News now! No. 1 offense impressive in Packers win

Posted by Vic Ketchman, editor on August 16, 2014 – 6:05 pm

Packers WR Jeff JanisST. LOUIS–Aaron Rodgers and the No. 1 offense were at peak performance in two possessions that were halted only by a penalty that nullified what would’ve been the Packers’ second touchdown in as many drives. The Packers settled for a 10-0 lead en route to a 21-7 victory over the Rams at the Edward Jones Dome on Saturday afternoon.

Rodgers completed 11 of 13 passes for 128 yards and one touchdown — an apparent touchdown pass to Jordy Nelson was nullified. Randall Cobb caught three passes for 34 yards and a touchdown, and Eddie Lacy rushed five times for 25 yards. With Rodgers at the helm, the Packers marched 86 and 80 yards, each in 12 plays.

Scott Tolzien replaced Rodgers in the second quarter and completed 10 of 15 passes for 107 yards over the next two quarters. He pitched an apparent touchdown pass to Myles White that would’ve capped an 86-yard touchdown drive in the third quarter, but the touchdown was nullified by a hands-to-the-face penalty against rookie lineman Corey Linsley.

Matt Flynn took a step toward securing the backup quarterback job by throwing a 34-yard touchdown pass to rookie wide receiver Jeff Janis on the Packers’ final possession of the third quarter.

Mason Crosby added a 49-yard field goal in the fourth quarter.

The Packers, 1-1, host the Raiders next Friday in game three of the preseason.


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Tolzien gets long look; Flynn completes TD pass to Janis

Posted by Vic Ketchman, editor on August 16, 2014 – 5:18 pm

Packers QB Scott Tolzien

ST. LOUIS–Scott Tolzien got a long look into the third quarter of Saturday’s preseason game against the Rams, but Matt Flynn came off the bench late in the quarter to complete a touchdown pass to rookie wide receiver Jeff Janis that left the Packers leading, 18-7, at the end of the quarter.

Tolzien’s first pass of the half went for 18 yards to Kevin Dorsey. Two plays later, DuJuan Harris burst through a hole in the middle of the line, but just as Harris was breaking into the clear he fumbled the ball and the Rams recovered.

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix killed the Rams’ next possession with a third-down sack. The Packers took over and on third down Dorsey dropped a perfectly thrown bomb by Tolzien, but a defensive holding penalty gave Tolzien and the offense a first down at the Packers 25.

A Tolzien strike to Davante Adams gained 14 yards to the 40. Tolzien followed that play with a screen pass to Michael Hill that gained 27 yards to the Rams 22. Tolzien then pitched a 9-yard strike to Andrew Quarless, and Hill ran nine yards for a first-and-goal at the Rams 5-yard line.

An apparent touchdown pass from Tolzien to Myles White was nullified by a hands-to-the-face penalty against Corey Linsley. Eventually from the 19, Tolzien found Adams for 14 yards to the 5-yard line. Coach Mike McCarthy, possibly testing Tolzien, nixed a field goal attempt and Quarless was flagged for pass interference on a fourth-down pass.

Flynn replaced Tolzien at quarterback for the Packers’ final possession of the third quarter. The drive began at the Rams 43. On third-and-one, Flynn found Janis over the middle for an easy, 34-yard, catch-and-run touchdown. Flynn threw to rookie Davante Adams for the 2-point conversion.

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Halftime: McCarthy likes production of offensive starters

Posted by Duke Bobber on August 16, 2014 – 4:57 pm

(on the first-team offense’s performance behind starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers) “The offense got off to a great start. I really liked the production that we were able to get done in the first two series.”

(on what he wants to see from the team in the second half) “A lot of one-on-one opportunities. Whether it’s the pass rush, the ball in the air for our defensive secondary, and obviously offensive receiver-wise, we’ve got to get off the bump. So this is just straight-up fundamental football and we need to make more plays.”

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Ask Vic Halftime: Aaron Rodgers, offense superb; be happy

Posted by Vic Ketchman, editor on August 16, 2014 – 4:26 pm


Jon from Lynn, MA
This pass protection looks real solid, Vic. I like what I’m seeing. Protect “The Man.”

The Packers’ No. 1 offense gave a clinic on how to play balanced-attack, high-tempo offense. It doesn’t have to be all pass to be fast.

Ryan from Wisconsin Dells, WI
Vic, it seems to me as if the defense is making a lot of open-field tackles and stopping the Rams almost at the first point of contact. Is this something that has been an emphasis during this camp?

