The Green Bay Packers may not seem like it based on the eye test, but they are at 10-4 playoff team with Super aspirations.
"This is a team that has better football in front of them," said Packers head coach Mike McCarthy to 620WTMJ Packers analyst Larry McCarren.
As for the team's imperfections which came to fruition despite their 30-20 win over Oakland on Sunday, McCarthy said they must "keep working at the things we can do better. I really like the makeup of our football team."
That makeup, McCarthy believes, includes having both sides of the football having the capability to dominate a game well enough to win.
"The defense can go out and win a game for us," said McCarthy. "Offensively, we can go out and win a game."
McCarthy addressed the chinks in the armor the offense showed, including just 279 offensive yards and a 19-play drive which ended in a field goal, not a six-pointer.
"To go 19 plays and not score a touchdown, that's disappointing...the fact of the matter is, the game changed after that," said the coach.
Yet he believed "we did some really good things on offense. We had 2-3 plays, maybe four that could have changed the outlook."
He believes there are many in Packers Nation who are seeing the dead trees in a playoff-filled forest - a 7th straight playoff berth for Green Bay under McCarthy, something Curly Lambeau, Vince Lombardi and Mike Holmgren never accomplished.
"That's all part of the expectations. If we've spoiled the fans, it's our responsibility to spoil our fans, and we've got great fans," said the coach.
"The expectations are set. We feel we've got a lot more to prove as a football team."