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  • Mon., Nov. 24, 2014 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM CST American Red Cross "Celebrity Bartender" Players tentatively scheduled to attend: Davante Adams, Brandon Bostick, Letroy Guion, Andrew Quarless and Richard Rodgers
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News now! Nick Perry, Datone Jones both questionable for Sunday

Posted by Mike Spofford on November 21, 2014 – 12:13 pm

141121-news-now-mccarthy-300GREEN BAY — Two defensive regulars in linebacker Nick Perry and defensive lineman Datone Jones are both listed as questionable on the injury report for Sunday’s game.

Perry hasn’t practiced all week due to a shoulder injury. Mike McCarthy said on Friday that if he practices on Saturday, he’ll be a limited participant.

“He’s improving,” McCarthy said. “(He) probably (needs to) get out there tomorrow and get through the practice (in order to play).”

If Perry can’t play, snaps would likely rise for Mike Neal at outside linebacker. Clay Matthews (groin) is probable and could be in line for more snaps outside than inside. Rookie Jayrone Elliott (hamstring) is also questionable.

“It’ll adjust, no doubt,” McCarthy said of the defensive rotations. “Certain reps will go to different players. We’re prepared for that. That’s why you operate in different personnel groups through the week, which we have. We’ll be ready either way.”

Meanwhile Jones on Thursday re-injured the same ankle that forced him to miss three games earlier this season.

“We’ll see how tomorrow goes, see what he can do,” McCarty said.

McCarthy also was asked about cornerbacks coach Joe Whitt Jr. having his name mentioned as a possible candidate for the head-coaching position at Troy University in Alabama. Longtime Troy coach Larry Blakeney is retiring after the season. Whitt is an Alabama native.

“This is that time of year,” McCarthy said. “Joe’s an outstanding football coach. What he’s done with the corners speaks for itself. Anytime you see one of your assistants involved in career advancement, you’re happy for them. I’m not going to speak on any job or individual in detail, but this is an excellent coaching staff this program has benefited from, and it’s good to see people recognize that.”

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Aaron Rodgers wins Air Player of Week again

Posted by Mike Spofford on November 20, 2014 – 4:01 pm

GREEN BAY — For the second straight week, Packers QB Aaron Rodgers has been voted the league’s Air Player of the Week in a vote of fans on NFL.com.

Rodgers threw for 341 yards with three TDs, posting a passer rating of 120.3, in the Packers’ win over the Eagles last Sunday.

 


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News now! Clay Matthews limited but ‘looked good’

Posted by Mike Spofford on November 20, 2014 – 2:00 pm

141120-news-now-mccarthy-300GREEN BAY — Packers linebacker Clay Matthews was limited in Thursday’s padded practice due to a groin injury, but Head Coach Mike McCarthy didn’t seem concerned about his availability for Sunday’s game in Minnesota.

“I don’t know exactly how many reps but he looked good in his work today,” McCarthy said.

The injury situation is less certain with fellow linebacker Nick Perry, who missed his second straight day of practice due to a shoulder injury. He still has a chance to play, though.

“Just getting better is what they told me,” McCarthy said. “We’ll get through tomorrow and see what he can do Saturday.”

Starting guards Josh Sitton and T.J. Lang both suited up in pads and did limited work. McCarthy said he’s not concerned about the veterans getting all their usual “team” (11-on-11) reps because they’ve been doing all the walk-through and pre-practice work with the offense.

McCarthy added that tight end Brandon Bostick (hip) is not likely to play this week.

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News now! Matthews, Perry added to injury report

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on November 19, 2014 – 2:00 pm

141119-news-now-mccarthy-300GREEN BAY–Mike McCarthy is stressing the division aspect of Sunday’s game in Minnesota, and the need to handle success.

“The importance of winning your fourth division game is high. Statistics will tell you that. We’re developing a style of play. We know how to win games. We need to go to Minnesota and win the football game. These division games are always the hardest of the year,” McCarthy said on Wednesday.

