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Packers stars, including Rodgers, may sit out Sunday

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The realities of a 53-man roster make it impossible for the Packers to rest all of their starters Sunday against Detroit.

But it sounds like they are going to sit as many key players as possible. Let’s break it down:

Too hurt to play

Wide receiver Greg Jennings (knee), running back James Starks (knee/ankle), return man Randall Cobb (groin), and tackle Bryan Bulaga (knee) won’t play. They would likely be shaky to play even if this was a playoff week.

On the borderline

The Packers list cornerback Charles Woodson (knee) and linebacker Clay Matthews (ankle) as questionable after being limited in practice all week. They would be playing if this was the playoffs, but it sounds like the defensive stars will be rested for most of Sunday’s game, if not all of it.  They are getting some earned star treatment.

Rodgers uncertain

Packers coach Mike McCarthy wouldn’t even confirm whether Aaron Rodgers would start the game when asked.

“The most important thing with Aaron is he’s ready to play. Whether he starts, we’ll talk about that today,” McCarthy said.

Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com believes Rodgers won’t even play a snap. Rodgers played coy.

“What did Mike say?” Rodgers asked. “I’m going to leave it up to Mike. I’ll let Mike answer that.”

Returning starters

The Packers will kick the tires on two injured starters in preparation for the playoffs. Defensive tackle Ryan Pickett, who has been sorely missed the last few weeks, is expected to return from a concussion.  Tackle Chad Clifton will play for the first time since hurting his hamstring in Week 5.

Coaches will watch Clifton closely. He’s essentially auditioning to start in the postseason.

Add it all up, and the Lions have a great chance to win in Lambeau and earn the No. 5 seed in the NFC playoffs.

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78 Responses to “Packers stars, including Rodgers, may sit out Sunday”
  1. austrianpanther says: Dec 30, 2011 3:32 PM

    No reason to get hurt before the playoff start!

  2. gmen1987 says: Dec 30, 2011 3:32 PM

    Don’t the Packers want to send the Lions to play against the Saints rather then send them to play the Giants/Cowboys, a game that would be a lot easier for the Lions to win at?

  3. packersareandwillalwaysbebetterthanthebears says: Dec 30, 2011 3:35 PM

    Thanks Kansas City.

  4. gman41 says: Dec 30, 2011 3:36 PM

    As I die hard Lion fan I will take a win in Lambeau any way we can. Its been 20 long years. Pack better be careful though, u dont want a confident Lion team getting that #5 seed and winning against the east. They will roll back into town 2 weeks later with all cylinders clicking and hungry as hell.

  5. cakemixa says: Dec 30, 2011 3:37 PM

    One and done in the playoffs.

  6. stavreafavre says: Dec 30, 2011 3:41 PM

    I would think it would be treated pretty much like a final exhibition game. Let the key guys play some and then get them out. There are a lot of people they need to see at game speed to evaluate whether they can help in the postseason, especially on defense. See if Zombo is ready, see how So’oto and House have come along after a season of practice. They’ll also want to let the new OT play some to see what he has. Going into the playoffs with a loss isn’t ideal, but neither is getting people hurt in an essentially meaningless game.
    And of course plenty of people thought GB would start the season off slow because they didn’t have any of those key players-only practices during the lockout. That didn’t work out too badly…

  7. bjorntorock says: Dec 30, 2011 3:42 PM

    DONT MESS WITH THE CHEESE!

  8. bjorntorock says: Dec 30, 2011 3:43 PM

    YEA CAKEMIXA! YOU SHOULD PUT A LARGE BET ON THAT AND SEE HOW IT WORKS OUT FOR YOU!

  9. packerfan12 says: Dec 30, 2011 3:46 PM

    We better sit our starters because Suh is going to be on the field…

  10. buzzbissinger says: Dec 30, 2011 3:46 PM

    @cakemixa

    LOL, unless you’re serious…

  11. medtxpack says: Dec 30, 2011 3:50 PM

    i can see the Lions coming close and possibly winning on Sunday,…but to think theyll travel to either Dallas or NY and then come back to GB and win again is just down right stupid.

