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The NFL schedule has been released today and the NFL Draft is next week. There’s hardly a day that doesn’t involve some type of NFL news.

Here is the 2012 Green Bay Packers NFL schedule:

Week 1 vs. San Francisco, 3:15-a great offense vs. a great defense, but don’t count out the 49ers offense or Packers defense. Aaron Rodgers vs. Alex Smith, two first round picks that were selected in 2005. Clay Matthews vs. Patrick Willis. Great matchup in Week One.

Week 2 vs. Chicago Bears, Thursday, 7:20 NFL Network-two historics teams playing a rivalry game. Two offenses that should score a lot, Rodgers and Packers, and now Marshall reuniting with Jay Cutler.

Week 3 at Seattle, MNF at 7:30-Matt Flynn vs Aaron Rodgers. Seems like Seattle is a similar place for Green Bay quarterbacks, first Hasselbeck and now Flynn in Seattle.

Week 4 vs. New Orleans, 3:15-great quarterback matchup, Rodgers vs. Brees and rematch of great Week One game last week where Packers won 42-34.

Week 5 at Colts, noon-Rodgers vs. Luck

Week 6 at Houston, 7:20, SNF-should be a high scoring affair with two explosive offenses, and Clay Matthews plays against former college teammate Brian Cushing.

Week 7 at St. Louis, noon-interesting matchup, Rodgers vs. Bradford; can Bradford step out of a sophomore slump and injuries?

Week 8 vs. Jacksonville, noon-Rodgers vs. Gabbert; how will Gabbert fare in his second year in NFL?

Week 9 vs. Arizona, noon-wide receivers/cornerbacks match-ups catch my eye; Jennings, Nelson, Cobb vs. Patrick Peterson, and Larry Fitzgerald vs. Charles Woodson.

Week 10-BYE

Week 11 at Detroit, noon-Lions made the playoffs last year and will look to challenge for NFC North title. Packers won both meetings last year.

Week 12 at NY Giants, SNF, 7:20-Packers play at Meadowlands hoping to beat the Giants after they ousted them from playoffs last year.

Week 13 vs. Minnesota, noon-The Packers and Vikings play later in the season, always a tough game. Green Bay leads series 53-48-1.

Week 14 vs. Detroit, SNF, 7:20-Lions and Packers in primetime; should be an high scoring affair, remember the last game of last season, Green Bay winning 45-41 and a 1,000 yards of total offense combined.

Week 15 at Chicago, noon-could this match-up decide the NFC North title?

Week 16 vs. Tennessee, noon-former Packers quarterback Matt Hasselbeck plays his old team or will Jake Locker be the quarterback?

Week 17 at Minnesota, noon-finishing the season at the Vikings, an old rival, there is nothing better.

It’s a tough schedule, but with a good draft, re-signing Jermichael Finley and signing Jeff Saturday, the Packers should be back at the top in 2012.

127297039_crop_650x440The Green Bay Packers have been great to start the 2011 season.
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The Green Bay Packers are off to a 4-0 start and tied atop the NFC North division with the Detroit Lions. Here are the winners and losers for the Green Bay Packers at the season’s quarter mark:

The Packers have been great so far this season as it is has been hard not to be impressed with the undefeated start for the team.

However, there has been some hiccups for the team. Injuries, and perhaps the lack of offseason workouts, hurt the defense so they could get the right chemistry.

Winners: 

Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers has been one of the best quarterbacks in the NFLthis season.

Rodgers has a league-leading 73.1 completion percentage, 1,325 passing yards, a 12-2 touchdown-interception ratio and a 124.6 passer rating. Not to mention he averages 331 passing yards a game.

On Sunday he set a new NFL record, becoming the first quarterback to throw for 400 yards, pass for four touchdowns and rush for two more.

That’s incredible.

Rodgers has the playmaking mentality in him, along with his leadership and clutch performance.

Charles Woodson

Charles Woodson isn’t playing like he is 34 years old.

Yesterday, Woodson had an interception for a touchdown, along with four tackles and a pass defense.

This season, Woodson has played with an energy that won him the Defensive Player of the Year two years ago.

Woodson already has three interceptions, one touchdown, four pass defenses and 14 tackles on the year.

Green Bay Packers Wide Receivers

The Green Bay Packers wide receivers are about as good and young as any team in the NFL this season.

Just about everyone has caught passes from Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers hit nine in his first two games, seven two weeks ago and eight last Sunday.

Greg Jennings has been Rodgers go-to receiver. Jennings has 25 receptions for 366 yards and three touchdowns.

