Packers schedule 2020: Dates & times for all 16 games, strength of schedule, final record prediction

first_imgHow much pressure does that put on two-time MVP Aaron Rodgers heading into the 2020 season? Green Bay’s schedule is tougher this time around with the AFC South and NFC South, and that inconsistency on the road will be tested again.Here is a complete breakdown of the Packers’ 2020 schedule, including dates and start times for all 16 games and our early prediction.NFL OFFSEASON 2020:Draft grades | Power rankings | Best free agents availablePackers schedule 2020 Home: Chicago, Detroit, Minnesota, Carolina, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Jacksonville, TennesseeAway: Chicago, Detroit, Minnesota, New Orleans, Tampa Bay, San Francisco, Indianapolis, Houston(The Packers’ full schedule was released Thursday at 8 p.m. ET along with the entire 2020 NFL schedule.)WeekDateOpponentKickoff timeTV1Sept. 13at Vikings1 p.m. ETFOX2Sept. 20vs. Lions1 p.m. ETFOX3Sept. 27at Saints8:20 p.m. ETNBC4Oct. 5vs. Falcons8:15 p.m. ETESPN5Oct. 11BYE–6Oct. 18at Buccaneers4:25 p.m. ETFOX7Oct. 25at Texans1 p.m. ETFOX8Nov. 1vs. Vikings1 p.m. ETFOX9Nov. 5at 49ers8:20 p.m. ETFOX/NFLN/Amazon10Nov. 16vs. Jaguars1 p.m. ETFOX11Nov. 22at Colts1 p.m. ETFOX12Nov. 29vs. Bears8:20 p.m. ETNBC13Dec. 6vs. Eagles4:25 p.m. ETCBS14Dec. 13at Lions1 p.m. ETFOX15Dec. 19-20vs. PanthersTBDTD16Dec. 27vs. Titans8:20 p.m. NBC17Jan. 3at Bears1 p.m. ETFOX(For Canadian viewers, each game can be streamed on DAZN.)Green Bay plays a first-place schedule, and that means facing NFC division champions Philadelphia, New Orleans and San Francisco — teams that combined for a 35-13 record last season. Those will be the biggest hurdles on the schedule.The Packers are just 10-15 on the road (including postseason) the last three seasons. Two of those losses were to the 49ers last season, and those are the big-moment games Green Bay still has not been able to win on the road since Rodgers led the last Super Bowl run in 2010.MORE: Strength of schedule for all 32 teams in 2020Packers strength of schedule & predictionGreen Bay’s opponents had a 128-126-2 record in 2019, good for a .504 winning percentage and the 14th toughest schedule in the NFL by record.The Packers face just four teams that won six games or less last season, and two of those are against the Lions. Detroit lost two games by a combined four points to Green Bay in 2019. Carolina and Jacksonville both visit Lambeau Field and are among the easiest games on the schedule.Toughest tests: The road schedule is ridiculous outside the division. New Orleans and San Francisco are the biggest tests. The Packers have not won at the Superdome since 1995, and Green Bay is 1-4 at San Francisco with Rodgers at quarterback.That’s not all. Tampa Bay has Tom Brady now, and Houston and Indianapolis have Deshaun Watson and Philip Rivers at quarterback. Those are the hurdles outside the normal NFC North routine.Biggest breaks: Philadelphia beat the Packers at Lambeau in a Thursday night game last season, and that was Green Bay’s only home loss. The Packers avoid Atlanta on the road, which has been a disaster the last few trips. Jacksonville and Tennessee become easier at Lambeau, too.The Packers are 17-7-1 at home the last three seasons. The only teams that have been better in the same stretch are New England (23-5), Minnesota (19-6), New Orleans (21-7) and Kansas City (21-8). Bottom line: The Packers are still good enough to win 10 games and take the NFC North Division, but that starts with those division games. Green Bay went 6-0 in those last season under LaFleur, and that’s a rare occurrence. Minnesota has improved, and that will be the big competition once again.The Rodgers-Love drama won’t overshadow what the Packers should know in August. As long as Lambeau remains a distinct home-field advantage and they steal a few on the road, Green Bay will be back in the playoffs.Record prediction: 10-6 The  Packers are coming off a 13-3 season in which first-year coach Matt LaFleur guided the franchise back to the NFC championship game.Of course, a 37-20 loss to San Francisco in that title game provided a reality check, and the Packers were the center of 2020 NFL Draft drama when they traded up to get Utah State quarterback Jordan Love in the first round.last_img read more

