GREEN BAY, Wis. -- When the Packers cruised through the regular season last year, earned the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoffs and had a bye in the first round, the end result was clearly not what the team wanted.
But that experience of getting blown out by the New York Giants in the postseason divisional round has not changed the way coach Mike McCarthy views a first-round bye.
"I really feel the bye week last year and what happened in the Giants game is really overblown," McCarthy said Wednesday. "It's important to have a healthy football team. If you have an opportunity to achieve a bye week, that's what we're working for. I'm going to make that clear right now.
"We have our foot on the gas. We're focused on winning games and improving as a football team. But we want the bye week. Make no bones about it."
If the Packers (10-4) win their final two regular-season games, starting Sunday at home with the Tennessee Titans and concluding Dec. 30 in Minnesota against the Vikings, they'...