Yes, the bye week came early for the Green Bay Packers.
However, considering the team's health issues, it may have turned into a big advantage. The Packers appear to be mostly healthier than they were when they played their last game eight days ago against Detroit.
Now, the Packers prepare for three games in 12 days, all at home, the first against the New York Giants on Sunday Night Football on TODAY'S TMJ4.
The first part of the preparation already has happened - a key look at each individual's performance so far this year during the bye week.
"We had time to really go down and dig deep, cut up some individual tape for our players, give something specific for each individual to work on," said McCarthy. The fruit of that tape led to a fundamentals-focused practice Monday.
"That was a successful day for us. You really don't have opportunities to do that."
Sunday night's game will bring McCarthy against his former quarterbacks coach, Giants head coach Ben McAdoo. He was a big part of tutoring Aaron Rodgers for many years.
"Ben and I were together a long time. There are tendencies to look at. He knows our people here very well," said McCarthy, who also quipped "It's good for both teams that Ben and I both aren't playing. That's a positive."