Upon Further Review: Packers Week 3

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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.

Randall Cobb Should Returns Kicks for Green Bay Packers — For Now

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.

What Do the Green Bay Packers Need to Accomplish During Bye Week?

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.

Green Bay Packers: Five Things We Learned vs. Cincinnati Bengals

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.

Green Bay Packers: Let the second-guessing begin

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.

Packers could have running back options

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.


James Jones Scores Packers Only Receiving Touchdown In Week 3

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Jones was third in targets with eight, behind Randall Cobb who had 11 and Jordy Nelson who had nine. It was his first touchdown of the year. Fantasy impact: The Packers didn’t put up big numbers in the passing game against a tough Bengals defense but Jones did catch the only touchdown pass. James puts up enough numbers to keep him on the fantasy radar, but is clearly behind Nelson and Cobb. He is getting more targets but only had four receptions in this game.

Packers release Ross after costly fumble

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Here’s reassessing the races: NFC South Drew Brees and the Saints are headed toward an NFC South title. (AP photo) Current leader: Saints (3-0) Sporting News preseason pick: Falcons (1-2) SN’s new pick: Saints The Falcons went 13-3 last season as the NFC’s top playoff seed. They are one loss away from matching their ’12 loss total, and host the 3-0 Patriots in Week 4. The pile of injuries are hurting their defense more, and after an easier October stretch, games against New Orleans, Seattle, Green Bay and San Francisco loom in the final two months. Those much-improved Saints have a big early lead and can quickly march away with the South. NFC West SN preseason pick: Seahawks Sticking with: Seahawks The angry birds in Seattle are taking care of business, dominating the 49ers physically in Week 2 before the Colts did the same to the Niners in Week 3 . The Seahawks should be favored in all of their remaining games and can create some distance before a Week 14 rematch in San Francisco. The Niners better pick up the pieces fast before a Thursday nighter in St.

After taking such a big hit, Finley got up and staggered around a bit before falling back to the ground. Losing Finley for an extended period of time could be a huge loss for the Packers offense. Neither Andrew Quarless nor Ryan Taylor were overly impressive as Finley’s replacement in Week 3. With so many significant injuries, the Packers bye week couldn’t have come at a more ideal time. They’ll need the extra time off to get as healthy as possible for the remainder of the season. If the Packers can get key players healthy heading into Week 5, they should be poised for a big run late in the season.

Packers rookie Johnathan Franklin fumbles away breakout performance

Players: 14% View Results Green Bay When the Packers lost Clay Matthews to another hamstring injury Sunday in Cincinnati, they lost their one of top playmakers on defense and, ultimately, their second close game in three weeks. One could argue that the Packers’ most formidable foe this year has not been the 49ers, the Redskins or the Bengals. It’s been injuries, specifically nagging hamstring pulls. Eight Packers have been sidelined already this year, costing them collectively 41 practices (or preseason games) and seven regular-season games. Packers coach Mike McCarthy has managed injuries since the 2010 Super Bowl season with a “next man up” mantra, but even he seemed to be wondering Monday what every one else in Packer Nation was. Are these preventable or just a cruel twist of bad luck? “You try not to overreact to the numbers and just stay true to the specifics,” he said. “Do I have an answer for you? No.” Green Bay’s medical and training staffs evaluate each injury individually. The Packers do not allow them to talk to the media, but three players said they do what they can to prevent hamstring injuries with the help of the team.

NFL Week 3: Packers learn, painfully, what ‘reversal of fortune’ means

Each team gave it away four times. Each team returned a fumble for a touchdown – M.D. Jennings ran one back for Green Bay. The Bengals blew a 14-point lead, and the Packers let a 16-point lead get away in the second half. Green Bay scored 30 consecutive points and lost. No, the weather wasn’t a factor. Nobody could blame the cool, sunny afternoon for all the oddities. “Crazy,” Packers linebacker Clay Matthews said. “It was wild with regard to the calls and the plays that happened.” The Bengals (2-1) finished it off when Michael Johnson batted down Aaron Rodgers’ fourth-down pass at the Cincinnati 20-yard line with 1:21 left, ending a subpar showing for the quarterback.

