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News now! Packers 3-2 following 42-10 win over Vikings

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on October 2, 2014 – 10:28 pm

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GREEN BAY–Eddie Lacy rushed for 105 yards and two touchdowns, and Aaron Rodgers threw three touchdown passes as the Packers ran and passed to an easy, 42-10 win over the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday night at Lambeau Field.

The win moved the Packers over .500 for the first time this season. At 3-2, the Packers moved ahead of the Chicago Bears and to within a half game of the NFC North-leading Detroit Lions. The Lions host Buffalo on Sunday.

Green Bay led the Vikings 42-0 after three quarters. The Packers next play in Miami on Oct. 12.

 

 


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News now! Packers cruising, 42-0, after three quarters

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on October 2, 2014 – 9:45 pm

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GREEN BAY–The Packers kept their foot on the gas in the third quarter, as Eddie Lacy pounded out two touchdowns and the Packers took a 42-0 lead over the Vikings into the fourth quarter of Thursday night’s game at Lambeau Field.

Lacy scored on an 11-yard run with 10:33 to play in the third quarter, capping a six-play, 70-yard drive. With 3:42 left in the quarter, Lacy ran right tackle for 10 yards and a touchdown that capped a seven-play, 52-yard drive.

The second touchdown run put Lacy over 100 yards rushing for the first time this season.

 

 

 


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Packers are dominating the line of scrimmage

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on October 2, 2014 – 8:54 pm

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Joe from Saint Paul, MN
I love that play-action pass to Nelson for the touchdown. Watching that play develop is a thing of beauty.

The poor defensive back had no chance. I think it was Harrison Smith. Nelson had the whole secondary and Smith to himself, and Nelson put a double move on Smith and it was curtains. Something was drastically wrong with that coverage scheme.

Reiss from Virginia Beach, VA
Vic, in your time as a reporter, have you noticed if inclement weather favors the run game?

Wind favors the running game. Rain favors big-hand quarterbacks.

James from Rochester, NY
Vic, the Vikings offensive tackles are lining up almost behind the line of scrimmage. How is this allowed?

Does it matter? The Vikings tackles are getting clobbered. What has happened to Matt Kalil?

Nick from State College, PA
Is it just me or does the offensive line look impressive with the holes they’re opening?

Eddie Lacy ran through holes the size of which he hasn’t seen since he was at Alabama playing in an out-of-conference game against a directional school. The Packers’ two lines are dominating this game.

Matt from Kaukauna, WI
Vic, what are fans going to complain about this week? It doesn’t look like the running game will be it.

Why did McCarthy take his foot off the gas in the second half?

John from Green Bay, WI
Vic, did Eddie Lacy catch a break by not being penalized for lowering his helmet on the defender on his 29-yard run in the first quarter?

I said to Mike Spofford, “If you’re not going to call that, then why have that rule in the rulebook?”

Eric from Mount Pleasant, SC
I thought after the Bears game and the shutdown of Marshall-Jeffery, playing soft on Forte and Bennett was a smart plan, assuming it was a plan. So, the Vikings plan would put the least priority on the deeper passes, and maybe suffer a couple of 40-plus deep passes, but shut them down otherwise. Based on what you’re seeing tonight, what do you think about my idea vs. what they’re trying to do?

I’m not smart enough to understand that kind of stuff. What I’m seeing tonight is a veteran team hitting its stride against a team trying to establish its future without its quarterback of the future playing in the game.

Kevin from Plainview, TX
Despite the weather, the field appears to be holding up well, which I feel is good for the Packers. What does it look like to you?

The field is of golf-course quality. We didn’t get the downpour that was predicted. The rain is very light right now.

Alex from Fort Wayne, IN
Was Eddie Lacy injured? If not, why take out the runner with the hot hand?

Because everyone complained James Starks didn’t get any carries in Chicago?

Andrew from Alexandria, VA
What is it going to take to never see that stupid toss play again? Time and time again it loses yards. Why, with two big backs, especially on third-and-1, do you toss it 6 yards into the backfield? Please, explain the thought process. I really don’t understand it. It’s been bad for years.

R-E-L-A-X.

Trevor from Chico, CA
Can you please tell 12 he doesn’t need to throw a TD on every play? Take the underneath game, run it, move the ball and then hit the big play when they are not looking for it.

