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Packers-Bengals post-game quotes

Posted by Duke Bobber on September 22, 2013 – 8:03 pm

HEAD COACH MIKE McCARTHY

Initial comments …
“Today was obviously a very tough loss for our football team. I thought it was definitely a game of peaks and valleys, a lot of moments of adversity going through the start of the game and getting down 14-0. The way our defense responded, I really felt it picked our football team up generating takeaways, being able to come into halftime with the lead.”

“We had a great start there in the third quarter and then we had some momentum plays clearly go against us. I thought the two personal fouls on the two drives that resulted in touchdowns for Cincinnati were big momentum plays.

“Obviously the two takeaways from the Bengals, the interceptions, were big plays. But we still had a chance to go down in the final drive with a chance to win the game. We didn’t get that done. And I’m skipping over probably the biggest play of the game — the fourth-down call.

“Big plays, production are a big part of the NFL. It’s something we feel we do a pretty darn good job of, but we came out on the short end and, obviously, came out in the short end on the scoreboard. Those are my thoughts. With that, I’ll take your questions.”

How much adversity did you have to go through after losing RB James Starks, TE Jermichael Finley and LB Clay Matthews to injury?
“That’s the challenge of our game; you have to be able to adjust on the sidelines. Losing Jermichael early like that, he was a featured player today. So you adjust. I thought Ryan Taylor did some good things. I thought Andrew Quarless started slow, but he did some good things. But it affects your rhythm. The ultimately that’s probably affected the most by that is our quarterback.

“Johnathan Franklin came in when James got hurt right before halftime. I thought James was in a groove. We knew it was probably going to be tough sledding early against this defensive front. But we felt if we could sustain it for four quarters, we’d be able to have some more success. Johnathan came in and did a heck of a job. He obviously had the one (negative) play there on the fourth down. But it’s tough. It was definitely one of the most different games I’ve had in all my time.”

What was your thinking on going for it on fourth down?
“It was really on the mark. It was based on probability. You think it’s going to be close, so it was an inches play. We had a couple things going on. It was something that we talked about. Obviously we thought we could convert it. That’s why we called the play. We didn’t get it done. That’s the profession of play calling. When it works, it’s excellent execution by the players. When it doesn’t, it’s the play callers. I had confidence in Mason (Crosby) going in. We were inside the mark in our field goal. It had nothing to do with that. I just felt that we had a chance to convert and get another set of downs, and particularly have their defense on the field for another long drive.”

As a play caller, what thoughts went through your mind during the challenge of the spot of the football the play before fourth down?
“With the challenge, you obviously had plenty of time to think about it. I probably over thought it, because my initial thought was to kick the field goal. I’m paid to make those decisions. We they go wrong, I’m responsible.”


QB AARON RODGERS

Have you been in a game quite like this?
“It was a frustrating game. To spot them 14, score 30 in a row and then they scored 20 in a row to finish it. It’s disappointing; we feel like we gave the game away offensively. We had a lot of turnovers and I played poorly. Defense played well enough for us to win and we should have come out with a win.”

It’s not very often that you walk in here and say you didn’t play well enough for your team to win …
“Yes, it’s disappointing. I prepared to play well this week against a very good defense; they are very well coached. They had a good plan for us and knocked a lot of balls down. We ran the ball effectively but we weren’t throwing it as well as were the first couple of weeks, and that’s disappointing because we had some chances.”

How challenging is it to go in with a game plan and then you lose pieces? Finley, Starks …
“Yes, it’s tough to win a football game with two running backs. That limited our personnel groups and when James (Starks) went down, than Jonathan (Franklin) got hurt in the game and Jermichael (Finley) went down. But we had guys step up, Jonathan played a real good game for us, had some good runs, but we have to clean some things up. We turned the ball over way too many times to win.”

What happened on the two interceptions?
“I couldn’t tell on the first one if James (Jones) actually saw me, I was throwing to a spot that I thought he would be at. On the second one, I felt good about the ball, but Leon (Hall) made a good play.”