Packers mystified by run of hamstring injuries

EDT, September 22, 2013 Johnathan Franklin, the standout running back from Los Angeles Dorsey High and UCLA, had a breakout game with Green Bay on Sunday until a late fumble derailed a chance for the Packers to seal a victory and allowed the Cincinnati Bengals to pull out a 34-30 victory. Franklin, who began the season third on the depth chart, went into the game for James Starks and finished with 103 yards rushing and had a two-yard touchdown run. Starks injured a knee while replacing rookie starter Eddie Lacy , who sat out the game because ofa concussion. The breakout performance for Franklin came to a grinding halt as he triedto pick up a first down on a fourth-and-one play at the Bengals’ 30 with the Packers leading, 30-27.

Packers rookie Johnathan Franklin gets his shot because of injury, and he has a great day … until a big fumble

They’re a hell of a defense. Their strength is up front. We knew that going into the game they’d have six, seven, eight guys that can all play at a high level for them. “We take a lot pride in trying to win our one-on-one blocks. There were certain designed plays where you’re supposed to get help. But for the most part, you’re expected to go out and win your one-on-one blocks. It’s not about how one guy plays.

Packers coach more interested in injuries in bye week than speculation about QB Rodgers

CDT, September 23, 2013 Wide receiver Jeremy Ross was released by the Green Bay Packers on Monday, a day after fumbling a kickoff against Cincinnati that led to a touchdown for the Bengals. Ross appeared to indicate he lost sight of the ball in the sun. However, he also muffed a punt return in last January’s playoff loss at San Francisco that led to a 49ers touchdown. Ross has played in eight regular-season games over the past two years, averaging 17.9 yards on nine kickoff returns, 20.5 yards on six punt returns and made one catch for 8 yards Copyright 2013 Chicago Tribune Company, LLC BRIAN URLACHER

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Pitch it!'” Newman said. “Next thing I know, I saw the ball pop loose. It took a nice little bounce where I could just grab it and run.” Just another example of how America’s biggest sports league has the turning radius of a Smart Car. Fortunes can flip in an instant. On a day when it was difficult to tell who was coming and who was going, Cleveland’s Jordan Cameron had three touchdowns, and New Orleans’ Cameron Jordan had two sacks.

Packers could have running back options

[Watch: NFC powers stumble to surprising 1-2 starts ] Franklin was having a fantastic game in place of Starks, who was replacing the concussed Lacy and suffered a knee injury. In stepped Franklin, a fourth-round pick out of UCLA who had done nothing Jordy Nelson Youth Jersey to show he belonged in the Packers’ plans this year and seemed to have fallen completely out of favor in Green Bay. Franklin had his first NFL touchdown against the Bengals, and also broke a 51-yard run after getting in the game. Just when things were going well, Franklin was given the ball on fourth-and-inches late in the fourth quarter with the Packers holding a 30-27 lead. And Franklin ran up the middle and fumbled. It was picked up by the Bengals, then fumbled again, then picked up by Cincinnati’s Terence Newman and returned for a touchdown with 3:47 remaining. That gave Cincinnati a 34-30 lead, and Rodgers couldn’t lead the Packers to a go-ahead touchdown in the final minutes. Franklin had 103 yards on just 13 carries against Cincinnati.

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McCarthy wasn’t asked during an 11-minute, 28-second press briefing about his sideline disagreement with Rodgers, which was caught by Fox Sports’ cameras. The argument occurred after Rodgers appeared displeased with the play-calling during a sequence in which the Packers settled for a 19-yard field goal. The two argued on the sideline and it appeared defensive tackle B.J. Raji and wide receiver Randall Cobb tried to calm both men down before things escalated. McCarthy said after the game that Rodgers was frustrated by a play call. “He’s competitive, man,” McCarthy said Sunday. “That’s what I love about him. I didn’t really think it was that big of a deal, frankly.” Rodgers said after the game that the two talked afterward and moved on.

