She said, ‘Where is Green Bay?'”

On working for Bengtson: “He ran the defense and Lombardi would only occasionally stop in meetings to make a recommendation. (Bengtson) coached a long time and he knew the teams in the league very well. Teams were pretty basic in those days. Defenses were basic. There wasn’t a lot of blitzing. There wasn’t a lot of sophisticated defenses.”

On veteran safety and future Pro Football Hall of Famer Emlen Tunnell, who was acquired by Lombardi from the New York Giants before the 1959 season: “Vince wanted him to stabilize the secondary. He helped the young guys. He was like a coach.”

On veteran safety and recently elected Pro Football Hall of Famer Bobby Dillon, who was coaxed out of retirement by Lombardi and then lost his starting job late in the season: “He was sort of at the end of his career.”

On safety John Symank, who replaced Dillon in the starting lineup late in the year: “He was hard-nosed. He didn’t have great speed. He was a good tackler. I hired Symank as secondary coach in Atlanta.”

On future Pro Football Hall of Fame cornerback Herb Adderley, the Packers’ No. 1 draft pick in 1961: “Vince came to me one day and said, ‘I don’t think Herb can play wide receiver on this team.’ He said, ‘Make a defensive back out of him.’ He had tremendous speed and great recovery speed. He was a little like Night Train Lane that way. He’d invite the quarterback to throw it out there like ‘Train’ did and then – Whew! – break on the ball and intercept it. He was a tough tackler, too. If I had to draw up a defensive back and clone one, I’d draw up Herb Adderley. He had great anticipation.”

On Hank Gremminger, who lost his starting cornerback job to Bobby Freeman in 1959, reclaimed it down the stretch and then moved to safety in 1962 when Adderley took over as the starting left cornerback: “He was a smart player. He was a tough guy. He was a good safety.”

On starting right cornerback Jesse Whittenton: “He had good speed. He was near the twilight of his career. But he was a good football player, a good tackler.”

On Whittenton, at age 31 and only a year after making the Pro Bowl, mentioning retirement to Lombardi and being told it wasn’t a bad idea: “(Lombardi) wasn’t afraid to make changes. Bill Walsh was like that, too. A guy got near the end of his career, he’d say, ‘Hey, your done,’ and bring in a young kid and say, ‘You’re the starter now.'”

On why it took Ray Nitschke almost two seasons or more before Lombardi made him the starting middle linebacker, replacing Tom Bettis: “(Nitschke) was a little screwed up in his mind. He walked out of camp numerous times. Vince would go to the airport and pull him off an airplane. He was a wild-(bleep) guy. Vince threw him off the team a couple times. We’d be in a bar some place having a sandwich – Phil and I and Vince – Nitschke would be in there at the bar, which he wasn’t allowed to do, and Vince would throw him off the team. Then we’d beg him to bring him back. That happened at least twice before (Nitschke) became a starter. It happened one time in LA when we had to beat the Rams in the early ’60s and Nitschke was at a bar when Lombardi was there. (Nitschke) was a hot-headed kind of guy.”

On defensive end Bill Quinlan, another member of the defense who had a reputation for being wild off the field: “A couple times, Quinlan left home to get a loaf of bread and was gone for two weeks. That’s how he was. He lived in Massachusetts somewhere. He’d tell his wife he was going to get a loaf of bread and go visit his cronies on the West Coast. There were a lot of characters on those teams.”

On Lionel Aldridge, who replaced Quinlan in 1963 after Lombardi had tired of Quinlan’s act: “It took him a while before he played at Quinlan’s level. But he (became) a pretty damn good player. He could run, too.”

On Bill Forester, starting right linebacker through 1963: “He was the old pro, the leader and the captain and that helps. Vince liked those kind of guys. He was never a problem. He was a stable linebacker. He couldn’t cover very well. He didn’t have any kind of speed. But he was good against the run. He could plug those holes inside.”

On future Pro Football Hall of Fame left linebacker Dave Robinson: “I don’t know if Robby was fast enough for today’s game, but he had good speed. He was smart, too. Very bright.”

