Rodgers Back to Form; Packers Beat Up Lions 34-27

Detroit Lions v Green Bay Packers

The timing is back for quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the rest of Green Bay’s offense.

The Packers’ pass defense might need a little work, though.

Rodgers threw for 205 yards and four touchdowns, including two in the first half to Jordy Nelson, and the Packers snapped out of their offensive funk before holding off the Detroit Lions for a 34-27 win Sunday.

Rodgers was 15 of 24, leading the Packers 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.

“Just got on the same page. Hitting Jordy for some big plays helps,” Rodgers said. “Jordy and I connected. Whenever we’re doing that, it kind of opens other things up for the offense.”

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Lions at Packers NFL Week Three Inactives

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DE Ezekiel Ansah, LB DeAndre Levy, LB Antwione Williams, CB Adairius Barnes, OL Joe Dahl, OL Cornelius Lucas, TE Orson Charles.

Packers

CB Sam Shields, S Morgan Burnett, OLB Clay Matthews, OLB Datone Jones, DT Letroy Guion, QB Joe Callahan, RT Kyle Murphy.

Lions at Packers NFL Week 3 Capsule

DETROIT LIONS (1-1) AT GREEN BAY PACKERS (1-1)

REGULAR SEASON SERIES

  LIONS PACKERS
SERIES LEADER   96-68-7
STREAKS 3 of past 5  
COACHES VS. OPP. Jim Caldwell: 2-2 Mike McCarthy: 16-4
LAST WEEK L 16-15 vs. Tennessee L 17-14 at Minnesota
LAST GAME 12/3/15: Packers 27 at Lions 23. Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers throws for 273 yards & 2 TDs, including GW 61-yarder to TE Richard Rodgers on last play of game.
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/15/15: Lions 18, Packers 16. Detroit QB Matthew Stafford throws for 242 yards & 2 TDs.

Lions WR Calvin Johnson has 6 catches for 81 yards.

REFEREE Carl Cheffers
BROADCAST FOX (1:00 PM ET): Thom Brennaman, Charles Davis, Peter Schrager (Field reporter). Westwood One: Sam Rosen, Ross Tucker. SIRIUS: 135 (Det), 84 (GB). XM: 381 (Det), 227 (GB).

STATS

PASSING Matthew Stafford: 53-79-600-4-1-101.2 Aaron Rodgers: 40-70-412-3-1-82.6
RUSHING Ameer Abdullah: 18-101-5.6-0 Eddie Lacy: 26-111-4.3-0
RECEIVING Marvin Jones: 12-203-16.9-0 Jordy Nelson: 11-105-9.5-2
OFFENSE 411.5 278.5
TAKE/GIVE 0 -1
DEFENSE 406.5 316.0
SACKS Kerry Hyder: 3 (T2L) Clay Matthews: 2
INTs Glover Quin: 1 Joe Thomas: 1
PUNTING Sam Martin: 50.2 Jacob Schum: 41.9
KICKING Matt Prater: 14 (5/6 PAT; 3/3 FG) Mason Crosby: 11 (5/5 PAT; 2/2 FG)

NOTES

LIONS: QB MATTHEW STAFFORD aims for 4th in row vs. GB with 2+ TD passes. Passed for 242 yards & 2 TDs in last game at GB…WR ANQUAN BOLDIN had TD catch last week, first with Lions. Became second player in NFL history (TERRELL OWENS) to have at least 1,000 career receptions (1,016) and record a TD catch with four different teams (Az, SF, Bal, Det). WR MARVIN JONES had TD catch in only career meeting (9/22/13 with Cin). Had 8 receptions for 188 yards vs. Ten…TE BRANDON PETTIGREW had TD catch in last game vs. GB (11/15/15)…DE DEVIN TAYLOR had 2 sacks & FF in last meeting. Recorded 1.5 sacks last week. DE EZEKIEL ANSAH had sack in last meeting. LB TAHIR WHITEHEAD had 8 tackles & sack in last meeting at GB. Led team with 10 tackles last week. S GLOVER QUIN aims for 3rd in row vs. GB with INT or FF. Had INT vs. Ten…PACKERS: QB AARON RODGERS is 11-3 (.786) vs. Det as starter & has 26 TDs, 6 INTs & 105.9 rating. Passed for 273 yards & 2 TDs with rush TD in last meeting…RB EDDIE LACY has 199 rush yards (99.5 per game) in past 2 at home vs. Det…WR DAVANTE ADAMS had TD catch in last meeting. WR JORDY NELSON aims for 3rd in row with TD catch.  Has 6 TDs in past 7 vs. NFC North. Averaging 110 yards per game with 3 TDs in past 3 at home vs. Det…TE RICHARD RODGERS had 8 receptions for 146 yards in last meeting, including GW 61-yard TD catch as time expired. Has 2 TDs in past 2 vs. Det…LB CLAY MATTHEWS had sack last week. Aims for 4th in row with sack. LB JULIUS PEPPERS recorded FF & sack in last meeting. Had 1.5 sacks in Week 2. Is only player in history with 100+ sacks (137.5) & 10+ INTs (11). CB LA DARIUS GREEN had 6 tackles & FF in Week 2. S HA-HA CLINTON-DIX aims for 3rd in row vs. Det with sack or INT. S MICAH HYDE had sack in last meeting.

