Packers beat Tampa Bay in overtime

The Green Bay Packers snapped their two-game losing skid Sunday with a 26-20 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Lambeau Field.

The win pushes the Packers to 6-6 on the season and keeps their playoff hopes alive for the time being.

Green Bay led 17-10 at the half, but gave up 10 straight points in the second half before rallying to tie the game on a 22-yard field goal by kicker Mason Crosby with 2:01 remaining in regulation. The Packers then forced Tampa Bay to punt before going three-and-out at the end of regulation.

The Packers won the coin toss to start overtime and received the ball. They proceeded to go on a 72-yard touchdown drive, culminating on a 20-yard touchdown run from running back Aaron Jones on his only carry of the day.

Quarterback Brett Hundley threw for only 84 yards on the day, the fewest in a Packers win since the 1994 season. Green Bay did rush for 199 yards on 29 carries. Hundley had 66 yards on the ground, Jones had 20, and rookie Jamaal Williams had 113 yards.

Green Bay’s defense was able to reach Tampa Bay quarterback Jameis Winston seven times on the day, one sack shy of the team record for a single game.

The Packers return to action next weekend in Cleveland against the Browns.

Packers lose heartbreaker to Steelers 31-28

PITTSBURGH — The Green Bay Packers lost their second consecutive game on Sunday night. They fell to the Pittsburgh Steelers 31-28 at Heinz Field.

The Packers were able to tie the game with 2:02 remaining on a Jamaal Williams four-yard touchdown run, but the Steelers were able to go down the field and Chris Boswell kicked a career-high 53-yard field goal as time expired to win the game.

Green Bay did see an improvement out of quarterback Brett Hundley. He went 17-of-26 through the air for 245 yards and three touchdowns. Hundley’s performance against Pittsburgh was his best since he took over as the starting quarterback when Aaron Rodgers was placed on injured reserve with a broken collarbone.

Defensively the Packers struggled to stop the Pittsburgh offense. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw for 351 yards and four touchdowns on the night, although he was intercepted twice. Wide receiver Antonio Brown had 169 yards receiving and two touchdowns on ten catches. Running back Le’Veon Bell had 95 yards rushing on 20 carries as well as 12 catches and 88 yards receiving.

The loss drops the Packers to 5-6 on the season. They return home to take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.

Ravens 23, Packers 0; Quick hits

GREEN BAY – The Green Bay Packers fell to 5-5 on the season with a 23-0 loss at home to the Baltimore Ravens Sunday afternoon at Lambeau Field. This was the first time in 11 years that the Packers have been shut out. The last came on November 19, 2006 against the New England Patriots.

Baltimore took advantage of Green Bay’s carelessness with the ball throughout the afternoon, forcing five turnovers. They also were able to get to Packers’ quarterback Brett Hundley six times on the day.

Here are 14 quick hits for the 14 first downs picked up by the Baltimore Ravens Sunday afternoon:

1. The Packers let Hundley throw the ball early. On the first play of the game he opened up with a 17-yard completion to Jordy Nelson. Two plays later he hit Davante Adams down the right sideline for a gain of 33 yards setting on a first and goal situation. After a handoff and an offside penalty against Baltimore, Hundley took to the air from the five-yard-line. The result was not what Green Bay wanted. Baltimore’s Jimmy Smith came up with the ball in the end zone with the interception.

2. The second drive for the Packers offense was much of the same. Hundley looked comfortable in the pocket, but was a half second too late in his decision making. He nearly threw an interception on a pass intended for Nelson, then did throw one two plays later to Eric Weddle of the Ravens.

3. While the Packers defense was stout early on, holding the Ravens to just three points off the first two turnovers, the offense couldn’t get out of its own way. On the third possession of the game, running back Devante Mays took a pitch to the left side for his first carry in the NFL. He fumbled the ball and was credited with a loss of four yards on the play. His second career carry came in the fourth quarter right before the two-minute warning. He fumbled on that play as well, luckily that one was recovered

4. The defense stood up again, moving Baltimore backwards on that drive. The Packer defense has certainly been suspect at times, but only allowing three points off three turnovers is no small feat for any defense.

