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Beat Up Packers WR Core Still Struggling to Find Healthy Bodies

It has not been an easy go this season if you are a Green Bay Packers wide receiver, as once again on Thursday the team was short-handed as they get set to take on the Oakland Raiders Sunday at Lambeau Field.

Sitting at 6-point favorites at novibet.co.uk, the Packers on Thursday were minus receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling, who missed the practice session because of ankle and knee injuries.

As a whole, the team ended their Monday night win over the Lions with a number of issues in the wide out department, a concern for this team moving forward.

Valdes-Scantling is not practicing and is still nowhere near 100 percent for Sunday, and also the Pack are without Davante Adams and Geronimo Allison as well as they get set for action.

Adams, a player the team really could use back in the lineup right now, has missed the last two games with a turf toe injury.

As for Allison, he suffered a concussion during the win over Detroit on Monday night, and there’s no word is he is going to be ready to go for Sunday’s game against Oakland.

With all the question marks about the receiver position for Sunday, the Packers and quarterback Aaron Rodgers might have to get creative.

One player that might pay off is newly acquired Ryan Grant. He’s a guy that could give some support coming out and making a few plays.

“I’m not sure what the status will be for a couple of those guys this week, but it is good having a guy in here who’s made plays before,” Rodgers said on Wednesday of the addition of Grant.

“But on the flip side, before last game, not many people knew who Allen Lazard was, and he burst onto the scene in the fourth quarter. So I’d love to get him, obviously, involved this week in a bigger way, and hopefully get Ryan up to speed.”

Jake Kumerow, Lazard and Darrius Shepherd are the other healthy wideouts in Green Bay, but truthfully it looks like a team that is going to have to figure some things out in terms of pass catchers before the kickoff in Lambeau Field.

Safety Darnell Savage (ankle), tight end Jimmy Graham (ankle) and defensive tackle Kenny Clark (calf) were also out of action at Thursday’s practice.

Veteran defensive back Tramon Williams (unknown) also did not practice while reporters were present. Those players efforts will be updated later on Friday before the final walk-through for the team.

Packers Wide Receiver Davante Adams Not Sure of When He Can Return

Davante Adams, technically, remains day-to-day as he recovers from a turf toe injury suffered against the Eagles on Sept. 26. But for the 26-year-old Packers wide receiver, there’s more to the injury than anything he has dealt with before, Jim Owczarski of Packersnews.com reports.

Namely, the pain involved.

Adams has suffered and played through his share of injuries, including a significant ankle injury in 2015, but he admitted the pain and the inability to even create a push off the ground was alarming. Calling it a “major injury,” he wasn’t about to speculate on a potential return date.

“We’re just really trying to pace it at this point,” Adams said. “I can’t really tell you when I’m going to play. It doesn’t feel how I want it to feel at the moment, but we definitely have time, so we’ll just kind of play this thing (out), and I know Mr. (Matt) LaFleur will definitely be able to take care of any other questions regarding that.”

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Packers Improve to 3-0; Top Broncos at Home 27-16

The Pack are off to a 3-0 start as they won again on Sunday, topping the Denver Broncos 27-16 at home. The win wasn’t easy but it was yet another workmanlike effort for the Pack.

Here’s some video of the Packers win over the Broncos:

Defense Dominates for the Packers as They Top the Bears 10-3 to Kickoff the 2019 Season

It may have been ugly and not the game many wanted to see to start the NFL season, but for the Packers and their cheeseheads, they will take it.

A 10-3 win against their most bitter rival on the road, a team that boasted they would again win the NFC North, could anything be better than that to start a season?

There is plenty to digest in the teams huge win in Solider Field against Chicago, but the bottom line is that the the Pack are 1-0, while the Bears are 0-1.

Here’s a couple quick observations from the Thursday opening night win in Chi-Town.

1. How Bout that D?

The Packers D for a long time has been the butt on many jokes, but on this night they looked more like the 85 Bears than the boys on the other side of the field.

They came up with big play after big play, stopping the Bears and at one point forcing them into a 1st and 40 after a bunch of Chicago penalties.

