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Randall Cobb’s 16 TD catches since 2014 tied for No. 1 in NFL

Posted by Duke Bobber on September 29, 2015 – 1:22 am

150928-packers-chiefs-biever-final-300PACKERS TOP CHIEFS, 38-28, TO IMPROVE TO 3-0 ON THE SEASON
– The Packers beat the Kansas City Chiefs, 38-28, on Monday night at Lambeau Field to improve to 3-0 on the season. It marks Green Bay’s first 3-0 start since 2011 and the third 3-0 start under Head Coach Mike McCarthy (also 2007).

– Including playoffs, the Packers have now won 11 consecutive games at Lambeau Field, which is tied for the second-longest home winning streak under McCarthy (11 from 2012-13, 13 from 2010-11).

– Green Bay improved to 16-3 in regular-season prime-time games under McCarthy, including wins in 14 of the last 15.

– The Packers led 14-0 at the end of the first quarter tonight. Dating back to 2014, Green Bay has outscored its opponents  120-24 in the first quarter at Lambeau Field, and has held double-digit leads in seven of 10 games.

– Green Bay outgained the Chiefs, 150 yards to 3 yards, in the first quarter.

– The Packers posted their second zero-turnover game this season. Green Bay has turned the ball over once this season, the fewest through the first three games since it posted the same number in 2009.

– Green Bay rushed for 123 yards as a team on 32 carries (3.8 avg.), its third straight 120-yard rushing game this season. It marks the first time since 1996 that the Packers have posted 120-plus rushing yards in each of the first three games.

– The Packers will head west in Week 4 to take on the San Francisco 49ers this Sunday, Green Bay’s first visit to Levi’s Stadium. Including playoffs, this will be the fifth meeting between the clubs since 2012.


– Tonight’s paid attendance was 78,214, the 311th consecutive regular-season sellout at Lambeau Field.

– With 35 passing attempts and five TDs with zero interceptions, QB Aaron Rodgers has now thrown 486 passes and 43 TD passes during the regular season at Lambeau Field without an interception (including playoffs, 580 attempts and 48 TD passes), further extending his NFL records.

– Rodgers tied an NFL record (Kurt Warner, 1999-2000) by posting a 100-plus passer rating (138.5) and 15-plus attempts (35) in his 10th straight regular-season home game.

– Rodgers threw five TD passes, the fourth game of his career with five-plus TD passes, a franchise record (Brett Favre, three).

– Rodgers has 15 games with four-plus TD passes since 2010, second to only Saints QB Drew Brees (16) over that span.

– With 10 TD passes/zero INTs this season, Rodgers joins Peyton Manning (12/0, 2013) as the only QBs in NFL history to throw 10-plus TD passes and no INTs in the first three games of the season.

– Rodgers has not thrown an INT in 16 of the last 19 regular-season games.

– WR James Jones became the fourth Packer since the merger and the first since TE Keith Jackson (1996) to catch four TD passes in the first three games of the season. He became the first Green Bay WR to have four receiving TDs in the first three games since James Lofton in 1983.

– Jones has caught at least one TD pass in each of the first three games, the first Green Bay player to do so since TE Bubba Franks in 2001.

– Jones caught seven passes for a team-high 139 yards (19.9 avg.) and a TD, the third-best single-game yardage output of his career.

– WR Randall Cobb caught a career-high three TD passes, the first Packer to register three TD catches in a game since Jones did so at Chicago on Dec. 16, 2012.

– Cobb has 16 TD catches since 2014, which is tied for No. 1 in the NFL over that span with Cowboys WR Dez Bryant and Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski.

– WR Ty Montgomery scored the first TD of his career on an 8-yard pass from Rodgers in the first quarter.

– RB Alonzo Harris posted a 16-yard run on his first NFL carry.

– LB Clay Matthews recorded a team-high two sacks, the 13th two-sack game of his career. He is one shy of tying Tim Harris (14, 1986-90) for No. 3 in team history (Reggie White, 16; Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila, 15).

– LB Jayrone Elliott registered the first sack of his career when he brought down QB Alex Smith for a 10-yard loss in the third quarter.

– LB Joe Thomas posted his first career sack when he brought Smith down for a 2-yard loss in the first quarter.

