Rodgers has faith in Matthews-less defense

October, 8, 2013
10/08/13
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GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers wants more production from the offense but not because he thinks they need it to offset the loss of defensive star Clay Matthews.

The Packers were held to a season-low point total in Sunday’s 22-9 win against the Detroit Lions, managing just one touchdown and five field goals.

“We obviously need to put up more points,” Rodgers said Tuesday during his weekly radio show on ESPN 540 in Milwaukee. “The Lions are a very stout defense and did a good job of keeping us out of the end zone.”

With Matthews out, it might be reasonable to think the Packers need more from the offense to offset whatever shortcomings they might have on defense without Matthews, who is expected to miss at least a month after undergoing surgery on Monday.

Rodgers doesn’t see it that way.

“I think you just keep putting your faith in the defense and in guys stepping up,” Rodgers said. “We’ve dealt with injuries in the past, and it’s got to be the next-guy-up mentality.”

Rodgers said he has not talked to Matthews about his injury.

“If he did have surgery, then obviously it’s serious, and he’s going to need to take some time,” Rodgers said.

Rob Demovsky

ESPN Green Bay Packers reporter

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