Packers: Mike McCarthy says Green Bay's goal remains getting 10 victories

GREEN BAY — Coach Mike McCarthy’s arithmetic tells <a href="">Brett Hundley Authentic Jersey</a> him his Green Bay Packers are going to have to run the table again — and this time, do it for at least the next two games without <a href="">CM Punk Kids Jersey</a> their star quarterback.
Sitting at 5-6 following <a href="">Duncan Keith Kids Jersey</a> a 31-28 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday night, McCarthy wouldn’t outright say that the Packers have to win <a href="">Charlie McAvoy Authentic Jersey</a> out to extend their <a href="">Anton Khudobin Kids Jersey</a> franchise-best streak of <a href="">Brandon Carlo Kids Jersey</a> consecutive postseason berths to <a href="">Trevor Linden Youth Jersey</a> nine, but having long believed that it <a href="">Jori Lehtera Jersey</a> takes 10 wins to make the <a href="">Matt Read Youth Jersey</a> playoffs — with very few exceptions — he didn’t have to.
“Six losses. I mean, it is what it is,” McCarthy <a href="">Grant Fuhr Youth Jersey</a> said Monday evening when asked about where his team stands after its fifth loss in six games since Aaron Rodgers sustained a <a href="">Dave Keon Authentic Jersey</a> broken right collarbone at Minnesota on Oct. 15.
“You can sit <a href="">Jaromir Jagr Authentic Jersey</a> there and you can jump <a href="">Drew Doughty Kids Jersey</a> around and look at schedules and all that. I’m sure that’s fun for the fans (to look at) all the potential scenarios and <a href="">Wayne Gretzky Jersey</a> all that. But at the end of the day, if you don’t get to 10 wins, to me there’s nothing else to talk about. We’re at <a href="">Boyd Gordon Kids Jersey</a> five. We’ve got to get to six (this week), and that’s what really it’s all about.”
Entering Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Lambeau Field, there are eight teams ahead of the Packers in the NFC <a href="">Carter Rowney Jersey</a> standings: The Philadelphia Eagles, Minnesota Vikings, New Orleans Saints, Carolina Panthers, Los Angeles Rams, Atlanta <a href="">Carl Hagelin Youth Jersey</a> Falcons, Seattle Seahawks and Detroit Lions. Three teams stand at 5-6 with the Packers: The Dallas Cowboys, Washington <a href="">Brian Leetch Jersey</a> Redskins and Arizona Cardinals.
“It will be all about coming in <a href="">Dan Girardi Jersey</a> Wednesday and getting back to <a href="">Charlie McAvoy Womens Jersey</a> work,” wide receiver Jordy Nelson said. “We can’t take the <a href="">Cam Neely Kids Jersey</a> foot off the pedal at all with the situation we’re in.”
Last year, the Packers <a href="">Andrei Markov Jersey</a> had lost four straight and <a href="">Ben Hutton Youth Jersey</a> were 4-6 after 10 games when Rodgers said he believed his team could run the table and make the playoffs. The Packers <a href="">Jakub Voracek Jersey</a> then did just that, winning their final six regular-season games and two playoff games to reach their second NFC <a href="">C. J. Prosise Jersey</a> Championship Game in <a href="">Cody Eakin Jersey</a> three years.
Making this year <a href="">Drew Doughty Womens Jersey</a> even more challenging: The Packers will <a href="">Josh Bynes Kids Jersey</a> have to win their next two games — against the Buccaneers this week and at the winless <a href="">Garret Sparks Authentic Jersey</a> Cleveland Browns on Dec. 10 — without <a href="">Jon Merrill Jersey</a> Rodgers, who cannot play in a <a href="">Kasperi Kapanen Authentic Jersey</a> game until Dec. 17 at Carolina at the earliest.
Placed on injured reserve on Oct. 20, Rodgers is eligible to return to practice on Saturday, assuming the Packers will designate him for return as expected.
Asked whether Rodgers would practice Saturday, McCarthy replied, “We’ll see. There’s a protocol, there’s targets we’re trying to <a href="">Danton Heinen Jersey</a> hit each and every <a href="">Jacob Markstrom Authentic Jersey</a> week. I think they’re working (on it), and it’s segmented. The A-No. 1 priority is <a href="">Boyd Gordon Womens Jersey</a> to get him healthy. Practice is not <a href="">Tomas Nosek Authentic Jersey</a> something we’re really <a href="">Brooks Laich Kids Jersey</a> focused on right now.”
Rodgers threw a number of <a href="">Brian Propp Youth Jersey</a> passes before Sunday night’s game at Heinz Field but had yet to have an X-ray done on his collarbone to see how much it has <a href="">Andrew Ference Jersey</a> healed. Rodgers said last <a href="">Arthur Moats Youth Jersey</a> month that for him to return, two things <a href="">Brian Leetch Youth Jersey</a> had to happen: His collarbone had to <a href="">Carter Rowney Womens Jersey</a> fully heal, and it would have to “make sense” for him to play — meaning the Packers were still in <a href="">Brady Skjei Womens Jersey</a> playoff contention.
“Everything that they’re doing is <a href="">Jeff Carter Womens Jersey</a> calculated between the training (staff), the strength and conditioning (staff) and Aaron. As you would imagine, he’s going at it 120 miles an hour,” McCarthy said. “And so far, so good.
“There’s a plan laid out for Aaron, just like the other guys <a href="">Ernie Banks Jersey</a> on IR. He’s knocking it out of the park, he’s going at it 120 miles an hour. We’ll see what the end of the week brings..”