Are you hoping Packers earn a bye?
Some Packer players would appreciate an extra week of rest. The team has suffered more than its share of injuries this season, and some key players are just getting healthy. Wouldn’t a win over Minnesota on Sunday, which would guarantee a first-round playoff bye and a second-round game at Lambeau Field, be the best route to the Super Bowl?
Well, maybe not. Keep in mind that the Pack barely squeaked into the playoffs two years ago, then went on the road and tore through the competition to the Super Bowl trophy. Last season, after a 15-1 regular season, the team earned a first-round bye, only to stumble when the New York Giants came to Lambeau Field. As we all know, the Giants went on to win the Super Bowl.
So which makes more sense? Continuing to play each week on the path to a Super Bowl, even if it means a loss Sunday in Minneapolis, which might diminish the momentum the Packers are building? Or earning a win against the Vikings and getting an extra week for rest and rehab before hosting some playoff foe at Lambeau?
Were you confident that this Packer team, now 11-4, would be sitting in such a great position after staggering to a 2-3 start?