Twelve, you don’t need to throw a TD on every play. Take the underneath game, run it, move the ball and then hit the big play when they are not looking for it.

Ben from Tukwila, WA
Great game so far, Vic. What are your thoughts on why Mike McCarthy all of a sudden accepts the ball instead of deferring like he usually does?

He’s playing mind games with the fans? I have a feeling he could’ve kicked to the clock and it would’ve turned out OK.

Troy from Jefferson, WI
Does it bug you how Tramon and Burnett have been playing conservative tackles the whole game?

No.

Dylan from Forty Fort, PA
Vic, what has impressed you the most so far?

It’s a tie between the play of the Packers’ two lines and the score. How does Thursday Night Football keep getting these blowouts?


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News now! Turnovers help Packers extend lead

Posted by Mike Spofford on October 2, 2014 – 8:54 pm

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GREEN BAY — A string of turnovers by the Vikings helped the Packers double their lead to 28-0 at halftime on Thursday night at Lambeau Field.

The Packers defense extended the lead to 21-0 all by itself midway through the second quarter.

Packers DT Luther Robinson, who was signed to the active roster from the practice squad hours before kickoff, pressured Vikings QB Christian Ponder and appeared to hit his arm on a pass. The ball floated into the hands of Packers LB Julius Peppers, who ran across to the other side of the field and up the sideline for a 49-yard TD return.

It was Peppers’ first touchdown since 2009 while playing for the Panthers.

Two plays into the Vikings’ next drive, the Packers had another interception, this one by LB Jamari Lattimore, the first pick of his career. Lattimore snagged a throw on a crossing route that was behind RB Jerick McKinnon and returned it to the Minnesota 20-yard line.

The offense needed just three plays to convert that into points. After a 9-yard pass to TE Andrew Quarless, QB Aaron Rodgers hit WR Davante Adams on a slant on third-and-1 and he waltzed into the end zone for a 28-0 lead with 4:51 left in the half.

The Vikings then turned it over on a third straight possession, as RB Matt Asiata fumbled at the end of an 11-yard run and Packers CB Casey Hayward recovered.

The Packers didn’t do anything with that turnover, going three-and-out.


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News now! Packers run, pass for 14-0 lead

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on October 2, 2014 – 8:06 pm

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GREEN BAY–Rain couldn’t douse the fire the Packers ignited in Chicago last Sunday. The Packers offense was firing on both cylinders in taking a 14-0 lead into the second quarter of Thursday night’s game against the visiting Minnesota Vikings.

After an exchange of punts, the Packers took possession at their 39 and began with an 18-yard run by Eddie Lacy. Then Lacy broke off left tackle for 29 yards to the Vikings 14, flattening a defender along the way. One more time, Lacy took the handoff, this time gaining 6. On second-and-4, Aaron Rodgers pitched an 8-yard touchdown pass to Randall Cobb, 7-0, with 9:39 to play in the first quarter.

The Packers defense forced a punt and Rodgers had the ball back at his 19 with 6:50 left. It took only four plays for Rodgers to fire a 66-yard touchdown pass to Jordy Nelson, who used a double move to put more than 10 yards between himself and the Vikings defender.

Meanwhile, the Vikings offense, playing without rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, was unable to mount a drive.

 

 


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Pregame warmup: It’s Ponder for Vikings; T-storms possible

Posted by Mike Spofford on October 2, 2014 – 6:01 pm

GREEN BAY — The big mystery of the week has been solved, and the answer is Christian Ponder.

Vikings rookie QB Teddy Bridgewater has been declared inactive for tonight’s game against the Packers at Lambeau Field due to an ankle injury, so Minnesota will turn its offense over to Ponder, who began the season as the team’s No. 3 QB behind Matt Cassel and Bridgewater. Cassel is out for the season with a foot injury, and Bridgewater made his first NFL start last week, leading the Vikings to a victory over the Falcons.

Ponder has started the last six Packers-Vikings meetings in the regular season, dating back to his rookie year of 2011. The only matchup he missed in that time was the 2012 NFC Wild Card playoff game, when he was a late scratch due to an arm injury sustained the previous week against the Packers, a game Ponder and the Vikings won to get into the playoffs. Joe Webb started the playoff game in Ponder’s place and the Packers won, 24-10.

