GREEN BAY — No
matter the month, no matter the record, no matter the weather, the
Packers can beat the Detroit Lions at home.
Since 1992, a
Green Bay victory against Detroit in Wisconsin has been as regular
as a Lions Thanksgiving Day game. Twenty-two straight wins,
counting one playoff victory. The 21-game, regular-season home
winning streak against Detroit is the longest in NFL history.
The Packers would
very much like to extend the Lions' miserable stretch Sunday at
Lambeau Field, though they're certainly not gloating about it.
don't talk about that. I've heard about it," quarterback
Aaron Rodgers said. "I just hope we can keep it going.'
certainly more pressing issues for the Packers (1-2) coming off a
bye week headed into their first NFC North game. They had a week
to stew about the wild, 34-30 loss on Sept. 22 to Cincinnati.
A loss to the
Lions would leave them in a deeper hole with Detroit already 2-0
in the division. The Packers may get safety Morgan Burnett back on
the field after a hamstring injury, though the status of star
linebacker Clay Matthews, who has his own hamstring injury, is in
question. The sack specialist was limited in practice Wednesday.
The defense could
use him against a Lions offense that's clicking right now with the
dynamic duo of Reggie Bush making plays out of the backfield and
receiver Calvin Johnson giving cornerbacks typical fits. Coach
Mike McCarthy said Matthews has made progress since getting hurt
So have running
backs Eddie Lacy and Johnathan Franklin, along with fullback John
Kuhn, who were full participants in practice after using the bye
to help recover from various injuries. Tight end Jermichael Finley
was back Wednesday as a full participant after suffering a
concussion against the Bengals.
high-powered passing game seemed to get turned down a notch after
Finley went down during the first series. He watched the replay of
the hit once, and once only.
Cleared to play
after going through concussion tests Tuesday, Finley said he felt
like a "little kid" being back at practice.
several days. I took my bye week, rested up a little, came back in
Monday and did several tests, went to the hospital and did a
couple tests. It's a long haul," Finley said. "You have
to do several things to get back and you have to respect the
league for doing it. It's much respect from me."
About that streak
against the Lions, though? No, no bulletin board material from
great, man," Finley said about the success against Detroit at
home. "The past is in the past, though. We're 1-2 right now,
not a good record. The Lions are on a high right now, so we have
to bring them down a little and beat them at Lambeau."
covers games played in Milwaukee, too, when Green Bay used to play
there a couple times a year. According to the Packers, the 21-game
regular-season home winning streak is three games better than the
one the Redskins had against the Lions between 1939 and 2007.
broke through with a win at Washington in Week 3. The Lions' last
victory on the road against the Packers came on Dec. 15, 1991, a
But honest to
goodness, it's not an issue, coach Mike McCarthy said, except
perhaps for reporters.
they care what a team 20 years ago did," said Packers guard
T.J. Lang, a Michigan native. "I know from being over there,
the media talks a lot about it. As a player, I doubt they really
care. Every year, it's a new year. You've got a new team."
Notes: CB Jarrett
Bush (hamstring) was also a full participant at practice
Wednesday. CB Casey Hayward, who hasn't played yet this season,
remains out with a hamstring injury. RB James Starks could also
miss two weeks following a knee injury at Cincinnati ... Finley
said he thought the hit from Bengals safety George Iloka that
knocked him out was clean, and that he was surprised Iloka had
been fined $15,000 by the league. "I didn't think it was
dirty at all," Finley said. "If I was the safety, I'd do
the same thing."