You appeared more frustrated than usual today. How would you describe your frustration?
“Yeah, I was frustrated; I didn’t play very well. I am competitive and I expect to play well every week and this week it didn’t happen and that’s frustrating. We couldn’t convert; we got in a rhythm in the third quarter and it looked like we were going to blow it open, but we turned the ball over twice. Then we turned the ball over again in the fourth quarter, and that’s why we lost.”

What happens when you and your coach get into a disagreement? How do you get past it for the day?
“We are both passionate about the game and competitive. We want to win very badly. I went over and talked to him after that and we got on the same page. We needed to talk, we did and we moved on.”

Was that discussion about a play call?
“I am going to leave that between Mike and I. We are both competitive and I think we were both frustrated all day that we couldn’t have some success in the red zone. We kicked away too many field goals and had too many turnovers.”

Can you take us through the sequence where you think Randall (Cobb) has the first down on third down and then the challenge and then all hell breaks loose?
“It was frustrating, I thought he had it. It would have been a big first down for us with about four and a half to go I think. We didn’t get it. We had a good play call on fourth and short and after I handed the ball off, I saw it come out. I should have made the tackle. After that they picked it up and scored.”

How has Randall Cobb come along in his year plus in the league?
“He is a great player and he will continue to get better the more reps he gets. He is tough to guard, he is tough athletic and he knows the game very well; has excellent second reactions. He is going to a big time player for this team for a long time.”

You were part of the playoff game at Arizona that was really crazy. Would you say this game was like that?
“That one was a lot more fun. We scored a lot of points and moved the ball well. This one, we scored a lot of points, but we didn’t move the ball very well for the most part. The defense played excellent today, they put us in a great position to put the game away on multiple occasions. Especially early in the game, converting those drives into touchdowns instead of field goals. One drive we got no points on after a sack and it’s disappointing. We will work on things; its only week three. But you have to win these types of games when you are coming down stretch and trying to make it into the playoffs.”

They batted down three balls on the last series. Were they doing anything different?
“I think they were looking to bat it down a little more, knowing we were going to be looking for some quick passes. They are smart defensive ends, they’ve played some years in this league. They are both 6-6 plus. We tried some different things, cutting them on some play, split the line at times. But they are good players.”

How did you come out of this physically? It looked like Michael Johnson got your knee one time. Did you make amends afterwards?
“Yeah, we made amends. He said he didn’t mean anything by it and I trust him. We have a week off and we have to get some guys healthy. We have to get Morgan (Burnett) back, John (Kuhn) if we can, Jermichael (Finley) hopefully he will be back. And James (Starks) and Eddie (Lacy), hopefully they will be back. We have some injuries, we need to get guys back and see what we can do at full strength.”

When the schedule came out and you saw you had a week four bye, you probably weren’t real happy. Has your opinion changed after what happened here?
“It is what it is. We are 1-2 right now.”


RB JOHNATHAN FRANKLIN

How frustrating was not being able to score on the final drive?
“It’s what we love. We’ve got to pass the ball, so it makes it tough to score when they knock down passes.”

Talk about the “next man up” mentality of the running backs corps.. …
“We’ve got some great offensive linemen. I’ve got to praise God and give the guys up front credit.”

Is it too easy to say that this was a learning experience?
“It’s life. You, me, everyone, we’re always learning. You’ve got to understand why certain things happen, then go from there. We’ve got a long season. Hopefully, I’ll be blessed with another opportunity. I’ve got to continue to work to and continue to praise in God.”


WR JAMES JONES

How tough was communication on offense early in the game?
“It wasn’t bad at all.”

