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  • Wed., Oct. 01, 2014 12:45 PM - 1:00 PM CDT Live McCarthy press conf. Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy will be available to the media in the Lambeau Field media auditorium.
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  • Thu., Oct. 02, 2014 10:45 PM - 11:15 PM CDT Live McCarthy, Rodgers press conf. Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy and QB Aaron Rodgers will be available to the media in the Lambeau Field media auditorium, following the Packers-Vikings matchup.

Three Packers awarded game balls from win in Chicago

Posted by Mike Spofford on October 1, 2014 – 10:56 am

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers, CB Sam Shields and S Sean Richardson were awarded game balls by the coaching staff for their performances in the 38-17 victory over the Chicago Bears last Sunday.

Rodgers was the offensive game ball recipient for his 302-yard, four-TD performance that featured a 151.2 passer rating. That’s the second-highest rating of Rodgers’ career and the fourth-highest for a single game in franchise history.

Shields got the defensive game ball. He had an interception he returned 62 yards to set up a Packers TD in the second half, and he also broke up two other passes and was credited with three solo tackles.

Richardson received the special teams game ball for his recovery of a Bears onside kick attempt late in the second quarter.

 


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News now! Bridgewater or Ponder? Packers can only guess

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on September 30, 2014 – 1:45 pm

140930-news-now-mccarthy-300GREEN BAY–Two days before the Packers are to face the Vikings, the Packers can only guess as to what quarterback they’ll be facing on Thursday night.

“It’s part of the preparation. It’s not the first time it’s happened to us and it’s not the first time it’s happened to us vs. the Minnesota Vikings,” Coach Mike McCarthy said.

Rookie Teddy Bridgewater delivered an upset win over the Falcons on Sunday, but he sustained an ankle injury during that game and it’s unknown if he’ll be ready to play on Thursday. It harkens memory of a playoff game two years ago, when the Vikings successfully disguised an injury that sidelined Christian Ponder for that game. Should Bridgewater be unable to play on Thursday, he would be replaced by Ponder.

“We’re focused on what they do conceptually,” McCarthy said.

The Vikings have a new offensive coordinator under new Head Coach Mike Zimmer, a former defensive coordinator.

“They’re different. It’s Norv’s offense and you see more quick screens,” McCarthy said.

Defense?

“He always challenges you schematically. He’s an aggressive coach. You can see his pressure packages,” McCarthy said of Zimmer.

Packers linebacker Clay Matthews (groin) was a full participant in practice on Tuesday.

Click here for Packers.com’s full report following locker room interviews.

 


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Wisconsin Tourism: Indoor Waterpark Resort or Camping?

Posted by Paige Curtis on September 30, 2014 – 11:40 am

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Would you rather spend a weekend at an indoor waterpark resort or rough it camping in northern Wisconsin?

140909-week-4-300Ryan Taylor #82 – Rough it camping in northern Wisconsin.

Scott Tolzien #16 – Indoor waterpark. My family vacations were always to Noah’s Ark in the Dells.

Tramon Williams #38 – Indoor. I’ve never been camping.

Jared Abbrederis #84 – Rough it camping for sure. I just like being outside and enjoying nature. Wisconsin has a lot to offer, especially by our cabin in Price County.

Bryan Bulaga #75 – I’d have to go with the indoor waterpark because who doesn’t love a good waterpark?

Jarrett Bush #24 – Indoor waterpark. I’m not much of a camper and I’m not prepared for those elements.

140909-week-4-300-2Dust off your tent, lace up your hiking boots and gather up the kids for a camping adventure you won’t soon forget! Wisconsin’s county parks are some of the best places to relax and have fun. Whether you enjoy fishing, hiking, biking or sightseeing (the list could go on forever), each county park offers something unique for the whole family. More of an indoors person? Indoor waterparks continue to grow in popularity throughout the country and Wisconsin is leading the way. You’ve probably heard of Wisconsin Dells, the Waterpark Capital of the World, but here are a few other hot spots to head to:

- The Metropolis Resort in Eau Claire, one of the premier destinations for fun in western Wisconsin.

- Located just 4 blocks from Lambeau Field, the Tundra Lodge Resort & Waterpark is the largest indoor waterpark in northeast Wisconsin.

- Timber Ridge Resort in Lake Geneva is home to Moose Mountain Falls, a 50,000-square-foot indoor waterpark boasting 35-foot-high “Timber Rapids” and “Avalanche Falls” waterslides that land you in a heated pool.

With so many great waterparks to choose from, you really can’t go wrong in Wisconsin.

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Will the Packers be able to run the ball and stop the run vs. Minnesota?: Read Mike’s chat transcript

Posted by Mike Spofford on September 30, 2014 – 11:35 am

Packers.com’s Mike Spofford conducted his weekly chat on Tuesday, discussing the running game, stopping the run and the fast-approaching Vikings game on Thursday.

If you missed it, here’s the transcript:

If you’re having trouble viewing the chat, click here.


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News now! Packers will prepare for Bridgewater

Posted by Mike Spofford on September 29, 2014 – 5:24 pm

140929-news-now-mccarthy-300GREEN BAY — Minnesota QB Teddy Bridgewater injured his ankle in his first NFL start Sunday against Atlanta, but Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy said during his Monday press conference that his team will prepare as though the rookie signal caller will be starting again on Thursday night.

