Packers-Eagles notebook

Starting in place of Ahman Green, running back Vernand Morency rushed for 99 yards, but two errors helped hand the Eagles 14 points. Meanwhile, it was yet another bad night in Philly for Brett Favre.

Despite everything Ahman Green means to Green Bay's offense, the Packers had to feel good about a pregame "trade." Green, with a couple sore hamstrings, did not play in Monday night's game at Philadelphia, but his Eagles counterpart, Brian Westbrook, was held out with a bum knee.

In Green's place, Vernand Morency showed some explosion at the point of attack and finished a yard shy of 100. In Westbrook's place, Correll Buckhalter fumbled twice inside the Packers' 5-yard line.

"He's a different type of back than Ahman," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said of Morency. "That's part of why we traded for him. He's a good change-of-pace back."

Two Morency blunders, however, proved especially costly.

The first came moments after Buckhalter's second fumble — a great strip by Charles Woodson. With the ball at their 3-yard line, Morency moved the ball to the 9 behind a sledgehammer block by new starting fullback Brandon Miree. On the next play, Morency tried to take Favre's handoff with his hands rather than allow Favre to place the ball in his bread basket. It was a gaffe that gave the Eagles seven points.

About 30 minutes of game time later, the Packers were reeling and trailing 17-9. Favre threw the ball to Morency between the linebackers, but the ball went right through his hands and was intercepted by defensive lineman LaJuan Ramsay. The Eagles turned that into the coup de grace, a touchdown that made it 24-9.

Morency would have finished with 100 yards had he gained 1 yard at the end of the game. Instead, he was stopped on three consecutive carries from the 1-yard line. The goal-line stand meant the Packers were held without a touchdown for the second time this season.

Rayner's record kick

Dave Rayner finally got a chance to show off his much-talked about powerful right leg. He nailed a 54-yard field goal late in the first half. The kick equaled the club record, held by Chris Jacke (1994) and Ryan Longwell (2001).

He also connected from 23 and 46 yards as the Packers led 9-7 at halftime. Later, he missed another 54-yarder.

"I think ‘Monday Night Football,' it was a pretty good game and I hit a pretty long field goal. So, I hope that quiets some people down for awhile."


— Packers receiver Robert Ferguson left the game in the fourth quarter with an injured right foot. He feared it was broken. McCarthy provided no details.

Brett Favre did not talk to reporters. He was replaced late in the game, and McCarthy said the quarterback had a "slight" head injury.

It wound up being a bad night for Favre, who finished 22 of 44 for 205 yards, with no touchdowns and two interceptions — though he should have had a first-quarter touchdown that Donald Driver dropped and one of the interceptions was Morency's fault. In the second half, he went 7 of 18 for 81 yards and both interceptions.

In six career games against the Eagles, Favre has completed 51.8 percent of his passes, with four touchdowns and 11 interceptions. The Packers have not topped 17 points in those games.

— Tight end Donald Lee injured a knee in the first half. McCarthy had no details.

Scorched secondary

Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb completed only 16 of 30 passes. That's the good news. The bad news? He averaged a ridiculous 18 yards per completion, and finished with 288 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. He completed eight passes that gained at least 20 yards.

McNabb's big night is just the latest in big nights enjoyed by opposing quarterbacks. In Week 1, Chicago's Rex Grossman threw for 262 yards. In Week 2, New Orleans' Drew Brees threw for 353 yards. In Week 3, Detroit's Jon Kitna threw for 342 yards.

Ahmad Carroll was the chief victim on Monday, and he accepted the blame.

"That's what they do is pay me to cover the receiver, and I know I gave up four big plays that cost us the game," he said.

Henderson plays

If you were listening to the pregame coverage on the Packers' Radio Network, you heard fullback William Henderson — miffed about getting benched — skipped the flight to Philadelphia on Sunday and took his own flight to join the team on Monday.

Ummm ... not quite.

"He flew in today due to a personal matter. He was with his newborn baby," McCarthy explained.

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