Originally posted on Fox Sports Wisconsin  |  Last updated 11/27/12
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Packers coach Mike McCarthy is hoping that Sunday's 38-10 loss to the New York Giants was just one bad game, because he has no plans to do anything differently in preparation this week. "We're not going to change the way we go about our business," McCarthy said in his Tuesday press conference. "Urgency, awareness is obviously heightened once you get into December. That's a natural path through any NFL season. How we handle this loss and the words for the team, I'll express that in the morning to them." Green Bay had been on a five-game winning streak, but that came to a screeching halt Sunday night. The Packers, now 7-4 and trailing the 8-3 Chicago Bears for the lead in the NFC North, were outplayed in every area of the game by the Giants. Literally. Green Bay was beaten in each major statistical category by New York. But McCarthy didn't question his players' effort in that game. "I definitely wouldn't say it was a lack of heart," he said. "I think that's part of their regard to being accountable for their performance and it's something that we talked about after the game. This is about doing your responsibility and being accountable for it and make sure we take this opportunity of a negative performance and apply it to the next one. "I would not say it was a lack of heart. I do say that (the Giants) were playing probably a step faster and they were finishing better than we were during the game, and I felt that way after watching the video. Those are the things that we can do a better job of. "The New York Giants clearly outplayed us and, really, I say outperformed us, whether it's coaching or all the way through. It was not our best night. They got after us and, more importantly, what we do with this experience is most important to me." Jennings ready for a full week of practice: After missing the past seven games due to a groin and abdominal injury, Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings appears certain to return to the field this weekend against the Minnesota Vikings. Jennings practiced in a limited fashion last week and likely could have played in New York, but McCarthy held him out of that game. "I'm looking for Greg to be a full participant (in practice this week)," McCarthy said. "Just talking with Greg on Saturday and Sunday, I think he's in a good place and he's ready. He needs a full week of work, and that's our plan. "But you also have to have the conversation of, how many plays is he going to play? That's really what the week's work is for. Because when guys come off injuries that hold them out of multiple weeks, multiple games, it's important that we not only have Greg for Minnesota, but all the way through (the rest of the season)." Benson not ready: This is the week that Packers running back Cedric Benson is allowed to return to practice after fulfilling the six-week obligation on the NFL's new injured reserve designation. But with questions still lingering about the status of Benson's foot injury, the 29-year-old isn't likely to be cleared yet. "I don't think so, no," McCarthy said when asked if Benson would practice this week. "We'll probably have some information for you (Wednesday) on Cedric Benson." Matthews is missed: Packers outside linebacker Clay Matthews has been out the past two games due to a hamstring injury, but his nine sacks this season are still six more than the team's next-best pass rushers (Erik Walden and Dezman Moses each have three sacks). While it's unknown whether Matthews will be cleared in time for Sunday's game, Green Bay only picking up one sack against the Giants was a clear indication of how much Matthews has been missed. "Clay Matthews is an outstanding football player," McCarthy said. "He's clearly one of the best defensive players in the whole National Football League. He makes an impact every time he plays the game, with just the way the offense approaches him, his playmaking ability. "We've been playing a few weeks without Clay. It'll be great when we do get him back. We did not play our best game on Sunday but it'll be great when Clay does come back." Follow Paul Imig on Twitter
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Top eight takeways from Raiders’ relocation to Las Vegas

Tony Romo upset with situation, distancing himself from teammates and coach

Kings owner looking for an executive to place over Vlade Divac

Elway: Broncos plan to 'stay the course' with Siemian, Lynch

Boykin may have violated probation, could face jail time

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

USF suspends DB indefinitely for role in shooting, arrest

Softball player, coach get physical in handshake line

Kraft: Patriots do not intend to trade Malcolm Butler

Brandon Marshall talks about how he can help Odell Beckham

Scherzer makes Tebow look silly in spring training at-bat

Lonzo Ball discusses headlines his father creates

Best, worst and hard to stomach MLB offseason moves

The 28 craziest ballpark foods for the 2017 season

The Rewind: George Mason's improbable run to the Final Four

Baseball movies you can stream now to hold you over until Opening Day

Best of Yardbarker: Did Team USA's victory save the World Baseball Classic?

Breaking down the Naismith Award race

Box Score 3/24: Waiting on West Virginia

Eat, Drink, Watch: Weekends are for upsets

The 'Once again, Barry Bonds is the best power hitter in San Francisco' quiz

With Team USA's victory, World Baseball Classic (finally) lived up to its potential

The NFL distraction playbook

Which Sweet 16 team should you be rooting for?

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Best, worst and hard to stomach MLB offseason moves

The Rewind: George Mason's improbable run to the Final Four

Baseball movies you can stream now to hold you over until Opening Day

Best of Yardbarker: Did Team USA's victory save the World Baseball Classic?

Breaking down the Naismith Award race

Eat, Drink, Watch: Weekends are for upsets

The 'Once again, Barry Bonds is the best power hitter in San Francisco' quiz

The NFL distraction playbook

With Team USA's victory the WBC (finally) lived up to its potential

The Aesthetic: The world of player exclusive sneakers

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker