Packers 24, Panthers 16: 2-minute drill

GREEN BAY — Christian McCaffrey was stopped short of the goal line on the final play of the game to give Green Bay a 24-16 win over Carolina on Sunday night at Lambeau Field.

Game Balls

Offense: Aaron Jones

The Packers dynamic running back was fantastic once again on Sunday. He touched the ball just 13 times but scored three times and finished with 93 yards on the ground. The Panthers run defense was suspect, but even when they had multiple players around Jones, they failed to get him on the ground.

Defense: Preston Smith

One of Green Bay’s free agent additions, Smith spent much of the afternoon in the Carolina backfield. The outside linebacker finished with two sacks and four quarterback hits. He also was the one that was hanging on for dear life to keep McCaffrey out of the end zone on the final play of the game. Smith now has 10 sacks on the year.

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In Case You Missed It

— Several skydivers parachuted into Lambeau Field during halftime. Not all stuck the landing

— Instead of kicking a field goal to go up 17-10 at the half, the Packers went for it at the 1-yard line. They did not get it.

— It snowed

Inside the Numbers

14 — That’s how many touchdown Aaron Jones has this year. It’s just five shy of the single-season touchdown record set by Jim Taylor in 1962.

7-0 — That’s the Packers record when causing a turnover. Green Bay had two on Sunday.

8-2 — That’s the Packers record. It’s their best 10-game start to a season since 2011

What’s Next

Green Bay ( ) will be on its bye next weekend. The Packers will return the following week at San Francisco.

Packers winning streak over with 26-11 setback in LA

The Green Bay Packers saw their four-game winning streak come to a sudden halt Sunday in an ugly 26-11 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers.

Playing on the road but in a stadium filled with their own fans, the Packers were dominated from almost whistle to whistle.

The defense gave up 442 yards of offense to a team with a new offensive coordinator and were on the field for a season-high 35 minutes and 31 seconds. The Chargers rushed for 159 yards after having 142 yards in their last four games combined. That included a season-best 80 yards and two touchdowns for former Wisconsin star Melvin Gordon.

But as bad as they were on defense, the offense was even worse. Green Bay managed just 184 yards against a stout Los Angeles defense and couldn’t get out of its own way. In the first half, the offense was called for five penalties, four of them mental errors.

The penalties led to an abandoning of the run game. The Packers ran it just 11 times, tied for the fewest in a single-game in at least the last 16 years. After throwing for nearly 800 yards the last two weeks, quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the passing game regressed. He threw for just 161 yards and one touchdown. Seven of his 23 completions went to Davante Adams, who returned after missing the last month. Adams was only able to turn that into 41 yards. That was in large part due to the Chargers ability to pressure Rodgers with just four guys, allowing the other seven defenders to focus on coverage.

Green Bay fell to 7-2 on the year, though the Packers maintained their 1-game lead in the NFC North as the rest of the division also lost on Sunday.

The Packers will now head home to face Carolina on Sunday.

Packers activate TE Jace Sternberger from IR

Green Bay is getting back one member of its rookie class.

The Packers announced Saturday they had activated tight end Jace Sternberger off of injured reserve. Sternberger had been practicing for the last few weeks and Green Bay had until Tuesday to activate him.

A third-round pick in April’s NFL Draft, Sternberger first year in Green Bay got put on hold thanks to an ankle injury against Kansas City in the final preseason game.

Sternberger burst onto the scene last year with Texas A&M. He finished first in the country in touchdowns by a tight end (10) and had the second-most receiving yards (832) of anyone at the position.

Despite all the missed time, coach Matt LaFleur said Friday they’d feel confident playing Sternberger against the Chargers in Los Angeles on Sunday.

Packers LB Za’Darius Smith cited for speeding, having marijuana in his car

Green Bay’s defensive leader on the field is dealing with law enforcement off of it.

As first reported by PackersNews.com, outside linebacker Za’Darius Smith was cited in Racine County in September for speeding and possession of marijuana or synthetic marijuana. Both citations are non-criminal.

Records show Smith was pulled over Sept. 29 for going 21 miles per hour over the speed limit. According to PackersNews.com, teammates Rashan Gary and Kingsley Keke were in the car with him. When a deputy approached the car, he smelled marijuana in the vehicle. All three men were handcuffed and interviewed separately.

Smith admitted to smoking marijuana at an apartment in Chicago before they left to return to Green Bay. Though no marijuana was found on the players, deputies eventually found three blunts in a bag in the back of the vehicle. Smith told authorities they were his. After issuing the two citations to Smith, the trio were allowed to leave.

