#PackersBusinessTrip: Behind-the-scenes photos from Chicago

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How to watch Sunday’s Packers-Bears game

Posted by Duke Bobber on September 11, 2015 – 10:34 am


– Kickoff: Sunday, Sept. 13 at 12 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.

– FOX Sports, now in its 22nd season as an NFL network television partner, will broadcast the game to a regional audience.

– Play-by-play man Joe Buck joins color commentator Troy Aikman and sideline reporter Erin Andrews.

– 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.

– Sports USA Radio will air the game across the country. Larry Kahn (play-by-play) and Doug Plank (analyst) will call the action, with Troy West reporting from the sidelines.

– The broadcast is also available on Sirius Satellite Radio (WTMJ feed) as part of the network’s NFL Sunday Drive.

– DIRECTV subscribers can watch the game on channel 709.

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Rodgers’ six TD passes in first half tie NFL record; Packers-Bears postgame notes

Posted by Duke Bobber on November 10, 2014 – 1:26 am

– The Packers improved to 6-3 on the season with a 55-14 victory over the Chicago Bears on Sunday night at Lambeau Field, Green Bay’s third straight victory against NFC North foes. It was Green Bay’s highest point total since scoring 55 vs. Tennessee on Dec. 23, 2012, and is tied for the third most in a game in team history. It was tied for the most by the Packers in Lambeau Field history.

– Green Bay’s 41-point margin of victory was the second highest against Chicago behind only the 49-point margin (49-0) vs. the Bears on Sept. 30, 1962.

– Including playoffs, the Packers have won nine of the last 10 meetings against Chicago.

– Green Bay improved to 22-7 all-time in Sunday night contests, a .759 winning percentage that ranks No. 1 in NFL history.

– The Packers have won their first game following the bye in each of the last six seasons. Under Head Coach Mike McCarthy, Green Bay is 8-1 in the game following the bye.

– Green Bay is now 12-1-1 in its last 14 NFC North regular-season games at Lambeau Field. The Packers improved to 3-1 on the season in divisional contests.

– Green Bay is off to a 4-0 start at home for just the second time in the last 12 seasons (also 2011). It marks only the Packers’ sixth 4-0 start at home since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger (1996-97, 2001-02, 2011).

– The Packers’ 42 points in the first half were the third most in a first half in franchise history and the most since the team posted 49 vs. Tampa Bay on Oct. 2, 1983.

– Green Bay’s 42-point halftime lead (42-0) tied the second-biggest halftime lead in league history (also 42 points by the Packers vs. Tampa Bay in 1983, 49-7). The NFL record is 45 points by New England vs. Tennessee (45-0) on Oct. 18, 2009.

– The Packers will stay at home to host the Phildelphia Eagles next Sunday at 3:25 p.m. It marks the second straight season that the Eagles have visited Lambeau Field (Week 10 in 2013)


– Tonight’s paid attendance was 78,292, a new Lambeau Field record. It was the 305th consecutive regular-season sellout.

– QB Aaron Rodgers threw six touchdown passes in the first half, tying Raiders QB Daryle Lamonica’s NFL record (six vs. Buffalo on Oct. 19, 1969) for the most TD passes in a first half.

– Rodgers tied the franchise record for the most TD passes in a game (Rodgers, Matt Flynn).

– Rodgers became the first QB in NFL history to throw 10 TD passes and zero INTs against an opponent in a single season.

– Rodgers joins Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger as the only NFL quarterbacks to post two six-TD passing games since 2012.

– Rodgers’ TD pass to WR Jordy Nelson in the second quarter was his 16th career TD pass of 70-plus yards, the most in NFL history as he surpassed QBs Brett Favre and Peyton Manning (15 each) for the league record.

– Rodgers threw three TD passes of 40-plus yards, the most by a Green Bay quarterback in a game since Cecil Isbell threw four TD passes of 40-plus yards vs. the Chicago Cardinals on Nov. 1, 1942.

– Rodgers’ 315 passing yards in the first half was the second-best total in either half in his career (335, first half, vs. Washington, Sept. 15, 2013).

– Nelson now has three TD receptions of 65-plus yards on the season, the most by a Packer since WR Antonio Freeman had four catches of 65-plus yards in 1998.

– With a 40-yard TD catch in addition to his 73-yarder, Nelson now has five TD catches of 40-plus yards this season. No other receiver in the league has more than three in 2014.

– Nelson’s 889 receiving yards this season are the most by a Packer through nine games since Freeman’s 903 yards in 1998.

– WR Randall Cobb caught a TD pass in his sixth consecutive game, tied for the third-best streak in franchise history. The last Packer to catch a TD pass in six straight games was WR Sterling Sharpe in 1994.

– CB Casey Hayward’s 82-yard INT return for a TD was the longest interception return by a Packer since S Aaron Rouse’s 99-yarder for a TD vs. Indianapolis on Oct. 19, 2008.

– LB Clay Matthews’ first-quarter sack gave him 8.5 in his career against Chicago, his most against any opponent.

– DB Micah Hyde’s interception in the first quarter was the first of his career.

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Packers-Bears postgame chat transcript

Posted by Duke Bobber on November 10, 2014 – 12:34 am

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

Live Blog Packers vs. Bears - Ask Vic Live Postgame

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

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Sitton, Lang, Burnett all playing; Packers-Bears inactives

Posted by Duke Bobber on November 9, 2014 – 6:00 pm

The following players have been declared as inactive for Sunday night’s game between the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears at Lambeau Field:

Green Bay PackersGreen Bay Packers
16 QB Scott Tolzien
39 CB Demetri Goodson
54 LB Carl Bradford
57 LB Jamari Lattimore
77 T Jamon Meredith
83 WR Jeff Janis
97 DT Luther Robinson

Starting lineup change: #58 Sam Barrington will start in place of #57 Jamari Lattimore at MLB.

