A brief look at the Packers' Week 15 opponent, the Carolina Panthers. Aaron Nagler/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin
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We’ll start with our opponent previews, which wrap up today with Ryan Wood’s look at the Packers’ Week 15 opponent, the Carolina Panthers.
A year ago, the Carolina Panthers were on the cusp of entering a season in which they were considered premier Super Bowl contenders.
Behind 2015 league MVP Cam Newton, the Panthers were coming off an NFC championship and, perhaps even more impressive, 15-1 regular-season record. The Panthers won their first 14 games in 2015, flirting with perfection before breezing through the playoffs.
Then they fell one field goal shy of winning Super Bowl 50.
So there was good reason the Panthers were an NFC favorite before last season. Instead, they lost five of their first six games, falling out of the playoff race before the end of October, eventually finishing 6-10.
The Panthers will try to pick up the pieces this fall. Perhaps the biggest conundrum in the NFC, it’s hard to know what to expect from the Panthers in 2017. The Packers' trip to Carolina on Dec. 17 could carry major playoff implications for both teams – or it could be mere formality.
You can check out all our opponent previews here.
The Packers recently released their most recent financial report.
Rich Ryman has some thoughts on the state of the Packers finances that are well worth your time:
Rich has also done a great job this offseason documenting the progress being made on the Titletown District. In his most recent dispatch, he gives readers a sneak peek into Lodge Kohler:
I took a look at Greg Jennings’ recent comments about Mike McCarthy:
Brett Favre will be back in Green Bay in August:
Elsewhere, Jason Wilde wrote on Mark Murphy not pushing Ted Thompson into retirement:
As he often does in the offseason, QB1 recently hit the golf course:
Rodgers and the Packers won Best Player and Best Play at last week’s ESPY
Awards, while Jordy Nelson took home Best Comeback Athlete:
Rodgers could soon be making history:
DLineVids highlighted a sack from Kyler Fackrell:
Former colleague Bob McGinn and former Packers GM Ron Wolf participated in the MMQB’s All Time NFL Draft:
To the surprise of absolutely no one, Wolf selected Brett Favre to be his quarterback.
The Gunslinger played 20 seasons for four NFL teams, rewriting the NFL’s record books with his powerful—and risk-taking—right arm. His career began as a second-round draft pick for the Falcons, but it was after Packers GM Ron Wolf (who selected him in this all-time draft) sent a first-round pick to Atlanta in exchange for Favre that his legacy took hold: He won three straight league MVP awards from 1995 to ’97, went to 11 Pro Bowls and brought the Lombardi Trophy back to Titletown. Favre retired (for good) after the 2010 season, bound for Canton on the first ballot.
For his part, Bob McGinn chose Reggie White seventh overall.
The offseason is a great time to cut up Mike Daniels clips:
Jason Perone looks at expectations for the 2017 season:
The Power Sweep looks beyond sacks to ascertain the true value of pass rushers: