Big Changes Happening on August 7, 2019.


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Packers defense shuts out Bills

Photo by Jim Leuenberger Packers linebacker Reggie Gilbert chases Bills quarterback Josh Allen during Sunday’s game.

Despite easing to a 22-0 victory over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday afternoon at Lambeau Field, not all were thrilled within the Green Bay Packers’ locker room.

“No, I’m happy. I’m excited to go home and have a Scotch or two, but I’m also a realist,” quarterback Aaron Rodgers said. “That’s just not acceptable offense for us. Four hundred and twenty-three yards looks pretty good in comparison to some of the games we’ve put forward the first three weeks, but it should have been about 45 points and about 600 yards.”

Green Bay scored two touchdowns in just over a quarter of play before settling for three Mason Crosby field goals, including two from 52 yards out.

The Packers improved on third down, converting 11 of 19 chances. The hosts also scored two touchdowns on their three possessions in which they reached the red zone, but Rodgers was still not pleased.


Packers miss golden opportunity in tie with Vikings

After a thrilling week 1 win over the Chicago Bears, the Green Bay Packers had a chance to take control of the NFC North while hosting the Minnesota Vikings.

Missed opportunities, poor play in the red zone and questionable penalties all played a role in what turned into a 29-29 tie at Lambeau Field on Sunday.

If not for a pair of missed field goals in overtime by Minnesota kicker Daniel Carlson, Green Bay could have taken a loss. Still, Packers’ players were disappointed in the final outcome.

“Frustration, 100 percent frustration,” Devante Adams said. “We got to put games away like that, especially when you up a majority of the game, you got to finish. Yeah, we tied, and it’s better than a loss, but I’m definitely not happy about it. I don’t think anybody in here is.”

“Yeah, I said earlier, it hurts,” said Blake Martinez, who led the Packers with nine combined tackles. “It doesn’t feel good at all. It just doesn’t feel as bad as a loss.”


Packers open 100th season with improbable win

The first half of the Green Bay Packers opening game looked like a replay of last season. The second half provided a preview of just how dangerous Green Bay could be with Aaron Rodgers at the helm.

Rodgers returned from a first half left leg injury to lead the Packers to a comeback 24-23 win over the Chicago Bears to open their 100th season on Sunday at Lambeau Field. Rodgers connected with wide receiver Randall Cobb for a 75-yard touchdown pass for the game-winning score with just over two minutes remaining.

In the mind of the All-Pro quarterback, it wasn’t a matter of if the team could come back but rather when the comeback would be complete.

“Walking out the second half,” Rodgers said of when he knew the team was going to win. “And when I got the ovation (jogging back onto the field), at that point, I said, ‘We might as well win this thing.’”


Cronce should get more time to give back

To the editor:

As a 10-year-old working in her father’s Main Street shoe store, Jeanne Cronce was taught that working together with others was essential to building a strong community.

Being a lifelong member of the community, Jeanne has excelled in doing her part to give back to the city of Shawano. After graduating from college, she came back to Shawano, where she taught for 25 years. Not shying away from a leadership opportunity, she then became a school principal for 12 years, during an era where women administrators were almost nonexistent.

Not only was she respected among educators, she also earned the respect of other community members who did not hesitate to elect her to other leadership positions — president of the Shawano Optimist Club, president of the St. James School Board, chairperson of the hospital board and, most recently, mayor of the city of Shawano.


Bart Starr returns to Lambeau Field

Wearing a Green Bay Packers sweater while sitting near a podium at his beloved Lambeau Field, Hall of Fame quarterback Bart Starr looked up and smiled.

Behind Starr was memorabilia that Packers fans might view as priceless, including Starr’s 1967 championship ring for winning Super Bowl II and a 50th anniversary Super Bowl MVP jacket. He donated them to the Packers Hall of Fame.

“I’m really happy to be here,” Starr said softly on Monday, with his wife, Cherry nearby. “We’re really pleased to be here.”

The fact that he made the trip up from his home in Alabama might be the 83-year-old Starr’s most important victory of late. He joined other members of the 1967 title team for a celebration of the squad’s 50th anniversary over the weekend.

