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Greatest first quarter in the history of the world

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on October 19, 2014 – 1:19 pm

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Lars from Aalborg, Denmark
What a key stop on third-and-1. How’s that for defense stepping up?

The big key in this game is going to be getting out of it without an injury.

Nate from St. Francis, WI
Look out?

I called it.

Danny from Sun Prairie, WI
Is it possible to get hot too early in the season?

We always need something to worry about, right?

Luke from Kenosha, WI
Vic, we just scored our third touchdown. Are we playing that good on both sides of the ball, or are the Panthers playing that bad?

The Packers are playing at the highest level at which I’ve seen them play in the four years I’ve covered them. In the pregame radio show, I was asked which is the best team in the NFC? I said it was the Packers and if the Packers played the Seahawks at Lambeau Field today, the Packers would win.

Justin from St. Louis, MO
Looks like Dom Capers is showing up.

It also looks like Packers fans owe Coach Capers an apology.

Rick from Appleton, WI
Vic, have you seen a more complete first quarter from the Packers since you’ve been covering the team?

Considering it could easily have been 28-0 after the first quarter, and that Carolina’s only first down was the result of a penalty, it may be the most dominant first quarter of football I’ve ever witnessed.

Randy from Appleton, WI
Is this the best start of the season?

This is the best start since Rosie Ruiz “won” the Boston Marathon.

Alison from Aurora, IL
Vic, I’m a 29-year-old mom of three young boys. Every Sunday, my husband gives me three hours to meet my grandpa at the local Packers bar. We each have one beer per quarter and order steak nachos at the beginning of the third. During the Miami game, my grandpa was dying for the deep ball to Jordy and I told him, “Not this week, next week.” I was running late to meet him today, and when I walked in and saw his grin, I knew what had happened.

Your grandpa drank another beer?

Adam from San Jose, CA
So what have the Packers not done well today?

They lost the coin toss.

Scott from Appleton, WI
Vic, our tackling is excellent. What do you think the Packers have been doing to improve their tackling?

I think Coach Capers is using better schemes.

Alex from Paoli, IN
Finally! Total domination of an opponent. This is what I expect every week. Is this really so hard? Geez!

You’re right. Anything less than this is unacceptable. We must have FULL CONSISTENCY.


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News now! Packers blowing out Panthers, 21-0

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on October 19, 2014 – 12:46 pm

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GREEN BAY–The Packers dominated the first quarter in taking a 21-0 lead over the Carolina Panthers at Lambeau Field on Sunday.

Out of their no-huddle offense, the Packers immediately began pounding out first downs against the league’s No. 27 rush defense. Consecutive Carolina penalties, one of which negated an interception, left the Packers facing third-and-2 at their 38. Aaron Rodgers scrambled for a first down.

Rodgers struck with a honey-hole throw to Jordy Nelson along the right sideline. Nelson sidestepped the safety and raced untouched for a 59-yard score with 11:51 to play in the first quarter.

A three-and-out put the Packers back in business at their 44-yard line.

Rodgers led an efficient and methodical drive downfield that gained four first downs, the last of which was on a much-too-easy pitch and catch to Nelson at the Carolina 5. Lacy took it in from there and the Packers were coasting, 14-0, with 5:53 to play in the quarter.

Carolina remained unable to gain a first down on its next possession and the Packers were on the verge of an early takedown when they began their next possession at their 38 with 4:15 to play in the opening quarter.

A 13-yard cutback touchdown run by James Starks capped a five-play drive that left the Panthers on the edge of hopelessness, 21-0, with still 2:07 to play in the first quarter.

A pass interference penalty against Tramon Williams nullified an interception return for a touchdown by Clay Matthews or the score would be 28-0. The pass interference penalty provided Carolina’s only first down of the quarter.

 

 

 


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Pregame warmup: Tramon Williams is in lineup for Packers

Posted by Mike Spofford on October 19, 2014 – 11:00 am

GREEN BAY — Packers CB Tramon Williams has missed only one game in his eight-year career, and he’s not missing today’s game.