On Lee Roy Caffey, who replaced Forester at right linebacker: “Lee Roy could run. But he and Vince never got along. They clashed an awful lot. Whether he was arrogant with Vince or what, they rubbed each other the wrong way. But he was a good player. He could run like heck. He wasn’t a real smart player.”

On working for Lombardi: “He never worked his players real hard during the season; the same with the coaches. We lived so close to the stadium, we’d go home for dinner with our families during the season. We’d leave the stadium about 5 o’clock and he’d say, ‘I want you back at 7. Go home and have dinner with your families and be with your kids,’ which was terrific. Then exactly at 10 o’clock at night, he’d look at his watch and say, ‘Get out of here. Good night.’ We worked Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights. On Thursday, we’d work a longer afternoon and not at all at night.”

On Lombardi’s 5 o’clock social hour during training camp and on Saturdays on road trips: “We didn’t talk football. Vince loved to talk or watch golf because (Arnold) Palmer and (Jack) Nicklaus were in their prime, and he enjoyed watching them and the game. At 6 o’clock, it would end promptly.”

Hecker died in 2004 at age 76. The interview with him was conducted in 2002.

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GREEN BAY (SPECTRUM NEWS) — Very few people know the Packers any better than radio analyst Larry McCarren. In an interview for Spectrum News 1, I asked McCarren his reaction to the Packers’ selection of Jordan Love.

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“When it happened, I beckoned back to the Combine when Brian Gutekunst mentioned, yeah if we see a quarterback we like in the first round, we might take one. I remember saying to some of the guys, they might have just laid the groundwork so people won’t be shocked and be jumping out of their windows if it should actually happen. But I never dreamed it could actually happen. If there was a guy that kind of fit the bill for getting selected by the Green Bay Packers as the quarterback of the future, Jordan Love kind of fit that bill because he had a tremendous upside but at the same time, he was not ready right now, at least not coming off last season for him. The fact that they did it, I was thinking, well it’s better to draft a quarterback when you want to as opposed to when you have to because you’re a lot less likely to get saddled with a guy that you don’t really want,” McCarren said.

Brett Favre has weighed in on what he sees as Aaron Rodgers’ future in Green Bay. McCarren offered his thoughts.

“I think, just looking at Aaron all these years, and I have not talked to him. It’s not like we’re best buddies or anything like that. My hunch is that he will take the high road and rise above it. We’re talking about a player and a man who historically loves and thrives on challenge. He was the guy that ‘ran the table’ in 2016 if you’ll recall. So when it comes to Jordan Love, I think Aaron Rodgers will do what’s best for the team. That’s be a good leader, a mentor if you will. I’m not saying you hand the job to the guy. Nobody would that. I’m saying, to be helpful where he can and so forth, I think he’ll rise to those occasions.”

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Join our Pip & Dodds Video Podcast: live with focus on the Packer Draft /Thur 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. streaming from WSS Studios.

Please join us for our Pip & Dodds Video Podcast as we look at tonight’s Green Bay Packer Draft. We will have interesting guests with expertise on the current prospects and we can look back to past Packer drafts to put 2020 events into perspective through an historical lens.


Here is the link for the live streaming.


Host: Tom Pipines, covered Packer games in GB and Milw for over 35 yrs at Fox 6 in Milwaukee

Guest: John Dodds, who has covered every Packer Draft since 1986 until 2020, when the COV-19 forced him to stay home ending his 35 year streak of his own personal April Packer quarantine inside the basement media center Lambeau Field…

Guest: Colin Lindsay, publisher of the Great Blue North Draft Report (GBN Draft Report) – one of the best college football websites on the internet during the college year / provides great previews of NFL Draft prospects participating in Bowl games / has scouts with information at Senior Bowl / the Combine / has the consummate detailed/updated 300 list of prospects and where he thinks they will be drafted.

Guest during the 8:00pm hour: Cliff Christl, retired reporter/columnist from The Milwaukee Journal, now hired by the Packer team as their “official” historian – Cliff is putting the finishing touches on the definitive Packer history book which will be a must have for all Packer fans for coffee tables throughout Packer Nation. Cliff will join us at 8:15 p.m. tonight for an historical lookback on previous Drafts.


+ The Draft will be streamed live and archived by Jason Ruck at Wisconsin Sports Streaming (WSS), part of My People Creative, and their studios are in Brookfield, Wisconsin.