Packers Chat with Former Saints RB C.J. Spiller

C.J. Spiller

Free agent running back C.J. Spiller is visiting the Packers on Tuesday, Adam Caplan of ESPN reports. Spiller was released by the Saints last week.

Spiller signed with the Saints in 2015 with a four-year, $16 million deal. He appeared in 13 games with two starts, totaling 112 yards rushing on 36 carries and 239 yards receiving with two touchdowns.

Packers DT Leroy Guion Suffers MCL Sprain; May Only Miss One Game

Leroy Guion

The Packers are thin on the defensive line, and last night they suffered another injury as defensive tackle Leroy Guion suffered an MCL sprain.

There’s some good news from NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, that being the lineman with the bye might miss just one game.

Why Do The Majority of NFL Teams Play Near A Casino?

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It’s a little known face that more than half of NFL teams have their stadiums located within 11 miles of a casino while 81% of all teams play their home games within an hour’s drive of a casino. For a long time there has been a belief that professional athletes and casinos cannot co-exist in the same city but these stats prove otherwise. In fact the Dallas Cowboys, Houston Texans, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans are the only teams who play more than 40 miles away from the nearest casino.

At the other end of the distance scale the Los Angeles Rams are the closest at 0.1 miles away from the nearest casino while Pittsburgh Steelers, Baltimore Ravens, Detroit Lions, Cleveland Browns and New Orleans Saints are all within walking distance of a casino at less than a mile. Casino gaming has become a worldwide mainstay of which you can read more at Best Deal Casinos. This analysis carried out by the AGA (American Gaming Association) shows that there is no harm in putting professional athletes near casinos.

For a long time the NFL have done their very best to keep their business away from the gambling industry in what has been, on the whole, an illogical fear that it would have a negative impact on the sport and that games could end up compromised. There has been speculation lately about the potential move of the Oakland Raiders to a new home in Las Vegas. Many critics have claimed that the Vegas strip is too close to comfort for NFL players. What they seem to have missed is that the players could opt for an online casino and they’ve also not taken into account the number of NFL games played in London that are also right near a casino.

The possibility of the Raiders moving to Las Vegas is still at a very early stage as owner Mark Davis has recently been meeting with officials in Vegas but Robert Kraft and Jerry Jones, owners of the Patriots and Cowboys respectively, have been vocal in their support for the potential move.

Generally there is deliberate reason that 81% of NFL teams are located so close to casinos, in many cases the stadiums were probably built long before the casino, so really it’s a case of why casinos are located close to NFL stadiums. The good news for NFL fans is that they can then head to their nearest casino and play a few of their favorite games after watching their favorite team in action. As for the players it is probably time for a fresh stance on the sports betting prohibition in the United States.

Packers Hold Jaguars Late; Hang On for Opening Day 27-23 Win

Green Bay Packers v Jacksonville Jaguars

The Packers and Jaguars played one of the better games Sunday afternoon to kickoff the 2016 season, with the Packers making a huge 4th-and-1 stop in the final seconds to pull out a 27-23 win.

Aaron Rodgers was 20 of 34 passes for 199 yards, with TD passes to Jordy Nelson and Davante Adams in the win for the Pack, who won just their second opener in the last five years.

Keys to the Packers Win:

1. Defense Bends but Doesn’t Break

The play on the 4th-and-one where the Jags tried a WR screen to Allen Hurns that didn’t work was a thing of beauty by the Packers defense. They read the play perfectly, and it was a welcome sight not to see the Pack just give the Jags the first down and have to hold in the final 15 seconds a couple end zone shots. The young D did their job when needed the most.

