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Packers lay out Bears, injuries mount

Aaron Rodgers threw four touchdown passes and the injury-riddled Green Bay Packers converted three turnovers into scores in an eventful 35-14 victory over the mistake-prone Chicago Bears on Thursday night.

Rodgers connected with Davante Adams and Randall Cobb on short touchdown passes to help build a 21-0 lead in the second quarter of a game delayed 45 minutes by lightning between the first two quarters. The Packers overpowered the Bears down the stretch to slog out a win as intermittent rain fell at Lambeau Field.

The Packers lost two more key players to injuries. Adams left the field on a stretcher after getting hit in the head during a tackle by Danny Trevathan in the third quarter. Running back Ty Montgomery was knocked out in the first quarter with a chest injury.

Linebacker Blake Martinez also left with an undisclosed injury.

The Packers capitalized on an awful start by Bears quarterback Mike Glennon, who accounted for four turnovers.


Injuries continue to hit Packers line

The Green Bay Packers have placed veteran long snapper Brett Goode on injured reserve with a hamstring injury he suffered in Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals and signed rookie long snapper Taybor Pepper, who was with the team for part of the offseason program.

Goode suffered his injury early on against the Bengals but toughed it out, snapping for the game-tying extra point at the end of regulation and for the game-winning field goal in overtime.

The team’s health issues won’t be helped by the short week, as the Packers prepare to host the Chicago Bears on Thursday.


Bengals at early crossroads with visit to Packers

Just three weeks into the season and the Cincinnati Bengals are already at a crossroads.

About the last thing that the struggling team needed was a trip to Lambeau Field on Sunday to face the Green Bay Packers.

Injuries that could leave the Packers without several key players may help Cincinnati’s chances of digging out from a 0-2 start.

Green Bay (1-1) is still smarting from a loss at Atlanta, eager to get back on track as an NFC contender.

“Our focus is on the uncommon opponent in the Bengals, but we have a lot of work to do ourselves,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said.

Two-time NFL MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers represents the great equalizer, capable of winning any game regardless of the circumstances.


Packers hit hard by injuries in loss to Falcons

A slew of injuries to key players could leave the Green Bay Packers scrambling this week. Perhaps the week after that, too.

Packers coach Mike McCarthy said earlier this week the team’s medical staff was still “trying to get their hands around” the avalanche of injuries that occurred during the team’s 34-23 loss to the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday night, although none of the injuries appear to be season-ending.

Already forced to play without starting offensive tackles David Bakhtiari (hamstring) and Bryan Bulaga (ankle), the Packers lost standout defensive tackle Mike Daniels to a hamstring injury on the Falcons’ first offensive possession. Then wide receiver Jordy Nelson, Aaron Rodgers’ top offensive weapon, sustained a quadriceps injury on the Packers’ first possession. Neither player returned to the game.


Packers’ Montgomery passes backfield test

Ty Montgomery’s transition to running back appears to be going well.

Yes, the converted receiver was listed as the starting tailback on the Green Bay Packers’ depth chart to open the season. He spent the offseason preparing as a running back.

Montgomery passed his first test in his first season opener as a full-timer in the backfield.

He ran for 54 yards on 19 carries in the season-opening win against Seattle, including 38 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries in the second half.

Montgomery played 90 percent of the snaps, and might have taken more if he didn’t limp off briefly at one point with a sore ankle.

It’s just the sort of effort that coaches love to see against a physical defense, one that opponents will remember come playoff time.


Budding rivalry: Packers-Falcons meet again

This is becoming a bit of a rivalry.

When the Atlanta Falcons host the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night, it will be both an early indicator of the NFC’s balance of power as well as the third meeting between the teams in less than 11 months.

All three of those games have been in Atlanta, though this one will be at a new venue.

The Falcons (1-0) are making the regular-season debut at $1.5 billion Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which replaced the Georgia Dome.

Green Bay (1-0) is coming off a season-opening victory over Seattle at Lambeau Field.

“We’ve seen a lot of them,” Falcons defensive end Brooks Reed said, breaking into a smile. “I’m sure they’re sick of coming down here. But we like it.”

Last season, the teams first met in Week 8 with the Falcons coming off two straight excruciating losses. Aaron Rodgers threw four touchdown passes, the last of which put Green Bay ahead with just under 4 minutes remaining.


Clinton-Dix, Dial up ‘Bama connection

Quinton Dial had been cut from the San Francisco 49ers when he received a text from an old college teammate from Alabama.

Packers safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix had figured out that Green Bay was interested in bringing Dial in for a visit. The scheme that the Packers run was similar to what Dial and Clinton-Dix played in with the Crimson Tide, and what the 49ers used to run before switching to a 4-3 system this year.

Dial was not happy about the change in schemes.

“I’m just being honest with you. It’s the business. It was (49ers coach Kyle Shanahan’s) decision and that’s what we wanted and that’s what he went with,” Dial said.

Throw in the fact that the Packers are one of the favorites in the NFC to get to the Super Bowl, and signing in Green Bay seemed like an ideal fit.

Clinton-Dix smiled after practice on Thursday when he looked across the locker room and saw his friend wearing the same uniform again.


Bennett brothers reunite when Seahawks, Packers meet

Packers tight end Martellus Bennett plans to give his older brother, Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett, a hug when he sees him this weekend.

Recent events off the field make the high-profile season opener Sunday between Green Bay and Seattle seem trivial by comparison.

Martellus Bennett, who went to high school in Taylor, Texas, has been working to raise money and supplies for residents of flood-ravaged parts of that state. This week, Michael Bennett released a statement alleging racially motivated excessive force by the Las Vegas police.

“Sometimes, a hug is the best thing you can give,” Martellus Bennett said as his voice started cracking. He talks to his brother several times a week.

“Two seconds this way, two seconds that way, the whole thing is different,” he added. “So for me, I’ll just be happy to see my brother.”


Packers getting new faces acclimated to team

So many new veterans for the Green Bay Packers.

At their core, the Packers still build through the draft. But general manager Ted Thompson has been more active than usual this year in signing veteran free agents.

“Well, I think you have to realize that any time you acquire a player, whether it’s through the draft, free agency, regardless of the time of year, it’s a process. It’s a process that’s always going on,” coach Mike McCarthy said before practice Wednesday.

“Now, the fact that you’re making transactions compared to prior years is obviously a little different. But it’s all part of the business … and at the end of the day you’re just trying to get better,” he added.

Other that pass-catching tight Martellus Bennett, the new additions aren’t really big splashes. Most of the signees have solid resumes — players who will fill depth but won’t necessarily have starring roles.


Hundley runs, throws for TDs in Packers win

Quarterback Brett Hundley proved he can also dish out a hit for the Green Bay Packers.

The backup to Aaron Rodgers looked like a tailback when he lowered his right shoulder into cornerback Dominique Hatfield near the goal line and barreled into the end zone for a 13-yard touchdown run. Hundley also threw for a score to lead the Packers to a 24-10 win Thursday night over the Los Angeles Rams in the preseason finale at Lambeau Field.

The Packers (3-1) look set at quarterback with Hundley backing up two-time NFL MVP Rodgers. The defense had its moments, too, albeit against a Rams offense that started third-stringer Dan Orlovsky at quarterback.


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