Packers Can’t Shut Down Cowboys; Fall at Home 30-16 to Drop to 3-2

Dallas Cowboys v Green Bay Packers

Rookie Dak Prescott is stating an impressive case to remain the starting quarterback of the Cowboys.

He’s off to quite the start in his NFL career after taking over following veteran Tony Romo’s preseason back injury.

Prescott threw for 247 yards and three touchdowns, and the Cowboys forced four turnovers in a 30-16 win over the Green Bay Packers and their dysfunctional offense Sunday.

Prescott was 18 of 27 and shook off two fumbles and an interception to lead the Cowboys (5-1) to their fifth straight win.

“You just couldn’t ask for more inspiration from a player because everybody on this team knows what a difficult position that is to play,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said.

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McCarthy Tired of Talking About Those Not Happy With the Packers Offense

New York Giants v Green Bay Packers

Packers coach Mike McCarthy is fed up with those fretting over the team’s offense, Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports.

“You know, we had 400 yards of offense, so I don’t know why the hell I’ve got to come in here and answer questions about the things you think that went wrong,” McCarthy said in his Wednesday news conference after being asked back-to-back questions about offensive issues.

Maybe the fact the Packers managed only 23 points against a Giants defense that was playing much of the game with an undrafted rookie at one starting cornerback position and a practice squad player at one starting safety position has something to do with it.

Or the fact that quarterback Aaron Rodgers posted a 65.0 passer rating, receiver Jordy Nelson dropped a couple of passes, tight end Richard Rodgers was a non-factor, the screen game was absent and there were only three passing plays of 20 or more yards.

Or the fact, the Packers rank 25th in total offense, 31st in completion percentage and 19th in passer rating after one quarter of the season.

McCarthy acknowledged that the passing game isn’t up to par, but he said a change in approach against the Giants to less no-huddle offense and more rotation with the receivers and tight ends may have affected continuity.

He wouldn’t say that he planned to continue the approach of getting receivers Jeff Janis, Trevor Davis and Ty Montgomery more playing time would continue. But he has it in his pocket after going the first three games with Nelson, Randall Cobb and Davante Adams receiving the vast majority of receiver snaps.

“At the end of the day, we’re trying to play more players in the perimeter group,” McCarthy said. “Last week was our first real attempt at that, so we’ll see how this week shakes out with game-planning.

“But we need to spend a little more time on the passing game then we’ve had in the past and we’re doing that particularly in our meeting structure.”

McCarthy insists no one with the Packers is satisfied with what has occurred so far. He doesn’t think they need the outside world to point out where they could be better.

“It’s a group of men that really operate with a lot of accountability,” McCarthy said. “They do it publicly and I know they definitely do it privately. So this is a process. This is a long year. we’ve done some good things throughout our football team, but we’re well aware of not only why we’re doing things but how we’re doing things and what we need to do to get better.”

Packers RB Eddie Lacy Doesn’t Practice, Week Six Status Up in the Air

Eddie Lacy

Packers running back Eddie Lacy is not practicing on Wednesday and his availability for Sunday’s game against the Dallas Cowboys is uncertain according to Wes Hodkiewicz of packers.com.

Lacy suffered an ankle sprain in the second half of the team’s Monday night win over the New York Giants and did not return to the game. The injury is not believed to be serious but we would gauge the chances of Lacy playing in Week 6 as less than 50/50.

Lacy was running well before the injury, having gained 81 yards against a tough Giants rush defense, and at this point it does not appear to be a multi-week problem.

The Packers will be cautious as ankle sprains can linger but they need Lacy back as soon as possible-backup RB James Starks has averaged a woeful 1.8 yards per carry in 2016.

Cowboys at Packers NFL Week Six Capsule

DALLAS COWBOYS (4-1) AT GREEN BAY PACKERS (3-1)

REGULAR SEASON SERIES

  COWBOYS PACKERS
SERIES LEADER   14-12
STREAKS   Past 4
COACHES VS. OPP. Jason Garrett: 0-3 Mike McCarthy: 4-2
LAST WEEK W 28-14 vs. Cincinnati W 23-16 vs. New York Giants
LAST GAME 12/13/15: Cowboys 7 at Packers 28. Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers passes for 218 yards & 2 TDs. Packers RBs Eddie Lacy & James Starks combine for 195 rushing yards & 2 TDs.
LAST GAME AT SITE 12/13/15
REFEREE Brad Allen
BROADCAST FOX (4:25 PM ET): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 83 (Dal), 82 (GB). XM: 2226 (Dal), 82 (GB).

