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Fri
20
Dec

Keys to the Game: Packers vs. Steelers

Green Bay Packers

Loose Lacy

The Green Bay Packers will need a heavy dose of rookie running back Eddie Lacy on Sunday. The weather conditions may be snowy and wet, the Packers will either have backup quarterback Matt Flynn or a rusty Aaron Rodgers returning from a broken collarbone at the quarterback position, and the Pittsburgh Steelers have the 19th-ranked rushing defense. It all adds up to a perfect stage for Lacy to have a big day.

Play 60

The Packers have had furious comebacks the last two weeks to stay in the hunt for the NFC North title. While the wins have been exciting, the Packers are very lucky to be on a two-game winning streak. The comebacks show this team is capable of winning. If the Packers show that for a full 60 minutes, they might find themselves with a comfortable lead in the fourth quarter. Nothing would cheer a cold Lambeau Field crowd more than a competitive and productive first half from the Packers.

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Thu
12
Dec

Packers, Cowboys in similar situation

Desperate for a win to stay in the hunt for a division title and hopeful that a dreadful defense can put things together in the final weeks of the season: that is a good description of both teams that will meet at AT&T Stadium on Sunday.

The Green Bay Packers (6-6-1) and the Dallas Cowboys (7-6) are mirror images heading into a game that will likely determine the fortunes of both teams.

Both teams need a win Sunday to remain relevant in their division race, the only way either team can qualify for the postseason. The Packers are a half-game behind both the Detroit Lions (7-6) and the Chicago Bears (7-6) in the NFC North. Dallas is a game behind the Philadelphia Eagles (8-5) in the NFC East.

Both teams have struggled defensively this season. The Packers have the 21st-ranked defense in the league, averaging 369.4 yards per game. The Cowboys have been even worse, giving up 426.8 yards a game, worst in the NFL.

Thu
12
Dec

Keys to the Game: Packers at Cowboys

Green Bay Packers

Run the ball

As of Thursday, it was not known whether Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (collarbone) would be ready to return or if stud rookie running back Eddie Lacy will be healed from a twisted ankle. Whatever appearance the Packers offense takes on Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys, running the ball should be priority No. 1. The Cowboys’ defense, ranked 32nd overall is 28th against the run. The pass defense is even worse, at 32nd in the league. If the Packers can establish the run, they can keep the ball out of quarterback Tony Romo’s hands and set up the pass for later in the game.

Turnovers

Sun
08
Dec

Packers stay alive with 22-21 win


Photo by Jim Leuenberger Packers quarterback Matt Flynn runs from Falcons defenders during a game Sunday at Lambeau Field in Green Bay. Flynn threw a fourth-quarter TD pass that capped the Packers' 22-21 comeback victory and kept alive their hopes for a division title and playoff berth.

The Green Bay Packers got a shutout performance from its struggling defense in the second half Sunday and a solid offensive performance without Aaron Rodgers en route to a 22-21 win over the Atlanta Falcons in Green Bay.

“Excellent win today for our football team. I’d classify it as a character win,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. “I’m very proud of the way the guys stayed after it.”

After the Matt Flynn-led Packers overcame an 11-point deficit in the second half, the win was sealed by the Packers’ defense, which stuffed the Falcons on three potentially game-winning drives in the fourth quarter.

The Packers' winning drive was set up by Mike Neal's strip-sack of Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan with about 12 minutes remaining. Defensive lineman Johnny Jolly recovered the ball at the Atlanta 21. Four plays later, Flynn found tight end Andrew Quarless for a 2-yard touchdown.

Sat
07
Dec

Packers still doing playoff math

Despite going 0-4-1 the last five weeks and suffering an embarrassing loss to the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving, the Green Bay Packers are still in the hunt for the NFC North division title, keeping alive a slim hope the team makes the playoffs this year.

The Packers (5-6-1) stand a game and a half back of the Lions, who face the Philadelphia Eagles this week. If the Packers win the rest of their games and the Lions stumble in two of their remaining games, the NFC North crown will return to Green Bay, along with a playoff berth.

