Bengals stun Packers with big fourth quarter
I thought Andrew Quarless started slow, but he did some good things. It affects your rhythm. The guy that ultimately is probably affected the most by that is our quarterback.” Finley got drilled by Bengals safety George Iloka on a seam route, something he hasn’t run a lot of early this season. In fact, just last week he said he was fine with the short throws that have allowed him to show off his ability to break tackles and run after the catch. “I’m getting 25 [yards] on a drag route so why not nickel and dime them instead going down the seam and getting my head knocked off,” Finley said last week. Defensive differences: For all the production by the Packers defense, the unit wasn’t the same without linebacker Clay Matthews in the second half. Matthews forced two of the Bengals’ four first-half turnovers but then left late in the second quarter with a hamstring injury he sustained while forcing his second fumble of the game. The Packers didn’t have another defensive playmaker step forward in the second half. Last year, the Packers lost Matthews for four games because of a hamstring injury.
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Here’s what Green Bay needs to accomplish before welcoming the Detroit Lions to Lambeau Field in Week 5. Get the Walking Wounded Healthy Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports There’s nothing more important on the Packers’ to-do list than removing a bunch of big names from the injury report. You are what your record says you are, and Green Bay shouldn’t feel entitled to any sympathy points.Every team deals with injuries of a certain magnitude on a week-to-week basis, but it’s entirely possible the Packers would be sitting pretty at 3-0 without a number of untimely absences. Morgan Burnett and Casey Hayward, two of the most important cogs in the Packers secondary, have missed three weeks because of hamstring injuries. Green Bay was torched for 404 passing yards in its Week 1 loss and has now allowed the fifth-most yards through the air this season. Just how important are Burnett and Hayward? In 2012, when both players appeared in 16 games, the Packers allowed a 76.4 passer rating to opposing quarterbacks (fourth in NFL ). With the pair out this season, Green Bay’s defense is 29th in the NFL at 113.7. The absence of the two playmakers has certainly been a big reason for the 37.3-point drop off. Packers Pass Defense, 2012 vs. 2013 G 113.7 Source: Pro Football Reference The problems stopping quarterbacks were compounded in Week 3 when top pass-rusher Clay Matthews sat out the second half with another hamstring injury. After he left the contest, Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton threw for 168 yards and two touchdowns as Cincinnati rallied. While the Packers were able to overcome a first-quarter injury to Eddie Lacy (concussion) to rout Washington in Week 2, the offense wasn’t as lucky against the Bengals. The Packers unfortunately lost tight end Jermichael Finley to a concussion after the offense’s first series.
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On the opening drive Mohammed Sanu collected 46 of the 80 yards the Bengals gathered before Giovani Bernard leaped into the end zone for a three yard score. On the ensuing kickoff, the Packers muffed the return and Taylor Mays jumped on the ball at the Green Bay 2-yard line. BenJarvus Green-Ellis punched it in from their for his second touchdown of the season. Then it was the Bengals turn to make costly mistakes as an Andy Dalton interception at the end of the first quarter resulted in a Mason Crosby field goal to get Green Bay on the board. Cincinnati then fumbled in each of its next three possessions. Jermaine Gresham’s fumble resulted in a punt, Green-Ellis’ fumble was returned for a touchdown, and Dalton’s fumble off a sack led to a field goal. The Packers also added a last second field goal to take a 16-14 lead into the half. Not finished, the Packers opened the second half with another scoring drive. This time the Packers were aided by a costly penalty on Reggie Nelson who erased a stop by the Bengals defense when he was called for roughing the passer. That led to a James Franklin 2-yard score and a 23-14 lead. The Bengals drive stalled in Green Bay territory, but Kevin Huber pinned the Packers inside the ten yard line.
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Look for Franklin and cornerback Micah Hyde to get some opportunities in the return game unless the Packers choose to look outside of the organization for a solution. Randall Cobb could also drop back for punts, although he’s extremely valuable to Green Bay’s offense, so injury is a concern. A Week 4 Bye Will Come in Handy We’ve seen this story before — hamstring issues in Titletown. Matthews, who is all too familiar with sore hammies, was the latest player to fall victim. Others who have been dealing with the dreaded hamstring injury? Hayward, Burnett, Jarrett Bush and John Kuhn. There are several others dealing with knocks, including Jermichael Finley, who was concussed early on against the Bengals. The good news is that the bye week has arrived, and despite that bye coming as early as Week 4, the Packers couldn’t ask for better timing. They’re also 1-2.