Green Bay beat the Vikings 42-10 on Oct. 2. Since then, the Packers have gone on to tie the Lions for the division lead heading into the final six games of the season.

“The message about handling success is something we’ve talked about since day one. Today we focused on ourselves and the Vikings and not the nice things you’re going to say about them,” McCarthy said.

Linebackers Clay Matthews (groin) and Nick Perry (shoulder) are additions to the injury report. Matthews was limited in practice and Perry did not participate.

“He doesn’t have high concern,” McCarthy said of Matthews.

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How important is this Vikings game? Read Mike’s chat transcript

Posted by Mike Spofford on November 18, 2014 – 12:39 pm

Packers.com’s Mike Spofford conducted his weekly online chat on Tuesday, reviewing the Eagles win and looking ahead to the Vikings contest.

If you missed it, you can read the transcript here:

If you are having trouble reading the transcript as posted, click here.

 


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Wisconsin Favorites: Cheese curds or cranberry sauce?

Posted by Paige Curtis on November 18, 2014 – 10:25 am

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141104-Week-10-Cheese-curds-at-Carr-Valley-Cheese-Company-factory-1Would you rather have squeaky fresh Wisconsin cheese curds or sweet Wisconsin-grown cranberry sauce?

No. 75 Bryan Bulaga – Cheese curds.

No. 2 Mason Crosby – Cheese curds.

No. 61 Brett Goode – Squeaky fresh cheese curds.

Yellow or white, fried or fresh, seasoned or plain, cheese curds are always a tasty treat. Wisconsin Cheese curds are usually made from fresh cheddar, mozzarella, or Colby, and yes, they really do squeak when you eat them! F141104-Week-10-Fall-cranberry-harvest-10reshness is fleeting, so it’s best to buy your curds straight from the factory, or somewhere nearby. If tart and tangy is more your taste, you’re in luck! Wisconsin is the nation’s largest producer of the cranberry, and that means there are plenty of cranberries to go around. Make sure you check out the Wisconsin Cranberry Discovery Center where not only can you learn about the history of the cranberry, but you can sample delectable cranberry treats at the test kitchen or ice cream parlor.

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Eddie Lacy fulfills promise, buys parents a new home

Posted by Duke Bobber on November 18, 2014 – 9:13 am

After his family’s home was ravaged by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Eddie Lacy promised his parents a new home. Lacy recently fulfilled that promise. Watch this video, courtesy of ESPN:


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News now! Packers building momentum but must stay grounded

Posted by Mike Spofford on November 17, 2014 – 4:39 pm

141117-news-now-mccarthy-300GREEN BAY — Mike McCarthy can see the momentum his team is building, but he believes it can be dangerous to put too much into those types of psychological factors.

“I think momentum is very important in any sport,” McCarthy said on Monday, following the Packers’ second straight blowout win since their bye week. “Momentum is something, you can view it as an energy source, but you have to be realistic about how you feel it affects your football team.

“This game is a lot about confidence, but you definitely have to guard against over-confidence.”

The Packers’ upcoming game at Minnesota is a division game, which McCarthy always preaches are tough contests. The Packers are 7-3 and tied with Detroit for the NFC North lead.

There’s a lot of uncertainty with the Vikings as to running back Adrian Peterson’s playing status at the moment, but McCarthy said the Packers aren’t concerning themselves with that potential distraction.

“Not really focusing on it,” he said. “I don’t really know the specifics of everything involved. We’re preparing against what we see on video. That’s always our approach. If something happens, we’ll adjust.”

McCarthy also reported no new injuries from Sunday’s game.

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Rodgers has thrown NFL-record 322 passes at home without INT

Posted by Duke Bobber on November 16, 2014 – 9:28 pm

141116-a-rodg-300PACKERS TOP THE 50-POINT MARK FOR THE SECOND STRAIGHT WEEK IN 53-20 WIN VS. PHILADELPHIA
- The Packers improved to 7-3 on the season with a 53-20 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday at Lambeau Field. Combined with their 55-point output last Sunday vs. Chicago, it marked the first time in franchise history that the Packers registered back-to-back 50-point games. It was the fifth time in NFL history that a team accomplished the feat.

