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In unusual spot at 4-4, Packers face pivotal road stretch

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GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- Mike Daniels' angry voice could be heard from a far-off corner of the Packers locker room in the bitter minutes following a disheartening loss to Indianapolis.

A .500 record doesn't cut it in Green Bay, not for a team with perennial Super Bowl aspirations.

On Monday, after the Packers (4-4) dissected their 31-26 defeat to the Colts, Daniels spoke with intensity that matched his no holds barred-style of play.

Green Bay is at .500 after eight games for the first time since 2009. That year, the Packers finished 7-1 to make the playoffs as an NFC wild card.

This season, the Packers must play five of their last eight games on the road, starting with three straight trips in a stretch that could define their season. Green Bay goes to Tennessee next weekend, followed by night games at Washington and Philadelphia.

Linebacker Clay Matthews (hamstring) missed a second straight game after suffering a setback on Friday, according to McCarthy. Running back James Starks (knee) had a good week of limited practice and could be in line for more work this week, according to the coach

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