7 Kenyan coaches in Arsenal clinic shortlist

first_imgThe Kenyans are among 25 shortlisted applicants for the WorldRemit Future Stars football coaching programme launched in August to offer local coaches from across Africa the chance to attend an exclusive new training camp with Arsenal’s top youth coaches in London.From the 25 shortlisted applicants, five finalists chosen by the judges will go through to a public vote, where they will compete for the chance to train with Arsenal Soccer Schools coaches.The five finalists will be featured on the website and voting will open in the last week of September.Kenya was the most represented country in the shortlist, with 1 in 3 coaches coming from the country. The entries reflected a range of ways that football is being used to address social challenges including gang violence and drug addiction.Head of East and Central Africa at WorldRemit Sharon Kinyanjui said: “The high volume of Kenyans in the shortlist is a clear indication of the importance of youth football coaching in the community and the power of sport to bring people together.”“I was particularly delighted to see so many compelling entries from women coaches and hope that their success will also encourage more women to participate in football. The strength of all the entries from Kenya as a very promising sign for the country’s future,” she added.From the 25 shortlisted applicants, five finalists chosen by the judges will go through to a public vote, where they will compete for the chance to train with Arsenal Soccer Schools coaches.Simon McManus of Arsenal Soccer Schools said: “The standard of entries was very impressive, making this a real challenge for the judges. The Arsenal Way is all about thinking about others, getting the detail right and going above and beyond expectations.”“We were very impressed with how strongly this commitment to outstanding coaching was reflected by Kenyans. The work these participants have already done in developing their coaching shows the immense potential of coaching in Kenya to inspire confidence and encourage positive social change,” he added.“Having the most successful women’s side in England, Arsenal is actively involved in encouraging participation in the women’s game. We see the strength of the entries from women coaches as a very encouraging sign for the sport. We are eagerly anticipating the final results and look forward to welcoming the successful coach to London.”The programme is a new initiative set up by WorldRemit, the official online money transfer partner of Arsenal Football Club, to recognise and reward the valuable contribution that youth coaches make to the communities they serve.The programme received over 700 applications in one week from across Africa. A shortlist of 25 coaches has been selected by a judging panel of representatives from Arsenal and WorldRemit. In recognition of their hard work, the 25 shortlisted coaches will receive official Arsenal shirts for their youth team.WorldRemit will pay for the successful applicant to travel to London in October to attend the Future Stars camp.The programme will equip them with coaching skills which they can take back to build a lasting legacy of coaching excellence in their country. Kenyans in the Future Stars shortlistBeldine Odemba -NairobiA community coach for the Kariobangi Sharks under 13 and under 17 boys’ teams, Beldine is the only woman coaching male football teams in her community. She is passionate about improving the standard of football training in her community and helping young players achieve their full potential.If she were to win the training session with top Arsenal youth coaches, she would use the opportunity to improve her own coaching technique and share her new skills with the local football federation to benefit the wider community.Hamisi Mohamed -NairobiHamisi is a founder of Young Talents Soccer Academy, a mixed academy in Embul Bul, Ngong.Together with his friends, Hamisi started the academy over 10 years ago to bring young members of his community together and help them avoid falling into tribalism, drug abuse and crime. He was involved in the Premier Skills programme, a joint venture between the Premier League and the British Council, which further reinforced his belief that football can make a positive impact on society.If he were to win a coaching session with Arsenal, he would use the opportunity to benefit his local community. He would share the knowledge he gains with others and use it to enrich coaching programs designed to address societal issues. Iddi Badi -NairobiIddi coaches the under 11 and under 14 Ligi Ndogo boys’ teamsIddi believes that a great youth coach should not only teach football but should also act as a role model for their players. Iddi coaches the under 11 and under 14 Ligi Ndogo boys’ teams and sees football as a powerful tool to offer children a sense of direction and prevent them from joining gangs or falling into drug addiction.If he won a coaching session with Arsenal, he would organise training sessions for local coaches and school teachers to enhance the standard of football among young boys and girls in his community.Kevin Oduor Akumu -NairobiKevin is the founder and head coach at Faces Sports Academy, teaching 60 boys and girls of different age groups from the Kibera slum.Kevin is the founder and head coach at Faces Sports Academy, teaching 60 boys and girls of different age groups from the Kibera slum.After seeing children from slums being turned away from established football academies, he established Faces Sports to give children from all walks a life the chance to explore their passion for football and inspire them to achieve greater things.Through a coaching session with Arsenal, he would hope to improve on his own knowledge of football and realise his long-term dream of having a positive impact on the slums through sport.Mutinda Irene Mutindi -NairobiMutinda coaches boys and girls from Ruiru in the Kiambu county of KenyaWith support from the local church, Mutinda coaches boys and girls from Ruiru in the Kiambu county of Kenya. Many of the children come from underprivileged backgrounds, and Mutinda strives to have a positive impact on their lives as well as improve their sporting abilities.A passionate footballer herself, Mutinda has been playing since she was at primary school and is keen to encourage more girls to get involved in sports.Mutinda believes that winning a coaching session with Arsenal would better equip her to use sport to help solve social problems such as drug abuse.Samira Schwarz -NairobiSamira currently teaches a football academy (Knights FC) that comprises of community kids from slum areas.Samira currently teaches a football academy (Knights FC) that comprises of community kids from the slum areas and has been coaching for around 5 months – mainly focusing on the under 11s. She began coaching as a way to bond with her son and sees football as a way to help children to grow up to be responsible adults. She wants to win because it will equip her with the necessary skills to pass on to my players. To give them an opportunity to fight through their current circumstances and excel in football. Stephen Githinji -NairobiA dedicated football coach for children of all ages, Stephen trains boys, girls and mixed youth teams at Premier Academy. He also launched Saturday soccer schools program, Ospreys Sports Academy.As well as improving children’s skills on the pitch, he sees football as a great way to develop vital life skills such as decision-making and self-control.His goal is to establish a school that strives for sporting excellence alongside academic subjects. He would use the opportunity to train with Arsenal to learn from premier league coaches and help build this sports program.0Shares0000(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Kariobangi Sharks U17 Coach Beldine Odemba among the seven coaches shortlisted for the Arsenal training camp. Photo/COURTESYNAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 20 – Seven Kenyan coaches stand a chance to attend an exclusive new training camp with Arsenal’s top youth coaches in London after being shortlisted for the WorldRemit Future Stars football coaching programme.The seven Kenyans are Kariobangi Sharks U17 coach Beldine Odemba, Hamisi Mohamed, Ligi Ndogo’s Iddi Badi, Kevin Oduor Akumu from Kibera, Mutinda Irene Mutindi, Samira Schwarz and Stephen Githinji.last_img read more