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News now! Late turnover, TD give Packers halftime lead over Steelers

Posted by Mike Spofford on August 23, 2015 – 1:28 pm

150823-q2blog-600PITTSBURGH — A late turnover in the first half by the Steelers led to a Packers TD pass from backup QB Scott Tolzien to TE Richard Rodgers to give Green Bay a 16-9 lead at halftime against Pittsburgh on Sunday at Heinz Field.

On the first possession of the second quarter, Don Barclay’s struggles in his return from a torn ACL continued. Barclay was beaten for Pittsburgh’s second sack of the game, this one by Jarvis Jones on third down, leading to a 3-and-out.

The Steelers took advantage of the good field position, starting at their own 49 and driving 51 yards for the go-ahead TD in seven plays. Ben Roethlisberger hit passes of 20 yards to WR Markus Wheaton, 9 yards to RB Le’Veon Bell and 11 yards to TE Heath Miller before finding Wheaton for a 5-yard TD. The PAT, from 33 yards out, made it 9-8 Steelers with 9:59 left in the half.

The two teams traded punts from there, with the Packers picking up just one first down in two possessions and the Steelers getting one as well.

Pittsburgh QB Bruce Gradkowski then fumbled near midfield just after the 2-minute warning, with Packers LB Adrian Hubbard recovering. That gave Green Bay one last possession with 1:27 left in the half. Gradkowski was reported to have injured a finger.

QB Scott Tolzien then hit TE Richard Rodgers for 6 yards and, after RB Alonzo Harris dropped a screen pass that could have gone for long yardage, Tolzien connected with WR Jeff Janis for back-to-back 9-yard gains, putting the ball on the Pittsburgh 23. After a holding call on Barclay, Tolzien then hit WR Larry Pinkard for 12 yards and then found Rodgers over the middle for a 21-yard TD with just 12 seconds left.

Harris ran in the 2-point conversion, and the Packers led 16-9.

 


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Packers’ opening drive had ready look to it

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on August 23, 2015 – 1:23 pm

150813-ask-vic-halfLeon from McFarland, WI

The turf looks especially soft at Heinz Field. Couple of injuries and several near misses. Any info on why? Also, how’s Jordy?

I was on the field before the game. The turf is dry and tight. Jordy Nelson walked off the field following the touchdown drive. He did not appear to be limping. I know nothing more than that and it’s unlikely information on his injury will be provided, as teams are not required to provide injury information during the preseason.

Trevor from northern California

The Pittsburgh announcers are doing a great job. They are unbiased and you can tell they have done their homework on the opponent.

Preseason TV is often difficult for fans that live outside the reach of the Packers’ TV network. I’m glad it’s working for you today.

Hermes from Richmond, CA

Vic, I like the way the starters are playing right now, but if the preseason is about evaluation, shouldn’t more of the Packers’ second and third-string players play against the Steelers’ starting eleven?

That’s one way to look at it, or you could look at it my way: This is an excellent opportunity to get ready for the opener in Chicago. You don’t get a lot of noon kickoffs in the preseason. This is a chance to play under conditions similar to what the Packers will face on opening day. I’d like to pronounce the Packers ready to go following this game. I think I’m close to doing that with the offense.

John from Brazil

I thought we were supposed to have a great offensive line. How can that be when half of the Steelers defense is piling on Rodgers in the end zone for a safety? How does something like that get fixed?

Win your one-on-ones.

Emmet from Naperville, IL

I think the Packers are going to keep two fullbacks on the roster. Ripkowski is looking like a special teams stud. Do you agree?

He’s made two tackles in the first half. That bodes well for him. You could also view John Kuhn as a running back.

Patrick from Chicago, IL

Didn’t the refs make a mistake on spotting that punt on the one?

I didn’t think the Steelers defender controlled the ball long enough for it to be blown dead at the one. My guess is the official blew his whistle, and once he did that, the play was over. I don’t know that for a fact; I’m just guessing.