  12. gman41 says: Dec 30, 2011 3:51 PM

    Gmen1987
    you a little worried about the Lions rollin into New York????? LMAO

  13. bearsstillsuck says: Dec 30, 2011 3:56 PM

    I really hope they play at least a half. I understand the trepidation though especially since its probably not below the lions to intentionally injure a packer starter.

  14. skolvikesskol says: Dec 30, 2011 3:58 PM

    Rest them!!! The pack is getting healthy just at the right point and getting clifton in will get him the game speed he needs to be a difference maker… Good luck pack and lions!!! Do the nfc central north proud!!! Skol vikes!!!!

  15. stevenfbrackett says: Dec 30, 2011 4:08 PM

    This gameplan will give the Lions a better chance of winning, but as always, they will be hurt by penalties and turnovers. And the Pack will take advantage.

    Don’t forget, even when the Packers are completely healthy they rotate in pretty much everyone for a play or two from time to time most games, so it isn’t like you are going to get a bunch of guys how haven’t played a snap all season or haven’t played with one another. There will be some bad plays and some miscues, but it won’t be a disaster or a blowout by any means.

    As long as Graham Harrell stays out when it is close, I have every confidence in the Pack winning.

  16. bigfish06 says: Dec 30, 2011 4:09 PM

    Man the Lion’s confidence will be shot if they lose Sunday. And I think its very possible they will.

  17. 2difshoe says: Dec 30, 2011 4:17 PM

    The Bears 3 string QB and running back put up 424 total yards of offense against the Packer D !

    Brees and Saints are going to destroy the Pack D. They will control the ball and dominate time of possession.

    Gonna be a long day Packer Fans !

  18. garyman1 says: Dec 30, 2011 4:17 PM

    Why in the wide, wide world of sports should the Packers play nicked up players…. they gain NOTHING from it.

    The “new” season will start soon enough and we’ll see everyone on the field.

  19. packersownerandshareholder says: Dec 30, 2011 4:20 PM

    If you think the Packers resting our starters is the only chance the Lions have at beating the Packers at Lambeau then like this comment.

  20. greenbay4ever says: Dec 30, 2011 4:23 PM

    I think our 2nd string can beat them. It would suck for them to win in our stadium like that. I won’t respect it if they do. It has been about 20 years now since they have. I know Lion Fans will take it. The mentality there is take it any way you can get it. That is not being hungry, that is being desperate.

  21. packersownerandshareholder says: Dec 30, 2011 4:23 PM

    Like this comment if you think us resting our key starters this Sunday vs. the Lions this week is a good idea.

  22. stairwayto7 says: Dec 30, 2011 4:26 PM

    I smell a 35-3 det win!

  23. countyk66ers says: Dec 30, 2011 4:30 PM

    The Packers wil have to use their dynamic receiving corps throughout the game and nobody can out run Brandon Saine. Green Bay by 20.

  24. countyk66ers says: Dec 30, 2011 4:33 PM

    “The Bears 3 string QB and running back put up 424 total yards of offense against the Packer D !

    Brees and Saints are going to destroy the Pack D. They will control the ball and dominate time of possession.

    Gonna be a long day Packer Fans ”

    We already took care of the Saints when it was warm.

  25. claymath52 says: Dec 30, 2011 4:33 PM

    Wait, Rodgers isn’t going to keep playing so that he can add to yardage stats???

  26. md1991 says: Dec 30, 2011 4:36 PM

    Who cares. Its a meaningless game for the Pack. Give me something worth while to read.

  27. orangeflh says: Dec 30, 2011 4:42 PM

    stairwayto7 says:
    Dec 30, 2011 4:26 PM

    I smell a 35-3 det win!

    Nope… that’s your feet. Go take a bath.

  28. 1265lombardiave says: Dec 30, 2011 4:44 PM

    Lions will win this game and strut around after like it’s a big f’ing deal.
    Fact is getting out of this game with no new injuries is in itself a win for Green Bay.

