The Packers don’t have anything to play for on Sunday against Detroit, so they will take motivation where they can get it.
John Czarnecki of FOXSports.com writes that coach Mike McCarthy is apparently upset the Packers were installed as 3.5 point underdogs against the Lions in Lambeau.
It’s a tricky week for gamblers, of course. The Packers are only underdogs because no one expects Green Bay to play their starters like Aaron Rodgers for very long in this game.
McCarthy’s words throughout the week certainly supported the notion that the Packers would rest key players.
Of course, there’s no rule saying that a No. 1 seed has to lose just because they are resting starters. Just ask the 2004 Buffalo Bills, who gagged a playoff spot when they lost to the Steelers’ backups.
This is a big game for plenty of Packers. Tackle Chad Clifton needs to show he’s healthy. And Matt Flynn is auditioning for a starting quarterback job on some other team in 2012.