Jordy Nelson has caught 15 passes for 292 yards and three touchdowns.

James Jones has nine catches for 88 yards and a touchdown. Donald Drivers has eight grabs for 71 yards and a touchdown.

The youngster Randall Cobb has seven grabs for 148 yards and a touchdown.

Perhaps Rodgers biggest target, Jermichael Finley has 18 catches for 234 yards and three touchdowns. All of his touchdowns came against Chicago.

Green Bay Packers Rush Defense: 

The Green Bay Packers rush defense has been the most solid while the offense isn’t on the field.

They gave up their first 100-yard rushing game last week to theDenver Broncos, allowing 119 yards. In the previous three weeks, they gave up 81, 71 and 13 rushing yards.

On the season, they are giving up 77 yards per game on the ground and averaging 3.7 yards per rush to opposing running backs.

The Packers defense has also recorded seven sacks on the season.

Losers: 

Green Bay Packers Secondary: 

It was a bummer losing Nick Collins for the season due to a neck injury.

The Green Bay Packers secondary has been relatively weak this season, outside of Charles Woodson and Morgan Burnett.

They gave up 265 yards and 384 total yards yesterday. The defense had given up 403.3 yards in the first three games. The Packers rank 28th in the league in yards allowed.

Last year, the Packers gave up 320 yards in six of their first eight games of the season, they only allowed that once in their final eight games. (Green Bay Press Gazette).

Perhaps they start to defend the pass better as the season goes on.

To be honest, the Green Bay Packers linebackers haven’t been that bad. They are getting pressure and blitzing the quarterback, and are attacking the run, but perhaps they should help the secondary stop the pass in the future more.

This linebackers have combined for 4.5 sacks.

Desmond Bishop leads the team in tackles with 36 total tackles.

Clay Matthews is off to a slow start with 14 tackles and just one sack. Matthews has been solid in the pass rush, teams are just blocking him.

The Packers linebackers will only continue to get better. It just takes time.

Green Bay Packers Linebackers: 

To be honest, the Green Bay Packers linebackers haven’t been that bad. They are getting pressure and blitzing the quarterback, and are attacking the run, but perhaps they should help the secondary stop the pass in the future more.

This linebackers have combined for 4.5 sacks.

Desmond Bishop leads the team in tackles with 36 total tackles.

Clay Matthews is off to a slow start with 14 tackles and just one sack. Matthews has been solid in the pass rush, teams are just blocking him.

The Packers linebackers will only continue to get better. It just takes time.

NEW ORLEANS, LA - AUGUST 12: Mark Ingram # 28 of the New Orleans Saints runs into the end zone for a touchdown against the San Francisco 49ers during their pre season game at Louisiana Superdome on August 12, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Sea

 Mark Ingram, Saints looked great in his preseason debut.

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The NFL preseason is off, and the rookies are ready to show coaches, scouts, and general managers why they were drafted, and signed. Some rookies are off to faster starts than most, and are have coaches eyes on how they might contribute to the 2011 regular season.

Which of the rookies shined the most during Week One of preseason?

Well, here are ten rookies who showed promise:

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Mark Ingram, RB, New Orleans Saints

Mark Ingram, the 2009 Heisman Trophy winner, and guided Alabama to the 2009 BCS title, had a more quiet 2010 season, and his draft stock dropped a little. Ingram was the first running back chosen in the 2011 NFL Draft.

Last weekend, Ingram got to take the NFL field for the first time. It may be the preseason, but Ingram left his mark. Ingram showed off his power by breaking tackles in the win against the 49ers the same way he did in the SEC while at Alabama.

Ingram scored his first touchdown against the 49ers, where he bounced a defender, and spun to score. Ingram carried the ball six times for 23 yards.

Ingram will be one of many Saints running backs this season. The Saints also have Pierre Thomas, Chris Ivory, and Darren Sproles. We have to wonder how Sean Payton will use the power that Ingram brings to the field.

Randall Cobb, WR, Green Bay Packers

Cobb showed Packer fans the explosiveness he had at Kentucky.

Randall Cobb was a second round draft pick out of Kentucky for the Green Bay Packers. Cobb fits the Packers perfectly. Cobb has a mix of explosive speed, good hands, and the ability to make yards after the catch.

Coaches in Green Bay are drooling over Cobb’s skill set and talent. Perhaps just what the Packers need since they had Desmond Howard in the 1990s.

Saturday against Cleveland, Coach McCarthy got to see firsthand Cobb at his finest. Cobb caught three passes for 60 yards, one of which was for 28 yards. Cobb also returned two kickoffs for 58 yards.

