PACKERS BEAT LIONS AT LAMBEAU FIELD
– Green Bay beat Detroit, 22-9, this afternoon at Lambeau Field to improve to 2-2 on the season. It was the fewest points scored by the Lions since they recorded seven at Chicago on Oct. 22, 2012, and the second time in four regular-season games that the Packers have allowed less than 10 points at Lambeau Field.
– The Packers have won 22 straight regular-season games against the Lions in the state of Wisconsin, extending the lon- gest regular-season home winning streak against one opponent in NFL history. Including a playoff victory in 1994, Green Bay has won 23 straight in Wisconsin against Detroit.
– Green Bay has won nine consecutive regular-season games at home and 22 of its last 23 at Lambeau Field.
– The Packers have now won 10 straight NFC North regular-season games at home, which is tied for the second-longest home divisional winning streak (2000-02) since the league went to a divisional format in 1967. The Packers won 18 straight home games in the division from 1994-98.
– Green Bay improved to 33-10 (.767) in NFC North games under Head Coach Mike McCarthy and 19-3 (.864) at home in divisional contests. The Packers have won 13 of their last 14 games in the division. – The Packers have now won their first game after the bye in each of the last five seasons. Green Bay improved to 7-1 under McCarthy in the first game following the bye.
– The Packers extended their franchise-record streak to 18 consecutive home games with at least 22 points scored.
– Including playoffs, the Packers have held their opponent to 20 points or less in nine of their last 10 games at home.
– Green Bay will travel to Baltimore next Sunday to face the defending Super Bowl champion Ravens at 1 p.m. (EDT). It will be the Packers’ second visit to Baltimore to take on the Ravens since the club moved to Baltimore in 1996.
OTHER POSTGAME NOTES:
– Today’s paid attendance was 78,200. It was the 313th consecutive sellout (295 regular season, 18 playoffs) at Lambeau Field and the largest crowd in stadium history.
– The Packers posted 449 yards of total offense, their seventh consecutive game with at least 385 yards of offense. That is the longest since a seven-game stretch in 2011 (Weeks 1-7).
– Green Bay’s yardage output on Sunday brought its season total to 1,813 yards, a franchise record for the first four games of the season (previous high was 1,717 yards in 2011).
– The Packers registered 180 rushing yards as a team, their third straight game with at least 135 rushing yards. That is the first time Green Bay has accomplished that feat since Weeks 13-15 of 2006.
– It also marked the first time Green Bay posted back-to-back 180-yard rushing games since it posted four consecutive games with 180-plus rushing yards in 2003 (Weeks 9-12).
– With 275 passing yards today, QB Aaron Rodgers brought his season total to 1,331 passing yards. That is the most by a Green Bay QB in the first four games of the season, with Rodgers holding the previous mark (1,325 in 2011).
– WR Randall Cobb’s 67-yard run in the third quarter was the longest run by a Packer since RB Brandon Jackson’s 71-yarder at Washington on Oct. 10, 2010. It was the longest by a Green Bay wide receiver since James Lofton’s 83-yard TD run at the N.Y. Giants on Sept. 20, 1982.
– WR James Jones’ 83-yard TD catch in the third quarter was the longest reception of his career. His previous career long was a 79-yard TD grab at Denver on Oct. 29, 2007.
– With Cobb’s 67-yard run and Jones’ 83-yard catch, the Packers became the first NFL team to register a 65-yard run and an 80-yard pass in the same game since the Los Angeles Raiders did so vs. Cincinnati on Nov. 5, 1989 (Bo Jackson, 92-yard run; Willie Gault, 82-yard catch).
– LB Clay Matthews registered a 12-yard sack of QB Matthew Stafford in the third quarter. He has recorded at least one sack in five of six career games against the Lions.
– K Mason Crosby tied the single-game franchise record with five field goals. Chris Jacke did so twice (at L.A. Raiders, Nov, 11, 1990; vs. San Francisco, Oct. 14, 1996) and Ryan Longwell did so once (at Arizona, Sept. 24, 2000).
