The Green Bay Packers are hitting the road against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 2 for a rematch of the 2016 NFC Championship. The Falcons were able to best the Packers en route to a 28-3 meme that will never die, but Aaron Rodgers and Co. are looking for a different result on Sunday Night Football at 8:25 p.m. ET on NBC (live stream it on NBCSports.com).
On offense, the Packers have been one of the more consistent teams in the NFL. On defense, not so much. All that seems to have changed, if Week 1 was any indication. Green Bay’s defense was littered with injured players at the end of 2016, and with some veteran offseason pickups and a healthy roster, things are looking like they’ll be a lot different in 2017.
Though they showed promise this year with a 6-10 finish — a four-game improvement over 2014. It’s worth noting, though, that they lost their final four games of the season.
Smith admitted, after he accepted the Illinois job in March 2016, that he was a bit surprised when the Bucs informed him he was out.
This case stands to impact NFL discipline going forward. Historically, courts have generally upheld the league’s sweeping authority over disciplinary issues. Article 46 of the current CBA gives Roger Goodell complete autonomy over player discipline, and the personal conduct policy is broad, with a much lower threshold for its burden of proof than the legal system.