Were you surprised that Aaron Rodgers threw two interceptions today?
“The first interception was my fault. Hands down. I stopped on the route. I can never do that. I put the quarterback in a bad situation right there, giving him mixed reads. That was completely all me. I had a slant route. I’ve got to cross the defender’s face. I can’t do that (stop) to the quarterback. That was my fault. Overall, we did not play well on offense. We’ve got to find a way to get it done and help our defense. Our defense played well.”

Did you see anything strange on that play?
“No. I didn’t see anything strange. In the heat of the moment, you make mistakes sometimes. That was one of my mistakes. I didn’t cross the DB’s face. (Rodgers) was looking for me and threw it. The defender had cut me off and intercepted the ball.”

Touch on the running game that had James Starks rush for 55 and Johnathan Franklin gain 103 yards …
“We were running it well. Starks came in running it well; Franklin came in and made his mark with some big runs. We’re running it well. The running game got us in that rhythm early in the second half on some drives to score some points. We’ve got to continue to push it and run the ball a little bit more. Hopefully, it opens up the passing game.”

What held the Packers back in the red zone today?
“They’ve got a pretty good defense. You’ve got to take your hat off to them. They’ve got some good players over there. They’ve got a good defense. Obviously, we didn’t execute the way we wanted to, but you’ve got to give credit to them. They made some plays today. We weren’t out there on air playing against our selves.”


DT B.J. RAJI

Comment about today’s game …
“The first drive, give them credit. They had some different schemes for us and had some success. Obviously, if we did a better job after the fumble on the kickoff return and held them to three (points). They scored really easily at first. We’ve got to take blame for that. I was proud of how we came back in the first half and forced four turnovers, with the touchdown. Obviously, against a good team, we didn’t play well enough in the second half.”

LB CLAY MATTHEWS

Are you happy that the defense was able to force so many turnovers?
“Obviously, our goal is to force turnovers. We made some TFLs and lots of sacks. But, we gave up 34 points. They made some freak plays. We didn’t make the plays when we needed to and that cost us.”

How wild was this game?
“Crazy. It was wild with regard to the calls and the plays that happened. Ultimately, there were two very good, playoff-caliber teams out there today. They made more plays than us to win the ball game. That’s kind of where we are right now.”


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Interception, fumble spell defeat for Packers, 34-30

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on September 22, 2013 – 3:23 pm

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers sacked

CINCINNATI–An interception and a fumble spelled defeat for the Packers, 34-30, at Paul Brown Stadium on Sunday.

The Packers were on the verge of putting the game away when Aaron Rodgers was intercepted by Bengals cornerback Leon Hall early in the fourth quarter, and the Bengals drove 95 yards in seven plays to cut the Packers’ lead to 30-27 with 11:04 to play in the game.

Rodgers and the Packers followed with a long, time-consuming drive, but with the game on the line on a fourth-and-one play at the Bengals 30-yard line, lightning struck the Packers.

Rookie running back Johnathan Franklin fumbled, the Bengals recovered the fumble and, a fumble later, Terence Newman picked up the ball and returned it 58 yards for a touchdown. With 3:47 to play, the Packers trailed, 34-30.

The game was now in the hands of Rodgers and the offense and they moved to their 49-yard line by the two-minute warning, first-and-51 for the win.

Rodgers threw to Jordy Nelson for 18 yards and down to the Cincinnati 25. On third-and-five, Rodgers threw incomplete for Randall Cobb, bringing up a big fourth-and-five. Rodgers’ pass was incomplete for James Jones and the Bengals had the ball and the clock to kill.


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Packers increase lead to 30-21 after three quarters

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on September 22, 2013 – 2:31 pm

Green Bay Packers RB Johnathan FranklinCINCINNATI–The Packers offense came to life in the third quarter and the visitors held a 30-21 lead over the Bengals after three quarters of Sunday’s game at Paul Brown Stadium.

The Packers began the second half with Johnathan Franklin at running back, as James Starks sustained a knee injury in the second quarter. A roughing-the-passer penalty on the Bengals sustained a drive on the Packers’ first possession of the half. Franklin was a major player in the drive and on second-and-goal at the Bengals 2-yard line, Franklin skirted left end for a touchdown. Green Bay led, 23-14.

