Playoffs, Championships Depend on Cold-Weather Wins : Packers Insider

Playoffs, Championships Depend on Cold-Weather Wins

December 1, 2009 by  
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By Tom Silverstein, Journal-Sentinel
Dec 1, 2009

The measure of a Green Bay Packers head coach will always be the number of championships he wins, and the likelihood of him winning them will always rest on his ability to succeed in December and January.  

Teams usually need to be at their best when the weather is at its worst. The Packers used to own December.

Teams usually need to be at their best when the weather is at its worst. The Packers used to own December.

In the NFL’s coldest outpost, seasons are won and lost when the weather turns for the worst.

Riding a three-game winning streak, Packers coach Mike McCarthy will lead his 7-4 team through what could be a four-game, winter gantlet starting with a matchup against the Baltimore Ravens on Monday night at Lambeau Field. The 10-day forecast calls for a low temperature of 25 degrees and a 30% chance of rain or snow, a foreshadowing of conditions to come.  

After that, it’s back-to-back road games at outdoor venues in Chicago and Pittsburgh and then back home for a Dec. 27 game against Seattle at Lambeau Field. McCarthy has been criticized for his cold-weather game preparation, particularly leading up to the frigid NFC Championship game loss in January 2008.

When asked why he thought this team might respond better in the cold, he pointed to several factors.

“Well, running the football and stopping the run; practicing outside definitely helps,” McCarthy said Monday. “This is Green Bay Packer football. It’s playing in December. We feel we’re talented on the perimeter, but it starts up front. This is the time of the year where people have to run the football and stop the run and be productive with all of the aspects of the game that come off of stopping the run and running the football, so that will be our focus.”
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