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Thu
03
Nov

Matthews appears ready for return

Clay Matthews appears ready to return to the field for the Green Bay Packers after the long-haired linebacker sat out another game with a hamstring injury.

Matthews was just a spectator for last week’s loss in Atlanta. The decision was made out of an abundance of caution, especially given the Packers will play straight through the end of the regular season without a break following an early bye week.

“I think we didn’t want a setback moving forward,” Matthews said after practice on Thursday. “Obviously feel much better this week, able to get more team reps, and feel good about what we’ve done thus far in the week. So, all indications are pointing to me being out there on Sunday.”

If Matthews plays against Indianapolis on Sunday, he could have a big day against the Colts and their questionable offensive line. Andrew Luck was sacked six times last week by the Kansas City Chiefs.

Fri
28
Oct

Falcons have fresh memories of 2015 meltdown

The Atlanta Falcons have been through this before. A promising start to the season, only to get sidetracked by a deflating loss.

A year ago, it led to a total meltdown.

A victory Sunday over the Green Bay Packers would go a long way toward showing this team is different.

The Falcons (4-3) are coming off their second straight loss, a 33-30 setback to lowly San Diego that had the feel of a game Atlanta totally gave away.

The Falcons squandered a 17-point lead at home, and the Chargers’ comeback was aided by Matt Ryan’s crucial interception late in regulation.

Then, in overtime, Atlanta coach Dan Quinn made the ill-fated decision to go for it on fourth-and-short in his own end of the field. The Chargers held, setting up the game-winning field goal.

A similar defeat in 2015 sparked a six-game losing streak that turned a 6-1 start into an 8-8 finish.

Thu
27
Oct

Montgomery’s versatility gives Packers a backfield boost

Ty Montgomery can line up split wide on one play for the Green Bay Packers and take a handoff the next as a running back.

He’s listed as a receiver on the roster, but lately Montgomery has spent just as much time in the backfield.

In just two games, Montgomery has gone from non-factor to key contributor in Green Bay.

“I guess I’m a hybrid,” Montgomery said. “I don’t really know what you call it. I like to say I’m a football player, because I feel comfortable anywhere.”

It’s a good thing for the Packers that Montgomery is comfortable enough in the backfield. They would have been in dire straits without him in last week’s 26-10 win over the Chicago Bears.

Eddie Lacy is on injured reserve with a left ankle injury. Backup James Starks remains sidelined with a knee injury.

Thu
27
Oct

Another 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.

Wed
26
Oct

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.

Tue
18
Oct

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.

Mon
17
Oct

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."

Sat
15
Oct

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.”

Fri
14
Oct

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.

Thu
13
Oct

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.

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