– Crosby has made all nine field goal attempts this season and has made 13 straight in the regular season dating back to 2012. His streak of 13 consecutive field goals made is tied for the sixth-longest streak in franchise history.
HEAD COACH MIKE McCARTHY:
(on opening statement) “Good afternoon. I’m very pleased with the victory today. Good division victory for us. Great to be back home. Coming off the bye week I thought the football team as a whole, it was a little bit of a disjointed game. The officials went through an adjustment when they lost an official. The game was kind of up and down as far as breaks in the game. I thought that was more of a reflection of how we were playing. There was a little bit of a sparring match going back and forth. I thought our players did an excellent job handling the situations that came up in the game. It started first with the defense. We had a number of injuries, and a number of players stepped up and played well for us. Francois stepped up for Brad Jones. I feel terrible about Robert’s situation. A fine, fine performance by our defense. Offensively, we learned to be patient. We had some penalties that didn’t help us on a couple drives. Our big play production was a little bit off, but I’m very pleased with our approach, the patience, the execution, and the ability to score enough points to win the game. Special teams, Mason Crosby was on fire today. He was stroking, hitting the ball very well. He was one of our keys to victory today.”
(on James Jones’ touchdown to create space on the scoreboard) “Well, I think as you watch the game, our ability to run the football, the focus of their defense, they were playing in three-shell defenses against us. The opportunities outside first started with the late safety rolling down into the box and them playing soft on the outside. As the coverages got tighter, we were able to attack deeper. We wish we probably would have been able to hit a couple more of those, but James had a big day. He had the one at the end of the game that he didn’t get the second foot down, which would have been another big play. But yes, any time you get into the end zone when a game is that was tight, that’s one of the critical plays in the football game. That was a big score for us.”
(on the play of the interior of the offensive line) “Evan (Dietrich-Smith), Josh (Sitton) and TJ (Lang), those guys are blue collar types that really get after it, and they are talented in their own right. I always refer to those guys as the core of our offense, because between the center and guards and the quarterback, there is a ton of responsibility on those four men’s shoulders. The ability to do different things gives us great flexibility at the line of scrimmage. Their particular play was vital. Everybody knows the importance of Fairley and Suh to their defense. That was our focus. That was our starting point. It started in the run game, and it carried over to the play-action. Frankly, I really didn’t get to a whole lot of action passes that I probably anticipated getting to coming into the game. That’s even more credit to our whole line being able to handle those guys more in a drop-back environment.”
(on the steadiness of A.J. Hawk after the injuries at linebacker) “A.J. Hawk is the same guy every day. In total control, total command. He’s productive as a player. Very understated player and he doesn’t get the credit that he deserves for the job that he does here. He managed the whole situation and he’s kind of like a quarterback when the communication comes in from the sideline. I thought A.J. had a heck of a day.”
QB AARON RODGERS
(on what the James Jones TD meant to the team) “That was big for us; we ran it pretty well today. That set up a lot of stuff we did in the passing game, and we just made a solid adjustment. It’s often the things you don’t see on the play that make the play. Randall (Cobb) did a great job of avoiding the defender in the slot (and) getting up on the safety quick, influencing him in that Cover 2 and James (Jones) was screaming on the sidelines. (He) made a great catch, was in the right spot and was able to make them miss there on about the 10 yard line.”
(on how the running game helped the passing game) “We wanted to run it a bunch and give Eddie (Lacy) some touches. Then when we couldn’t get the ball a bunch to Randall (Cobb), we wanted to make sure he was getting some touches in the run game. I think it helps to slow their pass rush down. We had one sack today. For the most part it was very clean up front. The offensive line did a great job.”
(on whether defenses play them differently given the improved run game) “I would say not entirely yet, no. So we’re going to continue to let the run game set up the pass and be patient with the passing game. There’s going to be big-play opportunities, but we’ve got multiple runners who can go over 100 yards for us. We almost had our third different 100-yard rusher today – missed it by a couple (yards) I think – but that balance is going help us come November, December.”
(on adding the deep throws back into the offense more often) “We’ve hit a lot of short ones the first few weeks, catch and run. It’s about time we get some down the sidelines. James (Jones) made a nice catch and run, and had another one that would have obviously been a touchdown if he gets his left foot in there. If teams are going to come up and press us we’re going to take some shots and convert them.”
