PACKERS TOP REDSKINS IN HOME OPENER
– Green Bay beat Washington, 38-20, today at Lambeau Field to improve to 1-1 on the season.
– The Packers have won eight consecutive regular-season games at home and 21 of their last 22 at Lambeau Field.
– With the win, the Packers improved to 6-2 in home openers under Head Coach Mike McCarthy.
– Sunday’s win was Green Bay’s 50th victory in a home opener. The Packers join the Bears (65) and Lions (51) as the only teams to win 50-plus home openers and are the first NFL team to win 50-plus home openers and 50-plus road openers (53 wins).
– The Packers extended their franchise-record streak to 17 consecutive home games with at least 22 points scored.
– Today marked the seventh time in the last eight regular-season games at Lambeau Field that Green Bay has held its opponent to 20 points or less.
– Green Bay will travel to Cincinnati next Sunday to take on the Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium at 1 p.m. (EDT). It will be the Packers’ first regular-season visit to Cincinnati since 2005.
OTHER POST-GAME NOTES:
– Today’s paid attendance was 78,020. It was the 312th consecutive sellout (294 regular season, 18 playoffs) at Lambeau Field and the largest crowd in stadium history.
– Green Bay posted 580 total yards, the second most in a game in franchise history behind only the 628 yards registered at Philadelphia on Nov. 11, 1962.
– The Packers had a 400-yard passer (Aaron Rodgers, 480) and a 100-yard rusher (James Starks, 132) for the first time in franchise history. The Packers also became the first team in NFL history to have a 450-yard passer and a 125-yard rusher in the same game.
– With the 480 yards passing, Rodgers tied Matt Flynn (vs. Detroit, Jan. 1, 2012) for the single-game franchise record. – It was the third 400-yard passing game of Rodgers’ career in the regular season. No other QB in team history has more than one.
– Rodgers became only the second quarterback in NFL history to throw for 480-plus yards, four-plus TDs and zero INTs in a game, joining Giants QB Y.A. Tittle (505/7/0 vs. Washington, Oct. 28, 1962).
– Rodgers posted 335 passing yards on 26 completions in the first half, his career high for a half in both categories.
– Rodgers became the first NFL quarterback to throw for 335-plus yards and three-plus TDs in a first half since Patriots QB Tom Brady did so vs. Tennessee in Week 6 of 2009.
– Rodgers has thrown at least three TD passes in five consecutive regular-season games, which ties his franchise record set in 2011.
– Rodgers matched his single-game career high with 34 completions (at Chicago, Sept. 27, 2010). It is tied for the third most in a game in team history.
– Rodgers’ 81.0 completion percentage (34 of 42) was a single-game franchise record for a QB with 40-plus attempts, topping the previous mark held by Brett Favre (33 of 43, 76.7 percent, at Atlanta, Oct. 4, 1992).
– With his career-high 132 rushing yards, Starks became the first Packer to register a 100-yard rushing game in the regular season since RB Brandon Jackson posted 115 rushing yards at Washington on Oct. 10, 2010.
– WR James Jones posted single-game career highs for catches (11) and receiving yards (178), including nine catches for 152 yards in the first half alone. Jones became the first Packer to have an 11-catch, 175-yard receiving game since WR Javon Walker posted 11 grabs for 200 yards at Indianapolis on Sept, 26, 2004.
– TE Jermichael Finley had six receptions on the afternoon, his fifth consecutive game with at least five catches. That further extends his franchise record for the most consecutive five-catch games by a Green Bay tight end.
– WR Randall Cobb posted a career-high 128 yards receiving on nine catches (tied his career high). Cobb has had at least 100 yards receiving in four of his last five regular-season games.
– WR Jordy Nelson had a team-high two TD catches, giving him four in the last three regular-season games.
– DE Mike Neal recorded his first career interception with his pick of QB Robert Griffin III in the second quarter.
– P Tim Masthay placed a punt inside the 20, giving him 80 for his career. He moved into sole possession of the No. 3 spot in franchise history (since 1976) behind only Craig Hentrich (104) and Josh Bidwell (85).
– CB Davon House posted his second career sack when he brought down Griffin for a 6-yard loss in the second quarter.
– With CB Jarrett Bush inactive (hamstring) on Sunday, it snapped his streak of 92 consecutive games played (including playoffs).
