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McCarthy upset Packers are underdogs

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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.

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48 Responses to “McCarthy upset Packers are underdogs”
  1. dinkdribbler says: Jan 1, 2012 9:30 AM

    Go Lions!!!!!

  2. pftbillsfan says: Jan 1, 2012 9:35 AM

    1st post I read in 2012 refers to the Bills futility…..nice.

  3. calloustongue says: Jan 1, 2012 9:41 AM

    Starters or backups, the Pack wins this game.

  4. infectorman says: Jan 1, 2012 9:44 AM

    Someone email this pic to jason garrett, please?

  5. wisdomrules says: Jan 1, 2012 9:44 AM

    Get used to it Packers.

  6. garyman1 says: Jan 1, 2012 9:49 AM

    He should be upset…. the Lions haven’t won at Lambeau in 20 friekin’ years and the Packers are 14-1.
    Let’s not overthink this thing…..

  7. jc1958cool says: Jan 1, 2012 9:49 AM

    don’t think the lions won’t pull stafford or others if they take a big hit. this game will be really physical!

  8. robigd says: Jan 1, 2012 9:50 AM

    McCarthy is the new Jim Caldwell. If Rodgers goes down, the Pack are 2-14.

  9. ninefingers9 says: Jan 1, 2012 9:50 AM

    Who cares? The pack will probably lose in their first playoff game !

  10. tdrundmc says: Jan 1, 2012 9:50 AM

    play your starters then mctubby.

  11. vikescry1 says: Jan 1, 2012 9:54 AM

    the goal here is to get healthy, they regained momentum last week. rest guy’s and if we win so be if not it doesn’t matter. we’ll just have to crush them if they come back in the playoff’s.

  12. snoilog says: Jan 1, 2012 9:56 AM

    GO LIONS!!!!!

  13. steelerhypocrite says: Jan 1, 2012 9:59 AM

    Wow, the fans are paying A LOT of money to watch a Packer scrimmage. If any other NFL team did this, the league would change the rules, but since the Packers are “special” – for example they are allowed to have an excessive celebration with the idiot leap – their are no consequences with this team.

  14. chetwynnr says: Jan 1, 2012 10:03 AM

    The Lions are closer talent-wise to being even with the Packers than they’ve been since the coaching days of Forest Gregg there. Hopefully the Lions will take care of business and come home healthy.

  15. xtb3 says: Jan 1, 2012 10:09 AM

    Now 4 point underdogs and at home.

  16. rajuncajun28 says: Jan 1, 2012 10:12 AM

    Just thrilled that I NEVER have to call Green Bay, WI home…what a pathetic boring city in the middle of nowhere….no culture, no history..only cheese, ice fishing, bear hunting….fun,fun…

  17. pbolyard says: Jan 1, 2012 10:12 AM

    I want Suh to score a TD, then during his celebration he just sets the ball on the ground and starts stomping on it!!

  18. vikescry1 says: Jan 1, 2012 10:14 AM

    that’s right steeler the packers are special!! don’t be a hater. still haven’t gotten over last years superbowl huh? lmao

  19. tinbender2000 says: Jan 1, 2012 10:14 AM

    @ infectorman… Disturbing username but LOL great post

  20. sickpuppyz says: Jan 1, 2012 10:21 AM

    Belichick wouldn’t give two $h..s about the spread and what is the Vegas fave.

  21. packersownerandshareholder says: Jan 1, 2012 10:23 AM

    Like this comment if you think the Packers will win today

  22. jimmysee says: Jan 1, 2012 10:25 AM

    All these confident predictors of Packers’ demise are delusional.

    The team lost one frickin’ game in all of 2011.

    !!

  23. bearsblow says: Jan 1, 2012 10:30 AM

    I look at all these comments and see Lions fans talking trash. Wow have they come a long way. Who would have thought a Lions fan could\should talk sh!t. Interesting, how people forget things.

    Suggestion:

    1st accomplish something prior to opening your mouths.

    2nd keep your mouths closed cuz your team isn’t very good and will probably loose in the 1st round.

  24. bubbajon46 says: Jan 1, 2012 10:33 AM

    I’m a Lions fan and know this is ridiculous! but then again….Why does McCarthy give a crap what the oddsmakers think???

  25. ahostiletakeover says: Jan 1, 2012 10:34 AM

    I think the big question this poses is: why does McCarthy care? He already knows his team better than anyone else, especially the odds makers in Vegas, and he know they have proven through 16 weeks they are #1 out of 32 teams with a serious chance to repeat. Unless he’s placing bets on his own team, I don’t know why this would upset him….

