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News now! Bryan Bulaga working toward return to action

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on October 9, 2015 – 9:43 am

blog-header-imageGREEN BAY — Indications would suggest Bryan Bulaga is ready to return to action after missing three games with a knee injury.

“Bryan Bulaga is doing well. He did everything we planned for. So far so good,” Head Coach Mike McCarthy said when asked about his right tackle’s progress.

McCarthy will be coaching against a friend and football associate on Sunday, when the Packers host the St. Louis Rams. McCarthy and Rams Offensive Coordinator Frank Cignetti began their coaching careers as graduate assistants at Pitt, and they’ve remained close since then.

“You watch the tape and see things similar to what we’re doing,” McCarthy said.

Rams quarterback Nick Foles is Cignetti’s No. 1 project. Foles was traded in the offseason from the Eagles to the Rams for Sam Bradford.

“He manages his game very well. He plays to a disciplined time clock. He can make all the throws. Nick is an excellent fit for what they’re doing,” McCarthy said.

Packers.com will provide a full report following locker room interviews this afternoon.

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News now! Mike McCarthy nearly took job with Titans

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on October 8, 2015 – 10:50 am

150930-nn1-650GREEN BAY — Mike McCarthy nearly took a job on the Tennessee Titans’ staff in 1999, instead of coming to Green Bay to coach Brett Favre.

McCarthy told the story on Thursday of interviewing with Titans head coach at that time Jeff Fisher. McCarthy was impressed with Fisher’s program and thought he should take Fisher’s offer of a job. McCarthy said his father thought coaching Favre was the better choice, which is the choice McCarthy made. The punch line to the story, as McCarthy told it, is he and the Packers staff were fired after the ’99 season, and the Titans went to the Super Bowl.

“You talk about building a program, Jeff emulates that to the highest. I marvel at the job he did there. I was really impressed with him and everything about his program. I’ve always had great respect for Jeff Fisher,” McCarthy said.

The two coaches will meet again this Sunday at Lambeau Field, when McCarthy’s 4-0 Packers host Fisher and his 2-2 Rams.

In other news, right tackle Bryan Bulaga might be ready to step back into the lineup after missing the last three games with a knee injury.

“Bryan Bulaga went through practice smoothly. Today is a padded practice so this will be good work for Bryan,” McCarthy said. Bulaga was officially listed as limited in Wednesday’s practice.

Packers.com will provide a full report following today’s practice and locker room interviews.

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News now! Rams QB Nick Foles doesn’t often throw picks, either

Posted by Mike Spofford on October 7, 2015 – 11:26 am

151007-nn1GREEN BAY — Aaron Rodgers’ emphasis on protecting the football is well known, but St. Louis QB Nick Foles isn’t fond of throwing interceptions, either.

While Rodgers has not thrown an interception through four games this season, the Rams’ Foles has thrown only one. He appears to be resuming where he was two years ago, when he threw just two picks all season in more than 300 attempts while quarterbacking the Eagles. He did throw 10 last season in half a season in Philadelphia, but that appears to be the exception to the rule in his career.

“He takes care of it,” Head Coach Mike McCarthy said before Wednesday’s practice. “He plays within rhythm, he has good footwork, he’s decisive, he knows where to go with the football. It looks like he does a good job of scheme recognition pre-snap, and he does a good job running their system.”

The Packers host the Rams at noon on Sunday at Lambeau Field, and after back-to-back night games — one on a Monday night — followed by a West Coast road trip, McCarthy sounded a bit relieved to be back on a regular weekly schedule.

“We’ll do the same next week,” he said, referring to the following Sunday’s home game against San Diego, the Packers’ last contest before their bye week. “It’s been a disjointed schedule, so it’s important for our preparation to reflect the flow these seven-day schedules give you.”

McCarthy said it hadn’t been determined whether WR Davante Adams would be able to return from his ankle injury this week. Adams did not play in San Francisco after re-aggravating the ankle on the opening series against Kansas City the previous Monday.

“We’ll give him the full week and give him every opportunity to get back, see how he moves around,” McCarthy said. “Tomorrow is a big practice. Thursday is usually a good indicator.”

Click here for Packers.com’s full story following practice and locker room interviews.

