GREEN BAY — The Packers will take a 5-2 record into New Orleans next Sunday night for their final game before the bye week, and from the sounds of it Monday, Head Coach Mike McCarthy won’t be letting his team bask in its current four-game winning streak.
“I’d like to think our whole team understands we’re getting ready to go into a hot box down there in New Orleans,” McCarthy said in his Monday press conference. “A big-time environment, a big-time game. These are the games you like to play. Everybody wants to get this one and get to 6-2.”
The game will be in prime time in the noisy Superdome against the 2-4 Saints, who have yet to win on the road this season but who have been incredibly tough over the last several years at home.
New Orleans could be desperate for a victory, though they’re only one win behind NFC South leader Carolina (3-3-1), so they’re far from out of the playoff race. McCarthy said his team this week won’t be focused on any of that, just what they see in their film study.
“I don’t ever put the opposing team’s record up,” McCarthy said, referring to preparation meetings. “They’ve had some tough losses. The one at Detroit yesterday was a tough loss. They were leading most of the game. But we stay in tune with what we see on the video. That’s what we get ourselves ready to get lined up to.”
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