(on Jordy Nelson’s sideline catch) “Usually I look over at the guy after he catches it and he gave the real nonchalant look, so I should have trusted him because he’s done that so many times. But I wanted to make sure we got a play just to make the (Lions’) coach make a quick decision.”
(on the number of difficult catches Nelson has made early in the season) “I’m not surprised but it is impressive. You don’t want to lessen it by the fact that you see it a lot in practice (and) we’ve seen it over his career here, but you kind of expect things like that. It’s still really impressive.”
(on if Nelson playing at a higher level than he has in the past) “He’s at the point in his career where it’s all about consistency, and he’s set the bar so high that it’s going to be tough to reset all the time. But it’s about being consistent for him. He’s made a ton of big catches for us over the years. He wasn’t healthy last year. He’s been healthy the first four games and you’ve seen him put up some big numbers.”
(on whether it’s difficult to change identities in becoming a more balanced team) “I don’t really feel like that’s our identity at this point. It’s still early in the season. It takes, I think, really the first couple quarters of the season to figure out what your identity is going to be. We are a spread offense. We’re a three-receiver offense. Jermichael (Finley) adds a fourth receiver option there and we’re going to make teams declare what they’re going to do. And if they’re going to play a lot of high safeties and stay in two-high or roll down late, we’re going to make you tackle a 230-pound back.”
(on if he feels good about how this team is playing right now) “The health of this football team is going to be very important come in November, December for us to make the kind of run we want. We had some setbacks on defense today so we’ll see how they are tomorrow and Tuesday, and hopefully get some of those guys back. If not, the next guy’s got to step up and play well.”
(on if the lack of red-zone production is a problem) “It’s something we’ve got to tighten up. I wouldn’t say it’s a problem. I’d say we need to convert. That’s a real good defense there, they’re very stout up front. We had some opportunities to convert and didn’t, so we need to go back and look at that and figure out the best plays we can call down there and execute them obviously a little better.”
(on whether the mindset changes when a player like Calvin Johnson is out) “It’s hard to not say yes. Obviously you want to keep your offense focused on their defense because we’re not playing against Calvin Johnson when we line up, but it definitely changes their offense. He’s a dynamic player, one of the top players in the league and not having him out there definitely helped our cause.”
(on the play-making ability of Randall Cobb) “He’s a play-maker and he adds so much to our offense. He’s a guy that can do so many things for us – running the football, running after the catch, obviously returning. I love having him on our team and just trying to find ways to get him the ball in space.”
(on the performance of Mason Crosby) “I’m real proud of Mason. It’s great to see him kicking the way we know he’s capable of kicking. He never had five (field goals) before he said on the sidelines so it’s fun to watch. He’s got one of the biggest legs in the league and when he’s rolling he’s one of the best, if not the best. I’m proud of him. He went through some stuff in training camp, took a lot of flak last year obviously, but we’re glad he’s our guy.”
(on how quickly the offensive line has gelled) “It’s impressive. Those guys have done a really good job. It helps when you’ve got a center who can really set the tempo and set the calls, and then you’ve got two of the smartest guys on the team on either side of him. Josh (Sitton) and T.J. (Lang) and those guys make sure we’re in the right calls. They do a great job of making dummy calls all the time and you’ve got Donny (Barclay) and David (Bakhtiari) who have been really consistent.”
KICKER MASON CROSBY:
(on tying the Packers record and setting a new career high with five field goals) “I’m really pumped about that. It’s really cool, but at the same time, it’s awesome that it came with a win. Sometimes you get a lot of field goals and it doesn’t come with a win. Our defense played well. Our offense got us in positions. We didn’t score touchdowns a ton, but I was able to kick those field goals through. I’ve never had five, so that feels really great. I’m glad I had a couple of long ones and a couple there at the end to kind of seal off (the win). I felt really good about the operation. Our snap-hold protection was perfect. It goes all the way down to how the field was. It was just a perfect day for football and I’m glad we got the win.”