Smith’s court date is set for Nov. 7, though he is not required to appear.

The team told PackersNews.com that they are aware of the situation but would not comment further as it remains a legal matter.

Smith could face discipline under the NFL’s substance-abuse policy.

Green Bay is off to a 7-1 start, its best since 2011. Smith has played a major role in his first year with the Packers, leading the team with eight sacks and serving as the permanent defensive captain.

Packers to list Davante Adams as questionable this week

Despite video showing him leaping over a member of the coaching staff during practice, the Packers have officially listed wide receiver Davante Adams as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Chargers.

“I think everybody will know about 90 minutes before kickoff,” coach Matt LaFleur said Friday with a smile. “In all seriousness, he has made progress. Again, we’re going to take it day-to-day with him, so we’ll see.”

Adams has missed the last four games with a toe injury. If he does play, LaFleur says they won’t put too much on him in his first game back in more than a month.

“Certainly, we’re always mindful of a guy that’s been out for a while when you bring them back in terms of you just don’t want to overload them,” LaFleur said. “But, typically, those discussions take place during the game in terms of how (they’re) feeling. You kind of work it out from there.”

The video of Adams jumping over the assistant went viral on Twitter. It gave everyone the impression that Adams is feeling like himself again after what has been a tough month for the team’s No. 1 wide receiver.

“When you’re actually taking reps in practice it probably gave him a little bit more juice,” LaFleur said. “When you have something that’s taken away from you, you might appreciate it a little bit more when you are out there.”

Friday marked the second straight day that all 52 players on the Packers roster practiced at least on a limited basis.

Jets’ Le’Veon Bell says Packers were among teams showing interest in trading for him

The NFL trading deadline came and went earlier this week without the Green Bay Packers making any moves. But that doesn’t mean the team wasn’t searching.

According to New York Jets running back Le’Veon Bell, the Packers were among several teams showing interest in acquiring him.

“There was a lot of trade speculations and rumors about me getting traded from the Jets to other teams,” Bell said this week on the Uninterrupted’s 17 Weeks podcast. “And they were actually true.

“I found out from my agent (that) he had talked to the Jets and things like that. But there were teams like Houston, the Packers, the Kansas City Chiefs, and surprisingly the Steelers, were all in the mix of trying to trade for me.”

Packers’ general manager Brian Gutekunst has said on multiple occasions that they are always trying to improve their roster and would explore every available option to do so. Still, it seems unlikely Green Bay was truly interested, especially considering the compensation they’d have to give up.

That would make little sense for the club. Not after seeing Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams light it up in the month of October. So despite Bell’s immense talent, Gutekunst apparently wasn’t desperate to add talent at the position.

Packers HOF to induct Charles Woodson and Al Harris

The Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame will induct one of the best cornerback tandems in team history next April.

It was announced Thursday morning that former Packers Charles Woodson and Al Harris would make up the Class of 2020 and be enshrined at the 50th Hall of Fame Induction Banquet.

Woodson will go down as the second-best free agent acquisition in team history, trailing only Reggie White. Some thought the former Heisman Trophy winner’s career was over when Oakland did not resign him after the 2005 season. Only the Packers and Tampa Bay pursued him prior to the 2006 season. Green Bay won that race, and though things got off to a rocky start, he eventually settled in and became the leader of the defense. His efforts earned him 2009 NFL Defensive Player of the Year honors, and he played a major role in the Packers title run in 2010.

The Michigan star always told it like it was, and he delivered a line after the NFC Championship Game in Chicago that will live in Packers lore for all time.

Harris came to Green Bay in 2003 in a trade with Philadelphia. He’d go on to start every game the next five years and then 22 games over his final two years with the team. He earned Pro Bowl honors twice, but is likely to be remembered most for his heroics in the 2003 playoffs against Seattle.

After Seahawks’ quarterback Matt Hasselbeck famously said, “we want the ball and we’re going to score,” at the beginning of overtime, Harris proved him wrong. He stepped in front of a Hasselbeck pass and returned it for the game-winning touchdown.

The enshrinement banquet will be held April 8.

Packers’ Aaron Jones earns honor for big game at Kansas City

For the third time in four weeks the Green Bay Packers have the NFC Offensive Player of the Week.

The NFL announced Wednesday that running back Aaron Jones had won the award for his efforts against Kansas City in Week 8. The third-year back had 226 total yards, including 159 yards receiving in the 31-24 win over the Chiefs.