+ We will utilize Zoom technology and we want it to be interactive.

+ Please send us Draft questions before and during the Draft to my email: [email protected]

+You could also Tweet us questions at our website:

If we have time before the Packer pick, we will even invite fans to give us questions directly on Zoom.

So, that’s tonight at 7 p.m. to approximately 11 p.m. live from our WSS Studios via Zoom.

The Packers pick 30 ..the Packers have 3 options:

Trade up from 30 for a MLB or OT.
Stay at 30 and go with the best OT, MLB, DL or WR.
Trade back – add another pick in this deep Draft and goOT, OLB, WR, DL in round 2 and take a WR or CB later.

Here is the link for the live streaming.


Jonathon Taylor could be taken anywhere from 20 to 49. (Photo: Will Turner, 247Sports)

Here are some 2020 Draft Notes:


-Wisconsin RB Jonathan Taylor is projected to go in round 1 or as late as 49th overall to the Steelers:

Most RBs Drafted in 1st or 2nd Round – Since 2000

Alabama 7

Auburn 5

Wisconsin 4

Georgia 4


California 4

Highest Drafted RBs Out of Wisconsin – Common Draft Era (Since 1967)

Pick Team

2000 Ron Dayne 11th Giants

2015 Melvin Gordon 15th Chargers

2001 Michael Bennett 27th Vikings

1995 Terrell Fletcher 51st Chargers


**All references to the Common Draft Era refer to the NFL and AFL combining to have one singular draft, beginning in 1967**

– Depending on which mock draft you read, Alabama could have 7 first-round picks on Thursday, which would break the record the Miami Hurricanes set in 2004.

The Alabama record for first-round picks in a single draft is 4, done 4 times (including each of the past 2 years)
Some of those mock drafts say LSU could have 5 first-round picks this year — that would put them on this list (and set a school record).

Most 1st-Round Picks in a Single Draft – All-Time

2004 Miami (FL) 6

2016 Ohio State 5

2006 Ohio State 5

2002 Miami (FL) 5

1968 USC 5

– Ohio State seems likely to pass USC for the most 1st-round draft picks in NFL Draft history, and Alabama should pass Miami (FL) for 4th-most and has a chance to catch Notre Dame for 3rd-most all-time.

Most 1st-Round Picks – NFL Draft History

Ohio State 81

USC 81

Notre Dame 69

Miami (FL) 63

Alabama 62

– The SEC seems poised to shatter the record for most first-round picks from one conference in a single NFL Draft.

Most 1st-Round Picks From One Conference – Single NFL Draft

2017 SEC 12

2013 SEC 12

2006 ACC 12

Multiple Players in Top 5

– Ohio State and Alabama could have multiple players drafted in the top 5 — that’s happened 24 times previously in NFL Draft history:

Ohio State was the last school to do it, in 2016
DE Joey Bosa went 3rd and RB Ezekiel Elliott wnet 4th
This would be the first NFL Draft where 2 different schools had multiple players taken in the top 5

Multiple Players Drafted in Top 5 – Since 2000

Players (Pick No.)

2016 Ohio State Joey Bosa (3) & Ezekiel Elliott (4)

2010 Oklahoma Sam Bradford (1), Gerald McCoy (3) & Trent Williams (4)

2005 Auburn Ronnie Brown (2) & Cadillac Williams (5)

2002 Texas Mike Williams (4) & Quentin Jammer (5)

2000 Penn State Courtney Brown (1) & Lavar Arrington (2)

QB and WR From Same School in 1st Round

– LSU and Alabama are both expected to have a QB and a WR drafted in the 1st round. A QB and WR from the same school have been drafted in the 1st round of the same draft 8 times previously:

It happened 3 times from 1936-2011
It’s happened 5 times since 2012
LSU would be the 2nd school to do it twice (previously 2007), joining Clemson
If Burrow gets picked 1st, it would be the 4th time a school had a QB go No. 1 and a WR teammate get drafted in the same round:
Oklahoma in 2019: Kyler Murray and Marquise Brown
LSU in 2007: JaMarcus Russell, Dwayne Bowe and Craig Davis
Tennessee in 1999: Peyton Manning and Marcus Nash