    Beating Detroit in what is more or less a exhibition game but losing Clay or Jermichael in the process IS NOT WORTH IT.

    Playing AR and Woodson a qtr Sunday is not going to make them anymore ready in 2 weeks.

    And for those obsessing about potential matchups ask New Orleans about Seattle.

  29. staff2cj4td says: Dec 30, 2011 4:45 PM

    kinda funny, last year we played at Lambeau with our second string QB and lost by only 2 points…after the refs let Woodson rape our receivers on 3rd and 4th down with 3 minutes left!

  30. packfaninchitown says: Dec 30, 2011 4:45 PM

    Pack will rest their starters but the backups will play hard and want to shine, kind of like a last game of the season audition for next year.

    Lions may win but they’ll be one and done when they go to NY in week 1, (no way in h**l Dallas wins Sunday) and the Giants will come to Lambeau.

    Pittsburgh meanwhile will be the five seed and lose to the Ravens for a third time, thereby putting to rest all those sad hopes for a seventh trophy this year.

    Saints will travel to SF and lose and the Niners will fall to the Pack in a close game in the snow.

    Packers/Ravens Super Bowl…believe dat.

  31. jimmysee says: Dec 30, 2011 4:51 PM

    20 years since the Lions won at Lambeau! — that’s half as long as the children of Israel wandered in the desert after fleeing from Egypt!

    Whew.

  32. rajuncajun28 says: Dec 30, 2011 5:01 PM

    Delusional Packers fans. You idiots think you will play the same Saints team as in week 1. Yeah, keep watching that film, genius. You barely won that game. You have no shot. Everyone in America realizes that fact but you. But, if I lived in nowhere,Wi with no media other than the local yokel paper, I guess you don’t realize how stupid you are….

  33. noeffinway says: Dec 30, 2011 5:06 PM

    So now the cheeseheads have an excuse eh? Too bad. Lions were gonna pound you anyways!

  34. bigbluefan1 says: Dec 30, 2011 5:18 PM

    WOW going from being unbeaten to sitting out
    Not a good idea as your only going to get one more game this season.

    As for the Lions or Falcons coming to Giant Stadium yeah just we want a nice dome team coming to NJ in the Middle of January

    Oh how soon you all forget that it was Eli that took his team to GB and beat them in the NFC Championship Game

    Bring the Lions the Falcons who cares they are going to be very happy with what I hope is a COLD Windy day

  35. morganwick says: Dec 30, 2011 5:19 PM

    “Delusional Packers fans. You idiots think you will play the same Saints team as in week 1. Yeah, keep watching that film, genius. You barely won that game. You have no shot. Everyone in America realizes that fact but you. But, if I lived in nowhere,Wi with no media other than the local yokel paper, I guess you don’t realize how stupid you are….”

    Keep telling yourself that, delusional Saints fan.

    -Definitely NOT a Packer fan

  36. acmepacker says: Dec 30, 2011 5:22 PM

    ffinway says:
    Dec 30, 2011 5:06 PM
    So now the cheeseheads have an excuse eh? Too bad. Lions were gonna pound you anyways!
    ************************
    Guess you feel pretty tough going up against our second string. Don’t get too confident though, most of our backups would be starters somewhere else.
    It ain’t gonna be a cake walk!

  37. illiniftw says: Dec 30, 2011 5:27 PM

    Kinda funny reading the Pack fans that say they’ll laugh at the Lions and won’t respect them if they win and are happy for winning in GB. It’s not like the Lions can force GB to play their starters. They’ll play whoever GB throws on the field.

    Sounds like Pack fans care too much about how long it has been since the Lions won in GB if they’re already making excuses for why this game wouldn’t count. What is the cutoff for the game to count, starters in 75% of game?

