November 1, 2014

Good news on Aaron Rodgers hamstring injury

T.J. Lang

T.J. Lang

Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said the medical report that he had received on Monday was promising with regards to the left hamstring injury suffered by Aaron Rodgers in Sunday’s game at New Orleans.

The injury happened in the third quarter of Sunday’s game and limited Rodgers, taking away his ability to scramble.

McCarthy told reporters on Monday that he didn’t get a chance to see Rodgers on Monday, but said the news on Rodgers is, “So far, so good I would say is how we’re looking at it.”

AUDIO: Mike McCarthy delivered the good news on Aaron Rodgers :12

McCarthy said it was a good time for Rodgers and his entire team to have a bye.  It doesn’t appear Rodgers will be required to hang around Lambeau Field for any special treatment for the week.  McCarthy also said he anticipates all of his injured players will have a good chance to play in the teams next game, Nov. 9 against the Chicago Bears.

T.J. Lang left Sunday’s game on the first offensive series with a sprained ankle and didn’t return.  McCarthy said he thinks Lang has a good chance of playing in the Packers/Bears game in two weeks.

While the players are off until next Monday, the coaches will be doing a self-scout of the teams first eight games.  The coaches will get some time off this weekend.

Defense crumbles in loss to the Saints

Aaron Rodgers - UPI/Robert Cornforth

Aaron Rodgers – UPI/Robert Cornforth

The New Orleans Saints showed Sunday night that they’re still playoff contenders, cruising to a 44-23 win over the Green Bay Packers at the Super Dome.

The Packers defense has been used to getting take/aways as a way to hold the opponents in check.  Last night, Drew Brees completed 27 of 32 for 311 yards and three touchdowns and running back Mark Ingram tore the Packers front seven to shreds with 172 yards on 24 carries and a touchdown.

In the first half, the Packers defense bent but wouldn’t break.  The Saints mustered one first half touchdown and three field goals.

But in the second half, rookie Brandin Cooks got behind the Packers secondary for a 50-yard touchdown and a 23-16 Saints lead.  Drew Brees then added a 22-yard touchdown pass to Jimmy Graham to give the Saints a 30-16 advantage and the rout was on.

The Packers played without starters Morgan Burnett and Sam Shields.  Burnett’s absence was very noticeable.  The Packers defense didn’t force the Saints to punt once in the game.  It’s the second time this season (Bears) that the opponent hasn’t had to punt against the Packers. [Read more...]

Wolf a finalist for Pro Football Hall of Fame

Ron Wolf

Ron Wolf

Former Green Bay Packers general manager Ron Wolf, is one of two “contributor” finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Wolf helped resurrect the Packers from years of dismal play to get them to the Super Bowl during the early 1990’s, winning one of the two.

The Hall’s contributor committee on Wednesday selected Wolf and former Indianapolis Colts GM Bill Polian as finalists for the 2015 class.

Wolf and Polian will join senior nominee Mick Tingelhoff and the 15 finalists for the modern era Class of ’15, which will be selected at a later date.  The Hall’s selection committee will meet the day before the Super Bowl to determine who gets in the Hall of Fame.

The Packers never had a losing season during Wolf’s 10 years in Green Bay.  The Packers won three straight NFC North titles and qualified for the Playoffs seven times.  The Packers went 126-66 during that time period.

Wolf also spent 25 years working under Al Davis in Oakland.  He also became the General Manager of the expansion Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1976.  Before he came to Green Bay, Wolf ran the personnel department under New York Jets GM Dick Steinberg.

 

Rodgers named NFC Offensive Player of the Week

Aaron Rodgers - UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Aaron Rodgers – UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who completed 19 of 22 for 255 yards and three touchdowns in last Sunday’s 38-17 win over the Carolina Panthers has been named the NFC’s Offensive Player of the Week.

Rodgers finished the game with a 154.5 passer rating.  It marked the fourth consecutive game with at least three touchdown passes and no interceptions.

Rodgers now has gone without an interception (minimum 15 attempts) in six straight games, tying Pro Football Hall of Famer Bart Starr for the longest streak in franchise history.  Rodgers hasn’t thrown an interception in 192 attempts, the second-longest streak in team history (Starr, 294).

This is Rodgers tenth career Player of the Week Award and second this season.  That’s second-most in franchise history, behind only Brett Favre who had 12 Player of the Week honors.  Since 2010, Rodgers ten Player of the Week Awards are the most in the NFL.

 

Packers not challenged in win over Carolina

Randall Cobb - UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Randall Cobb – UPI/Bill Greenblatt

The Carolina Panthers won the coin toss and then deferred to the second half.  After that, the visitors didn’t know what hit them.

The Green Bay Packers scored the games first 28 points, 21 of those points in the first half, on the way to a 38-17 victory at Lambeau Field on Sunday.

In that first quarter, the Packers out-gained the Panthers 172-5 and piled up a dozen first downs to one for Carolina.  Jordy Nelson put up the first touchdown of the game, a 59-yard catch and run to put the Packers in front 7-0.  Eddie Lacy and James Starks added touchdown runs of 5 and 13 yards as the Packers went up 21-0 in the first quarter.

Randall Cobb added a three-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter and finished with 6 catches for 121 yards.

AUDIO: Randall Cobb on his recent play after a slow start :14

Carolina didn’t put their first points on the board until Graham Gano booted a 33-yard field goal as time expired to end the first half.  The Packers took a 28-3 lead into the locker room at halftime. [Read more...]