Packers, Rodgers invade Detroit with limited arsenal

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers claims that his relationship with Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy isn’t strained.Perhaps the best way to find out if that’s true is to gauge Rodgers’ reaction to the team’s offensive performance in Detroit this Sunday.Rodgers raised a lot of eyebrows when he asserted that the Packers were “terrible on offense” despite racking up 423 total yards in their 22-0 shutout of Buffalo last Sunday. The Packers only scored two touchdowns and settled for three field goals and Rodgers felt they should have posted “about 45 points and 600 yards.”Those comments led to speculation that Rodgers was unhappy with McCarthy and the coaching staff over the offensive scheme. Rodgers tried to extinguish that firestorm on Wednesday.”Mike and I talk all the time,” he said. “We have a great relationship. There’s always been great communication between us, even if there is things we need to talk about that are tough subjects. We’ve never had a problem finding time to talk, and that’s the way it’s been for 10-plus years.”Statistically, Rodgers’ numbers are what could be expected from one of the premier quarterbacks in the league. He’s averaging 260.5 passing yards a game with seven touchdowns and only one interception.There are certainly ways for the Packers (2-1-1) to improve. They haven’t settled on a lead back and No. 1 wideout Davante Adams has less than 300 yards receiving. Top free agent acquisition and tight end Jimmy Graham, who scored 10 touchdowns with Seattle last season, has reached the end zone just once.”I’m always going to hold myself and this offense to a higher standard,” Rodgers said. “I’ve got to play better, and we’ve got to play better. Last week was unacceptable.”The Lions (1-3) are desperate for a victory after losing 26-24 on a last-second field goal at Dallas. Detroit had taken on the lead on its final possession when Matthew Stafford threw his second touchdown pass of the day to Golden Tate.In their last home game, the Lions upset New England 26-10. Coach Matt Patricia tried to downplay the importance of this matchup.