  38. pauliepennino says: Dec 30, 2011 5:27 PM

    @RaginCajun28…your team is 5-3 on the road including losses to two teams whose coaches will be unemployed on Monday. The Saints have a years-long track record of losing on the road and Brees likes to give the ball away. It’s evident your overrated qb is more interested in personal stats than team goals and your beloved Sean Payton is the next coach of the Dallas Cowboys. Your team barely beat the Titans in November on the road and they had Jake Locker at QB most of that game. I love it how Saints fans say “barely” about their game at Lambeau then when Vikings fans point out Brett Favre gift wrapped the NFC title for them two years ago they act like they dominated that game…Saints fans are only exceeded in their level of being pathetic by those awful LSU fans.

  39. westcoastpackerfan says: Dec 30, 2011 5:28 PM

    Instead of pounding my chest or talking trash, I have a few actual opinions on this situation, from a Packers fan perspective.

    Clay Matthews & Charles Woodson need to be 100 % for the playoffs. Defense is not about timing and rhythm like offense. Rest them. There will probably come a time where Zombo or Francois will be needed again, so giving them time in this “meaningless” game will help. Also, Ryan Pickett needs to get in and solidify the defensive line. They are not a sieve against the run when he is in.

    The Packers offense (as all successful NFL units) are built on preparation for the opponent, taking advantage of mismatches, and playmakers making plays. If Mike McCarthy has in fact decided to rest Rodgers, and has devoted this week in practice and film to preparing Matt Flynn, I believe he can lead this offense effectively. Not dynamically and explosively, but efficiently. If the coach did not believe this, he would start Rodgers. But he knows Flynn can get the job done.

    Some will say this is an “audition” for Matt Flynn. Although I don’t really know what team would sign him as a starter. Seattle, Cleveland, and Washington make some sense, but I don’t see that happening. Jacksonville, maybe, but I believe they will stick with Gabbert one more year, see if how he does with an offseason to study and everything. Miami is always looking, but they will keep Moore, and maybe draft someone.

  40. medtxpack says: Dec 30, 2011 5:30 PM

    rajuncajun28 says:Dec 30, 2011 5:01 PM

    Delusional Packers fans. You idiots think you will play the same Saints team as in week 1. Yeah, keep watching that film, genius. You barely won that game. You have no shot. Everyone in America realizes that fact but you. But, if I lived in nowhere,Wi with no media other than the local yokel paper, I guess you don’t realize how stupid you are….
    _________________________________

    you think we will play the same bro? we won that game cause we stopped you in the redzone. we will again. bring it on, thats what playoffs is about. if we know anything about recent trends in the playoffs, id say your team is the one that needs to watch out. stupid.

  41. johngaltwho says: Dec 30, 2011 5:32 PM

    rajuncajun28 says: Dec 30, 2011 5:01 PM

    But, if I lived in nowhere,Wi with no media other than the local yokel paper, I guess you don’t realize how stupid you are….

    “we decided to compile two excellent education reports from recent years to give you a fuller picture of America’s education system and the intelligence of the adults it produces.”
    2nd Smartest State: Wisconsin
    9th Dumbest State: Louisiana

    and your response of course would be… who dat

  42. 31teamsarebetterthanthepackers says: Dec 30, 2011 5:34 PM

    Does it even matter? Packers are a one and done team in the playoffs anyway.

  43. FANof28 says: Dec 30, 2011 5:46 PM

    Not a pack fan, that needs to me said first and foremost. But lambeau is a tough place to play any time of year, and it’s alot harder when it’s cold ( Even though with this crazy midwest winter it could be fourty on sunday). Plus flynn is going to be playing for a starting gig somewhere and even though I really hate complimenting the Packers they do a great job drafting players. Backups or not the lions are still overmatched.

  44. darthhitman77 says: Dec 30, 2011 5:46 PM

    All these big head packer fans are really starting to rub me the wrong way. The one thing the Lions can say the Packers can’t? Only below .500 team that beat us was Chicago, and I doubt they’re below .500 with Cutler and Forte…how good was that Chiefs team that beat ya again? Everyone talks about how all our losses were against teams in or vying for the playoffs…KC gonna be in it? The ONLY team I’m worried about coming across in the playoffs is NOLA, and I believe we can beat them, but they’ll be tougher than SF or GB.

