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It's hard to find a Wisconsin sports fan that doesn't have strong feelings about Brett Favre.  Some love him for his sixteen seasons of throwing touchdown passes for the Green Bay Packers.  Some are still smarting from the unceremonious way he left the Packers, and for his two seasons with the rival Minnesota Vikings.  And some are, well, strongly conflicted.

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The Green Bay Packers return home this weekend for a game against the Detroit Lions.  The game couldn’t come at a better time for the Packers who just lost two road games in a row, and in convincing fashion.

There’s more than a little angst in Packer Nation at the moment, and sports contributor Howie Magner thinks it may be a bit of an over-reaction from fans.

"Suddenly, people are wondering if they are going to make the playoffs, or if they need to fire everybody.  Or whether they should trade Aaron Rodgers, which is all kind of silly," he says.

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Pro football fans in Wisconsin might be going through withdrawal this weekend.  The Green Bay Packers have this week off and don’t return to action until next Sunday night against Denver.

That means they’re assured of spending another week as one of the NFL’s undefeated teams. Sports contributor Howie Magner says one key reason the Packers remain undefeated is because the defense is better than most expected.

"The offense has been playing well enough to win games and the defense has really been securing those games," he says.

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The Green Bay Packers open their 2015 season with a game in Chicago against the arch-rival Chicago Bears, amid the usual high expectations for the Green and Gold.

Lake Effect sports contributor Howie Magner is not sure whether those high expectations are likely to be met this season. 

"There are players on the defensive side of the ball that can make game-winning plays, but as a whole (if you're a Packers fan), what you want is the defense to be good enough," says Magner.

The NFL Players Association released a statement Tuesday, saying it's monitoring this week's debates and votes in Wisconsin on right-to-work.

Vince Lombardi has generated plenty of goodwill among Green Bay Packers fans for years.  Now, Goodwill has generated some Vince Lombardi.

Call it The Greatest Sweater Ever Purchased. At least, if you're a Packers diehard. 

Lionel Aldridge played defensive end for some of the legendary Green Bay Packers teams of the 1960s.

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For about 55 minutes of football on Sunday afternoon, it looked like the Green Bay Packers would be playing for a Super Bowl title in a couple of weeks. 

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Dozens of Packer fans met the team at the Green Bay airport Sunday night, as the players returned home after a heartbreaking loss to Seattle in the NFC title game.

The Seahawks beat the Packers, 28-22 in overtime.

Seattle Quarterback Russell Wilson connected with Jermaine Kearse to score the game-winning touchdown, lifting the Seahawks to the Super Bowl against New England in Arizona.

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The Green Bay Packers plan to open a business office in Milwaukee, to be closer to corporate sponsors. The team ended its playing days here in 1994.

The NFL had given the team until four o'clock Friday afternoon to sell the remaining tickets, otherwise the league would ban local TV game coverage.

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Dangerously low temperatures are approaching. Forecasters expect Sunday to blow in with highs around zero, and lows in the double-digits below zero.

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The Green Bay Packers must sell 3,000 more tickets for Sunday's playoff game against San Francisco, in order to avoid a television blackout.

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Doctors have cleared Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers to play Sunday, when the team and Chicago vie for the conference title.

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Green Bay Packers' quarterback Aaron Rodgers says he suffered a broken left collarbone in Monday night's game against the Chicago Bears.

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