Packers vs. Vikings- getting revenge

Lucy Rendler-Kaplan
Official Reporter Green Bay Packers

By Lucy Rendler-Kaplan // @lucyrk78

 

I hate to call this a revenge game. But….

This is a big game. And I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t scared to death to watch it. The Minnesota Vikings are a VERY good team. I actually think the Vikings are a better overall team, although the Packers have the better quarterback.

And no one is forgetting that they broke quarterback Aaron Rodgers last year.

Will they be subtly trying to injure him again? I hate to think that, but I just can’t help it. They know that they can stop the Packers from sweeping the division. To top it all off, Rodgers isn’t fully healthy.  Which the Packers absolutely need when facing a team of Minnesota’s caliber.

The Packers hold a 59-52-2 edge in this rivalry although the Vikings have won three of the last four meetings including a sweep of both games in 2017.

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Los Angeles Rams begin season with a victory over the Oakland Raiders

Lucy Rendler-Kaplan
Official Reporter LA Rams

By Lucy Rendler-Kaplan // @lucyrk78

Los Angeles Rams 33 – Oakland Raiders 13

 

The Los Angeles Rams came out of Week 1 with a win over the Oakland Raiders. Even though going into this matchup the Rams were the superior team, questions still remained as to how the team would gel after most of the starters were sidelined throughout the preseason.

This game was a bit of “A Tale of Two Halves.” The first half had the Rams looking a bit rusty, but adjustments were made at halftime. The Raiders were simply outplayed and outscored the entire time as the Rams garnered 23 unanswered points.

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Aaron Rodgers leads thrilling comeback win over the Chicago Bears

Lucy Rendler-Kaplan
Official Reporter Green Bay Packers

By Lucy Rendler-Kaplan //@LucyRK78

Green Bay Packers 24 – Chicago Bears 23

 

I am definitely feeling the effects today from the lack of oxygen I experienced when I stopped breathing last night during the Chicago Bears vs Green Bay Packers game. When quarterback Aaron Rodgers went down with a knee injury in the first half, the only words I could muster were, “You have to be joking.”

It looked like the Packers’ season was over just as it was beginning. There are injuries, and then there are “the cart is coming out” injuries. Only a handful of players have ever left the game on the injury cart to return. And none have launched a comeback like Rodgers did in Green Bay’s season opener.

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Bears at Packers: what to watch

Lucy Rendler-Kaplan
Official Reporter Green Bay Packers

By Lucy Rendler-Kaplan // @luckyrk78

The Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears meet for the 197th time Sunday night, more than any two teams in NFL history. I’m always surprised at how close these two teams are – the Packers lead this rivalry 96-94-6.

It’s going to be an incredibly exciting game, no matter which team you root for. (#GoPackGo) Quarterback Aaron Rodgers is finally back and healthy, and for Bears fans, having linebacker Khalil Mack on the team is the equivalent of Christmas in September.

Here is just a bit of what to watch Sunday night:

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Green Bay Packers close out the preseason in Kansas City

Lucy Rendler-Kaplan
Official Reporter Green Bay Packers

By Lucy Rendler-Kaplan // @lucyrk78

It’s been quite the week for Packers fans! Green Bay traded back up quarterback Brett Hundley to Seattle on Wednesday, meaning DeShone Kizer will be the No. 2 quarterback this season. In the trade, the Packers received a sixth-round draft pick for 2019.

If you’ve been reading my articles the past few seasons, you know how happy this makes me! I have never had much confidence in Hundley. His lack of consistency has always frustrated me. Perhaps he can perform better for the Seahawks. 

Packers fans hoped he’d learn from QB Aaron Rodgers, but maybe he will work more effectively under QB Russell Wilson. They are a bit more similar in their game-play. Though Kizer went 0-15 last season as a starter in Cleveland, I’ve always wanted him to win the No. 2 QB job in Green Bay. I feel like once Kizer was added, the writing was on the wall for Hundley.

Did you find this trade surprising?

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Takeaways from LA Rams victory over Houston Texans

Lucy Rendler-Kaplan
Official Reporter LA Rams

By Lucy Rendler-Kaplan // @LUCYrk78 

LA Rams 21 – Houston Texans 20

People have such polarizing views on preseason. Some love to finally see their favorite players play after months of waiting, while others are happy to watch them sit and avoid injuries. Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay falls into that second camp.

When the Rams face the Oakland Raiders September 10th, most of the offensive line will not have taken a single snap together in the preseason. Too extreme of a choice by McVay? Only time will tell.

