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Another Packers cornerback down; Randall has surgery

As the Green Bay Packers went back to work Tuesday after an extended break, they started to prepare for a big matchup with a diminished secondary.

Coach Mike McCarthy announced Tuesday that cornerback Damarious Randall, who had been sidelined with a groin injury, underwent surgery and is out this week.

The timing couldn’t be any worse with the NFC South-leading Atlanta Falcons and their potent passing attack, led by quarterback Matt Ryan and playmaking receiver Julio Jones, up next.

“That’s just the way things go,” Packers cornerback Demetri Goodson said. “If you look at every single team in the league, they’re beat up from top to bottom. So that’s just the way it goes.”

The Packers must try to slow down Jones without their top two and possibly top three cornerbacks from the start of the season.

Veteran Sam Shields is on injured reserve after not playing since the Sept. 11 season opener, when he suffered a concussion.


Green Bay trades for little-used Chiefs running back

The Kansas City Chiefs have traded backup running back Knile Davis to the Green Bay Packers, who desperately need to add depth to their injury-riddled backfield.

The Packers gave up a conditional draft pick Tuesday for Davis, who has already started practicing with his new team.

The Packers needed help at running back with Eddie Lacy nursing a bothersome ankle and James Starks undergoing knee surgery. Lacy was their only active running back against Dallas on Sunday, when he rushed for 65 yards on 17 carries in a 30-16 loss.

Starks will be out a couple of weeks. Lacy was being held out of practice Wednesday because the ankle was “very sore,” coach Mike McCarthy said.

That means the Packers will have to get Davis up to speed on the playbook quickly if he’s going to be ready when the Chicago Bears visit Lambeau Field on Thursday night.


Packers, Rodgers vow to improve after tough day for offense

Aaron Rodgers needed to unwind after a so-so day at the office.

Sure, the Packers quarterback was 31 of 42 for 294 yards. But a season-high four turnovers doomed Green Bay in a 30-16 loss on Sunday to the Dallas Cowboys, and Rodgers was responsible for two of them.

It made for choppy night again for the Packers' offense.

"I don't know if I agree with 'broken.' It's definitely not clean in some areas," coach Mike McCarthy said.

The Packers planned for a long night of studying film before turning their attention right away on Monday to the Chicago Bears, their opponent on Thursday night.

"Have a glass of scotch and chill out a little bit, watch the film," Rodgers said about his plans for Sunday night. "I'm my biggest critic, and I look at this as finely as I look at every other game and improve."


Green Bay looks to slow Cowboys, rookie QB Prescott

Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott’s NFL career is off to a great start. Veteran Aaron Rodgers is looking for more consistency in Green Bay.

It’s a surprise that the Cowboys’ young signal-caller has been more accurate than the two-time NFL MVP more than a month into the season. They’ll meet for the first time on Sunday when Dallas (4-1) visits Lambeau Field to face the Packers (3-1).

Prescott, fourth in the league in completion percentage at 69 percent, has yet to throw an interception. Rodgers is 31st in the NFL at 56 percent, with three picks.

“He looks like he’s played in the offense for quite some time,” Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy said about Prescott. “He’s done a really good job particularly … as far as his decisions with where he goes with the football.”


Rodgers confident in getting back to form

There are plenty of concerns surrounding the Green Bay Packers’ offense headed into Sunday’s NFC matchup against the Dallas Cowboys.

The Packers’ rushing attack has been productive, but their backfield has some uncertainty with starter Eddie Lacy and backup James Starks hobbled by injuries.

The passing game, usually the team’s strength, has sputtered along as quarterback Aaron Rodgers is off to the worst start of his career.

Largely because of the passing game’s struggles, Green Bay enters Week 6 ranked 12th in scoring and 25th in yards.

The numbers aren’t pretty, but coach Mike McCarthy remains confident the offense will improve.

“It’s usually one or two or three plays that can define your overall performance — or the perception of the performance,” McCarthy said Wednesday. “So, we’re in tune with that. We understand it. This is a process. This is a long year.


