GREEN BAY — After four straight home games with the bye week mixed in, the Packers begin a stretch of four road games in five weeks with their trip to Atlanta this weekend.
The Packers haven’t played on the road, and dealt with crowd noise and other such challenges, since Week 2 at Minnesota back in mid-September.
“We knew it was an unusual schedule when it came out in the spring,” Head Coach Mike McCarthy said prior to Wednesday’s practice. “The seven-day routine, that’s the reality you need to grab onto whether you’re playing home or away.”
Following a short break after last Thursday’s contest vs. the Bears, the Packers will play their final 10 regular-season games without a break. Nine of the 10 games will be on Sundays, with the one Monday nighter coming at Philadelphia in late November.
“It’s a 10-week plan,” McCarthy said. “At some point in your season, you go to a winter schedule where you cut back on the field time, increase meeting time and shorten the day by a half hour or so. We’re going to start some of that next week. We’re planning for the 10-week stretch. The medical report drives the final schedules.”
Regarding the team’s health, McCarthy said RB Don Jackson, who left the Bears game with a hand injury, will try to do the full gamut in practice to see if he can carry the ball with the injured hand.
“He’ll go through half-line drill and full physical team (11-on-11),” McCarthy said. “He has to go through that to give us direction on how we proceed to Sunday.”
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