Starr is recovering from two strokes and a heart attack suffered in 2014. It has been an arduous road back for Starr.


Packers place Rodgers on injured reserve

The Green Bay Packers have placed Aaron Rodgers on injured reserve after the quarterback had surgery on his broken collarbone.

The team made the move on Friday. Rodgers and Packers coach Mike McCarthy have said that the surgery went well. The procedure was done Thursday outside of Green Bay.

The two-time NFL MVP is out indefinitely. McCarthy has said Rodgers could miss the rest of the season after getting hurt last weekend against the Minnesota Vikings.

Backup Brett Hundley has replaced Rodgers. He will make his first NFL start on Sunday against the New Orleans Saints.

Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr said Friday he did not intend to “take out” Rodgers with the hit Sunday.

After spending most of the week in the NFL’s concussion protocol, Barr was cleared Friday and allowed to speak to the media for the first time since Sunday’s game.


Burnett sidelined by hamstring injury

Both teams will be missing key players when the Green Bay Packers face the Minnesota Vikings in Minneapolis on Sunday.

Packers safety Morgan Burnett will miss the game with a hamstring injury, and Green Bay might be down another starter in the secondary in cornerback Kevin King.

Burnett was ruled out on Friday, and the Packers listed King as doubtful. The rookie cornerback, who is in the concussion protocol, hasn’t practiced yet this week.

The Packers will need a new defensive signal-caller with Burnett out, a responsibility that likely will fall to safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.

Another starting cornerback, Davon House, is questionable. Green Bay’s secondary will catch a break though with speedy receiver Stefon Diggs ruled out by the Vikings with a groin injury.

Packers running back Ty Montgomery is questionable, though he has been a full participant at practice wearing a flak jacket to protect broken ribs.


Montgomery appears close to return

Injured Green Bay Packers running back Ty Montgomery has a chance to play Sunday at Minnesota.

Montgomery was listed as full participant for a second straight day Thursday while wearing a flak jacket to protect broken ribs sustained against Chicago on Sept. 28. The practice

Thursday was the lone padded workout of the week and a key in determining his availability.

“I played with one in high school,” Montgomery said. “It’s very normal. A flak jacket is very normal. It’s not in the way or anything.”

Montgomery said he “felt fine” after getting hit a couple times.

“Based on what we’ve seen in practice, I think he can” play, running backs coach Ben Sirmans said Thursday night. “They have equipment now that can basically absorb any type of impact. Based on what he’s done the past two days, I would say that he’s moving around and it seems like he could play.


Nelson doing damage again in red zone

Out of all the talented receiving options on the Green Bay Packers, one stands above the rest inside the 20-yard line.

Few wideouts in the NFL have been as productive inside the red zone as Jordy Nelson.

Four of his league-best five scoring catches have come inside the 20, including two in the second half last week against the Chicago Bears. Last season, 11 of Nelson’s NFL-high 15 touchdown catches were in the red zone.

This is in part because of the volume of scoring opportunities on the Packers’ potent offense. The running game also hasn’t been consistently productive since the start of the 2016 season.

With quarterback Aaron Rodgers behind center, there is always a chance to score.

“Definitely on the same page with Aaron,” coach Mike McCarthy said Thursday about Nelson.


Adams tweets that he’s at home after hit

Packers receiver Davante Adams tweeted Friday that he was at home and “feeling great” a day after taking a frightening hit from Chicago Bears linebacker Danny Trevathan.

Adams was taken off the field on a stretcher with about 4 minutes left in the third quarter on Thursday night after getting hit in the head during a tackle by Trevathan. The game was delayed for about 5 minutes while medical personnel tended to Adams. He gave a thumbs-up signal as he was wheeled off the field.

The Packers said he was conscious and taken to a hospital for evaluation for possible head and neck injuries, and that he had feeling in all of his extremities.

Trevathan was called for an unnecessary roughness penalty following Adams’ 8-yard catch but was not ejected; any fine would not come to light until next week. Green Bay won the game 35-14.


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