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GREEN BAY https://www.thepackersfanshop.com/Ge...Allison-Jersey , Wis. — One week, one win for Packers interim head coach Joe Philbin.Now, the self-effacing, self-deprecating Philbin wants to keep the momentum going from Sunday’s win over the Atlanta Falcons to keep alive Green Bay’s slim playoff hopes. At the least, there are positive vibes in the locker room as the Packers begin preparing for NFC North-leading Chicago next week.Packers CoverageBucks’ Wes Matthews loves Wisconsin, is a Vikings fanPreview: Packers look to slow Vikings’ revitalized run gameTop Tweets: Yelich thanks fans for support after season-ending injuryAmos sparks rebuilt Packers defense in debutPackers to be tested again by familiar foe in Zimmer, VikingsPackers’ new-look defense carries offense in season openerPackers Snap Counts: New coach LaFleur gets TEs involvedUpon Further Review: Packers at BearsPHOTOS: Packers at BearsDefense leads the way as Packers top Bears in openerPhilbin and many of his players watched the Bears defense throttle the Los Angeles Rams’ juggernaut offense during a 15-6 victory on Sunday night. He said that carrying forward the renewed energy while playing for a new coach that was evident from the 34-20 victory over the Falcons will be a challenge going forward.“I imagine a lot of those guys were watching the game. Intelligent men that they are, (they know) we’re going to have to play an awfully good football game on Sunday at noon in Chicago,” Philbin said Monday.It has been a week since the offensive coordinator replaced the fired Mike McCarthy.Philbin said that he doesn’t plan to install his own tweaks to the team’s schedule. The Packers have kept a relatively similar preparation routine.That steady approach was a hit with Philbin’s players, most of whom had not been on the team during his previous stint in Green Bay (2003-2011).There were rave reviews from many players, including quarterback Aaron Rodgers, one of the few holdovers from Philbin’s first tour; and receiver Davante Adams, who hadn’t played for Philbin before he returned this year as coordinator.12<button class="view-gallery">View Gallery</button> Gallery:PHOTOS: Packers vs. FalconsJeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports | Jeff Hanisch“Everybody just bought in. You could feel it around the locker room, you can feel it in plays. Everybody bought in to what Joe has given us,” said cornerback Bashaud Breeland, who signed with the team midseason and barely knew Philbin before he became the interim coach.Breeland returned an interception 22 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter to give the Packers a 17-7 lead, a turning point early in the game.“He took control the first day he stepped in. It was a glorious moment for him to step in and get this win,” Breeland said.Philbin didn’t get off to a smooth start on Sunday.He challenged back-to-back sideline catches by Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones in the span of 19 seconds early in the game, losing both reviews. It left him without a replay challenge for the final 57 minutes of the game.Philbin was still convinced on Monday that the first call should have been overturned. But he said that he shouldn’t have thrown the challenge flag on the second.“I did establish an NFL record, myself, yesterday,” Philbin deadpanned. “That’s forever in the books.”Kidding aside, Rodgers, who has been close with Philbin since his rookie season of 2005, praised Philbin for his even-handed approach during a tumultuous week.“He was in a tough situation this week with the change and trying to get the right messages across to get guys motivated at a time where (the team was 4-7-1) and most people expect us to maybe throw in the towel,” Rodgers said.“And guys didn’t. Guys responded. I’m proud of them … but Joe deserves a lot of credit for the vision he set forth this week.”Now Oren Burks Jersey , it’s back to work, with the daunting challenge of the Bears (9-4) up next as the Packers try to get their first victory on the road after an 0-6 start.“We haven’t had the type of success on the road that we need to have as a football team,” Philbin said “That’s really all we’re focused on right now.” EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Sam Darnold has been a fan of Aaron Rodgers for years and wouldn’t mind following in his footsteps on the field.And, on the small screen.The New York Jets rookie quarterback watched film of NFL stars while he was developing his own skills as a signal caller in high school, in college at USC and even now as a pro himself. One of the most frequently viewed players in Darnold’s studies has been Rodgers, the Green Bay Packers‘ two-time MVP.Article continues below ...