What the Packers were saying after #PHIvsGB

Posted by Duke Bobber on August 30, 2015 – 12:04 am


(opening statement) “I’ll just say that was an eclectic football game for us this evening. As you look at the performance of the first half, particularly the first quarter, it definitely didn’t start the way you want to start a football game. Overall, the three phases didn’t help one another at all. But from that point on, I thought the opportunities (were) created, particularly for a number of our younger players. They benefited from their opportunity tonight. I’m looking forward to the evaluation. This third preseason game and then the fourth preseason game is always a rough week for everybody. There are going to be young men that leave our team come Tuesday. Tonight was about trying to create as many opportunities as we possibly could for those guys. We’re going to have a lot of very good information to evaluate tomorrow as a coaching staff. With that, I’ll take your questions.”

(on Randall Cobb’s injury) “Randall Cobb has a shoulder (injury). Obviously he didn’t return tonight.”

(on Micah Hyde’s injury) “Micah had a neck spasm.”

(on if he thinks Cobb’s injury is as serious as Jordy Nelson’s was last week) “No, I don’t think we’re in that area at all. I saw Randall in the locker room. He was part of the team prayer.”

(on Bryan Bulaga’s injury) “He had an ankle sprain, or maybe more of a bruise.”

(on if it’s getting harder to play veterans in the preseason) “We all have to be practical about this. Number one, the health of your players is at the forefront of everything that you do in your program. Every decision is weighed with an amount of risk. The second and third preseason games there is a lot of work that needs to be done. Part of the plan is to be a little more aggressive in the first game with more reps so you don’t feel the stress of it so much in the second and third games. These are tough contests each and every year because there are so many different variables and they are never exactly the same. Injuries, and why you play certain guys and you don’t play other guys, a lot of it has to do with who they are playing with and what’s around them, too, as far as not only the unit they are playing with, but also the competitions that are going on throughout your team. There’s just a lot of moving parts. But you have to play. You have to play football. I think it’s nonsense to think you can just go and not play your starters throughout preseason. It’s not practical. We all signed up for four preseason football games. That’s what it is.”

(on the defense’s performance) “Just to go back to my opening statement, I think we started poorly as a football team in the first quarter. We looked a little flat in our run defense. We had some communication errors in our coverage. We’ll evaluate that, get all the corrections and calls and adjustments that were made throughout the game and plot the video. This is a tough run for us with a Sunday, Saturday, Thursday schedule. This is the first time we’ve gone that way, so we knew we were going to be stressed at the back end of this preseason schedule. We’ve got to make sure we make do the best we can and get as much work done here in the next couple days before we play the Saints.”

(on Brett Hundley) “Number one, I just wanted to see him play quarterback. That’s the only thing I really told him. Just trust your preparation, the process, everything you’ve gone through to get ready for this game. Get out there and play football just like you always have. I thought he had excellent command of the huddle and the line of scrimmage. He made some adjustments, trusted his feet, his timing playing in the pocket and out of the pocket, which is what you’re looking for. Sometimes young guys take a bit longer to get that. He seemed pretty natural a number of times extending plays. Ball accuracy, decisions, there will be some he will learn from. I thought Brett did a lot of nice things. I thought Matt kept it going. I thought Matt Blanchard played very well. He made the one poor decision on the interception. I’m very proud of our young quarterbacks. They both showed they belonged tonight.”

(on Myles White and Jeff Janis) “Myles, that’s what you’re looking for in Myles. You talk about a young man that has just busted his butt the whole time he’s been here. It’s really exciting to see him have success and he made a number of big plays. Jeff did some things in the passing game offensively.”

(on the special teams) “Special teams was poor. I’m not going to sugarcoat that. We had bad field position time and time again. The holding in the return game, there was way too much of it. Each and every week you play with a different officiating crew, we’re educated on it. Everybody has tendencies. This crew called it tight tonight. It was evident in the first quarter. We did not play with the discipline needed and the fundamentals. Special teams did not have a good evening at all.”

