6-0 start is very realistic

Packers playing well enough to be undefeated entering bye week

Mike McCarthy was shooting for a fast start to this season, but the Green Bay Packers have reached warp drive sooner than anyone could have imagined. And nobody around 1265 Lombardi Avenue is complaining, or looking ahead.

That's my job.

Over the past couple of weeks, there has been a sense of a quiet confidence throughout the locker room, and that has carried over to game days. The Packers know that they're the youngest team in the league, but believe in McCarthy's plan and in themselves. As a result, all three facets - offense, defense and special teams - are clicking and the Packers are 3-0 with a very good chance of entering the bye week in mid-October with a 6-0 record.

Nobody in the Packers locker room is talking Super Bowl, or even playoffs, but they continue to be focused on the game ahead, and are constantly reminded of that by McCarthy and his staff.

"We're 3-0, stacking successes is something we talk about all the time. We're a team that didn't have a lot of confidence at this time last year, so the alternative is obviously a more positive situation to be in," McCarthy said. "But I talk about it all the time. It's very important to keep the team's eye on the target, and that's what we'll continue to do when we get back together Wednesday (today)."

6-0? Why not? The Packers play a Vikings team on Sunday that has struggled offensively in their 1-2 start. Minnesota's quarterback situation is unsettled. While the Vikings feature one of the top defenses against the run, the Packers have passed the ball well in each of their last two games, and Favre has been successful in the Metrodome in recent years where the Packers have won three of their last four games.

The Packers then return to Lambeau Field to face the 1-2 Chicago Bears, who turned to another new starter quarterback and have struggled to score points, before taking on the Washington Redskins Oct. 14 at home. Washington (2-1) fell to the Giants at home last Sunday.

Of course, injuries will play a key in each of Green Bay's next three games. If the Packers do not lose any key players on offense or defense, 6-0 can happen. Green Bay's defense is the real deal, and is currently brimming with confidence. Special teams have been vastly improved, and will only get better when Will Blackmon is able to return punts and kickoffs. Favre obviously is in mid-1990s form and seems to have a renewed energy and focus that seemed absent at times in recent seasons.

Also, the Packers seem to be playing teams at the right time, which is a big key in the NFL's marathon season. San Diego is off to a slow start, but you can bet they will get there act together soon. The Giants and Eagles showed last week that they're not about to mail it in after 0-2 starts.

The Vikings won't exactly roll over for the Packers on Sunday. They'll create as much artificial noise as possible in the Metrodome, but Green Bay has put together a team that won't back down to anyone. So far, the Packers have proved it in the first three weeks of the season, and look for them to continue to prove it in the next three weeks, too.

Todd Korth is managing editor of PackerReport.com and Packer Report magazine. E-mail him at packrepted@aol.com.

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