Former Pro Bowl defensive back Eric Davis told his 95.7 "The Game" listeners there was no such thing as a trap game: "It's all about preparation."
Davis knows more about football than I ever will. But sometimes you can be too close to something to see it clearly.
Of course winning is all about preparation. But the whole point of a trap game is that a team is looking back and ahead and therefore does not properly prepare.
If trap games were not real, Hall of Fame coach Bill Parcells would not have swung a trap from the ceiling to prepare his team for one.
Sandwiched between two division rivalry games is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday. They are not contenders and could be overlooked, and if so are just good enough to challenge the Packers.
But even if the intensity is lower than last and next week, the Packers are too focused to overlook this game. After trailing for almost the entire first half against the Carolina Panthers, this team has been prepared for every game.
And every miscellaneous advantage favours Green Bay outside of pressure: If Tampa gets down early, they have far less to play for, they will be on the road in the cold and their coaches and players are not as tried and true.
Still, what matters more than all these things is the talent on the field. How does that match up?