2. Run Game Does its Job

The Packers run game outrushed the Jaguars 94-48, and the Jags only averaged 1.8 yards per rush, as they played without Chris Ivory. Give some credit to Eddie Lacy who ran hard all day, putting up 61 yards on 14 carries, a 4.1 yards per carry average. If the run game and the run D can play this well weekly, it gives the Pack that much of a better shot to win.

3. Spreading the Wealth

Aaron Rodgers threw to eight different pass catchers, completing a total of 20 passes. It was nice to see Nelso reach the end zone, and it seems like ARod was in a comfort zone all day. Also give some credit to the offensive line, which protecting well all day, and only allowed one sack for zero yards to the Jaguars. Good signs for a team who looks to regain their great offensive numbers from two years ago.

NFL Week One Preview – Green Bay at Jacksonville

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Two teams that don’t see each other very often will do battle Sunday down in Florida, as the Packers, one of the NFC’s biggest contenders in 2016, will take on the AFC South’s Jaguars, a team that is hoping to turn the corner in 2016.

The Packers made it to the divisional round of the NFC Playoffs a season ago before losing a tough game to the Cardinals in overtime, but feel with a healthy core on their side in 2016 they will be right back at the top of the NFC North and ready for battle.

As for Jacksonville, they have a solid young core on offense with Blake Bortles at quarterback and Allen Robinson and Alan Hurns at the wide out spot.

Here’s some keys for these two teams as they get set for battle in Jacksonville, where weather is always a factor early in the season for teams.

Packers

1. Get Jordy Going Early

Receiver Jordy Nelson was gone for the season after tearing an ACL in a preseason game in Pittsburgh last August, and the offense of the Pack suffered. The team is hoping his return will spark the offense, as last season they ranked 15th in scoring after ranking 1st in that department in 2014. Nelson is a huge asset to the team, he had 1,519 yards and 13 touchdowns two years ago, and he and Aaron Rodgers are clearly the 1-2 punch of the offense. A place like Royal Vegas casino can see the Packers will have a much different look with Nelson. Look for the Pack to try to get Nelson involved early and often Sunday, and to for the offense to look more like 2014 in the process. Play new casino games every month at Royal Vegas and you might win enough money to go see Nelson play in person!

2. A Defense Getting Better Must Pressure Bortles

Many feel that 2016 will be the season the Packers defense turns the corner, as coach Mike McCarthy feels that the unit will round out into form as the season goes along. “I think our understanding on defense is higher this year than it’s been the past two years,” McCarthy said Thursday. “We’ve been relatively young throughout our defense, and now you’re seeing the maturity of these guys.” Green Bay has spent picks and money on those young defensive players the last few years, and now it’s time with the team poised at a playoff and possible Super Bowl run for them to step up.

Jaguars

1. Avoid Early Mistakes

The Jaguars must avoid those early mistakes like doubling down at Royal Vegas casino and making sure to stay within themselves if they want to challenge the Packers in this contest. Even an early turnover or points by the Packers can get the young Jags out of wack, and that’s something that coach Gus Bradley can’t allow. The Jags have stressed being mistake free all summer, and against a good Packers team, they can’t allow themselves to panic early in the game if things don’t go their way.

2. Make Plays with a Young Defense

There’s plenty of young blood on that Jaguars defense, a unit this offseason that added defensive tackle Malik Jackson, safety Tashaun Gipson and cornerback Prince Amukamara. All in all, they spent $220 million on a defense that has to find a way to pressure Rodgers, but also stay with wide outs like Reggie Cobb and the returning Jordy Nelson. The Jagaurs front line is going to try to pressure from the inside on ARod, and make him scramble, which is when it’s up to the secondary to keep an eye on those Packers wide outs and not let them get loose.

Prediction – This game is not as easy as it looks. The Packers are a team that again should challenge in the NFC for a title, but at the same time, they are a club that can be had by an up and coming Jags team. The weather early in the game could be a factor, and if the Jags get off to a fast start, it could be a long day for Rodgers and company. Through all that, I think the Packers offense starts to show the form of 2014 again, and look for Rodgers to overcome the new look Jags D and get a big opening day win in what could be a shootout. Green Bay 27 Jacksonville 21