Personally, I like to see starters sit. I also like that by sitting the offensive starters all preseason, it shows that McVay has high confidence in his offense.

He did, however, choose to play defensive starters, and we got to watch corners Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib, and defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh take the field. It was a strong defense that helped carry the LA Rams to a 21-20 victory over the Texans.

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Green Bay Packers: Three Takeaways from their 51-34 win over Pittsburgh Steelers

Official Reporter Green Bay Packers

By Lucy Rendler-Kaplan//@LUCYrk78

It’s always nice to end the home preseason games 2-0. What’s even nicer? Watching quarterback Aaron Rodgers return to Lambeau Field for the first time in almost a year. And because he’s Rodgers, it only took him one play to connect with tight end Jimmy Graham for an 8-yard score.

“Happy to get in, be productive and get out,” Rodgers said post-game. This may be the only time we’ll see Rodgers during the preseason and I’m more than OK with that. A healthy Aaron Rodgers is one of the biggest threats to opposing teams.

What else did we learn in Thursday’s game? Let’s take a look:

  • Green Bay might have a solid cornerback for the first time in a while this season. The Packers’ pass defense has been hurting, but with two offseason pickups, they may have a better chance this year. On Thursday, both free-agent addition defensive back Tramon Williams and rookie cornerback Josh Jackson returned interceptions for touchdowns.

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Oakland Raiders vs LA Rams: What To Watch

Official Reporter, LA Rams

By Lucy Rendler-Kaplan//@lucyRK78

The Los Angeles Rams’ preseason opener was a game we’d all like to forget. This couldn’t be truer for quarterback Sean Mannion. This is a major concern for the Rams (and all of us Rams fans!)

It’s hard to find anything positive about Mannion’s game. He only had a single interception, completed just 3 of 13 passes for 16 yards AND fumbled when linebacker Terrell Suggs stripped the ball from him.

Prior to this first preseason game, Mannion was pretty much a lock at the backup quarterback spot, but has that changed? If head coach Sean McVay isn’t set on Mannion, who would be the next option? QB Colin Kaepernick’s name has been thrown around, and we all know I’m the first in line to sign him, but that doesn’t look like an option, currently. My next pick would be Josh McCown if he doesn’t get the starting job in New York. Robert Griffin III is also a name that keeps coming up, but I’m going to hope this doesn’t happen.

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Green Bay Packers vs Pittsburgh Steelers: What to Watch

Contributor, Green Bay Packers

By Lucy Rendler-Kaplan // @LUCYrk78

Look. Don’t get me wrong. I LOVE the Packers. I LOVE watching the Packers. I’d been counting down the days till I could watch them again.

But.

I hate preseason. It just makes me too nervous. There’s too much on the line with starters playing. And now, with quarterback Aaron Rodgers playing Thursday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers, I’ll spend the next 24 hours praying to the football gods for no injuries.

It IS going to be an exciting game. Green Bay hasn’t hosted Pittsburgh during the preseason since 1996 (Packers won, natch). In fact, these two teams don’t play each other very often at all. Thursday night will only the fourth meeting between these two teams since 2013. Green Bay is 14-10-1 in the preseason against Pittsburgh.

With Rodgers playing, even for a few series, that means we won’t get to evaluate the three guys competing for his back-up as much. If you’ve followed my recaps, you know I’m not a huge Brett Hundley fan, so I’m going to keep my eye on DeShone Kizer Thursday night. Aaron Rodgers owns the pocket, and I’d love to see Kizer become a bit more comfortable playing in there.

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Green Bay Packers: News & Views

Contributor, Green Bay Packers

By Lucy Rendler-Kaplan // @LUCYrk78

2017 was a disappointing season in Green Bay. When Aaron Rodgers went down with a broken collarbone in Week 6, the situation was made even worse by it happening against our biggest rivals, the Minnesota Vikings.

It would have seemed that Rodgers going down was an opportunity for Brett Hundley to step up. Though we hadn’t seen much out of Hundley (players second to Rodgers rarely will, except in the case of extreme emergency), we’d heard great things.

However, there was nothing exciting or hopeful for the Packers’ season once Hundley took the field. In the 10 games that Hundley started and played in, the team made only 21 red zone trips, Rodgers made those same 21 trips in only six games. Of those 21 red zone trips, “the team was able to move the ball inside the 10-yard line only 42.8 percent of the time,” according to Fansided.

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