Packers' McCarthy shuns underdog label: 'We expect to win'
With a win over the Washington Redskins on Sunday, the Green Bay Packers advanced to the next round of the playoffs as a Wild Card team. Although they entered the playoffs as the NFC's fifth-seeded team, don't tell head coach Mike McCarthy that his Packers are underdogs.
McCarthy said he expects to beat the Arizona Cardinals in the divisional round this weekend.
Via the Packers' official Twitter account:
McCarthy: We're not going to be an underdog. That's not us. We're going out to Arizona to win. We expect to win. #GBvsAZ— Green Bay Packers (@packers) January 11, 2016
The Cardinals stomped the Packers, 38-8, at University of Phoenix Stadium in Week 16. In that game, Green Bay's offense mustered fewer than 200 yards and turned the ball over four times. Arizona earned a first-round bye as the NFC's second-seeded team with a 13-3 record, so it would make sense to consider the Packers underdogs in the playoff rematch.
The Packers looked like a different team against the Redskins, though. The offense clicked for the first time since the beginning of the season, putting up 35 points in the win. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers threw for 210 yards and two touchdowns, while Green Bay's running game cranked out 141 yards and two touchdowns.
If the transformation is true and not just a mirage, the Cardinals should be concerned about a more powerful Packers team visiting Glendale this time around.