Well-rested Packers get back to work
Coming off their Thanksgiving Day victory at Detroit, the Green Bay
Tested by a stretch of three games in 12 days that included season-ending injuries to two key defensive players, the
“We knew this three-game stretch was going to be very challenging physically,”
But things are tough from here on out.
When players return from a weekend break Tuesday morning, they’ll begin preparing for next Monday night’s home game against Baltimore (6-5), which is coming off an overtime victory over Pittsburgh.
Coming off the shock of season-ending injuries to cornerback
McCarthy said left tackle
McCarthy said the availability of wide receiver
Beyond that, some of the biggest concerns on McCarthy’s mind coming out of the break are on special teams.
McCarthy passed on a chance to let Crosby attempt a field goal of about 48 yards in the third quarter at Detroit, instead going for it on fourth down and failing to convert. But McCarthy said his decision to go for it in that situation wasn’t a reflection of diminished confidence in Crosby.
“We were moving the ball up and down,” McCarthy said. “I just didn’t feel we were producing enough points, and I wanted to keep it going. That had nothing to do with Mason’s kick earlier in the game.”
Overall, McCarthy said the
“I thought as a whole in the game against Detroit, our special teams needs to play with a little more confidence,” McCarthy said. “We had the opening kickoff that we fumbled, and I felt from that point on we were playing a little cautious. We just need to clean up some fundamentals and play with the confidence we were playing with against Dallas and San Francisco.”
Specific concerns aside, McCarthy said the
“Our margin of error is going to need to be a lot less than it has been in the first 11 games because it’s December football now,” McCarthy said. “This is the most important football that we’ll play all season.”