(on Rajion Neal) “I think Rajion is another young guy. You talk about a young man that had an opportunity to be on our practice squad and he’s getting more and more opportunities each and every week throughout this preseason. He’s definitely made plays, particularly the last two weeks with those opportunities, both in the kickoff return and a big time play in the screen. He’s doing a lot of good things. ”

(on if there are more injuries for his team this preseason than in year’s past) “The numbers are average or below average.”

(on if he believes TJ Lang will play in the Bears game) “I would forecast that TJ would line up against the Bears.”


(on tonight’s game) “..going into a regular-season game we’ll be able to scheme a little more, even on offense, defense, all of the above because we’ll have less people. So we’ll know what we’ll be able to do with certain people that we actually have.”

(on seeing Micah Hyde go down with a neck injury) “That’s one of my best friends on the team. I’ll definitely be praying for him. He’s a big piece to our team, defense and special teams, he does a lot for our team. He’s probably the most versatile player on our team. So just to have somebody go down like that and just to hear it’s a neck thing…we hope it’s the best for him and we’ll pray for him and I’ll definitely check up on him tonight, call and go by and see him and everything.”


(on his touchdown play) “It was kind of the same play I scored on last year here and had my first Lambeau Leap. Just an inside fade and Matt (Blanchard) threw a great ball and it was right on, made the catch, so it was a well-executed play.”

(on getting a lot of reps tonight) “Pretty well. I was trying to be a little more physical run-blocking and I kind of cut down on missed assignments, things like that, so I thought it went pretty well.”

(on any loss of confidence getting down early in the game) “Not really. We were just trying to focus on moving the ball and making clean plays.”

(on the value of the preseason, especially for young wide receivers) “They’re really valuable…just to get guys out there to see what they can do and carry things over from practice to the game. I think that’s huge too and that’s what the coaches want to see and that’s what everyone else wants to see.”

(on the young receivers needing to step up after injuries to Cobb/Nelson) “Yeah, definitely. That’s it, we all know we’ve got to step up and everybody that’s a receiver has got to be ready to take reps. I think everyone is ready and we’ll see what happens.”


(on not letting wide receiver injuries affect him) “It’s tough, but it’s really only tough for like a split second because you still have a job to do. Personally, you have a job to do and as a team you have a job to do. And until we know exactly what’s going on, we don’t know anything so we just have to keep moving. Like I said, it’s for a split second and then you’ve got to keep moving.”

(on if the wide receivers took a step forward today) “I believe so. I think we caught the ball well. We all got open today. Myles had a really good game and Jeff had a really good game. Ed came in and played well, he got open. I don’t think he (Ed Williams) had any catches but he got open. I think all of us for the most part stepped up like we were asked to.”


(on where he goes from here heading into last preseason game) “I’ve got to get better. There’s always stuff to clean up. Another thing is, like I just said about technique, I’ve got to get my technique better. I’ve got to play clean…overall just getting the little things down.”


(on QB Hundley working against Philadelphia’s first-team defense) “He definitely got settled in and more comfortable. You could tell his confidence was growing play by play, and he’s going to be a good player in this league.”

(on Hundley in the huddle) “Real calm. Brett’s a funny guy. Quarterback is kind of the mirror for the offense so they always have to remain calm and composed and he did a good job of that.”

(on Blanchard) “Matt did the same. They (Hundley and Blachard) did great jobs and made some great throws and the results speak for themselves. We kind of started late, but at the same time this is the preseason and it’s all about execution.”

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List of Packers who will not dress due to injury vs. Eagles

Posted by Duke Bobber on August 29, 2015 – 5:35 pm

The following players will not dress for Saturday night’s game due to injury:

Green Bay Packers Green Bay Packers
10 WR Javess Blue
41 DB Kyle Sebetic
46 RB Alonzo Harris
69 T David Bakhtiari
70 G T.J. Lang
71 G Josh Sitton
84 WR Jared Abbrederis
87 WR Jordy Nelson
95 DE Datone Jones


The following players will not dress:

Philadelphia Eagles Philadelphia Eagles
36 DB JaCorey Shepherd
51 LB Emmanuel Acho
86 TE Zach Ertz
90 LB Marcus Smith

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Kuhn, Raji and Banjo selected as captains vs. Eagles

Posted by Duke Bobber on August 29, 2015 – 4:00 pm


As per team tradition, the Packers select game captains each week. Today’s captains will be FB John Kuhn (offense), DT B.J. Raji (defense) and S Chris Banjo (special teams).