Franklin exploded for a 51-yard run on the Packers’ next possession. Aaron Rodgers followed that play with a 30-yard pass to Jordy Nelson and Green Bay was first-and-goal at the 3-yard line. Two plays later, Rodgers flipped a 7-yard touchdown pass to James Jones. Green Bay led, 30-14, a run of 30 unanswered points by the Packers.

Just when it appeared the Bengals were dead, they came to life with a long, quick touchdown drive. Andy Dalton found A.J. Green open down the right sideline for a 20-yard touchdown completion. Green had beaten Sam Shields, who has been shadowing Green. The Packers’ lead was cut to 30-21.

Rodgers followed by pitching an interception to Terence Newman at the Green Bay 46-yard line, and the Bengals were back in business with three minutes to play in the third quarter.

A big play in the drive was third-and-six at the Packers 31. Dalton was sacked by Mike Daniels. That left Mike Nugent to attempt a 52-yard field goal. Nugent was wide to the left and the Packers had great field position.

It was announced that Clay Matthews sustained a hamstring injury and his return was questionable.


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Packers rally to hold lead at halftime

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on September 22, 2013 – 1:33 pm

Packers Safety M.D. JenningsCINCINNATI–Bengals turnovers allowed the Packers to rally to take a 16-14 lead into halftime at Paul Brown Stadium on Sunday.

Mason Crosby kicked a 41-yard field goal on the first play of the second quarter, cutting the Bengals’ lead to 14-3. Sam Shields’ interception of an Andy Dalton pass at the Bengals 27-yard line led to the score.

The Packers got another big break almost immediately, when Bengals tight end Jermaine Gresham fumbled and A.J. Hawk recovered at the Bengals 37-yard line.

Again, the Packers failed to gain a first down, as Aaron Rodgers was sacked on third down in a drive that only went backwards. Tim Masthay punted and the Bengals took possession at their 15-yard line.

That’s when disaster struck the Bengals. BenJarvus Green-Ellis fumbled, forced by Clay Matthews, and M.D. Jennings picked up the ball and ran 24 yards for a score that cut the Bengals’ lead to 14-10. It marked the third turnover the Packers defense had forced.

Turnover No. 4 was only moments away. Dalton fumbled while being sacked by Clay Matthews. Brad Jones recovered at the Bengals 21-yard line.

The Packers got a holding call in the end zone against Pacman Jones, causing first-and-goal from the 5-yard line. Again, the Bengals defense held, and Crosby kicked a 19-yard field goal to cut the Bengals’ lead to 14-13.

Late in the first half, the Packers began a drive at their 22-yard line. A helmet-to-helmet hit by the Bengals resulted in a penalty and a big gain for the Packers. It seemed to ignite the Packers offense, as Rodgers moved his unit quickly and efficiently down the field, but the drive stalled on a sack on second down and a short completion on third down. Crosby gave the Packers the lead, 16-14, following a 26-yard field goal on the final play of the half.

It was announced that tight end Jermichael Finley had sustained a concussion and would miss the rest of the game. Finley was injured on the Packers’ first series of the game.


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Ask Vic Halftime: Don’t take the Bengals lightly

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on September 22, 2013 – 1:27 pm

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Mark from Kingsford, MI

How do you account for the Packers coming out so flat against the Bengals? Why is it they can’t handle teams like the Bengals or Chiefs?

I think you’re guilty of looking down your nose at the Bengals. These aren’t the old Bengals, this is a Bengals team attempting to make it into the playoffs for the third year in a row. The Bengals are the AFC North favorites and they have a stout defense. Flat? I don’t think that’s the issue. I think the Bengals are the issue.

Noah from Canton, OH
I understand we need to keep Cobb healthy, but Ross continues to make bad choices and mess up returning the ball. Why do the packers keep sending him out there?

