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  • Mon., Nov. 30, 2015 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM CST Salvation Army Bell-Ringing (Adams, Montgomery)

    Davante Adams and Ty Montgomery

    Monday, November 30, 2015  6:00pm – 7:00 pm  
    Salvation Army Bell-Ringing (Autograph Signing)
    Big Red Kettle
    Lambeau Field Atrium

  • Thu., Dec. 03, 2015 7:25 PM - 10:25 PM CST Packers at Detroit Lions Packers at Detroit Lions
  • Sat., Dec. 05, 2015 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM CST 10th annual Festival of Lights The family-themed event, free to the public, will take place in the Lambeau Field Atrium, and feature cookie decorating, holiday movies and cartoons, holiday card making, photo opportunities with Santa Claus and area high school choirs performing holiday music.
  • Mon., Dec. 07, 2015 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM CST Salvation Army Bell-Ringing (Hayward and Hyde)

    Casey Hayward and Micah Hyde

    Monday, December 7, 2015  6:00pm – 7:00 pm  
    Salvation Army Bell-Ringing (Autograph Signing)
    Big Red Kettle
    Lambeau Field Atrium

  • Thu., Dec. 10, 2015 5:00 PM CST Lambeau Field Atrium closed The Lambeau Field Atrium and all businesses will close at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 10 for a private event.
  • Sat., Dec. 12, 2015 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM CST Alumni Appearance (Bowman, Bratkowski) Ken Bowman and Zeke Bratkowski

News now! McCarthy wants more consistency from Datone Jones

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on November 25, 2015 – 9:43 am

Packers Vikings FootballGREEN BAY — Packers Coach Mike McCarthy wants to see third-year defensive end Datone Jones take his game to an even higher level.

Jones, a first-round pick in 2013, has been used recently as an outside linebacker. He recorded two sacks in Minnesota and his production and his new usage has been a topic of conversation.

“Datone has been getting some more opportunities. It’s giving him some play-making opportunities. He’s made some big plays but he hasn’t been consistent enough, and that’s where he needs to take the next step. Once he gets that consistency where it needs to be, I think his production will increase more,” McCarthy said on Wednesday, in his final press conference prior to Thursday’s game against the Chicago Bears.

“Our defensive line has done an excellent job and that’s where it all starts. We’re going to need them big tomorrow night,” McCarthy added.

The Packers head coach praised Tuesday’s practice, but said wide receiver Ty Montgomery (ankle) will not be available for Thursday’s game.

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John Fox strong in praise of Jay Cutler

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on November 24, 2015 – 2:55 pm

151124-conf-calls-650GREEN BAY — Jay Cutler appears to have played his way into the Bears’ future.

“He’s our quarterback and he hasn’t done anything performance wise to change that mindset,” Bears Head Coach John Fox told Packers media during a conference call on Tuesday. “He’s been all in from the minute we got here. There was an evaluation process, (and) a commitment contractually. He’s shown a lot of toughness to his teammates and the coaching staff. He’s worked very hard and he’s assumed a leadership role on that side of the ball and on the football team. I have nothing but praise for him at this point.”

Fox was noncommittal about Cutler’s future with the team in the days and weeks after Fox was named the team’s new head coach. Through 10 games this season, Cutler ranks in the middle of the league’s passer rankings. He’s completed 63.4 percent of his passes for 2,310 yards, 13 touchdowns, six interceptions and a 92.7 passer rating. He has played especially well since Week 4 of the season, in a stretch of the schedule that saw the Bears win four of seven games following an 0-3 start.

At 4-6, the Bears would need to beat the Packers on Thursday and get hot to compete for a wild-card playoff spot.

“We’re in the try-to-improve race. Each week we get to evaluate that. We came up short last week. On a short week our guys’ mindset is outstanding and that’s how we play the game,” Fox said. “The culture here is improving and that starts with the players.”

At question for this game is the availability of Bears running back Matt Forte and wide receiver Alshon Jeffery. They were limited in practice on Tuesday after missing this past Sunday’s game against the Broncos. A short week of preparation is making it difficult for both teams to recover from injury and soreness.

Packers running back Eddie Lacy is coming off a 22-carry effort that has him fighting through a nagging ankle injury. Lacy reached the 100-yard mark this past Sunday for the first time this season.

“Balance is critical because you don’t want to become one-dimensional. We struggled a little bit this last week against Denver vs. the run, so I’m sure we’ll get a dose of it on Thursday,” Fox said.