  26. pauliepennino says: Jan 1, 2012 10:41 AM

    @Ragincajun28 if by “no culture” you mean one tenth the homicide rate, a much better education system and a glaring lack of political corruption, FEMA trailers and an incredibly disproportional number of people living off the government then you are right. Don’t confuse spicy food and mandatory flood insurance with “culture.”

  27. binarybulge says: Jan 1, 2012 10:53 AM

    “McCarthy’s words throughout the week certainly supported the notion that the Packers would rest key players.”

    Really??? All I heard/read was vague coach speak. You guys are guessing, just like everybody else is.

    The one thing that points to taking it easy on A-Rodge and the starters is injuries. Not the ones that might happen, but the ones that already have. No Jennings and Cobb.

    Then again, I heard that GB is most efficient running in a 2 WR set.

    I say Aaron plays a good portion of the game, and plays well. Don’t play scared.

  28. Derty Ernie says: Jan 1, 2012 10:55 AM

    The Pack should be underdogs. This team is not that good. Their record isn’t indicative of what they are: a team with no pass rush, no run defense and the inability to get three and outs.

    8 of there games they won because they got an early lead and held on. 6 games were against teams that have losing records and then some.

    I don’t care they have home field advantage, they are going down in week two of the playoffs at home in an embarassing loss.

  29. binarybulge says: Jan 1, 2012 10:57 AM

    Derty Ernie says:
    Jan 1, 2012 10:55 AM
    The Pack should be underdogs. This team is not that good.

    I stopped reading right about there.

  30. beedubyatoo says: Jan 1, 2012 11:10 AM

    Wow, the fans are paying A LOT of money to watch a Packer scrimmage. If any other NFL team did this, the league would change the rules, but since the Packers are “special” – for example they are allowed to have an excessive celebration with the idiot leap – their are no consequences with this team.

    ———————————

    Hey hypocrite, you sure picked an apt screen name. Remember Indy 4 years ago? They didn’t play their starters the last 2 games, went from 14-0 to 14-2 and lost their first playoff game. And that was with the revered ones, Dungy and Manning. No league reaction. Crawl back under the bridge where you can wet yourself in peace.

  31. chaothao says: Jan 1, 2012 11:11 AM

    Lol I really don’t know what you losers have against the Packers. Sour bitter platter puss haters.

  32. binarybulge says: Jan 1, 2012 11:18 AM

    chaothao says:
    Jan 1, 2012 11:11 AM
    Lol I really don’t know what you losers have against the Packers. Sour bitter platter puss haters.

    Vocal minority. Every NFL fan I talk to in bars or in person has a lot of admiration for the Packers.

  33. wikidpissah says: Jan 1, 2012 11:25 AM

    Oddsmakers don’t pick scores. They set lines that will bring bets in on both sides of it. They aren’t picking the Lions, They are trying to get money bet on the Packers, who nobody thinks will play their starters very long.

    There’s a reason all those Vegas hotels and casinos are owned mortgage free.

  34. acmepacker says: Jan 1, 2012 11:25 AM

    rajuncajun28 says:
    Jan 1, 2012 10:12 AM
    Just thrilled that I NEVER have to call Green Bay, WI home…what a pathetic boring city in the middle of nowhere….no culture, no history..only cheese, ice fishing, bear hunting….fun,fun
    **********************
    Yep, all that clean living as opposed to living in a swamp. Why go ice fishing when you can go gator rasslin? You do put out some killer blues though.

  35. darthhitman77 says: Jan 1, 2012 11:27 AM

    bearsblow says: Jan 1, 2012 10:30 AM

    I look at all these comments and see Lions fans talking trash. Wow have they come a long way. Who would have thought a Lions fan could\should talk sh!t. Interesting, how people forget things.

    Suggestion:

    1st accomplish something prior to opening your mouths.

    2nd keep your mouths closed cuz your team isn’t very good and will probably loose in the 1st round.

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

    FUNNY, how a team limps into the playoffs last year off of the effort of the Detroit Lions in Tampa last year. Let’s not forget cheese d ! ck, if the Lions don’t beat Tampa last year you’re aiming for title #4 right now.

