Green Bay Packers Travel to Play at Miami Sunday
The Green Bay Packers were 2-1 against NFC North division opponents the last three weeks.
After a disappointing game in Detroit, Aaron Rodgers told Packers fans to 'relax,' and they have after two monstrous performances against Chicago and Minnesota. In reward, Green Bay has had a few extra days off since knocking off the Vikings, last Thursday.
Now, Green Bay is busy preparing for the Miami Dolphins. The Packers will be facing Joe Philbin, who used to be Green Bay's offensive coordinator. Philbin is the Dolphins head coach and is trying to get Miami (2-2) over .500.
Philbin has the difficult task of trying to slow down Rodgers, who is on a tear the last two weeks. Rodgers was a combined 34-of-45 with 458 yards, seven touchdowns and no interceptions against Chicago and Minnesota.
The run game finally got going against the Vikings, too. Eddie Lacy was running hard and ran 13 times for 105 yards and two touchdowns at home, last Thursday.
So, the offense is hot and it's giving the defense confidence. Dom Capers' unit has forced five turnovers the last two weeks and Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers are becoming the lethal duo that was expected of them.
Green Bay's hitting on all strides and will look to continue their success in South Beach this weekend.
For Miami, Philbin and the Dolphins are coming off a bye and a 38-14 drubbing of the Oakland Raiders in London two weeks ago. Ryan Tannehill threw for 278 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. On the ground, Lamar Miller got going, rushing 12 times for 64 yards and two touchdowns. Miami's defense also forced four Oakland turnovers.
Miami: Branden Albert, Charles Clay, Jelani Jenkins, Anthony Johnson, Lamar Miller and Dallas Thomas were all full participants yesterday. Cortland Finnegan, Brandon Gibson, Koa Misi, Knowshon Moreno, Samson Satele, Shelley Smith, Randy Starks, Mike Wallace and Phillip Wheeler all left practice early Thursday.
Green Bay: Jarrett Boykin is out, Sam Barrington and Datone Jones are questionable, David Bakhtiari and Josh Boyd are probable.
Kick off is set for noon at Sun Life Stadium in Miami. Fans can watch the game on Fox or listen to the game right here on ESPN 99.1.
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