The Green Bay Packers received some good news a day in advance of their Monday night tilt with the Kansas City Chiefs. Top running back Eddie Lacy and starting wideout Davante Adams now appear very likely to play after the team listed both as probable on the latest injury report.
The last time the Green Bay Packers (2-0) lost at Lambeau Field was January 5, 2014, in a wild card playoff game against the San Francisco 49ers. Since then, they are an astounding 10-0 there, and on Monday night, they will try to make it 11 against the Kansas City Chiefs (1-1).
It gets better (or worse, if you're the Chiefs), because they've also won 13 consecutive prime-time home games with Rodgers as the primary starter, and Rodgers has 14 touchdown passes and no picks in the last five. Kansas City will be looking to deal him his first true Monday night home loss of his career. Considering that Kansas City has lost eight of its last 10 prime-time games (including three in a row and five of their last six on the road), it's easy to understand why the Packers are the definitive favorite.
"They understand they have to take care of the football," offensive coordinator Doug Pederson said. "We understand that is the prized possession. "We talk about it, we don’t preach about it because I think if you bring emphasis to it, you don’t let them go play, they don’t cut their talent loose. Now they’re thinking about protecting the ball rather than breaking that tackle and gaining an extra 10 yards. It’s something we talk about, but we’re not going to beat them up over."
"He’s always had the greatest work ethic I’ve ever seen in coaching," he explained. "He loves it. He absolutely loves coming up with a way to get a first down, to score in the red zone or to get an explosive play. "He’s always been digging, scratching, clawing for the next cutting-edge drill, a way to make a guy better. He’s relentless and when he just walked into that production meeting, he hasn’t changed one bit."
"We had been looking at film and we found one film where two of their defensive backs and the two safeties had ran into each other and knocked each other down," Kramer recalled in a recent interview. "And Max McGee starts signing the Looney Tunes song, 'Da-dada-da-da-dada-da.' "So we're giggling about it and feeling pretty damn confident and really not too worried about the game."
"I was standing on the sideline with [teammate] Buck Buchanan right before the game, and we were talking about how the stadium wasn't even full," Bell said, aware of how ridiculous that sounds now, as the NFL prepares for the 50th Super Bowl in February. "I think tickets cost $12 or something like that. People wouldn't even pay $12 to see the game! My [four] tickets for the Super Bowl last year were $2,500."