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News now! Packers stacking success and gaining confidence

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on October 5, 2015 – 6:26 pm

151005-nn1GREEN BAY — Mike McCarthy made it official.

“It’s a fast start,” the Packers head coach said of the team’s 4-0 record, the team’s goal heading into the season.

“I feel very good about what we’ve accomplished but our focus is on the St. Louis Rams,” he added.

If the Packers and their fans might take a moment to savor the first four games of the season, what is most worth celebrating is the play of the defense.

“We believe in stacking success and from that success comes confidence. It was clearly our best defensive performance of the year,” McCarthy said of Sunday’s 17-3 win over the 49ers. “Four wins and getting better each and every week on defense.”

How have they done it?

“It’s a down and distance football game. The ability to stop the run sets up things. Stopping the run and being able to run the football is our A No. 1 priority,” McCarthy said.

One of Sunday’s stars is linebacker Nick Perry, whose two sacks has him off to the best start of his career.

“Nick is playing really good football and I like the rotation we have going with our front group,” McCarthy said.

“This is a NFC game. We just need to grow from the first quarter. There’s a ton on the film to learn from,” McCarthy said in launching his team into the second quarter of its schedule, which includes a potential feature attraction game in Denver.



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News now! Packers contain Kaepernick in 17-3 win

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on October 4, 2015 – 6:15 pm

151004-q4-in-game-updates-650SANTA CLARA — The Packers scored a measure of revenge against Colin Kaepernick and the San Francisco 49ers, defeating both on Sunday at Levi’s Stadium, 17-3. The victory caused Packers linebacker Clay Matthews to kiss his right bicep in mock celebration following a sack of Kaepernick, who came into the game 3-0 and with two playoff wins against the Packers.

Kaepernick was sacked six times, intercepted once and held to 160 yards passing. He was also ineffective with his feet, rushing for 57 yards.

Meanwhile, Aaron Rodgers started fast and then slowly built the Packers’ lead. Rodgers completed 22 of 32 passes for 224 yards and one touchdown.

Eddie Lacy pounded out 90 yards rushing and helped kill the final four minutes of the game clock.

The Packers are 4-0 and return home for games against visiting St. Louis and San Diego prior to the Packers’ bye week.

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News now! Packers lead, 17-3, with one quarter to play

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on October 4, 2015 – 5:34 pm

151004-q3-in-game-updates-650SANTA CLARA — The Packers took control of the game in the third quarter and led the 49ers, 17-3, with one quarter to play at Levi’s Stadium on Sunday.

The defense forced a punt on the 49ers’ first possession of the second half, and the Packers had the ball at their 39-yard line. On third-and-9, Aaron Rodgers threw to old reliable, James Jones, for 11 yards.

On third-and-7, Rodgers to Jones converted again, this one for 38 yards to the 49ers 8. On the next play, Josh Sitton was flagged for holding and the Packers moved back 10 yards. On second down, Rodgers scrambled to the 1-yard line. John Kuhn scored on the next play; the Packers led, 14-3, with 7:10 to play in the third quarter.

The Packers defense forced a three-and-out, causing Clay Matthews to kiss his right bicep in a mock gesture of Colin Kaepernick. A short punt left the Packers with the ball at the 49ers 48, and in firm control of the game.

Eddie Lacy ran for 12 yards to the 16 and the Packers were on the verge of taking a commanding lead. The 49ers defense stiffened, however, and Mason Crosby came on to boot a 31-yard field goal, 17-3, with :45 to play in the third quarter.

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Game seemed to change on that sideline tackle

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on October 4, 2015 – 4:47 pm

150813-ask-vic-halfVincent from Seattle, WA

Vic, it’s been four years now playing the NFC West with the zone read; you call it the read option. Why can’t Capers coach the correct way to stop it? The Packers defense bites on the hand-off to the RB every time. This is why Colin Kaepernick and Wilson rack up huge rushing yards against us.


Brandon from Houston, TX

I’m seeing a lot of two-high safety being played. I guess the 49ers have picked their poison.

They appear to be giving the run; I see nickel and a lot of six in the box. OK, run it.

Seth from Kenosha, WI

Any explanation on the false start by Kaepernick?

He bobbed his head.

Brett from Green Bay, WI

Vic, what do you think of Levi’s Stadium?

