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Cincinnati looks to break into the win column in the unfriendly confines of Lambeau Field.

A.J. Green
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Traveling to Lambeau Field for a game against the Green Bay Packers is never an easy proposition. But the task becomes even more daunting when you are a Cincinnati Bengalsteam that has dropped its first two games of the season on its own turf.

Cincinnati will try to find the formula for success that has eluded so many others when traveling to Green Bay on Sunday, September 24, 2017 for a 4:25 p.m. showdown.

Green Bay comes into the contest fresh off a 34-23 road dismantling by the Atlanta Falconsthat saw its record drop to 1-1. It also put an end to the initial optimism generated by its 17-9 win over Seattle in the Packers’ home opener.

Cincinnati, with a record of 0-2, tries to join a list of 27 other teams since 1990 who began the season at 0-2 and went on to make the playoffs. The 2003 Philadelphia Eagles are the only team in NFL history to do so after losing its first two games at home.

Sunday will mark the 13th meeting between the two teams, with the Bengals claiming victories the last three times the teams have met. All three games have been close, with the Bengals winning in Cincinnati by a 34-30 score in 2013, the last time these two teams played. The Bengals prevailed in Green Bay by a 31-24 margin in 2009 and won in Cincinnati in 2005, 21-14.

Probably the most memorable of those affairs was the 2013 contest, a game that saw the Bengals offense overcome a sloppy performance that included four turnovers and the failure to record a first down from the three-minute mark of the first quarter until early in the fourth.

Cincinnati’s defense, meanwhile, led by Vontaze Burfict, held Green Bay to 100 yards of total offense in the first half, including one of seven on third down. The Packers still managed to lead by a 30-14 margin midway through the third quarter before interceptions by Terence Newmanand Leon Hall and an A.J. Green touchdown reception helped close the gap to 30-27.

The Packers, attempting to run out the clock, faced a 3rd-and-12 from the Bengals 41-yard-line with just over four minutes remaining. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers hit Randall Cobb for what appeared to be a first down, but a Marvin Lewis challenge left Green Bay facing fourth-and-one with four minutes left.

Green Bay went for it, and running back Johnathan Franklin fumbled short of the sticks. Cincinnati’s Reggie Nelson recovered and lost the ball six yards into his return. The Bengals’ Terence Newman scooped up the loose ball up in stride and returned it 58 yards for the deciding touchdown.

Struggle has been the word of the day for the Bengals’ offense in 2017. Against the Baltimore Ravens on opening day, Cincinnati turned the ball over five times, including four interceptions, and quarterback Andy Dalton was sacked five times. Dalton had a little more success against Houston and committed no turnovers. But he was still sacked three times in the first half, and the result was another loss.

The Bengals now have a new offensive coordinator in Bill Lazor and hope to be able to get A.J. Green and Tyler Eifert more involved. Those two, along with the addition of John Ross and more consistency in a running game led by Joe Mixon and Giovani Bernard, hope to get Cincinnati into the win column for the first time.

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The first-time NFL coordinators will be tested by a tough Packers teamBrett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

The Falcons have one win in the books, and the team’s two new coordinators acquitted themselves reasonably well in their first action. Nobody was thrilled with the way Atlanta won in Chicago, mind you, but it was a win, and those remain important.

As D. Orlando Ledbetter wrote yesterday, the Green Bay game provides a stiffer challenge for Marquand Manuel on the defensive side, but it’s not going to be a peachy keen walk in the park or whatever for Steve Sarkisian either.

For Manuel and the defense, the challenge will be stopping Aaron Rodgers, dynamic running back/converted wide receiver Ty Montgomery, and a cast of solid receiving options that includes Jordy NelsonRandall Cobb, and tight end Martellus Bennett.

For Sark and the offense, the challenge is working against the Packers’ so-called Nitro package, which features a lot of defensive backs, and a quietly stout run defense. It’s not likely to hold this potent attack entirely in check, but with questions swirling in the fanbase about Sark’s aggressiveness and creativity after just one week, it could still create some disquieting setbacks.

As it turns out, the Bears did challenge both coordinators, but not in the same way you’d expect the Packers to. Chicago was only able to put up 17 points and got by chiefly on the strength of a strong ground game, while defensively Chicago did an impressive job of shutting down the run but couldn’t quite hold Matt Ryan and company in check. Atlanta’s extremely likely to score more than they did in Chicago against the Packers, but there’s a more opportunistic secondary here and a much better offense to contend with. It doesn’t figure to be easy.

If the Falcons impress here, I expect we’ll all feel better about Sark in particular. May they do so.