HEAD COACH MIKE McCARTHY:
(on opening statement) “I was very pleased with the performance by our football team. I want to give special thanks to our alumni for coming back today for our opener. The crowd was excellent. Lambeau Field is awesome as it always is. We got off to a good start. Offensively, we were very productive. Defensively, we really set the tempo keeping Washington out of the end zone. I thought our special teams, particularly early, our coverage units gave us favorable field position. I feel good about the start, but even more excited about what lies ahead. We’ve had two weeks now, we’ve had a lot of production on the field, but the reality is that we still have a lot of room to grow. That’s normal in the first quarter of the season. It’s no different for us this year, and that will be our approach as we come in Monday to correct the video. Good performance against a very, very good football team, excellent coached football team. Coach Shanahan has done it for a long time in this league so we feel pretty good about ourselves today.”
(on where he’d rank this performance of Aaron Rodgers’) “I don’t know. Aaron spoils you. He makes it look easy. He was on point all day. I thought the communication, just all the little things went right. But he did a great job distributing the football and I thought our perimeter did an outstanding job breaking tackles, extending plays and generating a lot of big plays.”
(on having so many players contribute to the passing attack) “That’s the design. That’s the way we prefer to [play]. We want to be 70-plus plays in a football game. We were well on our way to that early into the third quarter. I kind of took my foot off the gas and then we had some injuries that changed some things up in the fourth quarter. But I was very pleased with the way the ball was spread around.”
(on the performance of James Jones) “I think he has proven over time what he’s capable of doing. One game doesn’t make an opinion of anybody in this league. It just runs for six days and then you have to get over it. JJ’s production today, I think JJ had a normal day. He was on fire. He had the one play down there in the red zone, he was trying to make a play with the football. We’re very pleased with our whole perimeter.”
(on James Starks filling in for Eddie Lacy) “You can’t forget about James Starks. James has been a good football player for us around here. This has been a real challenge for him, with Eddie Lacy and Jonathan Franklin coming in and he’s just been a pro. He’s had clearly his best training camp so this is really no surprise. He was just given an opportunity and he took advantage of it. I’m very happy for him personally, and I’m shocked that someone brought up the run game today.”
(on if he saw this type of team performance coming) “No because early in the season is hard. It is for me personally as a coach. You’re never satisfied, but that’s my responsibility. You’ve got to keep pushing a team, pushing the coaching staff, pushing the support staff, and so we’ll be better this week. I think it’s like any team I’ve been on, you transition out of training camp and it’s not exactly the way you want it. So, the energy is incredible. Our guys are working extremely hard, I can’t say enough about the players. There’s a different personality to this football team. All teams have a personality and a way about it. This team has a chance to be really good. They have a lot of football in front of them so we have to continue to grow.”
QB AARON RODGERS:
(on tying the franchise record for passing yards) “I don’t mind sharing that with an old buddy of mine, Matt Flynn. I’m sure I’ll get a text later about that.”
(on if he knew he was close to the passing yard record) “I had no idea. That’s what happens sometimes when you’re in a good rhythm.”
(on whether he felt he was ‘in the zone’ today) “Not really. I didn’t feel great before the game. My neck was really bothering me and was stiff. I was hurting pretty bad. I wasn’t feeling great pregame but once the adrenaline started going I just kind of got into a rhythm. They played a lot of one-high (safeties). They gave us some inside leverage routes, some in-breaking routes and we had a lot of yards after the catch today.”
(on why he thinks the Redskins played a lot of one-safety defense) “I’m not sure. You’d have to ask them, but they have some good guys on the back end who can cover and have been covering well for a long time. They have a scheme that gets after you. I think they had four sacks today, but I’m proud of our guys. We were able to catch the ball well, (had) yards after the catch and we were able to run the ball better than we have in a long time. I’m really proud of James Starks. He ran hard, he had good yards after contact and he looked like the James Starks we all know and love.”
(on the importance of playing with the lead) “It’s always important to be ahead. It helps when you’re rolling in the first half (and) get the crowd into it. The crowd was great today.”
(on what factors went into James Jones getting the ball more) “I think it was the running game and the way they played us. A lot of times, based on the scheme we’re playing, that’ll dictate who gets more opportunities. When you’re playing a team that plays a lot of one-high, regardless of the leverage, the guys outside are going to get some more opportunities. (Against) two-high, like we saw last week, more guys were on the inside. Jermichael (Finley) and Randall (Cobb) got more opportunities last week, so the outside guys got some chances (today). James had some good matchups and I got him the ball in space, got him the ball over the top and he made some nice plays.”
(on whether Jones said anything to him after the first game about getting the ball) “I honestly checked on him Monday and Tuesday, made sure that he was doing ok, knowing that it’s a long season. There were times over the last couple years where he didn’t get the ball in some games. I was talking to him at the end of the (San Francisco) game saying, ‘Hey, just practice this week like you did last week,’ because he really had a great focus last week and I think it says a lot about the kind of person he is.”
