McCarthy: ‘We feel our season is just getting started’

Posted by Wes Hodkiewicz on December 28, 2016 – 2:06 pm

161228-rodgers-ford-field-950GREEN BAY — While all the outside talk is about playoff scenarios and positioning, the Packers are keeping their focus set on only one thing entering the final week of the regular season.

Beating the Detroit Lions.

A win over the Lions would mean a fifth NFC North championship in six years for Green Bay and the right to host a wild-card playoff game at Lambeau Field.

As much hype is building around the Packers’ five-game winning streak, Head Coach Mike McCarthy is concentrated more on the getting the team’s 10th victory than the path Green Bay took to bounce back from a 4-6 start.

“I’m not really here to talk about season review. We feel our season is just getting started,” McCarthy said. “We understand what we needed to do to get to this point. This is about beating the Lions, beating them in that dome. It’s a tough place to play. … We’re about beating the Lions. That’s what we’re focused on.”

This will be the first time the Packers have played in a dome since traveling to Atlanta in Week 8, amplifying the importance of the team’s preparation inside the Don Hutson Center this week.

McCarthy said the team had a lot of excitement when it returned on Wednesday. The players will get a chance to unleash some of that energy when the Packers hit the practice field at 3 p.m. Wednesday.

The Packers-Lions game will be the 256th and final regular season game of the 2016 season after the NFL decided to flex it to Sunday Night Football earlier this week.

Although the rest of the NFL action will be wrapped up by the time the game kicks off, McCarthy said he doesn’t plan on doing anything different with his team during the day of the game.

“We’re going to do everything the way we normally do it,” McCarthy said. “I’ll be working on my call sheet at that time and doing everything I normally do. We haven’t played in a dome since Oct. 30. I’m getting ready to play in this environment.”

McCarthy didn’t have many updates to the injury report, but said he is expecting second-year cornerback LaDarius Gunter to play against the Lions after leaving with an elbow injury during the Packers’ 38-25 win over Minnesota on Saturday.

Receiver Randall Cobb, who missed the Vikings’ game with an ankle injury, will be a part of the rehab group during Wednesday’s practice.

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