Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers celebrates his touchdown run
against the Jacksonville Jaguars with wide receiver Jordy Nelson
(87) during the first half of an NFL football game in
Jacksonville, Fla., Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016.
GREEN BAY, Wis. — The Green Bay
Packers, and their revamped offensive line, didn't waste time in
looking ahead to Sunday night's matchup at Minnesota.
"About 35 seconds ago," center J.C. Tretter said on Monday
afternoon, about 24 hours after the Packers held off the
Jacksonville Jaguars 27-23 for a season-opening victory.
"That's when we left the meeting room. We're done with Jacksonville.
Now, we're on to Minnesota."
The Vikings will provide a formidable test for Green Bay's offensive
line, which had to deal with the release of guard Josh Sitton on
Minnesota's defense dominated Tennessee in its opening game, holding
the Titans to 64 rushing yards.
While the Vikings allowed 16 points, linebacker Eric Kendricks
(interception) and defensive end Danielle Hunter (fumble) provided
touchdowns in a nine-point road victory.
Sitton's replacement, left guard Lane Taylor, fared well in his
third career start.
On a tone-setting fourth-and-1 on the opening series, he and left
tackle David Bakhtiari delivered the key blocks on Eddie Lacy's
9-yard run that set up the opening touchdown.
"I was ready for it," said Taylor, who started at left guard in last
season's Week 17 home loss to Minnesota, which ended the Packers'
five-year reign atop the NFC North. "I've played before and I know
what it's like. I was ready to go."
On Sunday, Taylor squared off frequently against the Jaguars' prized
offseason signing, defensive tackle Malik Jackson. Taylor was up to
the task. While he allowed a couple of pressures, he played a key
role in Green Bay allowing one sack.
"It was great," Rodgers said of the protection after the game. "I
think I screwed them on that one (sack). The last thing you want to
do is take a 0-yard run because that counts as a sack. I thought the
protection was very good and I thought Lane played really well. I'm
"The line as a whole played great. (The pass rush) seemed to be high
and wide on the outside and the middle (of the pocket) was very
firm. That's just how you like it."
Minnesota's defense might not be the only challenge for Green Bay.
Cornerback Sam Shields suffered a concussion during the fourth
quarter on Sunday. Shields also suffered a concussion late last
season, which kept him out of the final three regular-season games
and the playoff win at Washington.
"Anytime any of our players is in the protocol and dealing with a
concussion, it's a concern," coach Mike McCarthy said on Monday.
"That's why we'll evaluate Sam each and every day to make sure he's
healthy and goes through the challenges of what he's dealing with.
It's a protocol. I think they do a great job, particularly our
doctors, of taking it one step at a time. We definitely are aware of
his history and that will factor in on how we move forward."