– If Tua, Jeudy and Ruggs all get drafted Thursday, Alabama would be the 2nd school ever to have a QB and 2 WRs drafted in the 1st round of the same draft

LSU in 2007: JaMarcus Russell, Dwayne Bowe and Craig Davis

QB/WR Combos Taken in 1st Round of Same Draft – All-Time

Year Quarterback/Wide Receiver

Oklahoma 2019 Kyler Murray/Marquise Brown

Clemson 2017 Deshaun Watson/Mike Williams

Texas A&M 2014 Johnny Manziel/Mike Evans

Baylor 2012 Robert Griffin III/Kendall Wright

Oklahoma St 2012 Brandon Weeden/Justin Blackmon

LSU 2007 JaMarcus Russell/Dwayne Bowe/Craig Davis

Tennessee 1999 Peyton Manning/Marcus Nash

Clemson 1979 Steve Fuller/Jerry Butler

Most QBs Drafted in Top 6

– Many expect there to be 3 quarterbacks drafted in the top 6, something that has happened only 4 times previously:

1999: Tim Couch (1st), Donovan McNabb (2nd), Akili Smith (3rd)
1971: Jim Plunkett (1st), Archie Manning (2nd), Dan Pastorini (3rd)
1954: Bobby Garrett (1st), Lamar McHan (2nd), Cotton Davidson (5th)
1948: Harry Gilmer (1st), Bobby Layne (3rd), Y.A. Tittle (6th)

Most Players Drafted in Top 2

– LSU and Ohio State seem likely to have the top 2 picks in the draft.

Most Players Drafted in Top 2 – NFL Draft History

Notre Dame 11


Oklahoma 8

Nebraska 6

Auburn 6

Texas A&M 6


Ohio State 5

4 other schools 5

Most Wide Receivers Drafted in 1st Round

– There are lots of WRs projected as 1st-round picks — the record for WRs drafted in the 1st round is 7, back in 2004.

Most WRs Taken in 1st Round – Common Draft Era (Since 1967)

First WR Taken

2004 7 Larry Fitzgerald (#3)

2007 6 Calvin Johnson (#2)

2005 6 Braylon Edwards (#3)

2001 6 David Terrell (#8)

1988 6 Tim Brown (#6)

Most WRs Drafted in First Round – Common Draft Era (Since 1967)

Highest Pick

Tennessee 11 Anthony Hancock (#11)

Miami (FL) 8 Andre Johnson (#3)

USC 8 Keyshawn Johnson (#1)

Ohio St 7 Terry Glenn (#7)

Clemson 6 Sammy Watkins (#4)

LSU 6 Odell Beckham Jr. (#12)

Florida 6 Wes Chandler (#3)

Florida St 6 Peter Warrick (#4)

>> Arizona State would join this list

Most Quarterbacks Drafted in 1st Round

– With quarterbacks valued so highly, remember the record for QBs drafted in the first round is 6, back in 1983:

Most QBs Taken in 1st Round – Common Draft Era (Since 1967)

1983 6 << 2018 5 1999 5 6 drafts 4 >> Includes HOFers John Elway, Jim Kelly and Dan Marino

1st-Round Picks from Non-FBS Schools

– Only 5 players from non-FBS schools have been drafted in the 1st round since 2000:

1st-Round Picks From Non-FBS Schools – Since 2000

Pick Team

2016 Carson Wentz (NDSU) 2nd Eagles

2008 Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (TennSt) 16th Cardinals

2008 Joe Flacco (Delaware) 18th Ravens

2000 Sylvester Morris (Jackson St) 21st Chiefs

2000 Rashard Anderson (Jackson St) 23rd Panthers

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ALLEN PARK — The Detroit Lions will open the 2020 season inside the division with the Chicago Bears coming to town. Whether it’s Mitchell Trubisky or Nick Foles under center, the Bears will bring that scary defense to Ford Field to kick things off.

This post will run through each matchup in chronological order, featuring a little series history, not to mention key offseason additions and departures for each of Detroit’s opponents. The Lions go through the typical routine in the NFC North, with additional matchups against those from the NFC South and AFC South this season. Detroit will also play the fellow reigning last-place teams out of the NFC West (Arizona Cardinals, again) and the NFC East (Washington, again).