“We care about our chances and knowing we’re still in it. We have to win out and we need Detroit to lose two out of four,” injured quarterback Aaron Rodgers said. “The biggest part of that is us winning out, controlling what we can control. That starts this weekend. We have to get a W and root for Philly.”

Sat
07
Dec

Keys to the Game: Packers vs. Falcons

Green Bay Packers

Throw to run

Whomever starts at quarterback for the Green Bay Packers, and Aaron Rodgers hadn’t been ruled in or out as of Thursday, the team needs good quarterback play. With no passing threat, the Packers can’t get anything going on the ground as teams stack the line of scrimmage to stop the run. As good as rookie running back Eddie Lacy has been, he can’t overcome those numbers. Passing the ball will balance the offense and give the Packers a chance to score some points.

Defensive stand

Fri
29
Nov

Lions carve up Packers


The Associated Press Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh (90) sacks Green Bay Packers quarterback Matt Flynn for a safety during the third quarter of an NFL football game at Ford Field in Detroit on Thursday.

The Detroit Lions were dominant after a shaky start and snapped a few losing streaks.

Matthew Stafford made up for some mistakes with three touchdown passes, including one to Calvin Johnson, to help Detroit score 37 straight points to beat the Green Bay Packers 40-10 on Thursday.

The Lions (7-5) had lost their last two games, five consecutive against Green Bay and a franchise-record nine straight in their annual showcase on Thanksgiving.

The Packers (5-6-1) have a five-game winless streak for the first time since 2008, showing how valuable Aaron Rodgers is for the franchise. Rodgers has missed four-plus games since fracturing his left collarbone.

“We’re a wounded team that got drilled by a good football team,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said.

Matt Flynn became the fourth starting quarterback for Green Bay this year and was sacked seven times, once by Ndamukong Suh for a safety.

Wed
27
Nov

Keys to the Game: Packers at Lions

Green Bay Packers

Touchdowns

The Green Bay Packers would have won if they were able to score a touchdown on either of their final two drives against the Minnesota Vikings. Instead, the team was forced to settle for a pair of Mason Crosby field goals and the tie. The Packers also had problems getting touchdowns against the Detroit Lions earlier this season. The Packers will need touchdowns Thursday to beat the Lions at Ford Field.

Strike early

Wed
27
Nov

Diagnosing poor defensive performances

Another week, another poor performance by the Green Bay Packers defense.

The defense couldn’t get a stop for most of the game Sunday, allowing drives of 69, 63, 59, 85 and 63 yards against the Minnesota Vikings.

Even the rush defense, so good early in the season, allowed 232 yards. Adrian Peterson had 146 of those yards, while Toby Gerhart added 91.

Through the air, a lost Packers secondary allowed Christian Ponder to pass for 232 yards.

Exactly what is wrong?

Packers coach Mike McCarthy shot down growing dissatisfaction in the fan base with the job defensive coordinator Dom Capers is doing.

“I’m very comfortable with our coaching staff,” McCarthy said. “I think it’s definitely one of the strengths of our program.”

McCarthy says Capers and the defensive coaches are doing their job.

“It’s a very talented, organized defensive staff,” he said. “I really like their teaching ability, their command and their personalities.”

Mon
25
Nov

Packers rally to 26-26 tie with Vikings


Photo by Jim Leuenberger Packers running back Eddie Lacy runs during Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings at Lambeau Field.

Photo by Jim Leuenberger Packers receiver Jordy Nelson runs from a Vikings defender during Sunday’s game in Lambeau Field.

If Sunday’s game was a must-win test, the Green Bay Packers both passed and failed.

The Packers and the Minnesota Vikings finished tied 26-26 after an overtime period at Lambeau Field, with both teams getting overtime field goals.

The Packers (5-5-1) rallied from a 23-7 deficit, after quarterback Matt Flynn went in for Scott Tolzien, who struggled in his second start for the Packers.

Flynn, who returned to the team two weeks ago after getting cut by the Buffalo Bills, engineered two fourth-quarter touchdown drives, capped by a 3-yard touchdown run by rookie running back Eddie Lacy and a 6-yard pass from Flynn to Jarrett Boykin to cut the lead to 23-20.

“We were looking for a spark,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. “That’s directly what the communication was. We thought we had some opportunities early. We have a history with Matt.”

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