Bay Packers' Ty Montgomery celebrates his touchdown run during
the first half of an NFL football game against the Seattle
Seahawks Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016, in Green Bay, Wis
GREEN BAY — Three
straight wins are nice for the Green Bay Packers, but don't start
talking to coach Mike McCarthy about postseason possibilities until
they get to 10 victories.
To do that, they need
to win their final three regular-season games.
"If you get 10
wins, then let's talk about the playoffs. Until then, it's all white
noise," McCarthy said Monday.
The Packers are
certainly in much better shape than three weeks ago. They looked lost
then after their record dropped to 4-6 thanks to a four-game skid that
culminated with demoralizing back-to-back blowout losses at Tennessee
Now Green Bay is back
to meting out decisive victories over quality opponents.
"It's been a
while since we played with that type of energy and intensity.
Obviously, you see what happens when we do," guard T.J. Lang said
after the 38-10
win on Sunday over the Seattle Seahawks.
This was an
across-the-board whitewash of Seattle that perhaps few people outside
of the Packers locker room saw coming. Even Lang, a veteran on the
offensive line seemed a little surprised.
"I didn't see
the game playing out like that. Our defense would probably tell you
different, with the way they were able to take the ball away. Just a
great team game," Lang said.
There wasn't much
time to celebrate on Monday. McCarthy refocused quickly on the
Packers' next opponent, the Chicago Bears, a game that begins a
three-week stretch against NFC North foes to finish the regular
The Packers (7-6) are
tied with Minnesota in second behind division-leading
Detroit , which has a two-game lead.
Rodgers hurt his right calf on Sunday while throwing a 66-yard
touchdown pass to Davante Adams on the third play of the game. Rodgers
is already dealing with a sore left hamstring. Playing with limited
mobility, Rodgers nevertheless dissected Seattle's defense for 246
yards and three scores before leaving early in the fourth quarter with
his team up by four scores.
What was important
for Rodgers, McCarthy said, was that he still had the ability to move
in the pocket if needed.
"If you can't
reset your feet, I don't know how you can perform. But his ability to
reset his feet and extend the time-clock ... the progression of the
route concepts, was key," McCarthy said. "As long as he can
do that, then we'll be fine."
It helps that the
Packers are getting healthier in some areas on both sides of the ball,
or finding new ways to compensate for injured players.
Lang's return from a
foot injury following a three-game absence was a boost to an offensive
line that is playing.
McCarthy disclosed on
Monday that former receiver Ty Montgomery is now a full-time running
back, a change made partly out of necessity at some point earlier in
the year because of the season-ending ankle injury to Eddie Lacy in
Montgomery, who also
lined up in the slot at times on Sunday, is showing flashes of
playmaking promise finished with nine carries for 41 yards rushing and
a score, along with three catches for 45 yards. He played running back
in high school before moving to receiver in college at Stanford.
"I had to get
used to it a little bit at first," Montgomery said. "I
didn't play that much running back in college, and then playing at the
NFL and playing running back is definitely a difference, but it's
On defense, the
secondary has been bolstered in recent weeks by the return of
cornerback Damarious Randall from a groin injury. He grabbed two of
Russell Wilson's career-high five interceptions, including one after
sprinting and jumping front of a receiver at the goal line to take the
The Packers have
given up 36 points over the last three games — or six less than what
they gave up in the 42-24 loss to the Redskins alone on Nov. 20.