Team facilities remain closed, but the league remains committed to playing a 16-game season if possible amidst the coronavirus pandemic. The NFL has devised a ticket refund policy in the event of canceled games or those held without fans. The 2020 schedule was also said to be constructed while considering the “unique circumstances facing us this year.”

Related: NFL plans ticket refund policy behind the scenes on eve of schedule release | NFL tells teams to have required protocols for reopening facilities in place by May 15 | 10 quick thoughts on the Detroit Lions’ 2020 schedule

Some highlights for the Lions include the absence of prime-time games, a 2012 Thanksgiving rematch with the Houston Texans and a date with Tom Brady and the new-look Buccaneers in Week 16 at Ford Field. Detroit faces the entire AFC East in the preseason with a trip to New England to open everything up. After that, the Lions host the Jets, head to Miami and then finish the exhibition slate with the Bills in Detroit.

With that out of the way, let’s dig into the 16-game slate starting with Week 1:

Detroit Lions at Chicago Bears – November 11, 2018
Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) is sacked by Chicago Bears linebacker Khalil Mack (52) during the fourth quarter of their NFL game at Soldier Field in Chicago on Sunday, November 11, 2018. (Mike Mulholland | Mike Mulholland |

Week 1 — vs. Chicago Bears 1 p.m. Sept. 13 on Fox

Previous meeting: Chicago Bears 24, Detroit Lions 20 — Thanksgiving 2019

Key additions: EDGE Robert Quinn, QB Nick Foles, TE Jimmy Graham, TE Demetrius Harris, (r) TE Cole Kmet, (r) CB Jaylon Johnson

Key departures: CB Prince Amukamara, WR Taylor Gabriel, EDGE Leonard Floyd, WR Taylor Gabriel, EDGE Leonard Floyd, DL Nick Williams, QB Chase Daniel, LB Nick Kwiatkoski, S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix

All-time series history: Bears lead 101-74-5

Detroit Lions vs. Green Bay Packers
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) throws the ball during an NFL game at Ford Field in Detroit on Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019. The Green Bay Packers defeated the Detroit Lions, 23-20, on a last second field goal. J. Scott Park |

Week 2 — at Green Bay Packers 1 p.m. Sept. 20 on Fox

Previous meeting: Green Bay Packers 23, Detroit Lions 20 — Dec. 29, 2019

Key additions: OL Rick Wagner, LB Christian Kirksey, WR Devin Funchess, (r) QB Jordan Love, (r) RB A.J. Dillon, TE Marcedes Lewis, DB Will Redmond

Key departures: LB Blake Martinez, LB Kyler Fackrell, LB B.J. Goodson, OT Bryan Bulaga, WR Geronimo Allison

All-time series history: Packers lead 102-72-7

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Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) eludes Detroit Lions linebacker Jahlani Tavai (51) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Darryl Webb)AP

Week 3 — at Arizona Cardinals 4:25 p.m. Sept. 27 on Fox

Previous meeting: Detroit Lions 27, Arizona Cardinals 27 — Sept. 8, 2019

Key additions: WR DeAndre Hopkins, (r) LB Isaiah Simmons, (r) OL Josh Jones, (r) RB Eno Benjamin, DT Jordan Phillips, LB Devon Kennard, LB De’Vondre Campbell,

Key departures: RB David Johnson, WR Pharoh Cooper, LB Joe Walker, LB Cassius Marsh

All-time series history: Lions lead 33-28-6

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) scrambles in the first half of an NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts in New Orleans, Monday, Dec. 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)AP

Week 4 — vs. New Orleans Saints 1 p.m. Oct. 4 on Fox

Previous meeting: New Orleans Saints 52, Detroit Lions 38 — Oct. 15, 2017

Key additions: WR Emmanuel Sanders, QB Jameis Winston, S Malcolm Jenkins, FB Michael Burton, (r) C Cesar Ruiz, (r) LB Zack Baun, (r) TE Adam Trautman

Key departures: WR Keith Kirkwood, QB Teddy Bridgewater, S Vonn Bell, LB A.J. Klein, CB Eli Apple (FA), WR Ted Ginn