“Just the way he’s able to see the field so fast,” Darnold said. “It’s almost like he knows what the defense is going to do before the snap. For him, it looks so easy and so effortless. He has probably the best arm talent that I’ve ever seen, debatably, in NFL history.”Darnold also gives Rodgers a rousing review for his work over the years in a series of TV commercials for an insurance company.“He’s a great actor,” Darnold said with a big smile. “I think he’ll be a good actor one day and his TV commercials look pretty funny. So yeah, I envy his ability to go in front of camera and do that kind of stuff. Hopefully one day I can do that, too. I think one day actually he’ll be a great actor.”The Jets (4-10) host Rodgers and the Packers (5-8-1) on Sunday at MetLife Stadium in game that has no playoff implications with both teams out of the postseason picture. Rodgers still expects to play despite dealing with a sore groin that very well could have had the 35-year-old star decide to pack it in for the season.“I’m super competitive,” Rodgers said, “and I want to be out there with the guys, and I look forward to being out there.”The Packers are 1-1 under interim coach Joe Philbin, who replaced the fired Mike McCarthy. They are trying to snap a nine-game road losing streak, dating to last season. A loss to New York would mark the first time Green Bay would go through a season winless away from Lambeau Field since the 1958 squad, and the sixth time in franchise history.“Yeah, I think it’s important for us to not be a statistic next to the (1958) Packers,” Rodgers said. “It’s disappointing. It’s frustrating. It would be good for our confidence and for the young guys to feel what that post-win locker room, bus ride, plane flight back feels like, and take it with us in the future.”Here are other things to know about the Packers-Jets matchup:TAKING OFFDarnold has two straight solid games after missing three with a foot injury. The No. 3 overall draft pick has thrown three touchdown passes and just one interception since returning , and has made plays with his legs while giving the Jets leads in the fourth quarter of both games.“I didn’t want the time off Marquez Valdes-Scantling Jersey , I wanted to keep going, I wanted to keep getting experience,” Darnold said. “But that’s what happened. I felt like for me, I truly believe everything happens for a reason.”ADAMS’ ASCENTHere’s one reason for Rodgers to play even if the Packers are already eliminated: receiver Davante Adams has a chance to set a couple franchise records.Already at 100 catches for the first time in his career with two games left, Adams needs 13 to break the club mark set by Sterling Sharpe in 1993. At 1,315 yards, Adams is 205 away from breaking the single-season club record held by former teammate Jordy Nelson (1,519 in 2014). Adams also earned his second Pro Bowl nod this year, though his first as an original selection.“To be able to rise and do the things that I’ve dreamed of, obviously I feel like I’m still scratching the surface now, I’m nowhere near my prime,” Adams said.VERY SPECIAL TEAMSPerhaps the Jets’ biggest surprise has been the overall play of their special teams unit. Two of the standouts on that squad were selected to their first career Pro Bowls.Return specialist Andre Roberts , a nine-year veteran, leads the NFL in kick return yards (912) and ranks second in punt return yards (312). He has eight returns of 40 or more yards to lead the league.Jason Myers missed two extra points vs. Houston, but will also be headed to Orlando — the first kicker to represent the Jets at the Pro Bowl — after a season full of long kicks. He has five field goals of 55 yards or more , the most in one season in NFL history.HANDOFF HEADACHESThe Packers have some big-time backfield question marks.Leading rusher Aaron Jones went on injured reserve this week with a knee injury. Jamaal Williams, the only other running back who has been on the active roster all season, was limited in practice this week with a toe injury.Williams, who started at the beginning of the season, would likely take back the job — if healthy. Kapri Bibbs, claimed off waivers from the Redskins this week, may be pressed into service if he can get up to speed quickly in practice.ON THE LINEA defensive line considered a strength at the beginning of the year has been ravaged by injuries. Muhammad Wilkerson and Mike Daniels went on injured reserve earlier this year, and emerging third-year player Kenny Clark missed last week’s loss to the Bears with an elbow injury.That has left coordinator Mike Pettine starting third-year player Dean Lowry and undrafted rookie free agent Tyler Lancaster. They have been solid, but Green Bay is 22nd against the rush, allowing 124.1 yards per game.
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