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Despite Struggles, Aaron Rodgers’ Injury, Nick Collins Believes Packers Match Up Well With Patriots

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Despite Struggles, Aaron Rodgers’ Injury, Nick Collins Believes Packers Match Up Well With Patriots
The Green Bay Packers were the pick of many to make it to the Super Bowl out of the NFC. After losing to the Detroit Lions on Sunday, they’re left playing for their playoff lives. And they’re doing it against just about the toughest schedule possible given the circumstances.After losing to one of the league’s youngest and most inexperienced quarterbacks last week, they’ll face one of the best and most veteran in Tom Brady and the New England Patriots this week. Then they close with the New York Giants — another team fighting to make the playoffs  and the Chicago Bears, who lead the NFC North.

Oh, and did I mention they might have to do all of that without quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who suffered his second concussion of the season.Nick Collins says the Packers are remaining upbeat, which at a time like this is no small feat.Nick Collins joined WSSP in Milwaukee with Doug and Mike to discuss how the Green Bay Packers are holding up, how they match up with the Patriots, the miniscule flaws of Tom Brady, the attitude in the locker room after losing to the Lions, possibly having Matt Flynn at quarterback, the crazy situation for the Vikings and Bears on Monday night and whether players discuss the playoff scenarios.

On facing the New England Patriots with the playoff scenarios on the line:

“We’re upbeat. We match up well against these guys. We know they’re hot right now but we’ve got to go in there and just play hard for 60 minutes.”

On if there are flaws in Tom Brady’s game:

“Not many. The guy’s great at what he do. He gets the ball to his playmakers and lets them make plays and they make a lot of yardage after the catch, so we’ve got to just go in there and tackle them when they catch the ball, get them down and make them drive.”

On if there’s anything with Brady they can take advantage of:

“No quarterback likes to have pressure on them. If we can just get a little pressure on him and knock him off his timing, that’s good enough.”

On how they remained upbeat after losing to the Lions:

“This is the NFL. Any given Sunday you can go in and get beat and unfortunately it happened to us last week against a division opponent. Everybody in this locker room knows we’re a better team than that, we just didn’t play to the best of our ability that day. We’ve just got to move forward.”

On having Matt Flynn perhaps playing at quarterback:

“One thing about Matt, he’s a competitor, he’s a winner. He knows how to win big games. … He knows what this game is all about and he’s got a lot of veteran guys around him and we feel very confident he can go in there and get the job done.”

On the crazy situation in Minnesota playing at the college stadium on Monday night:

“That’s a tough situation to be in. You can’t play in front of your home crowd in a big Monday night game. It’s tough. I’m glad I’m not a part of that.”

On whether the team discusses the tiebreakers and playoff scenarios going into Week 15:

“You know, we haven’t talked about the playoffs. We’re focused on New England. That’s our mindset. We’re taking it one game at a time and New England’s our next opponent.”

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