Williams, who injured his ankle in the second half at Miami last week and had to leave the game, is active and starting for the Packers against the Panthers today at Lambeau Field. The only game in Williams’ career he has missed came in Week 2 of the 2011 season, after he injured his shoulder the previous game vs. New Orleans.

Williams’ fellow starter at CB, Sam Shields, is out with a knee injury, however, so Davon House will start in his place.

A second starter the Packers are missing on defense is DE Datone Jones, who is out for a second straight game with an ankle injury. DE Josh Boyd is slated to start in Jones’ place.

On the Carolina side, RB Jonathan Stewart is active and will play for the first time in about a month, following recovery from a knee injury. Also, rookie WR Kelvin Benjamin, who missed some practice time this week due to a concussion, is active and expected to play.

Around the NFC North: The Packers enter today tied for first place in the division with the Detroit Lions at 4-2. Today, Detroit hosts New Orleans — Green Bay’s opponent next week in a Sunday night affair at the Superdome — and the Lions will be without star WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) for a second straight game.

One game back of the Packers and Lions is Chicago (3-3), which hosts Miami today. Minnesota (2-4) travels to Buffalo, a team that has already beaten both Detroit and Chicago.

For a look at how today’s Packers-Panthers game could factor down the line in an NFC North tiebreaker, click here.

If you missed any of Packers.com’s preview stories for this week’s game, you can find them all by clicking here.

Weather update: Green Bay temperatures are expected to be in the low 50s for today’s game with no chance of rain. Winds are around 15 mph. Given the heat index in Miami last week was around 100 degrees, this is a shift of about 50 degrees for playing conditions in one week for the Packers.

Staying hot: The Packers are in search of their fourth straight win to get to 5-2, which would precisely match their start of a year ago, when they began the season 1-2 and won four in a row to get to 5-2.

Packers WR Jordy Nelson has recorded at least nine receptions four times already this season. If he does it once more, he’ll set a new team single-season record for games with at least nine catches. Nelson currently leads the NFL with 632 receiving yards.

FOX TV map: Here’s a look at the TV map for FOX’s NFL coverage for noon CT kickoffs today:

Map courtesy of 506sports.com

 


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Tramon Williams active; Packers-Panthers inactives

Posted by Duke Bobber on October 19, 2014 – 10:30 am

141019-williams-300The following players have been declared as inactive for Sunday’s game between the Green Bay Packers and the Carolina Panthers at Lambeau Field.

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16 QB Scott Tolzien
37 CB Sam Shields
39 CB Demetri Goodson
54 LB Carl Bradford
72 C Garth Gerhart
83 WR Jeff Janis
95 DE Datone Jones

Starting lineup changes: #31 Davon House will start at cornerback for #37 Sam Shields; #93 DT Josh Boyd will start at left defensive end for #95 Datone Jones

Carolina Panthers
14 QB Joe Webb
24 CB Josh Norman
25 CB Bene Benwikere
34 RB DeAngelo Williams
43 RB Fozzy Whittaker
66 G Amini Silatolu
93 LB Chase Blackburn

Starting lineup changes: #75 Fernando Velasco will start at left guard for #66 Amini Silatolu; #28 Jonathan Stewart will start at running back for #34 DeAngelo Williams; #56 A.J. Klein will start at linebacker for #93 Chase Blackburn; #23 Melvin White will start at cornerback for #24 Josh Norman


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Packers vs. Panthers Roster Card

Posted by packers.com on October 19, 2014 – 9:32 am

Download the Green Bay Packers vs. Carolina Panthers roster card here.

Packers vs. Panthers roster card


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Sunday’s Packers captains vs. Panthers: Quarless, Hawk and Hyde

Posted by Duke Bobber on October 19, 2014 – 8:00 am

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As per team tradition, the Packers select game captains each week.  Today’s captains will be TE Andrew Quarless (offense), LB A.J. Hawk (defense) and DB Micah Hyde (special teams).


