October 2, 2014

Aaron Rodgers named NFC Offensive Player of the Week


Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is the NFC’s Offensive Player of the Week.

Rodgers completed 22 of 28 passes (78.6%) for 302 yards and four touchdowns in the Packers 38-17 win over the Chicago Bears on Sunday.  Rodgers finished with a 151.2 quarterback rating.

The performance marked his second career game with a 150+ passer rating, his 13th with at least four touchdown passes and his 34th with at least 300 passing yards.

Rodgers now has 25,196 career passing yards, reaching 25,000 passing yards in 3,065 attempts, the fewest attempts in NFL history to reach the mark.

In his 10th season, this is Rodgers’ ninth career Player of the Week Award and first since Week 2, 2013.  That’s the second most Player of the Week Awards in franchise history.  Brett Favre holds the record with 12.

San Francisco safety Antoine Bethea and Philadelphia’s Darren Sproles are the Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week respectively.


Vikings running games turns to the unknown!

Clay Matthews

Clay Matthews

Previously when the Green Bay Packers prepared to face the Minnesota Vikings, it was all about preparing for Adrian Peterson.

Now, Peterson is serving an indefinite suspension related to child abuse charges.  Now the Vikings have turned to an unlikely tandem of running backs Matt Asiata and rookie Jerick McKinnon.

The Packers know about both backs, but apparently they haven’t made enough of an impression yet to remember their names.

AUDIO: Clay Matthews on the Vikings running backs :18

AUDIO: Clay Matthews says the ground game without “AP” has been impressive :14

To the Packers, Asiata and McKinnon are far from household names.  But they’ve at the very least, allowed Vikings fans to look to the future instead of holding on to the past.

Sitton not a fan of Thursday night football (AUDIO)

Josh Sitton

Josh Sitton

Green Bay Packers left guard Josh Sitton isn’t a fan of the NFL’s Thursday night football package.

When teams play on a Sunday and then are scheduled for a short turn-around to play again on Thursday night, there’s no time to recover.

Monday, players reported early for strength and conditioning, followed by meetings and film study.  Their normal Tuesday day off turned out to be like a regular week Thursday, which is normally their longest practice of the week.

For the Packers, it was their main practice day in preparing for the Vikings, but because the players’ bodies are still recovering from the Sunday game, this practice is dialed back.

Today (Wednesday) is a walk through practice before Thursday nights game. [Read more...]

Stave says he’s feeling much better about his throwing

Joel Stave

Joel Stave

Former Wisconsin Badger starter Joel Stave says he hasn’t had any mental blocks in weeks and said he’ll be prepared to take the field is necessary.

Stave had issues during training camp that led to him not being able to complete even the most routine passes.  It was one month ago that Stave detailed to a large group of reporters, just exactly what the issues were with regards to his throwing and his dropped down the depth chart.

Yesterday, Stave told reporters that he feels a lot better than he did a month ago.

AUDIO: Stave said he feels much better now :13

AUDIO: Stave on the most difficult time over the past month :13

Stave hasn’t played this season and there’s no guarantee he’ll move into the backup spot behind Tanner McEvoy just because he said he’s ready to go if needed.

Badgers coach Gary Andersen said offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig will have to decide if they can count on Stave to perform under pressure. [Read more...]

Badger men’s hockey ranked No. 10 and No. 12 in polls

Badger coach Mike Eaves

Badger coach Mike Eaves

The Wisconsin Badger men’s hockey team will open the 2014-15 season ranked No. 10 in the USCHO.com Preseason Poll and No. 12 in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Preseason Poll.

The Badgers finished the 2013-14 season ranked No. 7 in the nation in both polls.  This years rankings mark the 11th consecutive time the Badgers open a season ranked in the USCHO.com Preseason Poll, including the fifth time during that stretch ranked in the top 10.

Wisconsin is one of three Big Ten teams ranked among the top-10 schools in the USCHO.com Poll with No. 1 Minnesota and No. 8 Michigan also highly thought of as the season approaches.

Wisconsin holds its first official practice of the season on Saturday in De Pere at Cornerstone Community Center.  The 1 p.m. practice concludes with the Badgers’ Red-White scrimmage.

Wisconsin welcomes 11 freshmen to the team and will have 13 of their 26 players on the roster who have yet to play in a collegiate game for UW.  They do return senior Hobey Baker Memorial Award finalist Joel Rumpel in goal, along with double-digit goal scorer in senior forward Joseph LaBate.  Both were on the Big Ten preseason Players to Watch list.