Packers Tune Out Undefeated Talk

The Green Bay Packers know they'll have a challenge just to get to 7-0, with a trek to the hostile Metrodome to face rival the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.

The Green Bay Packers have a recent knack for going into their bye week in a big way.

They have won two of their last three games under coach Mike McCarthy before the break on the schedule by lopsided scores of 34-14 over Indianapolis in 2008 and 45-7 over Dallas last year. Both of those games were at Lambeau Field.

The one slip-up in that sequence came on the road in 2009. The Packers went to NFC North rival Minnesota in Week 4 and lost 30-23, forced to lick their wounds for an extra week.

It's back to Minneapolis for Green Bay and playing the Vikings in the traditionally hostile Metrodome on Sunday before it takes next week off.

Talk of the 6-0 Packers making a charge toward becoming the NFL's second 16-0 team in the regular season is building. Yet, those on the league's last unbeaten squad this season aren't taking what would be Green Bay's first 7-0 start since 1962 for granted.

"We have a very, very good team. We feel like every time we step on that field, we'll be better than our opponent," cornerback Charles Woodson said. "Can we (go the whole season undefeated)? Yeah, sure. But, we've got to take it one game at a time. (Sunday) will be a tough test against a division opponent."

The Vikings will get a Green Bay team that is coming off a fourth straight win by double digits, but collectively wasn't in a celebratory mood after beating the winless St. Louis Rams 24-3 last Sunday.

Three more touchdown passes from Aaron Rodgers, including a career-best 93-yard strike to Jordy Nelson on a catch-and-run play, had the Packers off and running with a 24-0 lead late in the first half. Green Bay's seemingly unstoppable offense was shut out the rest of the way, however.

"We need to play better," asserted Rodgers, who was 17-of-28 for 310 yards.

His receivers let him down with three dropped passes, including the first of the season for Greg Jennings, which resulted in Rodgers' only interception.

"We played terrible in the second half, as an offense," Nelson said.

The Green Bay defense has been far from foolproof this season, giving up another big chunk of yards (424) on Sunday, but has come to the aid of the offense in keeping the opponent out of the end zone the last six-plus quarters.

"Yeah, it's way too early to talk about 16 and 0," linebacker Clay Matthews said. "Seven and 0, that's what we're focused on. When you start getting ahead of yourself in this game is when you start fumbling and tripping up."

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