COMMENTARY | Continuing a frustrating trend established in Week 1, the Washington Redskins once again put themselves in a hole they were unable to climb out from in their Week 2 38-20 loss to the Green Bay Packers.
COMMENTARY | Continuing a frustrating trend established in Week 1, the Washington Redskins once again put themselves in a hole they were unable to climb out from in their Week 2 38-20 loss to the Green Bay Packers.
(Reuters) - Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers sliced up the Washington Redskins' defense while new dad Joe Flacco led the reigning Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens to a hard-fought win against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday. Rodgers soared to a career-high 480 yards passing and four touchdowns and running back James Starks added 132 yards and a touchdown rushing as the Packers dominated the visiting Redskins 38-20, leading 31-0 at one point. "I didn't feel great before the game," Rodgers told reporters. ...
* Rodgers throws for career-high 480 yards * Chiefs surprise Cowboys to go to 2-0 * Texans outlast Titans in overtime (adds late games) Sept 15 (Reuters) - Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers sliced up the Washington Redskins' defense while new dad Joe Flacco led the reigning Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens to a hard-fought win against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday. Rodgers soared to a career-high 480 yards passing and four touchdowns and running back James Starks added 132 yards and a touchdown rushing as the Packers dominated the visiting Redskins 38-20, leading 31-0 at one point. ...
Sept 13 (The Sports Xchange) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Dashon Goldson and Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews were fined by the NFL on Friday as a result of hits over the weekend. Goldson drew a $30,000 fine for "unnecessarily striking a defenseless player in the head and neck area" during the second quarter of Sunday's 18-17 loss to the New York Jets. Goldson was penalized for committing a personal foul after hitting Jets tight end Jeff Cumberland. Matthews was fined $15,000 for his late hit against San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. ...
Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Dashon Goldson and Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews were hit with fines by the NFL on Friday as a result of hits over the weekend.
COMMENTARY | Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy has led the franchise to four straight playoff appearances, including a win in Super Bowl XLV in 2010 and two consecutive division titles the last two seasons.
Monday was a fairly quiet day in the NFL, right up until word broke that the Green Bay Packers were going to sign Vince Young to a one-year contract . Young won't start in Green Bay, if he even makes the 53-man roster, but the signing does make some sense. The Packers open the season against the San Francisco 49ers and Washington Redskins, two offenses that utilize the read-option. Young could help the defense prepare for those meetings. • Over the weekend, the Oakland Raiders announced that kicker Sebastian Janikowski and long-snapper Jon Condo had signed multi-year contract extensions. According to a source with knowledge of the contract details, here's how the Janikowski and Condo deals break down: • In terms of new money, Janikowski's extension is worth $15.1 million over four years ($3.775 million per year). Total value of his contract is $18.9 million over five seasons, with $8 million guaranteed. Signing bonus : $1.8 million Base salaries/Cap numbers : 2013 : $3.5 million (fully guaranteed) / $4.9 million 2014 : $2.7 million (fully guaranteed) / $3.06 million 2015 : $3.25 million / $3.61 million 2016 : $3.6 million / $3.96 million 2017 : $4.05 million / $4.41 million • Under his previous contract, Condo was due $1.2 million in 2013. Condo will now earn $1.55 million this season in an extension that includes $3.2 million in new money and will pay out $4.4 million over the next four seasons, with $1.7 million guaranteed. Signing bonus : $710,000 Base salaries/Cap numbers 2013 : $840,000 (fully guaranteed) / $1,125,833 2014 : $900,000 ($150,000 fully guaranteed) / $1,077,500 2015 : $950,000 / $1,127,500 2016 : $1 million / $1,177,500 • San Francisco 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis underwent surgery on his fractured right hand , ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports. Willis is not expected to miss any time in the regular season. • Injury situations continue to mount on the Denver Broncos. Right tackle Orlando Franklin injured his hip on Monday, the Denver Post reports. Joel Dreessen, the team's No. 1 tight end, will miss three-to-four weeks after undergoing knee surgery.
