|GREEN BAY PACKERS at DALLAS COWBOYS on Sunday night|
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|DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE|
|Wednesday||WR Jeff Janis (quadricep), WR Jordy Nelson (ribs), LB Julius Peppers (not injury related), RB James Starks (concussion), C J.C. Tretter (knee)|
|Thursday||LB Jayrone Elliott (hand, not injury related), WR Jordy Nelson (ribs), RB James Starks (concussion), C J.C. Tretter (knee)|
|LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE|
|Wednesday||CB Quinten Rollins (neck, concussion)|
|Thursday||WR Jeff Janis (quadricep), G T.J. Lang (foot), CB Quinten Rollins (neck, concussion)|
|FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE|
|Wednesday||WR Randall Cobb (ankle), LB Jayrone Elliott (hand), G T.J. Lang (foot), LB Blake Martinez (knee), LB Clay Matthews (shoulder), LB Nick Perry (hand)|
|Thursday||WR Randall Cobb (ankle), LB Blake Martinez (knee), LB Clay Matthews (shoulder), LB Julius Peppers (not injury related), LB Nick Perry (hand)|
|LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE|
|Wednesday||CB Morris Claiborne (groin), DT Tyrone Crawford (shoulder), LB Justin Durant (elbow), DE Demarcus Lawrence (back), DT Terrell McClain (ankle), T Tyron Smith (knee), DT Cedric Thornton (ankle)|
|Thursday||DT Tyrone Crawford (shoulder), LB Justin Durant (elbow), DE Demarcus Lawrence (back), DT Terrell McClain (ankle), T Tyron Smith (knee), DT Cedric Thornton (ankle)|
|FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE|
|Thursday||CB Morris Claiborne (groin)|
The Green Bay Packers and the Detroit Lions, a game that will decide the fate of the NFC North, and also the playoff fate for both teams in what should be a great week 17 showdown.
Remember last season when the Packers hosted the Minnesota Vikings in week 17 only to lose and have to go on the road in the postseason? The team doesn’t want to relive that fate again, and this time they want to make sure to get the job done.
The Lions will be at home, but will also be playing on a short week after losing in Dallas Monday night 42-21 after having a 21-14 lead at one point.
“If we get a win, we win the division and get a home playoff game,” said Lions starting QB Matthew Stafford. “That’s the focus right now, and I can just see it standing right there.”
The Packers have the momentum edge, as the Lions have lost two straight after five straight wins, while the Packers have won five straight following a November 20th loss to the Redskins.
The game film from the week three battle between the two teams will be looked over, a game that was won by the Packers 34-27, but a lot has changed from that game.
Packers QB Aaron Rodgers should get MVP consideration for the way he’s played over the last month plus, and combined with the way he and Jordy Nelson have played together, it’s tough to think they can be beat.
Detroit will be coming for Rodgers, and the Packers offensive line could have a big impact on this game, as they have to do a good job setting up time for ARod to throw.
The same goes for the Packers D, which needs to pressure Stafford and force him into mistakes. If the Packers can do that, they should be playing in Lambeau in a wild card game the following weekend.
If not, they could have a fate just like a season ago.
Like it or not, next month Donald Trump will be the new President of the United States, and one thing that can’t be denied is it’s going to be an interesting four years in our country.
There’s been plenty of fun poked at the President elect, and one site – Uproxx, has taken it upon themselves to design every NFL logo in the make of our President elect.
Check out what they think the logo of the Packers will look like made in the likeness of Trump!
Aaron Rodgers threw for 209 yards and two touchdowns, and the Packers pulled away from the Texans with two fourth-quarter touchdowns for a 21-13 win Sunday to get back to .500.
The Packers (6-6) weathered snowy conditions at Lambeau Field, making just enough plays on the cold turf to even their record for the first time since they were 4-4 after losing to Indianapolis on Nov. 6.
“Well, that was a good bad-weather win. A lot of fun to play in that type of atmosphere in Lambeau Field,” coach Mike McCarthy said.
