A roundup of what's happening on the Green Bay Packers beat.
GREEN BAY, Wis. – When the calendar turns to December, NFL teams start opening up their record books.
It's the time of the year when season milestones are reached and records are set.
Monday night's game against the Atlanta Falcons at Lambeau Field will provide several members of the Packers the chance to enter their names into the books.
Consider the following:
If Jordy Nelson, who has four games this season with at least nine catches, has one more such game, it would be the most in a single season in team history.
Randall Cobb needs just 78 yards receiving to give the Packers their first 1,000-yard receiving duo in a season since 2009 (Greg Jennings had 1,113 and Donald Driver had 1,061). Nelson went over the 1,000-yard receiving mark last Sunday against the Patriots.
A victory would tie coach Mike McCarthy with Vince Lombardi for the second-most overall wins (98, including regular season and playoffs) in team history.
The last item on that list might get the most publicity, given the gravity of the Lombardi name in Green Bay and the NFL, but don't expect McCarthy to spend any time thinking about it.
"Last I checked, it's December," McCarthy said this past week. "I'm just thinking about today."
In case you missed it from ESPN.com:
Falcons reporter Vaughn McClure and I previewed the "Monday Night Football" matchup.
My game prediction can be found here.
Special teams coach Shawn Slocum hoped he would be done facing return man Devin Hester when the Bears let him walk after last season. Not so, as Hester's still doing his thing with the Falcons.
Since the Packers didn't play on Sunday, they might have spent their time scoreboard watching games that would impact their playoff standing.
The "Monday Night Football" broadcast crew, Mike Tirico and Jon Gruden, previewed the game.
Best of the rest:
At ESPNWisconsin.com, Jason Wilde wrote about the contributions from some of the newcomers this season.
At PackerReport.com, Bill Huber wrote that even if the Packers don't have Shields, they feel good about their cornerbacks.
In the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Bob McGinn wrote about Cobb's situation with free agency approaching.