All-time series history: Saints lead 13-12-1

NFL Preseason: Detroit Lions vs. Buffalo Bills – August 23, 2019
A Detroit Lions helmet sits on the bench before their NFL preseason game against the Buffalo Bills at Ford Field in Detroit, on Friday, August 23, 2019. (Mike Mulholland | Mulholland |

Week 5 — BYE

Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew II (15) throws a pass in front of Indianapolis Colts defensive end Jabaal Sheard, right, during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)AP

Week 6 — at Jacksonville Jaguars 1 p.m. Oct. 18 on Fox

Previous meeting: Detroit Lions 26, Jacksonville Jaguars 19 — Nov. 20, 2016

Key additions: TE Tyler Eifert, CB Rashaan Melvin, LB Aaron Lynch, LB Joe Schobert, (r) CB C.J. Henderson, (r) EDGE K’Lavon Chaisson, (r) WR Laviska Shenault Jr., (r) DT Davon Hamilton, (r) OL Ben Bartch, (r) CB Josiah Scott, (r) LB Shaquille Quarterman

Key departures: QB Nick Foles, CB A.J. Bouye, DE Calais Campbell, WR Marqise Lee, LB Jake Ryan, S Cody Davis

All-time series history: Tied 3-3

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Detroit Lions wide receiver TJ Jones (13) tries to break free from Atlanta Falcons cornerback Desmond Trufant (21) during their NFL game against the Atlanta Falcons at Ford Field in Detroit, on Sunday, September 24, 2017. The Falcons won the game, 30-26, by a 10-second runoff after an initial touchdown call with 8 seconds left in the game. (Mike Mulholland | Mike Mulholland | MLive.comMike Mulholland |

Week 7 — at Atlanta Falcons 1 p.m. Oct. 25 on Fox

Previous meeting: Atlanta Falcons 30, Detroit Lions 26 — Sept. 24, 2017

Key additions: RB Todd Gurley, EDGE/LB Dante Fowler Jr., (r) CB A.J. Terrell, (r) DT Marlon Davidson, (r) C Matt Hennessy, WR Laquon Treadwell

Key departures: CB Desmond Trufant, RB Devonta Freeman, EDGE Vic Beasley, TE Austin Hooper, DE Adrian Clayborn

All-time series history: Lions lead 24-13

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The Indianapolis Colts defeated the Tennessee Titans 19-17 on Sunday, marking the Colts’ 14th win in its last 16 games against Tennessee overall. (AP Photo/James Kenney)AP

Week 8 — vs. Indianapolis Colts 1 p.m. Nov. 1 on CBS

Previous meeting: Detroit Lions 39, Indianapolis Colts 35 — Sept. 11, 2016

Key additions: QB Philip Rivers, DT DeForest Buckner, DT Sheldon Day, CB Xavier Rhodes, TE Trey Burton, (r) WR Michael Pittman Jr., (r) RB Jonathan Taylor, (r) S Julian Blackmon, (r) QB Jacob Eason

Key departures: TE Eric Ebron, WR Devin Funchess, OL Joe Haeg, DT Trevon Coley

All-time series history: Colts lead 21-20-2

Detroit Lions vs. Minnesota Vikings – December 23, 2018
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) celebrates after throwing a 44-yard Hail Mary touchdown during the second quarter of their NFL game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field in Detroit on Sunday, December 23, 2018. (Mike Mulholland | Mulholland |

Week 9 — at Minnesota Vikings 1 p.m. Nov. 8 on CBS

Previous meeting: Minnesota Vikings 20, Detroit Lions 7 — Dec. 8, 2019

Key additions: WR Tajae Sharpe, (r) WR Justin Jefferson, (r) CB Jeff Gladney, (r) OT Ezra Cleveland, (r) CB Cameron Dantzler, (r) DE D.J. Wonnum, (r) DL James Lynch

Key departures: WR Stefon Diggs, DE Everson Griffen, OG Josh Kline, CB Trae Waynes, CB Xavier Rhodes, CB Mackensie Alexander

All-time series history: Vikings lead 76-39-2

(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Washington Redskins quarterback Dwayne Haskins takes selfies with fans during the second half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions, Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019, in Landover, Md. The Redskins won 19-16.AP