Brock Osweiler connected with DeAndre Hopkins for a 44-yard touchdown pass with 1:51 left to get within eight for Houston. Nick Novak missed the extra point, with footing slippery at Lambeau.
The Texans (6-6) had one last shot after the Packers failed to run out the clock. But Osweiler’s last-ditch pass-and-lateral play from Houston’s 12 with 4 seconds left failed, handing Houston its third straight loss.
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GREEN BAY PACKERS (4-4) AT TENNESSEE TITANS (4-5)
REGULAR SEASON SERIES
|STREAKS||3 of past 4|
|COACHES VS. OPP.||Mike McCarthy: 1-1||Mike Mularkey: 0-1|
|LAST WEEK||L 31-26 vs. Indianapolis||L 43-35 at San Diego|
|LAST GAME||12/23/12: Titans 7 at Packers 55. Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers passes for 342 yards & has 4 total TDs (3 passing, 1 rushing). Packers RB Ryan Grant rushes for 80 yards & 2 TDs.|
|LAST GAME AT SITE||11/2/08: Titans 19, Packers 16 (OT). Tennessee RB Chris Johnson rushes for 89 yards & TD. Titans K Rob Bironas converts GW 41-yard FG in OT.|
|BROADCAST||FOX (1:00 PM ET): Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Laura Okmin (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 126 (GB), 127 (Ten). XM: 387 (GB), 229 (Ten).|
|PASSING||Aaron Rodgers: 202-318-2039-20 (3L)-5-96.1||Marcus Mariota: 184-291-2187-17-8-94.1|
|RUSHING||Aaron Rodgers (QB): 34-199-5.9-2||DeMarco Murray: 174-807 (2L)-4.6-7|
|RECEIVING||Davante Adams: 44-465-10.6-6 (T3L)||DeMarco Murray (RB): 35-226-6.5-2|
|SACKS||Nick Perry: 6||Brian Orakpo: 7|
|INTs||Ha Ha Clinton-Dix: 2||Jason McCourty, Perrish Cox: 2|
|PUNTING||Jacob Schum: 44.0||Brett Kern: 45.5|
|KICKING||Mason Crosby: 64 (19/20 PAT; 15/17 FG)||Ryan Succop: 55 (22/24 PAT; 11/13 FG)|
PACKERS: QB AARON RODGERS passed for 342 yards with 3 TDs for 125.1 rating & added rush TD in last meeting. Has 10 pass TDs vs. 1 INT for 106.4 rating in past 3…WR DAVANTE ADAMS has 5 rec. TD in past 6. Has 29 catches (9.7 per game) in past 3. WR RANDALL COBB aims for 4th in row with rec. TD. WR TY MONTGOMERY is averaging 107 scrimmage yards per game (67.3 rec., 39.7 rush) in past 3. WR JORDY NELSON had 7 receptions for 94 yards & TD in Week 9. Has TD catch in 7 of past 9 vs. AFC…LB JULIUS PEPPERS has 6 sacks in past 5 on road. Leads all active players with 139.5 career sacks. LB BLAKE MARTINEZ ranks 3rd among NFC rookies with 44 tackles. LB CLAY MATTHEWS has 5 sacks in past 5 vs. AFC. LB JAKE RYAN had career-high 11 tackles last week. S MORGAN BURNETT had sack in Week 9. S HA HA CLINTON-DIX had 2 INTs last week…TITANS: QB MARCUS MARIOTA threw for 313 yards with 3 TDs & had rush TD last week. Ties for 1st in NFL history with 5 games of 4+ total TDs (pass & rush) in his 1st 21 career games. Has 7 TDs vs. 1 INT for 121.9 rating in past 3 at home…RB DE MARCO MURRAY aims for 8th in row with 100+ rush yards or rush TD. Is 2nd in NFL with 807 rush yards. Since 2014, leads NFL with 3,354 rush yards & 26 rush TDs…WR RISHARD MATTHEWS had 2 rec. TDs last week. Has 5 TD catches in past 5. TE DELANIE WALKER has 4 rec. TDs, tied for 1st among NFL TEs. Since 2014, ranks 4th among TEs with 250 catches. Rookie WR TAJAE SHARPE is 3rd among rookies with 27 catches…LB AVERY WILLIAMSON is only AFC player with 60+ tackles (69), 2+ sacks (2) & INT (1). CB JASON MC COURTY has 20 tackles in past 2. Leads team with 11 PD. LB BRIAN ORAKPO ties for 6th in NFL with 7 sacks. Since 2013, DT JURRELL CASEY has 25.5 sacks, 2nd most by NFL DT.
