Packers roundup: A Super Bowl preview in Cincinnati?
After a high-flying performance at home last weekend, the Green Bay Packers hope to take their aerial show on the road to Cincinnati to take on the Bengals.
Bengal quarterback Andy Dalton—Badger fans might remember him as the TCU quarterback that bested UW in the Rose Bowl a few years ago—and wide receiver A.J. Green will do their best to put on their own display. And with the way the Packers opened the season playing pass defense, they have to like their chances.
For the third week in a row, Joe Buck and Troy Aikman will have the call for Fox. The game starts at noon. For more insight into the matchup, check out these articles that ran during the week in The Gazette from our friends at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
PACKERS LIVE WITH DEFENSIVE MISTAKES EARLY
GREEN BAY—If January, not September, consumes Mike McCarthy and Dom Capers, they'll need to live with plays like this.
Midway through the third quarter of Sunday's 38-20 win over the Washington Redskins, Green Bay Packers safety Chris Banjo stepped in the path of running back Alfred Morris. One undrafted player from Southern Methodist vs. one 1,600-yard rusher. Banjo dived, whiffed and a 6-yard gain swelled into a 32-yarder.
That whole “transition” period Capers talked about in the off-season? This is it. Read more ...
PACKERS, BENGALS MEET IN BATTLE OF SUPER BOWL CONTENDERS
GREEN BAY—The Green Bay Packers and Cincinnati Bengals meet Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium in what might be a preview of the 48th Super Bowl matchup in New York.
“Both teams are capable,” a veteran NFL assistant coach said Tuesday. “I just don't know if the Bengals have got a quarterback that can do that.”
With Aaron Rodgers and nine other starters in tow from a championship team three years ago, there are no such reservations about Green Bay.
Not so with Andy Dalton, a third-year player trying to lead Cincinnati to its first Super Bowl in 25 years. Read more ...
PACKERS HOPE TO LIMIT BIG PLAYS FROM GREEN, BENGALS
GREEN BAY—It's logical to think Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green is going to put up some gaudy numbers Sunday.
After all, he's facing the 30th-ranked pass defense of the Green Bay Packers.
But expecting him to put up big numbers and have his team win is a completely different matter. Read more ...
PACKERS NOTES: NO WORRIES ABOUT ROOKIE JONES
GREEN BAY—Datone Jones might be a first-round draft choice, but Mike Daniels has been the Green Bay Packers’ most effective pass-rushing defensive lineman in the first two games.
“You could make a case for that,” coach Mike McCarthy said. “He played his (expletive) off against Washington. He’s been very productive.”
Mike Trgovac, who coaches the defensive line, agreed.
“That was one of his better games,” said Trgovac. “He’s really coming on strong.” Read more ...