Surging Green Bay Packers fight off injuries in search of playoff berth
GREEN BAY, Wis. — Three straight wins are nice for the Green Bay Packers, but don’t start talking to coach Mike McCarthy about postseason possibilities until they get to 10 victories.
To do that, they need to win their final three regular-season games.
“If you get 10 wins, then let’s talk about the playoffs. Until then, it’s all white noise,” McCarthy said Monday.
The Packers are certainly in much better shape than three weeks ago. They looked lost then after dropping to 4-6 thanks to a four-game skid.
Now Green Bay is back to meting out decisive victories over quality opponents.
“It’s been a while since we played with that type of energy and intensity. Obviously, you see what happens when we do,” guard T.J. Lang said after a 38-10 win Sunday over Seattle.
This was an across-the-board whitewash of the Seahawks that perhaps few people outside of the Packers locker room saw coming. Even Lang, a veteran on the offensive line seemed a little surprised.
“I didn’t see the game playing out like that. Our defense would probably tell you different, with the way they were able to take the ball away. Just a great team game,” Lang said.
But McCarthy is refocusing quickly on the Packers’ next opponent, the Chicago Bears, a game that begins a three-week stretch against NFC North foes to finish the regular season.
The Packers (7-6) are tied with Minnesota in second behind division-leading Detroit, which has a two-game lead.