GREEN BAY - The Packers offense was effective in their 22-9 win over the Lions on Sunday. It just wasn’t in the same way that fans have become accustomed to.
Green Bay crossed into Lions territory six times in the game and converted five of those drives into points. The problem is all five of those scoring plays were field goals.
Aaron Rodgers gave credit to the Detroit defense for limiting the Packers’ offense on the plus side of the field. “You know it's a real good defense there. They're real stout up front.,” Rodgers said. “We had some opportunities to convert and we didn't so we need to go back and look at that and figure out the best plays we can call down there and next week execute them better."
Mike McCarthy thinks his offense can take this experience and get better from it. "You look at some of the plays and they played us aggressive down there,” McCarthy said. “We had some shot plays and we had some opportunities. It's something we'll learn from and grow from.”
The Packers ran seven plays in the red zone. They had six pass plays which produced just 13 yards and a sack.
James Jones scored game's lone touchdown on an 83-yard reception from Rodgers in the third quarter. Jones said after the game he expects his offense to do it more often. "It's good to get into the end zone because we pride ourselves on offense or even when we get the ball we want to score touchdowns," Jones said.
Eddie Lacy had the lone red zone run which went for seven yards. He concisely explained the Packers goals in the red zone. "As an offense you always want to score and any points is better than none and those field goals add up," Lacy said.
They added up to Mason Crosby setting a new career mark and tying the franchise record with five field goals in the game. "It's great when you walk off the field and you look at your teammates and know you did your job," Crosby said.
Crosby added that being successful on the field does add a different excitement to the game. "It was fun. Everyone's in a protective mode out there too,” Crosby said. “We always seem to get into a skirmish when we're out there on field goals the past few times we've been out. You know guys are playing with a lot of energy, we have an edge about us and I think it showed up on the field today."
Aaron Rodgers shared in Crosby’s excitement following the game. "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," Rodgers said.
As good as Crosby's been, going nine for nine this season, even he probably wouldn't mind trading some of those field goals attempts into extra point attempts
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