So, that this incarnation of the Packers is on the threshold of setting some pretty significant franchise history is a big deal.
The Packers enter Sunday's game at rival Minnesota with a 12-game winning streak, including playoffs. That's tied with the 12-game run accomplished by the 1961 and 1962 championship teams for the longest in team history. The 1961 team won its final two games, including the championship over the Giants 37-0. The 1962 team — considered potentially the best team in NFL history — started the season 10-0.
"Those records, I think, are things that you maybe look back on and have some pride in at the end of your career, maybe end of the season, but not something we're really focusing on at this point," quarterback Aaron Rodgers said. "You know, thankfully, we're creatures of habit and we're so focused on the preparation for that week that a lot of times you can really miss out on those stories that really are generated outside the locker room. But those are the accomplishments down the road that you can take a lot of pride in, I think."
Also, this would be the Packers' 700th victory. That includes 29 playoff victories but not the 19 games won in 1919 and 1920 before joining the NFL. Only the Bears, with 724 regular-season and playoff victories, have more.
Packers injury report
Out – LT Chad Clifton (hamstring); DE Mike Neal (knee); OLB Frank Zombo (knee). Did not participate – OLB Jamari Lattimore (shoulder); OLB Clay Matthews (quad); CB Sam Shields (concussion); G Josh Sitton (ankle). Limited – S Morgan Burnett (hand); CB Charles Woodson (foot/knee). Full – TE Andrew Quarless (foot).
At cornerback, Shields is going through the concussion protocol and hasn't been ruled out, and Woodson emerged from the Rams game feeling good enough to be limited after being held out of recent Wednesday practices.
Meanwhile, McCarthy indicated the team would wait until the bye week to make a decision on Clifton, who sustained a serious hamstring injury in the Week 5 game at Atlanta. Another lineman, Sitton, might be held out of practice until Friday.
Zombo, on the other hand, is out again, though he should be back after the bye.
Vikings injury report
Did not participate – WR Percy Harvin (ribs); RT Phil Loadholt (knee); S Jamarca Sanford (concussion); C John Sullivan (concussion). Limited – LB E.J. Henderson (knee); LB Kenny Onatolu (hamstring); CB Antoine Winfield (neck).
Sullivan and Loadholt are two of the Vikings' starting linemen. Winfield has missed the last two games. Harvin is held out for precautionary reasons after aggravating a training camp injury against Arizona two weeks ago.
"We're going to see how Antoine does, if he's able to practice today and then we'll make a determination maybe later in the week, what we think he can do from a rep standpoint and then we'll make that decision," Vikings coach Leslie Frazier told reporters in Minnesota.
— Rodgers, among others, said Packers-Vikings remains a heated rivalry, even though the Vikings are 1-5: "A little different matchup this year because of the records and the personnel for the fans' perspective, but not for us. We know what kind of game this is. They play better at home and have the potential of pumping in noise that may or may not go on. It's a tough environment to play in. We expect them to pay and we know the challenge they're up for."
— McCarthy on his counterpart, Leslie Frazier: "I think Leslie's a very good coach. Like a lot of coaches you compete against in this business, you first go against them as coordinators and then now have an opportunity as a head coach. Leslie's very consistent. It's reflected in the way his defenses have played throughout his time as a defensive coordinator. I would say that he'll have the same impact on the Vikings as a head coach. I think a great compliment to a coach is when your players play the scheme the way they're supposed to and that's something that he was always able to accomplish with the success that he had over there with their defense and now he's putting his blueprint on the team as the head coach."
— A nugget that didn't make our earlier story on Christian Ponder being named the Vikings' starter: "Donovan is a classy guy," Frazier told Packers beat reporters in a conference call. "He's a real pro and he was a pro as we talked through this as I explained to him the decision and why we were doing what we were doing. He was terrific. He's a competitor, he wants to be out there, he wants to help our football team, but he also understood where we are and what we're trying to get accomplished and why we were doing what we were doing. He kind of reflected back on when he ended up replacing Doug Pederson his rookie year and how Doug helped him to develop over that rookie year, and that's the thing he wanted to be able to do with Christian. He's been a real pro through this entire situation."
— The Vikings' uncertain future in Minnesota isn't something the players think about, defensive end Jared Allen said. "We've got no control over that. It's probably more of an offseason issue than anything else. But right now we know where we're going to be playing this year. This league, you don't know who's going to be on the team next year, so that's never something that's weighing on a player's mind."
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