Staying in the Groove : Packers Insider

Staying in the Groove

January 5, 2010 by  
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Jan 6, 2010 ~ By Lori Nickel, Journal-Sentinel

There was a very good, very clear, very obvious reason that led coach Mike McCarthy and the Green Bay Packers to push the pedal to the floor in the 16th game of the season at Arizona on Sunday:

To keep the momentum. 

Mike McCarthy and the Packers have won seven of their last eight games.

Mike McCarthy and the Packers have won seven of their last eight games.

After the Packers began the year 4-4, they have won seven of their last eight games, with the only loss coming in a one-point shootout at Pittsburgh. They did not hold back in the season finale at Arizona, playing most of the starters and competing as if their very playoff lives depended on it.

Riding that wave is important to Green Bay for reasons beyond establishing a winning atmosphere and a justified confidence among the players. A day after the Packers dismissed Arizona with a 33-7 victory in Arizona, McCarthy explained that the momentum could help in the one area he cannot control, and that’s lack of experience.

The Packers are still young. Several of them, like Mason Crosby, Ryan Grant, Greg Jennings, James Jones and Daryn Colledge, to name a few, can only draw upon their experience on the 2007 playoff team.

Twenty Packers, including the contributing rookies like Clay Matthews and B.J. Raji, and key individuals such as Aaron Rodgers, Jermichael Finely, Jordy Nelson, Josh Sitton and Jeremy Kapinos, have no playoff experience at all.

In contrast, the Arizona Cardinals are loaded with veteran players with postseason experience.

“They’ve won their division two years in a row,” said McCarthy. “They have experience. They’re coming off of a Super Bowl run. They have playoff experience, pretty much their whole football team. Those are the things that play to their strengths.  Full story here

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