Hyde will start for Burnett; Packers-Bears inactives

Posted by Duke Bobber on September 13, 2015 – 10:30 am


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

Green Bay PackersGreen Bay Packers
7 QB Brett Hundley
36 CB LaDarius Gunter
42 S Morgan Burnett
46 RB Alonzo Harris
55 LB Andy Mulumba
65 G Lane Taylor
86 TE Kennard Backman

Starting lineup changes: #33 Micah Hyde will start at strong safety for #42 Morgan Burnett

Chicago Bears
12 QB David Fales
21 CB Tracy Porter
25 RB Ka’Deem Carey
52 LB Jonathan Bostic
55 C Hroniss Grasu
73 T Tayo Fabuluje
81 WR Cameron Meredith

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Packers take on Bears in regular-season opener

Posted by Duke Bobber on September 13, 2015 – 9:05 am


– The Green Bay Packers play the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field in Week 1 for the first time since 1981.

– For the third year in a row and just the fourth time in 10 seasons under Head Coach Mike McCarthy (2010), the Packers open the season on the road. It is the first time since 1977-79 that the Packers have opened on the road for three consecutive seasons.

– The last time Green Bay opened the season with a road game against a division opponent was at Detroit in 2005.

– Including playoffs, the Packers have won five straight games at Soldier Field and six of the last seven at the stadium. Green Bay has held Chicago to 20 points or less in seven of the last eight games at Soldier Field.

– Today will mark game No. 191 in the NFL’s oldest rivalry. The Bears hold a 93-91-6 edge in the series, which includes two playoff games (1-1).

– This will mark the 53rd time the two teams have met in the month of September, with both teams recording 24 wins (24-24-4). Only seven of those September matchups took place in Chicago, and the Packers were 5-2 in those games, including a 38-17 win last season in Week 4.

– The Packers have won four of the last five matchups against the Bears in games played in September.

– Under McCarthy, the Packers are 13-6 against the Bears during the regular and postseason, including 7-3 on the road.

– In all but one of the 13 wins under McCarthy, Green Bay has scored at least 20 points.

– Today will be the 22nd time the Packers open the regular season against the Bears (10-10-1) and just the third time the game has been played in Chicago (1979, 1981).

– Green Bay has played Chicago in Week 1 six times since 1970, with the Packers holding a 4-2 record in those matchups.

– Since 1990, the Packers are 7-4 against division opponents in Week 1, including 2-1 under McCarthy.

– The last division opponent Green Bay faced in Week 1 was Chicago in 2009, a 21-15 Packers win at Lambeau Field.

– Green Bay has 52 wins on Kickoff Weekend, second most in NFL history behind only the Bears (54 victories in Week 1). The Packers and Bears are the only teams in the NFL with 50-plus wins on Kickoff Weekend.

– Since 2006, Green Bay is 18-9 (.667) on the road against division opponents in the regular season, tied for No. 3 in the league over that time span.

– Green Bay has won its first road game in six of nine seasons under McCarthy.

– With a six-game winning streak in the first road game of the season from 2006-11, McCarthy joined Vince Lombardi (eight straight, 1960-67) as the only coaches in team history to win six or more consecutive road openers.

– The Packers hold the record for the most wins (53) in road openers in the NFL.

– In the 13 seasons of the NFC North (2002-14), the Packers (eight) and Bears (three) have accounted for 11 division titles.

– Today is the Packers’ lone NFC North game in the first eight contests. Green Bay will finish the regular season with five of the final eight games against division opponents.

– Since McCarthy took over in 2006, the Packers have a 19-12 (.613) mark in the month of September. Green Bay’s 19 wins are tied for No. 2 in the NFC and No. 5 in the NFL.


– With Aaron Rodgers as the starting quarterback, Green Bay is 12-3 during the regular and postseason against the Bears, with one loss coming in 2013 after Rodgers left the game with an injury after the first series.

