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Morning roundup: Packers on the road again

Nov. 6, 2013
 
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The Packers are preparing for a rare three-game road trip and won't return to Lambeau Field until Oct. 28. They travel to Indianapolis on Sunday, followed by a trip to Houston the following week, and a journey to St. Louis after that. It's the first time since 1998 that the Packers have to play three regular-season away games in a row, writes Rob Demovsky. “We’ll find out a lot about our team, and these young guys,” defensive coordinator Dom Capers said. “In some ways, being on the road and being at your hotel, there’s probably less distractions because of the schedule and their time is (accounted) for. Whereas when you’re at home, you have friends and family and all that, and there can be more peripheral distractions.” Of course, the Packers did play three straight games on the road more recently than 1998, it just happened to take place in the playoffs. In January 2011 the Packers traveled to Philadelphia, then Atlanta and finally Chicago on their way to Super Bowl glory. WORTH READING on Packersnews.com: *Find out why one of Capers' latest defensive schemes -- the dollar package with 7 defensive backs -- didn't work against the Saints. *Cliff Christl and Eric Baranczyk break down the Packers-Saints game, and one of the things they explain is why Cedric Benson is better than Ryan Grant. *In Wes Hodkiewicz's Packers notebook, we learn that the Packers have a one-week roster exemption for Mike Neal, who is coming off the suspended list. Neal began his suspension Sept. 3 and told the Press-Gazette before he left that he would spend time in Tampa, where he typically works out in the offseason. Neal wasn't allowed to use Packers facilities during his suspension. *The Packers' upcoming opponent, the Colts, have lost their head coach, who will undergo four to six months of treatment for leukemia, the Indy Star reports. Pagano isn't expected to resume his role as full-time coach this season. Pagano has a treatable form of leukemia and doctors said there is a good chance for remission.

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