– The Packers posted a season-high seven sacks as a team, their most since recording seven at Tampa Bay last season in Week 16.

– Green Bay registered a sack in its 39th regular-season consecutive game, extending a franchise record as well as the longest current streak in the league.

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Hyde starts in place of Burnett; Packers-Chiefs inactives

Posted by Duke Bobber on September 28, 2015 – 6:00 pm

The following players have been declared as inactive for Monday night’s game between the Green Bay Packers and the Kansas City Chiefs at Lambeau Field:

Green Bay PackersGreen Bay Packers
7 QB Brett Hundley
28 S Sean Richardson
39 CB Demetri Goodson
42 S Morgan Burnett
65 G Lane Taylor
75 T Bryan Bulaga
86 TE Kennard Backman

Starting lineup changes: 67 T Don Barclay starts for Bulaga, and 33 DB Micah Hyde starts for Burnett.

Kansas City Chiefs
7 QB Aaron Murray
20 CB Steven Nelson
54 LB Dezman Moses
75 OL Jah Reid
82 TE Brian Parker
85 WR Frankie Hammond Jr.
99 DL Rakeem Nunez-Roches

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Packers-Chiefs press box notes

Posted by Duke Bobber on September 28, 2015 – 4:35 pm


– Green Bay plays Kansas City at Lambeau Field in front of a national audience on Monday Night Football. This is the 23rd consecutive season (1993-2015) that Green Bay is appearing on MNF, the second-longest streak in the league behind only Denver’s 24-year span (1992-2015). It is the Packers’ lone MNF appearance this season.

– The Packers are 14-8-1 at home on MNF, including 4-1 under Head Coach Mike McCarthy.

– Green Bay is 15-3 in regular-season night games at Lambeau Field since 2006, including wins in 13 of the last 14.

– Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers has a 4-1 record as the starter at home on MNF, completing 92 of 130 passes for 1,045 yards, 11 touchdowns, two interceptions and a passer rating of 116.3.

– Of the 10 regular-season matchups between Green Bay and Kansas City, only one took place on MNF, a 23-16 victory by the Chiefs on Nov. 8, 1993, at Arrowhead Stadium.

– Tonight will be the Chiefs’ fourth trip to Lambeau Field during the regular season and first since 2003.

– Green Bay has won eight of its last 10 games against AFC opponents with Rodgers as the starter, including five of the last six.

– Rodgers has thrown 11 touchdowns and two interceptions in the last five matchups against the AFC.

– Green Bay has faced former Packers assistant coach Andy Reid nine times (including playoffs) since he has become a head coach in the NFL (Philadelphia Eagles, 1999-2012), but this will be the first time since he became the head coach for Kansas City in 2013. Reid was 5-4 against the Packers as the head coach of the Eagles, but Green Bay has won the last three matchups.

– Seven of the previous nine games the Packers have played against teams that have been led by Reid have been decided by seven points or less, including four by three or fewer points.

– Tonight will be one of two games the Packers play this season against a franchise they faced in the Super Bowl. Green Bay and Kansas City met in Super Bowl I, and later this season the Packers will play the Oakland Raiders (Week 15), who they faced in Super Bowl II.

– The Packers and Chiefs have played 10 times during the regular season, and although Green Bay has only beaten Kansas City twice, one of the two victories came under the guidance of McCarthy (33-22 at Kansas City, 2007).


– The Packers have won 10 straight home games (including playoffs), the longest active home winning streak in the NFL.

– It is the third-longest home winning streak of the McCarthy era. (13, 2010-11 / 11, 2012-13).

– Since McCarthy took over in 2006, the Packers have a 21-12 (.625) mark in the month of September. Green Bay’s 21 wins are No. 2 in the NFC and No. 5 in the NFL.

– Green Bay is looking to start 3-0 for the first time since 2011 (13-0) and for the third time under McCarthy (2007, 4-0).

– A win would give Green Bay its fourth victory in the last five games against AFC teams.

– The Packers’ offensive line only gave up two sacks in the first two games of the season (tied for fifth fewest in the NFL). It is the fewest a Green Bay offensive line has allowed in the first two games since 2008 (one).

– Green Bay has registered a sack in 38 consecutive regular-season games, a franchise record and the longest current streak in the league.


