GREEN BAY, Wisconsin – The Green Bay Packers (3-1) face the Cincinnati Bengals (3-1) on Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium. Follow throughout the day for updates.
Bengals 7, Packers 0 (1:15 remaining)
Green Bay’s terrible red zone defense has been beaten again – scroll down for more. Joe Burrow had an easy 4-yard throw-and-catch touchdown to runner Samaje Perine against safety back Adrian Amos, who was blocked by wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase. Installed at his 49 after a poor punt from Corey Bojorquez, the Bengals converted a fourth and three points on a pass from Perine against Amos. After a 10-yard run by Joe Mixon, Burrow completed five consecutive passes for the score.
Packers 0, Bengals 0 (6:13 remaining)
Aaron Rodgers has just 2 of 7 assists and has seen plenty of rookie defensive tackle Cam Sample. On third and 10, Sample walked through rookie right guard Royce Newman. Rodgers escaped and led tight end Robert Tonyan a little too far on a deep ball. Punter Corey Bojorquez’s 31-yard rod placed Cincinnati at 49.
Packers 0, Bengals 0 (7:09 remaining)
Green Bay escaped Aaron Rodgers’ interception with a big stand. On the first try, Dean Lowry deflected Joe Burrow’s pass. Then, inside linebacker Krys Barnes, who is back after the Week 3 concussion in San Francisco, walked in unscathed in a blitz and sacked Burrow.
Packers 0, Bengals 0 (8:48 remaining)
Aaron Rodgers has made a killing on extended plays over the years. Not this time. He escaped pressure from Cam Sample to his right and took a deep shot at Davante Adams, but Chidobe Awuzie got inside Adams for the interception. His 42-yard return saw the Bengals move to 42 for the Packers.
Packers 0, Bengals 0 (9:39 remaining)
Kenny Clark continued his superb start to the season by stuffing a third and stealthy foot from quarterback Joe Burrow.
Meanwhile, how would the Packers make up for the outside linebacker with Za’Darius Smith and Chauncey Rivers on the injured reserve. Defensive lineman Kingsley Keke lines up on the edge.
Packers 0, Bengals 0 (12:08 remaining)
The Bengals won the toss and delayed, giving Green Bay their first shot with the ball. Two good runs from Aaron Jones got the ball moving, but the Bengals sniffed second-and-7 game action and didn’t let anyone open on the third try.
How to watch packers at the Bengals
TV: Fox – Kenny Albert (play-by-play), Jonathan Vilma (analyst) and Lindsay Czarniak (sideline)
Flux: You can stream the game on FuboTV. Get a 7 day free trial.
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Radio: Radio Packers Network – Wayne Larrivee, Larry McCarren. SIRIUS: 113 (GB), 83 (Cin.) | XM: 386 (GB), 225 (Cin.) | SXM App: 811 (GB), 806 (Cin.) Sports USA Radio, with Josh Appel (play-by-play) and Mark Carrier (analyst), will provide nationwide broadcast.
History of the Packers vs. Bengals
There are seven teams with a record better than .500 against Green Bay. You probably wouldn’t have guessed that the Bengals, with a franchise record of 87 games under 0.500, are one of those teams. Cincinnati leads the series 7-6.
Green Bay won the last game, 27-24 in overtime, on September 24, 2017. William Jackson intercepted Aaron Rodgers and returned him for a touchdown to give the Bengals a 21-7 lead in the second quarter. It was a breathtaking piece. Rodgers hadn’t pitched a pick six since the 2009 season. For context, Philip Rivers threw 19 pick-sixes during that span. But Rodgers threw two touchdown passes to Jordy Nelson, including one with 17 seconds left in the settlement that tied the game. In overtime, Rodgers’ 72-yard completion against Geronimo Allison saw Mason Crosby take the field goal.
“We had a good two minute drive to tie him up and get him into overtime,” Rodgers recalls. “And then I think we had Michael Johnson offside, hit G-Mo for a big to put that one away. I had some tough games too. The 13-game there was a go. -returns. We lost 14-0, then took the lead 30-14, then lost 34-30. Jonathan Franklin had a big game that day [but had a fumble on] fourth and 1 they ran for a score.
