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News now! Packers cling to lead heading into fourth

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on September 13, 2015 – 2:23 pm

150913-q3-in-game-updates-650CHICAGO — The Packers took a 17-16 lead over the Bears into the fourth quarter of Sunday’s season opener at Soldier Field.

Following a 46-yard kickoff return by Ty Montgomery to begin the second half, the Packers moved across midfield and then Eddie Lacy ran for 15 yards to the Bears 31. Aaron Rodgers flipped a 25-yard completion to Davante Adams at the Bears 6-yard line. The ruling was challenged unsuccessfully by Bears Coach John Fox.

Two plays later, Rodgers threw to James Jones for a touchdown, his second of the day. The Packers led, 17-13, with 11:56 to play in the third quarter.

The Bears roared back on the strength of a third-and-9 conversion pass and a 20-yard run by Matt Forte. Jay Cutler completed a 12-yard pass to Alshon Jeffery on third-and-3. From the Packers 23, the Bears were moved back 10 yards for holding. Cutler failed to see a wide-open Martellus Bennett on second down, and the Bears ran on third down to give Robbie Gould a 45-yard field goal attempt. Gould hit it, 17-16, with 4:57 to play.

Late in the quarter, Rodgers converted a third-and-4 with his legs, rushing for 12 to the Bears 49. That’s where the Packers were when quarter ended.

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News now! Bears take 13-10 lead into halftime

Posted by Mike Spofford on September 13, 2015 – 1:36 pm

150913-q2-in-game-updates-650CHICAGO — The second quarter had only three possessions, and all resulted in scores, as the Bears took a 13-10 lead into halftime on Sunday at Soldier Field.

The Bears got their running game going and the Packers got sloppy on the first possession of the quarter. RB Matt Forte carried 10 times for 62 yards, and the Packers were flagged for offsides three times, the most damaging coming on the Bears field goal try after the defense held in the red zone. The field goal was good, but the Bears chose to take the penalty to set up a fourth-and-1, and Forte picked it up to make it first-and-goal.

Forte then took it in from 1 yard out on third down, giving the Bears the lead at 10-7 with 7:49 left in the half.

The Packers came back to tie the game on their next drive. QB Aaron Rodgers took advantage of a free play with the Bears offsides to hit WR James Jones for a 34-yard gain. He then connected with WR Davante Adams for 21 yards to get the ball in the red zone. But two holding penalties on Green Bay halted the drive, and the Packers had to settle for K Mason Crosby’s 37-yard field goal, making it 10-10 with 2:32 left in the half.

The Bears threatened to score again on the final possession of the half. An 8-yard run by Forte and a 12-yard scramble by QB Jay Cutler converted third downs and got the Bears across midfield. Another third-down conversion on a pass to WR Marquess Wilson moved the ball to the edge of field goal range. K Robbie Gould drilled a 50-yard FG with 8 seconds left to put the Bears back on top, 13-10.


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Halftime deficit has inbox in a state of panic

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on September 13, 2015 – 1:36 pm

150813-ask-vic-halfBrian from Champaign, WI

I did say baloney.

I didn’t.

Tom from Bismarck, ND

Vic, for the record. Another season begins. Another soft defensive team. The punting game has not been addressed. Rodgers is a year older. You’re darn right I’m frustrated.

Don’t call 911. You’ll make it.

Brandon from Redding, CA

The defense looked alright on the first drive, but the Bears seem to be using the dink-and-dunk offense pretty well. How do teams stop that?

Be patient and wait for the tipped pass in traffic.

Mike from Erie, PA

Vic, as a Packers fan, our run defense worries me. As a football fan, I look forward to how our players and coaches will address the run defense.

You can’t scheme to stop the run without making yourself vulnerable in the pass game. You have to win up front, and that’s up to the players. If you want the coaches to do it, it becomes a guessing game and Dom Capers better guess right.

Randy from Des Moines, IA

Does it feel like we are stopping the run?

Forte is approaching 100 yards as I’m writing this; he finished the half with 105. I don’t like that. The fourth quarter will tell the tale.

Nick from Seattle, WA

Vic, this game will come down to containing Matt Forte. What is happening down there?

The Bears are imposing their will against nickel. Forte carried the ball 10 times in the Bears’ 15-play, second-quarter touchdown drive. John Fox won’t stop running it until the Packers stop the run.

Jonathan from Darien, IL

Vic, I feel like panicking, but I know I shouldn’t. What do you think about the defense so far?