The two teams met in the season opener in Chicago, the Packers winning, 31-23.

“I think we have gotten better, as you’d expect. Both teams have changed a little bit, personnel wise and play wise,” Fox said. He attributed his defense’s improvement to “More comfort in the scheme … you play faster.”

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News now! Rodgers off injury report; Lacy in a groove

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on November 24, 2015 – 10:52 am

151124-nn1GREEN BAY — Today is a combination of normal-week Wednesday and Thursday schedules. This is not a normal week, as the Packers host the Bears on Thursday.

“The reality of it is the other team has to adjust to it, too. We have some history with Thursday games. We feel like we have a good schedule in place. Once you get to Thursday, it’s exciting. The preparation process is a real grind. The players are still sore from the previous game,” Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy said on Tuesday.

In a rare scheduling quirk, the Packers will play on consecutive Thursdays. They’ll travel to Detroit next week for a Thursday nighter.

The big news is quarterback Aaron Rodgers does not appear on the Packers’ injury report, as he did last week with a sore shoulder. It’s also good news running back Eddie Lacy topped the 100-yard rushing mark in Sunday’s win in Minnesota for the first time this season.

“He’s definitely hitting the hole quicker now. He’s more decisive. He had 22 carries. I thought he got into a groove,” McCarthy said.

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

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News now! Packers back in control of NFC North

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on November 22, 2015 – 6:39 pm

151122-q4-in-game-updates-650MINNEAPOLIS — A 27-yard touchdown pass from Aaron Rodgers to James Jones staked the Packers to a 27-13 lead early in the fourth quarter, and the Packers held on for a 30-13, important win over the Vikings at TCF Bank Stadium on Sunday.

The win leaves the Packers and Vikings tied for the NFC North lead at 7-3 each. More importantly, the Packers hold the head-to-head tiebreaker advantage over the Vikings.

Rodgers looked more like his old self after a month of frustration. He threw for 212 yards and two touchdowns.

The win also marked a return to form for running back Eddie Lacy, who topped the 100-yard mark for the first time this season and showed flashes of the power that made him one of the game’s most feared runners.

The Packers defense was suffocating, holding Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson to 45 yards rushing and sacking quarterback Teddy Bridgewater six times.

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News now! Packers cling to lead after three quarters

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on November 22, 2015 – 5:48 pm

151122-q3in-game-updates-650MINNEAPOLIS — The Packers clung to a 19-13 lead heading into the fourth quarter of Sunday’s critical NFC North showdown with the Vikings.

The Packers opened the second half with two runs by Eddie Lacy for a first down. James Starks then went 30 yards with a slip screen pass. Aaron Rodgers scrambled for 8 yards, leaving third-and-1 at the Vikings 36. Lacy pounded out 7 yards.

Lacy of old continued to pound out yardage; he gained 8, then 2 more for a first down at the 19. The Packers eventually had to settle for a 42-yard field goal by Mason Crosby, 19-6.

The Packers defense forced a punt and with 6:00 to play in the third quarter, the Packers had the ball at their 9 and were in control of the game, but they were unable to move the ball. The Vikings got it back at the their 37 with 4:37 to play in the quarter.

Teddy Bridgewater completed a 17-yard pass to Stefon Diggs. He followed that with a 33-yard strike to Kyle Rudolph at the Packers 13. On second-and-3, Adrian Peterson went 6 yards over the left side for a touchdown that cut the Packers’ lead to 19-13 with 2:37 to play in the third quarter.

Rodgers got the Packers moving with a 16-yard pass to Davante Adams. On third-and-6, Rodgers found James Jones streaking down the sideline, and Jones made a diving catch at the Vikings 28.

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News now! Late TD pass to Cobb puts Packers up at halftime, 16-6

Posted by Mike Spofford on November 22, 2015 – 4:54 pm

151122-q2-in-game-updates-650MINNEAPOLIS — A 10-yard TD pass from Aaron Rodgers to Randall Cobb with just six seconds left in the first half capped an 80-yard drive and gave the Packers a 16-6 lead over the Vikings at halftime on Sunday at TCF Bank Stadium.

The Packers defense began the second quarter with a sack of Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater. DE Datone Jones got him for an 18-yard loss, the Packers’ first sack in four games. Their last sack came in the fourth quarter of the game against San Diego before the bye week, also by Jones. That forced a punt, and the offense took over on its own 33-yard line.