– Dating back to 2012, Rodgers has thrown 451 passes at home in the regular season without an interception and 38 consecutive touchdown passes at home without an interception, both NFL records.

– Rodgers has registered a 100-plus quarterback rating and 15-plus attempts in nine straight regular-season home contests. The NFL record is 10 by Kurt Warner in 1999-2000.

– Dating back to 2014, Rodgers has completed 75 percent or more of his passes in four straight games (Weeks 16-17 of 2014 and Weeks 1-2 of 2015), a franchise record. He is the first NFL quarterback to complete 75 percent of his passes (min. 20 attempts) in four straight games since Tom Brady in 2007 (Weeks 1-4).

– Rodgers has recorded a passer rating of 100-plus in each of the first three games of the season once in his career (2011, first 12 games).

– Dating back to 2014, Rodgers has not thrown an interception in 15 of the last 18 regular-season games, including the last four. The Packers are 14-1 in those games.

– Rodgers last threw an interception at home on Dec. 12, 2012, vs. Minnesota.

– The last time Rodgers threw multiple interceptions at home was Oct. 24, 2010, vs. Minnesota.

– Rodgers has recorded a passer rating of 100-plus in 13 of the last 18 regular-season games.

– WR Randall Cobb needs one reception to extend his streak of consecutive regular-season games with a reception to 43.

– Cobb registered the 11th 100-yard receiving game of his career, and first of this season, last week against Seattle (116 yards on eight catches). He looks to post back-to-back 100-yard receiving games for the fourth time in his career (2012, 2013, 2014).

– WR James Jones has registered three touchdown receptions so far this season.

– Dating back to last season (with Oakland in 2014), Jones has registered a touchdown reception in four of the last five games. He has totaled five touchdown receptions over that span.

– If Jones records a receiving touchdown, it will be the fourth time in his career he has registered one or more touchdown receptions in three consecutive games (2011, twice in 2012).

– In two MNF games, RB Eddie Lacy has 256 scrimmage yards (128.0 per game), 223 rushing yards (111.5 per game) and three touchdowns (two rushing, one rec.).


– LB Julius Peppers leads the Packers with 2.5 sacks this season. Dating back to last regular and postseason, he has seven sacks in the last six games.

– Peppers has registered three-plus sacks in the first three games he has played in a season twice in his career (three in 2002 / four in 2006).

– In six career games on MNF, LB Clay Matthews has recorded five sacks, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery he returned 42 yards for a touchdown.

– Matthews has six sacks and three forced fumbles in his past seven games against AFC opponents.


– K Mason Crosby (273) is five field-goal attempts short of surpassing Ryan Longwell (277) for the most in team history. Last week, Crosby (1,057) passed Longwell (1,054) for the franchise career scoring record.

– WR Ty Montgomery ranks No. 2 in the NFL in kickoff return average this season (31.3). In Week 1, he recorded a kick return of 46 yards, the longest kick return by a Packer since a 70-yarder by S Micah Hyde vs. Pittsburgh on 12/22/13.


– Tonight’s officiating crew includes referee John Parry (132), umpire Mark Pellis (131), head linesman Greg Bradley (98), line judge Mark Perlman (9), field judge Jabir Walker (26), side judge Greg Gautreaux (80) and back judge Perry Paganelli (46).

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How to watch Monday night’s Packers-Chiefs game

Posted by Duke Bobber on September 25, 2015 – 1:07 pm


– Kickoff: Monday, Sept. 28 at 7:30 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.

– ESPN is in its 10th season as host of the most successful series in sports television history, Monday Night Football. Play-by-play man Mike Tirico is joined by analyst Jon Gruden for the 46th season of MNF broadcasts, with Lisa Salters reporting from the sidelines.

– The contest also will air as a simulcast locally on WBAY (ABC, Ch. 2) in Green Bay and WISN (ABC, Ch. 12) in Milwaukee.

– 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.

– Westwood One Sports will air the game across the country. Kevin Harlan (play-by-play) and Boomer Esiason (analyst) will call the action, with Hub Arkush reporting from the sidelines and Jim Gray hosting the pregame and halftime shows.

– The broadcast is also available on Sirius Satellite Radio (WTMJ feed).


