The 4-0 Packers are coming off their bye week. They hope to keep the momentum going as they head to Tampa Bay to take on the Buccaneers.
“That’s the goal,” says head coach Matt LaFleur. “I know the energy, the effort has been there. I know our guys are ready to get back at it. They’re excited. They know that this is a really good challenge in front of us in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. They’re getting all three phases. We’re going to have to have a great week of preparation to go down there and get the outcome we desire.”
Much of the attention Sunday will on Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady, at least for the fans.
“It’s always fun when you have two of the greats going at it,” says LaFleur. “That’s not really our focus. I think that’s more for the fans. But it is always enjoyable to watch two of the best that have ever played that position compete against one another.”
The high is Tampa Bay Sunday is 88. A much different feel than our normal frigid Wisconsin temperatures. For LaFleur and the Packers, there’s only so much preparing you can do.
“That’s always a tough thing to replicate. We’ve tried a few things, like turning up the heat inside our weight room as well as if we happen to go in the Don Hutson Center. But again, that’s really hard to replicate. The one thing we have done is we just stress the fluids to the guys. Because we know we’re going to need everybody for four quarters . We’re expecting a four quarter battle that’s going to probably come down right to the wire against a really good football team. In order for our guys to be available for all four quarters, the hydration thing is going to be an important part to that.”
Another big difference this weekend will be the fans in the stands. Roughly 15-or 16-thousand fans are expected in Raymond James Stadium.
“The guys are excited to play in front of people,” adds LaFleur. “The most we’ve played against was when we played down in New Orleans, and there were maybe 500 people in the stands, which it felt like zero. I think the guys will be excited to get out and play this game in front of the fans because there is a certain level of energy and excitement that they can bring to the game.”
For the full interview with LaFleur on Wisconsin’s Morning News, click in the player above.