Mike's Remarks

Here are some comments from Packers head coach Mike McCarthy, following Green Bay's 31-14 win over the Arizona Cardinals Sunday:

On taking advantage of playing at Lambeau Field: "You have to win at home. We have a great home field advantage. We talked about it as a team last night in our final meeting, and we need to take advantage of it."

On running the football and keeping Brett Favre in control: "When you're running the football and keeping the defense in a 50-50 mindset, it definitely plays to your advantage. We refer to it all the time about playing downhill. I thought we played downhill all day to day against our opponent, and that's the way we want to play. Brett did an excellent job of recognizing their pressure defensive fronts and overloads at the line of scrimmage. I don't think we were in a bad play all day. He's doing an outstanding job for us."

On success of running game today: "When you're running the ball well, you're able to keep the defense in a 50/50 mindset, (and) it definitely plays to your advantage. We refer to it all the time - playing downhill - I thought we played downhill all day today, and that's the way we want to play."

On reducing the number of explosive plays given up by the defense: "I think it's coming together. They were very physical. I think they controlled the game, particularly early in the game. The thing I look for when I look for the pulse and tempo of the game is I feel very comfortable playing wide open on offense because of where our defense was playing. That's a comforting feeling as an offensive play-caller. They were in control of the game. We came out of the locker room with a lot of urgency and a lot of passion. That's what we need to do week in and week out."

On whether Ahman Green has returned to his old form after injuries: "I think it's safe to say he's back. He runs the ball as physical as anyone I've been around. That's what we talk about - one cut as a ball carrier. There was a couple times where he almost got around the edge. It would have been nice to see him get into the open field."

On the strong play by offensive line: "I thought our offensive line was excellent. The thing I saw was just a surge off the line of scrimmage play after play after play. Running the football is about attitude. I think we played with attitude today, and that's what we need to carry over. I'll tell you what, if you run with attitude every day, you're going to run the ball well."

On the strength - or lack thereof - of defeated opponents: "Winning in the NFL is winning. I'll never apologize for a victory over anyone. If you ask New Orleans or St. Louis, they won't apologize for their victories here at Lambeau."

On if wide receiver Greg Jennings (ankle) was close to suiting up: "He was close. I felt bad for Greg because he really pushed it. He just wasn't 100 percent, and frankly I wasn't comfortable putting him out there because I don't know enough about him as a young player. We were confident with the receivers we had in practice this week, but (Jennings) was close."

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