Driver Could Set Record Sunday
Next game: Sunday, November 9th at Minnesota
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- Packers wide receiver Donald Driver had a big week at Tennessee with a season-high in yards receiving. He could have a historical one on Sunday at Minnesota.
If Driver makes a catch against the Vikings, he'll have at least one reception in 104 consecutive games, besting the franchise mark of 103 set by Sterling Sharpe (1988-94).
"I haven't even worried about the record. I think it just gets to the point if it happens, it happens. I want to win the game, that's my biggest thing," Driver said. "I think after the game that's when you start thinking about the records, stuff like that."
Driver is the all-time leading receiver in Lambeau Field history in terms of yards and catches, but his best games have come in Minnesota.
But Driver said he's just honored that he'll be remembered alongside Sharpe if he accomplishes the latest feat.
"When you get an opportunity to accomplish certain records, you take your hat off to yourself as well as Sterling," Driver said. "For a guy to be on top that much, I'm just happy to be mentioned in the same breath."
The 33-year-old Driver has said that he wants to play until he's 40 and continues to be a key in the Packers' offense after making his third Pro Bowl last season.
Driver has 36 catches and three touchdowns so far this year, but will need to pick up the pace if he wants to reach his fifth straight 1,000-yard season. Driver has 466 yards, but had 136 of those yards in a 19-16 overtime loss to Tennessee.
"A" FOR EFFORT: Packers coach Mike McCarthy is disappointed that Green Bay is just 4-4 this season, but has been pleased with the effort.
"I really like this team. I like the way they work. They give you everything they have on Sundays. Effort is never an issue. Frankly, we don't need to talk about it much anymore," he said.
McCarthy sees the problems as a lack of attention to details.
"I don't want to be rude, but we're 4-4. We're 4-4 for a reason. We haven't made plays in critical times of football games," McCarthy said. "We have to win the close, tight games. We haven't done that this year."
Linebacker Nick Barnett said it's frustrating that they've made mistakes at key moments.
"We'll go 13 plays without making a mental mistake and just one, just one situation, they'll make it an explosive play," he said. "We know that the ball's not bouncing our way every time so we have to execute every single snap."
But Barnett isn't gloomy about the .500 record.
"I think we're really close to the team that we're supposed to be," Barnett said. "We're closer than I think people think we are."
HEALTHY PACKERS: The Packers had all 53 players in practice again Thursday.
The only change from Wednesday's injury report was left tackle Chad Clifton (knees) who went from limited to full participation.
Linebacker Desmond Bishop (hamstring) remained a full participant, while quarterback Aaron Rodgers (shoulder) and conerback Charle Woodson (toe) remained limited.
Packers coach Mike McCarthy tried to limit his short Thursday update about his team to just a few seconds.
"We're extremely healthy, so that's the conclusion of our health Thursday conference, right? Am I done?" he joked.
But, McCarthy continued, staying that healthy at the midpoint of the season is vital to success down the stretch.
"It really gives you the opportunity for your whole football team to improve," he said. "To me that carries over to the games, and we're healthy, so we've had very good quality work so far this week. ... We had a lot of energy, a lot of execution (Thursday). (I'm) very pleased with so far how the week's gone."
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