– In the 15 games against Chicago, Rodgers has an overall passer rating of 106.2 and has thrown for a 100-plus passer rating in five of the last eight matchups.

– Rodgers has guided Green Bay to four consecutive regular-season wins at Chicago, throwing for a combined 1,208 yards, 12 touchdowns, three interceptions and a passer rating of 115.2 in the four contests.

– In the two games against the Bears last season, Rodgers completed 40 of 55 passes for 617 yards, 10 touchdowns, zero interceptions and a passer rating of 149.0. He was the first QB in NFL history to throw 10 TDs and no INTs against an opponent in a single season. Green Bay scored 38 and 55 points in the two matchups against Chicago last season.


– A win would mark the Packers’ 10th in the last 11 matchups against the Bears during the regular and postseason, including the sixth consecutive win at Chicago, which would be the second-longest road winning streak for the Packers in the series (11, 1994-2005)

– Green Bay is looking to score at least 30 points against the Bears for the fourth consecutive game.

– The Packers have held the Bears to 17 points or less in four of the last six contests.

– Seven of the last eight games played in Chicago between the two teams have been decided by 10 points or less.

– A win would improve the Packers to 6-4 in season openers under McCarthy, including 2-2 in season openers on the road.

– McCarthy will begin his 10th regular season as Green Bay’s head coach, passing Vince Lombardi (1959-67) and Bart Starr (1975-83) for the second-most seasons as head coach in franchise history behind Curly Lambeau’s 31 (1919-49).


– QB Aaron Rodgers looks to throw for 300-plus yards for the fourth time in the last five season openers. In 2013, Rodgers tied the franchise record for passing yards in a season opener, with 333 at San Francisco.

– If Rodgers throws for 300-plus yards, it will be the 41st 300-yard passing game of his career during the regular season.

– Rodgers has thrown for at least two touchdowns in four of the last five season openers.

– Including the postseason, the Packers have won nine in a row against Chicago in games Rodgers throws at least five passes.

– WR Randall Cobb needs one reception to extend his consecutive games with a catch to 47, including the postseason.

– In the last three season openers, Cobb has recorded 243 yards receiving on 22 receptions (11.0 avg.) with two receiving touchdowns.

– Cobb has registered 100-plus yards receiving in two of the last four games he has played in against the Bears, including hauling in seven receptions for 113 yards and two touchdowns at Chicago last season.

– Cobb has recorded five touchdown receptions in the last three games he has played in against the Bears.

– RB Eddie Lacy has registered a touchdown in all four games vs. Chicago and has totaled more than 100 yards from scrimmage in two of the contests.

– Including the postseason, Lacy has rushed for more than 90 yards in six of the last eight games.

– Lacy finished the 2014 regular season by surpassing 100 yards from scrimmage in each of the final nine contests, the longest streak in team history, and scored at least one touchdown in six of those games.

– WR James Jones set a career high with three receiving touchdowns at Chicago in 2012.


– LB Clay Matthews has 6.5 sacks in the last four games he has played in against the Bears.

– Matthews recorded an interception he returned 40 yards at Chicago last season.

– Matthews has registered a total of 6.5 sacks in six season openers.

– From 2009-11, LB Julius Peppers recorded a sack in each season opener.

– Peppers registered a sack, forced fumble, fumble recovery and tipped a pass that was picked off by S Morgan Burnett in the Packers’ 55-14 win over Chicago last season.

– Burnett set a career high with 14 tackles in the 2011 season-opening win over New Orleans.

– LB Nick Perry registered career highs with nine tackles and seven solo tackles in the 2012 season opener against San Francisco, his first NFL regular-season game.

– S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix recorded six tackles (four solo) and a sack in the 2014 season opener at Seattle.


– K Mason Crosby (1,037) needs 18 points to surpass Ryan Longwell (1,054) for the franchise record.

– Crosby (268) is 10 field-goal attempts short of surpassing Longwell (277) for the most in team history.


– As per team tradition, the Packers select game captains each week.