“I would think he’s going to play,” said McCarthy, who added that he watched a recorded TV broadcast of Sunday’s Minnesota-Atlanta game after he returned home from Chicago and then watched the coaches’ tape of the game Monday morning.

“I thought he played well. I was told he feels pretty good, and the tests were negative. We’ll plan for Bridgewater.”

Reports out of Minnesota are that Bridgewater’s ankle injury is not serious. He threw for more than 300 yards in leading the Vikings to a victory that evened their record at 2-2, same as the Packers.

Packers DL Josh Boyd (knee) and LB Sam Barrington (hamstring) were added to Green Bay’s injury report. The team will practice on Tuesday.

Click here for Packers.com’s full report from McCarthy’s press conference.


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News now! Packers at 2-2 following win over Bears

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on September 28, 2014 – 2:58 pm

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CHICAGO–The no-huddle was no problem for the Packers on Sunday, as Aaron Rodgers sliced and diced the Bears defense on the way to a 38-17 victory at Soldier Field.

Rodgers threw for four touchdowns (two each to Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb), 302 yards and a 151.2 passer rating. The Packers lost the battle of time of possession but won the quarterback battle decidedly, as Jay Cutler melted down after a fast start. Cutler threw two costly second-half interceptions, one to Clay Matthews and the other to Sam Shields.

Each team is left at 2-2.

 

 

 


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News now! Rodgers on fire; Packers lead after three

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on September 28, 2014 – 2:18 pm

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CHICAGO–Aaron Rodgers was on fire through three quarters of Sunday’s game at Soldier Field, leading the Packers to a 31-17 lead heading into the final quarter.

Rodgers quickly moved the ball down the field to start the second half, but a holding penalty forced a third-and-7 from the Bears 34 and Rodgers fired an apparent 34-yard touchdown pass, but it was nullified by another holding penalty, a second in the drive by center Corey Linsley. Now, from the 44, Rodgers threw short to Jordy Nelson, leaving Mason Crosby to attempt a 53-yard field goal. The kick was good and the Packers led, 24-17, with 10:57 to play in the third quarter.

The Bears roared back with a screen pass to Matt Forte that gained 25 yards. Forte went to the 99-yard rushing mark with a 19-yard run, and the Bears had a first down at the Packers 35. The Bears faced third-and-1 and Jay Cutler sneaked for a first down.

Then lightning struck in the form of a Cutler pass that was deflected into the hands of Clay Matthews, who returned the interception to the Bears 35. Cutler tried to fit the pass into a tight space, again.

On third-and-2, Rodgers threw to Nelson for a first down at the 12. On third-and-9 from the 11, Rodgers threw to Nelson for a touchdown that gave the Packers a commanding lead, 31-17.

An inexplicable Cutler pass was intercepted by Sam Shields and returned 52 yards to the Bears 11-yard line with 1:33 to play in the quarter. The Bears were on the move at the time. On third-and-7 from the 8, Rodgers threw short of the sticks at the 5. That’s when the quarter ended.

 

 

 

 

 


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TOP was the problem in the first half

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on September 28, 2014 – 1:30 pm

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Luke from Fitchburg, WI
Vic, are we going to learn a valuable lesson about how important time of possession is this week?

The first quarter was a lesson in it.

 
Morgan from Fort Collins, CO
Vic, can you please help me understand how the Packers’ run defense can be so suspect at times? I’m confused.

So am I. The holes in the line have been huge.

 
Dan from Verona, WI
I was never sold the Packers improved defense thus far. They have been up and down all season. This first half has been very disappointing as usual. Why can’t they stop the run?

Because they are getting blocked.

 
Danny from Concord, CA
The first offensive drive was just about all pass. Were the Bears inviting the pass with a single-high safety? Were these plays scripted or was this a case of taking what the defense gives you?

That first drive was almost certainly scripted. It happened so quickly I wasn’t able to take time to analyze what the Bears were doing. Since then, it appears the Bears are alternating single-high and double-high safeties. They’re trying to disguise their coverages.

 

Chad from Menasha, WI
Vic, that opening drive is what the no-huddle is supposed to be like, correct That was impressive.

Yeah, but you have to marry it with strong defense or the time of possession battle will be so lopsided you won’t have anything left in the tank in the fourth quarter.

 

Aaron from Raunds, UK
What scheme adjustment should have been made in order to allow Davon House to stay on his feet?

When the Bears go four and five-wide, you have no choice but to win the one-on-ones.

 

Ross from McFarland, WI
On the fourth-and-1 play, after the fumble is Cutler still considered a quarterback running with the ball, or a player who recovered a fumble?

I think he’s considered a quarterback until he’s paid minimum wage.

 

Tony from Santa Ana, CA
Vic, what’s your opinion of these calls the refs are calling?

The league is making a terrible mistake. The product is suffering. Vic to league: Stop, please.