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Vic chats with fans after Packers-Chiefs: Read the postgame transcript

Posted by Duke Bobber on August 28, 2014 – 10:44 pm

You can read the transcript of the fan chat with Vic here:

If you don’t see the chat transcript above, click here.

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Packers-Chiefs postgame quotes

Posted by Duke Bobber on August 28, 2014 – 10:43 pm

(opening statement) “That’s exactly how you want to finish your preseason. As I told the football team, after the prayer, I don’t know if I’ve felt this good coming out of the preseason as I do tonight. It’s a group that’s got better each and every week. I really like the mix from an experience standpoint, the veterans and the young players. We’ve hit the targets. The next 48 hours is the worst part of our jobs. I’m very hopeful of the 75 men currently on our roster, all 63 of our opportunities come from that group.”

(on if the decision whether or not to keep three quarterbacks will be a difficult one) “I agree with that. Matt and Scott have both championed the case to be on our football team. I felt very good about their progress from last year through the spring, all the way through training camp. Based on watching it live, I think they both played pretty well tonight. Just the little things, too. There are a number of little things that went on, as far as checks and adjustments and things like that. I thought they both played very well.”

(on if he’ll use all of his time to make cuts) “Absolutely. Absolutely. The most important thing we have in front of us is picking this roster. Our preliminary work on Seattle has been extensive. As far as the game plan, and things like that, we’re in very good shape.”

(on Jayrone Elliot) “Obviously he made a number of big plays. He cramped up there and went back in, and you like to see that. His body of work has been very good.”

(on if this is a Super Bowl team) “I don’t jump out and make statements. Our goal is simply the same every year; we’re here to win championships. That’s what we’re working for. That will never change. That’s a part of being a Green Bay Packer. But with that, we’re not ignorant to the fact that you play 16 games and we have a game coming up here next Thursday.”

(on the upcoming schedule playing a role in deciding to sit so many players) “The game being seven days away was a huge factor in how we decided to approach this game. That goes without being said. As far as our schedule, tomorrow will be similar to a coach’s game plan day. It’d be an in-season Tuesday. Saturday will be kind of like our Monday. We’ll bring the players in late and we’ll just do meetings and everything in house here. We’ll look over the film and Sunday will be an adjusted Wednesday. Monday will be an adjusted Thursday, and then Tuesday’s a Friday. Wednesday, we’ll have our practice and then get on a plane to go to Seattle.”


(on McCarthy’s comments after the game) “He feels that we did a great job with everything and that everybody gave a great effort and unfortunately we won’t be able to have everyone around. So everybody keep their heads up and just keep playing.”

(on the first game against Seattle) “I feel ready. We’ve been taking steps all throughout training camp and I feel like putting the pieces together and I feel like I’m ready. I feel like tonight, I felt real comfortable out there so I’m ready for this next game.”

(on touchdown) “It felt good, I mean, my first real touchdown. Got the two-point conversion against St. Louis but first Lamebau Leap and I had so much adrenaline I was just making sure I didn’t jump up into the box seats because I was feeling it. It was a good feeling though.”


(on the team’s overall good performance tonight) “I was real proud of some of those young guys that got in there, especially that reserve offensive line. [They had] a lot of guys fighting and they executed really well. It was fun to watch, fun to be a part of and that’s kind of the way that you want to go out in the fourth preseason game.”

(on if leading three scoring drives made a statement) “I don’t know. The only thing I’m thinking about is the ones I missed. I know that we had some production, but there’s a couple plays that I’m pretty frustrated about.”

(on what particular play he was upset about) “The fourth-down corner route to ‘Stony’ (TE Jake Stoneburner). I don’t know why, I don’t think I’ve ever done it in my life, but I flinched at a guy coming at me about to hit me and made a bad throw. It’s embarrassing so, yeah, I’d like to have that one back.”

(on what these next days are like for him) “Hopefully they’re really good. I don’t know, I just go home and hang out with my wife and my dogs and go about normal, everyday life and hope you don’t get a call.”

