GREEN BAY — The most-hyped regular-season game of 2014 for the Packers since the opener is upcoming on Sunday vs. New England, and Mike McCarthy emphasized that the Packers are not going to get thrown off their game.
“New England is a great football team, the way they’re hitting their stride right now,” McCarthy said on Monday. “Watching the video this morning, they’re impressive, and we’ll stay in tune with that.
“But we’re not going to make a bunch of changes. We like the football team we are, and we look forward to the competition.”
Sunday’s game will be the first head-to-head meeting of QBs Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady. Rodgers missed the game in 2010 in Foxboro, Mass., due to a concussion and was replaced by Matt Flynn.
The hype for this one, with the Patriots on a seven-game winning streak and the Packers having won seven of their last eight, has the potential to become a distraction. The Patriots have gone to five Super Bowls with Brady as their QB, but that’s not what the Packers will be focused on.
“It’s important to treat every game based on what you see on video,” McCarthy said. “We’re not going to get too far away from the video screen. We’re going to stay true to our process regardless of who comes out of the tunnel at Lambeau Field.
“They deserve all the respect they get right now, not only for this season but for what their organization has accomplished over the last 10-15 years. We get all that, we respect that, but we’ll be working all week to win the game on Sunday.”
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