Packers blow 16-point lead, lose to Bengals 34-30

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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.


Instead, Green Bay Signed Its Only Free Agent, Tight End Mulligan, And Has Hope That Second Year Inside Linebacker Terrell Manning Can Replace Smith.

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Green Bay Packers Vs. Cincinnati Bengals: Breaking Down Green Bay’s Game Plan


Cincinnati Bengals: Five Keys Against the Green Bay Packers in Week 3

James Starks was an extremely pleasant surprise in that game, and if he runs with the same decisiveness that he did last week, it could be a long day for the Bengals defensively. Packers defense vs. Bengals offense There is no doubting that the Bengals offense has the potential to be extremely explosive, but that hasn’t quite happened through the first two weeks of the season. They’ve been pedestrian at best in both the run and pass game. However, they’ve also played two much better defenses than the Packers defense in the Chicago Bears and Pittsburgh Steelers. While Green Bay may be able to slow down the ground game of Cincinnati, it’s unlikely that they’ll be overly successful against the pass. The Bengals simply have too many weapons for the Packers to completely slow them down. The big question mark will be the overall play of Dalton. Through two weeks, Dalton has graded out as the 21st-best quarterback, according to Pro Football Focus (subscription required). While he hasn’t had as big of an impact as the Bengals would have liked to see, he’s still got an immense amount of receivers and talented running backs to showcase in the passing game. All he needs to do is get hot and it will become another long day for the secondary. If the Packers can have even a little success at slowing down Dalton and Co., their defense will have a great shot at keeping them in the game.

A-Rod, Packers take hot hand into Cincy

The other factor is Finley, who looks like hes recaptured the dominant form he showed during the second half of 2009. Dougherty: I wouldnt say theyre better off, Jennings was their most talented receiver, at least until Cobb emerged last season, but Id say theyre not much or maybe even no worse off than last season for two reasons. One, Jennings had a core injury (similar to a sports hernia) most of last season, played in only eight games and was diminished for most of the other eight. Second, tight end Jermichael Finley is off to a strong start and looks like he might finally be playing consistently to his talent, which hes never done before. He and Cobb are their two best playmakers in the passing game, and the attention defenses devote to Finley should help other guys. How does Dom Capers try to scheme with the matchup against the Bengals two tight ends? Wilde: Welcome to the Packers world, where the so-called soft underbelly of the defense seems to constantly be wide open. The Packers have had their problems with big-name receivers in the past including the first two weeks, when Boldin and Garcon each went off but to me, slowing down that tight end tandem is vital. The matchup will be interesting because without Morgan Burnett, their safeties are pedestrian at best and poor at worst. Hard to see Jerron McMillian effectively covering them. Meanwhile, their inside linebackers, Hawk and Brad Jones, arent all that adept in coverage, either. To me, this is the matchup of the game, even moreso than A.J. Green. Dougherty: Matching up with two good tight ends is tough, can be kind of a nightmare really, because of the bad matchups in the passing game plus the threat of running that you dont get with three wide receivers.

Secondary Coverage With cornerback Adam Jones emerging healthier as the week progresses, the Bengals slot and edge http://www.cloudbreaksoftware.com/aaron_rodgers_jersey.html corner trio of Jones, Leon Hall and Terence Newman can provide the coverage needed to give the defensive line the time to push and collapse the pocket. The Bengals have one of the best and most active safeties in the league in Reggie Nelson, who fills coverage gaps well with both speed and impact against both physical receivers with size and receivers with speed. Only injury to any of these primary four secondary players will significantly impact the coverage time past the second level of the Bengals’ defense. Otherwise, the secondary should free the deep front line to harass Rodgers the entire game. Linebacker Play Both Vontaze Burfict and Rey Maualuga will continue to have to be forces against both the run and the short pass game. These two anchors of the Bengals linebacking corps have had impressive starts to the season and will have to be on the top of their game to neutralize any Packers’ running attack, as well as the passing game in the flats and over the shallow middle of the field. The Bengals are likely to intensify the conversion of safety Taylor Mays to more of a weakside LB hybrid, who can fare well in pass coverage over the middle and down the seams in nickel defense. Strong side LB James Harrison will start his transition to a situational end pass rusher in the 4-3 base, now that the season has ended for DE Robert Geathers. Harrison, along with rookie Margus Hunt, will become increasingly more of a part of the Bengals’ defensive front with Geathers out and could both be baptized by fire against the Packers if rotational DE Wallace Gilberry is unable to play at full strength. Run Game Bengals QB Andy Dalton and offensive coordinator Jay Gruden will undoubtedly be tempted to open fire in the attempt to keep pace with Rodgers, but the pair have to resist that temptation and revert to a primary run game against the Packers.

