McCarthy prefers snow for Sunday night showdown vs. Lions

CREATED Dec 7, 2012

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GREEN BAY - Weather forecasters are predicting the possibility of snow for Sunday night's Green Bay Packers-Detroit Lions battle at Lambeau Field.

That forecast sounds like it's right up Packers Coach Mike McCarthy's alley against the Lions, who play at home with a roof over their head at Ford Field.

"I think snow is a preference, personally," said McCarthy in an exclusive conversation with Newsradio 620 WTMJ's "Wisconsin's Morning News." 

"Playing in snow at Lambeau Field is a pretty unique thing."

This week, the Packers picked up their old running back who is known for success in snowy, muddy, rainy or any other sort of bad weather conditions, Ryan Grant.

"Ryan Grant looks good.  He's in shape," explained McCarthy. 

"Our practice yesterday was close to what we expect to play in (weather-wise).  It looked good with Ryan Grant's running style...downhill."

McCarthy explained that Grant's fresh legs that haven't seen much action this year could become a great advantage against a team that, like most around the league, could be suffering from fatigue.

"No one feels good right now.  Everybody in the league is beat up.  For Ryan to come in, fresh, ready to go, he's a popular player in our locker room.  I'm looking for him to add some punch."

Then, there's the "salty" Lions McCarthy said his team is facing in their second matchup this year. 

He explained that he might have kept a few strategic moves in his satchel in the first contest.  Those game plans could come out Sunday night.

"There are things in our first preparation that we did not put in.  We thought we'll just save it for next time.  That's all part of the chess match."