Channeling Jim Mora

Playoffs? Playoffs!?

The immortal words of Jim Mora, then the head coach of the Indianapolis Colts, apply to the current state of the Green Bay Packers.

Only the Packers aren't nearly as funny.

They know they can make the playoffs if they win their last two games, both at home against the Giants and Bears. Just don't ask them about it, unless you're looking for an NFL "one-game-at-a-time" cliché festival.

"We're trying to beat the Giants. That is our sole and singular purpose," general manager Ted Thompson said last week. "There is no place here for anything other than trying to win the next game. That is the way it is the first game of the season, the fourth, sixth, the 10th.

"I'm not thinking about the playoffs and I wasn't at the start of the season and I wasn't in the middle of the season and I'm not now."


Take that, Eagles!

Odd as it might sound, the Giants' Barry Cofield said he is more comfortable in the predicament the Giants now face. "I think we're in a better position now, coming off a loss [to the Eagles, in historically devastating fashion], and having people write us off," he said.

In that case, Barry, well played indeed.

Colts lose 3, gain 1

Indianapolis will be missing three defensive starters Sunday against Oakland. Cornerback Kelvin Hayden, linebacker Clint Session, defensive tackle Daniel Muir, and backup running back Mike Hart did not make the trip. The good news is two-time 1,000-yard runner Joseph Addai made the trip and is likely to play for the first time since hurting a nerve in his left shoulder Oct. 17.