Packers’ Lacy uncertain for Sunday

Lacy is still awaiting clearance to return from a concussion he sustained on his only carry of last Sunday’s 38-20 victory over Washington and did not practice at all during the week. Head coach Mike McCarthy told reporters that a final determination on the former Alabama standout’s status will be made on Saturday. James Starks stepped in for Lacy against the Redskins and rushed for a career- high 132 yards and a touchdown on 20 attempts. McCarthy said earlier in the week he would start on Sunday regardless of whether or not Lacy is active. Green Bay will once again be without three members of the secondary when it faces the Bengals, with safety Morgan Burnett and cornerbacks Casey Hayward and Jarrett Bush all ruled out due to hamstring injuries. Burnett and Hayward also missed the first two games of the season, while Bush was forced out of the Packers’ Week 1 loss at San Francisco. Fullback John Kuhn, dealing with a hamstring issue as well, is doubtful to play on Sunday. His injury occurred in the Washington game. Tight end Jermichael Finley is probable for Sunday’s tilt after being limited in practice with a minor toe problem.

The Walkthrough: View from Green Bay and Sunday’s Officiating Crew

He had a big run earlier. And then (Green-Ellis) comes back and finishes it off. So it was a good job today by the two of them,” said Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis. Dalton threw for 280 yards as the Bengals totaled 407 yards of offense and held the ball for 35 minutes and 34 seconds. “One of the humps for us was supposed to be playing better in prime-time games,” noted offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth. “So check one game off that list. Now we get another huge hump: Green Bay.” The Bengals will host the Packers for the first time since 2005 and have won the past two encounters to take a 6-5 edge in the all-time series. Cincinnati secured a 31-24 road win in the last encounter on Sept. 20, 2009.

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[+] Enlarge AP Photo/Morry Gash After dropping 21 passes as a group last season, the Packers’ receivers have yet to let one drop in 2013. Thank you, Nelson said. You just cant let good things ride. Packers receivers have a combined 37 catches this season without a drop. Last season, their group dropped 21 passes, fourth most in the NFL, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Their sure-handedness is part of the reason Nelson, Randall Cobb and James Jones have combined to lead the NFL in yards by a receiving group through the first two weeks. The trio has combined for 610 yards receiving, and all three are on pace for 1,000-yard seasons . Yet ask Nelson, and hell tell you the Packers receivers — himself included — have not been perfect. In fact, he gave himself a drop on the first play of Sundays game against Washington. Nelson ran a 15-yard stop route, and the ball was thrown slightly to the inside.


Matthews Deserved Fine, But Not Criticism

I just know that Im going to coach them one way and, generally speaking, you get what you emphasize as a coach, Greene said on Friday. Im coaching, Hey, you play with your heart and all of your drive and desire and determination and fire — and thats play after play after play after play, and never let up. You want to hunt and hunt and keep hunting. Thats what Im hoping to get from all of my kids. Matthews has taken that to heart. Since he entered the NFL in 2009, only four players have more sacks than Matthews 43.5. He also sites is an underrated run defender. Clay, hes got a motor and hes a talented guy that has a motor, Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III said on Wednesday. Anybody with that immense amount of ability that plays every snap like its his last is a dangerous guy. Well be aware of him. Youve always got to respect your opponent, and I respect Clay Matthews as a player, and thats all you can say. My team respects him as a player, and thats the way we have to go about it.