Week 10 — vs. Washington 1 p.m. Nov. 15 on Fox

Previous meeting: Washington 19, Detroit Lions 16 — Nov. 24, 2019

Key additions: (r) DE Chase Young, QB Kyle Allen, RB J.D. McKissic, TE Logan Thomas, TE Richard Rodgers, LB Thomas Davis, CB Ronald Darby, (r) RB/WR Antonio Gibson, (r) OT Saahdiq Charles, (r) WR Antonio Golden-Gandy, (r) LB Khaleke Hudson

Key departures: CB Josh Norman, OT Trent Williams, QB Case Keenum, CB Quinton Dunbar, OG Ereck Flowers, FB Michael Burton,

All-time series history: Washington leads 31-14

Seattle Seahawks linebacker Cody Barton (57) chases Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey (22) during the first half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)AP

Week 11 — at Carolina Panthers 1 p.m. Nov. 22 on Fox

Previous meeting: Detroit Lions 20, Carolina Panthers 19 — Nov. 18, 2018

Key additions: QB Teddy Bridgewater, QB P.J. Walker, (r) DT Derrick Brown, DE Stephen Weatherly, WR Pharoh Cooper, WR Keith Kirkwood, WR Seth Roberts, TE Seth DeValve, (r) DE Yetur Gross-Matos, (r) S Jeremy Chinn, (r) CB Troy Pride Jr., (r) S Kenny Robinson

Key departures: QB Cam Newton, TE Greg Olsen, S Eric Reid, CB James Bradberry, OL Greg Van Roten, DT Gerald McCoy, DE Mario Addison, DT Dontari Poe

All-time series history: Panthers lead 6-3

Deshaun Watson
Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) on the sidelines during the second half of an NFL divisional playoff football game against the Kansas City Chiefs, in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)AP

Thanksgiving (Week 12) — vs. Houston 12:30 p.m. Nov. 26 on CBS

Previous meeting: Houston Texans 20, Detroit Lions 13 — Oct. 30, 2016

Key additions: RB David Johnson, (r) DT Ross Blacklock, (r) EDGE Jonathan Greenard, (r) OL Charlie Heck, WR Brandin Cooks, WR Randall Cobb, DL Timmy Jernigan

Key departures: WR DeAndre Hopkins, DL D.J. Reader, RB Carlos Hyde, RB Lamar Miller, CB Jonathan Joseph

All-time series history: Texans lead 3-1

Detroit Lions vs. Chicago Bears – November 28, 2019
Chicago Bears wide receiver Allen Robinson II (12) celebrates after a touchdown in the first quarter of their NFL game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field in Detroit, on Thursday, November 28, 2019.(Mike Mulholland | Mulholland |

Week 13 — at Chicago Bears 1 p.m. Dec. 6 on Fox

Previous meeting: Chicago Bears 24, Detroit Lions 20 — Thanksgiving 2019

Key additions: EDGE Robert Quinn, QB Nick Foles, TE Jimmy Graham, TE Demetrius Harris, (r) TE Cole Kmet, (r) CB Jaylon Johnson

Key departures: CB Prince Amukamara, WR Taylor Gabriel, EDGE Leonard Floyd, DL Nick Williams, QB Chase Daniel, LB Nick Kwiatkoski, S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix

All-time series history: Bears lead 101-74-5

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Aaron Rodgers (left) and Matthew Stafford, two of the NFL’s most dynamic quarterbacks, will face off when the Green Bay Packers face the Detroit Lions on Monday night. (AP Photos)

Week 14 — vs. Green Bay Packers 1 p.m. Dec. 13 on Fox

Previous meeting: Green Bay Packers 23, Detroit Lions 20 — Dec. 29, 2019

Key additions: OL Rick Wagner, LB Christian Kirksey, WR Devin Funchess, (r) QB Jordan Love, (r) RB A.J. Dillon, TE Marcedes Lewis, DB Will Redmond

Key departures: LB Blake Martinez, LB Kyler Fackrell, LB B.J. Goodson, OT Bryan Bulaga, WR Geronimo Allison