Yeah, it probably is, but what I see is young speed. You can’t practice that. The Packers defense has gotten younger and faster. Sam Shields and Micah Hyde make the Packers’ secondary much faster than it was a few years ago.

Howard from Sarasota, FL
It doesn’t get much better than that.

What you saw in the first quarter is what this team can be. Be happy.

Morgan from Fort Collins, CO
Vic, I’m annoyed NFL Network is airing the game through the Rams Broadcasting Network. Are they doing it because it’s preseason and they don’t want to expend more resources?

Yes. This place is three-quarters empty. It’s the preseason. Be happy.

Jake from Franklin, WI
Really nothing to say besides that was a perfect start. I’m fine with resting the ones right now.

It’s time to see what the kids can do. The second half won’t be nearly as cleanly played as the first half was, but that’s the way it is in the preseason. Be happy.

Courtney from Butte, MT
Green Bay’s initial drive against a vaunted DL was phenomenal. Can’t stop the run, can’t stop the pass, can’t stop anything. I agree this team is better than any others in recent years. Let’s see the Green Bay defense do the same.

Be happy.

T.J. from Poplar, WI
So were all these Aaron Rodgers “pitches” fastballs? Good location?

He would’ve made Greg Maddux envious. Be happy.

Reiss from Virginia Beach, VA
Vic, you were right about our offense. Besides the penalty, they were close to unstoppable. What did you see from your view in the press box?

I saw the Colts of their Peyton Manning glory years.

Mark from La Crosse, WI
I know you want us to relax and enjoy the journey. Fine. I did. Last year was superb. But doing that is not mutually exclusive of constructive criticism. Today we started on the 14- and 7-yard lines. St. Louis started on its 30-yard line. Do the Packers understand field position is an important element of the game?

Yes, they do. They will continue to work to improve their field position and satisfy your need for perfection. What did Lombardi say? Be happy.

Dylan from Wilke Barre, PA
Vic, what positional group impressed you most?

Aside from the Aaron Rodgers group, I thought the secondary and linebackers were outstanding in coverage. Be happy.

C.J. from Edinboro, PA
If anybody is still worrying about the offense, they should be banned.

I agree.

Scott from Memphis, TN
Calm me down, Vic. I’m seeing the same loose pass coverage as last year. We’re losing the one-on-ones.

I disagree. Be happy.

Randy from Lakewood Ranch, FL
In case this is for “Ask Vic Halftime,” this Packers pass defense continues to suck. This is unbelievable. Please tell me you think it will improve by the time the season starts.

You have a significant football-anxiety problem. I will provide counseling in weekday “Ask Vic,” if you’d like. Be happy, please.

Paulina from Milwaukee, WI
Our offense looks scary. Our defense still seems to be struggling against the long passes. Am I overreacting?

Yes, you are, and I’m banning you until Monday. I’ve banned fans younger than you. I didn’t want to do it. I felt I owed it to them.


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News now! No. 2 offense stalls, but Packers lead 10-7 at halftime

Posted by Mike Spofford on August 16, 2014 – 4:26 pm


ST. LOUIS — The Packers’ No. 2 offense failed to produce any points in the second quarter, but the work of the first unit gave the Packers a 10-7 halftime lead at the Edward Jones Dome on Saturday.

The Packers’ No. 1 offense nearly made it two TDs in two drives, but Aaron Rodgers’ 10-yard TD pass to Jordy Nelson on the third snap of the second quarter was called back by an illegal hands to the face penalty on LT David Bakhtiari.

The Packers then settled for a 31-yard FG by K Mason Crosby for a 10-0 lead with 12:41 left in the half. Rodgers ended his night 11-of-13 for 128 yards and one TD.

The Rams responded with a 76-yard TD drive of their own, begun by a 41-yard completion from QB Sam Bradford to WR Kenny Britt. The Rams were also helped by a pass interference penalty on CB Sam Shields on third down that put the ball in the red zone.

Bradford finished the drive with an 11-yard TD pass to TE Lance Kendricks, who made the grab in the end zone while being blanketed by S Micah Hyde. That pulled St. Louis within 10-7 with 8:02 left in the half.

Scott Tolzien came in as the second QB for the Packers but didn’t have much success moving the ball. In three drives, the No. 2 offense produced just two first downs, one of them via penalty. Tolzien was under heavy pressure off the edges on several snaps, taking one sack on third-and-short in the 2-minute drill.

One Rams drive was thwarted by a sack by undrafted rookie DL Mike Pennel, who was in position to clean up after LB Mike Neal got to Rams QB Shaun Hill first. Another drive stalled when CB Casey Hayward successfully defended a deep throw on third down.

