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McCarthy's Made His Decision...

Posted December 28th, 2011 @ 08:12pm

Mike McCarthy knows how he's going to handle his team's matchup with the Lions on Sunday. On the one hand, you've locked up the top seed in the NFC and can accomplish nothing with a win this Sunday, except a gaudy 15-1 record and a little thing called momentum.

And if you were facing the Bears this Sunday, a team with nothing to play for, it's a slam dunk. You rest your key guys, figure you can probably beat them without Rodgers, Woodson and Matthews and get 13 or 14 days of rest before you host a playoff game.

But you're facing the Detroit Lions, the motivated-to-win Detroit Lions. What's that? They've already clinched a playoff berth and the only thing they can do is clinch the #5 vs. the #6 seed? Yeah, well that's the difference between heading to the home of the NFC East champ or heading to Who Dat nation in the Superdome. You can bet Jim Schwartz is selling his team that they're the 2010 Packers, that dangerous low seed no one wants to face in the playoffs. And if they're #5 and have to head to New York or Dallas, few will doubt that they could pull off the minor road upset.

But a date with Drew Brees in New Orleans? They'd be hard pressed to keep up with that team in that building. And take it a step further. Say the #3 Saints meet the Falcons and dispatch the dirty birds. That means they would head to San Francisco in the divisional round. The winner of the Lions-NFC East champ would head to Lambeau.

So if Mike McCarthy elects to rest guys and the Lions are in it to win it, you set up another potential meeting with the dangerous Lions in two weeks at Lambeau. Not to say the Pack wouldn't handle the Kitties on the frozen tundra, but if I'm McCarthy I want to take a shot at handing them the sixth seed and a date with the Saints.

The downside of course is one of your key players gets injured in a "meaningless" game, a la Wes Welker four years ago. I say McCarthy would say it's the price of doing business. This regime constantly preaches that you go out to win every football game and I believe they will play their starters this Sunday. Let's be honest, the defense has been shaky since the Thanksgiving Day beat down of the Lions. This game would be a good litmus test to better understand where this unit is at, giving the defensive coaches more tape to study as they prepare for the playoffs. Coincidentally, the Lions have taken off since that Turkey Day domination.

There's really no dilemma here. You go out to finish off the season the way you've played it all year. You don't play the guys that are nicked. Jermichael Finley (knee) and Randall Cobb (groin) missed practice on Wednesday. Don't play them on Sunday. Ryan Pickett was fully cleared and Chad Clifton participated fully on Wednesday. Play them on Sunday. Play everybody who's healthy and evaluate as the game goes on.

The Super Bowl champs need to keep their mojo against a divisional foe who is already invited to the playoff party. You can bet McCarthy will go all out to keep that home winning streak going, as well as momentum heading into their defense of the Lombardi trophy.

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on August 8th, 2012 at 01:17pm

I say play it like you need it. Rest the guys that are banged up....but play everyone who can while the score is in doubt. We have a bye in the first round and these guys are payed pro's. The fans deserve a good show. On with my mantra.."40 in 40". 40 points or more in the rest of our games from our offense and hope this gives the defense enough points to defend. GO PACK GO !!

on December 28th, 2011 at 05:38pm

I hope you are right because I am going to the game!

on December 28th, 2011 at 08:21pm

Yeah, try to win the game if possible. Best case scenario: Rodgers pads his stats, gets the Pack out to a big lead and he sits the for the last quarter and a half.

on December 28th, 2011 at 09:52pm

davey, your missing one thing i'm the most scared of in your logic, the team i am the least want to see is the giants, they play outside and are not intimidated by lambeau or the packers. i would rather play the kittens here then the giants. and they could beat the giants if it's not to windy that day. just my thinking. that is what is great about the playoffs. i say rodgers doesn't play at all and we still win with flynn. 31-27. #12 wins best ever qb rating with a 122 rating. go world champs

on December 29th, 2011 at 01:13pm

I would much rather have the Pack take their chances down the road if New Orleans comes to Lambeau, rather than face Detroit a third time. The Lions are a much better team this year than the Bears were last year, and much more dangerous. If the Lions manage to beat the Saints in the Superdome, well, they will certainly have earned it. So let's make sure the Lions are this year's NFC #6, where it's not likely they'll have the same sucess as last year's NFC #6. :-)

on December 29th, 2011 at 04:24pm

While it is certainly possible that Lions, Giants, or the Dirty Birds can beat our Pack, the main concern has to be NO and SF. Our best chance to beat them and get to the SB is to have a healthy team. I say rest anybody dinged up, play Rodgers a quarter at most, then let Flynn take it from there. There is no perfect season to chase anymore. Don't take needless risks to try to setup your future opponent. After all, last year would other playoff teams have picked NO or GB as the "easier" team to play in the 1st round? Be careful what you wish for.

on December 30th, 2011 at 07:54am

I'm with you Dave. I would like to see the Packers play the starters but then pull out Aaron Rodgers & others when the time is right even if the game is close. I do NOT want to see Rodgers hurt among any of our players because if he goes down so do the Packers unless Matt Flynn is the 2nd coming of ARod. Play to win but don't be foolish with the talent. Go Pack!

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