STATS

PASSING Dak Prescott (R): 107-155-1239-4-0-101.5 Aaron Rodgers: 78-139-876-9-3-87.7
RUSHING Ezekiel Elliott (R): 109-546 (1L)-5.0-5 (T3L) Eddie Lacy: 54-295-5.5-0
RECEIVING Cole Beasley: 27-332-12.3-1 Jordy Nelson: 21-244-11.6-5 (T1L)
OFFENSE 397.0 (2L) 321.8
TAKE/GIVE +2 -1
DEFENSE 355.6 317.3
SACKS Tyrone Crawford, Benson Mayowa: 2 Nick Perry: 4.5
INTs 3 Tied: 1 Damarious Randall, Joe Thomas: 1
PUNTING Chris Jones: 49.1 Jacob Schum: 40.4
KICKING Dan Bailey: 39 (15/15 PAT; 8/10 FG) Mason Crosby: 32 (11/11 PAT; 7/7 FG)

NOTES

COWBOYS: 1st team in NFL history with rookie QB with 1,000+ pass yards (DAK PRESCOTT, 1,239) & rookie RB with 500+ rush yards (EZEKIEL ELLIOTT, 546) in 1st 5 games of season…QB Prescott passed for 227 yards & TD with rush TD in Week 5…RB Elliott rushed for 134 yards & 2 TDs last week. RB ALFRED MORRIS rushed for 107 yards in only meeting (9/15/13 with Was.)…WR COLE BEASLEY had TD catch last week. TE JASON WITTEN had TD catch in 12/15/13 meeting…DE DEMARCUS LAWRENCE had sack in last meeting. DT TERRELL MC CLAIN had career-high 1.5 sacks last week. DE BENSON MAYOWA had sack in Week 5. Had FF in last meeting. LB SEAN LEE leads team with 45 tackles. Has 10+ tackles in 8 of past 10. Rookie CB ANTHONY BROWN had career-high 6 tackles last week. S BARRY CHURCH aims for 3rd in row vs. GB with 11+ tackles. Has 7+ tackles in 8 of past 9…PACKERS: QB AARON RODGERS has 7 TDs & 0 INTs for 100.8 rating in 5 career meetings. Has 109.2 rating at home, highest in NFL history (min. 500 ATT). RB EDDIE LACY averaging 132.5 rush yards per game in 2 career meetings with 2 TDs. RB JAMES STARKS had 103 scrimmage yards (71 rush, 32 rec.) & 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) in last meeting…WR DAVANTE ADAMS aims for 3rd in row with TD catch. WR RANDALL COBB had 8 catches for 81 yards in last meeting. Had 9 receptions for 108 yards last week. WR JORDY NELSON aims for 5th in row with TD catch. Had TD in his last game vs. Dal (12/15/13)…DT MIKE DANIELS had sack in last meeting (12/15/13). LB JAYRONE ELLIOTT had sack in last meeting. LB KYLER FACKRELL had sack & FF last week. LB CLAY MATTHEWS aims for 5th in row with sack. Has 3.5 sacks & 62-yard INT-TD in 4 career meetings. LB NICK PERRY has 3 sacks in past 2 at home. LB JAKE RYAN aims for 6th in row with 6+ tackles. CB SAM SHIELDS has INT in all 3 career meetings. S MICAH HYDE had sack in Week 5.

Packers TE Jared Cook Gets a ‘Special’ Chicken Wing From BW-3

Jared Cook

I (like many of our readers) love wings, and love BW-3, but the following tweet from Packers TE Jared Cook may make you think twice about visiting the establishment anytime in the near future.

Check out what happened to Cook when he went to a local BW-3 this past week.

Here’s hoping that BW-3 came up shooting with free wings for life for the entire Packers team after this little turn of events.