It’s as beautiful; the location is not. I really like this place, but it’s in a not-so-great industrial area.

Josh from Eau Claire, WI

Vic, I thought I heard the “Go Pack Go” chant during the first extra-point attempt. Can you affirm that or was I just dreaming?

There are a lot of Packers fans here, and they appear to be concentrated in the end zone to my right.

Chris from Voorhout, The Netherlands

For those unable to get to a TV, how composed was that opening drive?

It was so precision-like you’d think the Packers had practiced it all week.

Chris from Bellingham, WA

Vic, I know there’s no cheering in the press box, but when you see Aaron operate like he did on that first scoring pass, do you just smile and shake your head?

No, I drop my head and type.

Vincent from Seattle, WA

Does the NFL now stand for National Flag League?

The illegal contact penalty was ridiculous. Somebody in the league needs to understand the major point of emphasis on illegal contact and pass interference is causing defenses to back off and give the underneath passes, which is taking the long pass out of the game. I hate this dink-and-dunk stuff. It’s turning a lot of subpar passers into stat kings. I’ll say this for Kaepernick: He looks to make big plays; he’s exciting.

Matt from Tallahassee, FL

Is Kaepernick covered in grease?

No, muscles. I should work out more.

Justin from Athens, GA

When is it acceptable to want a change at the head coaching position?

If you’re a Packers fan, it’s when you’ve so completely lost your mind nobody listens to you.

Raymond from Orlando, FL

Vic, while I was raised in Wisconsin, I had the good fortune of living in Pittsburgh at one point. This week’s game features two coaches from Pittsburgh, Mike McCarthy and Jim Tomsula. I have always been impressed by the long list of NFL coaches that have come from Western Pa. During my time there, I found the Pittsburgh locals to be sincere, honest and hard-working. I think that’s the reason for the long list of yinzers to coach in the NFL. As someone from Pittsburgh, what are your thoughts?

I honestly and sincerely hated the sintering plant; the work was too hard.

Josh from Baltimore, MD

Terrible flooding going on back home in SC, Vic. I hope your house made it with no damage.

I keep calling people to take a look and tell me if my house is still there, but they all left.

Andrew from Washington, DC

As a whole, the defense to this point has played relatively well. They look, however, completely unprepared for the read option. How is that possible when you know you’re going to face Kaepernick? I understand he’s a great athlete, but he’s not beating us with athleticism. There is simply no one there to defend it.


Hunter from Richmond, VA

Not the first half that we’re used to seeing so far this season. I like a close game.

Aaron Rodgers had words with Glenn Dorsey after Rodgers was tackled near the sideline. The game seemed to change following that play.

Danny from Oakley, CA

Does Rodgers have a 49ers complex because they didn’t draft him?

He’s back home. Home always means more to us.

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News now! Late FG miss prevents Packers from extending lead

Posted by Mike Spofford on October 4, 2015 – 4:45 pm

151004-q2-in-game-updates-650SANTA CLARA — A missed field goal by Green Bay on the final play of the first half kept the Packers’ lead over the 49ers just a scant 7-3 on Sunday at Levi’s Stadium.

The quarter began with QB Aaron Rodgers overthrowing a wide open TE Richard Rodgers on third and short from midfield, forcing the Packers to punt.

After the teams exchanged three-and-outs, the 49ers got on the board with a 12-play, 57-yard drive for a field goal.

A quick shovel pass to WR Quinton Patton gained 40 yards up the far sideline, and passes of 13 yards to TE Garrett Celek and 8 yards to WR Anquan Boldin picked up two first downs to make it first and goal. The Packers defense stiffened, though, as LBs Nick Perry and Jayrone Elliott sacked QB Colin Kaepernick on back-to-back plays, leading to a 33-yard FG by K Phil Dawson to make it 7-3 with 4:25 left in the half.

On their next drive, the Packers were backed up by a holding penalty until QB Aaron Rodgers found WR James Jones, who spun away from two defenders and took off for a 36-yard gain out to midfield. Moments later, a third-and-1 run by RB Eddie Lacy was stuffed, but Lacy converted on fourth down with a 10-yard run.

