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Fri
19
Dec

Keys to the Game: Packers at Buccaneers

Packers

Play Your Game

If the Green Bay Packers play the way they did against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, they could lose to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. If the Packers play solid, though, there are not too many teams that stand a chance against them. Whatever the Packers do, they need to get back to playing their game. The Packers put together winning streaks of four and five games this season playing mistake-free football. Get back to that, and everything else will fall into place.

Free Lacy

Fri
19
Dec

Packers’ front 5 helps keep offense humming

The Green Bay Packers keep absorbing the hits on the offensive line.

As far as the linemen are concerned, better that they take the blows than quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

Front fives don’t usually draw much attention. The Packers’ highlight reel is typically filled with pinpoint passes from Rodgers to receivers Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb, and pinball runs by Eddie Lacy.

It’s difficult to overlook how the Packers’ front has performed this season, especially with injuries nagging the line.

“The five that play together practice together each and every week give you the chance to be the most cohesive group,” coach Mike McCarthy said.

He pointed to a combination of talent, ability and continuity on the practice field as keys to success.

They haven’t all been full participants at practice, though, for about six weeks.

Fri
12
Dec

Bills brace to host high-scoring Packers

Bills defensive tackle Kyle Williams managed to find a bright side in preparing to face Aaron Rodgers a week after playing Peyton Manning.

At least Williams and his defensive teammates won’t be star-struck by the elite caliber of the opposing quarterback on Sunday, when the Green Bay Packers (10-3) travel to play Buffalo (7-6).

“It’s not going to be a situation where it’s too big for us, or we’ll be intimidated,” Williams said, noting the Bills also play New England’s Tom Brady twice a year. “Big challenge. But are we going to get caught up in the ‘who’s who’ deal? I don’t think so.”

Despite a 24-17 loss at Denver, the Bills contained Manning by limiting him to a season-low 173 yards passing, while ending his consecutive-game touchdown passes streak at 51.

Fri
12
Dec

Keys to the Game: Packers at Bills

KEYS

Packers

Run, Run, Run

It’s that time of year. For outdoors teams, the temperatures are falling, game day conditions are worsening and fields are browning and turning to mud or ice. It’s time for running games to make a difference for northern outdoor teams. When the Packers show up in Buffalo on Sunday, they’ll need Eddie Lacy and James Starks to have big performances. With a good Buffalo pass rush primed to get to quarterback Aaron Rodgers, a running game is a must on Sunday. The Packers had their best rushing performance of the season Sunday, gaining 179 yards rushing total against Atlanta. Starks had 75 on 10 carries and Lacy had 73 on 13. Each also had a touchdown.

Attack Orton

Sun
23
Nov

Lacy, Packers power past Vikings 24-21

The ground game with Eddie Lacy was working so well for Green Bay that even Aaron Rodgers wanted a running play to try to put Minnesota away.

"I just kind of chuckled, because it's usually the other way around," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said.

Lacy and the offensive line delivered a 4-yard run on third-and-2 to take the clock to the 2-minute warning, and one more first down sealed a 24-21 victory for the Packers over the Vikings on Sunday.

Rodgers gave Green Bay his usual confident, accurate, productive game, but the biggest lift came from Lacy in the form of 125 yards on 25 powerful carries.

"He's agile for a guy his size. He's got a great spin move. He takes care of the football. He does all the things you want," said Rodgers, who threw two touchdown passes and again avoided a turnover while the Packers (8-3) moved into sole possession first place in the NFC North.

Sun
23
Nov

Peppers enjoying life with the Packers

Well into his 13th NFL season and with his third team, Julius Peppers is enjoying life with the Green Bay Packers.

“I haven’t really had very much to complain about,” Peppers said Friday. “I wake up, I’m happy to come to work every day. So that’s a good thing. So far, so good.”

What has Peppers excited and still highly productive at age 34 is being part of a deep and reliable group at outside linebacker.

“It’s been great to have a group of guys that can rotate and a group of guys that you can trust to come in and get the job done,” said Peppers, who has a team-high five sacks and returned both of his interceptions for touchdowns, including a 52-yard runback in a lopsided win over the Eagles last weekend.

“I don’t have one doubt or one problem coming off the field,” Peppers added. “If I need a blow, all I have to do is run to the sideline and know the next person that’s coming in is capable and can get the job done when he goes in.”

Fri
21
Nov

Keys to the Game: Packers at Vikings

Packers

Road Show

The Green Bay Packers have yet to impress outside of the comfy confines of Lambeau Field. All three losses have come on the road. The two wins were a close game in Miami and a solid win over the Bears in Chicago. The Vikings are not the stiffest test, but the Packers should be able to take the high-flying act they’ve shown at Lambeau Field the last two weeks on the road.

Stay (Get) Healthy

Fri
21
Nov

Defense has Packers looking like contender

Coming out of the bye week, the Green Bay Packers appeared to completely confuse the Chicago Bears by moving their best pass rusher to middle linebacker.

Matt Forte, the Bears’ running back who put up 122 yards on 23 carries in the the teams’ first game, was limited to just 54 in the second meeting.

A week later against the Philadelphia Eagles, Matthews playing middle linebacker — really roaming everywhere in the defense depending on the situation — no longer had the novelty of surprise.

It still worked.

The Packers’ defense, which just a few weeks ago was ranked as the worst rushing defense in the league, held running back LeSean McCoy to 88 yards on 23 carries.

Two weeks ago, the Packers were giving up 153.5 yards rushing per game.

Wed
19
Nov

Not standing still: Packers looking to improve

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers is playing at a high level for the Green Bay Packers.

Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb and Eddie Lacy are a triple-threat to score.

Coach Mike McCarthy’s offense is on a roll. It’s hard to get any better than outscoring opponents 108-34 in the past two games.

But it’s only mid-November. The playoffs — and the Packers aren’t even assured yet of a postseason berth — are several weeks away.

A gloom-and-doom question looms among all the positive laurels on the sports-talk radio — Are the Packers peaking early?

“I don’t believe in peaking early. I don’t even know what that means, to be honest with you,” Rodgers said Wednesday. “We try to carry the feeling and the momentum from previous games, and learn from the mistakes we made, and we take it one game at a time.”

Yet it’s hard to dissect exactly what Green Bay has done wrong on offense, at least the past two weeks.

Mon
17
Nov

Packers demolish Eagles in another blowout


Photo by Jim Leuenberger Green Bay Packers safety Micah Hyde returns a punt for a touchdown against the Philadelphia Eagles during Sunday’s game at Lambeau Field. The Packers won, 53-20.

Photo by Jim Leuenberger Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers slides after scrambling for yardage against the Philadelphia Eagles during Sunday’s game at Lambeau Field. The Packers won, 53-20.

The Green Bay Packers improved to 7-3 and moved into a first-place tie in the NFC North with a 55-20 win over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday at Lambeau Field, marking the first time in Packers history the team scored 50-plus points in back-to-back games.

The Packers’ defense relentlessly harassed Eagles quarterback Mark Sanchez, who made his second start for the injured Nick Foles, getting three sacks, including one each from defensive end Letroy Guion and linebackers Mike Neal and Clay Matthews, who continued to spend a lot of time at inside linebacker shoring up a weak Packers’ run defense.

“I think we’re getting better each and every week on defense,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. “Defensively you’re just seeing a unit that’s playing faster. The personnel groups that we’re getting in and out of, it’s happening seamlessly.”

The Eagles (7-3) were held to a pair of field goals by Cody Parkey in the second half.

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