 

Mike from Des Plaines, IL
Vic, we talk about establishing the run to build the passing attack, but it seems with Rodgers behind the center, it is the opposite. They must attack with the pass, and it creates holes for the run. Make them fear the pass, open gaps in the line and take the easy yards.

It’s working today, but TOP is the problem. You can’t keep putting a struggling defense back out on the field with limited rest and opportunity to resolve its problems.

 

Rocko from Racine, WI
This game will be won on a turnover. Neither defense can stop anything.

This is the shootout I expected last week.

 

Derek from Plymouth, MN
Vic, the tackling looks much better today so far. I’m not seeing a ton of grossly missed tackles. Am I seeing that correctly?

I saw Morgan Burnett miss a tackle on Matt Forte. Mostly, I’m seeing guys getting blocked.


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News now! See-saw first half ends with Packers leading

Posted by Mike Spofford on September 28, 2014 – 1:30 pm

140928-in-game-updates-2-300bCHICAGO — A back-and-forth first half ended with a wacky play that kept the Packers ahead, 21-17, at intermission on Sunday at Soldier Field.

The Bears regained the lead early in the second quarter on a 23-yard FG by K Robbie Gould, but they had a great opportunity for more. Facing third-and-goal from the 1-yard line, QB Jay Cutler’s pass to TE Martellus Bennett was incomplete, but Packers S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix was called for pass interference, giving Chicago a fresh set of downs from the 1.

A false start pushed the Bears back, though, and Cutler’s third-down throw for WR Alshon Jeffery in the back of the end zone was too high, leading to the FG for a 10-7 lead with 13:58 left in the half. That gave the Bears 13 minutes, 40 seconds of possession time on their first two drives of the game.

The Packers answered with their second TD drive of the half to take a 14-10 lead. Passes of 23 and 15 yards to WR Jordy Nelson — which put QB Aaron Rodgers over 25,000 career passing yards and Nelson over 5,000 career receiving yards — got the Packers across midfield.

Then Green Bay caught a break, as RB Eddie Lacy was stopped on third-and-2, but the Bears were called for “piling on,” and the unnecessary roughness penalty gave the Packers a first down at the Chicago 15. A 12-yard pass to WR Randall Cobb and a 3-yard TD toss to Nelson finished the drive with 10:11 left in the half.

The Bears came right back to take the lead again, though, driving 80 yards for another TD. Bennett’s 23-yard catch-and-run converted a third-and-7 to get Chicago into scoring territory. A 12-men-on-the-field penalty didn’t help the Packers’ cause, and Cutler finished the 10-play drive with an 8-yard TD pass to Jeffery. The drive consumed 6:21, giving the Bears 20:01 of possession time in three drives.

But the Packers answered again, recovering a Bears onside kick at the Green Bay 39 and then driving 61 yards for a go-ahead TD. Rodgers hit WR Davante Adams for 15 yards to start the drive, and Lacy caught an 11-yard checkdown to move the chains. Then on third-and-7, Cobb beat CB Isaiah Frey from the slot and hauled in a 22-yard TD pass, putting the Packers ahead 21-17 with 1:03 left in the half.

The Bears drove one more time into scoring territory, mostly due to two receptions by Bennett for 53 yards. On the final play of the half, from the 9-yard line, Bennett caught a pass near the goal line and was tackled as he tried to reach the ball over the goal line in the middle of the field. The Bears were out of timeouts and couldn’t stop the clock, which ran out.

The play was reviewed, and the ruling stood, so the half ended with the Packers ahead 21-17.

 

 

 

 


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News now! Packers, Bears tied, but Bears threatening

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on September 28, 2014 – 12:37 pm

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CHICAGO–One team moved slowly and the other one moved quickly, but they each scored touchdowns and the Packers and Bears were tied, 7-7, following one quarter of play at Soldier Field on Sunday, but the Bears were on the Packers 1-yard line as time expired.

The Bears were the first to take possession and quickly moved across midfield. From the Packers 37, Matt Forte gained 4 yards. A short completion from Jay Cutler to Forte left the Bears with third-and-4. Cutler scrambled for a first down and an illegal-hands-to-the-face penalty against Julius Peppers put the ball on the 14.

A Cutler-to-Forte gave the Bears a first down at the 3. On third-and-goal from the 6, Cutler threw to Brandon Marshall for a touchdown. Davon House fell as Cutler was throwing the ball. The drive was 80 yards in 15 plays, 8:30 in time of possession.

The Packers took possession at their 19-yard line and after a short completion to tight end Richard Rodgers, Aaron Rodgers hit his namesake for 43 yards. An up-tempo, no-huddle 17-yard completion to Jordy Nelson put the ball at the Bears 12. Another pass to Nelson moved the ball to the 2, from where Eddie Lacy scored on the only run of the drive. With 4:08 to play, the game was tied, 7-7, and the no-huddle was no problem.

Forte immediately kick-started the Bears’ next drive with a 17-yard run. The Bears were gashing the Packers with the run and had a first down at the Packers 44.

On fourth-and-1 from the Packers 35, Cutler fumbled the exchange, picked the ball up and ran for a first down. A personal foul on Sam Shields moved the ball to the 10. A Cutler completion to the 1 followed, and that’s where the first quarter ended.


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