Packers Are Sandbagging For Lions

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Clay Matthews injured

Clay Matthews injured

Guess who will be playing for the Green Bay Packers when they face the Detroit Lions on Sunday.

No one!

Here’s a list of who’s been ruled out already: Clay Matthews (third week in a row), Charles Woodson (sixth week in a row), Jordy Nelson (second game of the season), James Starks (alright, we expected this) and C.J. Wilson (second week in a row).

T.J. Lang and Mike Neal are most likely out too, although the official call hasn’t been made.

Anybody got Jim Bob Morris‘ number? He might be available to fill in at multiple positions this week.

Here’s the quote I love from Mike McCarthy about Matthews’ injury.

“I’ve told you (Matthews) has been close every week, so closer, closest, we’re getting close,” coach Mike McCarthy said Friday. “He feels good about it. I think it’s real important for Clay, no different for Charles, that when we do bring those guys back, it’s not potentially just a one-week situation. We’re trying to do everything we can medically. Ultimately, you talk about veteran players who know their bodies better than anybody.

“We’re conscious of the long-term here.”

So I guess next week Matthews will be closerest?

Look, let’s be honest. The Packers are sandbagging it this week. They think they have a shot at beating Detroit with their JV squad and they do.

Besides, if they lose, it doesn’t matter. All the Packers have to do is beat the Bears next week and they’ll win the division.

I guarantee you if the Bears were on the schedule this week, the majority of these guys would be trotting out on the field in something other than sweatpants on Sunday.

Too bad this isn’t the NBA, where coaches get fined for holding out star players for bogus reasons like Gregg Popovich did when he held out Tim Duncan and Tony Parker because they were “tired.”

Yeah, I want these guys healthy for the playoffs just like you do, but I feel bad for people who bought a ticket to go watch a glorified exhibition game.

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Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.

11 Comments on "Packers Are Sandbagging For Lions"

  1. calipackfan

    How can it be a a JV squad Rodgers is still going to play and all receivers except Nelson won’t be playing. The O line has sucked all year so you can’t really say there was ever a good line. Although on defense they do need Matthews.

  2. Shawn Iltarion

    Unfortunately, it is not an exhibition. It counts, and the Packers need to win. Lose that game and the Packers become losses at Chicago and Minnesota away from possibly not making the playoffs at all.

    Win the game, have Chicago lose, and the Chicago game no longer matters. The Packers would only need to beat Minnesota to seal the division. Yeah, that’s right.

    If Aaron Rodgers is on the field, the Packers expect to win.

    I agree though, if the Packers were playing the Bears, Matthews and Woodson would be more likely to play.

    On the other hand, do we even know these guys are going to come back NEXT week?

  3. Dan Brock

    This will be looked at totally differently if Aaron Rodgers comes out of it with a serious injury The Lions suck but that D line still plays with nasty intentions, thank GOD Fairly didn’t body slam him in the Detroit game.

  4. E. Wolf

    That Lions team is more dangerous than people know. They have been snatching defeat from the jaws of defeat all season long. And, although the Lions last won at Lambeau in 92, there have been a lot of close games in all of those victories spannng two decades.

    • Shawn Iltarion

      ’91 and Blair Kiel, but I agree with you.

      The Packers barely beat the Lions the last time, and this time, the Lions are healthier on defense with Louis Delmas back at safety.

      Just the fact that the Lions were two scores ahead of the Colts in the 4th quarter in their house shows the Lions are playing some better ball.

      The Packers have to find a way to gut this one out, same as they did against Minnesota. Everything falls in line if they do.

  5. Packer Bob

    We’ve been missing most of these players for half the season and we’re 8-4. Honestly, I’m not that worried. But it will be a close game.

  6. MadCity Packer Fan

    Yea Jordy is out but we still have JJ, Jennings, and Cobb plus Sam Shields is coming back. I think we will be just fine against the Lions.

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