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Rodgers, McCarthy exchange words, but Packers grab lead

Michael Johnson, Aaron Rodgers AP

The Packers offense has not been able to get anything going against the Bengals so far on Sunday.

That’s led to some hot feelings on the sideline. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers and coach Mike McCarthy exchanged some words on the sideline after the Packers failed to turn the fourth Bengals turnover of the day into a touchdown. Linebacker Brad Jones recovered an Andy Dalton fumble on the 21-yard line, but the Packers had to settle for a field goal after a Rodgers scramble on third down wound up short of the goal line.

Rodgers started the game 2-of-9 for 25 yards, but rallied on the final Packers possession to move the team well for the first time all day. A sack by Carlos Dunlap (the third of the day for the Bengals) halted the momentum, though, and the Packers were forced to settle for a third Mason Crosby field goal that gave them a 16-14 lead at the half. The fact that they are in front is remarkable, because the offense has been so ineffective and because the Bengals jumped to a 14-0 lead before the Packers even ran a play.

They handled it back because of turnovers. Dalton fumbled once and threw a pick and the Packers scored their only touchdown when M.D. Jennings returned a BenJarvus Green-Ellis fumble for a touchdown in the second quarter.

It feels like it could have been a blowout either way, but neither team has taken advantage of their chances through the first 30 minutes. That should make for an entertaining final 30 minutes.

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20 Responses to “Rodgers, McCarthy exchange words, but Packers grab lead”
  1. joetoronto says: Sep 22, 2013 2:34 PM

    The Bungals are doing their thing, bungling their way to another loss.

  2. blackngold4life says: Sep 22, 2013 2:36 PM

    Packers could easily be up 28-14

  3. peytonwantsaflag says: Sep 22, 2013 2:53 PM

    Well it certainly looks like the refs got a call from the league at halftime doesn’t it?

  4. contra74 says: Sep 22, 2013 2:55 PM

    Schism!

  5. larryboodry says: Sep 22, 2013 3:00 PM

    Somewhere Jay Cutler is laughing, and any Packer fans who ever criticized Jay for being emotional need to shut up now. Thank you.

  6. thegreatgabbert says: Sep 22, 2013 3:05 PM

    Rodger’s and McCarthy called each other “dumb jerks”. But since they were both right, there wasn’t cause for a lengthy disagreement.

  7. Abattoir says: Sep 22, 2013 3:13 PM

    Did Rodgers stake his year’s salary on Ryan Braun being clean again?

  8. tokyosandblaster says: Sep 22, 2013 3:13 PM

    chi01town says:
    Sep 22, 2013 1:28 PM

    DONT HIDE NOW!! 14 points in 12 seconds. Bengals gone smoke them!
    DOUBLE CHECK THAT!!

    —–

    I’ve discount double checked it, and it doesn’t look like the Packers are getting smoked.

    Perhaps you are watching something else? Like your dreams dying?

  9. wcucarter says: Sep 22, 2013 4:24 PM

    I’ve discount double checked it, and it doesn’t look like the Packers are getting smoked.

    Perhaps you are watching something else? Like your dreams dying?
    ———

    You were saying?

  10. chi01town says: Sep 22, 2013 4:32 PM

    @tokyosandblaster
    you need to check again cause the packers are 1-2 ha ha ha ha Let the Bengals beat them. oops Chicago beat them but the mighty green bay packers lossed

  11. thehatefulnerd says: Sep 22, 2013 4:33 PM

    If you’re gonna get into it with the coach, you better not cost us the game with a back breaking INT.

    Just saying.

  12. bengalsucker says: Sep 22, 2013 4:37 PM

    Yeah let’s see where JoeToronto is now. Looks to me like the refs started making a lot of calls for the Packers in the 2nd half. Hmmm wonder why. Can’t let the golden boys lose right? So as much as the refs and NFL wanted Green Bay to win, they didn’t. They lost like punks.

  13. hatesycophants says: Sep 22, 2013 4:38 PM

    Ahhhhhhhahahahaha!!!!

  14. tokyosandblaster says: Sep 22, 2013 5:11 PM

    wcucarter says:
    Sep 22, 2013 4:24 PM
    I’ve discount double checked it, and it doesn’t look like the Packers are getting smoked.

    Perhaps you are watching something else? Like your dreams dying?
    ———

    You were saying?

    —-

    What was I saying? The Packers didn’t get “smoked” by any stretch of the imagination. Perhaps you need to go back to school? Something about reading comprehension?

    It’s important.

    Packers will finish no worse than 12-4, and by the playoffs roll around, Jeremy Ross won’t be handling kickoffs.

  15. blackhawks2010 says: Sep 22, 2013 5:43 PM

    No worse than 12-4?? What is this guy smoking?

  16. whosey1982 says: Sep 22, 2013 6:11 PM

    wcucarter says:
    Sep 22, 2013 4:24 PM
    I’ve discount double checked it, and it doesn’t look like the Packers are getting smoked.

    Perhaps you are watching something else? Like your dreams dying?
    ———

    You were saying?

    —-

    What was I saying? The Packers didn’t get “smoked” by any stretch of the imagination. Perhaps you need to go back to school? Something about reading comprehension?

    It’s important.

    Packers will finish no worse than 12-4, and by the playoffs roll around, Jeremy Ross won’t be handling kickoffs.

    —–

    No, what you said is that his dreams were dying. Clearly they didn’t. You can say you were right when you said you weren’t going to get smoked, but please don’t sit there and say you didn’t think you turned the corner and had the W.

  17. tokyosandblaster says: Sep 22, 2013 6:35 PM

    blackhawks2010 says:
    Sep 22, 2013 5:43 PM
    No worse than 12-4?? What is this guy smoking?


    Well, two easy wins against the bears, vikes, lions… it’s easy to win the division when there are three absolutely terrible teams in your division.

    Packers will lose two of the following games:

    Cowboys, Ravens, Falcons.

    That’s it.

  18. larryboodry says: Sep 22, 2013 6:53 PM

    tokyo, your arrogance demeans you…makes you hapless and tasteless, too, more so than most Bears fans.

  19. teamnorsecore says: Sep 23, 2013 1:37 AM

    larryboodry says:
    Sep 22, 2013 6:53 PM
    tokyo, your arrogance demeans you…makes you hapless and tasteless, too, more so than most Bears fans.
    …………..
    Arrogance is an understatement. FYI, he has vast NFL knowledge because he reads 10 sports websites a day…….oh and he chose to cheer for the Green Bay Packers.

  20. longhairdontcare66 says: Sep 23, 2013 12:11 PM

    The Bears are no joke. We(the packers) last that game yesterday. We should play better than that- hopefully having burnett & casey back will make a difference in the back end. Clay being held out as a precaution is BS put him in the game. Aaron played a bad game which is rare and big Mike called a horrible last drive.

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