Category Archives: The Scoop with Chris Havel

Packers primed for strong stretch drive

By Chris Havel Special to Event USA Green Bay’s health, progress under LaFleur suggest deep postseason run GREEN BAY, Wis. – For a few glorious hours Sunday afternoon it appeared the Green Bay Packers were going to get “bye” with a little help from their friends. That ended when Minnesota erased a 20-point halftime deficit

Packers ice Panthers with goal-line stand

By Chris Havel Special to Event USA Aaron Jones’ three touchdowns pace Green Bay’s win at snowy Lambeau GREEN BAY, Wis. – Preston Smith made big plays all day. Then, he made his biggest play on the final play: A goal-line stop of Carolina’s Christian McCaffrey just inches shy of what would’ve been the tying

Chargers win 26-11 as Packs’ ‘O’ a no-show

By Chris Havel Special to Event USA LaFleur’s lackluster offense fails miserably while Green Bay’s ‘D’ bends, then breaks GREEN BAY, Wis. – Matt LaFleur figured it was a good idea to depart Friday for Sunday’s Packers-Chargers game in Carson, Calif. An even better idea would have been returning Saturday. The Packers never showed up

Packers’ Rodgers, Jones lead the way

By Chris Havel Special to Event USA Rodgers’ precision passing, use of RBs too much for Kansas City in 31-24 win GREEN BAY, Wis. – It’s all about the art of adjustment. The Packers’ offense actually has improved (more diverse, less predictable) since it lost All-Pro receiver Davante Adams to a turf toe injury four

Packers’ aerial assault bombs Raiders, 42-24

By Chris Havel Special to Event USA Rodgers throws for five touchdowns, notches perfect quarterback rating GREEN BAY, Wis. – After a hard-fought 10-3 Week 1 win at Chicago, Aaron Rodgers declared, “We have a defense.” Six weeks later, I’d like to add, “You’ve got an O-Line, too!” With more time to throw than it

Packers’ late FG sinks Lions, 23-22

By Chris Havel Special to Event USA Green Bay’s red-zone defense, big plays overcome turnover-plagued performance GREEN BAY, Wis. – While Aaron Rodgers lobbied for Allen Lazard to get into the game in the fourth quarter, the Lions’ defenders pleaded with the officials to do likewise. Rodgers got his wish. The Lions got what they

Jones spurs Packers past Cowboys, 34-24

By Chris Havel Special to Event USA Green Bay’s offense owns red zone while opportunistic defense picks Dallas apart GREEN BAY, Wis. – The Packers visited “Jerry’s World” on Sunday and treated it like a class trip to an amusement park. They didn’t get separated. They didn’t split up. They didn’t lose their way. They

Packs’ D overrun by Eagles’ ground game

By Chris Havel Special to Event USA Green Bay’s 34-27 loss also sees Rodgers, offense fail to punch ticket in red zone GREEN BAY, Wis. – All the talk about the Packers’ “bad-ass defense” – Preston Smith’s words, not mine – being the best in the NFL appears to have been premature. It’s still possible,

Packers roll Broncos 27-16 to stay unbeaten

By Chris Havel Special to Event USA Green Bay’s defense registers six sacks, harasses Denver’s Flacco into mistakes GREEN BAY, Wis. – The Packers’ previous six teams that started 3-0 all reached the playoffs. Will first-year head coach Matt LaFleur’s undefeated outfit become the seventh? Oh, I suppose it’s too early for all of that.

Packers start fast, edge Vikings, 21-16

By Chris Havel Special to Event USA Green Bay’s first-quarter dominance holds up as Packers stay unbeaten GREEN BAY, Wis. – The Packers raced to a three-touchdown lead over Minnesota and tried a game of hide-and-seek. Once the Vikings closed to within five in the second half, Green Bay’s defense played “takeaway” and the offense