For Packers, 'Keep calm and carry on,' 'one game at a time'
John Rehor, Packers contributor
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When the Packers’ schedule first came out, there was one game that nearly everyone circled as an almost certain victory for Green Bay: Week 7, at home against the Cleveland Browns.
At the time, it seemed to make perfect sense. After all, the Browns were one of the worst teams in football since…well, since they were resurrected in 1999.
They were coming off a 5-11 season, their eleventh double digit losing season since they were welcomed back into the NFL.
There was no way the Browns were going to stroll into Lambeau Field and steal a victory. No way.
Before handing the Packers a victory, it is important to think back about another game from a few seasons ago that was deemed a sure victory, only to go completely wrong.
In 2011, the Packers were steamrolling along to a 13-0 record. Points were being scored (and given up) at a Madden-esque rate during this incredible run.
They were seen as unstoppable, and were headed toward an undefeated season.
When they arrived in Kansas City to face the lowly Chiefs, it should have been an easy win.
The Chiefs were 5-8, had lost four of their previous five games, and had just fired their head coach.
It was a David vs. Goliath match up, and is often the case, David won.
The Chiefs shocked the NFL world by knocking off the previously undefeated Packers 19-14.
The Chiefs (and the 1972 Dolphins) celebrated, while the Packers were left to ponder what went wrong on their flight back to Green Bay.
This game should serve as a reminder to everyone that anything can happen on any game day, especially when the Packers are expected to win, like they are this Sunday.
This year’s version of the Cleveland Browns are not to be taken lightly.
Their 3-3 record is somewhat deceiving. They have the 7th ranked defense in the NFL, have won 3 out of their last 4 games, and are looking to keep pace in the AFC North, where they sit one game behind the first place Bengals.
On paper, the Packers should win this game easily.
Playing at Lambeau Field in front of the Packers' faithful against a lesser opponent should be enough to make any opponent fear the Packers.
But as the game against the Chiefs in 2011 showed, at any time, David could surprise Goliath again this Sunday, and the Browns could leave town victorious.
With all the injuries the Packers are currently dealing with, Mike McCarthy has instituted a new motto for the team: "Keep Calm and Carry On."
It is the perfect slogan to handle what is happening with the rapidly depleting roster.
Relax, stay calm, and focus on what the ultimate goal for this year’s team has been since they first came together: winning the Super Bowl.
Keep calm and carry on, and do it one game at a time.
Don’t let David come into your coliseum this Sunday and defeat Goliath. Play one game at a time.
Don’t think about when this player is coming back or what if this player were lost to injury.
One game at a time.
Hopefully the 2011 Packers taught the 2013 Packers that lesson.