Despite its failures against the run, it’s given up 13 points. It’s time to score some points.

Dan from New Berlin, WI

We aren’t doing well in time of possession. I see a tired defense come the fourth quarter.

It’s a legitimate concern.

Mike from Charlotte, NC

Vic, this game, indeed, has a lot of energy. The Bears look like they shored up on their fundamentals pretty well with Fox. I bet your inbox is already panicked, in September no less. How do you even open it right now? I look forward to your responses.

My inbox is in a state of meltdown. It was not prepared to face a 13-10 deficit at halftime. The Packers should be winning by a large margin by now.

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News now! Packers hold 7-3 lead after one quarter

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on September 13, 2015 – 12:42 pm

150913-q1-in-game-updates-650CHICAGO — The Packers held a 7-3 lead over the Bears following one quarter of play at Soldier Field on Sunday.

The Bears received the opening kickoff, after the Packers won the coin toss and elected to defer their choice. On the second play of the game, Matt Forte cut back over the right side for 22 yards to the Bears 45-yard line. Two plays later, Jacquizz Rodgers rushed for a first down at the Packers 43.

On third-and-4, Jay Cutler hit Alshon Jeffery on a drag route over the middle for 25 yards to the Packers 12. Following a false-start penalty, the Bears faced second-and-11 from the 13. Cutler threw to Forte for 5 yards. Cutler was sacked by B.J. Raji on third down and Robbie Gould booted a 28-yard field goal with 9:28 to play in the first quarter.

Rookie Ty Montgomery returned the ensuing kickoff 41 yards to the Packers 39. Quickly, Aaron Rodgers faced a third-and-3. His pass for Davante Adams was wide of the mark and the Packers were forced to punt.

The Packers regained possession at their 23 with 5:25 to play in the quarter. Rodgers found Richard Rodgers over the middle for 20 yards. A 16-yard run by Eddie Lacy put the Packers at the Bears 31. On third-and-1, Rodgers sneaked for a first down at the 20. Rodgers faced a third-and-3 from the 13. He found James Jones on the far left side of the end zone and the Packers led, 7-3, with :43 to play in the quarter.

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Pregame warmup: Burnett’s absence will have trickle-down effect

Posted by Mike Spofford on September 13, 2015 – 10:48 am

CHICAGO — With Packers starting safety Morgan Burnett (calf) unable to play today, the key question becomes who will enter the game as Green Bay’s nickel cornerback.

Micah Hyde, who has played plenty of nickel, will be starting at safety in Burnett’s place, so that could turn the nickel job over to rookie CB Damarious Randall. If indeed Randall comes into the game as the third corner, it will be worth watching to see if he lines up outside, moving Casey Hayward into the slot, where Hayward has played a lot in his first three years in the league.

The trickle-down effect then extends to the dime package when four corners are utilized. That fourth one now might be rookie Quinten Rollins, if Hyde is playing safety the entire game. Another option would be to move Hyde down into the slot for the dime and insert Sean Richardson at safety.

The personnel packages will be worth monitoring in Burnett’s absence.

Bears WRs to play: Chicago receivers Alshon Jeffery (calf) and Eddie Royal(hip) were both listed as questionable on the injury report, but both are active and expected to play.

Streaky: Mike McCarthy’s head-coaching career began with a 26-0 loss in the 2006 opener. After that, the Packers won five straight opening games (2007-11), including one against the Bears in 2009, but now Green Bay is on a three-game losing streak in openers, having fallen twice to San Francisco (2012-13) and once to Seattle (2014).

Of greater import is the fact that in losing their opener the past three years, the Packers have gone on to start 1-2 through three games. A win today would go a long way toward potentially avoiding another 1-2 start, particularly with Green Bay’s next two games at home.

Rivalry opener: Today will mark the 22nd time the Packers will open their season against the Bears, with the two teams tied at 10-10-1 in the previous meetings. The Packers haven’t opened a season in Chicago since 1981.

For more on the history of the Packers-Bears rivalry as it pertains to opening day, check out this week’s “One Last Look.”

New addition: Packers WR James Jones returned to the team this week after a year away, and former teammates Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb weren’t the only receivers he already knew. Turns out Jones met Davante Adams back when Adams was in high school.

If you missed the feature story earlier this week on the two receivers’ connection, click here.

TV map: Here’s the TV map for Sunday’s game, courtesy of 506sports.com.

