News now! Packers hold 17-10 lead after three quarters

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on October 12, 2014 – 2:24 pm

141012-in-game-updates-3-300aMIAMI–The Packers held a 17-10 lead and had one more quarter of hot and humid football ahead of them at Sun Life Stadium on Sunday.

Ryan Tannehill took off on a 40-yard run to start the second half and the Packers’ 10-3 lead was immediately at risk. Pass interference on Davon House moved the ball to the Packers 14, from where Knowshon Moreno ran for 5 yards, but a false start erased that gain.

On second-and-10 at the 14, a screen pass to Moreno gained 8 yards, third-and-2, but another false start pushed the ball back 5 more yards, third-and-7 from the 11.

That’s when Tannehill made his best pass of the day, to Jarvis Landry for a touchdown that tied the score, 10-10, with 11:48 to play in the third quarter. Tannehill was under a heavy rush and floated the ball over tight coverage by Tramon Williams.

An Aaron Rodgers scramble kick-started the Packers’ next possession, and the Packers slowly started poking holes in the Dolphins’ defensive front. On third-and-2, Eddie Lacy was stopped for no gain, but Coach Mike McCarthy nixed a punt. Rodgers rolled to his right under heavy pursuit by Cameron Wake, and threw a perfect strike to Jordy Nelson for a first down. It is one of the big plays of the game.

Davante Adams turned a short pass into a long run, a gain of 24 to the Dolphins 18.  Rodgers went back to Nelson for a gain to the 7, first and goal.

On third-and-goal from the 5, Rodgers scrambled away from the rush and found Randall Cobb for a touchdown and a 17-10 lead with 3:44 to play in the third quarter.

Tannehill hit Mike Wallace for 25 yards. The Dolphins faced a critical third-and-8. Tannehill hit Damian Williams for a first down at the Packers 25. That’s where the quarter ended.

 

 


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Defense deserving of respect and pat on the back

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on October 12, 2014 – 1:33 pm

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Jon from Camp Arifjan, Kuwait
Vic, we denied Miami a single point after starting at our 16-yard line following a blocked punt. Should we carry Dom Capers out of the stadium on our shoulders?

Yeah, but hurry up before the Dolphins score.

 

Steven from Racine, WI
The passing game is working. Why stop now? Just terrible.

Awful! Pathetic! How dare they try to run the ball?

 

Jeff from Sun Prairie, WI
It sounds like there are a lot of Packers fans in Miami. What does it look like out there?

There are a lot of Packers fans here, but it’s not a takeover. I thought it would be a takeover.

 

Matt from New York, NY
I guess I have one question and one comment. Nick Perry’s bull rush looks pretty darn good. My question to you is have you noticed the absence of Datone Jones in the Packers play so far?

Yes, I have, and that’s because he’s inactive with an ankle injury.

 

Ben from Chicago, IL
Vic, do the Packers have handheld awnings? Just looking for something to worry about.

Yes, they are using handheld awnings. They did their homework. They’re prepared.

 

Rick from Appleton, WI
Do you see a team that is finding its identity with a developing run defense?

I see a defense that’s on the rise and deserving of respect and a pat on the back.

 

Anne from Auburndale, WI
It’s currently showing 53 degrees for the temp up here. From your vantage point, how are the players holding up to the heat/humidity there?

So far, so good, but the third quarter is the acid test. That’s when they come back out of the air-conditioning and realize they have to do it all over again.

 

Joe from Mankato, MN
Looks like Wake appears to be winning the matchup vs. Bulaga.

Cameron Wake is a fantastic pass rusher and run defender, which is why he’s coming from the defense’s left side. Bulaga won’t face a better player from that side this year.

 

Jerry from Wilmington, NC
Vic, how important will time of possession be for the rest of the game?

 It’s not an issue now because Ryan Tannehill is playing poorly. He’s a hot and cold quarterback and today he’s cold. He threw behind Brian Hartline in the end zone and the pass Casey Hayward intercepted was a terrible decision by Tannehill. The second interception was even worse. It was into double coverage. The deep ball is supposed to go to Mike Wallace, not Hartline.

