This week’s TV map: Packers vs. Cowboys

Posted by Duke Bobber on October 13, 2016 – 2:47 pm

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– If you’re looking for a Packers bar airing the game, try the search feature on Packers Everywhere.

– FOX Sports, now in its 23rd season as an NFL network television partner, will broadcast the game.

– Play-by-play man Thom Brennaman joins color commentator Troy Aikman and sideline reporter Erin Andrews.

– 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 22nd season calling Packers games. After originally being paired together in 1999, McCarren and Larrivee enter their 18th season of broadcasts together.

– Sports USA Radio will air the game on radio across the country. Wayne Randazzo (play-by-play) and Doug Plank (analyst) will call the action.

– The broadcast is also available on Sirius Satellite Radio (WTMJ feed) as part of the network’s NFL Sunday Drive.

– DIRECTV subscribers can watch the game on Channel 715.

NFL Game Pass gives fans access to full replays of every NFL game on demand, in high definition.

 

INTERNATIONAL
– Brazil: Domingo 18:25 (ESPN)
– Mexico: Domingo 3:00p (Televisa)

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James Starks absent due to injury, personal reasons

Posted by Wes Hodkiewicz on October 13, 2016 – 11:02 am

161013-starks-950GREEN BAY — Packers running back James Starks will be out of town until Saturday due to a death in the family, Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy said Thursday morning.

Starks also was listed on Wednesday’s injury report with a knee injury after a flare-up during a workout Tuesday. His status for Sunday’s game against Dallas will be determined after Starks returns to the team.

McCarthy said running back Eddie Lacy is making progress after being a limited participant on Wednesday due to the ankle injury he sustained in Sunday’s 23-16 win over the Giants.

Lacy and Starks currently are the only running backs on the active roster. The Packers will use the week to determine what impact the two running back’s situations will have on the offense.

“That’s really what the game plans are for,” McCarthy said. “Frankly, Eddie’s health will have a lot to do with what direction we go. He’s a featured player in our offense. That’s stating the obvious.”

Receiver Randall Cobb (neck) and cornerback Damarious Randall (groin) are getting better after practicing in a limited capacity on Wednesday, according to McCarthy. Both are expected to practice again Thursday.

McCarthy added that cornerback Sam Shields (concussion) will not practice.


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Donald Driver co-hosting new show on OWN

Posted by Wes Hodkiewicz on October 12, 2016 – 12:37 pm

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GREEN BAY — Packers all-time leading receiver Donald Driver is co-hosting a new show, “The Hero Effect,” on the Oprah Winfrey Network that will premiere on Saturday, Nov. 12.

The inspirational docu-series brings to life the stories of ordinary individuals who are making extraordinary differences in their communities.

Shot on location in ten different communities across the country, each episode features real-life stories that build on United Way’s credo to fight for every person in every community.

The heroes featured in the series were identified in part through nominations from the 1,200 local United Ways across the country

Driver spent all 14 seasons of his NFL career with the Packers where he won a Super Bowl championship during the 2010 season.

Driver runs the “Donald Driver Foundation,” which serves underprivileged children and families, and the “Donald Driver Driven To Achieve Awards,” which provides scholarship money to students.  In addition to winning “Dancing With The Stars” in 2012, Driver is also an acclaimed author with four children’s books and the New York Times best-selling memoir, “Driven.”

“Every morning when I wake up, before my feet hit the floor, I pause on my bed and pray to God, ‘How I can change someone’s life today?,’” said Driver in a release. “’The Hero Effect’ shows amazing stories of selfless people and organizations that are changing lives every single day.  I was excited to be a part of this journey, and my high expectations were exceeded every time that we visited these incredible causes.  This show inspires me to do even more, and I hope it will inspire our viewers in the same way.”

Driver’s co-host is Emily Wilson, an actress with credits on HBO’s The Newsroom and ABC’s General Hospital and Castle. The ten-episode original series will air back-to-back episodes on the second Saturday of every month, beginning on Nov. 12.