Didn’t you answer your own question? Apparently, Ross is the best option other than Cobb. That could change. Fumbling usually necessitates change.

John from Manchester, MI

Vic, second week in a row a Packers player has been targeted in the head on a tackle. Finley was a defensless player. Why does the NFL say it’s putting an emphasis on these types of plays but doesn’t really do anything? It’s becoming a joke.

I was expecting a flag. All we can do is wait for the league and Mike Pereira to tell us whether the non-call was right or wrong. This is becoming very frustrating for me, too. I’ve covered the game for 42 years and I don’t know what the rules are anymore.

Matt from Green Bay, WI

Why, on consecutive possessions, do we chuck to the end zone on third-and-six? It seems like we don’t even try to pick up first downs anymore.

Maybe it’s a result of what the Bengals denied. I looked in the secondary and didn’t see anyone open. The Bengals are playing some very good defense.

Paul from De Pere, WI

This horrific start means we will learn a great deal about the Packers today. How will they respond? Is this a game they should win?

The character of the team isn’t at issue. The defense has already responded by forcing turnovers that have gotten the Packers back into the game. I don’t look at this game as a should win. I think that would be to look down my nose at the Bengals. I won’t do that. I have too much respect for Marvin Lewis to do that.


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Early scores leave Packers trailing, 14-0

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on September 22, 2013 – 12:45 pm

Packers WR Jeremy Ross

CINCINNATI–The Packers trailed 14-0 before they had run a play from scrimmage, and the Bengals protected that lead through the first quarter of Sunday’s game at Paul Brown Stadium.

True to the Bengals’ personality, they scored on a long, ball-control series to start the game. Rookie running back Giovani Bernard scored from three yards out. It capped a 10-play, 80-yard drive, the big play of which was a short throw to wide receiver Mohamed Sanu that Sanu turned into a 32-yard gain when cornerback Tramon Williams broke on the ball and missed.

Disaster struck the Packers on the ensuing kickoff. Jeremy Ross failed to catch a short kickoff and the Bengals’ Taylor Mays recovered at the Packers 2-yard line. Ross was in a sprint when the ball went through his hands. Running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis scored on the next play, and with 9:08 to play in the first quarter, the Bengals led, 14-0.

Green Bay began a promising drive in its first possession, but it stalled on a third-down incompletion. The pass was in Jermichael Finley’s hands when he was hit hard by safety George Iloka. Finley appeared dazed following the play and had to be helped by the training staff. He was taken to the locker room for evaluation.

The Packers defense forced a punt by the Bengals and the Packers took possession of the ball at the Green Bay 42 with 5:09 to play in the first quarter. Defensive end Michael Johnson ended that possession, however, by sacking Aaron Rodgers on third down.

Late in the first quarter, the Packers got the break they needed when Andy Dalton threw the ball into the arms of cornerback Sam Shields, who had wide receiver A.J. Green covered. The Packers had the ball at the Bengals 27-yard line.


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Sideline Pass: Behind-the-scenes photos from #GBvsCIN

Posted by Duke Bobber on September 22, 2013 – 10:59 am

Green Bay Packers vs. Cincinnati Bengals

Check out these behind-the-scenes photos from Week 3’s game between the Green Bay Packers and the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium.


Watch Tom of the Packers equipment staff re-stripe Clay Matthews’ helmet Friday afternoon


The team plane prior to players, coaches and staff boarding for the flight to Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport


The Packers arrive at the airport Saturday afternoon


Packers fans represent the green and gold in Cincinnati


Tramon Williams catches a ball along the sideline during pre-game


James Jones after catching a pass in the end zone before the game


The offensive line takes on the defensive line


Packers fans chant “Go Pack Go” at Paul Brown Stadium


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RB Eddie Lacy out; Packers-Bengals inactives

Posted by Duke Bobber on September 22, 2013 – 10:30 am

The following players have been declared as inactive for this afternoon’s Green Bay Packers vs. Cincinnati Bengals game.