It’s the second time Jones won the award this season. It comes a week after quarterback Aaron Rodgers pulled in the honor.

Jones’ performance on Sunday night was historic. His receiving yards were the most by a running back in franchise history since 1942, while his total yards were the fourth-most in team history.

The UTEP product is now on pace for 932 yards rushing, 710 yards receiving and a total of 22 touchdowns.

Jones’ efforts have helped the Packers to a 7-1 record. They’ll head to Los Angeles on Sunday to face the Chargers.

Packers off to their best start since 2011 with 31-24 win at Kansas City

Green Bay is 7-1 and off to its best start since 2011.

The Packers got three touchdown throws from quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the defense held firm in the second half to propel them to a 31-24 win over Kansas City on Sunday night.

The star of the night was running back Aaron Jones. The third-year back accounted for 220 yards, including 159 yards receiving. He scored Green Bay’s first touchdown on a 4-yard pass and the club’s final one on a 67-yard run and catch midway through the fourth quarter.

Jones is just the 10th running back with at least 150 yards receiving since 2010.

“He’s an explosive weapon,” coach Matt LaFleur said. “He’s dynamic as a runner, as a receiver and as a pass protector. I think he’s a complete back.”

The game wasn’t decided until the two-minute warning. Facing a third-and-5, and with Kansas City out of timeouts, the Packers were aggressive, letting Rodgers throw the ball. It paid off as he found Jones for an 8-yard gain.

“I loved it. It’s close out,” Rodgers said of the decision to pass. “They were out of timeouts and it was time to win the game.”

Green Bay jumped out to an early 14-0 first-quarter lead and it looked like the Chiefs, without reigning NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes, would be no match for the Packers. But backup Matt Moore rallied and Kansas City scored 17 unanswered points to take a 17-14 lead.

In the second half, though, the Packers defense stepped up. They forced a punt on the first possession, got a turnover on the second and then forced another punt on the fourth possession. It would be the last time the Chiefs touched the ball.

“That’s like an all-star team over there when you look at their skill players,” LaFleur said of the Chiefs. “They are going to get their plays and they did. I thought our defense did a great job of adjusting in the second half to try to limit those (big) plays or keep them at a minimum.”

Helping matters was the Packers offense. They scored on their first three possessions of the second half before running out the clock on their fourth. Among the touchdowns was a remarkable throw from Rodgers just as he was getting hit to running back Jamaal Williams in the back of the end zone.

“I sure did,” LaFleur said when asked if he thought Rodgers was throwing the ball away. “That was one of the best — if not the best — pass I’ve ever seen live in person. That was incredible. I couldn’t believe it.”

Rodgers admitted that he threw the ball hoping Jimmy Graham would go up and get it, though he did see a guy behind the tight end.

“Luckily the guy behind him got it,” Rodgers said with a smile.

For Rodgers, it was another big night. He ended up throwing for 305 yards and has now thrown for 734 yards and eight touchdowns over his last two games.

The win leaves the Packers at the top of NFC North, one game ahead of Minnesota. They’ll be on the road once again next week as they travel to Los Angeles to take on the Chargers.

Injury update: Packers list Davante Adams as doubtful for Sunday’s game

Green Bay could have Davante Adams on Sunday night against Kansas City but it’s unlikely.

The Packers listed the wide receiver as doubtful on the injury report released Friday. Coach Matt LaFleur said if Adams isn’t ready, he won’t go.

“We’re never going to put a guy at further risk,” LaFleur said. “If the doctors are saying no, there’s a reason they’re saying no. Sometimes you have to protect these guys from themselves because they are competitors by nature. I’d say the majority, if not everyone of these guys, wants to be out there, but sometimes you have to make decisions that are in the best interest long term.”

Other than Adams, the Packers are in OK shape injury wise at this point in the season. Safety Darnell Savage practiced all week and is listed as questionable with an ankle injury.

Center Corey Linsley missed practice on Thursday but was a limited participant on Friday. He is also listed as questionable.

The team lists tight end Robert Tonyan as doubtful with a hip injury. He’s missed the last two weeks.

On the other side, the Chiefs are really hurting. Coach Andy Reid ruled out reigning NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes. He dislocated his kneecap last Thursday, but did practice some this week. Backup Matt Moore will get the start, his first since 2017 with the Miami Dolphins.

Kansas City will also be without starting left tackle Eric Fisher, defensive end Frank Clark, nose tackle Chris Jones and cornerback Kendall Fuller.