2014 DRAFT GUIDE
5 things to know from Packers' 22-9 win over Lions

By GENARO C. ARMAS - AP Sports Writer
    2013-10-07 02:58

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - The Pack's back in the NFC North.

Not that they were really out of it a month into the season. But a loss Sunday to the Detroit Lions, who already had two division victories, would have left Green Bay with more work to do in a quest for third-straight division title.

So the 22-9 win had the Packers smiling again after having to stew about a 1-2 start with an early bye week.

This victory didn't follow the typical script for Green Bay (2-2). The defense recorded five sacks and contained Detroit (3-2), which had to play without injured star wideout Calvin Johnson.

Mason Crosby kicked five field goals to help make up for red zone woes. Finally, the offense caught up with a touchdown on an 83-yard reception by James Jones for a 16-3 lead late in the third quarter.

``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,'' coach Mike McCarthy said. ``I thought our players did an excellent job handling the situations that came up in the game. It started first with the defense.''

Five things we learned from the Packers' 23rd straight win in Wisconsin over the Lions:

BALANCING ACT: Eddie Lacy had 99 yards on 23 carries, finishing a yard short from the Packers having a 100-yard rusher for the third straight game. It's the kind of balance the team sought to keep defenses from keying on quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the dangerous passing game.

``There's going to be big-play opportunities, but we have multiple runners that can go over 100 yards for us,'' Rodgers said. ``But that balance is going to help us out come November, December.''

Rodgers finished 20 for 30 for 274 yards. He was sacked just once.

MINUS MEGATRON: Johnson was on the field - only he was relegated to watching warmups from the sideline in a T-shirt and a backward gray Detroit cap.

``We didn't get it done well enough today - offense, defense or special teams,'' coach Jim Schwartz said. ``With or without Calvin, that was the story of the game - not whether Calvin played or not.''

Reggie Bush was held to 44 yards on 13 carries and four catches for 25 yards. Quarterback Matthew Stafford finished 25 for 40 for 262 yards.

Detroit was already playing without receiver Nate Burleson, out with a forearm injury. Not having Johnson was too much to overcome.

Schwartz declined to offer more details on the extent of Johnson's injury. Johnson missed a couple days of practice last week with a knee injury.

BLACK AND BLUE: All five Green Bay sacks came from linebackers, including one from starter Clay Matthews before he left with a thumb injury.

It was a painful day overall for the linebacking corps. Fellow starter Brad Jones left in the first half with a hamstring injury. Later, his replacement, Robert Francois, had to be helped off the field with a torn Achilles.

Nick Perry also missed a play after getting banged up in the second half before getting the second of his two sacks. Inside linebacker A.J. Hawk led the Packers with nine tackles.

STEP SLOW: Lions cornerback Chris Houston started after missing a couple days in practice with a hamstring injury. He got burned by Jones on the 83-yard touchdown pass that finally gave the Packers breathing room. Jordy Nelson had five catches for 82 yards, once again displaying his knack for navigating the sideline like a tightrope for big catches.

Still the Lions' defense kept them out of the end zone - except for that one big exception.

``They might have put some drives together, but they got field goals,'' safety Glover Quin said. ``The only touchdown they scored was a big play, so if they don't get that play, we probably hold them to another field goal.''

JUST FOR KICKS: Crosby seems to be back on sure footing in Green Bay.

The veteran kicker outlasted two competitors in training camp after a tough 2012 season. He's been automatic ever since. In fact, Crosby has now hit 13 straight in the regular season dating to last year.

---

AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org

---

Follow Genaro Armas at http://twitter.com/GArmasAP

Fantasy Football Player Notes RSS FeedPLAYER NOTES

A.J. McCarronMay 25 10:37p

Cincinnati Bengals QB AJ McCarron (shoulder) is healthy and hoping to push QB Andy Dalton in 2015. 'We wanted him in our building so bad and it happened and [ More ]

Ray McDonaldMay 25 04:42p

Updating previous reports, Chicago Bears DE Ray McDonald has been released Monday, May 25, just hours after being arrested for alleged domestic violence and child endangerment.

Adrian PetersonMay 25 02:42p

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson still wants to be traded, according to a source. Peterson intends to skip all organized team activities, which would cause him to lose $250,000 in workout bonuses.

Adrian PetersonMay 24 09:22p

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson has informed head coach Mike Zimmer that he will not attend the optional practices that begin Tuesday, May 26, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.

Tom BradyMay 22 04:32p

New England Patriots QB Tom Brady will have the appeal of his four-game suspension heard by commissioner Roger Goodell after the NFL rejected a motion by the NFL Players [ More ]

Tom BradyMay 22 03:32p

New England Patriots QB Tom Brady's appeal of his four-game suspension has not been scheduled at this time.