(on the mood of the team after last week’s loss) “We were disappointed obviously about that loss but we tried to take the positives from it. I think there was an urgency that we saw during the week, better focus from the guys, and it was nice to be at home, get the crowd behind us, get into that routine of a home-game week. (It’s) a little different than traveling somewhere, so I’m proud of our guys for their focus. The execution was good and we’ll clean some things up.”
(on how he feels about the vibe of this team) “I like the vibe of this team. It was disappointing to go on the road and lose but it was a tough football team. There was a good focus this week in practice. I think you’re seeing some leaders step up, which has probably been the most fun. Seeing guys like Johnny Jolly, B.J. Raji, Randall Cobb and A.J. Hawk kind of having a bigger speaking role. Guys need to hear that. Guys that are respected players in the locker room are taking a bigger leadership role, especially vocally. That’s not exactly my forte. I like to lead by example. I’m not a rah-rah guy, but you need some of those energy guys. Guys are stepping up and filling those roles and it’s been very positive for our team.”
(on if he feels like this was his best game) “I don’t think this was my best game. I’m very happy with the accuracy and the way things went in the passing game, but there are definitely things to work on.”
(on the play of Starks, especially after a tough training camp) “It’s great. In training camp he was definitely on the bubble, but he kept a really good attitude, which was impressive to the guys. I’m not sure if that was a deciding factor or if it was the upside we saw in him, or the run that he had in 2010 when he played so well. James is a guy who has gotten better every year and this is the kind of performance that we can see every week in practice, making these kinds of runs. We know he finishes hard. We know he’s a big back with a lot of strength, as you saw on the run on the sidelines. I’m just really happy for him.”
(on the pride of breaking the 45-game streak without a 100-yard rusher) “I can’t say that everybody even knew that it had been that long. I did, and Fox did when they asked me after the game, but that was something that we were excited about. We looked up at one point in the fourth quarter (and saw) that we had a guy over 100 yards, and hopefully it’s the start of a little string.”
(on if the additional seats changed the sound on the field) “I think it was louder than I remember. We’re going to continue to encourage our fans to be as loud as they possibly want throughout the entire game. Definitely in the first half it was very loud, louder than I remember.”
RUNNING BACK JAMES STARKS:
(on his opportunity to get more playing time after RB Eddie Lacy’s injury) “That’s why we practice. You never know who is going to go out at what time. We have depth and every running back in the room is capable of doing the same things that I did.”
(on what he thought immediately after Lacy was injured) “Time to go to work. That’s all I could do. When one person goes down, you’ve got to be ready to go in there, step up and do what you know you’re capable of.”
(on if he thinks today’s performance will help him get more reps in the future) “I’m really not looking into that. I’m going to go in there and work hard every practice like I’ve been doing, (keep) working hard in the weight room and try to stay healthy so I can be the player I know I can be.”
(on the offensive line opening up holes for the running backs today) “I think they’re doing a great job. We work hard on combo drills in practice and we’re trying to create a better running game than last year. They’re buying into what the coaches are saying and making holes for all the running backs.”
WIDE RECEIVER RANDALL COBB:
(on what was able to make the passing game so successful today) “I think it’s a lot of things. You’ve got to weigh in everything that we’ve been through this week as far as preparation – the way that we practiced this week, the way that we were on the same page mentally as far as signals, and just going out and executing the calls that were made. When the ball was thrown our way, we made the catches. I don’t know how many drops we had today but I don’t think it was very many. We made the plays, we were able to get some yards after the catch and put some points on the board.”
(on his touchdown catch on fourth down) “It kind of just popped open. (QB Aaron Rodgers) and I saw the same thing. It was a called route, but we both saw the same thing and I was able to make a play on it. I think it was a zone coverage and (the linebacker) was buzzing out, and I was able to come underneath him and make a play on the ball.”
(on if the Redskins changed their coverages based on who was playing well at the time) “Their coverages varied throughout the game. I don’t know if it was depending on who was hot and who was not. I think we all were hot, obviously, from the stat book. I think we all had a great game.”
(on QB Aaron Rodgers’ performance) “This is what we expect. We know how good he is. We know he’s a great quarterback. He’s a tier above the elites in all of our eyes, and when he’s putting up numbers like that we know that we have to go out there, do our job and take care of everything we can to continue to give him those yards.”
CORNERBACK DAVON HOUSE:
(on the defense’s performance) “In the fourth quarter, they had a lot of passing yards, but we feel like we did extremely well. We’ve just got to clean up some technique stuff and go back at it next week. We played solid the first three quarters; we’ve just got to finish better in the fourth quarter.”
(on getting the win and improving to 1-1) “It feels really good, but we were confident this whole week just like we were last week. We felt like if we played our football and made the corrections that we messed up last week we were going to come out with a victory this game, and we did.”
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