(on facing a playoff-caliber team) “It’s definitely good competition. They obviously have a great team. They have a great coach. But if you look at what they did on defense, they weren’t trying to out-coach us or out-scheme us. We lined up and they played a lot of man-to-man coverage and it was basically just let your guys go – the guys fighting for spots – let them go and have a lot of one-on-one battles. We won a lot of those today and we’d like to think that we could have won some more.”

(on the competition between him and Scott Tolzien) “I’ve said it from day one and it’s true, I’m not just saying it to say it, but I really haven’t paid attention to any competition. I’ve been out there supporting Scott, have never once compared apples to apples or tried to, and I don’t think anybody really does in a competition. But I think both him and I have played well and I think both him and I have made an argument to be on this football team.”


(on knowing ball was coming to him on fourth-down play) “I wasn’t sure but I knew I had a good chance at it so I was looking up and hoping.”

(on fourth-down play) “I just saw the ball in the air and had a chance to make a play and good thing I looked it in and scored the touchdown.”

(on first Lamebau Leap) “It was awesome. The fans are pretty crazy.”

(on final audition) “I think I showed what I can do and I knew coming into this game I had to showcase a little bit more and I think I did pretty well.”

(on proving he deserves spot on roster) “I think so but then again I know I’ve got a lot more work to do and a lot more things I need to work on, so I’m just going to hope for the best.”

(on 62-yard kickoff return) “I just got thrown back there. I was the second kickoff returner and I was just looking to make a play and I saw an opening so I took it and ran with it.”

(on Flynn and Tolzien) “They’re both good guys and they both throw a good ball and they’re both really good quarterbacks, so that’s going to be a tough decision.”

(on pressure regarding roster spots) “There was quite a bit, and like I said, I knew that I had to perform and show once again what I could do so I feel really good about the game and I’m just going to hope for the best.”

(on approaching tonight’s game) “I just approached it just like any other game and tried to just think of it as just another preseason game where I could go out and show what I could do, so that’s how I took it.”


(on what the game film will show) “A lot of guys going hard, playing fast. A few minor mental errors out there that we kind of game-planned for. I had a mental error. I think someone else did, but regardless I think we played hard and fast and did well.”

(on his mental error) “I was the outside zone and went the wrong way.”

(on feeling in control) “Yeah, I did. I actually felt this was,) mentally and in terms of the intangible aspect of the game, I felt the most comfortable out there now. They’ve been telling me to get to the line and make the calls quicker and I felt that I did that better today than I ever have before, so I felt like I got better there.”

(on mindset) “Every game is an opportunity. There’s never a game for me where it’s just another game. I’m not there yet. Every day is another opportunity to get better and today was one of those.”

(on progress tonight against quality opponent) “Coach McCarthy just said that he doesn’t know that he’s ever felt this good after training camp or felt like a team has made this much progress after training camp, so I feel that when a head coach like Coach McCarthy says something like that you know it’s for real. Obviously everybody did a pretty good job tonight and played hard. There’s something to be said for that.”

(on how starting tonight might help against Seattle) “Seattle’s obviously a different environment. It’s going to be a bigger stage and everything but the area I feel I made the most improvement on was making my calls early and often, loud so everyone could hear them, so I felt I got better at that tonight.”


(on how he felt about the game tonight) “I thought guys just played well all together on our offense. Everywhere across the line – offensive line, receivers, running back – everyone that played showed up and played well.”

(on if he feels like he played to the best of his ability) “I think you’re always hard on yourself, [but] I’m definitely pleased. I think our whole offense is pleased with how the game went, but I’m sure when we watch the tape tomorrow you’ll see stuff that you can improve on, like every game. I thought just as a whole offensive unit, guys really came and played hard and played well.”

(on the relationship between him and Flynn despite competing for the same spot) “I like our [quarterback] room, and first and foremost, they’re great guys. It’s truly the most fun I’ve ever had playing football, having those guys in the room. They keep the mood light and it’s been fun in that regard. You spend so much time preparing for these games that you’re always happy for the other guy’s success just because you see how much time we put in it together, so it’s nice when it shows up on game day too.”

(on if he’s ever alternated playing like tonight) “Actually, last preseason we did it by series, actually against the Chiefs, when I was with San Fran[cisco]. That’s a little bit harder just because you’re kind of in and out, juggling. It’s tough to get in a rhythm, but I thought for the most part it went well tonight.”