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24 CB Jarrett Bush
27 RB Eddie Lacy
29 CB Casey Hayward
30 FB John Kuhn
42 S Morgan Burnett
65 G Lane Taylor
93 DE Josh Boyd

43 M.D. Jennings & 22 Jerron McMillian will start at safety for the Packers. 44 James Starks will start at RB for 27 Eddie Lacy. In place of 30 John Kuhn, either 89 James Jones is expected to start as a 3rd WR or 81 Andrew Quarless is expected to start as a 2nd TE.

Cincinnati Bengals
21 CB Brandon Ghee
27 CB Dre Kirkpatrick
33 RB Rex Burkhead
67 G Mike Pollak
73 T Anthony Collins
88 WR Ryan Whalen
99 DE Margus Hunt


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Nelson, Shields and Taylor are Sunday’s captains; Packers-Bengals press box notes

Posted by Duke Bobber on September 22, 2013 – 8:00 am

Packers vs. Bengals

* Press box notes written by Packers public relations

PACKERS TO PAY RARE VISIT TO CINCINNATI
- The Packers take on the Cincinnati Bengals this afternoon at Paul Brown Stadium, Green Bay’s first regular-season visit there under Head Coach Mike McCarthy and its first since 2005.

- Today will be only Green Bay’s fifth regular-season game against the Bengals in Cincinnati since the series between the clubs began in 1971 (1976, 1983, 1998, 2005).

- The only other teams in the league that the Packers have not visited in the regular season since the start of 2006 are the Baltimore Ravens (last visit, 2005) and the Oakland Raiders (last visit, 2003).

- Today marks Green Bay’s second game ever at Paul Brown Stadium, which opened in 2000. The ’05 game was the only other meeting there.

- The franchises have met just 11 times in the regular season, with the last game coming at Lambeau Field in 2009. Over the previous 14 seasons (1999-2012), the teams met just twice (2005 and 2009). The Bengals hold a 6-5-0 edge in the all-time series.

- For the third straight week, the Packers will be facing a 2012 playoff team, one of only two teams in the league (San Francisco) to open with three playoff teams this season. It marks only the second time in the Super Bowl era that Green Bay’s schedule has started with three playoff teams from the previous year (2007, Philadelphia/at N.Y. Giants/San Diego).

- With the Bengals having hosted the Steelers this past Monday night, this will mark the second straight week that the Packers will be playing a team coming off of a Monday Night Football contest.

- Today’s game will feature two head coaches that worked together more than 20 years ago. McCarthy and Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis both coached on the staff at the University of Pittsburgh in 1990-91.

- Including playoffs, the Packers enter today’s game having won 14 of their last 21 games (.667) away from Lambeau Field. That is tied for No. 2 in the league over that span behind only New England (.765, 13-4).

 

HEADING INTO THE BYE
- Following today’s game in Cincinnati, the Packers will have their bye in Week 4, the earliest the open date has fallen on the schedule under McCarthy and the earliest for Green Bay since a Week 4 bye in 1999.

- Prior to this season, the earliest the open date on the schedule fell under McCarthy was Week 5 in 2009. The Packers had a Week 10 bye two of the last three seasons (2010, 2012).

- Since McCarthy took over in 2006, the Packers have posted a 5-2 record (.714) in the game before the bye. That is tied for No. 3 in the NFL over that span behind only New Orleans and New England, who have both posted 6-1 marks (.857) heading into the open date.

- The Packers have won the game heading into the bye in each of the past three seasons, averaging 36.3 points in those contests while giving up an average of 17.0 points per game. Green Bay has scored at least 30 points each of the last three seasons and four of the last five in the game heading into the bye.

- Dating back even further, Green Bay has a 14-5 record (.737) in the game before the bye since 1994, tied for No. 1 in the NFL over that span with Seattle (14-5).