Green Bay regained the lead on a 40-yard FG by K Mason Crosby, his third successful kick in as many tries. WR Davante Adams began the drive with a 9-yard catch but appeared to be limping along the sideline after (Adams would later return to the game). RB Eddie Lacy followed with a 27-yard run, but the drive stalled at the Minnesota 22, bringing on Crosby.

The Packers got their second sack of the game on the Vikings’ next drive, a zero-yard variety by LB Nate Palmer following a holding penalty on Minnesota on first down. The Vikings couldn’t convert on third-and-long, and Cobb fair-caught another punt, this one at the Green Bay 22.

The Packers did nothing with it, though, as Rodgers was sacked on third down and P Tim Masthay shanked an 18-yard punt, giving the Vikings the ball in Green Bay territory. The Packers defense rose up, though, tackling QB Adrian Peterson for a 3-yard loss and then sacking Bridgewater for the third time in the game. Julius Peppers was credited with the sack. Bridgewater was then replaced on third down by backup QB Shaun Hill, whose pass was incomplete, forcing a punt.

It was announced that Bridgewater has a shoulder injury, but his return is probable. He did come back into the game.

The Packers took over on their own 20, and Rodgers was sacked on second down, leading to a third-and-15. But Rodgers went deep to WR Jeff Janis, who was interfered with by Vikings CB Terence Newman, a 50-yard penalty. A 14-yard pass to WR James Jones got the Packers into the red zone, and on third down, a holding penalty on LT David Bakhtiari was offset by a roughing the passer penalty on Linval Joseph, replaying third-and-9 from the Minnesota 15.

On that play, Vikings LB Anthony Barr was flagged for defensive holding, giving the Packers a first down on the 10-yard line with 19 seconds left. After two incomplete passes, Rodgers found Cobb for the touchdown with just six seconds left on the clock. Crosby’s PAT put the Packers up by 10 at intermission.

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Packers stopping the run; Janis goes off

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on November 22, 2015 – 4:44 pm

150813-ask-vic-halfPat from Altoona, WI

Janis finally found his niche?

Maybe that’ll earn him some playing time as a receiver.

Guilhem from Bordeaux, France

Is it me or does Aaron look really upset and fiery? I always thought he was very poised and calm. He sems very frustrated.

Everybody’s frustrated, including me when I open my inbox.

Morgan from Fort Collins, CO

Linsley? Hyde? This team can’t catch a break on a downward turn.

The Ravens lost Joe Flacco to an ACL today. It’s football. You WILL get hurt.

Brian from Manassas, VA

The Packers look really slow. Even before he tried to tackle Rudolph, Hyde couldn’t run with a tight end. That should not happen.

He’s been fighting a hip injury. It would appear he re-aggravated it on that Vikings touchdown play.

Judy from Channing, MI

My teenage daughter said, “Too bad we don’t have a player who can run like that squirrel!”

I timed the squirrel. It’s a slow squirrel, for a squirrel.

Ryan from Columbia, MO

Hard-count freebies. Whatever it takes?

I’d rather see a hard block than a hard count.

Andy from Big Rapids, MI

Gosh, I love big games, Vic.

I’m having a great time.

Chuck from New Smyrna Beach, FL

I’ve stood by this team and supported the play-calling and players through these last three weeks, but passing when you only need a yard? If you can’t pick up a yard by running twice, then you don’t deserve it. When will this team decide they want to win again instead of being facny?

Maybe that 27-yard run by Eddie Lacy will change things.

Brian from Champaign, IL

Vic, I foresee more passing out of Minnesota in the second half. My crystal ball is always fuzzy, though.

The Packers are stopping the run, but remember what Coach Capers said: You can’t relax on Peterson, or he’ll break the long one on you. He’s an all-day sucker and you can’t ever stop licking. Coach Capers didn’t say that, I did.

David from Monterey, CA

How are the Packers keeping Peterson in check? He may not break 100 at this rate!

They’re doing it with scheme and play-calling. They’re shifting from an over-tackle look to an under-tackle look and then … I’m just teasing, David. The Packers are defeating blocks; that’s how they’re doing it.

Devin from Woodland Hills, CA

Cold weather, defense, fields goals … I feel like the season just started.

Welcome to December, the bonus edition.

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News now! Packers, Vikings tied, 6-6

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on November 22, 2015 – 4:05 pm

151122-q1-in-game-updates-650MINNEAPOLIS — The Packers and Vikings were tied, 6-6, through one quarter of play at TCF Bank Stadium on Sunday.

The Packers won the toss and deferred their choice. The Vikings converted a third-and-11 and two plays later they had a first down just across midfield. The drive stopped there and following a punt the Packers put the ball in play at their 20-yard line.

