Rodgers, Matthews and Banjo selected as captains vs. Vikings

Posted by Duke Bobber on November 22, 2015 – 12:25 pm


As per team tradition, the Packers select game captains each week. Today’s captains will be QB Aaron Rodgers (offense), LB Clay Matthews (defense) and S Chris Banjo (special teams).

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Packers-Vikings press box notes

Posted by Duke Bobber on November 22, 2015 – 11:25 am

-The Green Bay Packers will play their third road game in the last four weeks today when they take on the Minnesota Vikings.

– Green Bay has won four of the last five at Minnesota.

– Of the past 26 regular-season meetings between the teams, 18 of those games have been decided by seven points or less, including a 24-21 Packers victory in Minnesota last season in Week 12.

– Through 109 meetings, which includes two postseason contests (1-1), the Packers hold a 58-49-2 edge over the Vikings in the all-time series.

– The Packers are 9-1-1 in the last 11 games between the teams during the regular and postseason, including 4-1 at Minnesota. The Packers’ only loss during that span was by three points in 2012.

– The Packers have scored 30-plus points in six of their last nine regular-season games against Minnesota, averaging 33.6 points per game over that span. That included a 42-point game last season, a 44-point outing at Minnesota in Week 8 of 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 13-4-1 record (.750) against the Vikings in the regular season.

– Since 2006, the Packers have scored 20-plus points against the Vikings in 17 of 18 regular-season games. The Packers’ 519 points scored in the regular season since 2006 are the most against the Vikings in the NFL, and Green Bay’s 28.8 points per game leads the league among teams that have played Minnesota at least four times over that span.

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

– In 15 games against the Vikings (including playoffs), Rodgers has completed 310 of 436 passes (71.1 percent) for 3,764 yards, 32 touchdowns and four interceptions with a passer rating of 117.9. His passer rating is the highest of any opposing quarterback vs. Minnesota (min. 100 att.).

– Rodgers has recorded a 100-plus passer rating in 10 of the last 12 games against the Vikings, including the postseason. He recorded three passing touchdowns and a passer rating of 138.7 in a Week 5 victory vs. Minnesota 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).


– If the Packers win, it will mark three consecutive victories on the road against the Vikings, which would be the longest road winning streak for the Packers in the series since winning five straight from 1980-85.

– Green Bay has won six of its last seven NFC North games.

– The Packers are looking to improve to 5-2 against NFC teams this season.

– Green Bay is 13-5 against NFC teams since the start of last season. The Packers’ .722 winning percentage is tied with Arizona (13-5) for No. 1 among NFC teams over that span, and the 13 regular-season wins are tied with Arizona for second only to the Seattle Seahawks (14-6).

– Under Head Coach Mike McCarthy, the Packers are 77-36-1 against NFC opponents during the regular season. Green Bay’s 77 wins are seven more than any other team over that span (New Orleans, 70-46).

– The Packers have scored 28 points in the fourth quarter over the last two weeks, tied with Chicago for No. 1 in the NFL over that span.

– Green Bay has forced one or more turnovers in every game this season. If they force one today, it would be the sixth time in the last nine seasons that the Packers forced at least one turnover in each of the first 10 games of the season.

– Last week, Green Bay posted its sixth zero-turnover game of the season. That is tied for No. 3 in franchise history (since 1933), matching the mark posted in 2004 and trailing only the totals in 2009 (eight) and 2014 (seven).


– If Rodgers throws for 300-plus yards, it will be the 44th 300-yard passing game of his career during the regular season. It will also mark the third time he has thrown for 300-plus yards in three or more consecutive games in a single regular season (2014-three / 2011-four).

– Rodgers has thrown for 702 yards, six touchdowns and one interception over the last two games.

– For his career, Rodgers has thrown 89 touchdowns, 17 interceptions and a has a passer rating of 112.5 against NFC North teams during the regular season.

– Dating back to 2014, Rodgers has not thrown an interception in 20 of the last 25 regular-season games, including nine of the last 11. The Packers are 17-3 in those games.

– Since the start of the 2014 season, Rodgers has thrown 59 touchdowns and eight interceptions.

