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Aaron Rodgers inactive for the Packers

Posted on: January 1, 2012 11:46 am
Edited on: January 1, 2012 1:02 pm

By Josh Katzowitz

Without the possibility of an undefeated season and with a No. 1 seed already locked up for the NFC playoffs, it was thought that quarterback Aaron Rodgers, though he might play a little today, probably wouldn’t go the whole way.

Now, we know for sure he won’t play at all.

That’s because Rodgers is among the Packers inactives for today’s game vs. the Lions. Also inactive are linebacker Clay Matthews, receiver Greg Jennings, running back James Starks, tackle Bryan Bulaga and cornerback Charles Woodson.
That means quarterback Matt Flynn will get the second start of his career, and it’ll be interesting to see if he can repeat last year’s performance vs. the Patriots in which Flynn played well and nearly did enough to beat New England.

“I’m not really trying to go out there and prove anything to anybody or the rest of the NFL,” Flynn said earlier this week. “I’m going to go out there and try to win the game. My job as the backup is to do my best to not let there be too much of a drop-off at the position.

“Go in there, execute the offense, move the chains and put points up. That’s my job, and that’s all it should be.”

As the Packers team website points out, Rodgers has officially broken Peyton Manning's record for the highest-ever season passer rating. Rodgers will finish the season with a rating of 122.5, better than Manning's 121.4 rating in 2004.

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Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: January 1, 2012 1:01 pm

Aaron Rodgers inactive for the Packers

The reason I tihnk resting that many starters is the following:
1) Rogers ekes out the all time past rating by not having to play a formidable Detriot defense (and he's had his worst games lately)
2) It changes the playoff picture for Atlanta and makes their late game irrelvant.
3) The first round NFC match-ups becoming more boring, Atlanta vs. NO all ready occurred last week.   
4) Historically when other teams have locked in their seeds, they have never rested all their stars, maybe one or two

It's football, the best product possible should be out there. Props to Detroit but the Packers should field a full team at least for a quarter to make the game more interesting.   

Since: Jul 27, 2009
Posted on: January 1, 2012 12:50 pm

Aaron Rodgers inactive for the Packers

i think it's a horrible idea and could cost them a chance to repeat.  see the colts

Since: Nov 18, 2006
Posted on: January 1, 2012 12:42 pm

Aaron Rodgers inactive for the Packers

Breeze is a punk stat hound as are the whole saints org. Heres a clue for you the City of New Orleans doesn't get helped one little bit by how the Saints play, win or lose they have the same problems. Still tryng to screw all of the old time players Breezy? Afraid they might take a penny of two from your pocket? Choke on it Breeze.

Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: January 1, 2012 12:41 pm

Aaron Rodgers inactive for the Packers

This makes perfect sense.  If Detroit wins today, they go to the winner of the Dallas-Giant game.  Detroit certainly has the ability to defeat either one of those teams.  If they do, and the #3 seed (New Orleans or possible San Francisco) wins, then Detroit goes back to Green Bay for a game that really counts.  Rodgers will be well rested for that encounter, as will the other Packer players who are sitting out today's game.  Why show your hand when you do not have to?  Detroit has a lot of work ahead of them.  Green Bay does not.  This is the smart play.

Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: January 1, 2012 12:35 pm

Aaron Rodgers inactive for the Packers

Both the Packers and Lions are in the playoffs this year so this is not like last year when the Bears had a chance to keep the Packers from even getting to the playoffs and they sat players......  I could not believe the Bears didn't try harder to win that game last year.  They definitely lived to regret that decision.  Other coaches and teams should put that game on the screen for teams that want to sit players and then allow another team to make the playoffs...and then beat them again in the playoffs.

Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: January 1, 2012 12:28 pm

Aaron Rodgers inactive for the Packers

Dirty ass Lions
What are you doing checking out the Lions' posteriors?

Since: Mar 3, 2011
Posted on: January 1, 2012 12:27 pm

Aaron Rodgers inactive for the Packers


Since: Sep 26, 2007
Posted on: January 1, 2012 12:25 pm

Aaron Rodgers inactive for the Packers

Can't take a chance. Dirty ass Lions are capable of taking any cheapshots to get Rodgers out! The issue os Rodgers being rusty is overblown. Afterall Rodgers had the entire off-season without workouts and came out against New Orleans and was quite sharp. Only goal is getting to the Superbowl - can't win it if you don't get there! Protect Rodgers! I won't say this often - Good move McCarthy.

Since: Dec 21, 2007
Posted on: January 1, 2012 12:21 pm
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Since: Mar 17, 2009
Posted on: January 1, 2012 12:20 pm

Aaron Rodgers inactive for the Packers

It's a good thing.....He don't want to suffer another concussion at the hands of the ferocious Lions' D line!!  Go LIONS!! Put a hurting on Flynn while you guys are at it.  Lions #playoffsdeeprun

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