Packers running back Eddie Lacy needs ankle surgery and will be placed on injured reserve, a source told Adam Schefter of ESPN on Thursday.
Lacy was one of seven players ruled out of Thursday’s game against the Chicago Bears. The Packers are unsure if Lacy will miss the remainder of the season, the source said.
He was the only active halfback for the Packers in their 30-16 loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday. He was playing with a sprained left ankle and was held to just 65 yards on 17 carries.
With Lacy and backup James Starks, who had knee surgery earlier this week, unavailable for Thursday’s game, the Packers traded a conditional late-round pick to the Kansas City Chiefs for running back Knile Davis on Tuesday.
With Lacy being placed on IR, I wouldn’t bet on the Packers in the coming weeks. But if you do, use the Betfair promo code to get an edge up.
The Packers and Bears will do battle yet again tonight in Lambeau Field, and tonight is a key game and possibly a game that could define the season for Green Bay, who have had so many issues on offense it’s hard to know the future for this franchise.
2016 was supposed to be a season in which Green Bay was supposed to be unstoppable. With a returning Jordy Nelson on offense, and a defense that was supposed to be better, the Pack was supposed to be a challenger in the NFC for the conference title.
Instead, they are looking up at the Minnesota Vikings after six weeks of play, and after a rather awful home loss to the Dallas Cowboys this last Sunday, there’s a lot more questions than answers about this team.
A lot of the blame seems to be starting with two-time MVP Aaron Rodgers, who has been average at best thus far in 2016. Since the team was 6-0 last season, Rodgers has done little to resemble the player that took the Packers through the NFC to win the Super Bowl six seasons ago.
In his last 15 games, Rodgers is 24th among 30 qualifying QBs in passing YPG (233.3), 25th in passer rating (84.0) and last in completion percentage (58.1).
It’s been forever since he’s had a 300-yard game (14 straight), and right now he’s being outplayed by fellow NFC North QB’s like Brian Hoyer, Sam Bradford and even Matthew Stafford.
Can Rodgers get on track against the Bears? They are a pass defense that has little to offer, and this game may fall right into the hands of the quarterback finally getting back on track.
One of the other issues is the run game for Green Bay, as Eddie Lacy will need ankle surgery and will be placed on injured reserve and James Starks is slated to miss several weeks with ankle and knee injuries.
The team made a deal for Kansas City running back Knile Davis, but it’s hard to think he’ll have much of an impact on the Packers offense this quickly.
The Bears have allowed 72.7 rush YPG in the last three games, and it’s not likely the Pack will do any better than that tonight in the prime time showdown.
According to BestOnlineSportsbooks.info the Pack are still a touchdown favorite to win, but it’s hard to think they will be able to outscore the Bears, who have been playing competitive ball most of the season.
So can the Pack finally get on track at home tonight? It’s all going to fall on Rodgers, who hasn’t been the same as of late, but has a chance to right the teams wrongs as he tries to get the team to 4-2 tonight in what is going to be another tough NFC North matchup.
