The Green Bay Packers are going to be racking up a lot of frequent-flyer miles in 2018, as the team has the entire NFC West on the schedule this year. In addition to two games against teams on the West coast of the United States and their three divisional games, they also have a trio of games along the Atlantic coast.
For Packers fans, Lambeau Field will always be the best place to watch a football game, but the occasional road trip is a blast as well. Now that we have the Packers’ schedule out, we ranked the best road trips for Packers fans, with games separated out into intra-division games against the NFC North teams and out-of-division contests.
Here’s how we think these games stack up for prospective road trips, based on the venue and surrounding city, time during the season, and the quality of the potential matchup.
The past two seasons have shown that the Raiders success is dependent on the health of quarterback Derek Carr. While the Silver and Black boast one of the best interior offensive lines in football, both of their offensive tackles could be improved.
Donald Penn has been a great addition, but he will be 35 and has struggled to stay healthy in the past. On the right side, Oakland signed former Houston Texans offensive tackle Breno Giacomini to a one-year contract. But the 11-year veteran was the 80th ranked tackle last season according to Pro Football Focus, bringing questions as to whether or not he can adequately protect Carr.
With the 10th overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, Reggie McKenzie and Jon Gruden should have their pick of the litter from the offensive tackle class, including Notre Dame’s Mike McGlinchey who is often viewed as the top tackle in the draft.
It seems like a rare instance in which a team can sign as many players as the Raiders did this offseason and yet not move the needle with regard to their top needs. But that’s pretty much what happened.
The Raiders signed some 22 free agents this offseason, and yet they sit pretty much in the same spot they were coming out of last season. Their top needs were cornerback, defensive tackle, linebacker, wide receiver, and offensive tackle. Those needs remain.
Each position they added starters it was to replace other starters they either let leave or cut. Cornerback they cut their top three starters and signed just Rashaan Melvin. At defensive tackle they re-signed Justin Ellis, making that the same need it was before. At linebacker they signed Tahir Whitehead, but haven’t brought back NaVorro Bowman. At wide receiver they swapped out Michael Crabtree for Jordy Nelson.
Pre-Draft Press Conference with General Manager Brett VeachPosted by The Kansas City Chiefs on Friday, April 20, 2018
The Kansas City Chiefs and the rest of the National Football League are only six days away from this year’s draft.
With that in mind, general manager Brett Veach held a pre-draft press conference late Friday morning, a staple for the Chiefs but the first in Veach’s tenure as general manager.
Similar in style to his predecessor in now-Cleveland Brows general manager John Dorsey, Veach began the press conference by thanking the members of his personnel staff.
“Before we begin, I want to thank my scouting department,” Veach said. “There is so much work that goes into this whole draft process in setting a board. You start with 4 or 500 players, you kind of narrow it to 160, and I said this from the time I took this job.