Clay Matthews fined $15,000 for late hit in last week’s game

The news of the fine was handed down Friday afternoon on September 13 after Matthews claimed he was not a dirty player. This was reported by CBS Sports Jason La Canfora Normally, late hits are one thing, but Clay Matthews flew through the air while Kaepernick was out of bounds. Then he grabbed him by the shoulders and threw him down. It was a ridiculous attempt at trying to be physical last Sunday. It’s also a highlight that displays his athleticism. To show how out of control Matthews was in the moment, he threw a punch at a protective Joe Staley and then he slapped Staley in the facemask. At first glance, it looked like Matthews was going to be ejected from the game. However, the refs got discombobulated and called offsetting penalties. Its obvious that Clay is one of the most amazing players in the league.

Clay Matthews fined $15,000

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The hit came at the end of a Kaepernick scramble near the sideline in the second quarter of the 49ers’ 34-28 victory. The play ignited a scuffle on the sideline, and 49ers tackle Joe Staley was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct. The league later said Staley should not have been flagged, and he was not fined, the league spokesman said. Demovsky: Over the line? A fine makes sense, but questioning Clay Matthews’ integrity goes too far, Rob Demovsky writes. Story The play angered 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh , who on Monday described Matthews’ hit as a “clothesline to the neck area when our quarterback’s six, seven feet out of bounds.” On Friday, reporters asked 49ers guard Alex Boone what fine he’d have given Matthews. “Probably just a punch in the face,” he quipped. After the game, Matthews conceded it was not a smart play. On Thursday, a day before the fine was announced, he said he didn’t want to discuss the play.

Matthews Fined $15,000 For Late Hit On Kaepernick; 2 Other 49ers Fined

According to the NFL, Matthews was fined for striking an opponent late. Besides Matthews, the NFL fined 49ers wide receiver Anquan Boldin $7,875 for a late hit on Packers cornerback Jarrett Bush in the third quarter of Sundays game and fined 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks $12,750 for a roughing-the-passer call, the league said. Matthews drew a personal-foul penalty in the 49ers 34-28 win Sunday after he tackled Kaepernick out of bounds deep in Green Bay territory during the second quarter. A fracas between players from both teams followed on the sideline when Matthews and 49ers left tackle Joe Staley began pushing and shoving. Staley received an unsportsmanlike-conduct penalty. That offset the late-hit call against Matthews, resulting in a replay of third down at the Packers 10-yard line. Kaepernick then connected with Boldin for a 10-yard touchdown pass to put the 49ers ahead 14-7. The announcement of the fine came Friday afternoon after the Packers completed their post-practice obligations with the media. When he spoke with reporters Thursday, Matthews wouldnt comment on speculation he would be disciplined for his hit on Kaepernick, who threw for a career-high 412 yards and three touchdowns in the game. Im not really going to discuss all that right now, but on to the next game, said Matthews.

Clay Matthews wanted to ‘be that guy’

always made one thing clear: He didn’t care whether any of them ever played football. And, for the first 16 years of Clay III’s life, it appeared as though he didn’t belong anywhere but at the end of a long bench. He weighed 166 pounds as a junior and was so overmatched that his high school defensive coordinator, who happened to be his father, refused to start him. “Too small and too slow,” Clay Jr. said. But young Clay was hardheaded. He grabbed an old workout card from his dad’s days with the Cleveland Browns and, every day after school, Matthews followed the routine at a local gym in Southern California. He benefited from a growth spurt between his junior and senior seasons — the Matthews boys are known to be late bloomers — but received scant interest coming out of Agoura High School in Agoura Hills, Calif. When Clay came home one day and said he wanted to walk on at USC, his dad, a Trojans alumnus himself, was surprised and worried.

