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McCarthy rewards players with extra time off; Woodson named defensive player of week; McCarthy to be honored

Lambeau Field was to be devoid of football activity for a good chunk of the bye week.

Head coach Mike McCarthy rewarded his players for their comeback win over Washington on Sunday, which moved them to a co-NFC-best 5-1, by scrapping the one planned practice on the bye schedule Wednesday.

The players were excused from the team facilities Wednesday through Sunday.

McCarthy and his staff completed a lengthier period of self-scouting Wednesday, then have Thursday to Saturday off.

The Packers will reconvene for a long practice week Monday. They don't play again until Oct. 29 at Denver.

"It's an opportunity to get healthy," McCarthy said. "Every bye week I've been associated with, it's an opportunity for guys to get extra rehab, hit the strength and conditioning for the push down the stretch here as we go into our final 10 (games). I think every one of our guys will benefit from it."

Despite being treated to a five-day break, the players are required to weight train and condition on their own, including a half hour of cardiovascular work each day.

Two possible mile high spotlights on one night
The NFL informed the Denver Broncos that they can't move their Monday night home game against the Packers on Oct. 29 up a day to avoid a potential conflict in the city with the World Series.

The Colorado Rockies advanced to the World Series and are scheduled to host Games 3 to 5 in the best-of-seven series. The fifth game, if played, would be on the same night as the football contest. The two stadiums are only two miles apart.

The Denver Post reported that the only instance in which the NFL would change a game date is when two events are booked at the same venue.

Woodson honored as defensive player of week
As one of the few older and more ache-prone players on the squad, 31-year-old cornerback Charles Woodson applauded head coach Mike McCarthy's decision to give the team five straight days off during the bye week.

The break commenced Wednesday, a day earlier than planned.

Woodson, though, insisted that McCarthy's dangling the promise of a head start to the hiatus if they won Sunday's game against Washington had little to do with the Packers' defensive-inspired performance in the second half that keyed the 17-14 comeback victory.

"It feels good for him to put that (extra day) out there. But, it was just the game at hand and going 5-1 going into the bye week," Woodson said. "Forget about the extra days and all that stuff. We wanted to go out there and win and go into the bye week 5-1. That was a little boost for us. We appreciate it, and I know guys are having probably a good time right now."

Woodson decided the outcome Sunday with a 57-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown late in the third quarter.

The league honored him Wednesday as the NFC Defensive Player of the Week. It's the first weekly distinction for the 10th-year veteran, who played his first eight years with Oakland.

Woodson had his first interception of the season earlier in Sunday's game.

Elias Sports Bureau determined that Woodson is the fourth Packer since 1940 to have a fumble recovery for a touchdown and an interception in the same game.

Ahmad Carroll was the last Green Bay player to accomplish the feat, in 2004 against St. Louis. The others were Tom Brown in 1968 and Charley Brock in 1942.

Thanks to Woodson hauling in a deflected pass, the Packers set a franchise record with 12 straight games with an interception, dating to last season. The streak is the longest going in the league.

Favre downplays interception record
Brett Favre more or less shrugged his shoulders after the game Sunday, when he threw two interceptions to take sole ownership of the league's dubious all-time record with 279 picks.

George Blanda was the longtime record holder with 277.

"I could (not) care less. We won the game," said Favre, who became the league's most prolific touchdown passer two weeks earlier. "I'm glad it's over, just like the other records. We're 5-1, so it feels a heck of a lot better than having no picks and being 1-5. So, you take the good with the bad."

McCarthy to be honored in Kansas Mike McCarthy planned to spend part of his bye break in Baldwin City, Kan.

He will be inducted into the Baker University Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday.

McCarthy was an all-conference tight end and senior captain at Baker, an NAIA program, in the mid-1980s.

BY THE NUMBERS: 32 -- Positive points differential for the Packers between the co-league-high 48 points they've scored off turnovers and the 16 points they've allowed off turnovers. Green Bay is even for the season in the takeaway-giveaway ratio (12-12).

QUOTE TO NOTE: "I think even in Oakland (where he played his first eight years in the league until last season), we always had to come in Thursday morning and got the rest of the (week) off. I think last year was the same way here. I've never had this much time off on a bye week, so I don't know what to do with myself."
-- Cornerback Charles Woodson, with a big laugh Tuesday, the last day players had to report before getting the rest of the week off for the bye

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