  45. jrmbadger says: Dec 30, 2011 5:47 PM

    rajuncajun28 says:Dec 30, 2011 5:01 PM

    Delusional Packers fans. You idiots think you will play the same Saints team as in week 1. Yeah, keep watching that film, genius. You barely won that game. You have no shot. Everyone in America realizes that fact but you. But, if I lived in nowhere,Wi with no media other than the local yokel paper, I guess you don’t realize how stupid you are….

    =================================
    Barely won that game? I saw a game mostly dominated by the Packers, who let the Saints get close because they took their foot off the gas and started running the ball. We won’t make that mistake again the playoffs.

    Oh and BTW. Assuming the Saints had scored from the one yard line, the Saints STILL would have had to make the two point conversion AND that would have only TIED the game.

    No my friend, you were a long way from winning that game, but if you and your buddy Saint fans wanna believe that – more power to you.

    Packers O > Saints O (fewer turnovers and the only reason they don’t score as many points as they don’t run up the score on opponents like the Saints do)
    Packers D > Saints D (Packers D creates more turnovers than the Saints D).

  46. jimmylions says: Dec 30, 2011 5:47 PM

    If I were Green Bay I’d sit most of the defense the whole game, and only play my offensive starters the 1st quarter.

    It’s not just an “audition game,” it’s a chance to give some playing time and game experience to people who may have to step in for one reason or another. It’s also a chance to reward some people with playing time for making a great effort on the practice field
    .
    The Detroit papers are suggesting the Lions should also be wary of pushing injured players too hard in this game, and I agree with that. It looks like Schwartz plans to play everyone he can, and he’s the one who knows best.

  47. poiuyt7 says: Dec 30, 2011 5:48 PM

    @morganwick
    “Delusional Packers fans. You idiots think you will play the same Saints team as in week 1. Yeah, keep watching that film, genius. You barely won that game. You have no shot. Everyone in America realizes that fact but you. But, if I lived in nowhere,Wi with no media other than the local yokel paper, I guess you don’t realize how stupid you are….”

    Keep telling yourself that, delusional Saints fan.

    -Definitely NOT a Packer fan

    ********************

    But you are definitely delusional.

  48. jhtobias says: Dec 30, 2011 5:50 PM

    They should start Jarrett Bush , and when the lions can’t even win with bush as a starter they will be demorilized

  49. dbellina says: Dec 30, 2011 5:51 PM

    What about Jordy??

  50. gwahknows says: Dec 30, 2011 5:56 PM

    The Packer’s second team will make it a game… the winner is a toss up. I love how it’s the same 15-20 dbags on here that either homer for the pack or hate on the pack….you all suck…go pack.

  51. jimmysee says: Dec 30, 2011 5:57 PM

    rajuncajun28 says:
    Dec 30, 2011 5:01 PM
    Delusional Packers fans. You idiots think you will play the same Saints team as in week 1. Yeah, keep watching that film, genius. You barely won that game. You have no shot. Everyone in America realizes that fact but you. But, if I lived in nowhere,Wi with no media other than the local yokel paper, I guess you don’t realize how stupid you are….

    ==================================

    Hokey smokes — dude sounds like Hitler when his army was marching on Stalingrad!

    Memo to raguncajun28 — It’s also not 70 and sunny in Green Bay anymore.

    Hope the ‘Aints pack their winter wear.

  52. jimmysee says: Dec 30, 2011 6:01 PM

    ffinway says:
    Dec 30, 2011 5:06 PM

    So now the cheeseheads have an excuse eh? Too bad. Lions were gonna pound you anyways!

    ===================================

    Packers first string already beat the Lions, quite handily, before a national television audience, in Detroit, on Thanksgiving Day.

    It’s only fair to give the Packer’s second string their chance, too.

  53. woodyg says: Dec 30, 2011 6:23 PM

    The Packers resting their ‘key players’ is the only way the Lions can possibly pull out this game & then they may still fall short …..

    The purely idiotic thing about this is that Schwartz & his comrades & Lion Fans are placing a great value on this game & plan on going ‘full boar ahead’ …… How ironic it will be for the Lions to win a meaningless game & lose key players to injury for their ‘one & done’ playoff game ……. It’s called being stupid ……

  54. chrishousand says: Dec 30, 2011 6:30 PM

    rajuncajun28 says:
    Delusional Packers fans. You idiots think you will play the same Saints team as in week 1. Yeah, keep watching that film, genius. You barely won that game. You have no shot. Everyone in America realizes that fact but you. But, if I lived in nowhere,Wi with no media other than the local yokel paper, I guess you don’t realize how stupid you are….

    Hey dude, in case you havent realize, you’re not playing in the StupidDome. You’re Aints arent that good away from home. Just ask TEN, STL, and TB. Apparently you didnt realize that when the Pack had a double digit lead for the majority of the game in Sep. The only way the Saints got back into it was on prevent defense and garbage time. The score did not do that game justice. The Packers thoroughly outpayed the Saints. Have you ever seen the Saints play in the cold? Hahahahahahahahahaha

  55. klunge says: Dec 30, 2011 6:54 PM

    jimmysee says:Dec 30, 2011 6:01 PM

    Packers first string already beat the Lions, quite handily, before a national television audience, in Detroit, on Thanksgiving Day.

    It’s only fair to give the Packer’s second string their chance, too.
    —————————————————-

    Pack fans love to forget that your complete team without Rodgers last year managed a single field goal against the Lions. For that matter Rodgers actually played about the first 29 minutes and didn’t score. If you somehow think your second stringers are going to dominate us, well…everyone’s entitled to their opinion, even if it contradicts the evidence. The weather is going to be a bigger obstacle.

  56. chrishousand says: Dec 30, 2011 7:08 PM

    The second stringers also managed 27 against NE the following week after preparing like they did this week so suck it.

  57. ray0414 says: Dec 30, 2011 7:25 PM

    i normally dont like to call out a teams fanbase, but the packer fans on here are stupid. without rodgers, you guys arent that good! your defense gives up over 400 yds a game. if you dont have rodgers you cant outscore ANYONE. you become the colts, maybe a little better. the lions first team would roll up the packs 2nd deam no doubt. they kept it close for a while on thanksgiving and that was with half of lions team injured! sorry but without woodson theres nobody on the packers that can contain calvin, and as far as i see woodson and matthews wont play, stafford should have a feild day up there at lambau.

  58. iminyrhead says: Dec 30, 2011 7:39 PM

    So, PackHeads, what is your excuse for losing to the SORRY @$$ Chiefs to sit there and rip the Saints and the Lions. The last 4 games have shown that the Peckers are beatable, contrary to what PeckerCheeseHeads may believe. The Lions WILL win and win big, setting up a remach in two weeks!

    The Lions HAVE knocked Rodgers out of a game before and would GLADLY do it again given the opportunity. There’s your “dicount double check”!

    Im sure Coughlin is dropping some text messages to McCarty begging him to play his starters so the Peckers have a chance to win because the Lions are the LAST team they want to face in the playoffs. Keep the seats warm CHeeseHeads … See ya again in two weeks !!

  59. chrishousand says: Dec 30, 2011 7:51 PM

    Thanks for stating that Captain Obvious. Im sure every teams starters would beat every other team’s backups. Thats like saying ” if the 49ers handnt had Montana, Rice, Craig, Taylor, Solomon, and Lott, they wouldnt have beaten the Bengals”. You people are geniuses.

  60. korikill says: Dec 30, 2011 7:59 PM

    Last year in Lambeau, our 2nd string team nearly beat your first string team. Were it not for bad no-calls, The Lions would have won that game. We then beat you in Detroit, with our THIRD string QB.

    Our defense is better, our offense is better, and we have a healthy QB throwing to the best WR/TE group in the NFL.

    How do you figure your SECOND STRING will be better than that? I mean, your FIRST STRING team can’t stop the run, allows 400 ypg, and generally is average at best.

