Packers look for strong start to second half of the season

Aaron Rodgers at Thursday's practice (WLUK/John Doran).

GREEN BAY (WLUK) -- The first half of the season is in the books and the Packers are looking for a fresh start after going 3-4-1 in its first eight games.

“We need a win," said wide receiver Randall Cobb. "I can tell you this isn't fun. It's very frustrating. It's tough, it's tough. I know what we're capable of. We're not there and I don't know what it is, but we've got to find a way to get it done."

“We need this win. Especially to start the streak we are looking forward to starting," said cornerback Jaire Alexander.

Green Bay lost its last two games in Los Angeles and New England, but the team knows there’s a lot of football ahead starting with the Miami Dolphins this Sunday.

Clay Matthews said this week the Packers are typically a second half team.

“I know it’s fun for viewers who are watching at home, but it’s definitely not the way we want to do things," said Matthews. "But like I said it starts with a win this weekend.”

“I feel like we've got to play better. Consistently, sixty minutes, try to avoid some of the lulls we’ve been having," said Aaron Rodgers. "We’ve got to play with confidence and we’ve got to play up to the level we’re capable of playing.”

The Packers return to Lambeau field this Sunday for the first time in nearly a month before a short week where they play at Seattle for Thursday Night Football. Then the following week, the Packers play at Minnesota. This team in need of a win as they start the second half of the season.

“With four losses you definitely need to start picking it up," said Matthews. "We need to start winning games now, because you can’t put us in a position where the games are running out and you’ve got to win every one.”

“Every game matters at this point," said linebacker Nick Perry. "We’ve come up short too much and I think everybody has that sense of urgency in them. We’re going to continue to work on our craft, get ready for Miami and try to improve each week.”

The Packers are 3-0-1 at home so far this season, looking to get back to .500 with a win this Sunday.

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