Tim from Ottawa, IL

I didn’t like the play calling on that sack series. Open it up and pass, baby.

Come on, we’re above that kind of thinking for a preseason game.

Jeff from Buzzards Bay, MA

Vic, I like the tackling from the secondary so far. What has stood out to you in the first half?

The first drive of the game: 80 yards, 10 plays. The offense was razor sharp. When David Bakhtiari returns, I think the offense will be ready to go.

Mike from Windber, PA

I know Ty Montgomery hasn’t had many opportunities in the preseason, but he looks like a very patient runner. Would you say that is fairly accurate from what you’ve seen of him in camp?

He was patient on a kickoff return in the first half. I prefer impatience in the kickoff-return game.

Mike from Cibolo, TX

Vic, whose performance do you think had more influence on Rodgers being pulled so early, Rodgers or Barclay?

Since Scott Tolzien replaced Rodgers for the start of the second quarter, I’m inclined to believe that was the plan. If it wasn’t the plan, then it was probably altered by James Harrison. He might still be angry about that participation trophy thing.

Monica from Lewiston, ME

Why do the Packers believe Don Barclay is the answer to left tackle? His ability would suggest otherwise.

That’s an unnecessarily cruel thing to say. He’s coming off a season lost to an ACL. They’re testing him, that’s all. If it was a regular-season game, they might move Bryan Bulaga to left tackle and play Barclay at right tackle. Please, remind yourself at all times this is a preseason game.

Michael from Box Elder, SD

Vic, how hot is it there? Looks like the players seem somewhat affected by it.

It’s 80 degrees as I write these words. The sun is sharp. It’s not killer hot, but I think we’re going to see the obligatory cramps begin to surface. This is a good get-ready game for each team.

 


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News now! Packers lead after one quarter, 8-2

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on August 23, 2015 – 12:40 pm

150823-q1blog-600PITTSBURGH — The Packers held an 8-2 lead over the Steelers following a quarter of play at Heinz Field on Sunday.

The Packers won the toss and elected to receive. Aaron Rodgers’ 16-yard pass to Jordy Nelson got the Packers moving. Rodgers followed with a pass to Randall Cobb for 30 yards to the Steelers 30-yard line.

An eight-yard pass to Nelson put the Packers in the red zone, but it caused Nelson to limp from the field. On third-and-3 from the 10, Rodgers threw to Lacy for a first down at the 7.

Lacy scored untouched over the left side.  The Packers led, 8-0, following a 2-point run by James Starks. The drive was 80 yards in 10 plays.

Nelson walked off the field to the locker room. He did not appear to be limping.

Ben Roethlisberger rallied the Steelers with a couple of third-down conversions, but he was sacked by Julius Peppers on a third attempt and the Steelers punted and downed the ball at the Packers 1-yard line.

On third down, Rodgers was sacked in the end zone by James Harrison. The Packers led, 8-2, with 2:54 to play in the quarter.


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Pregame warmup: Packers CB depth should get strong test from Steelers

Posted by Mike Spofford on August 23, 2015 – 10:47 am

Heinz Field

PITTSBURGH — The Packers’ cornerback depth will be tested by Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger and his stable of speedy receivers on Sunday at Heinz Field.

It’s uncertain how much the starters will play, but this is the third preseason game for the Steelers, who played in the Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio two weeks ago, so their starters could get extensive action. Pittsburgh’s receiving corps includes Antonio Brown, Martavis Bryant, Darrius Heyward-Bey, Markus Wheaton and rookie Sammie Coates, among others.

Last week, Packers rookie CB Quinten Rollins had an impressive debut in New England, as did undrafted rookie LaDarius Gunter, but the Patriots top three receivers did not play. This week, first-round draft pick Damarious Randall makes his preseason debut after sitting out last week’s game with a groin injury.

So far, Rollins, Randall and Gunter represent the Packers’ rebuild of their cornerback depth behind Sam Shields and Casey Hayward following the offseason departures of Tramon Williams and Davon House. This matchup will provide a much tougher test than last week’s did.

