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GREEN BAY, Wis. -- For the Green Bay Packers, its the start of another attempt to reach the top of the NFL mountain.For the Jacksonville Jaguars, its the start of a long journey toward respectability.With two-time MVP Aaron Rodgers at quarterback and Mike McCarthy as coach, the Packers enter their season-opening game at Jacksonville with a seven-year postseason streak -- tied with New England for the longest current run in the NFL. While they are considered Super Bowl contenders, they are surrounded by some nagging questions.First, can Rodgers rebound after the worst season of his career? The man who owns the best passer rating in NFL history ranked just 15th in that category last season. Rather than rounding into form throughout the preseason, Rodgers played two series and threw nine passes.Second, can receiver Jordy Nelson rebound after missing all of last season? In 2014, Rodgers won his second MVP on the strength of Nelsons stellar season of 98 receptions for 1,519 yards and 13 touchdowns. Nelson, however, tore an ACL during the 2015 preseason. Without him, the Packers offense went from leading the NFL in scoring in 2014 to ranking 15th in 2015. Nelson is back, but he didnt play a single snap in the preseason.Third, how will the offensive line fare without two-time All-Pro guard Josh Sitton, who surprisingly was released on Saturday? Hell be replaced by fourth-year pro Lane Taylor, who has two career starts.Put it together, and this offense could be a work in progress to start the season.I think the identity kind of grows game to game, Rodgers said. You see it start to show itself this week. You have an idea where the ball is going to go or who is going to have opportunities in the game. But things happen out there. Theres broken plays and theres guys who show up and guys who make the most of their matchups. Defenses can sometimes dictate the way we end up adjusting. So, its always interesting to see which guys show up when it really counts.Jacksonville hasnt made the playoffs since 2007, which also happened to be the last time it finished with a winning record. In each of the past five seasons, the Jaguars have lost at least 11 games.However, the pieces are in place for a franchise that has given away home games to help the league expand its reach overseas. Fourth-year coach Gus Bradley and the Class of 2014, which includes quarterback Blake Bortles and receivers Allen Robinson, Allen Hurns and Marquise Lee, will define where this franchise heads this season.Bortles was fantastic statistically last season. He ranked seventh with 4,428 passing yards and second with 35 touchdowns. He also was one off the league lead with 18 interceptions. That could be a sticking point against a Packers defense that year in and year out ranks among the NFL leaders in interceptions.Quit throwing the ball to the other team, Bortles said of the next step in his career. I think if I can eliminate that -- and I did a lot of stuff this offseason to try to help that out, whether it was mechanical stuff to be a more accurate passer and mental stuff to make faster, better positions. Hopefully, I can help us out on that side of things and not turn the ball over so much.While Rodgers stirs the Packers offensive drink, it will be up to Bradleys revamped defense to puts the brakes on their attack. Its a new-look unit. Defensive tackle Malik Jackson, safety Tashaun Gipson and cornerback Prince Amukamara were part of the Jaguars $220 million free-agent haul. Defensive end Dante Fowler, the 2015 first-round pick who missed his rookie season due to injury, is back. And the 2016 draft included first-round cornerback Jalen Ramsey, second-round linebacker Myles Jack and third-round defensive end Yannick Ngakoue. Those are seven fresh faces to fix a defense that ranked 31st in points allowed last season.Weve got so much respect for Green Bay, Bradley said. Here is a playoff team that has had great success, a really, really good offensive unit, and itll be a great challenge for us. Great challenge, and were looking forward to that challenge. Any time you have a chance to play a caliber team like Green Bay, especially how they are as an offense, its a great challenge for our guys. Kellen Winslow Jersey . -- There were so many positives from the Orlando Magics first victory of the season that it was hard for coach Jacque Vaughn to stop praising his players. Mike Williams Chargers Jersey . Burke is expected to miss two to three months after breaking a finger in the teams third preseason game. 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LANDOVER, Md. -- If the Washington Redskins are going to make a run to get back to the playoffs after a 2-2 start, theyll need Matt Jones to have more games like he had against the Cleveland Browns.Jones rushed 22 times for 117 yards in the Redskins 31-20 victory Sunday, his first 100-plus-yard game of the season. It was also his most carries of the season -- not a coincidence for a team that has struggled to find offensive balance.A big back like that runs better when the defense gets worn down and he gets in the flow of the game, coach Jay Gruden said. Its hard for a running back to really get in the flow of the game with six attempts. The type of game that we had today we were able to get him some more carries, and he did a good job and took advantage of it.Gruden liked that Jones ran decisively, as opposed to when he didnt have as many carries. Jones said hes still learning how to take advantage of his size as a power runner.Its kind of hard to tackle a guy like me, said Jones, whose next test is at the Baltimore Ravens (3-1) next Sunday. Im learning from guys around the league -- Marshawn Lynch last year, guys like Adrian Peterson, they get downhill and they finish runs.Jones had seven carries in a Week 1 loss to the Steelers, 13 in a Week 2 loss to the Cowboys and 17 in a Week 3 win over the Giants. He kept the defense honest against Cleveland (0-4), opening up the field for quarterback Kirk Cousins to find tight end Jordan Reed and others for wide-open completions as the Redskins (2-2) went 4 for 5 in the red zone.Because Jones and third-down back Chris Thompson consistently gained yards on the ground, the Redskins were even able to go long a couple of times to DeSean Jackson. Twice the Browns were flagged for pass interference, penalties that led to 71 yards of offense.Here are some other things learned from the Redskins victory over the Browns:PROTECT THE BALL: It wouldnt be surprising to see Browns coach Hue Jacksonn place extra emphasis on protecting the football during practice ahead of next Sundays game against the visiting New England Patriots (3-1), who will get Tom Brady back from his four-game suspension.dddddddddddd Cleveland gave the ball to Washington on three consecutive possessions -- fumbles by Malcolm Johnson and Duke Johnson, and an interception by Cody Kessler.Thats the key to our season: Cant turn it over, Jackson said.TACKLE SOMEBODY: Missed tackles continue to be a major area of concern for the Redskins defense.The coaches can go over it until theyre blue in the face, but when its time to get on the field that coach (isnt) going to be on the field to help you, defensive lineman Ricky Jean Francois said. We got to learn how to tackle.REED STILL MATCHUP NIGHTMARE: Reed should be the Redskins perfect red zone target given how difficult he is to cover.Hes a receiver in a tight end body, Browns cornerback Briean Boddy-Calhoun said after Reed had two touchdown catches. He moves like a receiver, but hes 240, 250.GO WITH CRO: Seems clear that the Browns are going to rely more and more on RB Isaiah Crowell, who heads into Week 5 with 386 yards on the ground, the most by a Browns player since Hall of Famer Jim Brown gained 476 in 1965. Crowell is also the first Browns player since Earnest Byner in 1985 to run for at least 60 yards in each of a seasons first four games.I still think theres more in there, said Jackson, who joked that he needs to figure out a way to keep Crowell from getting tired, maybe even by using an oxygen tank on the field.Said Crowell: Im kind of more comfortable and I feel like Im getting more opportunities, so I appreciate my coach for trusting me.---AP Pro Football Writer Howard Fendrich contributed to this report.---AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP-NFL ' ' '

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