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How to watch Saturday’s Packers-Eagles game

Posted by Duke Bobber on August 28, 2015 – 10:30 am

150828-matthews-eagles-300– Kickoff: Saturday, Aug. 29 at 7 p.m. CT

– Watch a replay of the game on your desktop, connected TV, tablet or smartphones with NFL GamePass.

– 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.

– Flagshipped by Milwaukee’s WTMJ-TV and in conjunction with WGBA-TV in Green Bay, the game will be televised over the 16-station Packers TV Network throughout the state of Wisconsin, Upper Michigan, northeastern Minnesota, the Quad Cities, Des Moines, Cedar Rapids and Waterloo in Iowa, Omaha in Nebraska, Anchorage, Fairbanks and Juneau in Alaska and Honolulu in Hawaii.

– The top-notch broadcast team includes CBS’s Kevin Harlan (play-by-play) alongside fellow CBS broadcaster Rich Gannon (analyst), with Rod Burks of WTMJ-TV and Olivia Harlan serving as the sideline reporters. An informative half-hour pregame show will air prior to the game, hosted by Lance Allan of WTMJ-TV, and featuring former Packers tackle Mark Tauscher.

– In addition to WTMJ-TV (Milwaukee) and WGBA-TV (Green Bay), preseason games will be televised over WKOW/ABC, Madison, Wis.; WAOW/ABC, Wausau/Rhinelander, Wis.; WXOW/ABC, La Crosse, Wis.; WQOW/ABC, Eau Claire, Wis.; WLUC/NBC, Escanaba/Marquette, Mich.; KQDS-TV/FOX, Duluth/Superior, Minn.; KGCW-TV/CW, Davenport, Iowa (Quad Cities); KWWL-TV/NBC, Cedar Rapids/Waterloo, Iowa; KCWI-TV/CW, Des Moines, Iowa; KMTV-TV/CBS, Omaha, Neb.; KYUR/ABC, Anchorage, Alaska; KATN/ABC, Fairbanks, Alaska; KJUD/ABC, Juneau, Alaska; and KFVE-TV in Honolulu, Hawaii.

– In its fourth season, in conjunction with the Packers TV Network, Telemundo Wisconsin (WYTU-TV in Milwaukee, WACY-TV/My32 in Green Bay/Appleton and on Charter Cable elsewhere in Wisconsin) will broadcast four preseason games with Kevin Holden (play-by-play) and Epigmenio (Epi) Guerrero (analyst) calling the action.

– 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 (analyst) call the action. McCarren first joined the team’s broadcasts in 1995 and enters his 21st season calling Packers’ games. After originally being paired together in 1999, McCarren and Larrivee enter their 17th season of broadcasts together.

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Rodgers has thrown NFL-record 322 passes at home without INT

Posted by Duke Bobber on November 16, 2014 – 9:28 pm

– The Packers improved to 7-3 on the season with a 53-20 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday at Lambeau Field. Combined with their 55-point output last Sunday vs. Chicago, it marked the first time in franchise history that the Packers registered back-to-back 50-point games. It was the fifth time in NFL history that a team accomplished the feat.

– Green Bay is off to a 5-0 start at home for just the second time in the last 12 seasons (also 2011). It marks only the Packers’ fifth 5-0 start at home since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger (1996-97, 2002, 2011).

– With 30 points in the first half on Sunday, the Packers became the first team in NFL history to score 28-plus points in the first half of four consecutive home games.

– The Packers led 17-0 at the end of the first quarter on Sunday. In its last four home games, Green Bay has outscored its opponents 66-0 in the first quarter and 128-9 in the first half.

