McCarren: Why 1-2 Packers record doesn't doom them
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Yes, the Green Bay Packers, a team considered to be a Super Bowl contender, have a losing record.
Yes, they have the NFL's 27th-ranked defense and haven't pulled off a fourth-quarter comeback this year.
But Packers analyst Larry McCarren says that the key for the Packers isn't necessarily to get off to a huge start, and that they're still in position to reach the playoffs and achieve all their goals for this year.
"The trick is, staying in the hunt in the regular season, doing whatever it takes to get in the tournament, and then some how, some way, to get to the promised land, you've got to get hot," said Larry on 620WTMJ's "Wisconsin's Afternoon News."
"That's exactly what's been recent history with recent Super Bowl champions."
The Packers are among those champions who used that exact path to a title.
They did it by starting the 2010 season 3-3, then won their last six games - including three playoff road games - before earning the franchise's record 13th world title by winning Super Bowl XLV over Pittsburgh.
"They got hot at the right time."
But to get to the "tournament," they have to at least top the .500 mark, and to do that, improvement is critical.
He says that the Packers certainly have not tapped all their offensive capabilities.
"It certainly has vast potential offensively," said Larry. "Aaron Rodgers and the passing game will take care of itself."
Larry also was encouraged by the Packers' running game, averaging more than five yards per carry.
He acknowledged the defense's failures, twice giving up 34 points to opponents, but reminded fans "they've been going without Morgan Burnett and Casey Hayward."