Green Bay Packers’ linebacker Clay Matthews fined $15,000 for being awesome

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Matthews hit San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick after the whistle in last weekend’s match-up. According to Fox Sports , Kaepernick went out of bounds during a second quarter play, and after the referee blew the whistle, Matthews dove to tackle him. Matthews responded to the incident Thursday to reporters, saying, “I’m an awesome player, not a dirty player. His coach Mike McCarthy agreed. “Clay Matthews is not a dirty player, by no means,” he said. Following the tackle, a small fight broke out. However, Matthews was not fined for any behavior during the tussle. 49ers offensive tackle Joe Staley received a flag for unsportsmanlike conduct. Staley was not fined. ESPN reports that 49ers players were also penalized for behavior during the game. 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks was fined $12,750 for roughing Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, while 49ers receiver Anquan Boldin will lose $7,875 for a late hit on Packers safety Jarrett Bush. The 49ers stole the game with a 34-28 victory over the Packers.


Packers Might Not Have Finley On Sunday


CDT, September 11, 2013 Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers could be without one of his favorite targets this week when the Packers host the Washington Redskins. NFL.com reported Wednesday that tight end Jermichael Finley missed practice and traveled to Minnesota to receive treatment on his injured toe. Finley was injured in Sunday’s loss to San Francisco when 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis stepped on the back of his leg. Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Finley would be “hard pressed” to practice until Friday. Green Bay is hoping with enough rest, Finley will play Sunday. Finley compiled five receptions for 56 yards and one touchdown in the loss to the 49ers. Copyright 2013 Chicago Tribune Company, LLC BRIAN URLACHER

Packers-Redskins Series History: Green Bay Leads 17-13-1


In 1972, the resurgent Packers went into Washington and lost, 21-16, in the regular season. In the playoffs, this outcome repeated itself, this time with Washington winning 16-3. The Redskins would defeat the Packers three more times in the 1970s. Classic MNF: 1983 Redskins vs. Packers ABC Sports takes a look back at one of the wildest Monday Night games in history. Fun fact: current Packers president Mark Murphy was a safety on that Redskins team. In the 1980s, the teams met midway through the 1983 season. The Redskins were fresh off a Super Bowl victory the year previous, while the Packers had a winning season and a playoff berth. Many expected the Redskins to walk over the Packers. Nobody, however, expected the Packers’ offense to run wild over the Redskins as well.

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It was a victory in one sense of the word, but a defeat in a much bigger arena. Its significance is that there are 15 more games to go. What Capers must find out starting with the game Sunday against Washington is whether this kind of run-stopping dominance can carry over through the rest of the season. When they won the Super Bowl in 2010, the defense forced 32 turnovers, which made up for a lot of soft spots elsewhere, including a 15th- ranked run defense. This season, Capers doesn’t want to rely on turnovers as much as he wants to stop the run. As the season goes on, he won’t play as much three-man fronts as he did against the power-oriented 49ers.

Green Bay Packers: Running game still stalled

He led four impressive touchdown drives of 80, 62, 69 and 76 yards but also had five three-and-out series. The scoring drives, which mostly relied on the no-huddle offense, were quick strikes. They had a combined time of possession of just 8 minutes, 21 seconds. Rodgers was efficient, throwing for 333 yards and three touchdowns with one interception (on a ball that tight end Jermichael Finley dropped). Rodgers found a good rhythm with Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson , who combined for 238 yards receiving. Rodgers Fast-forward: Only two teams gave up more passing yards per game last season than the Washington Redskins , and you can bet Rodgers will try to exploit that on Sunday at Lambeau Field. The Redskins are using second-round pick David Amerson as one of their top-three cornerbacks, so dont be surprised to see Rodgers go after the rookie.

Packers defense sees a different Robert Griffin III

Still not convinced? Scroll down to No. 27 in rushing attempts, and there they are again. Need more proof? Check out yards per carry on first down.

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With that in mind, the coaching staff and players spent time trying to figure out the scheme; Green Bay Coach Mike McCarthy said Wednesday the Packers had studied video of the Redskins during training camp. But several Packers defensive players said here Wednesday that some of that preparation may have been for naught because they believe Robert Griffin III doesnt look to be the same quarterback he was before he had knee surgery in January. He wasnt running as fast as he used to, defensive (visit site) end C.J. Wilson said. He wasnt the same RGIII put it that way. In the Redskins season-opening 33-27 loss to Philadelphia , Griffin ran five times for 24 yards and looked, in the Packers estimation, unlike the quarterback who racked up 815 rushing yards as a rookie in 2012. Do they feel fortunate to get Griffin before his full mobility has returned? His full mobility, thats not really our concern, defensive end B.J. Raji said. Were playing what we see on film, and what theyve done in the past. He still presents himself as a good player.