 

WHAT TO WATCH FOR
- In his last five regular-season games, QB Aaron Rodgers has completed 133 of 193 passes (68.9 percent) for 1,811 yards and 17 TDs with one INT for a 125.8 passer rating.

- Rodgers has thrown three-plus TD passes in each of the last five games, which ties his franchise record set in 2011 (Weeks 6-7, 9-11).

- Rodgers has eclipsed the 300-yard passing mark in four straight games, which matches the franchise record set by him in 2011 (Weeks 4-7).

- Rodgers needs two completions to move past No. 2 Bart Starr (1,808) on the all-time franchise list.

- In his last 20 regular-season road starts, Rodgers has completed 445 of 664 passes (67.0 percent) for 5,767 yards and 51 TDs with seven INTs for a 115.3 passer rating. He has posted a 100-plus passer rating in 16 of those 20 games and 11 games with 300-plus passing yards.

- WR Randall Cobb has gone over the 100-yard receiving mark in four of his last five regular-season games, posting 32 receptions for 515 yards (16.1 avg.) and three TDs over that span. Cobb will be looking to post his third straight 100-yard game, which would be his career high and the longest streak since Greg Jennings’ in 2010 (three games). Cobb is tied for No. 3 in the NFL this season with 236 receiving yards.

- WR Jordy Nelson has posted a 21.8-yard receiving average over his last three regular-season games, catching 13 passes for 283 yards and four TDs. He has caught at least one TD pass in four of his last five games and is tied for No. 2 in the NFL this season with three TD grabs.

- TE Jermichael Finley has caught at least five passes in five consecutive games, the longest streak by a tight end in franchise history and the longest current streak by an NFL tight end.

- The Packers have had two 100-yard receivers (Nelson/Cobb in Week 1, Cobb/James Jones in Week 2) in each of the first two games this season, the first time in franchise history that the club has had a pair of 100-yard receivers in back-to-back games.

- The Packers have posted at least 385 yards of offense in five consecutive games, averaging 444.2 yards per game over that span (No. 2 in the league). The five-game streak with 385-plus yards is the longest by Green Bay since a seven-game stretch in 2011 (Weeks 1-7).

- Green Bay has scored 155 points over its last four regular-season games, an average of 38.8 points per contest (No. 2 in the NFL).

- The Packers’ 965 yards of total offense this season are the most through two games in franchise history (previous high of 846 yards in 1999). The top mark in club annals through three games is 1,283 yards in 2002.

- Including its two playoff contests in 2012, Green Bay has scored touchdowns on 24 of its last 30 trips (80.0 percent) inside the red zone over its last seven games.

- The Packers have posted 14 plays of 20-plus yards this season, No. 2 in the NFL through Week 2. Green Bay leads the league in yards per play with a 7.54-yard average.

 

TODAY’S CAPTAINS
- As per team tradition, the Packers select game captains each week.

- Today’s captains will be WR Jordy Nelson (offense), CB Sam Shields (defense) and TE Ryan Taylor (special teams).

Captains

 

WEARING THE STRIPES
- Today’s officiating crew includes referee Clete Blakeman (34), umpire Garth DeFelice (53), head linesman Tony Veteri (36), line judge Ron Marinucci (107), field judge Dave Meslow (118), side judge Greg Meyer (78) and back judge Terrence Miles (111).


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Bengals’ Lewis and Green on the Packers

Posted by Duke Bobber on September 18, 2013 – 4:43 pm

Cincinnati Bengals Head Coach Marvin Lewis and WR A.J. Green

Cincinnati Bengals Head Coach Marvin Lewis and WR A.J. Green were made available to the media via conference call Wednesday. To listen to Lewis and Green talk about Sunday’s game in Cincinnati, click on the links below.

- Bengals Head Coach Marvin Lewis (10:28)
Bengals WR A.J. Green (5:18)


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