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Fri
11
Nov

Mariota’s mobility presents a pass rush predicament

Marcus Mariota’s mobility presents a predicament to the Green Bay Packers’ pass rush.

Go after Mariota too aggressively and the Tennessee Titans quarterback might break free for a big gain with his legs.

The chess match on the football field takes place on Sunday when the Packers travel to Nashville to face Tennessee.

“Stay in our rush lanes, just be as disruptive as we can,” Packers pass rusher Datone Jones said after practice Thursday. “Just got to rush smart.”

Coming off two straight close losses, Green Bay (4-4) faces a critical game in Nashville. It’s the first of three straight road games, a stretch that could define the season following a disappointing .500 start.

After getting 14 sacks over the first four games, the Packers’ pass rush hasn’t been as productive with seven in their last four. One of their most important players on the edge, linebacker Clay Matthews, has missed the last couple of weeks with a nagging hamstring injury.

Wed
09
Nov

In unusual spot, Green Bay faces pivotal road stretch

Mike Daniels’ angry voice could be heard from a far-off corner of the Packers locker room in the bitter minutes following a disheartening loss to Indianapolis.

A .500 record doesn’t cut it in Green Bay, not for a team with perennial Super Bowl aspirations.

On Monday, after the Packers (4-4) dissected their 31-26 defeat to the Colts, Daniels spoke with intensity that matched his no holds barred-style of play.

“Nobody in this locker room should go home and have a good night’s rest tonight or for the rest of this week. That’s flat out,” Daniels said when asked about if the Packers can turn things around. The barrel-chested defensive tackle agreed with teammate Julius Peppers’ assessment that it can be done.

“I feel like we have people in this locker room, this whole locker room, that nobody’s going to be getting any good sleep tonight,” Daniels said.

Mon
07
Nov

In unusual spot at 4-4, Packers face pivotal road stretch

Mike Daniels' angry voice could be heard from a far-off corner of the Packers locker room in the bitter minutes following a disheartening loss to Indianapolis.

A .500 record doesn't cut it in Green Bay, not for a team with perennial Super Bowl aspirations.

On Monday, after the Packers (4-4) dissected their 31-26 defeat to the Colts, Daniels spoke with intensity that matched his no holds barred-style of play.

"Nobody in this locker room should go home and have a good night's rest tonight or for the rest of this week. That's flat out," Daniels said when asked about if the Packers can turn things around. The barrel-chested defensive tackle agreed with teammate Julius Peppers' assessment that it can be done.

"I feel like we have people in this locker room, this whole locker room, that nobody's going to be getting any good sleep tonight," Daniels said.

Fri
04
Nov

QBs on the move: Luck, Rodgers face off

Indianapolis coach Chuck Pagano has seen up close how frustrating it can be to cover a quarterback who can extend plays with his legs.

The Colts’ Andrew Luck has done it before to other teams. Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers is one of the NFL’s best in that department.

Pagano’s defense will try to contain Rodgers and the Packers’ resurgent passing game when Indianapolis visits Lambeau Field on Sunday.

“It gets frustrating because hopefully you can get them in some third-and-long situations,” Pagano said about Rodgers’ penchant to move in and out of the pocket. “Then, you have to be very, very smart on how you rush them. … You can have everybody covered and he takes off and beat you with his legs.”

It is not an ideal play for the Packers, but more of a necessity of late.

Rodgers led the Packers (4-3) in last week’s 33-32 loss to Atlanta with 60 yards on six carries. He threw for 246 yards and four touchdowns.

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.

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