 

Cheryl from Marathon, WI
Vic, you always hear that getting the running game going opens up the passing game. Can’t it be said that the reverse is also true?

If you pass to run, you don’t sell play action.

 

Rob from Washington, DC
How important do you think the favorable time of possession will be for the Packers defense in the second half?

It can be huge in the fourth quarter. This team does what it needs to do. That’s the sign of a very good team.

 


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News now! Packers controlling game, but hold small lead

Posted by Mike Spofford on October 12, 2014 – 1:33 pm

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MIAMI — The Packers dominated time of possession in the first half, which could become important later, and with the defense putting together a strong effort, the Packers led 10-3 at halftime on Sunday at Sun Life Stadium.

The Packers extended their lead to 10-3 on a 43-yard FG by Mason Crosby midway through the second period.

The score was set up by an interception by CB Casey Hayward, who cut in front of WR Jarvis Landry on a third-down pass to get the pick. The Packers took over on the Dolphins’ 36-yard line, though it could have been the 21 had the officials not missed a facemask penalty on Hayward’s return.

The offense managed just one first down, on a 14-yard pass to WR Jordy Nelson, before QB Aaron Rodgers was sacked on third down by DE Olivier Vernon, leading to Crosby’s FG with 8:08 left in the half.

After the defense got a three-and-out, the offense had good field position across midfield with a chance for more points. But an intentional grounding penalty on Rodgers, when he threw the ball away with an unblocked DE Cameron Wake in his face, pushed the Packers back and forced a punt.

The defense came up big again, as CB Sam Shields was stride for stride with WR Brian Hartline on a deep ball and picked it off, the Packers’ second interception of the game and ninth on the season.

Once again, the offense didn’t take advantage, though. The Packers crossed midfield but stalled out and had to punt with a minute left.

The Packers defense came up with one final stop, after the Dolphins had driven to midfield. A second-down sack by Mike Neal forced a final punt.

 


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News now! Packers hold slim lead after one quarter

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on October 12, 2014 – 12:35 pm

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron RodgersMIAMI–An opening touchdown drive and a goal line stand left the Packers leading the Dolphins, 7-3, following one quarter of play at hot and humid Sun Life Stadium.

The Packers opened in their no-huddle offense after receiving the opening kickoff. Two completions to Davante Adams netted 23 yards. On third-and-8, Aaron Rodgers ran a quarterback draw for a first down at the Dolphins 37.

Rodgers then found Randall Cobb for 28 yards to the Dolphins 9. A Rodgers to Jordy Nelson touchdown pass followed, on a play in which Rodgers changed the play at the line of scrimmage. Packers led, 7-0, with 10:09 to play in the first quarter.

Mason Crosby saved a touchdown on the ensuing kickoff by upending Jarvis Landry at the Packers 49.

Ryan Tannehill opened with a 9-yard completion to Lamar Miller. The Dolphins eventually faced a third-and-7 from their 34 and Tannehill threw incomplete. A neutral zone infraction against the Packers shortened Caleb Sturgis’ field goal attempt to 48 yards; it was good, 7-3 with 8:15 to play.

Rodgers converted a third-and-9 with a pass to Adams to begin the Packers’ next possession. Rodgers was as hot as the south Florida weather, but on third-and-11 Cameron Wake sacked Rodgers. Tim Masthay’s punt was then blocked and the Dolphins had the ball at the Packers 16.

The Dolphins faced a big play on third-and-7 and Tannehill hit Landry for 9 yards to the Packers 4. On third-and-goal from the 1, Tannehill threw behind his receiver and incomplete. On fourth-and-goal, the Packers stuffed Knowson Moreno for no gain.

 

 

 


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Pregame warmup: It’s going to be a hot one

Posted by Mike Spofford on October 12, 2014 – 10:48 am

MIAMI — There are a few clouds in the sky, but rain is looking less and less likely at Sun Life Stadium today, with temperatures expected to be in the mid-80s.

It’s going to be a hot one.

