Rodgers fastest QB in NFL history to 250 TDs

Posted by Duke Bobber on November 27, 2015 – 12:57 am

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– The Packers lost to the Chicago Bears, 17-13, on Thursday night at Lambeau Field. Green Bay is now 7-4 on the season.

– Green Bay rushed for a season-high 177 yards, the team’s highest output since a 179-yard effort on the ground last season in Week 14 vs. Atlanta.

– The Packers will travel to Detroit next Thursday to take on the Lions in a prime-time contest, Green Bay’s fourth straight NFC North game. It will mark the first time Green Bay has played back-to-back Thursday games since Weeks 12-13 in 2007 (at Detroit, at Dallas).

 

OTHER POSTGAME NOTES:
– Tonight’s paid attendance was 78,488, the 315th consecutive regular-season sellout at Lambeau Field.

– QB Aaron Rodgers’ 25-yard TD pass in the first quarter was the 250th of his career. He set an NFL record for the fewest games needed (121) to reach the 250-TD mark, surpassing the previous record held by Dan Marino (128 games).

– RB Eddie Lacy rushed for 105 yards on 17 carries (6.2 avg.), giving him back-to-back 100-yard rushing games for the first time in his career.

– Lacy posted a 25-yard TD catch in the first quarter, giving him a TD in all six career games vs. Chicago. He is tied with Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald (six games vs. Philadelphia) for the longest current TD streak in the league against one opponent to start a career.

– Lacy’s 29-yard run on the opening drive of the game was his longest of the season.

– WR Jeff Janis recorded a 64-yard kickoff return in the second quarter, his second straight game with a kickoff return of 60-plus yards (70-yarder at Minnesota in Week 11). He became the first Packer to post a kickoff return of 60-plus yards in back-to-back games since WR Robert Brooks in 1993 (Oct. 3-Oct. 10).

– WR Randall Cobb posted six receptions for 74 yards (12.3 avg.), giving him a catch in 51 consecutive regular-season games. That moves him past Don Hutson (1941-45) and Paul Coffman (1979-82) and into a tie with Greg Jennings (2009-12) for the fifth-longest streak in franchise history.

– RB James Starks caught four passes on the evening, giving him a career-high 30 receptions for the season. His previous high was 29 grabs in 2011.

– C JC Tretter started the first game of his NFL career.

– CB Quinten Rollins posted the first sack of his pro career when he brought down QB Jay Cutler for an 11-yard loss in the third quarter.

– P Tim Masthay placed two punts inside the 20-yard line, his career-high fourth straight game with two or more punts inside the 20.


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JC Tretter starts at C for Corey Linsley; Packers-Bears inactives

Posted by Duke Bobber on November 26, 2015 – 6:00 pm

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

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7 QB Brett Hundley
33 DB Micah Hyde
46 RB Alonzo Harris
55 LB Andy Mulumba
63 C Corey Linsley
84 WR Jared Abbrederis
88 WR Ty Montgomery

Starting lineup change: 73 JC Tretter starts at C for 63 Corey Linsley

Chicago Bears
19 WR Eddie Royal
25 RB Ka’Deem Carey
26 S Antrel Rolle
39 CB Jacoby Glenn
71 T Nick Beckton
83 TE Martellus Bennett
93 DL Will Sutton


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Bulaga, Peppers, Crosby selected as captains vs. Bears

Posted by Duke Bobber on November 26, 2015 – 4:30 pm

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As per team tradition, the Packers select game captains each week. Today’s captains will be T Bryan Bulaga (offense), LB Julius Peppers (defense) and K Mason Crosby (special teams).


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Favre’s retired No. 4 to be unveiled on facade at halftime; Packers-Bears press box notes

Posted by Duke Bobber on November 26, 2015 – 3:42 pm

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PACKERS HOST THE BEARS IN THANKSGIVING MATCHUP
– The Green Bay Packers take on the Chicago Bears at Lambeau Field in the first home Thanksgiving game since 1923.

– Brett Favre’s name and retired No. 4 will be unveiled on Lambeau Field’s north facade during halftime. He is one of six Packers legends to have their number retired: Don Hutson, 14; Tony Canadeo, 3; Bart Starr, 15; Ray Nitschke, 66; and Reggie White, 92.

– Green Bay has won three of the past four games it has played on Thanksgiving.

– It will be the first time since 1994 (at Dallas) that the Packers have played a team other than the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving.