They made the play of the night at the end, when former Bears DB Adrian Amos picked off Mitch Trubisky in the end zone to all but seal the win.

This unit was downright nasty on opening night.

2. Rodgers’ Night

Aaron Rodgers was hurried most of the night by the Bears pass rush, and only put up one scoring drive resulting in a touchdown, but it was enough.

Rodgers was 18-for-30 with 203 yards and a score, and he was sacked five times and pressured a lot more than that.

The gamer though came through with a huge throwing score to Jimmy Graham, and smartly didn’t force balls in and got another field goal drive later that put the Pack up by seven.

3. Run Game Stunk

Both the Bears and Packers didn’t run the ball well at all, but more of that credit has to go to the play of the two defenses in this game than the Packers and Bears offenses.

Aaron Jones showed some late spark with 39 yards on 13 carries, but really it was a night were rushing for 3-4 yards was a win for the Packers O-line.

On the night in total the Pack ran for just 47 yards on 22 carries, an ugly 2.1 yards per carry average. It goes without saying this has to get better.

4. The Penalties

Maybe it was an off night for the officials, but in total this game was tough to watch, and having to sit through 20 penalties for 178 yards didn’t make it any easier.

And to think those were the ACCEPTED penalties. Both teams have a lot of work to do in this department, but considering the fact both teams were flagged 10 times shows that at least it wasn’t all that one-sided when it came to the laundry on the field.

Up Next: The Pack will have plenty of time to work out any issues as they won’t play again till the 15th of September against another divisional rival at home in the Minnesota Vikings.

Aaron Rodgers to Get in Some Preseason Work Thursday Against the Ravens

Last week the Packers fell to the Houston Texans 28-26 in their preseason opener, and if you would have used a betrivers promotions you could have seen that wasn’t too much of a shock considering most of the Packers starters didn’t play in the contest.

That will change in a big way this week, as NFL.com is reporting that all-world quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers starters will get in some preseason work this week versus the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday night.

The move to amp things up is not too much of a surprise, as usually teams start to play their starters more in game two, and it should be a good measuring stick just to see where this offense and defense is at this point, even if it’s only for a quarter.

Coach Matt LaFleur told reporters Tuesday that Rodgers and the rest of the starting groups on both sides of the ball would play “a quarter or so” depending on how things shake out.

Rodgers sat out the Packers preseason opener, but needing an immersion in LaFleur’s new offense, the quarterback is likely to play more than in the past under Mike McCarthy.

The Packers quarterback doesn’t need a ton of playing time as evidenced by years past, as last season he not only got the win in the opener over the Chicago Bears, but came on after being injured in the game, rallying the team to lead them to a win that many felt would set the pace for the season.

The biggest thing is for this team to be able to run some of their first team offense as well as defense, but also see how this team is going to go when things get tight.

They will likely get a chance to see Baltimore first-string quarterback Lamar Jackson, who is not only going to be the Ravens starter come opening day, but also is expected to be one of the more interesting players in the entire NFL, a player that can not only run but hopefully for the Ravens can get the ball downfield.

The Packers following Thursday’s game against the Ravens will have a road game against the Oakland Raiders, the team from ‘Hard Knocks,’ this season, and then will wrap up the preseason back at Lambeau Field on August 29th at 7pm as they will take on the Kansas City Chiefs.

Sporting News Picks the NFL 2019 Division Winners – Where Do the Packers Land?

It’s that time of the year when national pundits start to look ahead and pick records for teams around the league, as well as pick the winners of the divisions.

Sporting News is out with their 2019 predictions, and they have their picks in for the NFC North.

The longtime company picks the Packers and Bears, not a big surprise, will be the two top teams in the division, with just a game between the two.

The Packers are expected to end the season at 12-4, while they have the Bears ending the year at 11-5.

Sporting News has the Vikings at 9-7 being the third place team, while they have the Lions sitting at 5-11.

Here’s the complete rundown of who Sporting News likes along with the Super Bowl teams.