Green Bay Packers Earn High Marks for Drubbing of Oakland Raiders

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Green Bay Packers Earn High Marks for Drubbing of Oakland Raiders
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Mike McCarthy had his troops ready for a 19th consecutive win

The Green Bay Packers faced yet another supposed playoff contender Sunday. In hindsight, the Oakland Raiders are obviously not a playoff team.

They have just two wins (over struggling San Diego and Chicago) in seven games with the quarterback they traded a first and second round pick to acquire. They do not take care of the football and they give their opponents free plays and yards through penalties.

Still, the Packers played well enough to pull Aaron Rodgers with almost two minutes to go in the third quarter because of the 43-7 lead. Only one win in the 19 of this streak relied less on that quarterback to get it done than this one.

Coach Mike McCarthy has said this team has goals it is focused on before talking about 19-0 for 2011. The Packers clinched a first-round bye in the playoffs, leaving homefield advantage as the only remaining hurdle. Because the San Francisco 49ers lost Sunday, that can be clinched next week at Arrowhead Stadium.

First, let us take a look at this game and what went right for the Packers...

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