Nov 29, 2020; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA;  Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Preston Smith (91) returns a fumble recovery for a touchdown during the second quarter against the Chicago Bears at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Packers crush Bears behind Rodgers’ 4 TDs

Aaron Rodgers carved up the Chicago Bears’ usually formidable defense for four touchdown passes Sunday night as the Green Bay Packers put a chokehold on the NFC North with a 41-25 blowout win at Lambeau Field.

Rodgers completed 21 of 29 passes for 211 yards as Green Bay (8-3) took a three-game lead over Chicago (5-6) and Minnesota with five games left. The Packers could clinch the division title as soon as next week if they win and both teams chasing them lose.

Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, starting his first game since Sept. 27, hit on 26 of 46 passes for 242 yards and three touchdowns. He also tossed two interceptions and lost a fumble that Preston Smith took 14 yards for a score that upped Green Bay’s second-quarter lead to 27-3.

It was the fifth straight loss for Chicago, and this game wasn’t close. The Packers’ offense started the game with three long touchdown drives that lasted nearly 21 minutes, establishing a 20-3 advantage and taking the Bears out of their game plan.

Rodgers hit Davante Adams for a 12-yard scoring strike at the 7:22 mark of the first quarter, the sixth straight game Adams has caught a touchdown. After Cairo Santos got Chicago on the board with a 27-yard field goal, Green Bay made it 14-3 on the second quarter’s first play, Rodgers finding Marcedes Lewis for a 5-yard score.

The Packers melted nearly eight minutes of clock on their next possession before Rodgers flipped a 2-yard touchdown pass to Allen Lazard. Za’Darius Smith then strip-sacked Trubisky, leading to Preston Smith’s score.

Trubisky connected with Allen Robinson for a 1-yard touchdown 19 seconds before halftime to cut Green Bay’s halftime lead to 27-10. But the Packers ended any suspense in the third quarter with Rodgers’ 39-yard scoring strike to Robert Tonyan and Jamaal Williams’ 13-yard touchdown run.

Trubisky fired fourth-quarter touchdown passes of 6 yards to Robinson and 3 yards to David Montgomery.

–Field Level Media

Nov 15, 2020; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA;  Green Bay Packers strong safety Adrian Amos (31) returns an interception against the Jacksonville Jaguars in the second quarter at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Dan Powers/Appleton Post-Crescent via USA TODAY NETWORK

Packers hold off Jags behind Rodgers’ three touchdowns

Aaron Rodgers threw for two touchdowns and ran for another to help the host Green Bay Packers defeat the pesky Jacksonville Jaguars 24-20 on Sunday at Lambeau Field.

Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Davante Adams had scoring receptions for the Packers (7-2), who lead the NFC North.

Keelan Cole Sr. returned a punt 91 yards for a score as the Jaguars (1-8) suffered an eighth straight loss.

Rodgers finished 24 of 34 for 325 yards and one interception, his third of the season.

Jacksonville rookie Jake Luton, making his second career start in place of injured Gardner Minshew II (thumb), was 18 of 35 for 169 yards, with one touchdown and one interception in mid-30-degree weather.

Rodgers found Adams on the left side of the end zone with a six-yard pass that gave the Packers a 24-20 advantage with 9:03 remaining. Adams (eight catches, 66 yards) returned for the seven-play, 75-yard drive after having left the game in the third quarter with an apparent ankle injury.

Jacksonville stopped Green Bay on third-and-1 to force a punt and got the ball on its own 47-yard line with 2:25 to go in regulation. After two Green Bay sacks created fourth-and-26, Luton’s incompletion ended the Jaguars’ hopes with 61 seconds left.

Chase McLaughlin’s 31-yard field goal at 12:44 of the fourth quarter gave Jacksonville a 20-17 lead. The drive began when Sidney Jones intercepted a Rodgers pass and returned the ball a yard to the Jacksonville 44.

Luton’s 12-yard TD pass to Cole Sr. tied the score at 17 with 10:30 left in the third quarter. The three-play, 16-yard drive was set up by Adams’ fumble after catching a Rodgers pass.

Rodgers connected with Valdes-Scantling Adams (four catches, 149 yards) for a 78-yard touchdown pass on the first play of the second quarter, and later ran five yards for a score as Green Bay held a 17-10 halftime edge.

Cole Sr. returned a punt 91 yards for a touchdown to give Jacksonville a 10-7 lead with 10:06 left in the second quarter.

Luton was 6 of 13 for 38 yards and one interception in the first half. The pick, by Adrian Amos, helped set up Mason Crosby’s 39-yard field goal with five seconds remaining in the half.

McLaughlin kicked a 52-yard field goal at 10:41 of the first quarter after Green Bay failed to score on its first possession for the first time this season.

–Field Level Media

Aug 17, 2020; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers fullback John Lovett is shown during training camp in Green Bay, Wis. Mandatory Credit: Dan Powers-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Packers FB Lovett (ACL) out for season

Green Bay Packers fullback John Lovett will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL, ESPN reported Friday.

Lovett, 24, has appeared in all eight games this season, rushing three times for 6 yards. He played 45 snaps on offense and 112 on special teams and added four tackles.

Packers special teams coordinator Shawn Mennenga praised Lovett’s contributions earlier this week.

“I think he’s done an awesome job. He’s definitely a sparkplug for us and has developed into a good leader and plays hard, extremely hard, in every phase and has the right mentality that we’re looking for (on) special teams,” Mennenga said.

“It didn’t really surprise me. We noticed him obviously during camp and even though he is a former quarterback he definitely doesn’t play like that. He’s definitely got a defensive mentality and is physical in everything that he does and does everything the right way all the time. He’s been a great shot in the arm for us and love coaching him.”

It wasn’t immediately clear when Lovett sustained the knee injury. He was listed as a full participant in practice on Wednesday and as a limited participant Thursday.

Lovett was undrafted in 2019 out of Princeton, where he played quarterback, running back and wide receiver. He spent part of last season on the Kansas City Chiefs’ practice squad.

–Field Level Media

Aug 8, 2019; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers helmets sit on the sidelines during the game against the Houston Texans at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Packer who played Thursday night tests positive

A Green Bay Packers player who appeared in Thursday night’s game at San Francisco tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday, ESPN reported.

The Packers defeated the 49ers 34-17 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.

Green Bay rookie running back A.J. Dillon tested positive for the virus on Monday.

Running back Jamaal Williams and linebacker Kamal Martin were also ruled out for Thursday’s game due to close contact with Dillon.

–Field Level Media