Green Bay still looking for back-to-back wins

Associated Press Modified: October 17, 2012 at 5:32 pm •  Published: October 17, 2012
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GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Stringing wins together was something the Green Bay Packers did with ease last season.

This year, not so much.

Fresh off their rout of the previously unbeaten Texans, the Packers (3-3) head to St. Louis looking to win consecutive games for the first time this season.

"It's just playing good football," offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga said. "If we play the way we know we can play, which Sunday was a good picture of that, we can stack these successes. Yeah, we had a good game. But that game's over. Now it's time to go out this Sunday and do it again. It's going to be important to do that, and it's going to be a challenge."

Green Bay has largely avoided long stretches of losses under coach Mike McCarthy. Quite the opposite, in fact. The Packers' longest losing streak since 2008 is two games, and it has happened only three times. (Four if you count the loss to San Francisco in this year's season opener, which followed a loss in the playoffs last year.)

The difference this year, though, is that the Packers aren't putting together long stretches of victories, either. No stretch, actually, as Green Bay has alternated wins and losses each week.

Yes, one of those losses was courtesy of the Inaccurate Reception in Seattle, while another was on a last-minute score by Indianapolis. The Packers have been hit hard by injuries, too; starting inside linebacker D.J. Smith, who had already been ruled out for the rest of the season with a knee injury, was placed on injured reserve Wednesday.

But a loss is a loss, no matter the circumstances.

"We obviously haven't had two consecutive wins this season, and we want to get back on that track," said defensive tackle B.J. Raji, who missed Sunday's game with a sprained ankle. "Last week was a great start, but it doesn't mean too much if you don't keep (it up)."

The win over the Texans could prove to be a turning point, though, with the Packers showing the kind of dominance, on both sides of the ball, that's been expected of them all season. Aaron Rodgers tied a franchise record with six touchdown passes. He finished with a lofty 133.8 quarterback rating after going 24 of 37 for 338 yards passing and no interceptions.

Alex Green gave the Packers some balance, rushing for 65 yards on 22 carries.

The defense sacked Matt Schaub on each of Houston's first two series, one fewer sack than he'd taken in all of the first five games put together. Rookie cornerback Casey Hayward had two picks, and Sam Shields also had an interception.

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