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It’s wait and see on Eddie Lacy

Posted by Mike Spofford on October 12, 2016 – 12:01 pm

161012-lacy-950GREEN BAY — Head Coach Mike McCarthy said that Packers RB Eddie Lacy would be doing rehab on his ankle rather than practicing on Wednesday, and Green Bay is in wait-and-see mode as to whether Lacy will be available for Sunday’s game vs. Dallas.

“He’ll be in the rehab today,” McCarthy said. “We’ll see how he moves around.”

Lacy injured his ankle in the second half of Sunday night’s victory over the Giants. The Packers are conducting Wednesday’s practice a little later than normal after spending more time in meetings and walk-throughs earlier in the day.

The Packers will also be watching DT Mike Pennel and CB Demetri Goodson closely in their first practice following four-game suspensions. Neither player has been activated to the roster yet, and McCarthy said no decisions have been made in that regard so far, emphasizing that any player’s first practice after a long layoff puts him at a higher risk for muscle injuries.

“That’s one of the things we need to accomplish today. We need to get down there and not only get our work done but see where those two guys are at,” McCarthy said. “We’ll spend some time after practice to make sure we have a good feel for where they are.”

Pennel could provide an extra big body for the league’s No. 1-ranked run defense, which will be facing the Cowboys’ top-ranked rushing offense and the league’s leading rusher in RB Ezekiel Elliott.

Packers.com will have more following the Dallas conference calls, practice, and locker room interviews.

 


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Packers have allowed 171 rushing yards through 4 games

Posted by Duke Bobber on October 10, 2016 – 12:01 am

161009-clark-950PACKERS BEAT GIANTS IN SUNDAY NIGHT CONTEST
– The Packers topped the Giants, 23-16, on Sunday night at Lambeau Field to improve to 3-1 on the season. Green Bay has won eight of its last nine Sunday night games played at home.

– The Packers allowed 43 yards rushing on 15 carries (2.9 avg.), bringing their four-game total to 171 rushing yards allowed on 86 attempts (1.99 avg.). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that is the second-fewest rushing yards allowed by a team through four games since the NFL began compiling individual stats in 1933, trailing only San Francisco’s mark of 157 yards allowed on 74 carries (2.12 avg.) in the first four games in 1995.

– Green Bay has won 11 consecutive home games during the month of October, the second-longest home winning streak in October in team history behind only a 16-game streak from 1928-32.

– The Packers improved to 9-2 under Head Coach Mike McCarthy in the game immediately following the bye. Green Bay has won 16 of its last 21 in the game right after the bye.

– Green Bay led 7-0 at the end of the first quarter. The Packers have outscored their opponents, 179-19, in the first quarter in the last 17 regular-season games at Lambeau Field.

– The Packers posted season bests for total yards (406), rushing yards (147), first downs (23), sacks allowed (zero) and time of possession (36:38).

– Green Bay will stay at home next week to take on another NFC East foe when the Dallas Cowboys visit Lambeau Field for a 3:25 p.m. contest. Including playoffs, this marks the fourth straight season that the teams have met (2013-16).

 

OTHER POSTGAME NOTES:
– Tonight’s paid attendance was 78,401, the 320th consecutive regular-season sellout at Lambeau Field.

– QB Aaron Rodgers2-yard TD pass to WR Jordy Nelson in the first quarter was the 50th between the duo in the regular season, the second most in team history behind only QB Brett Favre and WR Antonio Freeman (57 TD passes).

– Nelson has had at least one TD reception in each of the first four games this season, becoming the first Packer to do so since WR Bill Schroeder in 2001. Nelson’s five TD catches in the first four games are tied for the fourth most in franchise history, trailing only Don Hutson (seven in 1942, six in 1945) and Bob Mann (six in 1951).

– RB Eddie Lacys 31-yard run in the second quarter was his longest rush of the season. Lacy’s 77 rushing yards in the first half were the second most in his career in a first half behind only his 84 yards at Tampa Bay on Dec. 21, 2014.

– WR Randall Cobb posted season highs in receptions (nine) and receiving yards (108), with six of the catches going for first downs. It was the 12th 100-yard receiving game of his career.

