Should Pack go for perfection or exercise caution?
The Packers might have escaped disaster Sunday against the Oakland Raiders. The Pack enjoyed a 31-0 halftime lead, and Jennings hurt his knee early in the third quarter. Instead of it being a season-ending injury, however, reports suggest it’s a knee sprain and he will be out two to three weeks. Jennings is expected back in time for the January playoffs.
While the Packers are loaded at receiver—stocked perhaps better there than at any other position—it served as a warning for the club and fans who would like to see Green Bay win its last three regular-season games and finish 16-0 heading into the playoffs.
It’s the same dilemma faced by every team that goes undefeated through most of the season. Do they go for perfection or, once they’ve secured home-field advantage through the playoffs, rest players and protect stars from possible injury before the playoffs begin?
Does sitting out players risk ruining the cohesiveness and “edge” that got the Pack to this point with an unblemished record? Would it be better to taste defeat now and perhaps go into the playoffs with the bitter taste that might leave—providing the edge that might propel the team to a second-consecutive Super Bowl victory?