GREEN BAY—The resiliency of the Green Bay Packers and the depth of their roster continue to be the stories of 2012.
Already down a handful of starters, the Packers lost three more throughout the course of Sunday’s 31-17 win over Arizona, yet, still managed to extend their winning streak to four games heading into this week’s much-needed bye.
“Yesterday’s game was a little bit of a microcosm of our season so far, where there were so many adjustments through the four quarters, but we were still able to walk off the field with a two-touchdown victory,” Head Coach Mike McCarthy said on Monday.
Some of those adjustments were new, as far as the positions they affected.
The Packers’ starting offensive line hadn’t missed any time all season until right tackle
Obviously, the Packers want to get their injured players back as soon as possible, but how many will be able to return right after the bye remains uncertain.
McCarthy said Nelson was going to be “OK,” and he’s hopeful fullback
The early diagnosis on Matthews is that he may miss a couple of weeks, though Matthews doesn’t feel the hamstring injury is as bad as some he’s had in the past, McCarthy said. For all his hamstring troubles over the years, Matthews has only missed one regular-season game due to injury in his career.
Meanwhile, more information is needed on Bulaga’s hip injury, and outside linebacker
No update was announced on cornerback
Regardless, the Packers will soldier on, and they’ll come back from the bye with a trip to Detroit that’ll mark the first of five division games on the schedule over the final seven weeks. The stretch includes three straight division games the first three weeks of December, one against each NFC North foe.
“That’s where we are today, 6-3, and hopefully we can get healthy in the next two weeks,” McCarthy said. “We won’t be totally healthy. That’s the reality of it. But we have to get ready for these division games. To me, this is a whole different season.”
It’s a different challenge for the Packers, too. Under McCarthy, they’ve never had so many division games crammed together like this. In 2006, they played three straight NFC North games to close the season, and in both 2009 and 2010 they had a five-week stretch with three division opponents, but five-in-seven is new territory.
McCarthy noted that having the bye week now will help with the preparation, but he’s not yet sure if he prefers a schedule like this one.
“I’ll have to answer that in January,” McCarthy said.Additional coverage - Nov. 5