Ray RiceMay 22 11:42a

Free-agent RB Ray Rice (Ravens) could be a consideration for the Dallas Cowboys in free agency, speculates The Dallas Morning News' Jon Machota. He cites Cowboys owner and general [ More ]

Adrian PetersonMay 22 09:52a

Updating an ongoing story, Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson remains in pursuit of being traded or receiving a new contract and remains away from the organization during voluntary workouts. [ More ]

William BeattyMay 21 12:02p

Updating previous reports, New York Giants OT William Beatty (chest) underwent successful surgery Thursday, May 21, to repair a torn pectoral muscle. Beatty will need approximately five to six months of recovery time.

Derek CarrMay 20 10:23p

Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr (finger) will not need surgery on his injured finger and may be able to throw again before the end of offseason workouts, according to his agent.

Joseph RandleMay 20 09:23p

Dallas Cowboys RB Joseph Randle is the most likely option to lead the team's running back by committee approach in 2015. Randle has the most experience in the system, [ More ]

William BeattyMay 20 03:53p

Updating previous reports, New York Giants OT William Beatty's (pectoral) torn pectoral will require surgery and Beatty's recovery time is expected to be around five months. Beatty suffered the [ More ]

William BeattyMay 20 03:33p

Updating a previous report, New York Giants OT William Beatty (shoulder) tore his pectoral while lifting weights Wednesday, May 20, according to a source, and will undergo surgery. One [ More ]

Josh HillMay 20 03:23p

New Orleans Saints TE Josh Hill is slated as the starting tight end this season with TE Jimmy Graham now in Seattle. TE Benjamin Watson could give Hill a run for his money, however.

William BeattyMay 20 03:13p

New York Giants OT William Beatty (shoulder) suffered a potentially serious shoulder injury while lifting weights Wednesday, May 20, according to a source. Surgery is a possibility.

Geno SmithMay 20 03:03p

New York Jets QB Geno Smith is the starting quarterback and will not see competition in training camp, according to offensive coordinator Chan Gailey.

Tom BradyMay 20 03:03p

Updating previous reports, New England Patriots QB Tom Brady's appeal will not be affected by the team's decision to accept their sanctions. Commissioner Roger Goodell said he wants to [ More ]

Matt JonesMay 20 02:15p

Washington Redskins RB Matt Jones said that he loves the offense and has a chip on his shoulder after not being used properly while in college. 'My college career [ More ]

Derek CarrMay 20 08:53a

Updating a previous report, Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr (finger) is experiencing numbness in his right ring finger. He hopes to avoid surgery through rest and rehab, and no [ More ]

Derek CarrMay 19 06:13p

Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr (finger) has a right ring finger injury that could be surgically repaired. A return for training camp is still achievable, however, according to a source.

L. WashingtonMay 19 05:23p

Pittsburgh Steelers WR L'Damian Washington (undisclosed) was waived/injured Tuesday, May 19.

Shayne GrahamMay 19 03:03p

New Orleans Saints PK Shayne Graham was released Tuesday, May 19. Subsequently, free-agent WR Lance Lewis (49ers) was signed.

Joseph BarksdaleMay 19 02:23p

Free-agent OT Joseph Barksdale (Rams) will sign a one-year deal worth $350,000 with the San Diego Chargers, according to a source. The deal also comes with more than $1 million in incentives available.

Tom BradyMay 19 01:43p

New England Patriots QB Tom Brady will continue to appeal his four-game suspension, despite owner Robert Kraft saying the team will not appeal the discipline levied against them.

Jed CollinsMay 18 03:32p

Dallas Cowboys FB Jed Collins was released Monday, May 18, and FB Tyler Clutts was re-signed to an undisclosed contract.

Tyler CluttsMay 18 03:32p

Dallas Cowboys FB Jed Collins was released Monday, May 18, and FB Tyler Clutts was re-signed to an undisclosed contract.

Lache SeastrunkMay 18 02:42p

Tennessee Titans RB Lache Seastrunk was released Monday, May 18.

Jimmy GaroppoloMay 17 08:42p

New England Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo's quick decision making and accuracy fit well with New England's playbook that includes quick-rhythm passes as part of the foundation, and Bucky Brooks [ More ]

Zach HockerMay 17 04:42p

The New Orleans Saints have signed free-agent PK Zach Hocker (Dolphins).

Joseph RandleMay 16 07:32p

Dallas Cowboys RB Joseph Randle has the skills to lead the team's backfield in 2015 but he'll need to work on his off-field issues, according to Jon Machota of [ More ]

Matt CasselMay 15 07:52p

Buffalo Bills QB Matt Cassel is likely to enter Week 1 of the season as the team's backup quarterback, in the opinion of The Buffalo News' Vic Carucci. He [ More ]

Santana MossMay 15 07:12p

Free-agent WR Santana Moss (Redskins) is not ready to hang up his cleats and retire this offseason. 'I'm a free agent right now, you know how they do [ More ]

RSS Feeds

NFL News:
 
Player Notes:
 
Forum Posts:
 

© 2015 RealTime Fantasy Sports, Inc.
Email Us  ·  Call Us 636.447.1170  ·  Lost Password
Advertising represented by USA Today Sports Media Group