– LB Clay Matthews went over the 70-sack mark for his career, with his third-quarter sack of QB Eli Manning giving him 70.5 sacks as a pro. That is No. 2 in team history behind only DE Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila (74.5). Matthews has posted a sack in all three games he has played in this season.

– LB Nick Perrys third-quarter sack gave him a team-high 4.5 for the season, a career best (previous high of four in 2013). Perry has registered a half-sack or more in four straight games, the longest streak of his career.

– DB Micah Hyde posted a 6-yard sack of WR Odell Beckham in the third quarter, giving Hyde a sack in all four of his seasons (2013-16). He is the only defensive back in team history (since 1982) to register a sack in each of his first four seasons in the NFL.

– LB Kyler Fackrells forced fumble in the second quarter on a sack of Manning was the first of his career. Fackrell has posted a sack in back-to-back games.

– DT Kenny Clarks recovery of the fumble by Manning on Fackrell’s sack was the first of Clark’s career.


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Pregame warmup: Hyde, Hawkins will take on larger roles with Randall out

Posted by Mike Spofford on October 9, 2016 – 6:12 pm

GREEN BAY — The somewhat surprise scratch of CB Damarious Randall (groin) from the Packers’ lineup will elevate everyone else who can play cornerback for Green Bay.

The Packers are without their top two corners now in Sam Shields (concussion) and Randall, so second-year pros Quinten Rollins and LaDarius Gunter will be the starters. Yet to be determined is whether Micah Hyde or undrafted rookie Josh Hawkins will get the call as the nickel, with the other one coming in for the dime package.

The nickel will most likely be Hyde based on experience, but Hawkins could still get a fair number of snaps because the Packers play their dime defense plenty. Another option in the dime would be to bring in an extra safety rather than a corner, but that might make it tough to match up if the Giants line up with four wide receivers.

Hawkins will be looking to atone for a significant blunder in the Packers’ last game, vs. Detroit before the bye week. With Randall out of the game briefly due to illness, Hawkins was the first line of defense on a 73-yard TD pass to Marvin Jones Jr. that never should have been such a big play. It appeared Hawkins had a chance to shove Jones out of bounds after a roughly 20-yard reception, but he failed to do so, and then fellow undrafted rookie Kentrell Brice, playing safety, was late getting over to help and Jones went all the way.

Those are the kinds of mistakes by young players the Packers can’t afford, especially against a veteran QB like Eli Manning and a deep receiving corps that includes Odell Beckham Jr., Victor Cruz, and Sterling Shepard.

Around the NFC North: Regardless of tonight’s result, the Packers will remain in second place in the division, but to be determined is whether they’re one game or two behind the Vikings in the loss column.

Minnesota improved to 5-0 with a victory over Houston earlier Sunday. Detroit improved to 2-3 by handing Philadelphia (3-1) its first loss of the season, and Chicago fell to 1-4 with a loss at Indianapolis. The Vikings are now the lone unbeaten team in the entire NFL after the Broncos fell to the Falcons late this afternoon.

Weather update: It should be a nice fall evening for football at Lambeau Field. Temperatures are expected to be around 50 degrees at kickoff and falling into the high 40s as the game goes on. Skies are expected to be clear with minimal chance of rain and light winds.

Been a long time: Home cooking has been good to the Packers in October. The last time Green Bay lost at home in the month of October was way back in 2010, an overtime defeat at the hands of the Miami Dolphins.

This mark’s the Giants’ first trip to Lambeau Field since the 2011 NFC Divisional playoff, when New York scored an upset victory over a 15-1 Green Bay team. The last two Packers-Giants games, in 2012 and 2013 respectively, took place in New Jersey.

The last time the Giants visited Lambeau Field in the regular season was Week 16 of 2010, a Green Bay victory that launched the Packers’ run to the Super Bowl XLV title. That’s the only truly poor game Manning has played in his career vs. Green Bay. For more on that history, check out this week’s “One Last Look.”

