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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.


Green Bay offense looks to get back in sync

The Green Bay Packers need to get their timing back in the passing game.

At their best, Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb and the other receivers break at just the right points in precisely run routes to catch perfectly thrown balls from quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

But for whatever reasons so far this season, the Packers’ once-prolific passing attack isn’t in sync . They’d like to correct that on Sunday in the home opener against the Detroit Lions.

Fortunately for the Packers, Rodgers is one of the best quarterbacks in the league in extending plays outside the pocket. He has rushed for two touchdowns this year after being forced to scramble.

Rodgers would rather get those points with completions.

“But as we get more in sync offensively, the running naturally probably comes down because the routes are being run on time and you can deliver the ball on time,” Rodgers said.


Rookie DL ready for larger role

Rookie Kenny Clark is poised to take the next step in his young career with the Green Bay Packers.

If defensive tackle Letroy Guion can’t play on Sunday against Detroit because of a knee injury, Clark should be in line for much more playing time in the home opener at Lambeau Field.

This could be a momentous weekend for the 20-year-old Clark, the Packers’ first-round draft pick from UCLA.

“He definitely made a big jump from Week 1 to Week 2, and he has to take another step this week,” coach Mike McCarthy said.

Clark filled in admirably after Guion got hurt in last week’s 17-14 loss to Minnesota. Guion and fellow defensive lineman Mike Daniels have spearheaded the Packers’ strong start against the run, holding opponents to a league-best 1.63 yards per carry.

Last week, Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson was held to 19 yards on 12 carries before leaving the game with a knee injury .


McCarthy has not lost faith in Rodgers

Packers coach Mike McCarthy is confident that quarterback Aaron Rodgers and Green Bay’s struggling offense will get better.

Two games into the season, the results have been uncharacteristically ugly.

The Packers (1-1) are ranked 29th in the NFL in total offense and a 31st in passing. Rodgers and the rest of the offense looked out of sync in last week’s loss at Minnesota.

“I have great confidence in Aaron,” McCarthy said before practice Wednesday when asked how his veteran quarterback bounces back from subpar games.

“I’ve never trusted a quarterback or an individual as a player more than I trust Aaron Rodgers.”

His overall resume is outstanding. A two-time NFL MVP, Rodgers’ 103.8 career passer rating is the best in NFL history.


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