The Green Bay Packers secured the No. 1 seed within the NFC playoffs through a 37-10 win over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday night time, however quarterback and reigning NFL Most Valuable Player Aaron Rodgers stunned some when he commented after the victory that he plans to no less than begin for the Week 18 recreation on the 2-13-1 Detroit Lions meaning nothing to Green Bay because it pertains to the postseason match.
Packers head coach Matt LaFleur echoed his quarterback’s phrases whereas talking with the media on Monday.
“Right now, the mindset is going into this is we’re going to play our guys and we’re going to approach it like every other game,” LaFleur defined, in accordance with Myles Simmons of Pro Football Talk. “I simply assume that the explanation behind that’s I’m not comfy having, primarily, a three-week layoff for our guys. And I do know you possibly can take a look at it one million alternative ways and there’s by no means a proper reply until it really works out.
“So if somebody goes in there and they get injured, then [the question is] why’d you play your guys? But if you go out there in that first playoff game and you lay an egg, [the question is] why’d you rest your guys? So there’s not a right answer. The bottom line is, whatever we do, we’ve got to go out and perform and we know that. And that’s the way we’re going to go about it.”
Rodgers, an MVP candidate for the present marketing campaign, has performed by means of a fractured pinkie toe since coming back from the reserve/COVID-19 record in early November and, thus, has no motive to play in all 4 quarters towards a Lions workforce that theoretically should not be determined for a constructive outcome. While one may credit score stars corresponding to Rodgers and vast receiver Davante Adams for wanting to remain sharp forward of the playoff bye, LaFleur realistically cannot threat their well being in what’s, for Green Bay, a meaningless contest.