Packers-Redskins: Game notes

Barnett spearheads defense; Franks injures knee; offensive line shuffled; Crosby struggles

Nick Barnett led the Packers in tackles with 12 in Green Bay's 17-14 victory over the Washington Redskins on Sunday afternoon at Lambeau Field. In a game filled with big plays by the Packers' defense, including Charles Woodson's fumble return for a touchdown and interception, Barnett contributed by making his biggest play of the day by turning back running back Ledell Betts on a fourth down play with six minutes, 38 seconds left in the game.

Trailing 17-14, Washington moved to the Packers' 33 on quarterback Jason Campbell's four-yard pass to tight end Chris Cooley, setting up a fourth-and-2. After the Redskins used their second time out, Campbell threw a swing pass to Betts in the right flat, but Barnett was on Betts immediately and stopped him for no gain.

If Washington makes the first down, it likely would have had a better chance for a touchdown, or at least a field goal attempt. Barnett said the Packers defense welcomes the challenge of stopping an opponent with the game on the line.

"That's what we expect as a defense," said Barnett. "Anytime the game is on our shoulders we gotta go out there and do what we're supposed to do, and we definitely did that."

Barnett increased his team-leading tackle total to 48 tackles, though, that may change after the coaches go through the game tape and re-distribute the tackles. At this pace, Barnett is a strong candidate to make the NFC Pro Bowl squad for the first time in his career. Barnett was named as an alternate last year behind Chicago's Brian Urlacher and Seattle's Lofa Tatupu.

Injury update
Tight end Bubba Franks sustained a knee injury while attempting to catch a pass in the end zone from Brett Favre early in the fourth quarter. Officials ruled that Franks, who made the catch, would have come down out of bounds and ruled it incomplete. Franks fell awkwardly on his knee and was forced to leave the game.

Cullen Jenkins sustained a knee injury with 3:50 left in the second quarter and was taken to the locker room. Jenkins returned to finish the game with five tackles, one sack and two quarterback hits.

DeShawn Wynn sustained a hand injury, but returned to finish the game.

Offensive line shuffled
The Packers played with two new starters on their offensive line due to injuries. Jason Spitz started for Scott Wells (fractured eye orbit) and Tony Moll stepped in at right guard for Junius Coston, who sustained a sprained ankle in practice on Thursday.

For Spitz, it marked his first start at center for the Packers. Spitz started the season opener at right guard for the Packers, then aggravated a calf injury that he sustained in training camp, causing him to miss the next two games. Coston filled in for Spitz in the meantime and never relinquished the starting role till he hurt his ankle during a goal line drill in practice.

Wells was injured in Green Bay's Sunday night game against the Bears and may return Oct. 29 when the Packers play the Denver Broncos on Monday Night Football.

Moll, who started five games at right guard as a rookie last season, played in his first game this season. Moll missed most of training camp and the first three games of this season with a neck stinger.

Rookie kicker struggles
Mason Crosby missed two of three field goal attempts against the Redskins in his worst outing of the season. Crosby entered the game having converted 9 of 10 attempts with his only miss from 42 yards in Week 2 against the New York Giants.

But Crosby was wide left from 46 yards at the end of the first half after the Packers drove to the Redskins' 28 in the final minute of the half.

Crosby made a 37-yard attempt with 3:03 left in the third quarter to close the Packers to 14-10, but hit the left upright and missed from 38 yards with 9:32 left in the game.

"He was left on the two, but he kicked very well in the pre-game," said Packers coach Mike McCarthy. "His particular style, I haven't talked to Mason, but that's something that Mike Stock and Shawn (Slocum) will go through in the morning."

Did not suit up
The following players were not on Green Bay's 45-man game day roster: CB Will Blackmon, RB Brandon Jackson, LB Desmond Bishop, G/C Junius Coston, C Scott Wells, DTs Coline Cole and Daniel Muir, and DE Michael Montgomery.

The following players were not on Washington's 45-man game day roster: CB David Macklin, LB Marcus Washington, DT Ryan Boschetti, G Rick DeMulling, G Randy Thomas, TE Cody Boyd, and WR Reche Caldwell. Mark Brunell was the designated third QB.

Extra points
? Tight end Donald Lee's 60-yard reception from Brett Favre in the first quarter was Lee's longest of his career and also the longest reception of the season for the Packers.

? Cornerback Charles Woodson got his first interception of the season when he wrestled the ball away from wide receiver Antwaan Randle El with 9:23 left in the second quarter.

? Woodson's 58-yard fumble return for a touchdown was the first such type return of his 10-year career.

? Favre was intercepted for the 278th time in his career, an NFL record, when safety Sean Taylor out-jumped wide receiver James Jones to catch a deep pass by Favre at Washington's 15-yard line early in the third quarter.

? With his two sacks today, defensive end Aaron Kampman surpassed No. 7 Vonnie Holliday (32) and No. 6 Bryce Paup (321/2) on the Packers all-time sack list. Kampman now sits at No. 6 with 34 career sacks.

? Defensive end Cullen Jenkins notched his first sack of the season today.

? As part of the 21st annual Packers Women's Association Food Drive, 14,400 non-perishable food items and $13,523 were collected.


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