The Packers know where they’ll be playing if they qualify for the playoffs. “With the Philadelphia Eagles’ shocking 24-14 loss to the Minnesota Vikings Tuesday night, the Eagles squandered their chance for the No. 2 seed in the NFC and a first-round playoff bye,” writes Jason Wilde of ESPNWisconsin. “The Eagles (10-5) are now locked into the No. 3 seed and would face the No. 6 seed on Jan. 8 or 9 in an NFC Wild Card playoff game.” Adam Czech says to plan on a Saturday night game.
Perhaps the bigger news is, will the Bears have anything to play for on Sunday? “The Atlanta-Carolina and New Orleans-Tampa Bay games both are scheduled for 1 p.m.,” writes Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “Because the Packers and Bears play at 3:15 p.m., Bears coach Lovie Smith will know whether his team has a shot at the No. 1 seed before kickoff.” If the Falcons and the Saints both lose, the Bears have a chance at the no. 1 seed. Remote, but a possibility.
Reaction to the Pro Bowl comes from the players via Packer Report. “I’m definitely excited about the recognition,” said Greg Jennings, who is going to his first Pro Bowl. “I’ve never been one to really worry about it. I’ve always wanted to make sure I’ve done my part, doing what I needed to do to help the team win, and if the individual recognition came with that, it did. If it didn’t, it didn’t. My mind-set has never been focused on individual first. It’s always been team-oriented first, and whatever comes after that is a plus.” After years of deserving to go to the Pro Bowl, Jennings finally made it.
Aaron Rodgers is the biggest Pro Bowl snub, according to Dennis Dillon of the Sporting News. “He has come back from two concussions this season, and anyone who doesn’t think he’s one of the top quarterbacks in the league must have had his or her noggin thumped, too,” writes Dillon. “In just 14 games, Rodgers has completed 65.5 percent of his passes for 3,693 yards and 27 touchdowns with only 10 interceptions.” How did Matt Ryan get in ahead of Rodgers?
Chad Clifton and Charles Woodson aren’t worthy of the Pro Bowl says Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. “Those choices reveal the flaw that annually marks the Pro Bowl, namely, that the people best qualified to vote, the pro scouts who watch film of all the teams all season, don’t have votes. The fans get a third of the vote, the players get a third, and the coaches a third. The fans voted Clifton the NFC’s top tackle and Woodson its top cornerback. Obviously that name recognition worked with players and coaches too, because Sitton led the guards in fan voting but was chosen only as an alternate.” I still can’t wrap my head around the Josh Sitton situation. He finished first in fan voting, which counts for 1/3. To not be among the three Pro Bowl guards that means he must have been voted around the fifth, sixth or seventh-best guard by the coaches and players. That’s laughable.
Tramon Williams is more deserving than either of his secondary teammates Woodson or Nick Collins says Kevin Seifert of the ESPN.com NFC North blog. “If I had to choose one Packers’ defensive back for this year’s game, I would pick cornerback Tramon Williams over Collins or cornerback Charles Woodson,” writes Seifert. “Williams has been the Packers’ best pass defender this season and only one player in the league has more interceptions than him.” Williams is an even bigger snub than Rodgers. Hopefully the All-Pro voters recognize this.
Alex Tallitsch of the Packers Lounge checks in on “the Bears Still Suck” chant. “I find it funny that fans so adamantly bemoan players for not keeping their mouths shut and celebrating excessively while turning around and doing the same thing they so vehemently disapprove of,” writes Tallitsch. Colleen of Pocket Doppler gives her two cents too.
Is Aaron Rodgers one of the best players in the NFL? Kevin Askeland of the Record Searchlight finds out that he’s not even the best player from northern California.
Rodgers was nominated for the GMC Never Say Never Moment of the Week notes Melinda Banks of Lombardi Ave.
Joe Jonas was at last week’s Packer game.