– Dating back to last season, Green Bay has scored 30-plus points in six consecutive home games, a franchise record.

– Sunday was the first time since 1983 that the Packers posted a rushing TD, a passing TD, an interception return for a TD and a punt return for a TD in the same game (vs. Tampa Bay, Oct. 2, 1983).

– The Packers will travel to Minnesota next Sunday to take on the Vikings at 12 p.m. Green Bay will be looking to extend a franchise record by clinching a winning record in NFC North games for the ninth straight season (3-1 this season).


– Today’s paid attendance was 78,270, the 306th consecutive regular-season sellout at Lambeau Field.

– QB Aaron Rodgers has now thrown an NFL-record 322 passes at home without an interception, surpassing Patriots QB Tom Brady’s mark of 288 attempts from 2002-04.

– Rodgers has also thrown 29 consecutive TD passes at home without an interception, further extending his NFL record.

– Rodgers posted his seventh three-TD/zero-INT game this season, which is tied for second in NFL history with Broncos QB Peyton Manning (2013), trailing only Brady’s mark of eight games in 2007.

– Rodgers threw for 279 yards in the first half on Sunday, making him the only NFL quarterback in the last 25 seasons (1990-2014) to throw for 275-plus yards in the first half of three games in a season. Rodgers has thrown for 275-plus yards in the first half in each of the last three games (278 at New Orleans, 315 vs. Chicago).

– In five home games this season, Rodgers has completed 96 of 144 passes (66.7 percent) for 18 TDs and zero INTs for a 138.1 passer rating.

– WR Jordy Nelson had a 27-yard TD catch in the second quarter, giving him at least one TD catch in all five games at Lambeau Field this season.

– WR Randall Cobb recorded career highs for both catches (10) and receiving yards (129), eclipsing his previous highs of nine catches (three times) and 128 yards.

– DB Micah Hyde’s 75-yard punt return for a TD in the first quarter was the second of his career (93-yarder at Minnesota in 2013), which ties him for No. 3 in franchise history behind only WR Desmond Howard and CB Will Blackmon (three each). Hyde joins Falcons WR Devin Hester as the only players in the league to have a punt return TD in both of the last two seasons.

– With his 52-yard INT return for a TD in the third quarter, LB Julius Peppers became the first player in NFL history with 100 career sacks and four INT returns for TDs.

– Peppers also became the first linebacker in franchise history to post two INT returns for TDs in a single season.

– With his 49-yard fumble return for a TD and his 82-yard INT return for a TD last Sunday vs. Chicago, CB Casey Hayward became the first Green Bay defensive player to score a TD in back-to-back games since LB Keith McKenzie did so in 1999 (Weeks 13-14, fumble return for TD in both).

– LB Clay Matthews’ second-quarter sack of QB Mark Sanchez gave him 54.5 for his career as he surpassed DE Aaron Kampman (54.0) for No. 4 on the all-time franchise list. Matthews has had a full sack in each of the last three games.

– LB Nick Perry’s fumble recovery in the third quarter was the first of his career.

– The Packers posted a sack in their 30th consecutive game, further extending their franchise record. It is also the longest current streak in the NFL.

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Packers-Eagles postgame chat transcript

Posted by Duke Bobber on November 16, 2014 – 8:19 pm

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

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

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News now! Packers set franchise record in 53-20 win

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on November 16, 2014 – 6:29 pm


GREEN BAY–The peaking Packers broke the 50-point mark for a franchise-record second consecutive game in a 53-20 win over the Philadelphia Eagles at Lambeau Field on Sunday. More importantly, the win moved the Packers into a tie for the NFC North lead with the Lions, who lost in Arizona.

It’s a win that featured an interception return for a touchdown by Julius Peppers and a fumble return for a touchdown by Casey Hayward. It also featured, as Packers fans have come to expect, quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ campaign for league MVP.

Rodgers completed 22 of 36 for 341 yards, three touchdowns and a 120.3 passer rating. Rodgers had at least one potential touchdown pass, to Randall Cobb, dropped.

