Rodgers posts sixth consecutive zero-interception game; Packers-Panthers notes

Posted by Duke Bobber on October 19, 2014 – 6:20 pm

The Packers improved to 5-2 on the season with their fourth consecutive victory, a 38-17 win over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday afternoon at Lambeau Field.

Green Bay has now won 10 straight games in the month of October, the longest current winning streak by any NFL team in a calendar month.

With today’s victory, the Packers have now posted at least one winning streak of four or more games each of the past six seasons (2009-14), the only NFL team to accomplish that feat over that span.

Green Bay is off to a 3-0 start at home for the second straight season, the first time since 2001-02 that the Packers have done so in back-to-back seasons.

The Packers are off to a 5-2 start for the second straight season and have posted a record of 5-2 or better through the first seven games in three of the past four seasons (7-0 in 2011, 5-2 in 2013).

The Packers will go on the road to take on the New Orleans Saints (2-4) next Sunday at 7:30 p.m. (CDT) at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. It will be Green Bay’s first visit to New Orleans since 2008.


Today’s paid attendance was 78,106. It was the 304th consecutive regular-season sellout at Lambeau Field.

QB Aaron Rodgers posted his sixth consecutive zero-interception game, tying Bart Starr’s franchise record (min. 15 attempts a game) set in 1964.

Rodgers brought his streak of consecutive attempts without an interception to 192, his career high and the second-best mark in franchise annals (Starr, 294, 1964-65).

Rodgers joined Patriots QB Tom Brady (2007) as the only players in NFL history to register four straight three-TD/zero-INT games in a single season.

With 18 TD passes and one INT this season, Rodgers became the first player in league history to throw for 18-plus TDs and one or zero INTs in the first seven games of a season.

Rodgers’ completion percentage of 86.36 (19 of 22) was a career high (min. 20 attempts) and was the third-best single game mark in franchise annals.

Rodgers’ passer rating of 154.5 on Sunday was the second best of his career and ranks third in team history (min. 20 attempts).

Rodgers joined Brady (2007) as the only NFL quarterbacks to register two 150-plus rating games in the first seven contests of a season. Rodgers had a 151.2 rating at Chicago in Week 4.

WR Randall Cobb’s 3-yard TD catch in the second quarter gave him eight TD grabs this season, the most by a Packer through seven games since Billy Howton had nine in 1956.

Cobb has caught at least one TD pass in six of seven contests this season and has 10 TD grabs over his last eight regularseason games.

WR Jordy Nelson caught a TD pass for the fourth consecutive game, a career high, when he hauled in a 59-yarder from Rodgers in the first quarter. It is the longest streak by a Packer since Cobb’s four-gamer in 2012.

With four receptions on Sunday, Nelson now has 349 for his career as he moved past Max McGee (345) for No. 9 in franchise history.

CB Casey Hayward recorded an interception for the second straight game, the second time in his career he has done so (three straight, Weeks 5-7, 2012).

LB Sam Barrington and S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix started their first career NFL games on Sunday.

P Tim Masthay posted a season-high gross average of 55.2 yards on five punts.

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

Posted by Duke Bobber on October 19, 2014 – 5:01 pm

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

Live Blog Packers vs. Panthers - Ask Vic Live Postgame

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News now! Packers await Detroit result following win

Posted by Vic Ketchman, editor on October 19, 2014 – 3:08 pm


GREEN BAY–Aaron Rodgers was nearly perfect in a 38-17 win over the Carolina Panthers that pushed the Packers’ record to 5-2. The Packers were awaiting a result from the New Orleans at Detroit game, which would determine whether the Packers remain in a tie with the Lions for the NFC North lead, or take sole possession of it.

Rodgers completed 19 of 22 passes for 255 yards, three touchdowns and a 154.5 passer rating in a fourth consecutive dominant performance that has him surging up the league’s passer rankings. will provide full coverage following postgame interviews.



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News now! Packers cruising; Lions losing

Posted by Vic Ketchman, editor on October 19, 2014 – 2:26 pm


GREEN BAY–The Packers were cruising to victory when the fourth quarter began at Lambeau Field on Sunday. They were leading the Panthers, 38-3.

