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In And Out Of The Off Week

With the win over the Cardinals on Sunday, the Packers improved to 5-2 (.714) under Head Coach Mike McCarthy in the came before the bye.

Since 1994, Green Bay has a 14-5 record (.737) in the game heading into its open week on the schedule. 

The Packers will come out of their week off with back-to-back road contests at Detroit (Week 11) and at the N.Y. Giants (Week 12), the second straight year that Green Bay has traveled to take on the Lions and Giants in consecutive weeks (Weeks 12 and 13 in 2011).

It will be the third straight season that the Packers will come out of their bye with a contest away from Lambeau Field. In 2011, Green Bay traveled to San Diego and in 2010, the Packers visited Minnesota following their open week.

In games immediately following its bye week, Green Bay has won 12 of its last 16 (.750). Under McCarthy, the Packers are 5-1 (.833).

Green Bay won its first game after the bye each of the last three seasons, outscoring its opponents 102-41 in those games. That included a 26-0 win vs. Detroit in 2009 and a 31-3 victory at Minnesota in 2010. 

Since McCarthy took over in 2006, Green Bay has a 38-20 overall record (.655) after the bye. Since 2009, the Packers are 21-7 (.750) after the bye.

Of the seven remaining games on Green Bay’s schedule, five will come against NFC North foes. Two of those contests will be against Detroit (Weeks 11 and 14), two against Minnesota (Weeks 13 and 17) and one against Chicago (Week 15).

When the Packers visit the Lions at Ford Field after the bye, they will be looking to extend their divisional winning streak to nine games, which would be a franchise record (see page 9 for more). Green Bay’s current eight-game winning streak in the NFC North matches the team-best mark of eight straight wins in the division from 1996-97.

The Packers have posted a winning record in the division every season under McCarthy (2006-11), joining New England as the only teams in the league to accomplish the feat over that span.

Of the seven games left on Green Bay’s schedule, three will be at Lambeau Field and four will be on the road. Five of the games (three home, at N.Y. Giants, at Chicago) will be played outdoors.


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