(on his play so far this season) “I feel really good with how I’m striking the ball. I’m happy when I’m getting all these opportunities. Obviously, I want us to score touchdowns as much as anyone else because that means we’re putting more points on the board, but whenever I’m called I need to go out there and take advantage of it. I had a great week of work, so it was nice to have all those opportunities to capitalize on it.”
WIDE RECEIVER RANDALL COBB:
(on his 67-yard run) “I’ve got to finish. That’s got to be a touchdown. It was a great block by the offensive line and I was able to get on the safety pretty fast, one-on-one. I was able to beat him and get up the sideline, but I’ve got to score there.”
(on the offense in the second half) “I think the biggest thing was we got some big plays. We had that touchdown by (James Jones), that long run by myself, and Jordy (Nelson) caught a long deep ball. Those big play opportunities that we talk about, we’ve got to capitalize on them and we were able to in the second half.”
(on if he thinks he’ll continue to play a variety of roles on the team) “I don’t know. It’s a possibility. I wouldn’t look past it. Depending on what the game is and the situation, whatever is needed of me I’m going to do it.”
(on if he feels he’s a good change of pace from RB Eddie Lacy in the backfield) “Yeah I’ve got a step or two on Eddie. Eddie and I are two totally different players. He’s a pound-it-out guy. He’s going to pick up those hard, three or four yards consistently. I’m able to give a little spark here or there. I’m definitely not a 10- or 15-carry guy, but we’re able to work well together in this offense and it works for us.”
LINEBACKER A.J. HAWK:
(on if the game plan changed due to Lions WR Calvin Johnson being out) “Our game plan didn’t change too much. We game plan for schemes and not one particular player. Not to take anything away from him, I’m not trying to do that, but for us it’s just about what their concepts are and how they’re going to attack you. They might attack you a little bit differently without him in the game, maybe not go deep as often, but we just made tiny little adjustments.”
WIDE RECEIVER JAMES JONES:
(on his 83-yard touchdown reception) “We were running deep, deep, deep, deep, deep all day, we just got a couple of them in the second half. My hamstrings hurt a little bit right now, so I’ve got to go get some rest.”
(on not getting caught from behind on his touchdown) “By any means necessary, you’ve got to get to the end zone. That’s football. Once you get the ball in your hands, you go back to the park and you’ve got to zigzag. You’ve got to dive, you’ve got to spin, whatever you’ve got to do to get to the end zone.”
(on not finishing drives with touchdowns today) “None of us like it. (QB Aaron Rodgers) is the leader in that huddle and he knows we need touchdowns down there if we’re going to win ball games. Every game isn’t going to be like this. Our defense did a great job today, but there are going to be some teams who are going to score touchdowns on our defense as well. We’ve got to be able to have our defense’s back and score some touchdowns.”
RUNNING BACK EDDIE LACY:
(on finishing one yard shy of 100 yards rushing) “I’m not disappointed at all. Of course you want to get 100 yards, you want to hit the century mark, but 99 (yards) is just as good, and as long I did my part in moving the offense forward, I feel as though I did a good job.”
(on coming back after the concussion and the bye week) “It was a little shaky at first. You get hit and you don’t know if it’s going to happen again, but after a while I got in a groove and put that behind me and just kept playing.”
(on what WR Randall Cobb brought to the running game) “Man that was an explosive run. I thought he was going to score, but any big play we can have like that, we’ll take. He’s a curveball. We have running backs and then we have a receiver who we can put at running back and is just as effective.”
CORNERBACK TRAMON WILLIAMS:
(on if the game plan changed due to Lions WR Calvin Johnson being out) “It didn’t change anything that we did. We stuck to the same game plan and we went out there and we executed. I felt that we played well today. Obviously, I think everyone felt that his presence wasn’t there on the field. We know we’ll see him next time, but at the end of the day, we still had to go out and do what we planned to do, and that’s to get the win.”
(on the defense’s performance) “It’s definitely something that we want to build on, especially against a team like the Lions. They have talent all over the field. Obviously Calvin (Johnson) didn’t play today, but for us to come out and still put our best foot forward and put together a good performance for most of the game, that’s what we want to see.”
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