Four Packers finish regular season with 50-plus catches

Posted by Duke Bobber on January 4, 2016 – 12:38 am

– The Packers lost to the Minnesota Vikings, 20-13, in the regular-season finale on Sunday night at Lambeau Field.

– Green Bay (No. 5 seed) will travel east to take on the Washington Redskins (No. 4 seed) next Sunday at FedExField at 3:40 p.m. (CST) in an NFC Wild Card contest. It will mark just the third postseason meeting between the teams and the first since an NFC Divisional game at Washington in 1972.


– Tonight’s paid attendance was 78,412, the 317th consecutive regular-season sellout at Lambeau Field.

– WR James Jones finished with a team-high 102 receiving yards on four catches (25.5 avg.), giving him a career-high and team-leading 890 yards for the season. That surpassed his previous best of 817 yards receiving in 2013. Jones had three 100-yard games on the season, a career high.

– Jones finished with 50 catches on the season, his fourth straight season with 50-plus receptions.

– The Packers had four players finish the season with 50-plus catches (WR Randall Cobb-79, TE Richard Rodgers-58, Jones-50, WR Davante Adams-50), the first time a Green Bay team had done that since 2002.

– RB James Starks rushed for 24 yards, giving him a career-high 601 for the season as he surpassed his previous best of 578 yards in 2011.

– Starks (601) and RB Eddie Lacy (758) became the first Green Bay duo to both rush for 600-plus yards in the same season since Eddie Lee Ivery (636) and Jessie Clark (633) in 1985.

– TE Richard Rodgers’ TD catch in the fourth quarter was the 10th of his career. That ties him for the most by a Green Bay TE in his first two seasons since the 1970 merger (Bubba Franks, 10, 2000-01).

– Rodgers finished the season with 58 catches, becoming just the fourth TE in franchise annals to catch 55-plus passes in a season (Jermichael Finley, Paul Coffman, Jackie Harris).

– LB Julius Peppers posted a sack in the second quarter, giving him 10.5 for the season. It was his ninth season with a double-digit sack total, which ties John Randle for No. 4 in NFL history (Bruce Smith, 13; Reggie White, 12; Kevin Greene (10).

– P Tim Masthay finished the season with a net punting average of 40.25 yards, the top mark in franchise history (since 1976) as he surpassed his own record of 38.95 in 2013. He now holds the top five single-season marks in team annals (2010-13, 2015).

– K Mason Crosby forced a fumble on a fourth-quarter kickoff return, the first forced fumble of his career.

– G Josh Sitton started at LT, his first NFL start at that position.

Tags: , , ,
Posted in Blog

Bakhtiari out; Packers-Vikings inactives

Posted by Duke Bobber on January 3, 2016 – 5:59 pm

160103-bakhtiari-950The following players have been declared as inactive for Sunday night’s game between the Green Bay Packers and the Minnesota Vikings:

Green Bay Packers Green Bay Packers
7 QB Brett Hundley
36 CB LaDarius Gunter
37 CB Sam Shields
69 T David Bakhtiari
79 G Josh Walker
80 TE Justin Perillo
91 LB Jayrone Elliott

Starting lineup changes: #23 Damarious Randall will start in place of #37 Sam Shields at cornerback

Minnesota Vikings
6 QB Taylor Heinicke
12 WR Charles Johnson
58 LB Brandon Watts
62 C Nick Easton
78 T Jeremiah Sirles
91 DE Zach Moore
98 DT Linval Joseph

Starting lineup changes: #73 Sharrif Floyd will start in place of #98 Linval Joseph at nose tackle and #92 Tom Johnson will start in place of Floyd at defensive tackle

Tags: , , ,
Posted in Blog

Captains selected for Vikings game

Posted by Duke Bobber on January 3, 2016 – 4:30 pm


As per team tradition, the Packers select game captains each week. Today’s captains will be C Corey Linsley (offense), S Morgan Burnett (defense) and P Tim Masthay (special teams).

Tags: , , , , , ,
Posted in Blog

Packers face Vikings with division title on the line

Posted by Duke Bobber on January 3, 2016 – 2:30 pm

– The Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings will meet in Green Bay in the regular-season finale for just the second time (1996).

– Tonight will mark the third consecutive year Green Bay will play for the NFC North title in Week 17, and it will be against the third different opponent (Chicago, Detroit, Minnesota).

