Packers notebook

For once this season, coach Mike McCarthy slept well. Upon arriving at his home in Green Bay Sunday evening after his team won its first game, he was greeted by a bouquet of "congratulations" balloons set out in front of his home by neighbors.

"It was flattering," said McCarthy.

McCarthy said he received a number of messages from people congratulating him on his first win as a head coach. He spoke with his family and daughter, and did his best to savor the victory.

When you go into a Hail Mary situation, you're going to be on one side of it, or the other. I was just happy to be on the right side of it. When you have time to reflect, it will be a game that I'll always remember for a lot of different reasons."

So much for the celebration, next up for McCarthy and the Packers (1-2) are the Philadephia Eagles (2-1) on Monday Night Football in Philadelphia. The Packers have lost their last three games at Lincoln Financial Field, and if they can hope to pull off an upset, the Packers will have to cut down on the number of big plays that the defense gives up.

The Packers gave up nine big plays, which are passes of 16-plus yards and runs of 12-plus yards in their 31-24 win over the Detroit Lions. After yielding 13 big plays in their first two games, McCarthy and his staff are well aware of the problems on defense, especially in the secondary.

"That's a problem," McCarthy said. "That's our problem on defense right now. Like I said last week, we need to get it fixed. Communication is the start of a lot of (big plays). It's really not one individual."

McCarthy said that defensive coordinator Bob Sanders' defensive scheme is not complicated, but more a matter of the players communicating better with each other.

"It's continuity and consistency," McCarthy said. "Those are the two things that we have to do a better job of."

Injury update
Two defensive tackles sustained minor injuries against the Lions, McCarthy said. Kendrick Allen (foot) and Ryan Pickett (ankle) are both expected to be ready to play against the Eagles on Monday.

Reid on Favre
Brett Favre, coming off his best game of the season, will meet up with his former quarterbacks coach and Eagles head coach Andy Reid next Monday in Philadelphia. Reid watched film of Favre Sunday night after the Eagles 38-24 victory over the San Francisco 49ers and wasn't too surprised over the veteran quarterback's performance.

"When we got back and off the plane I came back here and I had a chance to look at some film and he is playing well right now," Reid said. "He's coming off a good game yesterday. He's had a little pressure on him the games before that, where he was hit quite a little bit. But it looked like they had it figured out this last game. He can still play. He is a dangerous player. They got [WR] Koren [Robinson] into the picture here this past week so he has a couple of guys to shoot it to."

Reid also said he had a good feeling during the off-season that Favre would return for at least another season.

"I kind of talked to him throughout the situation and I had a pretty good idea that he wanted another go around of it."

Extra points
-- WR Koren Robinson, for the first time in two games with the team, had a cameo appearance at receiver in the second half Sunday. Robinson was on the field for five plays. The veteran's only reception went for 24 yards on third-and-7, leading to a 5-yard touchdown pass from Brett Favre to Donald Driver to bump the lead to 24-14. Robinson's time at receiver should increase in the coming weeks. He was the No. 4 receiver ahead of Ruvell Martin, who was deactivated.

--DT Colin Cole was deactivated Sunday for the first time since the end of the 2004 season. Cole started in the season opener beside Pickett but apparently fell out of favor with coaches after he missed a tackle on a decisive 23-yard touchdown run by Deuce McAllister in the Packers' 34-27 loss to New Orleans in Week 2.

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