GREEN BAY PACKERS

Vikings open O’Connell era, aim for LaFleur-like Packers run

When Kevin O'Connell takes the field with the Minnesota Vikings for his first game as a head coach, the 37-year-old will carry with him the blank slate that's one of the benefits of being a rookie in this high-pressure, much-coveted job. O'Connell needn't be concerned for now about being booed at home by impatient or…

GREEN BAY PACKERS

Confident Packers defense ready for difficult early test

The Green Bay Packers should get an immediate indication of whether their defense is as stingy as its preseason billing suggests. “I think our defense, at least on paper, is as good as it’s ever been,” defensive lineman Dean Lowry said. The chance to prove it starts Sunday at Minnesota. I need to read more…