–  Dating back to 2006, Green Bay is 8-1 in Week 17 games, including 5-0 at home. The Packers’ eight wins in Week 17 are tied for the most in the NFL from 2006-14 (Pittsburgh, San Diego, San Francisco). Green Bay has scored 276 points in Week 17 games since 2006, tied with New England for the most in the NFL over that span.

– Tonight will be the first time the Packers and Vikings have met in the regular season when both teams entered the game with a double-digit win total. Since the Vikings entered the league in 1961, there have been only five seasons where both teams had 10-plus wins in the same season (1989, 1998, 2009, 2012, 2015).

– Through 110 meetings, which includes two postseason contests (1-1), the Packers hold a 59-49-2 edge over the Vikings in the all-time series.

– The Packers are 10-1-1 in the last 12 games between the teams during the regular and postseason, including 5-0-1 at home. The Packers’ only loss during that span was by three points in 2012 at Minnesota in Week 17.

– The Packers have scored 30-plus points in seven of their last 10 regular-season games against Minnesota, averaging 33.2 points per game over that span. That included a 30-point effort in the first meeting this season, a 42-point game last season, a 44-point outing at Minnesota in 2013, the most points ever scored by Green Bay at the Metrodome, and a 45-point effort at Lambeau Field in 2011.

– Since Head Coach Mike McCarthy took over in 2006, the Packers have a 14-4-1 record (.763) against the Vikings in the regular season.

– The Packers have swept the regular-season series against the Vikings five times under McCarthy (2006-07, 2010-11, 2014).

– Since 2006, the Packers have scored 20-plus points against the Vikings in 18 of 19 regular-season games. The Packers’ 549 points scored in the regular season since 2006 are the most against the Vikings in the NFL, and Green Bay’s 28.9 points per game leads the league among teams that have played Minnesota at least four times over that span.

– Of the past 27 regular-season meetings between the Packers and Vikings, 18 of those games have been decided by seven points or less.

– The Packers have a 43-15-1 (.737) overall regular-season record against NFC North opponents under McCarthy, a divisional mark that ranks No. 2 in the NFL since 2006.


– Including the postseason, Green Bay is 11-4 against Minnesota with Aaron Rodgers as the starting quarterback, and has won 10 of the last 11 contests.

– In 16 games against the Vikings (including playoffs), Rodgers has completed 326 of 470 passes (69.4 percent) for 3,976 yards, 34 TDs and four INTs with a passer rating of 115.7. His passer rating is the highest of any opposing quarterback vs. Minnesota (min. 100 att.).

– In primetime games against Minnesota, Rodgers is 124 of 169 (73.4 percent) for 1,548 yards and 14 TDs with three INTs for a 121.6 rating. He has registered a rating of 110-plus in five of six games, including 130-plus in each of the last three. In the last three, he has totaled 691 passing yards, nine touchdowns, no interceptions and a passer rating of 144.0.

– Rodgers has recorded a 100-plus passer rating in 10 of the last 13 games against the Vikings, including the postseason. He recorded three passing touchdowns and a passer rating of 138.7 in a Week 5 victory over Minnesota at Lambeau Field last season. It was his fourth-highest rating against the Vikings in his career.

– In 2010-11, Rodgers posted a passer rating of 140.0 or better in three contests against Minnesota (146.5 at MIN in 2011 / 141.3 at MIN in 2010 / 140.3 vs. MIN in 2011), becoming the first NFL quarterback since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger to register a 140-plus passer rating in three consecutive games against the same opponent (according to the Elias Sports Bureau).

– WR Randall Cobb has two touchdown receptions in the last three games against Minnesota.

– In the first meeting this season, WR James Jones caught six passes for 109 yards (18.2 avg.) and one touchdown.

– RB Eddie Lacy has rushed for 534 yards (106.8 per game) and five touchdowns in five games against the Vikings.

– DT Mike Daniels has 6.5 sacks in the past five games against Minnesota.

– LB Julius Peppers has 11 sacks, two interceptions and a touchdown in 14 contests against the Vikings.

– LB Clay Matthews has played against Minnesota 12 times (including playoffs), registering nine sacks, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and a touchdown.


– If the Packers win, it will mark their fifth consecutive division title, extending a franchise record. It would also make them the only team in the NFC to win its division each of the last five seasons. The only two teams to win five or more division titles in a row in the NFC Central/North were the Minnesota Vikings from 1973-78 and the Chicago Bears from 1984-88.

– Tonight will be the fifth regular-season home game in the month of January in team history. The Packers are 4-0 all-time at home in January during the regular season.

