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|Posted: Fri Dec 15, 2017 7:40 am Post subject: Big plays spark offense's fast start against Steelers
|The big plays the Packers were missing a week ago against Baltimore were in full effect from the opening whistle Sunday at Heinz Field.
Quarterback Brett Hundley used his full array of offensive weapons to its fullest in the most explosive showing Green Bay’s offense has put together since Aaron Rodgers went down with a broken collarbone last month in Minnesota.
It was nearly enough to topple the Pittsburgh Steelers on their home turf at Heinz Field.
Davante Adams (55 yards), Randall Cobb (39 yards) and Jamaal Williams (54 yards) each were on the receiving end of lengthy touchdown throws from Hundley, who fashioned a 134.3 passer rating without a turnover.
While Green Bay ultimately fell 31-28 on the heels of Chris Boswell’s game-winning 53-yard field goal as time expired, the Packers’ offense showed the cohesiveness they’d been hinting at prior to last Sunday’s 23-0 loss to the Ravens at Lambeau Field.,womens Rayshawn Jenkins Jersey,
“Being a competitor, you know, it’s going to hurt, you’re going to feel it a little bit,” said Adams, especially when it’s this type of loss, finish strong.”, who led the Packers with five catches for 82 yards. “It was a close game,Authentic Mike Williams Jersey it came down to the wire and it hurts when you don’t finish it off. But I think this team can rally together and
59-yard drive.,For the fifth straight weekAuthentic Forrest Lamp Jerseythe Packers moved the ball on their opening series prior to a Pittsburgh blown coverage opening up the sideline for Cobb’s second touchdown reception of the season, capping a 12-play
Green Bay turned the early momentum into another touchdown-producing series on its second possession when center Corey Linsley helped spring Williams for a 54-yard touchdown off a screen pass to give the Packers a 14-6 lead.Authentic Dan Feeney Jersey,
Without Aaron Jones (knee) and Ty Montgomery (ribs) for the second straight game,Williams again handled a bulk of the backfield responsibilities in producing 135 total yards (66 rushing,Authentic Cooper Kupp Jersey, 69 receiving) and two touchdowns on 25 touches.
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The Packers again started fast on their first possession of the second half with Hundley finding Adams open down the sideline for the 55-yard touchdown,womens Cooper Kupp Jersey,Hundley’s longest pass of the season.
77-yard series,Green Bay’s defense earned two of its three takeaways in the second half, but the offense wasn’t able to convert either into points. However, the Packers did have a resurgence midway through the fourth quarter when Hundley engineered a 12-play, culminating in Williams’ 4-yard touchdown run to tie the game at 28 with 2:02 left.'womens Samson Ebukam Jersey,
With a 25-yard pass to tight end Richard Rodgers on the first play sparking the offense, Jordy Nelson (third-and-1) and Adams (fourth-and-6) had key conversions to keep the drive going.
especially having them in the huddle to keep me going.”,“Just score – score and play our game,” said Williams of the team’s mindset. “Everybody in there like Jordy, they’re used to all that stuff. I think I did a great job of keeping cool
The Packers’ 28 points were the most any team had scored against the now 9-2 Steelers aside from Jacksonville’s 30-9 win on Oct. 8, which is the last time Pittsburgh has lost.
As it looks to keep its playoff hopes alive, Green Bay hopes to carry over those positives into next week’s home game against Tampa Bay.
there’s a lot that we got better at,“The season ain’t over,” center Corey Linsley said. “It’s not like we’re sitting here hanging our heads. It sucks, but there’s a lot we can learn from, some things we’ve still got to get better at.”womens Forrest Lamp Jersey,
Spriggs’ shot: Two weeks after being activated off injured reserve, former second-round pick Jason Spriggs made his first career start at right tackle.womens Mike Williams Jersey,
Spriggs stepped into the starting lineup last week against the Ravens when Justin McCray exited with a knee injury. While McCray practiced this week, Spriggs took a good deal of the reps at right tackle. McCray was filling in at center with Linsley limited with a back issue.Authentic Gerald Everett Jersey,
who was made aware Saturday that he was going to start. “Justin has been playing well and we’re going to ride with him, “Ever since I started practicing,>I’ve been working at right tackle knowing that’s kind of an up-in-the-air spot,womens Dan Feeney Jersey,” said Spriggs, but he was a little banged up. So I came in.”
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“I felt like he played well early in the year before he got dinged-up and went down,” Evans said. “He’s been working hard every day in practice and his number was called again today on ‘Sunday Night Football,womens Josh Reynolds Jersey and I felt like he came out and performed well.”
With Clay Matthews out with a groin injury, second-year linebacker Kyler Fackrell had two tackles in his first NFL start Sunday. Authentic Josh Reynolds Jersey,'
Almost there: Blake Martinez’s 15 tackles (12 solo) against the Steelers puts the second-year linebacker only one away from his first 100-tackle season.,Authentic Rayshawn Jenkins Jersey,'
His 99 tackles through 11 games have Martinez ranked fourth in the NFL behind Washington’s Zach Brown (110), Cleveland’s Joe Schobert (101) and Seattle’s Bobby Wagner (100).
“He deserves everything he gets,” defensive tackle Mike Daniels said. “He’s a phenomenal kid. Plays his heart out. He definitely just works and wants to be the best.womens Gerald Everett Jersey, When you have a guy like that, eventually you get out what you put in.”
Injury front:The Packers managed to leave Heinz Field no worse for wear on the injury front.Authentic Samson Ebukam Jersey Cornerbacks Kevin King (shoulder) and Damarious Randall (cramping) exited momentarily at two different points, but both returned.