Giants at Packers NFL Week Five Capsule

NEW YORK GIANTS (2-2) AT GREEN BAY PACKERS (2-1)

REGULAR SEASON SERIES

  GIANTS PACKERS
SERIES LEADER   27-23-2
STREAKS   3 of past 5
COACHES VS. OPP. Ben McAdoo: 0-0 Mike McCarthy: 3-2
LAST WEEK L 24-10 at Minnesota Bye (Wk. 3: W 34-27 vs. Detroit)
LAST GAME 11/17/13: Packers 13 at Giants 27. New York QB Eli Manning passes for 279 yards & TD. Giants WR Victor Cruz has 8 receptions for 110 yards.
LAST GAME AT SITE 12/26/10: Packers 45, Giants 17. Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers passes for 404 yards & 4 TDs. Packers WR Jordy Nelson has 124 receiving yards & TD.
REFEREE Ed Hochuli
BROADCAST NBC (8:30 PM ET): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya (Field reporter). Westwood One: Kevin Kugler, James Lofton. SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 83 (NYG), 81 (GB). XM: 88 (WW1), 226 (NYG), 225 (GB).

STATS

PASSING Eli Manning: 101-152-1186-4-4-87.8 Aaron Rodgers: 55-94-617-7-1-98.6
RUSHING Orleans Darkwa: 23-100-4.3-2 Eddie Lacy: 43-214-5.0-0
RECEIVING Odell Beckham: 22-303-13.8-0 Jordy Nelson: 17-206-12.1-4 (T1L)
OFFENSE 382.3 293.7
TAKE/GIVE -8 0
DEFENSE 346.3 350.0
SACKS 4 tied: 1 Nick Perry: 3.5
INTs Damarious Randall, Joe Thomas: 1
PUNTING Brad Wing: 49.7 Jacob Schum: 41.8
KICKING Josh Brown: 23 (5/5 PAT; 6/7 FG) Mason Crosby: 21 (9/9 PAT; 4/4 FG)

NOTES

GIANTS: In 2011 Div. Playoff at GB, QB ELI MANNING passed for 330 yards & 3 TDs for 114.5 rating. Has 100+ rating in 2 of past 3 vs. GB…RB ORLEANS DARKWA aims for 3rd in row with rush TD. RB RASHAD JENNINGS had 115 scrimmage yards (59 rush, 56 rec.) in only career meeting (10/28/12 with Jax). Rookie RB PAUL PERKINS had 67-yard reception last week…WR ODELL BECKHAM has 7+ receptions in 2 of past 3…WR VICTOR CRUZ had 8 receptions for 110 yards in last meeting…DE JASON PIERRE-PAUL had INT in last meeting. DE OLIVIER VERNON had 1.5 sacks & FF in only meeting (10/12/14 with Mia). LB JONATHAN CASILLAS leads team with 31 tackles this season. S LANDON COLLINS led team with 10 tackles in Week 4…PACKERS: QB AARON RODGERS passed for 205 yards & 4 TDs in Week 3. Averaging 330.7 pass yards & 3 TDs for 112.1 rating in 3 career meetings…RB EDDIE LACY has 100+ rush yards in 3 of past 4 at home. Rushed for 103 yards in Week 3. Had rush TD in last meeting…WR DAVANTE ADAMS had TD catch in Week 3. WR JORDY NELSON had 6 receptions for 101 yards & 2 TDs in Week 3. Aims for 4th in row with TD. Had 8 receptions for 117 yards in last meeting. TE RICHARD RODGERS had TD catch in Week 3…LB KYLER FACKRELL had 1st career sack in Week 3. LB CLAY MATTHEWS had sack in last meeting. LB JULIUS PEPPERS has 5 sacks in past 5. Aims for 4th in row vs. NYG with sack. LB NICK PERRY had 2 sacks in Week 3. Has 3.5 sacks in past 3. S MICAH HYDE led team with 11 tackles in Week 3. CB DAMARIOUS RANDALL had INT in Week 3.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 10

Former First-Round Pick TE Kellen Winslow Jr. Wants to Make a NFL Return – With the Packers

Kellen Winslow Jr.

Former Cleveland Browns tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. is looking to make an NFL comeback, and there’s one team that he’d love to play for and catch passes from – the Packer and Aaron Rodgers.

TMZ has the story about Winslow and the possible NFL return for the son of Hall of Fame tight end Kellen Winslow Sr.

Kellen Winslow Jr. says he’s getting real interest from multiple NFL teams — despite the fact he hasn’t played since 2013 — but says he’s laser-focused on getting a shot with the Packers.

The 33-year-old former Pro Bowl tight end tells TMZ Sports he’s been training his ass off — and is 100% positive he still has the ability to dominate in the NFL.

In fact, Winslow worked out for Green Bay back in August — and says playing with Aaron Rodgers would be his dream job.

There’s been a lot of tight end movement in the league over the past few days — question is … will Winslow get the call?

“It’s all about the GMs pulling the trigger on me.”

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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