– WR Davante Adams caught a career-high 10 passes for 79 yards last week against Detroit, eclipsing his previous best of seven receptions (at NO in 2014, at CAR in 2015). Adams’ 17 receptions in the last two games are tied for No. 2 in the NFL over the last two weeks (MIA WR Jarvis Landry, 17 / PIT WR Antonio Brown, 24).

– WR Randall Cobb needs one catch to extend his streak of consecutive regular-season games with a reception to 50, which would pass Max McGee (49, 1959-1963) and tie him with Don Hutson (1941-45) and Paul Coffman (1979-82) for sixth place in franchise history.

– Cobb has nine touchdowns in the last nine games against NFC North opponents.

– WR James Jones has tied his career high (2013) with eight receptions of 25-plus yards this season.

– TE Richard Rodgers caught a 4-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter last week, giving him a TD grab in back-to-back games for the second time in his career (Weeks 12-13 last season). He has three TD catches in the last two games.

– TE Justin Perillo registered a career-high five catches for a career-best 58 yards (11.6 avg.) last week, including the first touchdown of his career.

– In Week 10, RB James Starks matched his career high with six receptions for 54 yards (9.0 avg.), tying his total vs. Tampa Bay in 2011 and at Carolina this season in Week 9.

– Starks is five receptions away from surpassing his career high of 29 from 2011 (13 games). He has already set new career bests with 221 receiving yards and two touchdown receptions this season.

– Starks has registered 95-plus yards from scrimmage in three of the past four games (117 vs. SD, 122 at CAR, 96 vs. DET).

– RB Eddie Lacy has 434 rushing yards (108.5 per game) and six touchdowns (five rushing, one receiving) in four games against Minnesota. He has registered one or more touchdowns in each of the four games. Last season he joined Barry Sanders, Walter Payton, Billy Sims and Gale Sayers as the only players to register two 100-yard rushing games against the Vikings in a season.


– S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix set career highs in tackles (12) and solo tackles (11) last week against Detroit, while also recording an interception.

– LB Clay 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).

– Matthews has nine sacks, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and a touchdown in 11 games against the Vikings (including playoffs).

– LB Julius Peppers leads the team with 5.5 sacks this season. Dating back to last season (including playoffs), Peppers has 10 sacks in the last 13 games.

– In the last three games against Minnesota, Peppers registered 2.5 sacks and returned an interception for a touchdown.


Packers DT Letroy Guion played for the Vikings from 2008-13 after originally being selected in the fifth round…Packers VP of football admin./player finance Russ Ball served as the senior football administrator for the Vikings from 1999-2000…Vikings WR Charles Johnson was drafted by the Packers in the seventh round (216th overall) in 2013 and spent the early part of that season on Green Bay’s practice squad…Vikings special teams coord. Mike Priefer’s father, Chuck, was an asst. coach for the Packers from 1984-85…Vikings CB Trae Waynes is from Kenosha, Wis. …In 2007, Packers secondary-cornerbacks coach Joe Whitt Jr. was the asst. DBs coach for Atlanta while Vikings HC Mike Zimmer was the DC and asst. DBs/quality control coach Jonathan Gannon was a def. asst./quality control coach…From 1991-93, Packers def. quality control coach John Rushing played DB at Washington State while Zimmer was the DC…Packers DC Dom Capers and Vikings DC George Edwards were on the Dolphins’ defensive coaching staff together in 2006-07.


– Today’s officiating crew includes referee Walt Coleman (65), umpire Bill Schuster (129), head linesman Jerry Bergman (91), line judge Kevin Codey (16), field judge Boris Cheek (41), side judge Jon Lucivansky (89) and back judge Rich Martinez (39).

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#PackersBusinessTrip: Behind-the-scenes photos from Minnesota

Posted by Duke Bobber on November 21, 2015 – 3:05 pm


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How to watch Sunday’s Packers-Vikings game

Posted by Duke Bobber on November 20, 2015 – 10:28 am

151120-bridgewater-950– Kickoff: Sunday, Nov. 22 at 3:25 p.m. CT

Click here for the Packers-Vikings game center

– 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.

– Westwood One Sports will air the game across the country. John Sadak (play-by-play) and Tony Boselli (analyst) will call the action and Scott Graham will host pre-game and halftime shows.

– 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 712.

