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One storyline that was beaten to death after the second Bears game (including here at CheeseheadTv and on our podcast) was the fact that the Packers spent the week indoors, while Lovie Smith had the Bears practicing outside. Well, it seems Tom Coughlin was paying attention, because the Giants spent a second day today practicing outside.

Now, I don't want to be an alarmist. It's nowhere near as cold here today as it will be in Green Bay on Sunday night. I doubt the Giants gain any real advantage by practicing outdoors. But they are getting their bodies ready to play football outside in the cold. I think McCarthy is taking a monster of a chance that his guys will be ready to play through the elements and be able to focus on the job at hand having not spent one moment playing football outside the comfy confines of the Don Hutson center all week.

It's simple really. If the Packers win, Mike's a genius. If they lose, you can bet that the weather, and the fact that the Giants handled it and the Packers didn't, will be a major topic for days, if not months, to come.

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Holly's picture

That has been nagging at me as well. There is, after all, only so much you can learn about how your body will play football in the weather when you say, "well, we live in it every day, so..." No. You have to at least shock your body a little. It's not about risking injury or illness. It's about going beyond SAYING you have to put it out of your mind and actually experiencing what it is you have to block out. I'm sure Brett's learned a few things about the rocket balls attempted in Chicago, but there's more to prepping for a 0-degree game than just walking outside to and from your car.

packerhigh's picture

Brett has played in cold weather games before in his career, but he is now 38 and the Chicago game has left a bitter taste in my mouth. Green Bay did NOT want to play that day. If they don't practice outside again, then how will they react differently? I hope Mike knows what he is doing! A repeat of the "I don't want to play in cold weather!" attitude, won't fly. The Pack needs to blow the Giants out to end is issue! 31 - 10

PackerBelle's picture

Practicing outside in 30-40 degree weather won't do anything to prepare you for playing in single digit or below zero weather. 30-40 degrees is when people in the Midwest start wandering around without jackets. The Packers have a big advantage - they are living in this weather. They have to walk in it to and from their car. They know how bad it is going to be without needing to practice in it. Plus, Chicago was a big learning experience. This isn't a team that makes the same mistake twice. Plus they won't be dealing with 40-50 MPH winds this time. There is a chance not practicing outside is a mistake, but I think Mike McCarthy is making the right choice to have good practices since the Packers already know what they are going to face.

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