- Green Bay is off to a 5-0 start at home for just the second time in the last 12 seasons (also 2011). It marks only the Packers’ fifth 5-0 start at home since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger (1996-97, 2002, 2011).

- With 30 points in the first half on Sunday, the Packers became the first team in NFL history to score 28-plus points in the first half of four consecutive home games.

- The Packers led 17-0 at the end of the first quarter on Sunday. In its last four home games, Green Bay has outscored its opponents 66-0 in the first quarter and 128-9 in the first half.

- Dating back to last season, Green Bay has scored 30-plus points in six consecutive home games, a franchise record.

- Sunday was the first time since 1983 that the Packers posted a rushing TD, a passing TD, an interception return for a TD and a punt return for a TD in the same game (vs. Tampa Bay, Oct. 2, 1983).

- The Packers will travel to Minnesota next Sunday to take on the Vikings at 12 p.m. Green Bay will be looking to extend a franchise record by clinching a winning record in NFC North games for the ninth straight season (3-1 this season).

 

OTHER POSTGAME NOTES:
- Today’s paid attendance was 78,270, the 306th consecutive regular-season sellout at Lambeau Field.

- QB Aaron Rodgers has now thrown an NFL-record 322 passes at home without an interception, surpassing Patriots QB Tom Brady’s mark of 288 attempts from 2002-04.

- Rodgers has also thrown 29 consecutive TD passes at home without an interception, further extending his NFL record.

- Rodgers posted his seventh three-TD/zero-INT game this season, which is tied for second in NFL history with Broncos QB Peyton Manning (2013), trailing only Brady’s mark of eight games in 2007.

- Rodgers threw for 279 yards in the first half on Sunday, making him the only NFL quarterback in the last 25 seasons (1990-2014) to throw for 275-plus yards in the first half of three games in a season. Rodgers has thrown for 275-plus yards in the first half in each of the last three games (278 at New Orleans, 315 vs. Chicago).

- In five home games this season, Rodgers has completed 96 of 144 passes (66.7 percent) for 18 TDs and zero INTs for a 138.1 passer rating.

- WR Jordy Nelson had a 27-yard TD catch in the second quarter, giving him at least one TD catch in all five games at Lambeau Field this season.

- WR Randall Cobb recorded career highs for both catches (10) and receiving yards (129), eclipsing his previous highs of nine catches (three times) and 128 yards.

- DB Micah Hyde’s 75-yard punt return for a TD in the first quarter was the second of his career (93-yarder at Minnesota in 2013), which ties him for No. 3 in franchise history behind only WR Desmond Howard and CB Will Blackmon (three each). Hyde joins Falcons WR Devin Hester as the only players in the league to have a punt return TD in both of the last two seasons.

- With his 52-yard INT return for a TD in the third quarter, LB Julius Peppers became the first player in NFL history with 100 career sacks and four INT returns for TDs.

- Peppers also became the first linebacker in franchise history to post two INT returns for TDs in a single season.

- With his 49-yard fumble return for a TD and his 82-yard INT return for a TD last Sunday vs. Chicago, CB Casey Hayward became the first Green Bay defensive player to score a TD in back-to-back games since LB Keith McKenzie did so in 1999 (Weeks 13-14, fumble return for TD in both).

- LB Clay Matthews’ second-quarter sack of QB Mark Sanchez gave him 54.5 for his career as he surpassed DE Aaron Kampman (54.0) for No. 4 on the all-time franchise list. Matthews has had a full sack in each of the last three games.

- LB Nick Perry’s fumble recovery in the third quarter was the first of his career.

- The Packers posted a sack in their 30th consecutive game, further extending their franchise record. It is also the longest current streak in the NFL.


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Packers-Eagles postgame chat transcript

Posted by Duke Bobber on November 16, 2014 – 8:19 pm

You can read the transcript of the fan chat with Vic here:

If you don’t see the chat transcript above, click here.


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