CHICAGO BEARS (1-5) AT GREEN BAY PACKERS (3-2)
REGULAR SEASON SERIES
|STREAKS||4 of past 5|
|COACHES VS. OPP.||John Fox: 3-5||Mike McCarthy: 13-7|
|LAST WEEK||L 17-16 vs. Jacksonville||L 30-16 vs. Dallas|
|LAST GAME||11/26/15: Bears 17 at Packers 13. Chicago QB Jay Cutler passes for 200 yards & TD. Bears WR Alshon Jeffery has 7 receptions for 90 yards & RB Jeremy Langford rushes for TD.|
|LAST GAME AT SITE||11/26/15|
|BROADCAST||CBS/NFLN/Twitter (8:25 PM ET): Jim Nantz, Phil Simms, Tracy Wolfson (Field reporter). Westwood One: Ian Eagle, Tony Boselli. SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 83 (Chi), 81 (GB). XM: 88 (WW1), 226 (Chi), 225 (GB)|
|PASSING||Brian Hoyer: 130-189-1396-6-0-100.8||Aaron Rodgers: 109-181-1170-10-4-88.4|
|RUSHING||Jordan Howard (R): 66-330-5.0-1||Eddie Lacy: 71-360-5.1-0|
|RECEIVING||Zach Miller (TE): 31-265-8.5-3||Randall Cobb: 28-293-10.5-1|
|SACKS||Willie Young: 6||Nick Perry: 4.5|
|INTs||Tracy Porter: 2||3 tied: 1|
|PUNTING||Pat O’Donnell: 42.8||Jacob Schum: 40.8|
|KICKING||Connor Barth: 35 (11/11 PAT; 8/11 FG)||Mason Crosby: 42 (12/12 PAT; 10/10 FG)|
BEARS: QB BRIAN HOYER has 300+ pass yards in all 4 starts with Chi…Rookie RB JORDAN HOWARD had 1st career rush TD last week. Has 100+ rush yards in 2 of past 3…WR ALSHON JEFFERY had 7 receptions for 90 yards in last meeting. Has TD catch in 3 of past 5 vs. NFC North. WR CAMERON MEREDITH had 11 receptions for 113 yards in Week 6. Aims for 3rd in row with 100+ rec. yards. TE ZACH MILLER had TD catch in last meeting…DE AKIEM HICKS has sack in 2 of past 3. LB JERRELL FREEMAN has 7+ tackles in 9 of past 11. Leads team with 53 tackles. LB WILLIE YOUNG had 2 sacks & FF in Week 6. Had sack in last meeting. CB HAROLD JONES-QUARTEY aims for 3rd in row with PD. CB TRACY PORTER had INT in last meeting. Had INT in Week 6. S ADRIAN AMOS had 9 tackles in last meeting. S CHRIS PROSINSKI had 6 tackles & FF in last meeting…PACKERS: QB AARON RODGERS is 12-4 as starter vs. Chi. Has 14 pass TDs with 1 INT for 127.0 rating in past 4 meetings…RB EDDIE LACY rushed for 105 yards & had TD catch in last meeting. Has 6 TDs (4 rush, 2 rec.) in 6 career games vs. Chi…WR DAVANTE ADAMS has TD catch in 2 of past 3 at home. WR RANDALL COBB had TD catch last week. Has 6 TDs in past 5 vs. Chi. WR TY MONTGOMERY had career-high 10 receptions & 98 rec. yards in Week 6. WR JORDY NELSON is averaging 140.3 yards per game in past 3 vs. Chi. & has 4 TDs. Has 12 rec. TDs in past 11 at home. TE RICHARD RODGERS has TD in 3 of past 4 vs. NFC North…LB CLAY MATTHEWS has 6+ tackles in 6 of past 7 vs. Chi. LB JULIUS PEPPERS had sack & FF last week. Has 2.5 sacks in past 3 vs. Chi. LB NICK PERRY has 4.5 sacks in past 5. CB QUINTEN ROLLINS had sack in last meeting. S MORGAN BURNETT led team with 10 tackles & INT in Week 6. Had FF in last meeting.