5. In total, they only allowed six points in a first half that was poorly played by both offenses. That was certainly a positive for the Green Bay defense and gave them hope as they went to the locker room. The points from Baltimore came on field goals of 32 and 39 yards to book end the second quarter.

6. As the second half opened, the Ravens offense found a spark, driving down the field for the game’s first touchdown on a 21-yard Mike Wallace touchdown grab. Green Bay’s defense was out of sorts and the drive only took four plays to cover 56 yards.

7. Heading into today, the Packers had scored in every game they’ve played for the past 11 years. The last time they failed to score was November 19, 2006 when the New England Patriots came to town.

8. That day Brett Favre left the game with an injury and Aaron Rodgers was forced to fill in for him. Neither were successful as the Patriots dominated the Packers. Sunday the Ravens weren’t as good as that New England team, but the result was nearly the same.

9. As bad as the Packers looked against the Ravens, they actually were able to outgain them on the day. Green Bay finished with 265 yards of total offense compared to only 219 for the Ravens. Part of that can be contributed to Baltimore playing with a short field several times on the day. Only once did Baltimore have to go more than 50 yards to put points on the board.

10. Their longest drive of the game was the four-play, 59-yard touchdown drive that opened up the second half and gave them control of the game. Their other scoring drives were 47 yards, nine yards, 24 yards, and three yards.

11. There were times when the offense looked formidable with Hundley at the helm, but they couldn’t get enough momentum to actually put points on the board. The first drive was promising before it ended in the interception, and Hundley did look comfortable in the pocket at times, however there were other times in which he looked lost.

12. He finished the day with 239 yards passing, but was responsible for four of the offense’s five turnovers. Three of those were via interception, and the third was a fumble caused by Baltimore’s Terrell Suggs on a play in which Hundley showed little pocket presence.

13. The lone bright spot on offense may have been the connection between Hundley and Adams. Adams had eight grabs for 126 yards on the day. Other than that, there wasn’t much for fans to be happy or encouraged about. Obviously, things are much different when Rodgers is in the lineup, but by time he can return, it will likely be too little, too late.

14. Green Bay is in action again next Sunday in Pittsburgh. The Steelers are currently 8-2, and in first place in the AFC North.

Packers donate to JJ Watt’s Houston flood relief fund

The Green Bay Packers have announced that they will be donating to J.J. Watt’s Houston flood relief fund.

The team will be donating $100,000 to the organization to aid the city of Houston after the effects of Hurricane Harvey.

Other professional sports teams and athletes have donated to Watt’s relief fund. Some notable organizations that have donated are the Houston Rockets, Houston Astros, Atlanta Falcons, the NBA and its players association, and MLB and its players association.

A few of the notable athletes and celebrities that have donated are Chris Paul, Matt Carpenter, and Ellen DeGeneres.

Watt started with the goal of one million dollars, but in less than a week, his foundation has raised over 10 million and counting for the Houston flood relief.

Report: Packers sign Ahmad Brooks

The Green Bay Packers have signed outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks.

According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the veteran, who was cut by the San Francisco 49ers earlier this month, agreed to a 1-year deal worth up to $5 million.

The 33-year-old Brooks should bring more veteran experience to a thin linebacking corps. Starters Clay Matthews and Nick Perry, along with backup Jayrone Elliott, are dealing with minor injuries, while fourth-round pick Vince Biegel appears likely to start the season on the physically unable to perform list.

When asked about Brooks on Tuesday, linebackers coach Winston Moss clearly wanted him in the mix.

“Tough [and] physically imposing. A (pass) rusher. Can play really well against the run. Can play stout versus a tight end. He can do everything that we’d ask him to do in our scheme,” Moss said.

Brooks will be entering his 11th season in the NFL. He played two years with the Cincinnati Bengals and the last eight with the 49ers.

The University of Virginia product hasn’t missed more than three games or had less than five sacks in the last eight seasons. He was also voted All-Pro at OLB in 2012 and 2013 while in San Francisco.