– Green Bay is 3-0 at home on Thanksgiving, including two non-league games, and have outscored its opponents 43-0. This will be the first time Green Bay is hosting a Thanksgiving game since beating the Hammond Pros, 19-0, on Nov. 29, 1923.

– The Packers have won six of the last seven meetings against the Bears at Lambeau Field.

– Tonight will mark game No. 192 in the NFL’s oldest rivalry. The Bears hold a 93-92-6 edge in the series, which includes two playoff games (1-1).

– It is the 10th consecutive year that the Packers and Bears will play in prime time. It is the third year in a row that Chicago will play at Green Bay in November.

– Dating back to 1970, the Packers’ 19 prime-time games against the Bears are the most they have played against any team.

– Under Head Coach Mike McCarthy, the Packers are 14-6 against the Bears during the regular and postseason, including wins in 10 of the last 11 games.

– In all but one of the 14 wins under McCarthy, Green Bay has scored at least 20 points, including scoring 30-plus points in each of the last four contests (31, 55, 38, 33).

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

– With Aaron Rodgers as the starting quarterback, Green Bay is 5-1 in games played on Thursdays. In the six games, he has thrown 13 touchdowns and two interceptions with a quarterback rating of 113.4.

– Green Bay is in the midst of a four-game stretch against division opponents, with all four games taking place in the span of 19 days.

– It is the first time Green Bay has played four straight games against division opponents in a single season since 2000 (Weeks 14-17).

– Green Bay returns to the road in Week 13 to play the Detroit Lions. It will be the first time the Packers have played on consecutive Thursdays since 2007 (Weeks 12-13, Detroit and Dallas).

 

AGAINST THE BEARS
– With Rodgers as the starting quarterback, Green Bay is 13-3 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 16 games against Chicago, Rodgers has an overall passer rating of 108.1 and has thrown for a passer rating over 100.0 in six of the last nine matchups.

– In the last three games against the Bears, Rodgers has completed 58 of 78 passes for 806 yards, 13 touchdowns, zero interceptions and a passer rating of 146.7. He has registered passer ratings of 140.0-plus in each of those three contests (140.5, 145.8, 151.2).

– RB Eddie Lacy has recorded a touchdown in all five games against Chicago (four rushing and one receiving).

– In the past four games against the Bears, WR Randall Cobb has six touchdown catches.

– WR James Jones recorded two touchdown catches in Week 1 at Chicago and has seven touchdown catches in the last six meetings with the Bears.

– Over the past six games versus Chicago, LB Clay Matthews has 6.5 sacks, three interceptions and a forced fumble.

– LB Julius Peppers has registered 2.5 sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery in the last two games against the Bears.

 

WHAT TO LOOK FOR
– Green Bay has won seven of its last eight NFC North games.

– The Packers are looking to improve to 6-2 against NFC teams this season.

– Green Bay is 14-5 against NFC teams since the start of last season. The Packers’ .737 winning percentage is No. 1 among NFC teams over that span, and the 14 regular-season wins are second only to the Seattle Seahawks (15-6).

– Under Head Coach Mike McCarthy, the Packers are 78-36-1 against NFC opponents during the regular season. Green Bay’s 78 wins are eight more than any other team over that span (New Orleans, 70-46).

– The Packers have scored 39 points in the fourth quarter over the last three games, No. 1 in the NFL over that span.

– Green Bay has forced one or more turnovers in every game this season. If they force one on Thursday, it would be the fourth time since 2009 that the Packers forced at least one turnover in each of the first 11 games of the season (2009, 2011, 2014).

– Last week, Green Bay posted its seventh zero-turnover game of the season. That is tied for No. 2 in franchise history (since 1933), matching the mark posted in 2014 and trailing only 2009 (eight).

– Green Bay leads the league with three games with six-plus sacks this season. Dating back to 1963, the Packers’ three six-plus sack games ties a single-season franchise record (1966, 1978, 1991).

– Green Bay has allowed a total of nine first-half points over the last two games.

– In Week 11 at Minnesota, the Packers scored on six of their first eight possessions (two touchdowns, four field goals), including four of five in the first half.

 

OFFENSE
– If Rodgers throws one touchdown pass tonight, he would reach 250 touchdown passes in his 121st game, surpassing Pro Football Hall of Famer Dan Marino (128 games) for the fewest games to reach the milestone.

– Rodgers is tied with New England QB Tom Brady with six games this season with two-plus touchdown passes and zero INTs.