– A victory would make Green Bay 4-2 against the division this season and give it four or more regular-season wins against division opponents for the 12th time in the last 14 seasons. The Packers are trying to finish above .500 in NFC North games for the 10th straight season.

– A win would mark the sixth season McCarthy has guided the Packers to 11-plus wins (2007, 2009, 2011-12, 2014), extending his franchise record.

– Green Bay has posted eight zero-turnover games this season, tied for No. 1 (2009) in franchise history (since 1933).

– Under McCarthy, the Packers are 80-38-1 against NFC opponents during the regular season. Green Bay’s 80 wins are nine more than any other team over that span (New Orleans, 71-48).

– The Packers are 7-4 against NFC teams this season. It is the eighth regular season since 2006 that Green Bay finished with seven-plus wins against NFC opponents. A win would mark the seventh time the Packers recored eight-plus regular season wins over NFC opponents since ‘06.

–  Dating back to 1963, the Packers’ three six-plus sack games ties a single-season franchise record (1966, 1978, 1991).

–  According to STATS LLC, Green Bay has 36 pass plays of 25-plus yards this season. If they record four more, it will mark the fourth time since 1994 that Green Bay has registered 40 or more pass plays of 25-plus yards in a season (46 in 2011 / 44 in 2013 / 42 in 2010).


– Rodgers looks to throw for multiple touchdowns for the 11th time this season. It would mark the fourth time in his career he has recorded 11 or more games with multiple touchdowns in a single regular season (14 in 2011 / 11 in 2012 and 2014).

– Rodgers reached 30 passing touchdowns for the fifth time in his career. He ranks second in team history behind Brett Favre’s eight. Rodgers’ five 30-plus passing touchdown seasons since 2009 are tied for the second most in the NFL over that time span (NE Tom Brady and IND/DEN Peyton Manning, five / NO Drew Brees, seven).

– Rodgers ranks No. 2 in the NFL with seven games this season with two-plus touchdown passes and zero INTs (New England QB Tom Brady, nine).

– Rodgers (332) is 25 yards away from eclipsing his single-season career high in rushing yards, 356 in 2010.

– Cobb needs one catch to extend his streak of consecutive regular-season games with a reception to 56, the fifth-longest streak in franchise history. He trails WR James Lofton (58, 1979-83) for fourth place in team history.

– Jones (788) is 30 yards away from surpassing his single-season career high of 817 receiving yards he set in 2013.

– Jones (46) is four catches away from his fourth consecutive season with 50-plus receptions.

– TE Richard Rodgers needs four catches to become only the fourth tight end in team history with 55-plus receptions in a season: Jermichael Finley (three), Paul Coffman (two), Jackie Harris (one).

– Lacy’s 416 rushing yards since Week 11 are the sixth most in the NFL over that span.

– Lacy is one 100-yard rushing game away from tying his single-season career high of four (2013).

– With 3,041 rushing yards, Lacy is one of only two players in team history (RB John Brockington, 3,276) to rush for 3,000-plus yards in his first three seasons in the NFL.

– RB James Starks is three yards away from surpassing his single-season career high of 578 rushing yards from 2011.

– If Starks (577) records 23 or more rushing yards, he would reach 600 for the season and give the Packers two players with 600-plus rushing yards (Eddie Lacy-724) in the same season for the first time since 1985 (Jessie Clark-633 / Eddie Lee Ivery-636).


– Matthews needs two tackles to surpass his previous career high of 83 (2010). 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 9.5 sacks and is a half a sack away from his ninth season with 10-plus sacks, which would tie John Randle for the fourth-most 10-sack seasons since 1982 (Bruce Smith, 13 / Reggie White, 12 / Kevin Greene, 10).

– Peppers (135.0) trails Jared Allen (136.0) for the ninth most on the all-time sacks list (since 1982) and both Richard Dent and John Randle (137.5) for the seventh most.


– P Tim Masthay has recorded a net average of 40.3 yards this season, which is on pace to beat his career high and franchise record (since 1976) of 39.0 (2013).


– Tonight’s officiating crew includes referee Bill Vinovich (52), umpire Paul King (121), head linesman Phil McKinnely (110), line judge Mike Spanier (90), field judge John Jenkins (117), side judge Gary Cavaletto (60) and back judge Jim Quirk (63).

Tags: , , , ,
Posted in Blog

Packers-Vikings moves to NBC’s Sunday Night Football on Jan. 3

Posted by Duke Bobber on December 27, 2015 – 10:01 pm


The Packers’ Jan. 3 regular-season finale against the Minnesota Vikings has been moved to 7:30 p.m. CT, the NFL announced Sunday. Kickoff for the game was originally scheduled for 12 p.m. CT.