Starting lineup change: The most significant change in the Packers’ starting lineup is on offense, at left tackle. David Bakhtiari has been out all week with a bum knee, so fourth-year pro Don Barclay is taking his place with the first-team offensive line.

A left tackle in college at nearby West Virginia, Barclay has never played the position in an NFL game before. He talked about that late this week, and the full story is right here.

In addition to Bakhtiari, defensive starters Clay Matthews and Mike Daniels did not travel to Pittsburgh. At linebacker, that potentially means extra snaps with the starters for players like Nate Palmer or Jake Ryan inside, and Andy Mulumba or Jayrone Elliott outside. On the defensive line, Josh Boyd and Mike Pennel could be among those getting more extensive looks with the first unit.

For the full list of players who did not travel, click here.

Special teams void: The one situation the Packers did not get to practice in last week’s game was kickoff return, because the Patriots booted two touchbacks. Rookie WR Ty Montgomery is Green Bay’s new No. 1 kickoff returner, and the Packers are eager to see him perform in a game. He did return two punts last week and acquitted himself well, returning one for 14 yards.

Last time: It’s not hard to remember the Packers’ last visit to Pittsburgh. It was in 2009, and the game came down to the final play, which turned out to be a game-winning TD pass from Roethlisberger to Mike Wallace to beat the Packers in a shootout, 37-36. The last time Green Bay came here in the preseason was 2007.

In case you missed it: This week’s “Final Thoughts” video discusses some of the issues above and more. Check it out right here.

 


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List of Packers who did not travel to Pittsburgh

Posted by Duke Bobber on August 23, 2015 – 10:30 am

The following players did not travel for Sunday’s game between the Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field:

Green Bay Packers Green Bay Packers
10 WR Javess Blue
39 CB Demetri Goodson
41 DB Kyle Sebetic
52 LB Clay Matthews
53 LB Nick Perry
69 T David Bakhtiari
76 DT Mike Daniels
80 TE Justin Perillo
84 WR Jared Abbrederis

The Pittsburgh Steelers announced that the following players will not play:

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15 WR David Nelson
25 RB Josh Harris
27 CB Senquez Golson
94 LB Lawrence Timmons
98 LB Vince Williams


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Cobb, Shields and Masthay selected as captains vs. Steelers

Posted by Duke Bobber on August 23, 2015 – 9:00 am

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As per team tradition, the Packers select game captains each week. Today’s captains will be WR Randall Cobb (offense), CB Sam Shields (defense) and P Tim Masthay (special teams).


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#PackersBusinessTrip: Behind-the-scenes photos from Pittsburgh

Posted by Duke Bobber on August 22, 2015 – 4:16 pm

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News now! Reducing mental errors a focus in game two

Posted by Mike Spofford on August 20, 2015 – 10:38 am

blog-header-imageGREEN BAY — Head Coach Mike McCarthy said that mental errors have been a focus in practice all week, and he’d like to see them reduced when the Packers take the field for the second time in the preseason on Sunday in Pittsburgh.

“Just improving our play,” McCarthy said before Thursday’s practice, regarding what he’d like to see from the entire team. “It’s going to be a whole different competition. We’re playing a different style football team.”

The Steelers sport a different type of running game than the Patriots, so Sunday’s game could be a particularly valuable test for Green Bay’s run defense after a solid outing last week. The Packers made one mistake in that area, allowing one run to go for a long TD, but otherwise the Patriots didn’t do much on the ground.

McCarthy added that he would continue to try to give exposure to his players to as many game situations as he can. The Packers went for it on fourth down multiple times last week in New England, and if it makes sense from a field-position standpoint, he may continue doing that in the preseason.

“The decisions I make on the sideline, I’m trying to create as many situations as possible — two-point play, fourth down, special teams,” he said. “I’m trying to create as many opportunities for our team to go out and perform.”