– Rodgers has thrown for 914 yards, eight touchdowns and one interception over the last three games.

– For his career, Rodgers has thrown 91 touchdowns, 17 interceptions and has a passer rating of 111.8 against NFC North teams during the regular season. His passer rating ranks No. 1 in NFL history against division foes (min. 536 pass att.).

– Dating back to 2014, Rodgers has not thrown an interception in 21 of the last 26 regular-season games, including 10 of the last 12. The Packers are 18-3 in those games. Since the start of the 2014 season, Rodgers has thrown 61 touchdowns and eight interceptions.

– WR Davante Adams has 20 receptions for 208 yards over the last three games.

– Cobb needs one catch to extend his streak of consecutive regular-season games with a reception to 51, which would pass Don Hutson (1941-45) and Paul Coffman (1979-82) and tie him with Greg Jennings (2009-12) for fifth-longest streak in franchise history.

– Jones has set a career high with 11 receptions of 25-plus yards this season. His previous career best was eight in 2013.

– In Week 11, Lacy recorded 100 rushing yards on 22 carries (4.5 avg.). If he records 100-plus rushing yards this week, it will be the first time in his career he has back-to-back 100-yard rushing games in the regular season.

– RB James Starks is four receptions away from surpassing his career high of 29 from 2011 (13 games). He has already set new career bests with 251 receiving yards and two touchdown receptions this season.

 

DEFENSE
– Over the last two games, S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix has 20 tackles (19 solo), an interception and a sack.

– DE Datone Jones matched his career high with two sacks against Minnesota in Week 11.

– Matthews has 13 career games with two or more sacks. He is one shy of tying Tim Harris (14, 1986-90) for No. 3 in team history (Reggie White, 16; Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila, 15).

– Peppers leads the team with 6.0 sacks this season. Dating back to last season (including playoffs), Peppers has 10.5 sacks in the last 14 games.

– Peppers needs one sack to tie New York Giants LB Lawrence Taylor and San Diego/St. Louis/Kansas City DE Leslie O’Neal (132.5) for 12th most in NFL history (since 1982).

 

SPECIAL TEAMS
– K Mason Crosby tied the single-game team record with five field goals this past Sunday. He became the first player in NFL history to make five field goals of 40-plus yards in a game without a miss.

– In Week 11, WR Jeff Janis returned his first career kickoff 70 yards. The last Packer to return his first career NFL kickoff 70-plus yards was Dave Hampton on Sept. 28, 1969 (87 yards).

 

WEARING THE STRIPES
– Tonight’s officiating crew includes referee Ed Hochuli (85), umpire Clay Martin (19), head linesman Patrick Turner (13), line judge Rusty Baynes (59), field judge Adrian Hill (29), side judge Greg Meyer (78) and back judge Scott Helverson (93).


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Hyde will start for Burnett; Packers-Bears inactives

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

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

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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

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– 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.

 

RODGERS AND THE BEARS
– 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.

 

WHAT TO WATCH FOR
– 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).

 

OFFENSE
– 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.

 

DEFENSE
– 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.

 

SPECIAL TEAMS
– 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.

 

TODAY’S CAPTAINS
– 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).

 

WEARING THE STRIPES
– 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

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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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How to watch Sunday’s Packers-Bears game

Posted by Duke Bobber on September 11, 2015 – 10:34 am

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– Kickoff: Sunday, Sept. 13 at 12 p.m. CT

– Watch a replay of the game on your desktop, connected TV, tablet or smartphones with NFL GamePass. Out-of-market fans can watch the game LIVE with NFL GamePass. Start your free trial today.

– If you’re looking for a bar to watch the game, try www.packerseverywhere.comPackers Everywhere was created to let you know where you can gather with other Packers fans to watch games and have all kinds of other Packers-related fun.

– FOX Sports, now in its 22nd season as an NFL network television partner, will broadcast the game to a regional audience.

– Play-by-play man Joe Buck 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 (color) call the action. McCarren first joined the team’s broadcasts in 1995 and enters his 21st season calling Packers’ games. McCarren has four times been voted Wisconsin Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. After originally being paired together in 1999, McCarren and Larrivee enter their 17th season of broadcasts together.

– Sports USA Radio will air the game across the country. Larry Kahn (play-by-play) and Doug Plank (analyst) will call the action, with Troy West reporting from the sidelines.

– 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 709.


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