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Banged-Up Packers Head Into Bye Week After Big Win Over Cards


GREEN BAY, WI (WHBL) - The Green Bay Packers enter their bye week with four straight victories, and three new injuries to key starters after a 31-17 home win over Arizona Sunday. All-Pro linebacker Clay Matthews left with a bad hamstring. Right tackle Bryan Bulaga went out with a hip injury and receiver Jordy Nelson hurt an ankle on the first pass thrown to him since he missed a game with an injured hamstring. The Packer offense still kept rolling, as Aaron Rodgers threw four touchdown passes. And they finally found a running game, with 176 yards on the ground – the most for the Packers in just over three years. James Starks started at running back and had 17 carries for 61 yards. Alex Green ran 11 times for 53 yards. Rodgers completed 14-of-30 passes for 218 yards and an interception, his first in 131 passing attempts. The Packers never trailed. They built up a 24-7 lead soon after halftime. Arizona got to within a touchdown on a 31-yard scoring catch and a chip-shot field goal from Jay Feely. But the Packers put the game away late in the third quarter with a 72-yard T-D pass to tight end Tom Crabtree on his 27th birthday. It was the Pack's longest pass play this year – and it was the longest catch by a Green Bay tight end since 1979, when Paul Coffman caught a 78-yarder. Randall Cobb caught two T-D passes, and James Jones had the other – his eighth, which ties Jones with A-J Green of Cincinnati for the most in the league. Cardinals' quarterback John Skelton threw for 306 yards and a pick. The Packers outgained Arizona 384 yards to 340 -- and the Cards had 122 fewer yards on the ground. The Packers improved to 6-3. They'll get a week off to try and heal, and they'll play at Detroit on November 18th. Arizona also has a bye this coming week – and they'll try to look for answers after losing five straight, and dropping to 4-5.