– TV coverage map courtesy of

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RB DuJuan Harris heading to Vikings

Posted by Duke Bobber on March 19, 2015 – 4:46 pm

DuJuan HarrisThe Minnesota Vikings announced the signing of former Packers RB DuJuan Harris on Thursday.

Originally signed to Green Bay’s practice squad in 2012, Harris appeared in 19 regular season games for the Packers from 2012-14, rushing for 221 yards and 2 TDs. Harris spent the 2013 season on injured reserve after injuring his knee in a preseason game vs. Seattle on Aug. 23.

For the Packers’ updated roster, click here.

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News now! Packers win, can move into first place

Posted by Vic Ketchman, editor on November 23, 2014 – 3:00 pm

Packers RB Eddie Lacy celebrates a TDMINNEAPOLIS — A time-consuming, fourth-quarter touchdown drive clinched a 24-21 victory for the Packers over the Vikings on Sunday at TCF Bank Stadium.

Eddie Lacy scored on a 10-yard shovel pass, running through the middle of the Vikings defense to cap an 11-play, 87-yard drive that took 6:18 off the clock.

The Vikings cut the Packers’ lead to three points with a 79-yard touchdown drive former Packers star Greg Jennings capped with a 5-yard touchdown catch with 3:23 to play in the game. Former Packers draft choice Charles Johnson then caught a two-point conversion pass to move the Vikings within a field goal of overtime.

Lacy killed what was the left of the clock with a display of power running.

The win, combined with a Lions loss, would move the 8-3 Packers into sole possession of first place in the NFC North.



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News now! Packers take 17-13 lead into the fourth quarter

Posted by Vic Ketchman, editor on November 23, 2014 – 2:15 pm

Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater sacked by Packers DT Mike Daniels

MINNEAPOLIS — The Packers and Vikings traded field goals in the fourth quarter and the Packers took a 17-13 lead into the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game at TCF Bank Stadium.

Mason Crosby booted a 48-yarder with 2:49 to play, after the Vikings had kicked a 51-yard field goal with 6:42 to play in the quarter.

The Packers offense appeared to have a promising drive going early in the quarter, but it was spoiled by penalties, one of which erased a long run with a screen pass by Eddie Lacy.



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News now! Interception helps Packers take 14-10 halftime lead

Posted by Mike Spofford on November 23, 2014 – 1:26 pm

Packers QB Aaron RodgersMINNEAPOLIS — An interception of Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater by Packers CB Micah Hyde helped set the Packers up for their second touchdown as they took a 14-10 lead into halftime on Sunday at TCF Bank Stadium.

The Vikings tied the score at 7 with a 14-play, 74-yard TD drive that included two fourth-down conversions.

On the first, Minnesota faced fourth-and-5 from the Green Bay 39 — after the Packers declined a penalty that would have made it third-and-15 — and S Morgan Burnett’s interception was wiped out by a defensive holding penalty on Hyde, giving the Vikings a first down.

On the ensuing series, the Vikings faced fourth down again, this time needing just 1 yard from the Green Bay 25. RB Jerick McKinnon converted with a 3-yard run, and Bridgewater hit former Packers WR Charles Johnson for a 22-yard TD on the next play, tying the game with 11:06 left in the half.

The Packers responded with two quick first downs to get the ball near midfield, but the drive stalled and Green Bay had to punt again.

The defense got the ball back almost immediately, though, as Hyde leaped to intercept Bridgewater’s deep pass intended for WR Greg Jennings, another former Packer.

The offense took over on its own 47 and wasted no time. A 16-yard run by RB Eddie Lacy was shortened to 6 yards on a downfield holding penalty on WR Jordy Nelson, but QB Aaron Rodgers then hit WR Randall Cobb for 12 yards and TE Andrew Quarless for 34 yards down to the 1. Rodgers then ran a play-action roll to his right and threw the ball all the way back across the field to his left, to a wide open TE Richard Rodgers, standing alone in the corner of the end zone. The Packers led 14-7 with 5:23 left in the half.

The Vikings came back with a drive of their own, as Bridgewater converted a third-and-6 with an 11-yard pass to TE Kyle Rudolph and followed it up with a 10-yard slant to WR Cordarrelle Patterson and an 8-yard checkdown to McKinnon. That put the Vikings on the Green Bay 26-yard line at the two-minute warning.

