It’s amazing what one month can do for a football team.
Four weeks ago, the Green Bay Packers were dumbfounded by their 2-3 record and pedestrian offense after a bad loss to the underdog Indianapolis Colts, but now they've won four straight games entering their bye week after dispatching the Arizona Cardinals 31-17 at Lambeau Field on Sunday.
As Press-Gazette reporter Pete Dougherty writes, the Packers’ 2012 season draws comparables to 2009, when the Packers dropped to 4-4 with an embarrassing loss at previously winless Tampa Bay.
That young Packers team then went on a five-game winning streak and won seven of eight games in the second half of the season to get into the playoffs for the first time with Aaron Rodgers as the starting quarterback.
“I love where we are,” defensive lineman Ryan Pickett said. “We’re behind two games (of first place in the NFC North Division), but we’re getting better. We keep winning, everything will take care of itself.
“Just like then, we used (the bad loss) for better. We took off after that. Same thing with Indy, we used it as a platform.”
You can read the rest of Dougerty’s story here: http://tinyurl.com/cn2p3ft
*Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers admits he didn’t have his best stuff during Sunday’s win over the Cardinals, but as Press-Gazette sports editor Mike Vandermause writes, the NFL’s reigning MVP still did enough to help the Packers get the win with a four-touchdown performance (http://tinyurl.com/chjnsse).
*Press-Gazette reporter Rob Demovsky pens on Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb, who continued to blossom behind another multiple-touchdown performance against Arizona on Sunday. Why you may not know, however, is the second-year pro and veteran Donald Driver pulled a switcheroo on one of his two touchdowns (http://tinyurl.com/ar9mme5).
*With the Packers struggling to throw the ball, the running game came to life and responded with a 176-yard performance that was the group’s best showing in more than 3 years. (http://tinyurl.com/ac7wrot).
*The Packers have finally reached their bye week, but lost three more injuries to starters against the Cardinals, including Nelson and three-time Pro Bowler Clay Matthews, who came down with a hamstring injury. The overall severity of the injuries is still unknown, among other news in our Packers notebook (http://tinyurl.com/bz94q45).
*In our Packers Insider, Demovsky gives thumbs up to James Jones’ amazing touchdown reception and thumbs down to Matthews’ hamstring flaring up again (http://tinyurl.com/b6lkpyp).
*Vandermause takes us through the rants and raves of Sunday’s game against Arizona (http://tinyurl.com/d677omu).
*We chatted with PackersNews.com readers following the 31-17 win. Here’s the post-chat transcript (http://tinyurl.com/d7o6ad4).
*Demovsky and Dougherty discussed the Packers’ win, Matthews’ injury and entering the bye week with a 6-3 record in our post-game video on PackersNews.com (http://tinyurl.com/csbsfgv).
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