The last public practice of the week is scheduled for 11:45 a.m. CT today.

 


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How to watch Sunday’s Packers-Steelers game

Posted by Duke Bobber on August 20, 2015 – 10:25 am

150820-rodgers-pitt-300– NFL Network will air the game, starting Aug. 23, 2015 at 12 p.m. CT.

– Watch a replay of the game on your desktop, connected TV, tablet or smartphones with NFL GamePass.

– If you’re looking for a bar to watch the game at, try www.packerseverywhere.comPackers Everywhere was created to let you know where you can gather with other Packers fans to watch games and have all kinds of other Packers-related fun.

– Flagshipped by Milwaukee’s WTMJ-TV and in conjunction with WGBA-TV in Green Bay, the game will be televised over the 16-station Packers TV Network throughout the state of Wisconsin, Upper Michigan, northeastern Minnesota, the Quad Cities, Des Moines, Cedar Rapids and Waterloo in Iowa, Omaha in Nebraska, Anchorage, Fairbanks and Juneau in Alaska and Honolulu in Hawaii.

– The top-notch broadcast team includes CBS’s Kevin Harlan (play-by-play) alongside fellow CBS broadcaster Rich Gannon (analyst), with Rod Burks of WTMJ-TV and Olivia Harlan serving as the sideline reporters. An informative half-hour pregame show will air prior to the game, hosted by Lance Allan of WTMJ-TV, and featuring former Packers tackle Mark Tauscher.

– In addition to WTMJ-TV (Milwaukee) and WGBA-TV (Green Bay), preseason games will be televised over WKOW/ABC, Madison, Wis.; WAOW/ABC, Wausau/Rhinelander, Wis.; WXOW/ABC, La Crosse, Wis.; WQOW/ABC, Eau Claire, Wis.; WLUC/NBC, Escanaba/Marquette, Mich.; KQDS-TV/FOX, Duluth/Superior, Minn.; KGCW-TV/CW, Davenport, Iowa (Quad Cities); KWWL-TV/NBC, Cedar Rapids/Waterloo, Iowa; KCWI-TV/CW, Des Moines, Iowa; KMTV-TV/CBS, Omaha, Neb.; KYUR/ABC, Anchorage, Alaska; KATN/ABC, Fairbanks, Alaska; KJUD/ABC, Juneau, Alaska; and KFVE-TV in Honolulu, Hawaii.

– In its fourth season, in conjunction with the Packers TV Network, Telemundo Wisconsin (WYTU-TV in Milwaukee, WACY-TV/My32 in Green Bay/Appleton and on Charter Cable elsewhere in Wisconsin) will broadcast four preseason games with Kevin Holden (play-by-play) and Epigmenio (Epi) Guerrero (analyst) calling the action.

– Milwaukee’s WTMJ (620 AM), airing Green Bay games since November 1929, heads up the Packers Radio Network that is made up of 50 stations in five states. Wayne Larrivee (play-by-play) and two-time Packers Pro Bowler Larry McCarren (analyst) call the action. McCarren first joined the team’s broadcasts in 1995 and enters his 21st season calling Packers’ games. After originally being paired together in 1999, McCarren and Larrivee enter their 17th season of broadcasts together.


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Kansas State to name football locker room after Jordy Nelson

Posted by Mike Spofford on August 20, 2015 – 9:50 am

nelson-jpGREEN BAY — Kansas State University has announced that its football locker room will be named after Jordy and Emily Nelson.

The Packers star wide receiver and his wife recently pledged an undisclosed amount of money toward the next phase of renovations to Bill Snyder Family Stadium on the campus of Nelson’s alma mater. Originally a walk-on as a safety at Kansas State, Nelson developed into a record-setting wide receiver and was eventually drafted by the Packers in the second round in 2008.

Nelson was born in Manhattan, Kan., where Kansas State is located, and grew up in nearby Riley, Kan., before attending school there. Growing up, his family had season tickets to Kansas State football.

 

 


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