(on how he would assess his entire summer) “Every day you’re just trying to get better at something and I’m really lucky, honestly. It’s a really good coaching staff here and then obviously playing with Matt [Flynn] and Aaron [Rodgers], that’s a lot of experience in this offense, so you learn a lot every single day. It’s been a great experience for me and I really have enjoyed my time here.”

(on what the next two days are like) “They’re tough no matter what because it’s kind of out of your hands. So you just control what you can control and it’s just tough because this room will never be the same as far as everyone on the roster [that] has to be cut. You build some great relationships and you’re here all hours of the day, so you meet a lot of guys and it’s never easy. I think these are the worst two days of the year coming up.”

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News now! Flynn, Tolzien make McCarthy’s decision difficult

Posted by Vic Ketchman, editor on August 28, 2014 – 9:09 pm


GREEN BAY–Matt Flynn and Scott Tolzien each completed two touchdown passes and the Packers capped their preseason with a 34-14 win over the Chiefs at Lambeau Field.

The two quarterbacks each played well enough to give Coach Mike McCarthy a difficult decision in naming a backup to starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Will the Packers keep three quarterbacks? That question is also on the lips of Packers fans heading into this weekend’s mandatory roster reduction to 53.

Flynn completed seven of 15 passes for 102 yards and touchdowns of 22 yards to Davante Adams and 11 yards to LaDarius Perkins. Flynn played in the first and third quarters.

Tolzien completed 12 of 18 passes for 139 yards and touchdowns of 33 yards to Jeff Janis and 6 yards to Myles White. Tolzien entered the game in the second quarter and closed it in the fourth.

Undrafted rookie Jayrone Elliott was one of the stars of the game, registering his fifth sack of the preseason and continuing his strong bid for a roster spot.

Eighteen Packers starters didn’t dress for the game, resting for next Thursday’s season opener in Seattle.

The Packers were 3-1 in the preseason.





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Ask Vic Halftime: Here’s my training camp/preseason MVP

Posted by Vic Ketchman, editor on August 28, 2014 – 7:37 pm


Pau from Barcelona, Spain
Vic, I follow and enjoy your columns, even in training camp. TC is over; so is the preseason. Tell us who would be your TC MVP.

If JC Tretter hadn’t been injured, it might’ve been him. I was leaning toward Richard Rodgers until Jayrone Elliott’s sack in the first quarter. Nobody has come as far and as fast this summer as Elliott has. He has etched himself into the training camp history book with a storybook pursuit of a job in the NFL.

Ryan from Toledo, OH
Vic, I think Richard Rodgers could be a very effective starter for us at tight end. What do you think is the order of our depth chart at tight end?

Rodgers, Andrew Quarless and Brandon Bostick, when he’s healthy, but don’t etch that in stone. If Rodgers is this team’s starting tight end, a lot can change. Quarless played through the second quarter. What does that mean?

Joe from Dubuque, IA
Elliott is a beast. He has to make the 53, right?

Everybody’s looking for pass rushers. Dee Ford was a first-round pick for the Chiefs and Elliott is outplaying him tonight. I think Elliott makes the 53.

Todd from Boondocks, IA
When you covered the Jaguars during their down years, how did you approach “Ask Vic” compared to how you do it now with the Packers?

No difference; I told the truth. When the Jaguars had to gut the roster due to a salary cap problem in 2002, I told the readers the Jaguars were in rebuilding and it was going to take more than one year to fix the cap and the roster. The Packers are not in rebuilding.

Jeff from Grass Valley, CA
We’ve had lighten up week. What would you call this week for Packers fans?

The next six days are “Here We Go!” time.

Alex from Los Angeles, CA
Linsley looks solid and Elliot is the truth.

I watched Corey Linsley in the first quarter. I thought he was especially effective in run blocking. Let’s please remember that he and the Packers will be playing against a very different opponent next Thursday. They’ll be playing against the Super Bowl champions.

Matt from New York, NY
We want Seattle! We want Seattle!

That’s good, cause you’re gonna get them.

Ed from Fort Bragg, CA
Vic, I am thoroughly disgusted with the NFL’s values that were demonstrated by suspending a player for a year for smoking pot and only suspending a player for two games for violence against a woman. I think that sets a very bad example for the youth. What’s your take on this?

