Coach Mike McCarthy isn't about to disregard the importance of the first-round bye simply because his Green Bay Packers were bounced out of last season's NFC playoffs without a victory.
The only difference in his team's pursuit of that goal this season is the starters likely won't be receiving any rest over the final weeks this time around.
Green Bay can help its chances of earning another bye with a victory over the visiting Tennessee Titans on Sunday.
The Packers cruised into the postseason with a 15-1 record after resting most of their starters Week 17, but they were upset at home by the eventual champion New York Giants - one year after rolling to a Super Bowl title as a wild-card team.
McCarthy isn't worried about the successes or failures of the past, but he's rather focused on getting his team an extra week of rest for this season's playoffs, seeing as he doesn't anticipate sitting anyone prematurely over the next couple games.
The Packers clinched the NFC North with las...