Three plays later, a leaping catch by WR Randall Cobb on third-and-7 was right near the first-down marker, but just short, bringing up fourth down with 40 seconds left. Lacy converted on fourth down again with a 6-yard run, but on the ensuing third down, Rodgers was sacked by LB Ahmad Brooks, bringing on K Mason Crosby with 2 seconds left.

Crosby missed wide left from 44 yards out and the halftime score remained 7-3.

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News now! Packers lead, 7-0, after one quarter

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on October 4, 2015 – 4:01 pm

151004-q1-in-game-updates-650SANTA CLARA — The Packers held a 7-0 lead after one quarter of play at Levi’s Stadium, the result of a 12-play, 80-yard drive on the opening possession of the game.

San Francisco won the toss and elected to defer their choice. The Packers’ first play of the game was a bomb for James Jones. The ball glanced off his hands. A third-down sack was nullified by illegal contact, and the Packers had a first down at their 24-yard line.

A third-and-2 conversion followed when Aaron Rodgers found Randall Cobb at the Packers 42. Out of the no-huddle, James Starks rushed for a first down at the 49ers 47.

Rodgers passed to Richard Rodgers at the 49ers 35, and the Packers were in scoring territory. Rodgers followed with a 19-yard pass to Cobb at the 11. Two plays later, Rodgers threw to Richard Rodgers for a touchdown with 9:02 to play in the first quarter, 7-0.

The 49ers opened with a Colin Kaepernick scramble for 12 yards, but the drive quickly stalled, the 49ers punted and the Packers took possession at their 15.

Ty Montgomery lined up as a running back and rushed for 9 yards. Rodgers then scrambled for 12 to the Packers 36, but the drive stalled.

The quarter ended with the Packers in possession of the football at midfield.

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Pregame warmup: WR Jared Abbrederis set to make NFL debut for Packers

Posted by Mike Spofford on October 4, 2015 – 2:05 pm


SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Packers WR Jared Abbrederis wasn’t just signed to the active roster on Saturday, he’s active for today’s game at Levi’s Stadium against San Francisco.

Abbrederis, a native of Wautoma, Wis., and a former Wisconsin Badger, will make his NFL debut today against the 49ers. It’s been a long time coming for Abbrederis, who missed all of his rookie season last year with a torn ACL after he was drafted in the fifth round.

His bad luck continued this summer, when he suffered a concussion on the first day of training camp and was out all the way until the final week. He got in a couple of practices and then finally played in a preseason game, his first in-game action in two years.

Now he could take an NFL field today for the first time in the regular season. His role remains to be seen. He could play on special teams, or he could get snaps as the No. 4 receiver on offense. With Davante Adams out, the Packers have Randall Cobb, James Jones and Ty Mongtomery as their first three, with Abbrederis and Jeff Janis also available. Janis got some snaps on offense last week, but he could share the No. 4 job with Abbrederis today.

In the NFC North: While the Packers have a chance to start 4-0 for the first time since 2011, their closest pursuer in the NFC North will be playing at the same time, as the Vikings (2-1) are in Denver for a late-afternoon contest.

Elsewhere in the division, the Bears and Lions are both searching for their first victories of the season. At the time of this posting, the Bears were losing to the Raiders in Chicago in a close game. Detroit plays on Monday night in Seattle.

At the end of the day, the best-case scenario for the Packers — a Green Bay win and Minnesota loss — would give the Packers a two-game lead in the division race. The worst-case scenario — a Green Bay loss and Minnesota win — would put the border rivals tied for the division lead.

Tough streak: The Packers haven’t beaten the 49ers since playing them at Lambeau Field in 2010. Since then, San Francisco has won four straight — the season openers and playoff games in both the 2012 and 2013 seasons.

No other team in the NFL has a current winning streak as long as four games against the Packers, as the 49ers do. Two other teams — Cincinnati and the N.Y. Giants — have current three-game winning streaks against the Packers. Seattle also had a three-game winning streak against Green Bay until the Packers beat the Seahawks two weeks ago.

Road slate: At 1-2, the 49ers might be the last sub-.500 team the Packers face on the road in a while. The Packers don’t have another road game until after their Week 17 bye, but the road slate only gets tougher from here on out. For more on that, check out this week’s “One Last Look.”

TV map: Here is today’s TV map for the late-afternoon FOX games:


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