– Today’s captains will be G T.J. Lang (offense), LB Julius Peppers (defense) and S Chris Banjo (special teams).


– Today’s officiating crew includes referee Craig Wrolstad (4), umpire Roy Ellison (81), head linesman Mark Hittner (28), line judge Julian Mapp (10), field judge Steve Zimmer (33), side judge Jeff Lamberth (21) and back judge Lee Dyer (27).

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Lang, Peppers and Banjo selected as captains vs. Bears

Posted by Duke Bobber on September 13, 2015 – 9:00 am


As per team tradition, the Packers select game captains each week. Tonight’s captains will be G T.J. Lang (offense), LB Julius Peppers (defense) and S Chris Banjo (special teams).

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Bears sign LB Lamin Barrow to active roster

Posted by Duke Bobber on September 12, 2015 – 4:38 pm

The Chicago Bears announced Saturday that LB Lamin Barrow was signed to the active roster from the practice squad. LB Sam Acho’s contract was terminated. Acho had previously been ruled out for Sunday’s game vs. Green Bay (illness).

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#PackersBusinessTrip: Behind-the-scenes photos from Chicago

Posted by Duke Bobber on September 12, 2015 – 3:17 pm


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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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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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News now! See-saw first half ends with Packers leading

Posted by Mike Spofford on September 28, 2014 – 1:30 pm

140928-in-game-updates-2-300bCHICAGO — A back-and-forth first half ended with a wacky play that kept the Packers ahead, 21-17, at intermission on Sunday at Soldier Field.

The Bears regained the lead early in the second quarter on a 23-yard FG by K Robbie Gould, but they had a great opportunity for more. Facing third-and-goal from the 1-yard line, QB Jay Cutler’s pass to TE Martellus Bennett was incomplete, but Packers S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix was called for pass interference, giving Chicago a fresh set of downs from the 1.

A false start pushed the Bears back, though, and Cutler’s third-down throw for WR Alshon Jeffery in the back of the end zone was too high, leading to the FG for a 10-7 lead with 13:58 left in the half. That gave the Bears 13 minutes, 40 seconds of possession time on their first two drives of the game.

The Packers answered with their second TD drive of the half to take a 14-10 lead. Passes of 23 and 15 yards to WR Jordy Nelson — which put QB Aaron Rodgers over 25,000 career passing yards and Nelson over 5,000 career receiving yards — got the Packers across midfield.

Then Green Bay caught a break, as RB Eddie Lacy was stopped on third-and-2, but the Bears were called for “piling on,” and the unnecessary roughness penalty gave the Packers a first down at the Chicago 15. A 12-yard pass to WR Randall Cobb and a 3-yard TD toss to Nelson finished the drive with 10:11 left in the half.

The Bears came right back to take the lead again, though, driving 80 yards for another TD. Bennett’s 23-yard catch-and-run converted a third-and-7 to get Chicago into scoring territory. A 12-men-on-the-field penalty didn’t help the Packers’ cause, and Cutler finished the 10-play drive with an 8-yard TD pass to Jeffery. The drive consumed 6:21, giving the Bears 20:01 of possession time in three drives.

But the Packers answered again, recovering a Bears onside kick at the Green Bay 39 and then driving 61 yards for a go-ahead TD. Rodgers hit WR Davante Adams for 15 yards to start the drive, and Lacy caught an 11-yard checkdown to move the chains. Then on third-and-7, Cobb beat CB Isaiah Frey from the slot and hauled in a 22-yard TD pass, putting the Packers ahead 21-17 with 1:03 left in the half.

The Bears drove one more time into scoring territory, mostly due to two receptions by Bennett for 53 yards. On the final play of the half, from the 9-yard line, Bennett caught a pass near the goal line and was tackled as he tried to reach the ball over the goal line in the middle of the field. The Bears were out of timeouts and couldn’t stop the clock, which ran out.

The play was reviewed, and the ruling stood, so the half ended with the Packers ahead 21-17.





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