Trailing 28-3 to start the second half. the Panthers took the second half kickoff and began to move the ball. Two first downs moved the ball to midfield. On fourth-and-1, however, the Packers held and Carolina’s woes continued.

Rodgers hit Cobb with a wide receiver screen type of play. Cobb broke a tackle and went for 33 yards to the Carolina 21. The Packers scored on the next play when Rodgers found Davante Adams wide open in the middle of the field. With 10:20 left in the third quarter, the Packers were coasting, 35-3, to a 5-2 record and possible sole possession of first place in the NFC North.

The Packers turned to the run in an attempt to shorten the game on their next possession. Casey Hayward added insult to injury when he intercepted a Cam Newton pass and returned it to the Carolina 49 with 2:18 to play in the third quarter.

Eddie Lacy replaced James Starks, who had his ankle taped along the sideline, and Lacy rushed for a first down in a play that drew a personal foul that disqualified Carolina star linebacker Luke Kuechly from the game.

Mason Crosby added a 34-yard field goal with :08 to play.



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News now! Packers dominating with 28-3 halftime lead

Posted by Mike Spofford on October 19, 2014 – 1:31 pm


GREEN BAY — The Panthers got on the board in the waning seconds of the first half, but the Packers dominated to the tune of a 28-3 halftime lead on Sunday at Lambeau Field.

The Packers were stopped for the first time on the day on their fourth possession, going three-and-out. QB Aaron Rodgers threw his 182nd consecutive pass without an INT, the longest streak of his career and the second-longest in team history.

Carolina finally got moving a bit on offense, picking up two first downs, but were forced to punt from midfield. The punt rolled dead at the Green Bay 6.

The Packers proceeded to go 94 yards in nine plays for another score. Back-to-back runs of 10 and 11 yards by RB Eddie Lacy got the offense moving, and then WR Randall Cobb broke loose on a short pass and turned it into a 46-yard gain into the red zone. On third-and-12, Rodgers scrambled 16 yards to make it first-and-goal on the 3, and Rodgers then hit Cobb for the TD to make it 28-0 with 4:07 left in the half.

Another three-and-out for the Packers defense, coming this time when S Micah Hyde tackled TE Greg Olsen in the open field on third-and-10, gave the offense one more drive in the half. Following Cobb’s 24-yard punt return, the Packers started on their own 39.

The offense went nowhere, though, as RB James Starks was brought down for a loss on third-and-1, forcing a punt at the two-minute warning.

Carolina put together its best drive of the day, getting two receptions from Olsen, a 32-yard grab by WR Kelvin Benjamin and two rushes by QB Cam Newton to get a 33-yard FG on the final play of the half.


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Greatest first quarter in the history of the world

Posted by Vic Ketchman, editor on October 19, 2014 – 1:19 pm


Lars from Aalborg, Denmark
What a key stop on third-and-1. How’s that for defense stepping up?

The big key in this game is going to be getting out of it without an injury.

Nate from St. Francis, WI
Look out?

I called it.

Danny from Sun Prairie, WI
Is it possible to get hot too early in the season?

We always need something to worry about, right?

Luke from Kenosha, WI
Vic, we just scored our third touchdown. Are we playing that good on both sides of the ball, or are the Panthers playing that bad?

The Packers are playing at the highest level at which I’ve seen them play in the four years I’ve covered them. In the pregame radio show, I was asked which is the best team in the NFC? I said it was the Packers and if the Packers played the Seahawks at Lambeau Field today, the Packers would win.

Justin from St. Louis, MO
Looks like Dom Capers is showing up.

It also looks like Packers fans owe Coach Capers an apology.

Rick from Appleton, WI
Vic, have you seen a more complete first quarter from the Packers since you’ve been covering the team?

Considering it could easily have been 28-0 after the first quarter, and that Carolina’s only first down was the result of a penalty, it may be the most dominant first quarter of football I’ve ever witnessed.

Randy from Appleton, WI
Is this the best start of the season?