Report: House and Lowry back at practice

According to a report by Green Bay Packers beat writer Rob Demovsky, both Davon House and Dean Lowry were back at practice Tuesday participating in drills.

House has been held out of practice for weeks due to a lingering hamstring injury. The Packers didn’t want to push House back into action too early with the regular season looming.

House is expect to help sure up the Packers secondary this season after signing him to a one-year contract. House spent the last two seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Lowry went down with a knee injury about a week ago at practice. At first, the Packers thought it could be a serious knee injury, but he ended up avoiding anything too serious.

The second year player out of Northwestern  was expected to have more of a role this season on the Packers defensive line.

The Packers will play it safe with both House and Lowry for the rest of practice and preseason games in hopes to get them back 100% healthy for the start of the regular season.

Packers get key players back, others still remain out

The Green Bay Packers didn’t start their practice yesterday till the afternoon, but saw lots of names return to the practice field.

Damarious Randall and Malachi Dupre both returned to the field yesterday, after both suffered concussions on questionable hits in the first preseason game against the Eagles.

Ty Montgomery also was back at practice after suffering a lower body soft tissue injury. He was listed as a limited participant. Montgomery hopes to get some playing time this Saturday against the Denver Broncos.

The Packers also got Wide receiver Colby Pearson and Tight end Cody Peck back at practice.

Jayrone Elliott was the lone Packer to come down with an injury in yesterday’s practice. The Packers were depending on the fourth year player out of Toledo to have more of an impact at outside linebacker this season.

Players still being held out of practice were Davon House (hamstring), Jermaine Whitehead (hip), Demetri Goodson (knee), William Stanback (hamstring), Derrick Mathews (concussion), Jordan Tripp (Concussion), and Don Barclay (Ankle).

Dean Lowry, Vince Biegel, and Montravius Adams were also out of practice and are all likely to miss the rest of training camp and potentially the season opener.

Biegel to miss more time

According to a report by Packers beat writer Rob Demovsky, Packers linebacker Vince Biegel will not be practicing this week or playing this weekend against the Denver Broncos.

Biegel hasn’t been able to play in any preseason games or participate in a practice since having surgery on his foot during rookie minicamp.

Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said if he’s able to practice at all before the regular season, it wouldn’t be until the last week of preseason work.

If he is unable to practice before the start of the regular season he would be PUP list eligible. If he starts the season on the PUP list he won’t be able to play until after week six.

Badgers and Packers fans will have to continue to wait to get their first look at Biegel this season.

Report: Lowry’s knee injury not as bad as first thought

Green Bay Packers defensive end Dean Lowry went down with a knee injury in Saturday’s preseason game against the Washington Redskins. The Packers initially believed that this could be a major knee injury.

A report from Packers beat writer Rob Demovsky cited that Lowry avoided a serious knee injury. His test results showed that there was no major damage to his knee and that the injury should be considered short-term.

Lowry, a second year player out of Northwestern, was a fourth round pick by the Packers last season. The Packers were expecting big things from Lowry this season after showing flashes last season as a rookie.

The team enters this season with a bit of a lack of depth on the defensive line, and will be relying on young unproven players.

Lowry appeared in 15 games for the Packers and finished with two sacks in limited snaps last season.

Josh Jones carted off the practice field, Packers not concerned

According to a report by Green Bay Packers beat writer Rob Demovsky, Josh Jones limped off the practice field Tuesday. It appeared that Jones turned his right ankle on the play and was in pain.

Packers coach Mike McCarthy said that Jones didn’t turn his ankle, but rather had his foot stepped on during yesterday’s practice.

He made it to the cart where he sat and had a large ice pack on his ankle. He stayed at practice long enough to ice his ankle, but ended up leaving practice on a cart shortly there after.

The Packers coaches don’t seem too worried about Josh Jones or his injured ankle. Most likely Jones has a minor ankle sprain. Hopefully the team can stay healthy until their next preseason game on Saturday against the Washington Redskins.