The Packers will lose three-fifths of their favorite offensive line. With center Josh Myers (finger), who was sent off Friday, Pro Bowler Elgton Jenkins (ankle) will miss a third straight game. Combined with the absence of All-Pro left tackle David Bakhtiari (PUP roster; knee), the Packers will need a big performance from a worn out front wall against the Bengals.
The starters in front will be Yosh Nijman on left tackle, Jon Runyan on left guard, Lucas Patrick in center, Royce Newman on right guard and Billy Turner on right tackle.
Green Bay inactive: Jenkins and Myers, safety back Vernon Scott, defensive tackle Jack Heflin and the two newcomers, linebacker Jaylon Smith and cornerback Rasul Douglas. Cornerback Kevin King will play after missing the last two games with a concussion.
For Cincinnati, star running back Joe Mixon (ankle) is active. Mixon surpassed 1,100 rushing yards in 2018 and 2019 and is on track for 1,500 yards this season. His inactive would have been minor contributors: cornerback Nick McCloud, defensive linemen Darius Hodge and Tyler Shelvin, offensive lineman Fred Johnson and wide receiver Mike Thomas.
The Packers will be deprived of three starters on the offensive line, their best cornerback (Jaire Alexander), their best passer (Za’Darius Smith) and their best deep threat (Marquez Valdes-Scantling). It is absurd firepower.
Meanwhile, the Bengals have one of the NFL’s best defenses to attack the shorthanded offensive line and a budding quarterback-receiving duo to take advantage of Smith and Alexander’s absences.
It all seems too difficult to overcome.
Bengals 30, Packers 24. (Bill’s record: a dismal 1-3.)
Last season, offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett turned the red zone into a gold zone. The Austin Powers theme was fun and effective.
Green Bay has led the NFL in scoring in large part thanks to its perhaps unprecedented success in the goldfield. The Packers have scored touchdowns on 80 percent of their rides inside the 20. The NFL has red zone data going back to 1999. The best precedent was Kansas City’s 78.8 percent in 2003. The best The franchise’s previous was 68.1 percent in 2012. Defensively, Green Bay was eighth with an opponent’s touchdown rate of 58.3 percent.
This year, Green Bay started 3-1 despite working in the red zone. Scoring nine touchdowns in 15 trips to the Gold Zone, the Packers rank 20th with a 60.0% hit rate. Their six failures are half of last year’s total.
“It’s the hardest place to score. It’s a shorter field, tighter windows. I think we did a good job, not a good job, ”Hackett said this week. “We just have to keep transporting and keep finding this gold. It will come.”
Last year, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers threw 35 touchdowns on zero interceptions in the red zone and Davante Adams had 14 touchdowns, a league-high. This year Rodgers has a touchdown (to Adams) versus an interception.
Defensively, only two teams allowed a touchdown on every possession in the red zone. One of them is Green Bay, which is a perfectly imperfect 11 out of 11.
It won’t be any easier this week. The Cincinnati offense is fifth with 75.0% touchdowns, thanks in large part to Joe Burrow’s best 142.0 passer rating. His defense is 12th at 58.3%.
Packers-Bengals betting trends
The Packers are 3-point favorites – just like they were at the start of the week – at SI Sportsbook. The line had fallen to 2 1/2 on Saturday.
The Packers are also 3 point favorites at FanDuel, and this bookmaker will not be supporting the Pack. With about 3 hours to go, 78 percent of the grip and 83 percent of the bets are on the Packers to cover. The over / under is 50.5 points, with 82% of the money on the over.
–Last week Aaron Rodgers tied Dan Marino for sixth in NFL history with his 420th career touchdown pass. Rodgers’ next touchdown pass will tie Philip Rivers to fifth all-time.
– Davante Adams has 546 career receptions, four behind Jordy Nelson for third place in franchise history. Assuming he remains in good health, Adams is expected to catch up with Sterling Sharpe (595) at some point this season for second place. To bring Donald Driver (743) down from the top of the standings, Adams will have to sign again rather than go in free agency this next offseason.
– With 72 yards rushing, Aaron Jones would pass Eddie Lacy and sit 10th on the franchise list. Jones has 3,364 career rushing yards; Lacy has 3,435.