Bay Packers' Eddie Lacy gets past Minnesota Vikings' Robert
Blanton (36) for a 10-yard touchdown run during the second
half of an NFL football game Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014, in
Green Bay, Wis.
GREEN BAY— If
he must play in warm weather, Packers center Corey Linsley would
rather it be a middle of a summer-like, sweltering heat. The kind
of heat that might make him delusional after working out in the
sun for three hours.
feel just fine then playing the Dolphins on Sunday in Miami, where
the forecast calls for a humid day with a high in the mid-80s and
a chance of thunderstorms.
In other words,
nothing like Wisconsin in October.
"I like it
because I feel like the (heat) is like — you get delusional. You
just stop caring," said Linsley, a rookie center from
Youngstown, Ohio. "I'm going to go as hard as I can."
It's a good thing
then that Green Bay had a long weekend to rest after last
Thursday's 42-10 rout of the Minnesota Vikings. The Packers have
rolled off two straight convincing victories to move into a
first-place tie with Detroit in the NFC North at 3-2.
McCarthy gave the team three days off. Players returned to work
Monday to start studying up on Miami.
Wednesday during a windy day in Green Bay. Temperatures were in
the 50s but it felt colder. The only resemblance to South Beach
this weekend was that it was sunny.
"I had to
wear sun block today in Green Bay," coach Mike McCarthy said
with a chuckle.
Bay Packers' Eddie Lacy breaks away for an 11-yard touchdown
run during the second half of an NFL football game against
the Minnesota Vikings Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014, in Green Bay,
This is a
franchise that historically thrives in the freezing cold. It's one
of the northernmost outposts in the NFL. The Packers' home of
Lambeau Field has been made famous in black-and-white highlights
in which the deep-voiced narrator waxes about the "frozen
STATS, the Packers are 10-9 since 1991 in games played with a
temperature of at least 81 degrees. The last such game was in
2009, a 38-28 loss at Tampa.
On Wednesday, the
keyword at Lambeau was "hydration." It was important to
refill on water and energy drinks in Miami.
it's cold right now," running back Eddie Lacy said. "But
it's going to be different. We definitely have to hydrate and ...
just try to eliminate cramps because it's hotter than what we're
In one sense
though, the Packers already feel prepared. McCarthy this year
instituted a new conditioning regimen which seems to have worked
so far judging by the small number of lingering injuries. The
medical report last year, for instance, was littered with nagging,
week-to-week maladies like pulled hamstrings.
only receiver Jarrett Boykin (groin) and defensive lineman Datone
Jones (ankle) missed practice. Boykin has missed a couple of
weeks; Jones got hurt against the Vikings.
what we've done this year with the new program in place, it's an
everyday deal for us. It's definitely heightened," McCarthy
said. "The process has already started, it doesn't start on
Thursday or Friday, so we'll be ready. I feel confident about
abounds after the win over the Vikings, though the Packers this
week have also been careful about saying there is much to improve.
They would like to achieve week-to-week consistency in the running
game after a breakout performance last time out. Lacy ran for a
season-high 105 yards on 13 carries, while backup James Starks
added 46 yards on 12 carries.
Lacy said he
could see on film this week that he was running more decisively.
when I got in the secondary, I didn't slow down and try to ...
look to see if I can reverse field," Lacy said. "I just
took what we given to me and got north-south as fast as
It's all about
tempo for the Packers, and keeping the defense on its heels. When
Lacy is going, Green Bay presents problems on the ground and
through the air with quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
"I grew up
playing in the heat," said Rodgers, a California native.
"It'll be different for us, but we like to keep a fast tempo
so it will be tough on them, too."
and special teams ace Sam Barrington (hamstring) was limited in
practice, as was DL Josh Boyd (knee). ... Green Bay signed G
Jordan McCray to the practice squad. The 6-foot-3 out of Central
Florida was initially signed as an undrafted rookie free agent in
May before getting cut before the regular season started.