On Now
Coming Up
  • Thu., May. 05, 2016 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM CDT Community Blood Drive

    Community Blood Drive

    Lambeau Field in the Legends Club

    May 5, 2015

    7 a.m. - 7 p.m.

  • Thu., Jun. 30, 2016 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM CDT Bill Schroeder appearance


    Bill Schroeder appearance

    Thursday, June 30, 2016 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel/Great Clips
    Summerfest Ground – Milwaukee, WI

  • Sat., Jul. 23, 2016 7:00 PM CDT Packers HOF Induction Banquet

    The Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame Inc. announced that it will induct former Packers players Chad Clifton and Nick Collins, and former broadcaster Russ Winnie at the 46th Hall of Fame Induction Banquet, to be held Saturday, July 23, 2016, in the Lambeau Field Atrium.

    Information about tickets for the banquet, which begins with a cash bar at 4:30 p.m., with dinner and program to follow at 7 p.m., is still being finalized and will be released in the near future (www.packershalloffame.com). The Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame Inc. Golf Classic is set for Monday, July 11, 2016, at The Bull in Sheboygan Falls, Wis.

News

Print
RSS

One last look: Packers want to stack success

Posted Oct 20, 2012

Last week, the message was all about urgency. This week, take your pick.

Consistency, reliability, accountability: Any one works. As they apply to the Packers in their preparation for the St. Louis Rams, they all say the same thing – if you can do it once, you can do it again.

“We haven’t won two in a row yet this year,” Mike McCarthy said. “That’s our theme this week. Back to back. Stacking success is so important in this league.”

The Packers have to go all the way back to McCarthy’s rookie season as head coach to find a time they went this deep into a season without consecutive wins. In 2006, the first back-to-back victories came in Weeks 6 and 7, the very pair the Packers are in the midst of now.

At 3-3 and looking up at rivals Chicago and Minnesota in the NFC North, Green Bay’s margin for error isn’t large. With five division games in the final seven weeks, the Packers could put themselves in position to control their own division and postseason fate.

But that depends on their performances the next three weeks prior to their bye, and the prime-time victory over previously unbeaten Houston needs to start a roll, not continue the roller coaster.

“There isn’t a secret formula to urgency. It’s not like something you just turn on and off,” right tackle Bryan Bulaga said. “It has to be a mindset thing, and I think this team has that mindset. It’s just a matter of having a great week of practice and going out there on Sunday and playing.”

This week the Packers will be playing a 3-3 Rams team that is 3-0 inside its Edward Jones Dome. St. Louis has won its last two home games largely on the strength of its defense, which harassed Seattle QB Russell Wilson into three interceptions and buried Arizona QB Kevin Kolb under a barrage of nine sacks.

The Packers prepared for a similar defensive buzz saw last week in Houston but got off to a fast start. A 14-0 lead at the end of the first quarter quieted the indoor crowd, prevented the active Texans’ defense from dictating tempo and took a normally patient Houston offense out of its run-first game plan.

“That was a good game for us offensively last week,” said quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who tied a franchise record with six TD passes. “But it doesn’t really mean a whole lot unless you can get on a roll here and put two, three, four, five games in a row where you’re playing like you want to on offense.”

The Packers have resisted comparisons all season to 2011, because every year is different, but there was no denying last week looked an awful lot like last year.

It did in one key respect for the defense, too – the turnover category. The Packers intercepted three passes against the Texans, and even though only two of them came against starting QB Matt Schaub, it still marked just the second time in six games the defense came up with multiple takeaways.

Rookie cornerback Casey Hayward had two of those three interceptions, and he is poised for a bigger role in place of starter Sam Shields (shin/ankle; out). The defense also will be playing its first game without starting linebackers Nick Perry (knee; out) and D.J. Smith (knee; IR), replaced by Erik Walden and most likely Brad Jones, respectively.

Different faces will be a fact of life for the Packers, but the same type of performance would be most welcome.

“I think if we play the way we know we can play – Sunday was a good picture of that – we can stack these successes,” Bulaga said. “Yeah, we had a good game, but that game is over. Now it’s time to go out this Sunday and do it again.”

For a list of all Packers-Rams preview headlines, click here.

 
blog comments powered by Disqus

You May Also Be Interested in...

Recent Videos

  • Packers Draft Preview

    (3:36) Posted 5 hours ago

    The 2016 NFL Draft gets underway on Thursday. Mike and Wes take one final look at the Packers' draft needs entering Round 1.

  • Prospect Primer: OT Laremy Tunsil, Mississippi

    (1:30) Posted 11 hours ago

    Packers.com presents 'Prospect Primer,' a video look at an assortment of draft-eligible players who attended the scouting combine in Indianapolis. OT Laremy Tunsil started only six games in 2015 after serving a seven-game suspension for impermissible benefits, but that has had no bearing on his status as potentially the first offensive lineman to be drafted.

  • Prospect Primer: DT Jarran Reed, Alabama

    (1:51) Posted Apr 27, 2016

    Packers.com presents 'Prospect Primer,' a video look at an assortment of draft-eligible players who attended the scouting combine in Indianapolis. DT Jarran Reed had 56 of his total 57 tackles come against the run