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GREEN BAY, WI - AUGUST 12: Joe Callahan

More than 1,200 players across the NFL will be without jobs by the end of the day, including around 40 in Titletown, where the unreleased, but confirmed list includes quarterbacks Taysom Hill and Joe Callahan, as well as rookie wide receivers DeAngelo Yancey, Michael Clark, Malachi Dupre, Montay Crockett, Colby Pearson, and most notably Max McCraffrey.

The list of players has been circulating about across the intenet this afternoon, with much speculation on who may be available to rejoin the Packers on its practice squad.

Green Bay is high on Hill, and should he clear waivers, will most likely be back, as may at least a couple of the released wide receivers.

One of the players many were speculating about, Jeff Janis, does not appear on this most recent cut list, leaving speculation on just how many receivers the team will ultimately keep.

Locks to make the 53-man roster are Jordy NelsonRandall Cobb, and Davante Adams. But of the remaining three – Trevor Davis, Janis, and Geronimo Allison – it’s unclear whether they all make the squad.

Geronimo is suspended the first game anyway, so he won’t be on the first week’s 53-man roster, but most likely will be added the second week.

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Green Bay returns all seven receivers who finished last season on 53

GREEN BAY – The young receivers on the Packers’ roster know what they’re in for once training camp rolls around at the end of the month.

As soon as the calendar turns to July 27, the competition officially begins for the roles behind the starting trio of Jordy NelsonRandall Cobb and Davante Adams.

And it’s expected to be fierce.

The Packers return all seven receivers who finished the 2016 season on the active roster in addition to welcoming two rookie draft picks in DeAngelo Yancey and Malachi Dupre.

“Obviously we know the talent they have and the success they’ve had at this level already,” said Dupre, a seventh-round pick out of LSU. “I feel like the competition in that room is only making us all better with the youth and the veterans.”The Packers feature a unique blend of talent behind their three mainstays with four other recent draft choices – fourth-year receiver Jeff Janis, Dupre, Yancey and Trevor Davis – also in the hunt.

Additionally, the Packers had two undrafted free agents – Geronimo Allison and Max McCaffrey – crack the 53-man roster after starting on the team’s practice squad.

Allison, who signed with Green Bay as a college free agent out of Illinois last spring, proved to be a hidden gem in the rookie class, putting himself in contention for a roster spot after leading the Packers with six catches for 119 yards in the preseason.

While he didn’t make the opening roster, Allison shined after receiving a midseason promotion. He caught 12 passes for 202 yards and two touchdowns in 10 regular-season games.

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GREEN BAY – From the receiving yards to the touchdowns, Davante Adams gave the Packers everything they could’ve asked for during his third NFL season.

Still, that didn’t stop receivers coach Luke Getsy from issuing a challenge to Adams this spring.

The talk had nothing to do with Adams eclipsing his breakthrough campaign of 75 receptions, 997 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns, though.

Instead, Getsy’s message had to do with leadership.

“He and I talked about him growing in that area,” Getsy said. “He’s done a great job in meetings and giving the young guys some really good perspectives this offseason. The words he’s choosing and when he’s choosing them – he’s been hitting the right buttons.”

Adams knows his place in a receiver room that features two Pro Bowl veterans in Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb, who possess 15 years of combined NFL experience.

At the same time, the 6-foot-1, 215-pound Adams also understands more will be asked of him in the meeting room and practice field in the wake of his 2016 season.

Adams received a small taste of that last week after the Packers dismissed Nelson, Cobb and the rest of the team’s veterans from minicamp. While Adams led the group in each individual drill and was the veteran voice in the classroom, it wasn’t anything the 24-year-old receiver isn’t used to.

“I’ve had a lot of practice with doing that since I’ve been here because that’s kind of the way our wideout room flows,” Adams said. “We all learn from each other. Just because you play a long time doesn’t mean you don’t have room where you can learn things. Obviously with me being one of the older guys in the room now, I definitely take advantage of being able to help out whomever.”

This spring has been quite a change from a year ago at this time when a majority of the questions Adams faced were related to a frustrating 2015 season in which the former second-round pick was besieged by ankle and knee injuries.

Finally healthy last season, Adams lived up the potential quarterback Aaron Rodgers and his teammates felt he always had. One spectacular catch after another, Adams gradually developed into a household name as the season progressed.

His 12 touchdown catches were second in the league to only Nelson (14).

“I think he’d be the first to tell you that the injuries that he fought through in Year 2, he was definitely much healthier in Year 3,” said Head Coach Mike McCarthy of Adams. “Frankly, I thought we did a much better job creating opportunities for him last year not only as the No. 1 receiver (on certain plays) but also in the No. 2 and No. 3 hole as far as formation and alignment. So (with) increased opportunities, he cashed in on it.”

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