    Suggestions:

    1st know your dayum role

    2nd shut thy dayum mouth

    3rdly know despite 1 loss or 16 regular season wins, it only takes ONE loss in the playoffs to end your season…ask the 07 pats

  36. gdeli says: Jan 1, 2012 11:27 AM

    let it get you pumped up and motivate you.

  37. wikidpissah says: Jan 1, 2012 11:30 AM

    Hey hypocrite, you sure picked an apt screen name. Remember Indy 4 years ago? They didn’t play their starters the last 2 games, went from 14-0 to 14-2 and lost their first playoff game. And that was with the revered ones, Dungy and Manning. No league reaction. Crawl back under the bridge where you can wet yourself in peace.
    =====================================
    They lost the Super Bowl to the Saints that year.

  38. fngs1 says: Jan 1, 2012 11:30 AM

    What was the score of the Lions – Raiders game?
    What was the score of the Pack – Raiders game?
    What was the score of the Pack – Vikes game?
    Didn’t the Lions have to go into OT to the Vikes the first time?
    Didn’t the Vikes spot the Lions 24 pts, and they barely beat them by a couple of pts.

    So before Lions fans start talking crap about GB not being a very good team, you better look in the mirrow. Your team will not go very far in the playoffs.

  39. jayteem says: Jan 1, 2012 11:33 AM

    Hey cajun, fun , fun, fun and 13 titles

  40. binarybulge says: Jan 1, 2012 11:34 AM

    Well, I’m eating crow for sure. Rodgers has officially been declared inactive.

    Gotta love how he acts all offended when the Lions are favored but won’t even protect the sanctity of the game and go for the win.

    Hopefully he isn’t surprised when Brees puts up huge numbers again today and wrestles the MVP away from Rodgers.

  41. icewalker946 says: Jan 1, 2012 11:42 AM

    The following players have been declared as inactive for tonight’s Packers-Lions game:

    Green Bay Packers
    12 QB Aaron Rodgers
    18 WR Randall Cobb
    21 CB Charles Woodson
    44 RB James Starks
    52 LB Clay Matthews
    75 T Bryan Bulaga
    85 WR Greg Jennings

    Starting lineup changes: On offense, #10 Matt Flynn will start at quarterback in place of #12 Aaron Rodgers. #74 Marshall Newhouse will start at right tackle in place of #75 Bryan Bulaga. #87 Jordy Nelson will start at wide receiver in place of #85 Greg Jennings. On defense, #37 Sam Shields will start at cornerback in place of #21 Charles Woodson. #59 Brad Jones will start at left outside linebacker in place of #52 Clay Matthews. #58 Frank Zombo will start at right outside linebacker in place of #93 Erik Walden.
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    So there you go folks…..

  42. dinkdribbler says: Jan 1, 2012 11:43 AM

    Why is he upset? Rodger, Woodson, and Mathews are inactive today!

  43. steviaquinn says: Jan 1, 2012 11:43 AM

    I dont understand? He’s the world champion and the number one seed? Why does he care what a bunch of gamblers think?

    The dude is losing it.

  44. beedubyatoo says: Jan 1, 2012 11:43 AM

    They lost the Super Bowl to the Saints that year.

    ————————

    You’re correct. My bad.

  45. stairwayto7 says: Jan 1, 2012 12:16 PM

    Why is the coach looking at the line for anyhow? Does he have a bet on the game? I think Goodell needs to look into this as we know Packer players have been known for gambling! Right Alex Karras!!

  46. test2402 says: Jan 1, 2012 12:28 PM

    Tim Tebow is a big dog.

  47. firethorn1001 says: Jan 1, 2012 12:55 PM

    ‘I think Goodell needs to look into this as we know Packer players have been known for gambling!’
    _________________________________

    And the Detroit Tigers are known for racism. RIGHT TY COBB!!

    Alex Karras? Seriously.. you are reaching when you pull something out from 50 years ago.

  48. bearsblow says: Jan 1, 2012 4:49 PM

    darthhitman77 says: ——–FUNNY, how a team limps into the playoffs last year off of the effort of the Detroit Lions in Tampa last year. Let’s not forget cheese d ! ck, if the Lions don’t beat Tampa last year you’re aiming for title #4 right now.

    Suggestions:

    1st know your dayum role

    2nd shut thy dayum mouth

    3rdly know despite 1 loss or 16 regular season wins, it only takes ONE loss in the playoffs to end your season…ask the 07 pats

    ——————————————————–

    Good Luck in New Orleans next week you tool!!!

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