Cobb has gotten the playbook down well for missing the offseason due to the lockout, and is mentally in the right football mind.

Stevan Ridley, RB, New England Patriots

Stevan Ridley, a running back out of LSU made his mark for the New England Patriots last Thursday night. The Patriots filled with running backs, are always looking for that back who can provide a bang, and Ridley did just that. Shane Vereen was injured and Ridley stepped in and made the most of it.

Ridley, the third round pick, scored three touchdowns against the Jaguars. Two on the ground and one in the air. Ridley rushed for 64 yards on 16 carries. Ridley caught seven passes for 47 yards.

One of his touchdowns, Ridley had quick feet and scored from one yard out. Ridley, may be projected to be third down back, and Belichick said he played hard against the Jaguars.

Ridley is only 5’11” and 225 pounds, but can produce contact runs, and the Patriots definitely got the most out of him in their first preseason game.

Dwayne Harris, WR, Dallas Cowboys

Dwayne Harris, wide receiver out of East Carolina, went out big in his preseason debut for the Cowboys against the Broncos. The sixth round draft pick caught five passes for 127 yards and two touchdowns, one of which that set up the winning two point conversion.

Tony Romo may have a new secret weapon to throw to when Dez Bryant, Miles Austin, and Jason Witten are covered.

Harris’ biggest catch came early in the fourth quarter that was an initial five yard catch, but turned it into a 76 yard touchdown. Jason Garrett was happy.

Darryl Gamble, ILB, San Diego Chargers

Darryl Gamble, ILB out of Georgia, turned heads for the San Diego Chargers in their opening preseason game.

Gamble was an undrafted free agent and had six tackles, two for a loss, and one for a sack in the Chargers loss to the Seahawks. Gamble was also hurt in the game.

The NFLFootballNow.com blog couldn’t have summed it up any better. Gamble could have a similar impact like Frank Zombo had on the Packers last year

Cam Newton, QB, Carolina Panthers

Cam Newton, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner, and first overall draft pick, played for the Carolina Panthers in their Week One preseason game Saturday, and helped lead the Panthers to the win.

Newton went 8 for 19 in the game passing for 134 yards. Newton had zero touchdowns or interceptions.

Newton has been wowing at Panthers training camp, or that’s the way head coach Ron Rivera addressed Newton. Newton’s running ability has gave him a second threat to use against opposing defenses.

Today, the Panthers told ESPN.com that Newton is still No.2 on the depth chart to Jimmy Clausen. Newton is competing against Clausen, and Derek Anderson.

Denarius Moore, WR, Oakland Raiders

Head coach Hue Jackson said Denarius Moore, “wowed,” in practice dominating practice, and quarterback Jason Campbell described him as another Jacoby Ford. Moore is a fifth round draft pick out of Tennessee.

Moore is a shorter receiver at six foot, and 195 pounds for NFL receivers but has the speed to get past cornerbacks.

Moore caught three passes for 37 yards in Oakland‘s first preseason game. Moore averaged 12.3 yards a catch.

Jake Locker, QB, Tennessee Titans

Jake Locker may not be the starting quarterback come September, but the future holds brightly for this kid. Locker, drafted eight overall by Tennessee, came in the game as a the backup to Matt Hasselbeck against the Vikings.

Locker connected on seven of ten passes for 89 yards and a touchdown. Locker’s touchdown pass was a 45 yard toss to Yamon Figurs.

Locker will get to learn from the veteran Hasselbeck, who has gone to the Super Bowl in his career as a NFL quarterback.

Marcell Dareus, DT, Buffalo Bills

Marcell Dareus, the third overall draft pick by the Buffalo Bills, was described as a “man among beasts,” by radio host Joe Buscaglia of Buffalo.

Dareus has a great work ethic, and the Bills are hoping he and Shawne Merriman can revamp a defense that struggled a year ago.

Dareus had a solid first preseason game, recording a sack.

Lance Kendricks, TE, St. Louis Rams

Lance Kendricks, a second round draft pick out of Wisconsin was brought in to be a huge target for the up and coming Sam Bradford. Kendricks was just that in his first preseason game.

Kendricks had five receptions for 47 yards, and a touchdown. The touchdown was a six yard pass from Bradford. Kendricks was targeted seven times, and picked up 9.4 yards a catch.

The NFC West is rather weak, and the Rams almost made the playoffs last season after going 1-15 the previous season.

The Rams went out and got new targets for Bradford to strengthen the receiving game.