Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Starter Pack: Positive vibes at Lambeau
By Rob Demovsky
A roundup of what’s happening on the Green Bay Packers beat.
The combination of the Packers coming off their bye week and the Detroit Lions coming to town should create positive vibes around Lambeau Field.
What does one have to do with the other?
Well, the Packers have a 6-1 record in games following their bye week during Mike McCarthy’s tenure as head coach and the fact that the Lions have not won in the state of Wisconsin since 1991.
While the former might not be much of a topic of conversation this week, the latter always is when the Lions make the short trip to Green Bay.
In fact, ESPN.com colleague Michael Rothstein, who covers the Lions, has plans to take a look at some of Detroit’s closest calls during the remarkable streak of 22 straight Packers wins in their home state. He began with the memorable 45-41 shootout, known around these parts as the Matt Flynn game, in the 2011 regular-season finale.
Our ESPN.com coverage included the news of running back Eddie Lacy getting cleared to return from his Week 3 concussion and how Lacy and fellow rookie Johnathan Franklin might carry the load against the Lions. Also, safety Morgan Burnett, minus his dreadlocks, looks like a good bet to make his season debut this week after missing the first three games because of a hamstring injury.
At ESPNWisconsin.com, Jason Wilde noted that the Packers must be more concerned about the running back situation given that they promoted Michael Hill from the practice squad rather than adding a fifth receiver to fill Jeremy Ross’ old roster spot.
In the Green Bay Press-Gazette, Mike Vandermause’s story on the running backs pointed out that through Sunday’s games, the Packers ranked second in the NFL in rushing average (5.3 yards per carry) and ninth in rushing yards per game (128.0).
In the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Tyler Dunne’s notebook compared Hill to DuJuan Harris, who last year followed a similar path from the practice squad to the active roster.