Packers defensive front asked to stuff the run

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Packers’ Matthews Moves on From 49ers Controversy

But as far as that 49ers game last week and coach Jim Harbaugh’s criticism? Yeah, Matthews is moving on. In his first meeting with reporters since Sunday’s 34-28 loss in San Francisco, Matthews sidestepped a question on whether he’d received notice from the NFL about a potential fine following a late hit on quarterback Colin Kaepernick that preceded a sideline scrum with offensive lineman Joe Staley. “Um, I’m not really going to discuss all that right now, but on to the next game,” Matthews said at his locker after practice Thursday. The Redskins visit Lambeau Field in the Packers home opener Sunday. Matthews didn’t bite after being asked about Harbaugh’s remarks earlier this week. “If you’re going to go to the face, come with some knuckles, not an open slap,” Harbaugh said then. “I think if that young man works very hard on being a tough guy, he’ll have some repairing to do to his image after the slap.” Anything, Clay?


Asomugha Expects A Lot Of Playing Time When 49ers Face Packers’ Prolific Passing Attack

Packers-49ers Preview

San Francisco finished third in the NFL in total defense last season but the 49ers struggled defending the pass down the stretch and throughout the teams playoff run to the Super Bowl. The revamped unit will get tested right away this season by the Packers and quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who threw for 560 yards and four touchdowns in two games against the 49ers last season. San Francisco will have a new starter at free safety in rookie Eric Reid, but the only other change in the teams primary rotation in the secondary is Asomugha taking over as the third cornerback behind starters Tarell Brown and Carlos Rogers. The void was created when the 49ers lost Chris Culliver, the teams physical No. 3 corner last season, to a season-ending knee injury in August. But Asomugha asserted himself enough during the summer that he figured to have some role in coverage packages anyway. Hell be the No. 3 guy starting the game on Sunday, 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said. We wouldnt go on matchups at this point, but thats the way were thinking about it right now. Fangio said several times this summer that he wasnt sure if Asomugha still had the skills that made him one of the NFLs elite cornerbacks during his first eight seasons with the Oakland Raiders. Asomugha is coming off two subpar seasons in Philadelphia, where his reputation took a hit after he signed a five-year, $60 million deal with the Eagles as one of the NFLs top free agents of 2011.

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Wallace wasn’t eased through each installation phase in Green Bay. Instead, his assimilation will come through week-to-week game plans. Wallace does believe he’s in a position to help Rodgers and the Packers this weekend at San Francisco. “Hey, it’s a game. It’s a game we’ve been playing all our lives,” Wallace said. “Football-wise, when it comes to certain things that I’ve seen, that’s the biggest thing. Obviously, I’m still trying to get caught up to speed as far as the offense goes. But when in comes to football, I’ll help with the things that I can help to keep his psyche right so he can play and play relaxed on Sundays.” This includes a smorgasbord of items, too. Wallace says he’ll seek any signals San Francisco makes.

Packers sought read-option help after loss to SF

I think we’ll see a whole lot of Vernon Davis and Anquan Boldin on Sunday, but what about the 49ers rookie tight end? Last season, the 49ers used plenty of two tight end sets. Vernon Davis and Delanie Walker provided top-rate blocking. They both were talented pass catchers, but the problem was that Davis and Kap took time to get on the same page, and Delanie Walker was talented but inconsistent when it came catching the ball. Davis and Kap have spent the offseason working together, so we hope for the best. I am excited to see what those two can do together. However, I am more intrigued by the potential of the team’s new No. 2 tight end, Vance McDonald. The 49ers drafted McDonald out of Rice, where he was involved in their spread out attack.