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Aaron Rodgers nearly perfect as Packers lead Rams, 7-0

Posted by Vic Ketchman, editor on August 16, 2014 – 3:40 pm

Packers QB Aaron RodgersST. LOUIS–Any questions about Aaron Rodgers’ regular-season readiness were answered on the Packers’ opening drive of the game. Rodgers drove the Packers 86 yards in 12 plays. He was six of six for 47 yards and a touchdown in the drive, and the Packers led the Rams, 7-0, after one quarter of play at the Edward Jones Dome on Saturday.

Eddie Lacy opened the game with a 13-yard run. From the no-huddle offense, Rodgers went to work in his first action of the preseason. He scrambled for a first down at the Packers 45-yard line and then pitched a completion to Jarrett Boykin that carried across midfield.

Rodgers pitched a 9-yard completion to Randall Cobb to the Rams 33, and then Rodgers dumped the ball to Lacy for 18 yards to the Rams 15. Lacy circled left end for seven yards to the Rams eight. The Packers faced third-and-one from the Rams 6-yard line; Lacy converted.

On second down, Rodgers slid to his right and found Cobb in the back of the end zone for a touchdown and a 7-0 lead following Mason Crosby’s PAT kick.

Rams quarterback Sam Bradford moved his offense across midfield with a couple of pass completions. Two runs lost three yards and Bradford faced third-and-13. A short completion forced fourth-and-3 at the Packers 43. Bradford converted with 5-yard completion, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix in coverage.

The Packers allowed no more yardage, swarming to the ball to force a Rams punt. The Packers took possession at their 7-yard line with 3:02 to play in the first quarter.

Rodgers went right back to work, hitting Cobb for 21 yards and a first down. A quick pitch to Brandon Bostick gained nine yards, as Bostick bounced off two tacklers.

Still in the no-huddle, Rodgers pitched a completion to Boykin for eight yards and a first down. Rodgers then found Andrew Quarless down the right sideline for 35 yards to the Rams 12-yard line. That play ended the quarter.

Rodgers finished the quarter having completed 10 of 12 passes for 121 yards and one touchdown.





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Cobb, Matthews and Bush are Saturday’s captains

Posted by Duke Bobber on August 16, 2014 – 11:00 am

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

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

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Packers-Rams post-game quotes

Posted by Duke Bobber on August 18, 2013 – 12:54 am

Green Bay Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy

(On injuries)
“(TE) Matthew Mulligan had an arm injury and did not return. That is all I have to report at this time.”

(On the game)
“As far as an overview of the game, I thought that the football team took a step forward tonight. We obviously still have a lot to work on. I thought the offense moved the football. We need to focus on getting the ball in the end zone this week. We took care of the football, we had the one fumble on the ground during the fourth quarter but it was reversed. Defensively, I felt good about our defense, particularly on the third downs and their ability to keep them out of the end zone. On special teams we were able to get a number of kicks for both Mason (Crosby) and Giorgio (Tavecchio) so that we can continue that evaluation. I feel like the productivity and the opportunity on a number of different fronts gives us the chance to evaluate and move into preseason week number three. Overall, I think like I said to start off, we took a step forward but we still have a lot of work to do.”

(On the play and interception of DT Johnny Jolly)
“You go back to his play in college and when he played in the earlier years for us, he is a very instinctive football player. I don’t know the specific statistics of how many batted balls he has had in his career. With his hand-eye coordination, for him to make a play like that in that particular defense, he is the perfect guy for a role like that. It was obviously a big play to keep them out of the end zone. It speaks a lot to Johnny Jolly’s case to make our football team. When I talk about the team taking a step forward, I think Johnny taking a step. We are starting to see the player that was here a few years back. I am very happy for his individual success here tonight.”

(On the play of RB Eddie Lacy)
“If you go back to his college film and his ability to not waste any steps, that is something that I have always looked for in a runner, particularly a good north and south and with his body type. We wanted to give him some opportunities. We visited with him before the game. I wanted to make sure that he was all the way back from his injury and I think that was evident tonight. He clearly took advantage of his opportunities.”

(On the play of QB B.J. Coleman)
“B.J. did a good job. He had a couple of plays that he wished he could get back, but I thought that he saw pressure from their defense and did a couple of things at the line of scrimmage. He needs to settle down still a little bit more, but he improved today.”

(On watching the kickers in a live game time situation)
“It is a kicking competition and it is important for both of them to improve off of film. The opportunity did not present itself last week and frankly I think that it was important to get them the opportunity. I think the way the game was played will reflect that. We will continue to let those guys battle it out. We will try to kick to them as much as we can on the six-day week as we lead up to Seattle.”