    Rodgers is a great QB, but we’ve all seen how the Colts held up when their GREAT QB went down.

    Just a reality check.

  61. outlawshark says: Dec 30, 2011 8:16 PM

    Aren’t the Lions the only NFC team to never make the Super Bowl? That has to be what makes you so bitter.

  62. wonderbread1977 says: Dec 30, 2011 9:37 PM

    Nice,flying from Texas to see these turds lay down….the game looked so good until they puked in KC. Hopefully they get beat down in the playoffs, can’t hind their defense on the bench!

  63. supersuckers3 says: Dec 30, 2011 10:01 PM

    cakemixa says:Dec 30, 2011 3:37 PM

    One and done in the playoffs.
    —–

    One what exactly? Also, how long have you felt this way?

  64. teal379 says: Dec 30, 2011 10:37 PM

    Reality check? This ISN’T last year – that don’t mean squat.

    As to the idea that Woodson is the only guy to lock up Calvin? Tramon played him rather decent. IIRC Calvin had all of 40 some yards in the last game. IN DETROIT.

    Excuse me if I’m not all that impressed with Detroit.

  65. ray0414 says: Dec 30, 2011 11:43 PM

    hey dumbass (chrishousand) if you actually read the whole thread, you’d see packer fans are saying their 2nd team is so good they will beat the lions first team easily. maybe YOU should tell them how you feel but direct it at THEM. not to mention, the packers defense gave up over 6000yds thru 15 gmes but if they didnt have a QB having a historical year, they probably would be fighting for the division lead right now.

  66. mikeb4u says: Dec 31, 2011 12:29 AM

    Of course Rodgers will not take a snap Sunday. Why? For two reasons. First, Rodgers has crap for an O-line. Second. Rodgers is big coward, chicken-s hit QB (Suh would gladly rag-doll him). Without Rodgers, the packers are an 8-8, or less, ballclub. But Hey…

    The Packers still suck…!!!

  67. bigtimepackfan says: Dec 31, 2011 1:15 AM

    whether ur a pack fan or not the pack 2nd string could start for a lot of teams in the nfl. the pack have a lot of depth at every position and the talent level of the pack is impressive. packers are built for the long haul. pack haters get use to the pack being in it every year for years to come.

  68. packerbacker12 says: Dec 31, 2011 1:25 AM

    “Delusional Packers fans. You idiots think you will play the same Saints team as in week 1. Yeah, keep watching that film, genius. You barely won that game. You have no shot. Everyone in America realizes that fact but you.”

    Everyone in America? Do you have proof of that? Did you go to every single American and ask them that? Yeah that’s what I thought. And you call Packer fans delusional.

    Have a happy new year, moron.

  69. axespray says: Dec 31, 2011 2:20 AM

    iminyrhead says:Dec 30, 2011 7:39 PM
    “So, PackHeads, what is your excuse for losing to the SORRY @$$ Chiefs to sit there and rip the Saints and the Lions. The last 4 games have shown that the Peckers are beatable, contrary to what PeckerCheeseHeads may believe. The Lions WILL win and win big, setting up a remach in two weeks!
    The Lions HAVE knocked Rodgers out of a game before and would GLADLY do it again given the opportunity. There’s your “dicount double check”!

    - we’re the classless fanbase? We’ve been putting up with trolls like this fairweather lion fan for idk, a year or so now, taking shots for every single Packer related article, from every single snob nose fan in the league, annoying pittsburgh trolls/fairweather 49er & lion trolls/philly fans/whiny viking fans….
    example:
    PFT Article: Driver says, “I think this team is talented.”

    Troll/Packerhater: “OH that’s classless, you packers are dumb, play the game before you talk big, I wish career ending injuries to the Packers and their fans!….ha, 1-15!”
    (Packers win first 13 games)

  70. bigd9484 says: Dec 31, 2011 10:14 AM

    “The Bears 3 string QB and running back put up 424 total yards of offense against the Packer D !

