GREEN BAY - Defensive coordinator Mike Pettine had as much reason as anyone to be upset with Clay Matthews’ controversial roughing-the-passer penalty last week, but he took issue more with what happened next.
“My biggest issue with the whole thing,” Pettine said, “is how we responded to it. We gave up probably 12, 13 completions after it, well over 100 yards passing, a touchdown. We didn’t handle the adversity well.”
The Packers appeared to have sealed a win against the Minnesota Vikings when Matthews hit quarterback Kirk Cousins, forcing him to overthrow a deep pass cornerback Jaire Alexander intercepted. Even after the penalty, they still had plenty of chances to still win. The Vikings instead marched down the field to tie the game, then got into field-goal range twice in overtime.
Pettine used the situation as an early-season lesson, one he hopes pays off down the road.
“It’s going to happen in football,” he said. “You’re going to have something go against you that you have no control over — we don’t — and that was the most disappointing thing to me. We went from thinking ‘Hey, this game’s over,’ to ‘Hey, we’ve got to keep playing,’ and we didn’t handle that well.
“That’s the frustrating thing and that’s the thing we addressed in in our room and it’s something that moving forward that we need to handle adversity like that better.”
Matthews not fined
Matthews said Friday he was not fined for his controversial roughing-the-passer penalty on Cousins, or his postgame comments on referee Tony Corrente’s call.
The penalty wiped out Alexander’s interception, extending a game that would eventually end in a tie. Afterward, Matthews shared his opinion on the call.
“I have so many emotions running through as far as what a terrible call it was,” he said.
While Matthews wasn’t fined, safety Kentrell Brice said he received a $20,000 fine for a hit against Oakland Raiders quarterback Connor Cook in the preseason. Brice’s hit wasn’t penalized at the time, but after the game the NFL informed Brice it was a roughing penalty.
Also, there was one fine from Sunday’s game: Vikings safety Andrew Sendejo was penalized $53,482 for his unnecessary roughness penalty on Davante Adams. Vikings linebacker Eric Kendricks was not fined for his roughing-the-passer penalty on Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
As expected, Rodgers was listed as questionable on the Packers' injury report Friday. Rodgers will practice Saturday and, barring a setback, will be good to go Sunday at Washington.
Cornerback Kevin King (groin) is out. Inside linebacker Oren Burks (shoulder) is expected to play Sunday, mainly on special teams. Cornerback Davon House (biceps) and safety Josh Jones are expected to be available.