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Week 9 opponent: What the Packers are saying

Every week during the regular season, the opposing head coach and sometimes a player speak to the Detroit media via conference call. This week it was Packers head coach Mike McCarthy and wide receiver Jordy Nelson on the conference calls.

So, what did they have to say about Monday's nationally televised matchup?

1. When asked about Lions right guard T.J. Lang, who spent his first eight seasons in Green Bay, McCarthy said he and his staff went through their normal opponent personnel evaluations, and think Lang is playing better than any player upfront for Detroit this season.

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2. Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers missed an extended period back in 2013, and the Packers struggled to fill the void between Scott Tolzien, and Seneca Wallace, two players who arrived in Green Bay just that season, and then Matt Flynn, who left Green Bay and came back. Nelson said the difference this time around is that Brett Hundley has been with the team and in the system for three years as Rodgers' backup.

3. McCarthy said the bye week gave Hundley extra prep time and an extra practice session on Tuesday. McCarthy likes the way Hundley has been preparing himself for Monday's game.

4. Rookie running back Aaron Jones has been a "big lift" to the Packers' offense, according to Nelson. Jones is averaging 5.6 yards per carry, and has two 100-plus-yard performances on the ground in his last three games. With Hundley still getting his feet under him, Jones' play has been important for Green Bay.

5. He didn't want to give out any specifics in terms of what he's seeing from Detroit's offense on film, but McCarthy certainly has respect for that side of the football in Detroit, even if they've been somewhat inconsistent this season.

"When they play offense, the ball moves down the field," McCarthy said of Detroit. "So, we have a lot of respect for the way they run it and throw it."

6. How is Glover Quin viewed around the NFL? Nelson was asked about Quin in the conference call. Nelson called Quin a complete safety, which is probably the best compliment any safety can be given. Nelson said Quin can tackle, cover and do it all. He has a ton of respect for him. Pretty high praise.

7. The Packers have made some small tweaks to the offense under Hundley, but Nelson said there haven't been any drastic changes. They're still going to run their same concepts and do what they do well.

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