James Starks ran for 9 yards on the Packers’ first play. On third-and-1, Aaron Rodgers completed a short pass to James Jones for 2 yards and a first down.

On third-and-5, Rodgers completed a 25-yard pass to Jones at the Vikings 39. The Packers faced another third-and-1. This time, Starks was stopped short and Coach Mike McCarthy made his first bold move of the game, it appeared, and then Rodgers hard-counted the Vikings offside for a first down at the Vikings 25.

The Vikings held on third-and-10, forcing a 42-yard field goal attempt by Mason Crosby. With 4:49 to play in the first quarter, the Packers led, 3-0.

Two carries by Adrian Peterson moved the ball across midfield. Two plays later, the Vikings scored on a 47-yard, play-action pass from Teddy Bridgewater to Kyle Rudolph. With 3:01 to play, the Vikings led, 6-3, after the PAT kick was missed.

Packers defensive back Micah Hyde sustained a hip injury on the Rudolph touchdown play and left the field on a cart. It was announced center Corey Linsley sustained a knee injury and his return was questionable, as was Hyde’s. Linsley was replaced by JC Tretter.

Jeff Janis returned the ensuing kickoff 70 yards to the Vikings 34, and the Vikings’ lead appeared as though it would be short-lived. Eddie Lacy ran for 9 yards, but on third-and-1 Lacy was thrown for a 4-yard loss. Crosby came on to kick a 47-yard field goal, tying the game, 6-6, with 1:37 to play.

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Pregame warmup: Coldest game of the season to date

Posted by Mike Spofford on November 22, 2015 – 2:16 pm

MINNEAPOLIS — Temperatures are in the low 30s with wind chills in the mid-to-low 20s today in downtown Minneapolis, making this the coldest game for the Packers in the 2015 season, so far.

It’s partly sunny at TCF Bank Stadium, and it’s expected to remain that way from the 3:25 p.m. CT kickoff through the end of the game. Winds are between 10-15 mph. Temps and wind chills are expected to remain steady throughout the game with virtually no chance of precipitation.

After today, three of Green Bay’s remaining six games will likely be this cold or colder. The Packers have home games vs. Chicago (on Thanksgiving night), vs. Dallas (Dec. 13) and vs. Minnesota (Jan. 3). Green Bay’s other games are in Detroit (dome), and at Oakland and Arizona.

Lots at stake: Trailing the Vikings (7-2) by one game, the Packers (6-3) can either tie them for first place in the NFC North, or they will fall two games behind Minnesota with six games to play. The Packers and Vikings will meet again at Lambeau Field in Week 17.

The Packers have won four straight NFC North titles. The Vikings’ last division crown came in 2009.

Short at receiver: The biggest injury news for the Packers today is they’ll be a bit short-handed at wide receiver, with both Ty Montgomery (ankle) and Jared Abbrederis (chest/ribs) out due to injuries. That leaves Green Bay with Randall Cobb, Davante Adams, James Jones and Jeff Janis as the only wideouts.

In the defensive backfield, the Packers are as healthy as they’ve been for a few weeks, with rookie CB Damarious Randall active despite a hamstring injury that landed him on the injury report on Saturday. The only member of the secondary inactive for the Packers today is undrafted rookie CB LaDarius Gunter.

Schedule shift: After today, the Packers will play back-to-back Thursday night games to wrap up a stretch of four consecutive division games. After the Thanksgiving night matchup with Chicago, the Packers will travel to Detroit for a rematch against the Lions on Thursday, Dec. 3. The last time the Packers played consecutive weeks on Thursday night was in 2007.

TV map: Here is the FOX TV map for the late afternoon game window, courtesy of 506sports.com.


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Damarious Randall active; Packers-Vikings inactives

Posted by Duke Bobber on November 22, 2015 – 1:56 pm

The following players have been declared as inactive for Sunday’s game between the Green Bay Packers and the Minnesota Vikings:

Green Bay Packers Green Bay Packers
7 QB Brett Hundley
36 CB LaDarius Gunter
46 RB Alonzo Harris
55 LB Andy Mulumba
65 G Lane Taylor
84 WR Jared Abbrederis
88 WR Ty Montgomery

Minnesota Vikings
6 QB Taylor Heinicke
21 CB Josh Robinson
51 LB Edmond Robinson
62 C Nick Easton
72 DT Kenrick Ellis
78 T Jeremiah Sirles
94 DE Justin Trattou

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