(On the #2 quarterback selection and evaluations)
“You can say that at the quarterback position, on the cornerback position, you can say that at the right tackle position. This is the time that the individual that the guy who will be in that position to jump forward. This what usually happens in the second or third preseason week.”

(On QB Graham Harrell)
“I thought he was better this week than he was last week, but I thought that his ability on some things that we had really been stressing with Graham – his play out of the pocket, his transition from in-pocket to the out of pocket phase and I thought he did a good job.

(On the play of QB Aaron Rodgers)
“I thought that Aaron was very sharp. I took the ball out of his hands in a couple of situation that I wouldn’t do on a normal Sunday. I thought he was sharp and kept us in key plays.”

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers

(On his performance tonight)
“It was okay. It was frustrating not getting in the end zone. But, I’m going to highlight a couple of guys I thought that played really well. On our side of the ball, Jermichael (Finley) was awesome. He’s had a great spring, summer and camp and I’m excited about his progress moving forward and the role he’s going to play in our offense. We need to find more ways to get him the ball, Eddie Lacey as well. Eddie was in there working with the first group. He did a nice job being on the same page as a rookie and ran the ball really well.”

(On Eddie Lacy being a quality running back)
“I think we’ve had quality running backs here in the past. It’s just a matter of doing a better job of scheme that fits our personnel and the game up front and making the most of the athleticism we have with those guys. And then we have a back that has very good patience in Eddie. But there are six guys who have run the ball really well in camp. I think it’s a fun competition to watch and we’ll see what happens moving forward, but Eddie had a good night.”

(On his other observations tonight)
“I like our team. We’re a young team with a lot of energy that’s exciting to see the guys and their personality. I felt there was more life on the sideline tonight. We actually scored some points tonight and the defense was playing great. One moment that sticks out more than any tonight was Johnny Jolly having an interception. I was jumping up and down running down the sidelines and I know James Jones was doing the same thing. There were probably 25 guys on the field congratulating him and that just says a lot about his presence, his personality, the way the guys feel about him and how happy were are to have him back and he played great tonight.”

Packers RB Eddie Lacy

(On his performance tonight)
“I felt good tonight. It was my first night out there with the number one offense in a real live situation and I felt as though I did a good job tonight.”

(On the Green Bay offense)
“We came out and played a lot more physical in this game. We didn’t like the way things went in the last game and we wanted to come out and be different and take a step in the right direction and we did that tonight.”

(On getting an opportunity to play)
“I was just happy to be out there and to be a part of what we’re building here this season. I did make a couple of great runs, but the offensive line did a great job and I made good reads. But I’m just out here to contribute and the coaches are going to play who they want to play.”

(On his comfort level playing tonight)
“I was nervous at first, but after the first hit I got a lot more comfortable and then just let the game come to me.”

(On if he brings something extra to the Green Bay offense)
“I’ll watch it on tape and see how things went out there. But for me I thought I did a great job and I hope to continue to do the same thing.”

Packers LB Clay Matthews

(On his thoughts regarding the team’s performance)
“I definitely think we took a step in the right direction. We aim to win every game around here. Obviously, preseason is a little different, but with that being said, we came out (last week) and defensively, we gave up a few too many points and had a letdown. But tonight, I thought we took a step in the right direction with the victory. We had a goal-line stand, so I think we did some things out there. We definitely took a step in the right direction.”

(On coming up with key stops in the red zone)
“Last week, we didn’t do so well in certain situations, but this week we gave up a deep ball down to the five-yard line and we were able to keep them out so we feel good about that. We improved on the areas from last week where we had some letdowns, so that’s what’s important right now. We have two more games, obviously. The Week 3 matchup is our biggest as far as seeing where your team is at, so we’ll see. I know I continue to say it, but we took a step in the right direction.”

(On his thoughts on the offense’s performance)
“We saw that last week. Aaron (Rodgers) played limited snaps last week and I know we had the ball at the goal line and we were unable to punch it in. It’s unfortunate, but ultimately they looked good. They looked real good. We know with Aaron in charge it’s going to be for defenses to not allow them to put points on the board, so anytime you’ve got him back there with the offense we have, it should be a good day for us.”

Packers TE Jermichael Finley

(On how it felt to have so many balls coming his way today)
“It felt good. It comes out from the chemistry that I have with ‘12’ (QB Aaron Rodgers). It’s started off pretty good.”

(On how he can maintain that level of chemistry with Rodgers)
“Catch the ball and run your routes.”

