NOW it’s officially football season.
The Green Bay Packers will play their first game since winning Super Bowl XLV when they take on the Browns in Cleveland on Saturday night.
While the preseason contest has no official meaning, there will be plenty to watch for tomorrow. These five headlines will be broken down in a post tomorrow following the game.
Which cornerbacks will step up with top three battling injuries?
Starters Charles Woodson and Tramon Williams both worked with the scout team rather than the first team Thursday night, which could indicate that they will sit out Saturday night. Sam Shields was injured on the second to last play of practice last night and reserves Davon House and Brandian Ross have missed the entire practice week battling hamstring injuries. That leaves just Jarrett Bush, Josh Gordy and Pat Lee as the only three healthy cornerbacks for Saturday night.
While head coach Mike McCarthy said there is a chance a few of the injured cornerbacks will be ready for Saturday night, this is a huge opportunity for Gordy and Ross (if he can play). Brandon Underwood’s tenure in Green Bay is likely over as he is expected to miss two weeks with a knee injury, and that could open up an extra spot at the position. Both Gordy and Ross have played well but, if Gordy can play well with the first team defense, it could give him the upper hand in making the roster.
Healthy? 2010 injured can prove it tomorrow night
No one knows if there will be an NFL next season, but that didn’t stop the league from announcing the preseason schedule for the (potential) upcoming season.
For the third straight season the Packers will open the season against the Cleveland Browns, this time in Cleveland. In 2009 the Packers won 17-0 in Lambeau Field while last season the Browns came out victorious, 27-24 in the opener. The date and time for the game have not yet been decided, but it will take place sometime between Aug. 11 and 15.
Lambeau Field will officially open for the Super Bowl Champions when the Packers host the Arizona Cardinals. Date and time have not been decided, but will be played between Aug. 18 and 22.
Well there goes the season. OK, only kidding. The Cleveland Browns defeated the Packers 27-24 Saturday night in Lambeau Field as the two teams kicked off their 2010 preseason. It was a laid back night for the most part, with starters playing the first quarter before reserves took over,and depsite the loss there was still plenty to be happy about on the Packers’ side of the ball.
First and foremost, Aaron Rodgers seems to already be in mid-season form. The third-year starter completed his first nine passes and finished the night 12-13 for 159 yards, including a 25-yard strike to Greg Jennings for a touchdown. Rodgers looked poised in the pocket as always and had solid protection (which we’ll get to later) and found six different receivers on the night.
The Green Bay Packers’ 2010 preseason schedule was announced today. The Packers will open at home against the Cleveland Browns for the second consecutive year on Aug. 14 and will also host the Colts on ESPN. They will travel to Seattle in between home games and will close out the preseason in Kansas City. Last year the Packers went 3-1 in the preseason.
Here is the complete preseason schedule with date and central times: