Week 1 @ Tennessee Titans Sat. Aug. 9th 7:00 PM NBC
Week 2 @ St. Louis Rams Sat. Aug. 16th 3:00 PM NBC
Week 3 Oakland Raiders Fri. Aug. 22nd 7:00 PM CBS
Week 4 Kansas City Chiefs Thur. Aug. 28th 6:00 PM NBCClay Matthews and Julius Peppers chat on the practice field.
First priority in preseason is to of course stay healthy. Certain positions are more valuable than others. Playmakers have already earned their spots while rising stars look to take advantage of every opportunity. Some say these games don’t matter. It’s true, wins and losses don’t count in August. But really, these four games are equivalent to job interviews and everyone knows how hard it is to get a job.
In a Week 1 visit to Tennessee, first round pick left tackle Taylor Lewan begins his pro career. The Pack will welcome the rookie to the NFL with some pressure from our own young pass rushers. Green Bay will be looking for Peppers to have a great debut in the green and gold. We can’t wait to sneak peek at how Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers will blitz together. Especially without their playmaker Chris Johnson, the Titans are in rebuilding mode. This is a perfect opportunity for the Pack’s new defense to gain some confidence. Rookie linebackers Adrian Hubbard and Carl Bradford have shown some skills in training camp. They’ll be hungry for some game action.Rookie wide receiver Davante Adams plans to stand out from the rest.
At St. Louis in Week 2, Michael Sam will surely be under the spotlight but it’s up to the Packers to steal the show with firepower on both sides of the ball. It’ll be interesting to see the safety combos between Micah Hyde, Morgan Burnett, and first round pick Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. A-Rod, Matt Flynn, and Scott Tolzien will be tested by the Ram’s stout front line, but the backups will need to step up. There are great expectations on Jarrett Boykin and the rookie receivers Davante Adams, Jared Abbrederis, and Jeff Janis. The starting tight end job is up for grabs. Andrew Quarless is currently in the lead, but mostly only because of his experience. Brandon Bostick and rookie Colt Lyerla. By the first half of preseason, we should have a better idea of who will win the job.Charles Woodson back in silver and black.
The Packers host the Oakland Raiders in the first home game of the 2014 season and it’s a fun one. Familiar faces should be cheered as Charles Woodson, James Jones, and C.J. Wilson walk into Lambeau Field. It would be nice to say hi, but also show them that they’re not missed. Oakland has a talented bunch bringing in Maurice Jones-Drew, first round phenom Khalil Mack, Super Bowl champs Justin Tuck and LaMarr Woodley, but we also get to see a very intriguing new face who could be the missing piece in the Black Hole. Rookie qb Derek Carr is a promising leader Oakland’s been searching for ever since Rich Gannon. We’re looking forward to our rookie in the outfield, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix making a play or two.Ha Ha Clinton-Dix skies high for the interception at training camp.
In the Preseason finale, the Kansas City Chiefs come to town. They’re the only playoff team on the Pack’s preseason schedule. It works out perfectly that it’s the final dress rehearsal for the regular season opener in Seattle. That way, Alex Smith and company can provide legit competition to warm up the Pack. The last time these two teams played was the end of the winning streak in 2011. A-Rod and the Pack came into Arrowhead Stadium undefeated and left 13-1. I’m sure they remember it well and want revenge, even in the preseason. This would be a great measuring stick for new safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix to see how he handles playing against a playoff caliber team.