October 21, 2014

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...]

Packers could be without starting corners on Sunday

Mike McCarthy

Mike McCarthy

Both Tramon Williams (ankle) and Sam Shields (knee) didn’t practice for a second straight day on Thursday and their status for Sunday’s game against the Carolina Panthers is in doubt.

Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy told reporters on Thursday that there was no change in the two players’ status from Wednesday.  Then, he said Williams was ahead of Shields in recovering from their injuries.

The Packers don’t practice today, but will work tomorrow before facing the Panthers on Sunday.

Defensive end Datone Jones (ankle) also didn’t practice on Thursday after trying to give his ankle a go on Wednesday.  Mike McCarthy said, “He made some progress at practice Saturday, but it’s not coming along.”

If Shields and Williams are unable to play Sunday, Davon House and Casey Hayward would take their place in the starting lineup. [Read more...]

Rodgers earns comeback win in 100th game for Packers

Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers may be one the best quarterback in the NFL, maybe the best, but he celebrated Sunday’s come-from-behind 27-24 win over the Miami Dolphins as if it were one of his first victories.

Rodgers led the Packers to a field goal and then a 4-yard touchdown pass to Andrew Quarless with three-seconds left to complete the comeback.

In his career, Rodgers has only 10 game-winning drives, defined as games where the Packers trailed and he led them to the go-ahead score in the fourth quarter, and they never gave up that lead.

The Packers had 2:04 left and no timeouts when they got the football for the last time.  They had to go 60-yards to score a touchdown and win.  Plenty of time for Rodgers right?

The Packers not only scored that touchdown, but they left just three-second on the clock.

Rodgers game-winning drive included a little of almost everything.  It had a fourth down conversion when Rodgers found Jordy Nelson.  But that play wouldn’t have even happened if it wasn’t for right guard T.J. Lang, who recovered an Aaron Rodgers fumble the play before. [Read more...]

Peppers named NFC’s Defensive Player of the Week

Julius Peppers

Julius Peppers

Green Bay Packers linebacker Julius Peppers has been named the NFC’s Defensive Player of the Week.

Peppers had a 49-yard interception return for a touchdown, a half-sack and three tackles in the Packers’ 42-10 win over the Minnesota Vikings last Thursday night.

Peppers became the only player in NFL history with at least 100 sacks (120) and 10 interceptions (10).

Peppers was part of a defensive unit that registered six sacks, two interceptions and a 45.8 opponent passer rating against the Vikings.  Green Bay allowed just 299 total net yards, including 188 passing.

In his 13th year from North Carolina, this is Peppers’ sixth career Player of the Week Award and first as a member of the Packers.

Former Badger Russell Wilson was named the NFC’s Offensive Player of the Week and San Francisco kicker Phil Dawson is the NFC’s Special Teams Player of the Week.


Packers release Taylor, sign Dorsey off practice squad

Ryan Taylor checking into the St. Norbert College dorms to start training camp this year.

Ryan Taylor checking into the St. Norbert College dorms to start training camp this year.

With wide receiver Jarrett Boykin battling a groin injury, the Green Bay Packers were looking for some depth at wide receiver.  Monday, they released veteran tight end Ryan Taylor and signed WR Kevin Dorsey off of the teams practice squad.

Taylor had just eight catches in four seasons, being used primarily as a core special teams player.  But Taylor’s special teams had been diminished greatly this season, getting 55 total special teams snaps in the first five games.

Dorsey was a 7th round pick by the Packers in 2013.  He battled for the 5th receivers job that was eventually won by 2014 7th round pick Jeff Janis, while Dorsey was signed to the practice squad out of training camp.  He had five receptions for 52 yards in the preseason after spending his rookie year on injured reserve with a toe injury.

The Packers also added cornerback Tay Glover-Wright to the practice squad.  He spent the last two seasons at Utah State, recording 69 tackles (40 solo), five tackles for loss, a sack, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery with 10 pass break-ups.

The Packers lost Jumal Rolle to the Houston Texans last week.

The Packers also gave a tryout to former Wisconsin Badger tight end Jacob Pederson on Monday.