 


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Damarious Randall ruled out; Packers-Giants inactives

Posted by Duke Bobber on October 9, 2016 – 5:59 pm

161005-inactives-giants-950The following players will not play in Sunday night’s game between the Green Bay Packers and the New York Giants:

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6 QB Joe Callahan
23 CB Damarious Randall
37 CB Sam Shields
68 T Kyle Murphy
89 TE Jared Cook
96 DT Brian Price
99 DT Christian Ringo

Starting lineup changes: #24 Quinten Rollins will start at cornerback for Randall. #36 LaDarius Gunter will start at cornerback for Shields. #82 Richard Rodgers will start at tight end for Cook.

New York Giants
8 QB Josh Johnson
23 RB Rashad Jennings
27 S Darian Thompson
29 S Nat Berhe
73 T Marshall Newhouse
84 TE Larry Donnell
99 DT Robert Thomas


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Packers name captains for Sunday night’s tilt with Giants

Posted by Duke Bobber on October 9, 2016 – 2:30 pm

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As per team tradition, the Packers select game captains each week. Tonight’s captains will be WR Jordy Nelson (offense), S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (defense) and WR Jeff Janis (special teams).


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After time off, Packers ‘ready to go’ for Sunday night

Posted by Mike Spofford on October 7, 2016 – 11:27 am

161007-mccarthy-950GREEN BAY — The Packers have had a week off and now a long week of practice that started on Monday. To say they’re eager to retake the field for a game would be an understatement.

“Definitely. There’s good energy. They’re ready to go,” Head Coach Mike McCarthy said on Friday in his last meeting with the media before Sunday night’s game against the Giants at Lambeau Field. “The early bye week, it’s different for the veterans, the rookies don’t know any better, but anytime you get into a week that feels like it’s a little longer, particularly with a Sunday night game, you can feel the energy on Fridays and it will probably be the same tomorrow. They’re ready to go.”

Second-year CB Damarious Randall popped up on the injury report this week with a groin injury and has been limited in practice. McCarthy said he hopes there won’t be any concern come Sunday night.

After this fourth game of 2016, suspended players Mike Pennel and Demetri Goodson are eligible to be activated to the roster, but no pending roster decisions have been made.

“Pre-planning is something you do all the time, but you’re not going to have all the answers to the equation until we get done playing this game Sunday night,” McCarthy said. “(The discussions) will occur Monday after we get the medical report from our training staff.”

 


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Packers’ young inside LBs ‘approach the game the right way’

Posted by Mike Spofford on October 6, 2016 – 6:00 pm

161006-coordinators-950GREEN BAY — The Packers’ coordinators and defensive coaches addressed the media late Thursday afternoon. Here’s a synopsis of some of their key comments.

Special teams coordinator Ron Zook
(on getting Janis back at full strength)

“He’s excited to be able to be out there without the cast. He never complained about it. He did a nice job. I’m looking forward to seeing what he can do without it.”

(will Janis get involved in the return game)

“That’ll be up to Coach (McCarthy). We have a number of guys that can do it. We’ll see who’s got the hot hand.”

(on Harris in the return game for Giants)

“He’s returned three for touchdowns in his career, and anybody who does that, you respect him. And he had three tackles on special teams Monday night. I think he’s a heck of a special-teams player. He’s fearless. He plays very, very hard.”

Defensive coordinator Dom Capers
(on the pass defense)

“Too many big plays. I think we’re getting pretty consistent pressure. I think we’ve got to convert our opportunities (for turnovers). If we make a couple of those interceptions, that’s two possessions we take away from them and give the offense the ball. That’s what you have to do.”

(on Manning)

“He’s very efficient. They don’t give up many sacks because he gets rid of the ball. He understands the system and doesn’t want to take negative plays.”

(on Randall)

“It’s like any young corner in the league. You’re going to make some plays, you’re going to miss some plays. I think Damarious will be fine. He’s a young guy that’s a real competitor, and he’s going through what I think a lot of young corners go through.”

(on Beckham)

“You don’t have to watch much tape and Odell catches your eye. He’s a rare guy. He’s got elite ability and he’s a dynamic player. You’re always worried when he gets the ball in his hands because he’s so good after the catch. Every time he touches the ball, he has a chance to make a big play.”