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He is such a dynamic player, which is why pundits and fans can argue against the Packers possible decision to put Cobb in danger as the teams primary kick returner. Cobb has arguably become the Packers most dangerous offensive player in just his third season. Three games into the season, He leads the Packers with 21 catches (sixth in NFL), 290 receiving yards (sixth) and he is tied forsecond on the team with two receiving touchdowns. At this pace, Cobb will catch 112 passes for 1,547 yards and 11 touchdowns this season if he can stay healthy. Besides Cobb, legitimate candidates to replace Ross includes a trio of rookies:running back Johnathan Franklin, cornerback Micah Hyde and even safety Chris Banjo. Because of the massive pile-up of injuries though, Cobb should be the Packers kick returner until the team gets healthy. In the offensive backfield, running backs Eddie Lacy (concussion) and John Kuhn (hamstring) arent quite 100 percent. The defensive secondary is in even worse shape, as they have been hampered by injuries to cornerbacks Casey Hayward (hamstring) and Jarrett Bush (hamstring), along with safety Morgan Burnett (hamstring). The injuries in these position groups is one of two reasons why Cobb should be returning kicks for the Packers instead of Hyde, Franklin or Banjoonce the team returns to action in less than a couple of weeks. Once the offensive backfield heals up and at least two-thirds of the injured defensive backs return to the field in October, then it would be a good time to think about takingCobb out of kick-returning duties. Cobb is simply the most talented and dangerous weapon the Packers possess.
— Depending on the health of their running backs, the Green Bay Packers might come back from their bye week with a strong rushing attack. But at this point, there are significant questions about the health of all four of their backs. For the sake of their running game, its probably a good thing the Packers dont play again until Oct. 6 against the Detroit Lions . Even rookie Johnathan Franklin , who rushed for 103 yards in Sundays loss at Cincinnati and finished the game as the only available running back, has an injury. He hurt his foot on the final drive, although he returned after missing only three snaps. Franklin came on in relief of James Starks , who left in the second quarter because of a knee injury. Starks started in place of Eddie Lacy , who missed the game because of the concussion he sustained the previous week against Washington. Fullback John Kuhn (hamstring) also was inactive. The Packers offered no details about their injuries on Monday, but Lacy expressed optimism he would be back for the Lions game even though he has to get medical clearance. Lacy went through a pregame workout at Paul Brown Stadium on Sunday that he said was just to see if I ran and got my heart rate up, what I would have. Since I wasnt cleared, I had no intention of playing, Lacy said Monday, but I have a bye week to still get right. Starks said he was waiting for test results but believes he avoided a serious injury.
Green Bay Packers’ Jermichael Finley Looks To Be Regaining Old Form
Finley had 55 receptions for a total of 767 yards and an astounding eight touchdowns. In laymans terms, he was a beast. However, last season was not so great for the sixth year man from the University of Texas . Finley struggled throughout the season to hold onto the football. On numerous occasions, he had big drops in situations where the Packers needed him. His down slide had people questioning his abilities. Finley only had two touchdowns and had fans booing. On top of the drops, Finley was highly critical of Rodgers and even questioned him on Twitter. It was a mistake by Finley and it had many Packer fans wondering if he should even be around. Luckily for the Packers, and Finley, he worked hard in the offseason, cleared up the Rodgers situation and seems to be getting back to the tight end that was dominant.
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22, 2013, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Tom Uhlman) GREEN BAY — Seventeen years ago, Wisconsin was trying to run out the clock against Northwestern when Barry Alvarez approved giving the ball to a freshman by the name of Ron Dayne. The future Heisman Trophy winner fumbled on second down and the Wildcats came back to win in the closing seconds. In the postgame presser, a wiseacre reporter — me — asked Alvarez if he had thought about taking a knee. He’s never let me forget it. On Sunday at Cincinnati, Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy, who calls the plays, gave the ball to rookie Johnathan Franklin on fourth and 1. Franklin fumbled and the Bengals scored the go-ahead touchdown off the turnover. The bye week is giving a lot of people extra time to second-guess McCarthy on the play call that turned the game. He said he’d make the same call again. Roughly 100 percent of football coaches will say that, just as exactly 100 percent of football coaches are going to be second-guessed on any call as pivotal as the one that factored into the Packers being 1-2.