This is the best start since Rosie Ruiz “won” the Boston Marathon.

Alison from Aurora, IL
Vic, I’m a 29-year-old mom of three young boys. Every Sunday, my husband gives me three hours to meet my grandpa at the local Packers bar. We each have one beer per quarter and order steak nachos at the beginning of the third. During the Miami game, my grandpa was dying for the deep ball to Jordy and I told him, “Not this week, next week.” I was running late to meet him today, and when I walked in and saw his grin, I knew what had happened.

Your grandpa drank another beer?

Adam from San Jose, CA
So what have the Packers not done well today?

They lost the coin toss.

Scott from Appleton, WI
Vic, our tackling is excellent. What do you think the Packers have been doing to improve their tackling?

I think Coach Capers is using better schemes.

Alex from Paoli, IN
Finally! Total domination of an opponent. This is what I expect every week. Is this really so hard? Geez!

You’re right. Anything less than this is unacceptable. We must have FULL CONSISTENCY.

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News now! Packers blowing out Panthers, 21-0

Posted by Vic Ketchman, editor on October 19, 2014 – 12:46 pm


GREEN BAY–The Packers dominated the first quarter in taking a 21-0 lead over the Carolina Panthers at Lambeau Field on Sunday.

Out of their no-huddle offense, the Packers immediately began pounding out first downs against the league’s No. 27 rush defense. Consecutive Carolina penalties, one of which negated an interception, left the Packers facing third-and-2 at their 38. Aaron Rodgers scrambled for a first down.

Rodgers struck with a honey-hole throw to Jordy Nelson along the right sideline. Nelson sidestepped the safety and raced untouched for a 59-yard score with 11:51 to play in the first quarter.

A three-and-out put the Packers back in business at their 44-yard line.

Rodgers led an efficient and methodical drive downfield that gained four first downs, the last of which was on a much-too-easy pitch and catch to Nelson at the Carolina 5. Lacy took it in from there and the Packers were coasting, 14-0, with 5:53 to play in the quarter.

Carolina remained unable to gain a first down on its next possession and the Packers were on the verge of an early takedown when they began their next possession at their 38 with 4:15 to play in the opening quarter.

A 13-yard cutback touchdown run by James Starks capped a five-play drive that left the Panthers on the edge of hopelessness, 21-0, with still 2:07 to play in the first quarter.

A pass interference penalty against Tramon Williams nullified an interception return for a touchdown by Clay Matthews or the score would be 28-0. The pass interference penalty provided Carolina’s only first down of the quarter.




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Tramon Williams active; Packers-Panthers inactives

Posted by Duke Bobber on October 19, 2014 – 10:30 am

141019-williams-300The following players have been declared as inactive for Sunday’s game between the Green Bay Packers and the Carolina Panthers at Lambeau Field.

Green Bay PackersGreen Bay Packers
16 QB Scott Tolzien
37 CB Sam Shields
39 CB Demetri Goodson
54 LB Carl Bradford
72 C Garth Gerhart
83 WR Jeff Janis
95 DE Datone Jones

Starting lineup changes: #31 Davon House will start at cornerback for #37 Sam Shields; #93 DT Josh Boyd will start at left defensive end for #95 Datone Jones

Carolina Panthers
14 QB Joe Webb
24 CB Josh Norman
25 CB Bene Benwikere
34 RB DeAngelo Williams
43 RB Fozzy Whittaker
66 G Amini Silatolu
93 LB Chase Blackburn

Starting lineup changes: #75 Fernando Velasco will start at left guard for #66 Amini Silatolu; #28 Jonathan Stewart will start at running back for #34 DeAngelo Williams; #56 A.J. Klein will start at linebacker for #93 Chase Blackburn; #23 Melvin White will start at cornerback for #24 Josh Norman

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Sunday’s Packers captains vs. Panthers: Quarless, Hawk and Hyde

Posted by Duke Bobber on October 19, 2014 – 8:00 am


As per team tradition, the Packers select game captains each week.  Today’s captains will be TE Andrew Quarless (offense), LB A.J. Hawk (defense) and DB Micah Hyde (special teams).

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