(On if it was part of the game plan to funnel the ball to Finley today)
“No. That’s just how it’s been going lately and I guess everything’s coming ten-fold.”

(On how much of his success is due to an increased focus on maintaining a vision of the whole field)
“I would say all of it. You’ve got to look out and see what you’ve got and ‘12’ has put it on me the last couple weekends, so we got hot.”

(On if yards after the catch is a focus for him this year)
“Yeah, that’s one of my focuses. I mean, that’s how I want to be. I want to catch it and do something after it, so I’ve been working on that, and it’s coming. It’s all coming into place, so we’ll see what we’ve got for the next two preseason games.”

(On his thoughts on where the offense is after being able to move the ball consistently tonight)
“I think that’s one aspect of our game on the offensive side that we need to do, which is finish. We need to be able to put points on the board and keep driving the ball like we are, but when we get in the red zone, we need to make it count.”

Packers LB A.J. Hawk

(On where the Packers are as a defensive unit right now)
“We’re definitely not where we want to be, but going from last week to this week, we improved a bit. It was good to have a lot of different situations tonight. We got down there on the goal line and had a couple of good goal line stands. We were happy to get off the field there and stop them on fourth down. Overall, we would have loved the shutout, but it’s tough to get shutouts in the NFL, we know that much. We’re a work in progress, for sure.”

(On if it’s difficult to gauge a unit’s progress in preseason games)
“A little bit, but when you’ve been around and you judge your preseason, it’s still football. That’s the great thing about football. This isn’t like other sports. You can’t go out there like a preseason basketball game and just loaf around the field. If you’re on the field, you’re playing hard. Everybody is, so I think you get a good gauge of where you’re at.”

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Coleman TD pass caps Packers 19-7 win

Posted by Vic Ketchman, editor on August 17, 2013 – 10:18 pm

Packers QB Aaron RodgersST. LOUIS-Aaron Rodgers threw for 134 yards in a little more than a quarter of action, but it was backup quarterback B.J. Coleman who led the Packers’ only touchdown drive of the preseason to date, in a 19-7 win over the St. Louis Rams on Saturday night at the Edward Jones Dome.

Coleman became the fourth Packers quarterback to play in the game when he replaced Vince Young early in the fourth quarter. Coleman then led a 13-play, 75-yard drive he capped with a 9-yard touchdown pass to rookie tight end Jake Stoneburner. Coleman was quarterbacking an offense of third-team reserves against wholesale Rams substitutions on defense.

The Packers held a 12-0 lead heading into the fourth quarter, as Mason Crosby kicked three field goals and Giorgio Tavecchio kicked one.

Coleman might have rejoined the battle for the backup quarterback job with his performance on Saturday. He completed eight of 13 passes for 86 yards. Graham Harrell was five of 10 for 44 and Young was five of nine for 26.

The game was dominated by the Packers defense, which made two goal-line stands, but the Packers lost their shutout bid in the final minute of the game when the Rams engineered a garbage-time touchdown drive.

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Packers hold 12-0 lead after three quarters

Posted by Vic Ketchman, editor on August 17, 2013 – 9:23 pm

Packers LB Andy Mulumba

ST. LOUIS–Defense continued to be the Packers’ strong suit through three quarters of Saturday’s game. The visitors held a 12-0 lead following Mason Crosby’s third field goal of the game.

A Jarrett Bush interception of a pass tipped by Johnny Jolly left the Packers at the Rams 29-yard line early in the third quarter. Vince Young, who replaced Graham Harrell at quarterback, missed wide receiver Myles White at the goal line on the first play following the interception. Two plays later, Young found White in the back of the end zone, but White was ruled not to have gotten his feet down in bounds. Another pass to White failed to move the chains, and Crosby came on to kick a 30-yard field goal that was partially blocked.

Rookie linebacker Andy Mulumba poured in on quarterback Kellen Clemens for the Packers’ first sack of the game and the Packers stopped another Rams possession, but a Rams punt was accidentally touched by Packers rookie Brandon Smith and the Rams recovered at the Packers 10-yard line with about eight minutes to play in the third quarter.

That’s when the Packers defense got tough again; remember all those skirmishes in training camp? On third-and-goal from the 5-yard line, defensive line Johnny Jolly intercepted a Clemens pass that skipped through the hands of cornerback Loyce Means, killing another Rams drive near the goal line.

Field position was clearly in the Rams’ favor when the Packers began a drive at their 1-yard line, but Young converted a third-and-one play with a naked bootleg run, and the Packers had breathing room. Young showed signs of growth in the Packers offense, in just his second week with the team.

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