I think the NFL regrets that decision and it took steps to correct the problem today, but let’s please let that go for now. I’m watching a football game. It’s not an especially memorable football game, but watching a football game is why I’m here and it sure beats debating punishment for nefarious behavior. Jimmy Cannon said he liked being a sportswriter because he liked being in happy places. I’m in the press box tonight. I’m in a happy place.

Bob from Oosterhout, The Netherlands
Good luck, Ted Thompson. This roster is loaded with talent.

Yes, it is, but by the time he gets done using all of the means available to him to keep the players he wants, you’ll wonder if anybody was released at all.

Jerry from Wilmington, NC
Finally, the interception you’ve been looking for.

First in the preseason by a defensive back; Jarrett Bush was playing cornerback, though. I want one of the Packers’ safeties to get one.


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News now! Packers score early, often to lead 20-7 at half

Posted by Mike Spofford on August 28, 2014 – 7:37 pm


GREEN BAY — The Packers scored every time they touched the ball until the final two minutes of the first half, taking a 20-7 lead at halftime against the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday night at Lambeau Field.

The Packers added to their lead early in the quarter with a 29-yard FG by K Mason Crosby, capping a 10-play drive. Four runs by RB DuJuan Harris picked up 26 yards, and QB Matt Flynn hit WR Davante Adams for 17 yards to make it first-and-goal on the 5.

But Harris was then swallowed up for a 6-yard loss and two incomplete passes later, the Packers had to settle for Crosby’s kick with 13:26 left in the half.

Scott Tolzien took over for Flynn at QB on the Packers’ next possession and directed a 59-yard touchdown drive. He began it by hitting WR Myles White for 11 yards, and finished it with a 33-yard TD pass to rookie WR Jeff Janis on fourth-and-3.

As with Flynn’s field goal drive, a third-down defensive penalty on the Chiefs kept the drive alive, as Kansas City struggled with flags the entire first half.

On the second play of the Chiefs’ ensuing drive, Packers CB Jarrett Bush jumped a slant route and intercepted QB Tyler Bray’s pass at the Kansas City 41.

The offense quickly turned that into another three points, as RB LaDarius Perkins carried three times for 17 yards, but Tolzien barely overthrew WR Kevin Dorsey deep, leading to a 42-yard FG by Crosby. That made it 20-0 with 5:11 left in the half.

The Chiefs finally made some noise with a 49-yard kickoff return by Frankie Hammond Jr., and a diving catch for a 45-yard gain by WR A.J. Jenkins, making it first-and-goal. Bray’s 2-yard TD pass to TE Richard Gordon pulled the Chiefs within 20-7 with 3:21 left in the half.

After the Packers’ first scoreless possession of the game, the Chiefs drove to the Green Bay 40-yard line, but Bray’s pass on fourth-and-6 went off the hands of TE Demetrius Harris.



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News now! Matt Flynn takes lead in backup battle

Posted by Vic Ketchman, editor on August 28, 2014 – 6:40 pm


GREEN BAY–Matt Flynn took the first-quarter lead in the battle for the backup quarterback job by marching the No. 2 Packers offense 86 yards in 12 plays, capping the drive with a 22-yard touchdown pass to rookie wide receiver Davante Adams. The Packers led the Chiefs, 7-0, after one quarter of play at Lambeau Field in what is each team’s final game of the preseason.

The Chiefs gained two first downs in their opening possession of the game, but quarterback Chase Daniel missed a wide open receiver on third-and-3 and the Chiefs were forced to punt. Jeff Janis fielded the punt and the Packers took possession at their 14-yard line.

Flynn converted a third-and-6 with a 17-yard pass to Richard Rodgers. James Starks then ripped off 9 yards over right tackle and a 9-yard toss to Jarrett Boykin put the ball at the Chiefs 45. Flynn scrambled for a first down at the Chiefs 30 and then found Adams on a crossing route with 5:38 to play in the first quarter.

Eighteen Packers starters did not dress for the game. The Packers open the regular season in Seattle next Thursday. Undrafted rookie free agent Jayrone Elliott registered a sack of Daniel, which would give Elliott the league lead in preseason sacks.





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