If you follow members of the Green Bay Packers media and see tweets and comments regarding the team practicing on Tuesday, don’t be alarmed — you didn’t miss a day this week. The team has elected to accelerate its practice schedule by a day this week, both because Mike McCarthy’s squad is coming off a bye week and because it has a long road trip to the West Coast on the docket this weekend.
Following Sunday afternoon’s game, the Packers will need to fly back home and prepare for another road trip, with a game in Foxboro on the other end of the continent a week later. As a result, it seems that McCarthy is valuing an extra day of rest between practice and this week’s game to help his team stay fresh and healthy as they enter a grueling stretch.
Remember that this is the beginning of a five-week gauntlet that has the team on the road for four games. They start with these next two road games at the Rams and Patriots, then Green Bay hosts Miami before a Thursday night contest at Seattle and a Sunday night game in Minnesota.
Rough? You bet. This stretch very well could define the Packers’ season. If they can manage a 3-2 record over this stretch, that would put them at 6-4-1 and in great position for a playoff run.
We’ll see if the early practice days pay off on Sunday afternoon against the Rams.
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