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Aaron Rodgers wins Never Say Never Moment of the Week

Posted by Mike Spofford on October 17, 2014 – 2:42 pm

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers’ game-winning touchdown drive last Sunday in Miami has been voted as the NFL’s Never Say Never Moment of the Week for Week 6.

The Packers’ comeback actually started with Rodgers directing a 68-yard drive for a field goal to get Green Bay within 24-20 with four minutes left. Getting the ball back with just over two minutes to go, Rodgers then drove the offense 60 yards for the game-winning score, a 4-yard TD pass to TE Andrew Quarless with just three seconds on the clock.

The drive included an 18-yard pass to WR Jordy Nelson on fourth-and-10 and a fake-spike play that resulted in a throw to rookie WR Davante Adams for 12 yards.


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News now! Shields out, Williams questionable for Sunday

Posted by Mike Spofford on October 17, 2014 – 11:59 am

141017-news-now-mccarthy-300GREEN BAY — The Packers have ruled cornerback Sam Shields out and fellow cornerback Tramon Williams questionable for Sunday’s game vs. Carolina.

Shields’ recovery from a knee injury has not progressed to the point he can get on the practice field on Saturday, so he is out this week, and Head Coach Mike McCarthy didn’t have an update as far as a timeline.

Williams, who has an ankle injury, is expected to participate in at least a limited fashion in Saturday’s practice and try to get ready for Sunday’s noon kickoff.

“We’re still going through the process. He’s better today than he was yesterday,” McCarthy said on Friday. “Tomorrow will be the biggest indicator with us going to the practice field. As I stated earlier in the week, we’ll give Tramon Williams every opportunity all the way up until game time to play.”

Williams hasn’t missed a game since Week 2 of the 2011 season, and that’s the only game he’s missed in his career, dating back to 2007. He has played in 128 of a possible 129 career games, including playoffs.

“He’s definitely very durable. He’s an old-school pro,” McCarthy said. “I don’t think there was any question when we got back here Monday he was going to do everything he could to play in this game.”

Elsewhere on the injury report, DE Datone Jones (ankle) is out and will miss his second straight game.

“He’s struggling laterally right now,” McCarthy said. “Until he gets that back, it doesn’t make sense to push it forward. I thought he fought through last Saturday’s practice, but he’s had a setback.”

LB Jamari Lattimore (neck) and WR Jarrett Boykin (groin) are questionable, while LB Sam Barrington (hamstring) and DE Josh Boyd (knee) are probable.

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


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News now! Datone Jones ‘not coming along’

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on October 16, 2014 – 1:59 pm

141016-news-now-mccarthy-300GREEN BAY–The Packers could be without three starters on defense on Sunday, if Wednesday’s injury report is any indication.

“Datone did not practice today. He’s not recovering as fast as we thought. It’s not coming along. Tested it yesterday,” Coach Mike McCarthy said of defensive end Datone Jones following Wednesday’s practice. The defensive end did not participate in practice and appears likely to miss a second consecutive game due to an ankle injury.

Cornerbacks Tramon Williams (ankle) and Sam Shields (knee) were also non-participants on Wednesday. “Tramon is still further ahead than Sam,” McCarthy said.

The Packers defense will be facing Carolina quarterback Cam Newton, who is coming off a game in which he threw for 284 yards and rushed for 107.

“He’s a big-time player. He’s obviously the focal point of their offense. He looks more comfortable,” McCarthy said in comparing Newton to when he was a rookie in 2011, the last time the two teams faced each other.

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Ron Rivera, Cam Newton talk about facing Packers at Lambeau Field

Posted by Duke Bobber on October 15, 2014 – 3:17 pm

Carolina Panthers Head Coach Ron Rivera and QB Cam Newton were made available to the media via conference call Wednesday afternoon. Hear what Rivera and Newton had to say about Sunday’s matchup with the Packers at Lambeau Field.

If you don’t see the videos embedded above, click here


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