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Hyde will start for Burnett; Packers-Bears inactives

Posted by Duke Bobber on September 13, 2015 – 10:30 am


The following players have been declared as inactive for Sunday’s game between the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field:

Green Bay PackersGreen Bay Packers
7 QB Brett Hundley
36 CB LaDarius Gunter
42 S Morgan Burnett
46 RB Alonzo Harris
55 LB Andy Mulumba
65 G Lane Taylor
86 TE Kennard Backman

Starting lineup changes: #33 Micah Hyde will start at strong safety for #42 Morgan Burnett

Chicago Bears
12 QB David Fales
21 CB Tracy Porter
25 RB Ka’Deem Carey
52 LB Jonathan Bostic
55 C Hroniss Grasu
73 T Tayo Fabuluje
81 WR Cameron Meredith

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Packers take on Bears in regular-season opener

Posted by Duke Bobber on September 13, 2015 – 9:05 am


– The Green Bay Packers play the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field in Week 1 for the first time since 1981.

– For the third year in a row and just the fourth time in 10 seasons under Head Coach Mike McCarthy (2010), the Packers open the season on the road. It is the first time since 1977-79 that the Packers have opened on the road for three consecutive seasons.

– The last time Green Bay opened the season with a road game against a division opponent was at Detroit in 2005.

– Including playoffs, the Packers have won five straight games at Soldier Field and six of the last seven at the stadium. Green Bay has held Chicago to 20 points or less in seven of the last eight games at Soldier Field.

– Today will mark game No. 191 in the NFL’s oldest rivalry. The Bears hold a 93-91-6 edge in the series, which includes two playoff games (1-1).

– This will mark the 53rd time the two teams have met in the month of September, with both teams recording 24 wins (24-24-4). Only seven of those September matchups took place in Chicago, and the Packers were 5-2 in those games, including a 38-17 win last season in Week 4.

– The Packers have won four of the last five matchups against the Bears in games played in September.

– Under McCarthy, the Packers are 13-6 against the Bears during the regular and postseason, including 7-3 on the road.

– In all but one of the 13 wins under McCarthy, Green Bay has scored at least 20 points.

– Today will be the 22nd time the Packers open the regular season against the Bears (10-10-1) and just the third time the game has been played in Chicago (1979, 1981).

– Green Bay has played Chicago in Week 1 six times since 1970, with the Packers holding a 4-2 record in those matchups.

– Since 1990, the Packers are 7-4 against division opponents in Week 1, including 2-1 under McCarthy.

– The last division opponent Green Bay faced in Week 1 was Chicago in 2009, a 21-15 Packers win at Lambeau Field.

– Green Bay has 52 wins on Kickoff Weekend, second most in NFL history behind only the Bears (54 victories in Week 1). The Packers and Bears are the only teams in the NFL with 50-plus wins on Kickoff Weekend.

– Since 2006, Green Bay is 18-9 (.667) on the road against division opponents in the regular season, tied for No. 3 in the league over that time span.

– Green Bay has won its first road game in six of nine seasons under McCarthy.

– With a six-game winning streak in the first road game of the season from 2006-11, McCarthy joined Vince Lombardi (eight straight, 1960-67) as the only coaches in team history to win six or more consecutive road openers.

– The Packers hold the record for the most wins (53) in road openers in the NFL.

– In the 13 seasons of the NFC North (2002-14), the Packers (eight) and Bears (three) have accounted for 11 division titles.

– Today is the Packers’ lone NFC North game in the first eight contests. Green Bay will finish the regular season with five of the final eight games against division opponents.

– Since McCarthy took over in 2006, the Packers have a 19-12 (.613) mark in the month of September. Green Bay’s 19 wins are tied for No. 2 in the NFC and No. 5 in the NFL.


– With Aaron Rodgers as the starting quarterback, Green Bay is 12-3 during the regular and postseason against the Bears, with one loss coming in 2013 after Rodgers left the game with an injury after the first series.

– In the 15 games against Chicago, Rodgers has an overall passer rating of 106.2 and has thrown for a 100-plus passer rating in five of the last eight matchups.

– Rodgers has guided Green Bay to four consecutive regular-season wins at Chicago, throwing for a combined 1,208 yards, 12 touchdowns, three interceptions and a passer rating of 115.2 in the four contests.

– In the two games against the Bears last season, Rodgers completed 40 of 55 passes for 617 yards, 10 touchdowns, zero interceptions and a passer rating of 149.0. He was the first QB in NFL history to throw 10 TDs and no INTs against an opponent in a single season. Green Bay scored 38 and 55 points in the two matchups against Chicago last season.


