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Doug Pederson talks preparing for Vikings defense Jay Ajayi Jerseys 2019 , Doug Pederson mentioned earlier in the week that it’s not yet time to hit the panic button on this team and this season, but that everyone from the top of the organization down needed to refocus and be more efficient moving forward.Ahead of Wednesday’s practice, Pederson spoke to reporters again and talked about not making personnel moves and gave some injury updates, as well as talked about preparing to host the Vikings in Week 5.Here’s what the head coach had to say:On personnel decisionsPederson was asked if the team had re-evaluated the roster in the days since the game and whether they were making any personnel moves. The head coach rambled off quite a few “coach speak” terms — talking about how the sky isn’t falling, they’re still 2-2 and control their own destiny... yadda, yadda, yadda — before saying they are comfortable with the guys they have in the locker room and have confidence in each of the players on the team.He was asked about Jim Schwartz saying on Tuesday that he’s sticking with Jalen Mills, and Pederson supported his defensive coordinator and pointed out that he doesn’t really add much input on that side of the ball. Schwartz is the expert and he leaves those decisions up to him, but that they do talk during practice and even during games about certain situations and schemes.On Vikings prepPederson was asked how it may be more challenging to go up against former assistants — like the other week with Frank Reich, and now John DeFilippo. The head coach echoed what he said in week’s past, that it mostly affects their use of certain terminology and hand signals that he might know.He did go on to say that there are some familiarizes now in what the Vikings are doing offensively, but that is good for the Eagles defense to see. Pederson also noted that it’s a home game, which will help them cut down on some of the signals and verbiage as well.He was asked how the Vikings defense differs from the last time they played them, and Pederson noted that structurally and schematically they’re the same. “It’s an aggressive defense.”He went on to laud the backers for Minnesota, and said he has a lot of respect for their safeties, who are aggressive down-hill guys. The head coach also noted that they have a lot of guys who can get after the passer.He pointed to the biggest change from January would be upfront on the defensive line. Pederson also noted that if their stud DE ended up missing another game — seemingly referring to Everson Griffen who has been out several weeks with a personal, mental health matter — that could change some things as well. (Daily Norseman is reporting that Griffen won’t be back until at least Week 6.)Carson Wentz didn’t play in the most recent game against the Vikings, so while he’s still working on getting up to game speed Black Fletcher Cox Jerseys , he’ll need to be diligent in his preparation for Sunday. Pederson said that Wentz is doing some good things, and we have to remember this is only his Week 3 for the season, and that the coaching staff is working to coach up some of those areas he needs to improve.The head coach also isn’t overlooking Kirk Cousins, and pointed out that he’s had some really good performances against the Eagles when he was with Washington. Pederson noted that Cousins has a lot of explosive options on offense and Philly will need to bring the pass rush. He continued that they’ll have to try and keep Cousins in the pocket because he’s a better scrambler than people think and finds ways to extend plays.Injury updatesRunning back Darren Sproles is still day-to-day. The team will keep monitoring him throughout the week before deciding whether he’ll play on Sunday.Similarly, Corey Clement is being held out as a precaution, not due to any re-injuring of the quad, and he’s another guy the team will be monitoring throughout the week.Jason Peters still has some lingering flair ups with his quad injury, but he’s getting treatment on it everyday and he’s fighting through it. Pederson pointed out you may be able to see some of that on tape, but the head coach said Peters has been playing well.Pederson said Timmy Jernigan is “doing well, he’s making progress” but wouldn’t go on to give any sort of concrete answer about him returning to the field. He’s a guy they are continuing to monitor and just want to focus on him getting healthy. [BLG Note: Doesn’t seem like a good sign that Pederson couldn’t say for sure if Jernigan will play this year.]Later in the press conference Pederson was asked if getting some of the injured players back would help them be more effective in situational football, and the head coach agreed. He noted that winning those situations is the difference between winning and losing, and they need to have a bigger focus on improving in that area. The Detroit Lions took advantage of some mistakes they forced Green Bay to make and were fortunate some breaks simply went their way.Matthew Stafford threw two touchdown passes and LeGarrette Blount ran for two scores, lifting the Lions to a 31-23 win over the Packers on Sunday.Detroit (2-3) earned a win it desperately needed under first-year coach Matt Patricia, going into its bye week."We get two weeks to 10 days to sit on whatever happens," said Stafford, who was 14 of 26 for 183 yards with two TDs and no turnovers. "And, it feels a whole lot better with a win."Green Bay (2-2-1) was doomed because veteran Mason Crosby had the worst game of his life and two-time NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers lost two fumbles for just the third time in his 14-year career."We just couldn't overcome all the things we did wrong," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. "We did some good things in the second half Fletcher Cox Jerseys 2019 , but you can't dig yourself that kind of hole."Crosby missed a career-high four field goals in one game and failed to make an extra point to boot. He connected on a field goal with 2 seconds left, but that wasn't of much consolation after his poor performance."I look back and I'm thinking, in my childhood, in high school, this is definitely one of the worst ones," said Crosby, the first NFL kicker to miss four field goals in a game since 2010.Detroit recovered an onside kick to seal the win, preventing Rodgers from getting another chance at a game-winning Hail Mary in Detroit like the one he threw in 2015.The Lions built a big lead in the first half, picking up where they left off in their last home game, a 16-point win over the New England Patriots.Blount had a pair of 1-yard TD runs in the first quarter and Stafford's 8-yard pass to Marvin Jones late in the second quarter put Detroit up 24-0.Patricia, though, didn't think the Lions' cushion was comfortable."Unfortunately, I've seen that quarterback on the other side there crush a lot of leads pretty quickly and come back," said Patricia, a former Patriots defensive coordinator.Rodgers, missing injured receivers Randall Cobb and Geronimo Allison, threw short TDs to rookie Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Lance Kendricks in the third to pull the Packers within 10 points.Stafford answered with a 5-yard TD pass to Kenny Golladay early in the fourth quarter to give Detroit a 31-14 lead."It was big to chew up some time to give our defense a little bit of a rest and come away with some points," Stafford said.Rodgers connected with Davante Adams on a 12-yard throw for a third TD pass Black Carson Wentz Jerseys , but Crosby hit the left upright on the extra point to let the Lions keep an 11-point lead midway through the fourth quarter. Adams has scored in 10 straight road games, equaling a league record set by Tommy McDonald of the Philadelphia Eagles from 1959 to 1961.Rodgers was 32 of 52 for 442 yards 鈥?the second-highest total of his career 鈥?with three TD passes."We've been a one-half team all year," he said. "We need to do something about that."STREAKINGThe Lions, who didn't face Rodgers last year, have won three straight in the series for the first time the 1990-91 seasons.SOUND STRATEGYDetroit had success on defense, going after Rodgers with just four players and dropping seven into coverage. Rodgers held onto the ball to wait for receivers to get open, but they couldn't, and it led to three sacks and his two fumbles."They gave up rushers in order to extend plays, and they got some turnovers out of it," McCarthy said. "We're usually successful in those situations, but they did some good things."INJURY REPORTPackers: LB Nick Perry (ankle) and CB Kevin King (chin) were hurt during the game.Lions: RB Kerryon Johnson, who ran for 70 yards on 12 carries, went out in the fourth quarter after appearing to hurt his right ankle. CB Teez Tabor (groin) and CB Jamal Agnew (knee) also left the game with injuries.UP NEXTPackers: Host San Francisco on Monday, Oct. 15.Lions: Off until playing at Miami on Oct. 21.