All-time series history: Packers lead 102-72-7

2020 NFL Playoffs: Kansas City Chiefs vs. Tennessee Titans
Tennessee Titans’ Derrick Henry (22) runs for a touchdown past Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Anthony Hitchens (53) during the first half of the NFL AFC Championship football game Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020, in Kansas City, MO. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)AP

Week 15 — at Tennessee Titans TBD (Dec. 19/20)

Previous meeting: Tennessee Titans 16, Detroit Lions 15 — Sept. 18, 2016

Key additions: (r) OL Isaiah Wilson, (r) CB Kristian Fulton, (r) RB Darrynton Evans, (r) QB Cole McDonald, CB Jonathan Joseph, OL Ty Sambrailo, S Ibraheim Campbell

Key departures: TE Delanie Walker, RB Dion Lewis, K Ryan Succop, LB Cameron Wake, WR Tajae Sharpe, QB Marcus Mariota, CB Logan Ryan, DE Jurrell Casey, OL Jack Conklin

All-time series history: Titans lead 9-3

Pittsburgh Steelers open 2019 Preseason vs.Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians watches the action against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on Friday, Aug. 09, 2019 in Pittsburgh. Barry Reeger | Special to PennLive

Week 16 — vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers TBD (Dec. 26/27)

Previous meeting: Tampa Bay Buccaneers 38, Detroit Lions 17 — Dec. 15, 2019

Key additions: QB Tom Brady, TE Rob Gronkowski, (r) OT Tristan Wirfs, (r) S Antonie Winfield Jr., (r) RB Ke’Shawn Vaughn, (r) WR Tyler Johnson, OL Joe Haeg

Key departures: DL Beau Allen, RB Peyton Barber, G Mike Liedtke, OLB Carl Nassib, WR Breshad Perriman, QB Jameis Winston, OL Demar Dotson

All-time series history: Lions lead 31-28

Detroit Lions vs. Minnesota Vikings – October 20, 2019
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) reacts after a touchdown run by running back Dalvin Cook (33) in the fourth quarter of their NFL game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field in Detroit, on Sunday, October 20, 2019. The Vikings won the game, 42-30. (Mike Mulholland | Mulholland |

Week 17 — vs. Minnesota Vikings 1 p.m. Jan. 3 on Fox

Previous meeting: Minnesota Vikings 20, Detroit Lions 7 — Dec. 8, 2019

Key additions: WR Tajae Sharpe(r) WR Justin Jefferson, (r) CB Jeff Gladney, (r) OT Ezra Cleveland, (r) CB Cameron Dantzler, (r) DE D.J. Wonnum, (r) DL James Lynch

Key departures: WR Stefon Diggs, DE Everson Griffen, OG Josh Kline, CB Trae Waynes, CB Xavier Rhodes, CB Mackensie Alexander

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The coronavirus pandemic has forced all major sports leagues across the globe to be put on hold. While some leagues are gearing up for future returns, COVID-19 will still cause a severe impact, especially when you consider what’s going to happen in the near term.

For one, the NFL, which doesn’t kick off until September, could see a significant decrease in the 2021 salary cap, namely if teams have to play games in front of empty stadiums. Assuming that’s the case, the salary cap could take up to a $50 million hit due to the loss of revenue. That will present a major problem for the Green Bay Packers, who are right up against the cap.

This update suggests that the Packers might not be able to afford an extension for stud defensive tackle Kenny Clark.

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Green Bay drafted Clark with the No. 27 overall pick back in 2016. The 24-year-old earned a Pro Bowl nod for his marvelous efforts last season, and he just so happens to be entering the final year of his rookie contract after the franchise exercised his fifth-year option for the 2020 season.

Since becoming a full-time starter three seasons ago, Clark has been a force up front. During that span, the the UCLA product has registered 172 tackles (23 for loss), 16.5 sacks, 22 quarterback hits and four forced fumbles. Those are the numbers of a player that’s deserving of a significant payday.

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The Packers have exercised the 2020 fifth year option on DL Kenny Clark, per source. He’s emerged as a force for Green Bay.

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Keeping Clark around would obviously do wonders for the Packers’ championship aspirations. However, if the NFL loses billions in revenue, Green Bay might have to let the budding defensive lineman walk in free agency given their current cap situation coupled with the amount of money he’ll command on the open market.