Archives for November 6, 2017
PGA TOUR: OHL Classic at Mayakoba at El Camaleon Golf Club in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, Thursday through Sunday.
TV: Thursday, November 9th through Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 1-4 p.m. EST on the Golf Channel.
LAST YEAR: Pat Perez, playing on a major medical extension, regained his PGA Tour card when he claimed his second career victory on the circuit by posting a 4-under-par 67 to beat Gary Woodland by two strokes. Perez, who was playing his third event since returning from left shoulder surgery at the age of 40 earlier in the year, took the lead when he shot 62 in the third round. He solidified his control with five birdies in the first eight holes in the final round en route to earning his first victory since the 2009 Bob Hope Classic. Perez, playing the best golf of his career, captured the CIMB Classic in Malaysia three weeks ago and also tied for fifth in the CJ Cup @ Nine Bridges in South Korea in his last start.
Where: Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin
GREEN BAY – The Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions are attempting to address issues with their respective offenses heading into Monday night’s clash at Lambeau Field. The Packers have seen their high-octane offense take a significant hit with the loss of two-time NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers (broken collarbone), while the Lions’ issues deal with their inability to consistently convert in the red zone.
Brett Hundley answered a three-interception performance in relief of an injured Rodgers by completing just 12-of-25 passes for 87 yards and an interception in his first career start – a 26-17 loss to New Orleans on Oct. 22. The Packers had their bye the following week, with coach Mike McCarthy and Rodgers working with Hundley in a bid to address some issues with the team’s 243.5-yard total offense in the near-two games since Rodgers was injured – 66.5 below their season average. Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford threw for 423 yards in last Sunday’s 20-15 loss to Pittsburgh, but his team went 0-for-5 in the red zone and fell to 28th in the league in that situation as it settled for five field goals by Matt Prater. “Just not executing enough,” Stafford told reporters. “Whether it’s me making a better throw or a guy making a catch or assignments in the run game – whatever it is, we’ve just got to execute better.”
TV: 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN. LINE: Lions -2.5. O/U: 43.5
ABOUT THE LIONS (3-4): Golden Tate didn’t let an ailing shoulder slow him down as he recorded seven receptions for the second straight game last Sunday, while Marvin Jones Jr. made six catches for the third consecutive contest, amassing 128 yards in the process. While the passing game traditionally has clicked under Stafford, Detroit’s ground attack has been running in place as it has been 59 contests since the team had a 100-yard rusher (Reggie Bush versus Green Bay in 2013). Stafford actually has averaged a team-best 5.2 yards per carry this season while Ameer Abdullah leads in attempts (101) and yards (369) for the Lions, who rank 28th in rushing yards per game (82.1) and yards per attempt (3.48).
ABOUT THE PACKERS (4-3): Hundley admitted a comfort level working with Rodgers as he prepares for his second career start. “Me and Aaron talk a lot,” Hundley told reporters on Thursday. “Even when he was playing, we still talked a lot. It’s the same – now it’s a different type of talk. He’s telling me stuff, and it’s good for me. Aaron’s always been a brother to me. Whenever you have people like that around, you always feel better.” Jordy Nelson is tied for second in the NFL with six receiving touchdowns, but the stud wideout was limited to just one catch for 13 yards against the Saints while Randall Cobb has reeled in just five passes for 43 yards over the last two games.
1. Detroit’s 10 interceptions and 16 overall takeaways rank third-best in the league.
2. Green Bay CB Damarious Randall has recorded an interception in three straight games.
3. Lions Pro Bowl G T.J. Lang, who spent eight seasons with the Packers, is making his first trip to Lambeau Field since signing a three-year, $28.5 million contract in March.