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Packers look to make run with 5 of 7 at home

Ryan Wood
USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin

The gauntlet isn't over yet. With a trip to New Orleans coming before the bye week at the end of this month, the Packers can't settle in at home just yet.

Green Bay Packers break from the huddle in the first quarter during Sunday's game against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium.

Still, after opening the season with four road games in the first six weeks, the Packers start a new stretch this week. They'll play five of their next seven games inside Lambeau Field.

"It's an opportunity to make a run," receiver Jordy Nelson said. "You want to win your home games, no doubt about that. So, great opportunity. We've got to make the most of it."

The Packers have made the most of the difficult early-season schedule. They've started 4-2, just the third time they've done that with four of the first six games coming on the road since the 16-game schedule began. The other two times — 1996 and 2002 — they made the playoffs. Of course, they also won the Super Bowl following the 1996 season.

Nelson said playing two Thursday games — and the long weekends that come with it — have helped keep players fresh.

"I think it's been all right," Nelson said. "It's not like we're constantly going, going, going. So we had one, and then had a weekend off. Played a couple, had a weekend off. Now we've got a couple more and get a (bye) week off. So I think that's been good for us."