Sluggish Packers Win Third Straight

It was not their best performance of 2012, but the Green Bay Packers found a way to win their their third straight game as they beat the Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday 24-15.  Despite playing without six starters, the Packers (5-3) were considered to be heavy favorites over the Jaguars (1-6).  Green Bay fell behind 3-0 early but rebounded and led 14-12 at halftime.  They then outscored Jacksonville 10-3 in the fourth quarter for their first win at Lambeau Field since September 30th.  Despite the injuries, head coach Mike McCarthy felt going in that his team was ready to play…

The Packers were not sharp and their home crowd also seemed to be unusually subdued.  Linebacker Clay Matthews thought that the team was flat and that Lambeau Field had no electricity…

The Packers were outgained by the Jaguars, 341 yards to 238.  Quarterback Aaron Rodgers completed 22 of 35 passes for 186 yards and two touchdowns.  Rodgers said that the Packers struggled to find a rhythm offensively…

Rodgers hit receiver Donald Driver with a four yard touchdown pass early in the fourth quarter.  It was Driver’s 200th career game in a Packers uniform, joining former quarterback Brett Favre as the only two players to hit the milestone in franchise history.  Driver was happy to be able to contribute with both Greg Jennings and Jordy Nelson out with injuries…

It was known early in the week that Jennings would miss the game, but the decision to sit Nelson was not made until Sunday.  Tightend Jermichael Finley was asked if the absence of the Packers two starting receivers hurt the offense…

While it was not the way the Packers thought they were going to win, linebacker A.J. Hawk said the most important fact was that they got a victory…

Next up for the Packers is a home game with the Arizona Cardinals.  Kickoff at Lambeau Field is at Noon Sunday.

The Packers are now 3-2 all-time against the Jaguars.

The Packers have won 22 of their last 26 regular-season games, which is the best record in the NFL during that stretch.

The Packers have won 16 of their last 17 regular-season games at Lambeau Field.

Davon House’s blocked punt in the first quarter was the Packers first since 2003.  The blocked punt was recovered in the endzone for a touchdown by linebacker Dezman Moses…

Moses touchdown off a blocked punt was the first for the Packers since 1990.


NFC North Scoreboard:
Minnesota (5-3) lost to Tampa Bay, 36-17 (Thursday)
Chicago (6-1) rallied past Carolina, 23-22
Detroit (3-4) beat Seattle, 28-24

Posted in Uncategorized |

Comments are closed.