The NFL season is approaching and Shutdown Corner is previewing all 32 teams, counting down our power rankings with one team a day until No. 1 is unveiled on Aug. 4, when the preseason kicks off with the Hall of Fame Game in Canton. Go to our Facebook page after you read the preview for all airing of grievances; we’ll have a daily discussion there to go with each preview. In 2011, the San Francisco 49ers defied expectations by winning 13 games and advancing to the NFC championship game, which they lost, in overtime, to the eventual Super Bowl champion New York Giants. The 49ers' turnaround in Jim Harbaugh's first season was due to his conservative, mistake-free approach on offense and a Vic Fangio-coordinated defense that was impossible to run against, created turnovers and wreaked havoc on opposing quarterbacks. More of the same was expected in 2012 as the 49ers doubled down on Alex Smith, the No. 1 overall pick of the 2005 NFL draft who had overcome injuries and repeated benchings to, with the help of the 2011 lockout that wiped out that offseason, win the starting job and be the game manager Harbaugh needed him to be for the 49ers to have success in his first season on the job. The 49ers were humming along in 2012, as well, entering their Week 9 bye with a 6-2 record. In Week 10, Smith sustained a concussion in a 24-24 tie to the St. Louis Rams and he was replaced by Colin Kaepernick, a 2011 second-round pick out of Nevada. The rest is history. With Kaepernick under center, or in the Pistol formation, the 49ers became a much harder team for opposing defenses to prepare for. The 6-foot-5, 230-pound Kaepernick's threat as a runner gave the 49ers a dangerous option attack. Kaepernick himself ran for over 300 yards and three touchdowns in the final seven-plus games as the 49ers' top quarterback. In the divisional round of playoffs, Kaepernick embarrassed the Green Bay Packers with 181 rushing yards and two touchdowns in a 45-31 win. In the NFC championship against the Atlanta Falcons, Kaepernick was the focus of the defense, which allowed Frank Gore and rookie LaMichael James to combine for 124 yards and three touchdowns, including two by Gore that erased a 10-point deficit in the second half and propelled the 49ers into Super Bowl XLVII and a meeting with the John Harbaugh-coached Baltimore Ravens. The 49ers would come out on the losing of the "Harbaugh Bowl", but if it were not for Kaepernick, the score would not have been as close as it was. Trailing 28-6 early in the third quarter, Kaepernick was excellent in the second half, passing for 163 yards and a touchdown, rushing for 46 yards and a 15-yard touchdown that pulled the 49ers to within two points of the Ravens with 10 minutes to play. That would be as close as the 49ers would get as their final offensive possession would end with three straight incomplete pass attempts to Michael Crabtree and the confetti would rain down on the Ravens and the older of the Harbaugh brothers. As disappointing as the first Super Bowl loss in franchise history was, the 49ers have every reason to expect to be in position to win it all this season. They have a great young quarterback in Kaepernick. Versatile offensive weapons in Gore, James, Vernon Davis and Crabtree, if he can return from a torn Achilles. The 49ers have one of the best offensive lines in the NFL, an active defensive front featuring the best four starting linebackers in the league and Harbaugh leads an outstanding coaching staff that includes Fangio and offensive coordinator Greg Roman, both of whom could receive head coaching opportunities next offseason. It won't be easy — they will face stiff competition from the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC West — but the 49ers have every right to enter the 2013 season as the favorites to win not only the NFC West, but the entire NFC and could very well open up Levi's Stadium by unveiling a Super Bowl XLVIII champions banner.
The "Shutdown Countdown" has entered the home stretch. In addition to previewing each team, Shutdown Corner will be taking a brief look at each team's salary cap situation heading into the 2013 season and beyond. We continue the series with the Green Bay Packers. 2013 Adjusted Cap Number : $130.822 million (11th-highest in the NFL in 2013) 2013 Cap Room Remaining : $14.564 million (6th in the NFL, as of Aug. 1) Best Bargain(s) : The top three receivers on the current Packers roster are Randall Cobb, James Jones and Jordy Nelson, who combined to catch 193 passes for 2,483 yards and 29 of the team's 40 touchdown passes last season. Cobb (12th), Jones (13th) and Nelson (17th) all placed in the Top 20 in Football Outsiders' receiving DYAR (Defense-adjusted Yards Above Replacement) last season. In 2013, that trio will earn $7,066,766 combined , which is 54.4 percent of the cash that former Packers receiver Greg Jennings will take home this season from the Minnesota Vikings. Potential Camp Cap Casualty : Head coach Mike McCarthy stuck with veteran kicker Mason Crosby during his well-documented struggles during the 2012 season. The Packers brought in Giorgio Tavecchio to push him for the job during the preseason. If Tavecchio wins out, or Crosby just struggles and is replaced with a veteran free agent, the Packers would save $2.4 million in cash and cap space this season.

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