The Packers, 7-3, have outscored their opponents at Lambeau Field this season, 219-85.





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Packers nearly invincible at home

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on November 16, 2014 – 4:32 pm


Phil from Hillsboro, WI

So is it time to start trusting our defense?

I don’t think Packers fans will ever trust their defense. It’s just not in their DNA.

Matt from Marquette, MI

There’s your punt return.

I’ve felt it coming for weeks.

Evan from Baltimore, MD

Our offensive line looks incredible. Even Corey Linsley is blocking Connor Barwin one-on-one. This is what allows Aaron to convert third-and-18.

It’s the best Packers offensive line in the four years I’ve covered the team.

Jeffrey from Alliance, OH

Is Clay Matthews playing a new position?

Welcome back. Did they treat you well?

Lorenz from Cape Town, South Africa

I just want everybody to give Dom Capers a slow clap for that Matthews sack in the red zone. That was as schemed as a sack can get.

The Eagles ran that play too many times. Matthews read the formation and acted instinctively. That’s my opinion.

Mike from Des Moines, IA

On behalf of the fans, I’d like to apologize to Coach Capers.

Is that a permanent apology or just for this week?

Rick from Appleton, WI

Vic, I see a team realizing its identity in a big-game situation.

I see a team that’s nearly invincible at home.

Dylan from Forty Fort, PA

Vic, what has surprised/impressed you most so far?

The ease with which the Packers are moving the ball. They’re making it look easy.

Mark from Denver, CO

Look out!

Yeah, look out, another blowout.

Eric from Keene, NH

This is unbelievable. At this moment, I am finding it difficult not to say things that will anger the football gods.

Our greatness is great.

Ben from La Crosse, WI

Vic, with the Packers firing on all cylinders with offense, defense and special teams, do you think there is any team right now that can beat the Packers?

He didn’t mean it, gods.

Jason from Petersburg, VA

Vic, this is awesome. I hate to be that guy that finds the negative in everything, but do you think the Packers peaking too early might be a concern?

What if this isn’t the peak?


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News now! Hyde punt return caps 17-0 Packers lead

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on November 16, 2014 – 4:05 pm


GREEN BAY–The Packers took a 17-0 lead into the second quarter of Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles. The quarter was punctuated by a 75-yard punt return for a touchdown by Micah Hyde.

The Packers won the toss and elected to receive. Aaron Rodgers immediately went to the air and the Packers were on the move.

On the third play of the game, from an empty backfield, Rodgers hit Jordy Nelson streaking down the right sideline for a 64-yard gain to the Eagles 9-yard line. On third-and-goal from the 9, Rodgers threw incomplete for Nelson in the back of the end zone. Mason Crosby came on to boot a 27-yard field goal and the Packers led, 3-0, with only 2:02 gone from the game clock.

The Packers began their next drive at their 12-yard and a 22-yard completion to Randall Cobb moved the chains. A completion to Andrew Quarless moved the Packers to midfield. A bad snap from center left the Packers facing third-and-18 and Rodgers converted with a 24-yard strike to Quarless.

Facing third-and-10, Rodgers found Richard Rodgers for a first down at the Eagles 16. Eddie Lacy powered around right end to the 5-yard line, first and goal.

On the next play, Rodgers threw to Davante Adams that left the Packers with a 10-0 lead with 3:33 to play in the first quarter. It capped a time-consuming, 13-play, 88-yard drive.




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No surprises on Packers-Eagles inactive lists

Posted by Duke Bobber on November 16, 2014 – 1:58 pm

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

Green Bay PackersGreen Bay Packers
16 QB Scott Tolzien
39 CB Demetri Goodson
54 LB Carl Bradford
83 WR Jeff Janis
86 TE Brandon Bostick
91 LB Jayrone Elliott
97 DT Luther Robinson

Philadelphia Eagles
9 QB Nick Foles
28 S Earl Wolff
37 CB Jaylen Watkins
61 C Julian Vandervelde
67 T Dennis Kelly
88 WR Jeff Maehl
97 DE Taylor Hart


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