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San Francisco piled up a franchise postseason-record 579 total yards. “When the quarterback can run like that, that opens up the arsenal of play-calling,” defensive lineman B.J. Raji told the Packers’ official website after the loss. “Obviously if you can’t stop the run, that’s football 101.” Kaepernick averaged 10.6 yards per rush in three postseason games and 9.98 yards per pass attempt, nearly leading the 49ers back from a 22-point third-quarter deficit before they fell 34-31 to Baltimore in Super Bowl XLVII. Frank Gore ran for more than 110 yards and a touchdown in each matchup with the Packers last season, but the 49ers were far from the only ones who had little trouble running on them. From December on, including its two playoff games, Green Bay allowed an NFL-worst 5.81 yards per carry. Linebacker Clay Matthews signed a five-year, $66 million extension in the offseason, and along with fellow linebacker Nick Perry — whose rookie season ended in mid-October due to a wrist injury — a Packers pass rush that finished fourth in the league with 47 sacks should be in good shape. “We had an entire offseason to focus on last year’s loss, having time to kind of figure out a way to defend (Kaepernick),” Matthews said. “We obviously like to think we’re better prepared to defend that type of offense and what he brings to the table.” San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh ‘s biggest concern is keeping his quarterback healthy. Harbaugh went to the league for clarity about when Kaepernick is supposed to be safe before declaring himself a runner, and says he plans to talk to the officials prior to the game. Packers coach Mike McCarthy, meanwhile, simply wants to keep Kaepernick in the pocket.

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IN WEST ALLIS, HILLARY MINTZ WISN 12 NEWS. STEPHANIE SUTTON IS HEADING TO SAN FRANCISCO FOR THE PACKERS SEASON OPENER. LOOK FOR HER LIVE REPORTS FROM THE WEST COAST BEGINNING TOMORROW ON BIG 12 SPORTS SATURDAY. JOIN DAN NEEDLES AND DREW OLSON AT A SPECIAL TIME–SIX P-M ONLY RIGHT HERE ON WISN 12. As Ryan Braun reaches out to fans to apologize for using performance-enhancing drugs, area business owners are putting the Brewers season behind them and moving on to the Green and Gold. Related Week 3: Get your Operation Football… “We’re very proud to be Packers fans in the D.C. area,” said Vladika Tabbert of Virginia. But Tabbert and her husband, James, said in Virginia, it’s tough to find Packers gear, so during her visit this week to see a friend, they stopped at Lambeau Field for a tour then went to the Green and Gold Zone store in West Allis for some hats and a flag. Stephanie Plout, who lives in Milwaukee, said she’s happy to move on from the Brewers and focus on football.

Hamstring to sideline Packers’ Casey Hayward for at least a month

A recurring hamstring injury will keep cornerback Casey Hayward on the sideline for at least a month. The Packers hope he can return Week 5 against the Lions.

But we’re looking forward to the challenge this week.” The Packers have known since hyperlink April when the NFL released the season schedule that they would be seeing the 49ers again right away. Preparing for another shot at Kaepernick after he set a single-game NFL record by a quarterback with 181 rushing yards in the playoff meeting started several weeks earlier when the defensive coaches visited Texas A&M. Second-year Aggies coach Kevin Sumlin and his assistants covered their version of Xs and Os as it pertains to employing an up-tempo, zone-read offense with the quarterback squarely as the centerpiece. Johnny Manziel flourished in Sumlin’s system last season, becoming the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy. Manziel rushed for more than 1,300 yards and amassed 5,100-plus yards in total offense. “We had a nice visit with them,” Capers said. “We talked on both sides of the ball because obviously they went in and beat Alabama in Alabama. So you kind of wanted to look at that tape and see the things. And, of course, Kevin’s run that offense for many years and just talking with him about things that potentially gave him problems.” Capers downplayed how valuable spending part of just one day with the Texas A&M coaches would be for giving the Green Bay staff some guidance for defending the read option in the NFL. “It wasn’t like we went down there and got a whole new scheme or something,” Capers said.