GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- Green Bay had two 100-yard rushers and
Brett Favre did his first "Lambeau Leap" on Sunday. Both were
signs that things are perhaps starting to turn around for the
Or maybe the Arizona Cardinals are just that bad.
Ahman Green and backup running back Vernand Morency combined for
207 yards rushing and Green added two first-half touchdowns as the
Packers (3-4) won 31-14 for their first home victory under
first-year coach Mike McCarthy. The Packers have won two straight
after losing four of their first five, including three at Lambeau.
"It's just two wins," Favre said. "It's our first win at
home. But in our situation right now, we'll take them any way we
can get them."
At this point, so would Arizona.
The Cardinals (1-7) came into this year with playoff
expectations, but have lost seven straight since opening the season
at their new stadium with a victory over San Francisco -- a losing
streak that's likely to stoke speculation that Dennis Green will be
fired before the end of the year.
"I'll be into work tomorrow," Green said.
Arizona has a bye next weekend.
The Packers sacked rookie quarterback Matt Leinart four times
and held him to 61 yards passing in the first half. Leinart, the
No. 10 overall pick in the draft, finished with 157 yards passing
and a touchdown, but is 0-4 as an NFL starter.
Packers cornerback Charles Woodson intercepted Leinart near the
end of the game.
"I think any quarterback gets discouraged if you don't have
protection, if you don't catch the ball," Green said.
Leinart said the speculation about Green's coaching future isn't
affecting the team.
"We come to practice every day," Leinart said. "We come out
here. We play hard. It's just tough losing like this."
Safety Robert Griffith said he loves Green "like a father,"
but said the losing doesn't just wear on the coach.
"It's wearing on everybody," Griffith said. "He's not the
only guy it's wearing on. This is my 14th year doing this. You
think I want to go 1-7? It's just frustrating and wearing on
The Cardinals continued to give the ball to running back
Edgerrin James, with disappointing results. James rushed 24 times
for 84 yards as the Cardinals' offensive line continued to have a
hard time opening holes.
"I just don't have anything to say," James said.
James had a rushing touchdown near the end of the first half,
but the Cardinals went to halftime trailing 21-7.
The Packers' first possession ended with a botched fake
field-goal attempt, but they scored on their next three drives to
take a 21-0 lead.
Favre threw a 1-yard touchdown pass to tight end David Martin in
the first quarter, and Green added touchdown runs of 4 and 2 yards
in the second quarter.
Favre was 17 of 25 for 180 yards, and added a touchdown run on
the Packers' first possession of the third quarter -- his first
since a Dec. 3, 2001, game at Jacksonville.
Favre froze a defender with a pump fake and dived into the end
zone, then did the traditional celebratory jump into the stands. He
said it was the first time he'd done a Lambeau Leap, and it
probably would be his last.
"I should have found a lower spot," Favre said. "I'm not real
savvy in the stands-jumping department."
Favre ran back to the Packers bench celebrating with Green, who
missed most of last season after rupturing his right quadriceps
tendon in a game at Minnesota on Oct. 23.
Green returned to Green Bay on a 1-year contract, but struggled
with fumbles early in the year and missed two games with a
hamstring injury before returning with a 70-yard touchdown run in a
victory at Miami last Sunday.
Green had 106 yards rushing Sunday, and Morency had 101 -- the
first time the Packers have had two 100-yard rushers in a game
since a Dec. 1, 1985, victory over Tampa Bay at Lambeau.
"It takes me back to my days when I was playing football at
Nebraska, with the Cornhuskers," Green said. "That's what we did
on a daily basis. To do it here on this level, it's a real big
And speaking of leaps, here's another -- this one of faith -- from
wide receiver Donald Driver.
"It's not over," Driver said. "We're still in the hunt. I
think a lot of people kind of ruled us out. But the Pack is back."
You'll find no such optimism in Arizona.
"We have guys in here that are great athletes," wide receiver
Anquan Boldin said. "Honestly, this is the most talented team I've
been on since I've been in the NFL. It's just ridiculous that we're
McCarthy said the Packers were waiting for X-ray results on
Martin, who injured his jaw. McCarthy also didn't know the severity
of an elbow injury to fullback Brandon Miree. ... McCarthy blamed
himself for the first-quarter fake field goal. "It's a bad call by
me, frankly," he said. ... Green scored his 51st touchdown rushing
as a Packer, surpassing Paul Hornung for second in team history.
Jim Taylor is the team's all-time record holder with 81.
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