Rush defense faces toughest test to date

The toughest test yet of the season looms on Sunday for the Green Bay Packers’ league-best run defense.

No team has moved the ball better on the ground than the Dallas Cowboys so far this season.

Mike Daniels and the Packers’ defensive front against a Cowboys offensive line that paves openings for rookie tailback Ezekiel Elliott .

Strength against strength. The Packers hold opponents to 42.8 yards rushing per game. The Cowboys rush for 155.2 yards per game.

“It’s the starting point each and every week for both football teams,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. “So it’ll be an excellent matchup.”

Elliott is only the third rookie in NFL history, after Eric Dickerson and Mike Anderson, to run for at least 130 yards in three straight games. Mobile quarterback Dak Prescott has three rushing touchdowns.

This is a good week for the Packers’ defensive front to be reinforced.


Packers show they can dominate line of scrimmage vs Giants

The Green Bay Packers got pushy on both sides of the line of scrimmage against the New York Giants.

The offensive line kept Aaron Rodgers clean in the pocket and helped drive the running attack. The defensive line is playing so well that that the MVP quarterback is taking notice.

A little more consistency in the passing game, and the Packers could be a force again in the playoffs.

Rodgers threw for 259 yards and two touchdown passes, and Green Bay's defense disrupted Eli Manning and limited Odell Beckham Jr. in a 23-16 win on Sunday night.

"We feel good about the yardage and the third-down percentage (9 of 19), but we'd like to score a few more points there to help our defense out when they're playing so well," Rodgers said. He had two interceptions.


Giants’ McAdoo catches up with Pack

Giants coach Ben McAdoo will catch up with old friends when he returns to Lambeau Field.

Odell Beckham Jr. just wants to make more catches.

Maybe Beckham will start making headlines again for his receiving talents when the Giants visit the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night. This week, the chatter around the league concerning Beckham has mainly been about the wideout’s tantrums. McAdoo wants Beckham to channel that frustration into production.

“No, I like him as a salty, competitive player. That’s when he plays at his best,” McAdoo said.

That hasn’t been the case the last two weeks for the Giants, who lost to Washington on Sept. 25 and Minnesota on Monday night.

Now comes a quick turnaround for another tough road trip to face the rested Packers, who are coming off a Week 4 bye.

McAdoo’s history with Green Bay offers a unique perspective on the matchup.


Nelson rounding back into form for Pack

Receiver Jordy Nelson is gradually rounding back into pre-injury form for the Green Bay Packers.

With four touchdown catches in a season’s first three games for the first time in his career, Nelson doesn’t appear to have missed a step.

But it has been a work in progress overall for the Packers, especially after coach Mike McCarthy took a cautious approach with Nelson and kept him out of preseason action.

“Frankly, I think we made it difficult on Jordy. I think expectations on him were unrealistic, for him to come out of the preseason and think he’s going to go down to (the season opener in) Jacksonville and perform,” McCarthy said this week. “I think he’s exceeded the reality that I had for him.”

But McCarthy’s restraint was understandable.

Nelson arrived in camp having made a full recovery from a right ACL tear, an injury that knocked him out for the 2015 season.


Vintage Packers: Rodgers-to-Nelson connect for 2 scores

Jordy Nelson tossed the ball high into the air after catching his second touchdown pass of the day, a gesture that passes for a rare display of emotion for the workmanlike wide receiver.

The Green Bay Packers offense is having fun again heading into an early bye week.

Aaron Rodgers threw for 205 yards and four touchdowns, including two in the first half to Nelson, and the Packers built a big early lead before holding off the Detroit Lions for a 34-27 win Sunday.

"Coming into this week, we felt that as an offense that we just weren't having enough fun. We wanted to bring some extra energy to the game," Nelson said.

Rodgers was 15 of 24, leading the Packers (2-1) to touchdowns on their first three series. Nelson had 101 yards on six catches, returning to the form that made him one of the NFL's best receivers before missing the 2015 season with a knee injury.


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