News now! Turnover ratio needs to flip other way for Packers

Posted by Mike Spofford on November 29, 2015 – 11:32 am

150930-nn1-650GREEN BAY — Of all the things that bothered Head Coach Mike McCarthy about the loss to the Bears on Thanksgiving night, losing the turnover battle 2-0 probably topped the list.

It wasn’t just the fumble by RB Eddie Lacy and interception by QB Aaron Rodgers on a poor slant route by WR Davante Adams. It was also the defense failing to secure turnovers when it had opportunities. Rookie CB Quinten Rollins had a potential interception in his hands but couldn’t hang on. Also, a deflected pass caromed way up into the air and no one could come down with it, and QB Jay Cutler fumbled a shotgun snap but the Packers couldn’t get the ball from him.

McCarthy’s teams have always emphasized being well on the plus side in turnover ratio, and this year’s team is still on the plus side. McCarthy again rattled off all the different ball drills that are done in practice to heighten that emphasis. But Thursday night’s results, particularly at home, didn’t sit well.

“We’d better take care of the football and we’d better take it away when we have opportunities,” McCarthy said on Sunday. “That’s cut and dried. That’s a staple of how we play here.”

On the injury front, McCarthy said C Corey Linsley (ankle) and CB Damarious Randall (knee) were among those who might try to practice on Sunday, but their status remains uncertain. TE Andrew Quarless, who has been on injured reserve with the designation to return, was not scheduled to practice on Sunday but will “maybe” be activated from IR this week.

The Packers are playing the Lions for the second time in four weeks, and it was a win at Green Bay that began Detroit’s current three-game winning streak after a 1-7 start. McCarthy said the changes the Lions have made on offense, going primarily with a three-WR, one-RB, one-TE personnel group, has led to more production, and he felt Detroit has played solid defense all season, losing some close games early on.

As for his own team, McCarthy said he wasn’t aware of the “players-only meeting” that was reported on the Thanksgiving night TV broadcast, but he said meetings and conversations about the struggles on offense are ongoing, and the first team meeting since Thursday’s loss would be held prior to Sunday’s practice.

“The way we practiced on Tuesday prior to the Thursday night game, I felt very confident about our preparation,” McCarthy said. “When you’re doing the group stuff at a high level and the little things get away from you, everyone of us has to take hard look inside at what the individual is doing, and that will be big part of my message to the team today.”

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