(on emotional players)

“Sometimes that’s what makes them great players. I’ve seen a lot of great players play on the edge. This is a game sometimes where you have to play on the edge, but you can’t let that influence your play.”

Offensive coordinator Edgar Bennett
(on Pierre-Paul and Vernon in the pass rush)

“That’s one of their strengths, the two guys they have on the outside. We have to make it more about us and what we do. That’s our approach.”

(on McAdoo)

“Excellent football coach but even better person. Tremendous work ethic. You saw that Day 1, and when it works out the way it did, you say that’s what you want to see, a guy that’s putting in the work, day in and day out. It’s about taking care of the job that’s in front of you, and good things will happen.”

Associate head coach/linebackers Winston Moss
(on getting the OLBs healthy again)

“I think it’s a blessing and it’s great from a coaching standpoint to have so many different options with different skills sets that are all very capable of performing at a high level. Sunday night, if we can get all these guys on the field at different times where we see they best fit to impact a game, that’s what we’re looking for.”

(on Perry’s play and the impact on Matthews)

“If Nick continues to play that way, it better serves the defense. I think Nick Perry is off to a very impressive start, and you want to take it one game at a time to where let’s continue to find ways to put him in the best position to continue to play well.”

Defensive line coach Mike Trgovac
(on the leadership of Daniels and Guion for the younger players)

“Letroy and Mike both, they’re both a good influence on those guys in that room. The first day you walk in there, you do have a lot of young, new faces in there. Mike’s work ethic is so good. Letroy is a very smart, intelligent guy football-wise. He’s always helping them out. You still coach the guys, but when you have a veteran player in there reinforcing it for them, that’s huge.”

(on Price’s debut)

“I thought he did well. He’s another kid for a young man that’s mature and very serious about his business. That’s what I like about these young guys, Ringo included, they’re very serious about their jobs. Dean, Kenny, BP, you can see they’ve got some football smarts.”

Safeties coach Darren Perry
(on Burnett)

“He’s coming along. He’s progressing, and we hope to get him back this week. He’s got some reps this week, so hopefully he’ll help us out on Sunday.”

(on Brice)

“Brice had as good a camp as anybody we had on defense. He’s earned his snaps. We’re just trying to find ways to get our best guys on the field.”

(on playing against emotional receivers)

“There are some guys that talk, some guys use it as motivation and use it as fuel to get them going a little bit. There are different ways to try to get after people. The biggest thing is you have to play with your personality. You have to be smart about it, not be selfish and not hurt the team.”

Cornerbacks coach Joe Whitt Jr.
(on what was discovered during self-scout)

“That we need to improve. We’re working at it, hopefully we’re getting there. We need to play a better brand of football, winning football. The things we haven’t done well, hopefully we’ve addressed it and we’re moving forward.”

“A lot of pressure is put on our room for the success of the defense. That’s just part of it, and they know that coming in. I know that coming in. They have to do it. We have to get it done.”

(on Beckham)

“He can do it all. He’s one of the few guys that can run the whole route tree. He has a great catch radius. He’s very dangerous with run after the catch. He runs with more power than people give him credit for. Him and Antonio Bryant are average-sized guys, but they can do whatever you ask them to do. He’s an elite player.”

(on the other Giants receivers)

“They’re as good a receiving corps as there is in the league, from top to bottom, and they have a quarterback that can get them the ball.”

Assistant linebackers coach Scott McCurley
(on the play of his young group through three games)

“It was a solid start. A lot of good reps, good and bad, some bumps in the road, but right now, it’s experience. They put some good snaps together. Defensively we’ve done some good things against the run. We just need to keep growing. They approach the game the right way.”

(on Martinez’s nose)

“It’s going pretty well right now. It looks like they cleaned up the stitches a little bit. That was brutal. I was hoping we could get through the Detroit game and heal up over the bye week, but it didn’t take but one hit there and it was split back open. He’s fighting through that OK.”

Other stories:

Hodkiewicz: Packers’ pass rush coming in a variety of forms

Spofford: Bakhtiari-Vernon rematch comes at new stage of each’s career

Hodkiewicz: McCarthy values Justin Perillo’s versatility


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