Winds are around 10 mph and the humidity is between 60-70 percent. The small chances of rain predicted earlier in the week are still in the forecast, but are projected for the evening, not the afternoon.

As they did eight years ago in their last visit to Miami, the Packers are wearing their green jerseys today while the Dolphins will be wearing their whites.

For a look back at that Packers-Dolphins game from 2006 and how it might relate to what happens today, click here.

Injury update: Packers DE Datone Jones (ankle) is inactive today, and he will be replaced in the starting lineup by DE Josh Boyd, who returned to practice this week after missing some time with a knee injury.

WR Jarrett Boykin (groin) remains out for the Packers, while WR Kevin Dorsey is active for the first time in his pro career. The Packers have five WRs active today — Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, Davante Adams, Jeff Janis and Dorsey.

For the Dolphins, RB Knowshon Moreno is active after missing time due to an elbow injury, and Pro Bowl C Mike Pouncey is also back in the starting lineup, but he will be at guard.

Moreno and Lamar Miller are both averaging at least 5.0 yards per carry this season for the Dolphins, who have one of the league’s top running games.

In the NFC North: All four teams in the division are within one game of each other heading into today’s games. The Packers and Lions are tied atop the division at 3-2, while the Bears and Vikings are one game back at 2-3.

If they Packers win, they would end the day no worse than tied for first, depending on what the Lions do in Minnesota. WR Calvin Johnson and RB Reggie Bush are both inactive today for Detroit. Chicago plays at Atlanta later Sunday afternoon. It’s possible the day could end with all four teams tied for first. For that to happen, the Packers would have to lose while the Vikings and Bears both win.

TV map: Here’s a look at the portions of the country that will get the Packers-Dolphins broadcast on their local FOX affiliates.

Map courtesy of 506sports.com

 


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Packers-Dolphins inactives

Posted by Duke Bobber on October 12, 2014 – 10:30 am

The following players have been declared as inactive for Sunday’s game between the Green Bay Packers and the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium.

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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
95 DE Datone Jones

Starting lineup change: #93 Josh Boyd will start in place of #95 Datone Jones at LDE

Miami Dolphins
10 WR Brandon Gibson
30 RB Daniel Thomas
62 DT Deandre Coleman
66 G Shelly Smith
74 T Jason Fox
77 G Billy Turner
89 TE Harold Hoskins

Starting lineup changes: #51 Mike Pouncey will start in place of #66 Shelley Smith at RG. #14 Jarvis Landry will start in place of #10 Brandon Gibson at WR. #53 Jelani Jenkins will start in place of #93 Jason Trusnik at LB. #20 Reshad Jones will start in place of #27 Jimmy Wilson at S.


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Sunday’s Packers captains vs. Dolphins: Lang, Shields and Goode

Posted by Duke Bobber on October 12, 2014 – 8:00 am

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As per team tradition, the Packers select game captains each week.  Today’s captains will be G T.J. Lang (offense), CB Sam Shields (defense) and LS Brett Goode (special teams).


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#PackersBusinessTrip: Behind-the-scenes photos from Miami

Posted by Duke Bobber on October 11, 2014 – 11:39 pm

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Ted Thompson trades back in third for second time

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on April 26, 2013 – 9:15 pm

GREEN BAY–Packers General Manager Ted Thompson traded back in the third round for the second time on Friday, Thompson’s third trade of the day. The Packers sent the 93rd overall pick to the Miami Dolphins in exchange for the Dolphins’ fourth (109), fifth (146) and seventh-round 224) picks. The Packers selected Alabama running back Eddie Lacy in the second round earlier on Friday.


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Philbin, Sherman get their QB

Posted by Mike Spofford on April 26, 2012 – 7:51 pm

The Dolphins have taken Texas A&M QB Ryan Tannehill, whom Mike Sherman coached the last two seasons.  New head coach Joe Philbin is going to count on Sherman to help develop Tannehill into the long-term answer at the QB position for Miami, which has struggled for years to find a true successor to Dan Marino.

Eight picks into the draft now and no pass rushers have come off the board.


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