    Brees and Saints are going to destroy the Pack D. They will control the ball and dominate time of possession.

    Gonna be a long day Packer Fans !”

    Like the first time they played? I remember them doing that the first week of the season. Unfortunately the saints didn’t score more points, and therefore the yardage/top/etc didn’t mean anything.

  71. hushbrother says: Dec 31, 2011 10:23 AM

    Prediction: If the Packers take a mulligan this week and rest their starters, they will not win the Super Bowl. It seems like a good idea, but it has the well established effect of knocking the team out of sync. The teams that go deep in the playoffs tend to be the ones that throw it in gear late in the season (last year’s Packers, the 07 Giants, the 05 Steelers).

    Super Bowls are won with hard work, not with rest and leisure.

  72. pack13queens0 says: Dec 31, 2011 1:45 PM

    Don’t have 19-0 to play for anymore so might as well rest A-Rod. But he will be back for the playoffs & I can change my screen name to pack14queens0.

  73. greenandgoldgirl says: Dec 31, 2011 1:55 PM

    Mike MacCarthy lead the Pack to the Super Bowl last year and a 14-1 record this year so whatever decision he makes, I trust that.

    I find it amusing the everyone is predicting the Saints coming to Lambeau for the championship game, or the Lions will rise up and win two games to get them there. Both teams have been inconsistent for the entire year. So have the Cowboys, Giants and Falcons. Let’s see how the matchups fall out and play the games first. After the Saints lost to the Seahawks last year, nothing is for certain. I believe it will be hard for any team to come into Lambeau and win especially with the back ups getting play this Sunday, they will be ready if needed to step up during the playoffs. Again, we’ll play the games and see what happens.

    Personally I would keep Aaron Rodgers out of Sunday’s game. Given the reputation of the Lions as dirty players it’s best to protect Aaron so he can give us the best shot at going to the Super Bowl and winning it all.

  74. badfish6907 says: Dec 31, 2011 2:01 PM

    I love the Lions fans. It is so cute that they think they have a leg to stand on for talking trash. Remember your team is not that far removed from 0-16 and now after making the playoffs for the first time in over a decade, here comes the smack.

    Why don’t you wait until you are not one of the remaining two original NFL teams to not make the Super Bowl. Yeah the Lions and Browns. Brothers in suckitude.

  75. cmizzad says: Dec 31, 2011 3:47 PM

    I wouldn’t get too ahead of myself if I were a Saints fan. Before, they even think about a return trip to Lambeau, they probably have to get by the 49ers at Candlestick (or whatever it’s called now).

    Taking that defense lightly would not be a wise idea.

    Why are Lions and Saints fans talking trash anyway? Your teams both have to get through one and possibly two playoff games first before you can even think about a playoff jaunt to Lambeau.

  76. packrulzm says: Dec 31, 2011 4:56 PM

    I truly believe the Lions will win on Sunday. Not because they are a better team, but because Green Bay will rest their starters and run a vanilla game plan. That’s what Superbowl winning teams do. They plan ahead. You Lions fans have quickly become the most obnoxious bunch of imbeciles to walk the planet. I used to pity you……..wait, I still do pity you. I really like what the Lions have done with their team, but you fans need to temper your excite with a little reality. Last I checked Lambeau was still a pretty hard place to win at and your team has not one in 2,000 years there. So you win on Sunday, big freakin’ deal. Let’s hope Donkey Kong does not lose his witty bitty temper again and cost you the game. Also, I love how it’s a forgone conclusion that you’ll beat the Giants. Hardly. They are again a different team at home and will show you that in the playoffs. That is if you can beat our 2nd and 3rd stringers. What an accomplishment! Clap, clap, clap, clap.

  77. korikill says: Dec 31, 2011 10:37 PM

    “I love how Lions Fans…”
    No you don’t. Stop being girls and talk football, not some dumb grade school slappy-paw.

  78. bearsoxass says: Jan 1, 2012 9:34 AM

    All the injured players are coming back in 2 weeks…..watch out …..

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