That Minnesota victory in the 2012 regular-season finale at the Metrodome is Ponder’s only win over the Packers. He also was the QB for last season’s tie at Lambeau Field, making him 1-4-1 in his six starts against Green Bay.

Weather update: Thunderstorms are in the forecast for Green Bay tonight, but they may not arrive until after kickoff. It has been drizzling off and on during the day, and the thunderstorm chances go up throughout the evening. Temperatures are in the low to mid-60s with light winds.

In the NFC North: The Packers and Vikings both come into tonight’s game at 2-2, tied with the Bears and one game behind the first-place Lions. The winner of tonight’s game could finish the weekend tied for first, should the Lions lose on Sunday to the Bills. At worst, tonight’s winner will be tied for second place, possibly with the Bears, who play the Panthers on Sunday.

League leaders: The Packers’ top two receivers are both at the top of the league rankings in different categories. Jordy Nelson leads the NFL in receptions (33) and yards (549) through four games, while Randall Cobb is tied for the league lead in TD receptions (five).

The last time a Packers receiver led the league in both receptions and yards for an entire season was 1992, when Sterling Sharpe did it. It was much more recent the last time a Packers WR led the league in TD catches. That was 2012, when James Jones did it.

Been a long time: The Vikings are without RB Adrian Peterson for a Packers-Vikings matchup for the first time since 2006. They’ll feature RBs Matt Asiata and Jerick McKinnon tonight. Who was the last Minnesota feature RB for Packers-Vikings not named Adrian Peterson? Click here to find out.


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Packers-Vikings inactives: It’s official – Bridgewater’s out

Posted by Duke Bobber on October 2, 2014 – 5:59 pm

The following players have been declared as inactive for Sunday night’s game between the Green Bay Packers and the Minnesota Vikings at Lambeau Field.

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11 WR Jarrett Boykin
16 QB Scott Tolzien
39 CB Demetri Goodson
54 LB Carl Bradford
58 LB Sam Barrington
72 C Garth Gerhart
93 DL Josh Boyd

57 LB Jamari Lattimore will start for 59 LB Brad Jones, who is active after missing the last three games.

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5 QB Teddy Bridgewater
52 LB Chad Greenway
58 LB Brandon Watts
66 G David Yankey
72 G Austin Wentworth
82 TE Kyle Rudolph
95 DE Scott Crichton

7 QB Christian Ponder will start for Bridgewater, 85 TE Rhett Ellison will start for Rudolph, and 50 LB Gerald Hodges will start for Greenway.


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Bakhtiari, Matthews and House are Thursday’s captains vs. Vikings

Posted by Duke Bobber on October 2, 2014 – 3:25 pm

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As per team tradition, the Packers select game captains each week.  Tonight’s captains will be T David Bakhtiari (offense), LB Clay Matthews (defense) and CB Davon House (special teams).


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Green Bay Packers vs. Minnesota Vikings Roster Card

Posted by packers.com on October 2, 2014 – 9:03 am

Download the Green Bay Packers vs. Minnesota Vikings roster card here.

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News now! Early training helps rookie QBs succeed

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on October 1, 2014 – 1:07 pm

141001-news-now-mccarthy-300GREEN BAY–Rookie quarterbacks are playing better than ever before, as evidenced last week by the statistical performances of Teddy Bridgewater and Blake Bortles.

“Teddy Bridgewater definitely has the ability to play from the pocket, and come out of the pocket and make plays,” Packers Coach Mike McCarthy said of the Vikings rookie. “I think you have to give credit to these high school programs and to these college programs. You go to these high school games and they’re throwing the ball all over the yard. The wide-open offenses in high school and college have prepared the quarterbacks. At what they’re exposed to at a young age, there’s just more out there.”

The Bridgewater era of Vikings football likely began last Sunday in a 41-28 win over the Falcons. Whether he plays against the Packers on Thursday will depend on his attempt to recover from an ankle injury Bridgewater sustained in that win over the Falcons.

On the Packers injury front, wide receiver Jarrett Boykin has been ruled out with a groin injury, linebacker Sam Barrington (hamstring) and defensive lineman Josh Boyd (knee) are each doubtful, and everybody else on the Packers injury report is probable, including Clay Matthews (groin).

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