– A win would mark the Packers’ 10th in the last 11 matchups against the Bears during the regular and postseason, including the sixth consecutive win at Chicago, which would be the second-longest road winning streak for the Packers in the series (11, 1994-2005)

– Green Bay is looking to score at least 30 points against the Bears for the fourth consecutive game.

– The Packers have held the Bears to 17 points or less in four of the last six contests.

– Seven of the last eight games played in Chicago between the two teams have been decided by 10 points or less.

– A win would improve the Packers to 6-4 in season openers under McCarthy, including 2-2 in season openers on the road.

– McCarthy will begin his 10th regular season as Green Bay’s head coach, passing Vince Lombardi (1959-67) and Bart Starr (1975-83) for the second-most seasons as head coach in franchise history behind Curly Lambeau’s 31 (1919-49).


– QB Aaron Rodgers looks to throw for 300-plus yards for the fourth time in the last five season openers. In 2013, Rodgers tied the franchise record for passing yards in a season opener, with 333 at San Francisco.

– If Rodgers throws for 300-plus yards, it will be the 41st 300-yard passing game of his career during the regular season.

– Rodgers has thrown for at least two touchdowns in four of the last five season openers.

– Including the postseason, the Packers have won nine in a row against Chicago in games Rodgers throws at least five passes.

– WR Randall Cobb needs one reception to extend his consecutive games with a catch to 47, including the postseason.

– In the last three season openers, Cobb has recorded 243 yards receiving on 22 receptions (11.0 avg.) with two receiving touchdowns.

– Cobb has registered 100-plus yards receiving in two of the last four games he has played in against the Bears, including hauling in seven receptions for 113 yards and two touchdowns at Chicago last season.

– Cobb has recorded five touchdown receptions in the last three games he has played in against the Bears.

– RB Eddie Lacy has registered a touchdown in all four games vs. Chicago and has totaled more than 100 yards from scrimmage in two of the contests.

– Including the postseason, Lacy has rushed for more than 90 yards in six of the last eight games.

– Lacy finished the 2014 regular season by surpassing 100 yards from scrimmage in each of the final nine contests, the longest streak in team history, and scored at least one touchdown in six of those games.

– WR James Jones set a career high with three receiving touchdowns at Chicago in 2012.


– LB Clay Matthews has 6.5 sacks in the last four games he has played in against the Bears.

– Matthews recorded an interception he returned 40 yards at Chicago last season.

– Matthews has registered a total of 6.5 sacks in six season openers.

– From 2009-11, LB Julius Peppers recorded a sack in each season opener.

– Peppers registered a sack, forced fumble, fumble recovery and tipped a pass that was picked off by S Morgan Burnett in the Packers’ 55-14 win over Chicago last season.

– Burnett set a career high with 14 tackles in the 2011 season-opening win over New Orleans.

– LB Nick Perry registered career highs with nine tackles and seven solo tackles in the 2012 season opener against San Francisco, his first NFL regular-season game.

– S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix recorded six tackles (four solo) and a sack in the 2014 season opener at Seattle.


– K Mason Crosby (1,037) needs 18 points to surpass Ryan Longwell (1,054) for the franchise record.

– Crosby (268) is 10 field-goal attempts short of surpassing Longwell (277) for the most in team history.


– As per team tradition, the Packers select game captains each week.

– Today’s captains will be G T.J. Lang (offense), LB Julius Peppers (defense) and S Chris Banjo (special teams).


– Today’s officiating crew includes referee Craig Wrolstad (4), umpire Roy Ellison (81), head linesman Mark Hittner (28), line judge Julian Mapp (10), field judge Steve Zimmer (33), side judge Jeff Lamberth (21) and back judge Lee Dyer (27).

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Lang, Peppers and Banjo selected as captains vs. Bears

Posted by Duke Bobber on September 13, 2015 – 9:00 am


As per team tradition, the Packers select game captains each week. Tonight’s captains will be G T.J. Lang (offense), LB Julius Peppers (defense) and S Chris Banjo (special teams).

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Bears sign LB Lamin Barrow to active roster

Posted by Duke Bobber on September 12, 2015 – 4:38 pm

The Chicago Bears announced Saturday that LB Lamin Barrow was signed to the active roster from the practice squad. LB Sam Acho’s contract was terminated. Acho had previously been ruled out for Sunday’s game vs. Green Bay (illness).

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#PackersBusinessTrip: Behind-the-scenes photos from Chicago

Posted by Duke Bobber on September 12, 2015 – 3:17 pm

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