A facemask penalty on Vikings LT Matt Kalil pushed Minnesota back, but a 19-yard completion to Johnson got them back into field goal range at the 21. A high pass on third down for Johnson was nearly intercepted by CB Tramon Williams, and the Vikings settled for a 39-yard FG by Blair Walsh to make it 14-10 with 16 seconds left in the half.


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Let’s all calm down; it’s only halftime

Posted by Vic Ketchman, editor on November 23, 2014 – 1:21 pm

Ask Vic Halftime

Reiss from Virginia Beach, VA

Vic, the first quarter was a game of field position that we ended up winning by scoring with a minute-and-a-half to go. Did you enjoy it?

I liked it. With each exchange of possession, the Packers gained ground until they were in position to attack. I don’t think that kind of football is the Packers’ identity, but sometimes you have to do what the circumstances force you to do. The defense is playing well.

Benjamin from Madison, WI

Vic, how much of the stadium is in green and gold?

Close to 50 percent.

Joey from Swansea, IL

Will Bridgewater get at least 130 passing yards today?

He started slowly; he was wild high and long. He’s starting to warm up.

Kelly from Walford, IA

Why punt the ball on fourth down with one yard to go? Why not just run the ball?

Why not just run the ball on third down?

Rolf from Copenhagen, Denmark

How much do you think the chip-on-the-shoulder contributes to a player’s development and demeanor? I think it’s more of a story for the media and the fans about a guy beating the people who didn’t believe in him.

How many guys with a chip on their shoulder got cut? It’s only a story when a guy makes it.

Rick from Appleton, WI

Vic, close game.

This one has a little bit of an AFC North street fight feel to it. Remember, Mike Zimmer is an AFC North guy.

James from Wausau, WI

My gut hasn’t stopped churning, yet. This should be a close game, like most figured.

Like most figured? Most were looking forward to the Patriots game.

Mike from San Antonio, TX

All right, who chortled?

I didn’t. I was most reserved and respectful.

Rob from Amston, CT

Vic, what is the story behind the Jaguars helmets? Were you still there when they went that way? Can you explain their thinking?

I was gone by then. I would’ve never allowed that to happen.

Don from Troy, MI

Why do all you talking heads tell us there’s no way the Packers lose vs. the crummy Vikings, when you know very well all NFL teams have the best players in the world? You’re so gullible.

Don’t blame this talking head. I was warning everybody all week. Let’s all calm down. This one has a long way to go.

Rob from Amston, CT

Vic, how hard is it to win games like this against the Vikes when it’s late in the season and they are out of the playoff picture and are thus willing to take more risks, such as going for it repeatedly on fourth down?

Blame it on being out of playoff contention?

Mike from Charlotte, NC

Tough game today. You were right about them Vikes. I could see it as I looked at them through the week. Are a lot Packers fans blasting your inbox because it isn’t 28-0?

The sea is angry, my friend.

Paul from Denver, CO

I remember last year a coach changed his mind and took a penalty once we were going to go for it on fourth down. Could Mike have changed his mind once the Vikings tried to go for it on the fourth-and-5?

I think it was the Cincinnati game. There was a time out at the time, I believe. Let’s revisit this question tomorrow when I’m back at the office and can open my rulebook.

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News now! Packers lead, 7-0, after one quarter

Posted by Vic Ketchman, editor on November 23, 2014 – 12:38 pm

Packers RB Eddie LacyMINNEAPOLIS — The Packers held a 7-0 lead over the Vikings, following one quarter of play at TCF Bank Stadium on Sunday.

With 4:44 to play in the quarter, the Packers took possession at their 46-yard line following a Vikings punt. On third-and-10, Aaron Rodgers hit Randall Cobb over the middle for 29 yards to the Vikings 25. It was the first time in the game either team had crossed midfield.

A pass to tight end Andrew Quarless gained 16 to the 7. On first-and-goal, Rodgers threw for Jordy Nelson and the Vikings were flagged for pass interference, moving the ball to the 1. Eddie Lacy plunged for the touchdown on the next play, and the Packers led, 7-0, with 1:34 to play in the quarter.

The Vikings won the coin toss and elected to defer their choice.



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