Packers focused on Cardinals, not bye
By Dan Koob. CREATED Oct 31, 2012 - UPDATED: Nov 1, 2012
GREEN BAY - With one week remaining before the bye the Packers are focusing on the here and now. Mainly, the Arizona Cardinals and on finishing strong ahead of the week layoff.
"I think we've made the mistake of maybe looking forward to the bye week in the past," said Head Coach Mike McCarthy. "We're not going to make that mistake this week."
"I expect guys to be professional," added Aaron Rodgers. "This is a game we get paid to play and perform. We have to perform better this week."
A lack of energy has been a hot topic after a slow pace in Sunday's win over Jacksonville, but Mike McCarthy may have found a remedy for his guys.
"He definitely has us focused on the Cardinals. He threw us a little bone if we win, we kinda get a little bit of extra time off," said Wide Receiver James Jones.
Jones says the Packers have put a little too much time into peeking ahead in the past, something McCarthy wants to avoid.
"When you lose games to the Colts and the Seahawks, worrying about other teams and what they're doing and other opponents, [McCarthy] doesn't want that to happen," said Jones.
The bottom line is getting a win Sunday puts the Packers at 6-3 going into their break with 5 of their next 7 against NFC North rivals.
"It's going to be big for us to finish strong here, get in the bye week, get healthy and then get ready for these big division games coming up," said Bryan Bulaga.