Aaron Rodgers felt he had the ideal tonic to wash away the bitter aftertaste of his and the Green Bay Packers' performance Sunday.
"I have a glass of scotch and chill out a little bit," Rodgers said.
Flushing away the stunning 30-16 loss to the Dallas Cowboys at Lambeau Field had to be done in a hurry for Rodgers & Co.
The Packers are on a short week with their next game Thursday night, back at Lambeau, against the NFC North rival Chicago Bears.
With the Bears firmly in the basement of the division with a 1-5 record, Green Bay (3-2) has a great shot to heal quickly from a defeat that dropped the Packers two games behind the NFC North-leading Minnesota Vikings.
"When you play a Thursday night game coming off of a Sunday game, you have to move on the next day," head coach Mike McCarthy said.
The Packers did just that in an action-packed Monday that included a condensed review of the film from Sunday's debacle and shifting into game-plan meetings and a walk-through for Thursday's game.
All the while, the players had to lick their wounds from a mistake-filled game against the Cowboys.
Green Bay's underachieving offense had five fumbles, lost three of them, and had a season-high four turnovers Sunday.
"We're not playing up to our standards, we're not playing up to our potential," veteran guard T.J. Lang said. "It's frustrating."
The easily agitated Packers fans booed lustily throughout a game in which Green Bay never led, and those jeers weren't just directed at the offense.
A banged-up defense gave up 424 yards, including 191 on the ground. Rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott gashed Green Bay's top-ranked run defense for 157 yards in 28 carries.
"It's unfortunate," defensive tackle Mike Daniels said of the loud boos that were hard to ignore. "But, when we've been as great as we have been and we don't show that, you can't expect 'em to be particularly happy."
--The Packers raised some eyebrows in their 30-16 loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday by making the unusual decision to go into the game with only one true running back.
The fallout from not having James Starks available because of a knee injury that flared up early last week and resulted in surgery during the weekend left featured back Eddie Lacy to carry the load. And Lacy wasn't a picture of health, either, a week removed from an ankle injury that knocked him out of the win over the New York Giants.
"Eddie going in and out of the game (Sunday) was a challenge," head coach Mike McCarthy said. "But, it was part of the expectation in the game planning in the last couple days (before the game). I just wish I would have handled that better."
The team decided to hold off on promoting undrafted rookie Don Jackson from the practice squad after the severity of Starks' injury came to light. He reportedly had a torn meniscus, and McCarthy confirmed Monday that Starks underwent surgery.
McCarthy had an optimistic outlook for Starks' recovery per the team's medical staff.
"They feel it's something quick, so it'll definitely be on the front end of whatever the prognosis is," McCarthy said.
McCarthy had to be careful how much he relied on a hobbling Lacy in Sunday's game.
Lacy had 17 carries for 65 yards, highlighted by an explosive run of 25 yards early on, but the workhorse had to leave the game occasionally.
"I know he was hurting pretty bad," veteran guard T.J. Lang said. "The running game was just a little up and down, not as consistent as we have been, as we'd like to be. ... But, I thought Eddie gave us a pretty good spark for the limited snaps that he played."
To compensate for Starks' absence, McCarthy continued to utilize receiver Ty Montgomery in the backfield. Montgomery had three carries for 6 yards, and had a late fumble that sealed the Dallas victory.
REPORT CARD VS. COWBOYS
PASSING OFFENSE: C-minus- Aaron Rodgers wasn't immune to the loud boos directed from the home fans at the Packers on multiple occasions Sunday. The struggling quarterback completed 31 of 42 passes, but several of those incomplete throws stood out. Besides an ill-advised pass that was picked off by safety Barry Church early in the second half, Rodgers was off the mark on throws to open targets tight end Richard Rodgers and receiver Randall Cobb, the latter in the end zone. Rodgers, who threw for 294 yards and a late touchdown to Cobb to finish with a 90.8 passer rating, also put the football on the ground twice. One of those resulted in a critical turnover late in the third quarter with the Packers on the doorstep of the end zone and cutting into Dallas' 20-6 lead. Rodgers audibled to a keeper on first-and-goal from the Cowboys' 1-yard line but was stopped well behind the line of scrimmage and lost the ball on a hit by defensive end David Irving. Top wideout Jordy Nelson also gave the ball away early in the game as he turned up field after a catch over the middle and promptly was hit by Church. Ty Montgomery had a career-best game of 10 catches for 98 yards in 12 targets, but the young receiver fumbled twice. The offensive line, which lost right tackle Bryan Bulaga to a back injury late in the game, was solid again with Rodgers sacked only once.