Chicago Bears
20 CB Terrance Mitchell
52 LB Khaseem Greene
53 LB Darryl Sharpton
62 G/T Eben Britton
84 TE Blake Annen
91 DE David Bass
96 LB DeDe Lattimore

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Sunday’s Packers captains vs. Bears: Cobb, Peppers and Bush

Posted by Duke Bobber on November 9, 2014 – 3:30 pm


As per team tradition, the Packers select game captains each week.  Today’s captains will be WR Randall Cobb (offense), LB Julius Peppers (defense) and CB Jarrett Bush (special teams).

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Morgan Burnett downgraded to questionable vs. Bears

Posted by Duke Bobber on November 8, 2014 – 3:00 pm

141108-burnettPackers safety Morgan Burnett (calf) is downgraded to QUESTIONABLE for Sunday’s game against the Bears. Click here to see the full injury report.

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News now! Packers at 2-2 following win over Bears

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on September 28, 2014 – 2:58 pm


CHICAGO–The no-huddle was no problem for the Packers on Sunday, as Aaron Rodgers sliced and diced the Bears defense on the way to a 38-17 victory at Soldier Field.

Rodgers threw for four touchdowns (two each to Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb), 302 yards and a 151.2 passer rating. The Packers lost the battle of time of possession but won the quarterback battle decidedly, as Jay Cutler melted down after a fast start. Cutler threw two costly second-half interceptions, one to Clay Matthews and the other to Sam Shields.

Each team is left at 2-2.




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News now! Rodgers on fire; Packers lead after three

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on September 28, 2014 – 2:18 pm


CHICAGO–Aaron Rodgers was on fire through three quarters of Sunday’s game at Soldier Field, leading the Packers to a 31-17 lead heading into the final quarter.

Rodgers quickly moved the ball down the field to start the second half, but a holding penalty forced a third-and-7 from the Bears 34 and Rodgers fired an apparent 34-yard touchdown pass, but it was nullified by another holding penalty, a second in the drive by center Corey Linsley. Now, from the 44, Rodgers threw short to Jordy Nelson, leaving Mason Crosby to attempt a 53-yard field goal. The kick was good and the Packers led, 24-17, with 10:57 to play in the third quarter.

The Bears roared back with a screen pass to Matt Forte that gained 25 yards. Forte went to the 99-yard rushing mark with a 19-yard run, and the Bears had a first down at the Packers 35. The Bears faced third-and-1 and Jay Cutler sneaked for a first down.

Then lightning struck in the form of a Cutler pass that was deflected into the hands of Clay Matthews, who returned the interception to the Bears 35. Cutler tried to fit the pass into a tight space, again.

On third-and-2, Rodgers threw to Nelson for a first down at the 12. On third-and-9 from the 11, Rodgers threw to Nelson for a touchdown that gave the Packers a commanding lead, 31-17.

An inexplicable Cutler pass was intercepted by Sam Shields and returned 52 yards to the Bears 11-yard line with 1:33 to play in the quarter. The Bears were on the move at the time. On third-and-7 from the 8, Rodgers threw short of the sticks at the 5. That’s when the quarter ended.






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TOP was the problem in the first half

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on September 28, 2014 – 1:30 pm


Luke from Fitchburg, WI
Vic, are we going to learn a valuable lesson about how important time of possession is this week?

The first quarter was a lesson in it.

Morgan from Fort Collins, CO
Vic, can you please help me understand how the Packers’ run defense can be so suspect at times? I’m confused.

So am I. The holes in the line have been huge.

Dan from Verona, WI
I was never sold the Packers improved defense thus far. They have been up and down all season. This first half has been very disappointing as usual. Why can’t they stop the run?

Because they are getting blocked.

Danny from Concord, CA
The first offensive drive was just about all pass. Were the Bears inviting the pass with a single-high safety? Were these plays scripted or was this a case of taking what the defense gives you?

That first drive was almost certainly scripted. It happened so quickly I wasn’t able to take time to analyze what the Bears were doing. Since then, it appears the Bears are alternating single-high and double-high safeties. They’re trying to disguise their coverages.


Chad from Menasha, WI
Vic, that opening drive is what the no-huddle is supposed to be like, correct That was impressive.

Yeah, but you have to marry it with strong defense or the time of possession battle will be so lopsided you won’t have anything left in the tank in the fourth quarter.


Aaron from Raunds, UK
What scheme adjustment should have been made in order to allow Davon House to stay on his feet?

When the Bears go four and five-wide, you have no choice but to win the one-on-ones.


Ross from McFarland, WI
On the fourth-and-1 play, after the fumble is Cutler still considered a quarterback running with the ball, or a player who recovered a fumble?

I think he’s considered a quarterback until he’s paid minimum wage.


Tony from Santa Ana, CA
Vic, what’s your opinion of these calls the refs are calling?

The league is making a terrible mistake. The product is suffering. Vic to league: Stop, please.


Mike from Des Plaines, IL
Vic, we talk about establishing the run to build the passing attack, but it seems with Rodgers behind the center, it is the opposite. They must attack with the pass, and it creates holes for the run. Make them fear the pass, open gaps in the line and take the easy yards.

It’s working today, but TOP is the problem. You can’t keep putting a struggling defense back out on the field with limited rest and opportunity to resolve its problems.


Rocko from Racine, WI
This game will be won on a turnover. Neither defense can stop anything.

This is the shootout I expected last week.


Derek from Plymouth, MN
Vic, the tackling looks much better today so far. I’m not seeing a ton of grossly missed tackles. Am I seeing that correctly?

I saw Morgan Burnett miss a tackle on Matt Forte. Mostly, I’m seeing guys getting blocked.

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