Next Sunday’s game will determine the winner of the NFC North, as well as the No. 3 seed in the NFC playoff race.

Tags: , , ,
Posted in Blog

Aaron Rodgers hits 200 career TD passes; Packers-Vikings postgame notes

Posted by Duke Bobber on October 3, 2014 – 2:34 am


– The Packers improved 3-2 on the season and 2-1 in NFC North contests with a 42-10 win over the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday night at Lambeau Field.

– Green Bay has now won four straight Thursday night games at Lambeau Field, with the other victories coming in 2006 (Minnesota), 2011 (New Orleans) and 2012 (Chicago).

– With the win, the Packers improved to 5-0-1 against the Vikings at Lambeau Field since 2010 (including playoffs).

– By scoring the first 42 points on Thursday night and the final 24 points this past Sunday at Chicago, the Packers’ 66 unanswered points were their most since posting 69 unanswered over a two-game stretch in 2005 (last 52 vs. New Orleans on Oct. 9 and first 17 at Minnesota on Oct. 23).

– Green Bay is off to a 2-0 start at home for the fourth time in the past five seasons (2010-11, 2013-14).

– The Packers will go on the road to take on the Miami Dolphins a week from Sunday at 1 p.m. (EDT) at Sun Life Stadium. It will be Green Bay’s first visit to Miami since 2006 (Week 7).



– Tonight’s paid attendance was 78,054. It was the 303rd consecutive regular-season sellout at Lambeau Field.

– With the win, Head Coach Mike McCarthy improved to 12-4-1 (.735) against Minnesota in the regular season.

– QB Aaron Rodgers’ 11-yard TD pass to WR Davante Adams (the first of Adams’ career) was Rodgers’ 200th career TD pass. He reached that mark in his 99th career game, the second fastest in NFL history behind only Dolphins QB Dan Marino (89 games).

– Rodgers’ 66-yard TD pass to WR Jordy Nelson in the first quarter was Rodgers’ 21st of 60-plus yards since 2008, the most in the NFL over that span.

– With his 138.7 passer rating tonight, Rodgers has posted a 100-plus passer rating in nine of 12 regular-season starts against Minnesota. He has posted a 130-plus rating in six of his last seven games against the Vikings.

– Rodgers posted his fourth straight zero-interception game, his longest streak since a four-gamer in 2012 (Weeks 14-17).

– LB Julius Peppers’ 49-yard INT return for a TD in the second quarter was his 10th career interception. He became the first player in NFL history (since 1982) to register 100 career sacks (119.5) and 10 career interceptions.

– It was Peppers’ first score since a 13-yard INT return for a TD at Arizona on Nov. 1, 2009, when he was with the Carolina Panthers, and Green Bay’s first INT return for a TD since S M.D. Jennings (72 yards) at Detroit on Nov. 18, 2012.

– LB Jamari Lattimore’s second-quarter interception was the first of his career and CB Casey Hayward’s fumble recovery in the second quarter was the first of his career.

– LB Nick Perry matched his career high with two sacks (vs. Detroit, Oct. 6, 2013).

– RB Eddie Lacy posted his second career game with two rushing TDs (vs. Pittsburgh, Week 16 in 2013) and registered his fifth career 100-yard rushing game with 105 yards on 13 carries (8.1 avg.). It is Lacy’s lowest attempt total in a 100-yard rushing game and his best yards-per-carry average in a game (min. 10 attempts).

– With five punts inside the 20 tonight, P Tim Masthay brought his career total to 108 punts inside the 20. That sets a franchise record (since 1976), topping Craig Hentrich’s mark of 104.

– Masthay tied a single-game franchise record (since 1976) with the five punts inside the 20, matching his own mark set at the N.Y. Jets (Oct. 31, 2010) and David Beverly’s set vs. Chicago (Oct. 28, 1978).

– WR Randall Cobb’s 8-yard TD catch in the first quarter was his sixth TD grab of the season and his eighth in his last six regular-season games. His receiving-TD total is the best by a Packer through five games since Billy Howton posted seven TD grabs in 1956.

Tags: , ,
Posted in Blog

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

Posted by Duke Bobber on October 2, 2014 – 11:56 pm

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

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

Tags: , ,
Posted in Blog

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

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


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

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

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



Posted in Blog

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

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


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

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

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




Posted in Blog

News now! Turnovers help Packers extend lead

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted in Blog